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. His life is too simple for him. “He brought joy to all,...But Siddhartha did not bring joy to himself.” (4) He understood the life of a Brahmin, making his father happy and delightful of him. But he still grows curious. He sees the Samanas pass through his town, and wished to join them looking for enlightenment. He values his father’s opinion but is also very hard headed. He asks his father for permission to join the Samanas and would not continue on until his father gave his blessing. After his father’s blessing he joins the Samanas and never returns.
Through his journey of becoming a Samana, he loses everything; family, friends, clothes, home, all materialistic things, and necessities. “Siddhartha had a goal, a single one: to become empty--empty of thirst, empty of desire, empty of dreams, empty of joy and sorrow. To die away from himself, no longer be self, to find peace with an emptied heart, to be open to miracles in unselfed thinking: that was his goal.” (13) Siddhartha thought that completely losing everything would help him find his enlightenment. He thought following what the Sa...
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...ting to end his life in the river he once crossed, he finally hears the Om. All of his hard work and searching lead to this very moment. If he would not have taken his time to leave the Brahmins, the Samanas, the Buddhist, and even Kamala, he would have not found his Om. Soon after finding his Om, he has an idea to go find the Ferryman that once helped him out. He goes to find this Ferryman and after telling him his story the man realizes that the river has “spoken” to Siddhartha. Vasudeva says, “You will learn it, but not from me. It was the river that taught me how to listen; you too will learn how from the river.” The river is given life like qualities as if it would be a person, too. To think that the whole time he ventured and tried to listen to all of these powerful people, he just had to stop and listen to one unnoticed, inanimate object that gave life meaning.
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