Siddhartha Siddhartha question


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Difference in the Three paths
Antonio Antonio Jul 31, 2016 05:10PM
Siddhartha is an exploration of the essence of wisdom, as well as its relationship with man I their quest to find meaning. Siddhartha (the character), in a manner that resembling the way many individuals explore the unknown, tries to achieve fulfillment in his live through a wide range of ways. The path of the mind, the flesh, and the River.
Part one is almost entirely dedicated to his attempt to attain enlightenment by means of pursuing knowledge and discipline. His life as a Brahmin was focused on the pursuit of wisdom through knowledge but was ultimately lacking. “The wise Brahmins already imparted to him a bulk of their best knowledge to his waiting vessel, and the vessel was not full”. Eventually he abandons life for Brahmin he continues to focus on the pursuit of enlightenment through the mind, as a Samana continues to learn new practices but also learns mental discipline. “When the entire self was transcended, and extinct when every mania in the heart had fallen silent then the old meant was bound to awaken the innermost essence which is no longer ego the great secret”. The practice once helping was one of the ways he and hope to flee his ego by discipline of the mind. Eventually it come to the realization that all those feelings although providing relief from his ego ultimately were fleeting moments. Eventually he realizes that the way enlightenment was not solely through knowledge and there is interaction with the enlightened one he realized that wisdom cannot be imparted.
Find separation from his friend Siddhartha begins to find fulfillment through were the pleasures. Almost immediately he is the notion of material objects in order to gain the attention of. Although initially the view of the people villagers want to discuss in which he refers to them as child people, he himself eventually becomes like them is pursued fulfillment through material things. However once again you find themselves attending to find satisfaction through fleeting actions, and once again time is wearing them down. “The world captured him; lustfulness, sluggishness, and final device it always scorned and scoffed at is the most foolish vice: greed.” Ultimately the only difference between him and the child people was his.
Naturally the book progresses he finds peacefulness by learning to listen to the river. There are itself is fundamentally different from the two traditional ways in which people attempt to find fulfillment. What is it that makes the river so different? If wisdom cannot be taught them and how does Siddhartha learn from the river? What ultimately does the river represent other than peace?



That is a great question.

If you recall, Siddhartha experiences pain when his son abandons him. At this point he is filled with grief and feels envy of other parents who have kids by their side. However he realizes that the pain he is feeling is the same pain his dad experienced when Siddhartha left him. It is this realization that allows him to overcome this suffering knowing that his son too will find the way just like he did.

The river not only allows him to wake up from his suicidal feelings (with the sound of OM) but also gives him the ability to discern what the true meaning of life is. The river doesn't teach him anything per say, he himself is able to learn and discover from his environment and able to see the unity and eternity of life. A normal person may have difficulty understanding the significance of the river, but Siddhartha uses his knowledge to realize it. In the same manner, Vasudevu also doesn't teach Siddhartha, but instead allows him to develop his own wisdom from the river.

At the end of the book, Siddhartha takes the responsibility of being the ferryman from Vasudevu. His role not only becomes to transport people across the river but also he enables people to also learn from the river. This is what Vasudevu did and now what he will do.


This book changes my life :')


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