Siddharta's Journey To Self Enlightenment Essay

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In Siddhartha written by Hermann Hesse the protagonist, Siddhartha, explores different beliefs in order to achieve enlightment with the hardships of losing himself along the way. Siddhartha’s journey for enlightment teaches him a great lesson of being able to identify who he is and discover his own beliefs in order to achieve enlightment.

Siddhartha began his youth as a Brahman with potential to be one of the greatest in the community because of how simple it is for him to grasp certain concepts. Although he is destined for greatness by following his fathers’ footsteps he takes matters into his own hands by telling his father, “With your permission, my father. I came to tell you that it is my longing to leave your house tomorrow… My desire is to become a Samana.” (Hesse 9) Siddhartha observes how his journey to discover Enlightment as a Brahman is different that the Samanas and decides it is for the best for him to follow the path given by the Samanas. Siddhartha along with his friend, Govinda, are able to quickly understand the concepts that the Samana’s follow to discover Enlightment. After years of following the Samana lifestyle Siddhartha realized that he was never going to accomplish Enlightment so he made a decision to leave them and find the Gotama to understand how differently their theory of achieving Enlightment is.

With the decision of leaving the Samanas’ they agreed to unite with the group taught by the Gotama and to observe their teaching methods in the search for Enlightment. As they observe the lifestyles shown by the Buddha Govinda becomes impressed but Siddhartha believes that he will not be able to achieve his spiritual goal if he were to stay with the Gotama. During his departure with Govinda he encounters the Buddha and confesses, “This is why I am continuing my travels - not to seek better teachings…but to depart from teachings…and to reach my goal by myself.”(Hesse 28) Siddhartha was able to realize that he will become independent and commence his life away from spiritual beliefs. His first steps of independence began as he entered the city and was greeted by a beautiful woman, Kamala. As he noticed her he realized that she could show him how to fit in with the rest of the world. She then convinced him to...

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