Siddartha Essay

Topics: Gautama Buddha, Shramana, Buddhism Pages: 2 (864 words) Published: January 21, 2014
In the novel, a young man named Siddhartha decides to leave his home due to discontent. The discontent started when Siddhartha started having thoughts about his happiness and started to question the things that were taught to him. He decided to leaves with his friend Govinda to go on a journey to find enlightenment and who he is. Siddhartha chooses to become a Samana, and Govinda faithfully follows Siddhartha, leaving behind everything he knew. While being a Samana, Siddhartha masters suffering, fasting, meditation and self denial. One day he hears about Buddha, “The fully awakened one”, and decides to leave the Samanas to see what the Buddha has to say. After listening to the Buddha he rejects him, while Govinda decides to stay. They part ways and Siddhartha continues, now alone, as he seeks the truth in life and who he is. This time he decides to find his answer through the pleasures the world has to offer to him through his body and other tangible things. He meets a kind ferry man and crosses the river to get to the town. In the town he meets Kamala who tells him to take on the path of a merchant. He does so and is quickly drawn into the world of drinking, gambling, and the pleasures of the material world. After a couple of years Siddhartha notices that he had lost himself in the material world and forgotten his journey. In disgust he leaves and ends up being taken under the wing of Vasudeva. He goes through this journey in the hope of finding enlightenment and who he is. Throughout the novel Siddhartha is on a journey to find enlightenment and who he really is. The phrase “Know thyself” applies to the situations and stages in Siddhartha’s life as he goes through his quest. As he travels he learns new things and decides what he believes is true and what he disagrees with. An example would be when Siddhartha went to seek Buddha. As Siddhartha and Govinda travelled with the Samanas they heard of a man named Buddha and decided to find out...
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