Siddhartha


'Siddhartha' takes place in India probably around 570-480B.C. or 470-380B.C. There is two possibilities when this story takes place, because the date of the Buddha has two theories. Normally, Siddahartha is the name of Buddha but in this story, Siddahartha and Buddha is a different person. Siddahartha was a Brahmin's son. He was very intelligent and thirsty for knowledge. Everybody was delighted and made happy by him. Because of that, he was loved by everybody.
Although, he wasn't happy. His intellect wasn't satisfied, and he thought he couldn't find complete peace in himself if he stayed as a Brahmin. So after being permitted by his father, he joins the Samanas with his close friend Govinda, who was also a Brahmin's son. Siddhartha made one goal, to become empty of thirst, desire, pleasure and sorrow. He wanted to let the Self die.
From the Samanas, he learned many ways of losing the Self, but every time he couldn't completely flee from it. He always came back to the Self in the end. He wonders if he came nearer to his goal.
Govinda, one day said that he wanted to go and listen to the Buddha's teachings with Siddhartha. Buddha had a lot of names like Gotama, the Illustrious one, the Sakyamuni, and he was rumored that he was perfect. Siddhartha agrees with Govinda so they started on a journey to hear the Buddha's teaching.
After they heard the Buddha's teachings, Govinda becomes his follower, but Siddhartha doesn't. Siddhartha and Govinda said goodbye to each other. Siddhartha learned that even from the perfect one, the teachings wouldn't teach him, so he decides to be taught by nobody. He realizes that he was trying to lose the Self because he was afraid of it. From here, he starts to learn from himself.
After a few days, he reaches a large town, and there he sees a beautiful woman carried in a sedan chair, go into the grove followed by her servants. Her name was Kamala, and she was rich, beautiful, and clever. Siddhartha wanted her to teach him about love, but she says that he has to be rich if he wanted her to teach him that. So he becomes a merchant and because he can think, wait, and fast, he soon become rich. He was at first having a fun time being rich and learning about love, but as time goes by, he loses how to think, wait, and fast. Life became pain to him and he drank wine everyday to escape for a few moments from it. So after many years, he ran away from this life, leaving his only close friend Kamala and his son, who was born after Siddhartha's departure.
He comes back to the same river which a ferryman had once taken him across, when he was going to the large town for the first time. Siddhartha first thought of committing suicide, but he doesn't, and murmuring the holy Om, he had a long, wonderful sleep. When he awoke from his sleep, he saw Govinda in front of him. Siddhartha recognizes him in an instant, but because Siddhartha changed a lot, Govinda takes time to recognize him. After he does, Siddhartha talks that he was rich but now he's not. They separate for the second time.
He meets the ferryman again. His name was Vasudeva and he was the person who said to Siddhartha that everything including Siddhartha will come back again to the river. Vasudeva was not a thinker, but was a great listener. Siddhartha decides to stay with him. He listened to the river with Vasudeva and learned a lot from it.
One day, Kamala came to their hut, with Siddhartha's son. She was bitten by a snake and soon dies from it. Siddhartha loved his son, but the son was unfriendly and sulky. He was accustomed to the life of the rich, and he didn't see Siddhartha as a father, so he ran away from them and went back to the large town. Siddhartha fells very sad about that, and his heart gets wounded by this, but from the river he learns how to heal the wound and how to feel no sorrow.
Siddhartha kept on listening to the river with Vasudeva. He heard thousand of voices from the river. But one day, when he mastered the art of listening, he realizes that all of the voices were