Siddhartha Iop

Topics: Hermann Hesse, Love, Gautama Buddha Pages: 5 (2039 words) Published: November 1, 2009
Good afternoon. I, Isshita Patel of grade 11 Chandra. Doing My IBDP program from Vishwashanti Gurukul world school am here to do my internal oral presentation on The different People that influenced Siddhartha’s journey towards enlightenment.

Siddhartha the novel was written by Hermann Hesse. Who was a German Swiss writter. His most recognizable works are- Steppenwolf, Siddhartha and The glass bead game. All three of these novels have a common theme running through them. Which is an exploration of an individual’s search for authenticity, Self-Knowledge and a strong link to spirituality. The book Siddhartha was his 9th novel and was originally written in German. The literal meaning of Siddhartha when broken up into two words in the Sanskrit language is Siddha, which means achieved and artha which means meaning or wealth. When put together we get the concluded meaning which is “he who has found the meaning of existence or “he who has altered his goals.” In this book we also see the journey that he takes in order to get enlightened. Its not only the steps and path that helps him reach his ultimate goal, It is also the people that influence him or help him open his eyes in order to see his goals and aims more clearly. It is these people that play a very important part of his journey towards attaining enlightenment. Over the coarse of everyones lives we meet several people. Some of them we interact with on a regular basis. They are our friends, our neighbors, and our spouses. Then there are those who are in our lives fleetingly. They are the determined doctors who save our lives at hospitals, and the remarkable strangers whose simple smiles have the power to make us feel good about ourselves. Some people that we remember for awhile, some of them we might never think of again almost as soon as we part and the others that we can never forget. Because they change the way we think, They open our eyes to what we might have never seen without them, and simply change our path for the betterment of the life that lies ahead of us. We may be in contact with them for a few short moments, but those moments can alter the rest of our lives. In Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha, we see how the life of one man changes radically because of the various people who influence him throughout his journey toward enlightenment.        Siddhartha’s quest for nirvana is started early in the text, as soon as he leaves his home and family and the comforts of his life then to join a group of wanderers who are dedicated to resisting the material world. The Samanas. The Samanas open a world to Siddhartha that engages him and makes him believe their lifestyle is the way to ultimate peace and salvation. However, after a while, we see that living as a Samana leaves him just as dissatisfied as he was when he was preparing to become a Brahmin like his father. I Quote : "[Siddhartha] had begun to feel that the love of his father and mother, and also the love of his friend Govinda, would not always make him happy, give him peace, satisfy and suffice him. He had begun to suspect that his worthy father and his other teachers, the wise Brahmins, had already passed on to him the bulk and best of their wisdom [but] his soul was not at peace." Siddhartha has a passionate longing for enlightenment, he is willing to take his body and soul to dangerous lengths. His rapid weight loss and deterioration demonstrate this. However, he is still aware enough of the world around him to realize that even the elders of the group have not attained the enlightenment he hungers for. If they have not found it, he knows he will not find it, and he knows it is in the best interest of his soul to depart from the group. This does not necessarily mean that Siddhartha thinks the Samanas are wrong, or even that his participation was a waste of time. Rather, being a part of the Samanas is not right for him because it does not give him the inner peace he wants. Even though he...
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