The most important moments in Siddhartha’s journey occur when he experiences great changes in his thinking process and persona. Ultimately, when a particular chapter in Siddhartha’s life comes to a close, he expresses either discontent or longing for change in his life. For example, after Siddhartha encounters the Samanas on page 9, he subsequently begins to ponder the meaning of his life, and ultimately realizes the possibilities that lie ahead of him in the world. In addition, a significant change occurs in Siddhartha’s journey when he recovers from his wasteful and sickening life in riches. After leaving Kamala and his wealthy life in the town, Siddhartha flees to the river where he feels revolted by his lack of meaning and substance in his life. On page 89, Siddhartha looks into the river and feels “deeply horrified” by his “childish” thoughts of suicide and depression. Thus, Siddhartha rejuvenates his negative mindset and is reborn with new optimism. Specifically, after Siddhartha awakens from his riverside dream, Hesse writes “Never had a sleep so refreshed him, so renewed him, so rejuvenated him! Perhaps he had died, perhaps had been drowned and reborn in another form” (page 91). Hesse’s references to Siddhartha’s rebirth further exhibit the changes in Siddhartha’s thought process and new persona containing greater optimism and enthusiasm for his life.
Over the course of the book Siddhartha, by Herman Hess, Siddhartha has several powerful and wondrous experiences quite out of the ordinary. These experiences eventually lead to his inner realization that all things are inter-connected and eventually to enlightenment. Throughout the story, several of these important occurrences are more significant than others in helping Siddhartha achieve enlightenment and conclude his endless search for what cannot be found.
The first of these significant moments in the story appears when Siddhartha decides to leave his home and join the Samanas. “My longing is to become a Samana.”(p.8) The next one of these moments comes along when Siddhartha and Govina hear about Guatama. “Someone has appeared, named Guatama, the Sublime one, the Buddha.”(p. 19) Another important moment in the story comes when Siddhartha sees Guatama for the first time and sees a man who is truly at peace. “Siddhartha saw him, and he instantly recognized him as if God had pointed him out.”(p.26) Another notable moment shortly follows this. Govinda leaves Siddhartha to join the followers of Gutama “now you have become a man and are choosing your own path.”(p.29)
As a result of these powerful moments and experiences, Siddhartha undergoes many changes. The first of these is when Siddhartha realizes he is still thirsting for what he has not yet attained and he decides to leave the Samanas (p.18) The next one of the prominent changes is when Siddhartha begins the lifestyle of a merchant, sheds the garb of a Samana, and returns to wearing the silk robes of a Brahmin that he had left behind. The last and most important of these changes occurs after Siddhartha sleeps by the river and wakes up a new man (p.80)
There are many important points in Siddhartha’s journey such as his time spent with the Samanas, his personal “awakening”, his life in the city and Siddhartha’s final meeting with Govinda when he has become enlightened. All of these points are significant to how Siddhartha is changing as a person in search of enlightened. His stay with the Samanas is only the beginning of his journey, it is here were Siddhartha realizes that “to become empty of thirst, desire, dreams, pleasure and sorrow- to let self die” (p. 14) will not help him on his path to enlightenment. Siddhartha believes that this way practice only provides temporary enlightenment; because of this Siddhartha leaves the Samanas to himself in the physical world. Siddhartha’s second important point in his journey is his “awakening”. He has matured since the beginning of the story and is now moving to his goals. Siddhartha thinks “I am no longer an ascetic, no longer a priest, no longer a Brahmin.”(p. 40) this is the sense of awakening that was not seen when he was with the Samanas. When Siddhartha lives in the city it seems as if he is discovering himself in the physical world much as he wanted to do when he left the Samanas. “In the midst of his efforts he had a thought: Onwards, onwards, this is your path” (p. 83)this thought shows how Siddhartha’s need to move fowerd in his journey and leave the city. Displeased and ashamed of him self, he continues his journey until he once again meets Govinda. It is at this point of the book that Siddhartha has reached his goal, he is a changed man from his journey and is now enlightened.
Siddhartha’s most important moments are those in which he changes throughout his journey on the way to evolving into the person he is meant to become. Throughout his life he seeks to find peace and wisdom, and must go through a series of transformations to find them. Siddhartha’s first significant moment of change is when he asks his father for permission to abandon the Brahmin way of life and become a Samana (pg 12). With his father’s permission he leaves home with his best friend, Govinda. Siddhartha believes that through a Samana’s way of life he will find the true meaning of living. However, after learning and living with them, Siddhartha realizes that he still has not found his true meaning of life. He goes through another change when he meets Gotama, and listens to him preach (pgs 31-36). Siddhartha leaves Govinda to become a follower of Gotama, but he himself decides to travel on to achieve utter peace and wisdom by himself. Siddhartha realizes that while Govinda accepts following Gotama as his purpose in life, Siddhartha must search for his on his own. After Siddhartha’s experience with the Samana’s way of life, he travels on to a town. Here he decides he will live a life of wordly possessions. He meets Kamala, who teaches him about love, and Kamaswami who teaches him how to earn money. For a while, Siddhartha’s new life is enough to make him feel whole. However, soon he realizes that he still has not found his way in life. He experiences a kind of epiphany through a dream later in his life, in which he sees Kamala’s caged bird die and throws it in the street (pg 82) and realizes that he has thrown away his life. He decides to change and abandon all his fancy possessions and return to a river which he crossed many years ago. One of Siddhartha’s last significant changes occurs just after he leaves the town. Sitting by the river he feels sick at the thought of wasting his life, and thinks about killing himself (pg 89). It is after that that he reflects on his state and realizes that he has almost returned to the state of a child, without knowledge, or possessions. While embracing his new state, Siddhartha ultimately achieves inner peace through the river, and discovers his true meaning in life.
One of the most important moments in Siddhartha’s journey is when he decides to leave the life of a Brahmin for that of the ascetic pg.10. Another is when he decides to leave the samanas to seek the buddha pg.24 and after meeting Gotama and discovering that he cannot learn to release from self pg.35, he seems to change into a happier being than that of his samana days. A specific example of how he changes is that he feels that he left his old self behind in the grove which is a complete mentality change. Another important moment is when he is living in the town where he seems to change into a sour and bitter person (a specific change here is that he realizes that he hasn’t expierianced happiness 83) and he has the dream that forces him to leave pg.82. This is signifigant because it brings him to the river where he pronounces the Om pg.89 and eventually hears all the voices of the river where he seems to change into a person of complete peace with himself pg.135.
Siddartha’s journey has several monumental events, which shape his character as well as the people around him. Siddartha’s decision to leave his father drastically effects him throughout the story. He reflects back on it throughout his journey. This affects him when he decides whether or not to let his son go, as well as when he leaves the Samenas. Siddartha’s dream, marks his most life changing events. (pg.82) His dream shows him that after he left his non-materialistic peaceful life, for a life full of greed and riches, his soul died. When he throws the dead bird on the road in his dream, it’s him casting away the materialistic world that he had let consume him, and deciding to move on. The reference to the bird, is seen throughout the story, such as when he has to let his son go, the Ferryman reminds him of how the song bird felt when it was caged up (pg. 118). Siddartha changes along his journey. One of the changes Siddartha goes through, is he tells Kamela (pg. 74) that he cannot love because that is for ordinary people. Then as he leaves the life a life of materialistic things, he hears the holy om (pg.84) he loves everything, and feels a deeper passion for things around him. He changes even more from his original state, when his son leaves him and he contemplates the time when he didn’t love Kamela, and he feels a lot of love.(pg. 122) This is very significant because love and ability to love is a motif throughout the book. Another significant change Siddartha goes through is at the beginning of the story, his goal is to become the best person he can, and also to achieve Nirvana. Along his journeys, he realizes that its not in fact the destination but the journey itself that he takes. (pg. 94)
the most important moments in siddartha’s journey are whenever he decides to change his life. When he leaves his father’s home (page 12). When he does this he decides he wants to change his life and be something more than a normal person. Another significant moment is when he leaves his best friend Govinda with Gotama (page 31) Siddartha decided that he is willing to make sacrifices to reach his goal. A moment where Siddartha decides to make change is when he leaves the woman he loves, and the town he made money in for a simpler life (page 87). This is the most significant moment of change for Siddartha, he realizes that a simple life, like the one he started with is the way to get what he wanted.
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Siddhartha’s most significant moments largely deal with his quest for spiritual illumination. Siddhartha’s decision to leave the Brahmin in search of spiritual enlightenment, and to seek the Samana’s wisdom is the allegory’s first representation of Siddhartha’s commitment to attaining Nirvana. He learns to eliminate the, “self”, which is defined loosely as desire and earthly feeling, in addition to living a life without possessions. Through Siddhartha’s further seeking of enlightenment by way of seeking out and speaking with Gotama, his belief in the institution of religion falters, due to contradictions he finds in Gotama’s teachings. Siddhartha then enters a town and lives a life of the flesh and the material. Siddhartha meets a woman named Kamala of whom he is convinced is the best person from which he could learn to love, as well as a merchant named Kamiswami of whom he is convinced he will best learn to make money. After many years in the town, Siddhartha is having a sexual relationship with Kamala, and is an affluent businessman and frequent gambler. This lifestyle is a far cry from the Samana’s, and upon joining them, he expressed great contempt for businessmen and the well dressed. Siddhartha then dreams of Kamala’s rare songbird dead in it’s cage, and realizes that his life of the material is not fulfilling his thirst for illumination, and as a result, he promptly leaves the town and comes to a river, wishing to be a new person. Siddhartha is so disgusted with his behavior over the previous years, he wishes for death as a release from it, and while contemplating drowning himself, he because conscious of the unity of all, and the indestructibility of life, in the form of the word, “Om”. Siddhartha then realizes that it was due to his experiences he is able to draw enlightenment, that “no teacher could have brought him salvation” (Pg. 99), this is highly significant because it represents Siddhartha’s earlier follies, that enlightenment cannot be taught as he believed during his days with the Samana’s and Gotama. Siddhartha then meets the ferryman at the river, Vasudeva, who tells him that he has learned a great deal from the river. Siddhartha then stays by the river with Vasudeva, and learns (still from his cognitions forming around the river), that time, the connection from moment to moment is responsible for the self’s action. One day, on a pilgrimage to see the dying Gotama, Kamala and a son of Siddhartha she has birthed come to the river. Kamala is bitten by a snake and killed before her son, who is taken on by Siddhartha as a ferryman. Siddhartha’s son does not respect him and does not do as he is told. This causes him to leave without Siddhartha’s permission, mirroring his own desertion of his father. Siddhartha then realizes he should not have forced his will upon the boy, that it is his responsibility to seek enlightenment, as he cannot teach it. Siddhartha is hurt by this, but now recognizes a certain feeling of mutuality between himself and the people he meets, indicative again of the unity of all things. Govinda stumbles upon the river, where he realizes Siddhartha has found peace, and asks for advice. Siddhartha tells him that enlightenment does comes neither from instruction nor doctrine, instead, Govinda is told to kiss him on the forehead, where the beauty of unity is somehow transferred to him. The novel closes with the feeling of love Govinda feels. Siddhartha’s changes throughout the novel are often superficially dramatic (the change from being an ascetic to a man of property), but with these change Siddhartha’s views on seeking illumination as well. The final conclusion drawn by Siddhartha is that his journey was necessary to find Nirvana because spiritual enlightenment cannot be communicated through doctrine or teacher, and that self-enlightenment is the only possible course of action.
• What are some of the most important moments in Siddhartha’s journey?
During Siddhartha’s journey, there are many defining moments, but there are a few that stand out. The first moment is when Siddhartha encounters Gotama and he tells Gotama that his teaching will not help Siddhartha to reach enlightenment (p. 32). Siddhartha realizes that his path to enlightenment must come from himself. Another important moment in Siddhartha’s voyage is when, after realizing that that he has become too materialistic, he attempts to commit suicide in the river. After falling asleep, Siddhartha hears the holy Om (p. 89) and comprehends that this noise is coming from the river. The final and most important moment of Siddhartha’s journey is when he reaches enlightenment (p. 135). Siddhartha becomes enlightened and understands that life is cyclical.
• What are ways in which he seems to change along the way?
Siddhartha changes his status in terms of respect and wealth. Also, he experiences many different extremes in terms of lifestyle. For example, he starts off his journey as a Brahmin’s son. Once he joins the Semanas, Siddhartha gives up this life, but then quickly gets drawn into materialism. At the end of his journey, Siddhartha reaches enlightenment. Siddhartha also changes his perspective on life.
• Can you identify specifics examples of how he changes?
Siddhartha’s social status changes during his journey For example, in the beginning, he is a renowned young man in his town, but when he wears merely a loin cloth as a Semana, he is thought of as no more than a beggar. This changes again when he is a wealthy merchant. Also, Siddhartha’s lifestyle changes. He moves from caring about nothing but reaching enlightenment as a Semana, to compromising his morals as a materialistic merchant. Although Siddhartha changes his lifestyles, he is never truly content until he reaches enlightenment. Even though he experiences the two extremes of life, materialism and enlightenment, Siddhartha realizes that life is a cycle (p. 135) which never ends. Siddhartha understands that like a river, time does not matter in life, and this changes his perspective on life.