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.
In the book, Siddhartha hears the teaching of Buddha but in the film, this is left out. This could have been for the purpose of saving time and as such, the idea is presented in a nut shell. It is only an 80 minutes film, so the filmmaker has to leave certain things out to make space for some other inclusions. The oriental feel to the film (Rooks, 1972) is something one cannot ignore. The scenes of rural India, Rabindra Sangeet, sweeping shots of forests, lakes and sunsets, the character of Kamala dressed in clothes that seem to be inspired from classic Sanskrit plays.
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.
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.
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.
The quote, “you learn from your mistakes”, is very true. Hermann Hesse writes in Siddhartha, “to find meaning, a person needs to follow many paths and make many mistakes.” Siddhartha, the son of a Brahmin, attempts to find himself by experiencing the world around him. He encounters many new teachings and many new paths to choose from. Hermann Hesse wants the reader to realize that in order to find meaning in life, many different paths have to be chosen and many mistakes have to be made.
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.