Siddhartha’s father, a noble Brahmin, gave his son the gift of not only his teachings but also his love. As Siddhartha grew older, he rejected his father’s love. He wanted to explore beyond the Brahmin tradition and uncover Nirvana. His father restricted Siddhartha’s ability to realize spiritual wisdom, which gave him the reason to abandon it. However, his father was hesitant ...
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...to protect their relationship. Through his own reflection in his son, Siddhartha’s enlightened path rewarded him with the power of listening.
Throughout all, Hermann Hesse explained how without Siddhartha’s relationships with his father, Kamala, and himself would not have changed as he sought enlightenment. He left his fathers love, never to return to it, only for the gambling chance to find a new love. He craved for Kamala’s teachings of love and their relationship turned from denial to acceptance. In his son, he saw the reflection of himself and had to set love free when it could no longer be restricted. Hesse reveled the existence to enlightenment survived through the value of love in a relationship. All in all, enlightenment could not breathe without the continuous pulse of love.
Hesse, Hermann, Siddhartha, New Delhi: Rupa Publications, 2003
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