The Maturation Of Siddhartha

Topics: Gautama Buddha, Hermann Hesse, Buddhism Pages: 2 (808 words) Published: January 6, 2015
The Maturation of Siddhartha 
      Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse is the story of a young Indian noble  who ventures off in the world to find an understanding of the meaning of  life.  His journey begins as a young  Brahmin  who yearned to unwind the  complexities of his existence.  He ends as an old sage who has found peace  within himself and his surroundings.  Throughout the book, Hesse allows the reader to trace Siddhartha's maturation process both through his experiences, and people with whom he comes in contact.  During his journey,  he makes a number of choices, "turns", that put him on a path of his  maturation which is marked by self discovery and independence.  Siddhartha's maturation is developed by three key events: his meeting with  Buddha, his attempted suicide, and the arrival/departure of his son, as  they all contribute to his self discovery and individuality.        Siddhartha's meeting with Gautama, the Buddha, is the first key  experience that contributes to his maturation process.  After several years  of living the ascetic life of a Samana, Siddhartha decides to seek out Gautama, "The Illustrious One," as a possible source of assistance in his  journey to find his inner self.  After their meeting, however, Siddhartha  becomes more convinced that the Buddha's methods satisfy his logical and  tangible needs, but will not bring him any closer to realizing his  spiritual and metaphysical needs.  The theme of maturity presents itself in  Siddhartha's conclusion that if he is to achieve an immaterial balance, it  must be on his own.  He understands that the Buddha had a remarkable  experience, but it is a personal one.  Siddhartha sees that his development  process relies on his forging his own experiences, and his attainment of  self realization can only be made by himself, regardless of what knowledge  Gautama may impart to him. 

      The second experience that puts Siddhartha on a path to maturity is  his attempted suicide.  Preceding this...
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