After some time, he has become a well respected member of the Shramanas. However, he realizes that though his elders have achieved many things both physically and spiritually, none of them have ever fully attained spiritual enlightenment. He realizes that this path is not the path to Nirvana. He has lear... ... middle of paper ... ...very beginning that Nirvana could not be attained through the teachings of others so he set out on a journey to experience the world for himself and eventually reaches Nirvana on his own. His friend Govinda, however, is not so bright, and falls victim to the teachings of another.
He gets scolded from the Brahmins, Samanas, and even the Buddha, but his hypnotic gaze lets them know that they cannot give him what he needs and there is no purpose of keeping him. The Buddha only teaches how to end suffering by joining the path of the Buddha but not reaching enlightenment with him. Since Buddha too attained enlightenment by himself he understood he couldn 't be of any help to the bright Brahmin-Siddhartha. After leaving all the instructors, he comes to understanding that he must learn himself from the world today and now, which becomes his first awakening. The second part is the next eight chapters that recall the Eightfold Path, which describes how to end the suffering described in the Four Noble Truths.
He became patient enough to wait for anything and learned to live without food or any other necessities. Siddhartha makes his first significant step towards attaining Nirvana when he leaves the Brahmins to live with the Samanas. Although he could never truly attain Nirvana with the Samanas, the major step is that he began to question his method to attain enlightenment. Govinda is Siddhartha's childhood friend. He is a foil to Siddhartha, serving as a benchmark for the latter's progress toward enlightenment.
Therefore, followers of Buddhism must find the way to peace themselves. No one can help them in this quest. One has to experience life on their own; following the rules of others will do nothing to bring about one’s own consciousness. For six years, Gautama joined a group of monks. He fasted more often and longer than any other monk, but still found no satisfaction living this lifestyle (Haught 47).
Finding who you are will not happen overnight it takes time, energy and an abundance of effort, just like Siddhartha, in Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. He realizes that he has to find his own enlightenment because the enlightenment people around him are looking for could not be taught. As Siddhartha goes on in his journey in life looking for his enlightenment, he encounters many paths; Brahmins, Samanas, and Buddhists. Of all the things he encounters, nothing gave him the feeling of Om he is looking for. Siddhartha grew up near a river as a Brahmin, though he gives his offerings spiritually, he becomes unsatisfied with the life that he is living.
He could not find fulfillment. His journey is essentially one of trial and error, suffering, mistakes, and rebirth. He was the son of a Brahmin priest and gained all the knowledge he could acquire, learned and practiced the ways of the Brahmin, but found it was not for him. It did not fulfill him, so he left and became a Samana, living by not living, conquering his Self through pain, hunger and fatigue. Yet, he could not lose his Self.
Eventually, Siddhartha decides to attempt the teachings of Buddha. However, this lifestyle leaves him unsatisfied as well. Even though Siddhartha decides not to follow the teachings of Buddha, he says, "I have seen one man, one man only, before whom I must lower my eyes. I will never lower my eyes before any other man. No o... ... middle of paper ... ...ted Aver, Linda.
That was the first moment in his life that Amir ever felt his father’s acceptance, so he wanted to cherish and prolong that for as long as he could. The giant finally stood on the same side as him, but Amir still felt as if something were wrong. He wondered why he did not feel good about that moment. Since Amir is too cowardly,he ignores the feeling. For the remainder of Baba’s life, Amir withholds the truth about that day from Baba, not because he forgot about it, but because he finally has his father all to himself.
However, Buddha’s teaching does not provide Siddhartha with what he needs therefore; he leaves Buddha’s presence and continues his journey to discover the true enlightenment while Govinda stays with Buddha. Siddhartha realizes that Buddha’s teaching will not be enough for him since his thirst is not that of knowledge but rather it is a thirst of feeling and experiencing that moment of attaining the enlightenment. Therefore, he decides to continue with his journey. While on his journey, Siddhartha suddenly realizes that one must seek and attaining enlightenment through living, not through preaching since what he is seeking is not something the outer world but rather it is the inner world, the self. During his journey, Siddhartha meets a Kamala, a beautiful courtesan, who introduces him to the life of wealth and pleasure.
He felt empty and was hungry for something new. “that the wise Brahmans already revealed to him the most and the best of their wisdom, that they had already filled his expecting vessel with their richness, and the vessel was not full, the spirit was not content, the soul was not calm, the heart was not satisfied” (page 6). Siddhartha was in search of a more refreshing spiritual fulfillment, which resulted in his decision to become a samana. After years of meditation and fasting once again he felt like he was missing something. Govinda and Siddhartha were in search to find a well spoken about Buddha named Gotama known as the “the one”.