Essay: How did Siddhartha found Enlightenment

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Essay: How did Siddhartha found Enlightenment

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Siddhartha finds himself very stressed he even contemplates suicide by drowning but he sleeps on the riverbank. Govinda, who has become a Buddhist happens to be passing by and decides to keep vigil for the sleeping man in case of any danger including snakes. When he wakes up, he recognizes Govinda whereas Govinda on the other hand realizes that Siddhartha has changed a lot and he resembles a rich man. Siddhartha denies that he neither a Samana nor a rich man but wonders where his life is taking him.  Siddhartha wishes to meet the ferryman he met before for he thinks that he portrays an inner peace that he has been looking for. The ferryman Vasudeva, claims he found the peace he has by learning the river for many years. He expresses the desire to learn from the river as well and the two agree to live and work together. As he is sitting by the river, he decides to try the unity of all life and hears the word OM from the voice of the river,(Kalupahana 105).

.           One day Kamala and her son decide to visit Gotama who is on the verge of death via the ferry root. Before they cross, kamala is bitten by a snake but despite the attention from Siddhartha and Vasudeva, she dies after telling him that he is the farther of her eleven-year-old son. The son does not like the kind of life that his father and comrade lives and he wants to back to the city where there is wealth. Vasudeva is of the opinion that the son should be left to go. One day they wake and find that the son has left with all the money the two had. Although Siddhartha makes the effort of running after his son, but he soon realizes that he will never find him. Vasudeva follows him and brings him back to the river where he tells him to listen to the river to soothe his pain of loosing his son.

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