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Which approaches does Siddhartha use to reach spiritual enlightenment? Which of them are successful and why?
“Siddhartha enjoys almost idyllic life performing everyday rituals of religion, rituals to bring him joy and happiness as the religion says“(SparkNotes Editors,2007). But he still knows that something is missing. So one day the Samanas passed through town. Siddhartha was convinced that he found his new path so he followed them.
Siddhartha desperately seeks spiritual enlightenment at any cost even if the search complicates other areas of life. However, Siddhartha realizes that in order to find enlightenment as the Samanas did he needs to forget all connection to human things. The goal of the Samanas was to become empty of dreams, desire, thrust, pleasure, and sorrow. He is trapped in a cycle and he believes there must be a better way to Nirvana. He leaves the Samanas in the search for Gotama Buddha. After he talks to Buddha he realizes that he needs to find his own way and find his own Self through his own experiences. Seeking his way to enlightenment he falls in love in a woman called Kamala. She teaches him how to get clothes, money and power by finding him a job at a wealthy merchant. As time passes he becomes very rich but very unhappy and greedy. He leaves his home in disgust and heads to the river. This is the place where Siddhartha finds peace at last. He learns that all the element of life are important to learn in order to understand the meaning of life itself.
He warmed up to the ordinary people and now he feels their worries. Siddhartha listens the river carefully for the first time. He heard all of the voices of the river talking to him like never before, not all voices at once but as one voice. Siddhartha felt that he finally reached enlightenment.
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