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I am writing a cause or effect essay regarding Siddhartha. Siddhartha was a young handsome boy living with his parents in the wealthy part of India. His father was a rich and powerful priest. He told his son how to read people. At an early age of his life, Siddhartha could understand and engage in conversations with respected people and elders. He impressed everyone around him and he was loved. According to the customs in India, Siddhartha was supposed to inherit his Father's wealth becoming rich and powerful (Bloom, 83).
In his teenage, Siddhartha had learnt a lot from the elders, priests and his teacher. He felt the teaching s were not enough and he needed to wander to be more enlightened about life. Siddhartha's idea did not please his father and, they argued until his father gave in to his idea of wandering the forest for more knowledge. He could not hold on his home further so, he left in search of true self. He left with his best friend Godiva to become a samana (a poor man). They stayed for awhile with the samana. Soon Siddhartha realizes that Samana does not teach true salvation.
Together with his friend they leave to seek Gotama Buddha. On finding Buddha, Siddhartha is not pleased and he decides to ignore Buddha's teachings and left leaving his friend behind. Siddhartha goes on searching for wealth and pleasures of the world. He finds a beautiful woman called Kamala who was also a local courtesan. He asks Kamala to teach him the art of love. Kamala only taught the rich and rejected Siddhartha's request since he was a mere Samana. Kamala introduced Siddhartha to a rich merchant called Kamaswami where, he learned how to trade and he became rich (Hesse, 88)
Siddhartha returned to Kamala for the second time and Kamala agrees to teach him about love. Kamala taught Siddhartha so many love stories that she knew. He also learned the game of love. He learned that love could not be bought, stolen or forced but came automatically. He also learned that people must grow old and die and, there was no endless life.
In their lessons of love, they had a son and Siddhartha became a father loving his son so dearly. Siddhartha acquired knowledge and skills of trade and Kamaswami chose him as his assistant. Siddhartha became rich and he stopped being a samana in his heart. He played dice for money and jewel for he felt the excitement. It was not long before Siddhartha realized that, he was leading a strange path in life. Although Siddhartha entertained himself in every game of dice, he learned numerous things from being a dice player. Kamala died on the pilgrimage to see Buddha and Siddhartha is left alone with his son. His son becomes resentful and disobedient to his father and runs away.
Tired of living a normal life, Siddhartha went to a river he had once crossed leaving everything behind. He wanted to become an ordinary person. There, he met his childhood friend, Govinda, who halted in his pilgrimage and stayed behind to guard him. Siddhartha was grateful and felt the love he suddenly had for his childhood friend. Govinda told him the love of friendship, clemency, compassion, and leniency between people (Hesse, 129)
Siddhartha spent the last stage of his journey with the ferryman n named Vaseduva. They worked, lived, and learned everything together. Many travelers thought the two ferrymen, Vasevuda and Siddhartha were brothers. They were both assiduous students of the river. They would sit for hours listening to the numerous voices of the river and learned everything from it. Siddhartha learned from Vaseduva the patience of listening and attentiveness. Interestingly, Siddhartha learned everything about the river. After the distress of his son, Siddhartha listened to the river attaining peace at last. They looked at their shadows and meditated through their lives.
On attaining peace, Siddhartha becomes a ferryman. He delivered people across the holy river with total peace within himself. On the other hand, Govinda was struggling with the desire for knowledge and he had not yet reached what he was seeking. Govinda turns to learn from Siddhartha. Siddhartha mentioned to Govinda the five teachers he encountered during his quest to find self, and Govinda could not believe him. Siddhartha noticed t disbelieve in his friends face. He told Govinda to a kiss him on the forehead .As Govinda did so, he believed everything Siddhartha said. Siddhartha finally attained peace on the river.
From the story Siddhartha learns many things about life. For example, in his journey to find peace, Siddhartha is exposed to a world of diseases and it was very strange to see people ill and die. He discovered a strong bond of friendship with people. He befriended every citizen despite his social class. He interacted with their day today activity learning how to struggle for life. He becomes a good friend to everyone. Many confided in him, they brought him clothes and sought his advice.
Siddhartha learned that, life was full of sufferings with pain and sorrow. He had become rich from working for Kamaswami. He remembered that wealth was not the answer to his search for inner peace. He decides to disown his wealth and goes on with a journey for true self. Here, Siddhartha learns money, wealth and power is not everything to life. He learns that the o only way to cure sufferings is by avoiding desire. Siddhartha left his wealthy father, family and friends with an aim of achieving his goal on self enlighten. It is shown how he could not be contended with his father's teachings and wealth. He had a great desire to the truth, which he could not have known in wealth.
He experienced many challenges on his journey, but not at any point did he think of going back to his family. He learned how to associate with the poor and rich treating them equally. He knew that he could be rich by inheriting his father's wealth but he went ahead to struggle for his life. He encounters many teachers on the way but he is not convinced on the truth about true self. He goes ahead to work for people as a poor samana. (Poplaski, 234)
He did not discriminate anyone and got along with everyone. He is shown as a very hardworking young man where he struggle for life just like any other ordinary people of the society. He was very much attentive to e very detail and was wiling to learn about everything. He learned every detail even to an extent of practicing. It is clearly shown the fruit of love they had with Kamala.
At first, Kamala couldn't accept Siddhartha since he was poor but later he works hard and return to Kamala a rich man. Kamala agrees to take him back and the lessons continue. Siddhartha notices that life can be meaningfulness without love and for once he is seen to love his son so much. Siddhartha goes through pain of losing the mother of his son and experiences sorrow like an ordinary person. He also experiences rejection from his son even after giving him everything.
After all the distress he goes ahead to seek for internal peace which he had not gotten. Siddhartha runs after his son and in the process he meets s his old friend reminding him of old days. He learns the importance of friendship.
Finally, Siddhartha heads to a river to learn more. Here, he finds a friend and he is taught how to listen attentively to the breeze of the river. He finds his peace at long last .All questions about his life gets a meaning and he lives a contended man. It is evidently shown when, he decides to become a ferry man ferrying people across the river. He did this knowing very well that it was the opposite of his life from the fact that his father was rich and hi m too. He found peace in a simple life just like other ordinary people. Siddhartha learned a lot through out his journey and also the reader learns from his story. Siddhartha became a hero and he attained good qualities of leadership from all his encounters (Mileck, 765)