Belonging In Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha

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The ongoing cycle we sometimes get stuck in due to the constraint of time is like falling leaves flowing nonstop by the influence of the wind. Just as a clock goes around and around we fall into that spinning circle running the risk of the days running into each other without reaching the contentment of life. We drift off from the world blighted to find enlightenment. That soothing feeling that grows within you when you become a person who spends their days in seclusion evokes you to inhale confidence and exhale the doubt. It is one of the most valuable elements within us, becoming our deepest belonging. Hermann Hesse in the novel Siddhartha portrays Siddhartha as that leaf stuck in an ongoing cycle due to his stubbornness to realize that the …show more content…
Just as it takes a lot to gain aspirations it also means you lose a lot. Within this comes to play friends as well as family drifting from your side to achieve contentment. Just like Siddhartha's dad no longer played a role in Siddhartha's life so will future encounters as well. Govinda being Siddhartha’s closest friend and shadow always had his back. Together they joined the Samanas where they had to lose their self to find their selves, but with this was the possibility of losing their soul too. "Through Siddhartha fled his ego a thousand times, dwelling in nothingness, in animal, in rock, the return to the inevitable since he found himself again, in sunlight or in moonlight, in shade or in rain …"(Hesse15) Siddhartha aims to be able to identify himself with the world by completely emptying himself through torture. Hearing rumors after rumors about the only person who has reached the enlightenment Siddhartha seeks, made him hope that he too could achieve this. Meeting Gautama and hearing his teachings yet made Siddhartha come to the realization that enlightenment wasn’t obtainable by teachings, but only by experience. This leads Siddhartha to leave the Samanas and go live life as a merchant. As Siddhartha takes a different path from Govinda their friendship fades apart due to their differences in how enlightenment …show more content…
As one takes the first glance at it, it seems to catch no attention until the shinnying and perfectly white round pearl that was inside comes out. Yet it being the most desirable gemstone that everyone wants to obtain with them isn't shown unless the oyster is opened. We all aspire to obtain the absolute contentment of life blinding ourselves to see that solitude is the beauty to the actual contentment. Solitude transcends within society making it the essential element to make one grow from life experiences. Just as Siddhartha was blighted by his desire to reach contentment with enlightenment, we too choose to disregard the inhumanity in the world by covering it up with a

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