Siddhartha, the protagonist of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha, was a young man born from a Brahmin family perceived as a gifted thinker even from a young age. His goal, like many others’, was to reach enlightenment, the release of worldly desires, and he went to many extents to achieve that goal. He left his comfortable lifestyle for the life of a Samana; one of extreme fasting and meditation in the effort to let go of all connections to the self. Later on he became a merchant and finally, a ferryman before reaching enlightenment. Siddhartha’s life as a Brahmin and ferryman helped him on his path to Nirvana, and his life as a merchant hindered him on his path to enlightenment.
From a grandpa’s last steps to a baby’s first steps, circularity can be seen in the all phases of life. The Grandpa’s last steps were taken through wisdom, while the baby’s steps were taken with the ignorance and innocence of a child. While circularity may be considered cut and dry, one’s experience or inexperience is essential to their roles in the circle of circularity. Siddhartha would have never truly achieved enlightenment without his experience with circularity throughout his search for Nirvana. Siddhartha experienced circularity through his relationships with his father and own son, During his journey with Vasudeva through the River and eventually returning to listen to the river, also Siddhartha having to feel ruin before being able to feel genuine
Wisdom is a trait many people desire, but wisdom is gained through self-experience and cannot be taught. In the novel, Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse the protagonist Siddhartha identifies he can only learn from himself, when he converses with Gotama and discovers his teachings have flaws. “You have learned nothing through teachings, and so I think, O Illustrious One, that nobody finds salvation through teachings. (Hesse 27)” This is the pivotal moment for Siddhartha, from this moment forward, he knows to follow his own path in order to achieve Nirvana.
The Buddha perceives the world and its components as a scientist. In the story of his journey as a bodhisattva, Sakyamuni makes careful observations about the world around him like a scientist makes careful observations about his or her field of interest. Then, he tests them. For example, in his final birth as a bodhisattva, he lives a life of luxury until he observes suffering. At this point, he realizes he cannot remain in his life of excess.
Most people say they know how to describe emotions. They feel them all day long, but most know not the scientific definition which states, “emotions are a neural impulse that moves an organism to action”. So technically emotions control most of an organism's actions. Some people hide their emotions or choose to not take actions . In the Herman Hesse’s book, Siddhartha, the main character, Siddhartha, expresses many emotions.
I agree that Kamala had a large impact on Siddhartha and his journey to enlightenment. She taught him love, even after he had refused to accept love twice earlier in the story. Not only did she teach him what love was, but she taught him what love could be physically with a lesson that "... One cannot take pleasure without giving pleasure..." ( Hesse 55).
The first teachings of the Buddha were not recorded until about 400 years after the Buddha died. With this in mind, it can be difficult to analyze the specifics of concepts that were solely Siddhartha Gautama’s. In turn, some of the secondary sources are based on educational assumptions of the time period and not on proved concrete fact. The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, gives a simplified version of the reason why Siddhartha Gautama created Buddhism, “Buddhist tradition tells how Siddhartha Gautama, born a prince and raised in luxury, renounced the world at the age of 29 to search for an ultimate solution to the problem of the suffering innate in the human condition. After six years of spiritual discipline he achieved the supreme enlightenment
Everyone suffers. This simple fact of life has plagued humans for centuries, perplexing the wisest thinkers down to the most common among us. It demands an explanation, and history has granted us many - often in the form of religion. Buddhism revolves around the concept of suffering, attempting to explain its origin and how to break free of it. It teaches that no matter how righteous a person acts, they will always suffer until they fully achieve enlightenment.
Our life was put in the labyrinthine mazes of suffering but we can pass through those detours by accepting things in our salvation and face the day without blocking the daylight. We made our own adventures of joy and pain but the catch is it might create a force that we don’t know much impact it might create back. Herman Hesse shows us his book Siddharta which comprises making life choices on our daily existence that made us swerve on a path that we never knew existed. The motivation of Herman Hesse to write Siddharta is his connection with the Indian culture and philosophy.