The Pursuit Of Conflicts In Govinda's Journey In Siddhartha

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Siddhartha struggles with the ability to love and connect with other humans. He realizes this after he sees his son for the first time. Siddhartha's true path to that of peace begins with him realizing that in order to achieve what he wishes, he must start focusing on self rather than learning. Govinda’s struggles in the novel are those of understanding what exactly he is supposed to be finding and feeling. He joins Gotama in the search for nirvana, not knowing that Gotama’s soul purpose was to teach a life void of pain and suffering. Govinda never fully understands how to reach the peace he desires, he only knows that Siddhartha has done so. Siddhartha tries to explain to Govinda only to make him more confused and eventually put him …show more content…
Siddhartha’s ongoing want to travel to different teachers and learn from many diverse religions shows that he will do anything it takes to reach his ultimate goal of nirvana. It is clear to the reader that Siddhartha's choice to pursue his inner self brought on a lot of conflicts. In order for him to fully find himself, he will have to go out and experience all aspects of the world. Siddhartha will let his inner voice do all of the talking for him. Govinda on the other hand chooses to stay with the Buddha and achieve nirvana that way. Although both him and Siddhartha are making strides towards the same goal, Govinda gives up on finding other teachers and other ways to achieve nirvana, like Siddhartha. Govinda’s problem in his search for peace is that he is being taught the same thing for quite some years. He also lacks the ability to really understand the important aspects of peace. For example when he goes to Siddhartha at the end of the book. Govinda becomes very confused with what Siddhartha is attempting to explain to …show more content…
Siddhartha finally realizes after talking to the Buddha that the only way he is going to find his true self is to turn and never look back on his old life. Doing this lets him become more connected with himself and find parts of his human emotions that he was lacking. Siddhartha realizes that part of the reason he has never been able to connect to people is because of his lacking in these emotions, specifically love. The only time that Siddhartha’s distance with himself became connected was his time with Kamala. Even though, Siddhartha does not feel completely like he is able to love after spending a lot of time with Kamala. He says “Ordinary people can that is their secret”. In this sentence he is referring to an ordinary person's ability to love. Because Siddhartha has heard the his inner voice, he will never have an option of living a normal life because of what this voice will remind him of. Shortly after his time with the people, Siddhartha almost turns to suicide after his realization of his mortality. He is broken from this trance when he is near death and hears OM within himself. This experience is similar to that of the Buddhas near death experience before he too achieved

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