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Siddhartha's Journey to Enlightenment
Transcript of Siddhartha's Journey to Enlightenment
Siddhartha begins his journey at home where he realizes he wants to find enlightenment. He asks his father if he was allowed to follow the samanas, who are wandering ascetics that practice self-denial and simple life.
While sitting near the river, Siddhartha explains his entire life story to the listening ferryman. He listens and listens until Siddhartha is done. Then he tells Sidd to look into the river and listen. Siddhartha's soul warms up as he hears every sound of every voice he has ever heard in one sound. Siddhartha hears "Om". The ferryman wanders into the forest, leaving Siddhartha. Siddhartha is at peace and has reached Enlightenment! He has become the Buddha
After joining the samanas, Siddhartha and his best friend Govinda realize that they need to forget all human things such as emotions and desires. They find out they need to lose Self to reach Enlightenment
After three years with the samanas, Siddhartha and Govinda leave the samanas. They travel to go and see the Buddha. Gotama (The Buddha) is easily recognized by Siddhartha because of his calmness. They both listen and talk to Gotama about his teachings. Govinda is mesmerized by the teachings of the Buddha and chooses to follow him. Siddhartha, however, doesn't see anything the Buddha can teach him that he can't learn himself, so he leaves without Govinda
After Siddhartha stands in one spot for an entire day, his father finally allows him to leave with the samanas. This event is important, because this is what starts Sidd's journey to enlightenment
This is the first major step for Siddhartha and Govinda. Although Sidd enjoys being with the samanas, he is not at peace.
This event is important, because this is when Siddhartha and Govinda part ways
After leaving Govinda and the Buddha, Siddhartha travels through the forest, recognizing all the beauty of the forest he's never seen and eventually comes upon a river. At the river he meets a ferryman who teaches Sidd about the river's beauty and how the river can be the best teacher.
Siddhartha stays the night in the ferryman's hut and dreams about Govinda. The river event is an important part, because Sidd learns that the river can be a teacher
Siddhartha leaves the ferryman's hut and travels to a nearby town. In the town he meets a courtesan named Kamala. Kamala teaches Siddhartha about sex and pleasure and about how materials and wealth should be most important
This event is important, because it is the first "step in the wrong direction" for Siddhartha
Siddhartha, seeking money and materials, goes and works for the richest merchant in the town, Kamawami. While working for him, Sidd picks up a bad habit of gambling with dice.
Siddhartha becomes very good but soon realizes that he has completely gotten off track. He just wasted 20 years of his life, not searching for Enlightenment. He leaves the town, Kamaswami, and Kamala.
Back to the River
Siddhartha, feeling very suicidal for the life he has lived, heads back into the forest and back to the river. Sidd collapses into a sleep because of exhaustion. He wakes up to his old friend Govinda, who protected him while sleeping. The ferryman takes him back accross the river, feeds him, and takes care of him
This event is important, because Govinda and the ferryman (for the most part) save Siddhartha's life