Comparing Govinda's 'Teaching In Siddhartha'

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Up to this point, “Teaching” is expounding a certain way of life to other people in hopes that they will reach the same “enlightenment”. For example, the samanas “teach” their people to live a certain lifestyle that is compared to the life of a drunk—finding temporary relief from life’s issues, but waking up and facing the same problems all over again. (pg 16) Siddhartha eventually becomes “weary and distrustful” (pg 21) of this and breaks away from these unrewarding “teachings”, while Govinda is taken by each one. Each time he is faced with a new “Teaching”, he practices exactly what is taught, intently. “Learning” is also seen in two different lights: as Siddhartha soon figures out, learning is experiencing and then gaining insight and wisdom

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