Friday, April 26, 2019

Siddhartha - Search for Spiritual Enlightenment

Siddhartha, the handsome and respected son of a Brahmin, lives with his father in ancient India. Everyone in the village expects Siddhartha to be a successful Brahmin like his father. Siddhartha enjoys an idyllic existence with his best friend, Govinda, but he is secretly dissatisfied.

He performs all the rituals of religion, and he does what religion says should bring him happiness and peace. Nonetheless, he feels something is missing. He does not think he can learn anything more from the Brahmin teaching and so decides to begin a pilgrimage with the samanas, a group of wandering ascetics. His father very reluctantly lets him go and Govinda follows.

Siddhartha and Govinda learn the life of the samanas, fasting and suffering. Siddhartha sometimes doubts whether they are really approaching any higher knowledge. Then, one day, a rumor reaches them that the Sublime Buddha, Gautama, is among them. Siddhartha is dubious of teaching, but agrees to hear the Buddha’s sermon, so the pair journey with many others to Gautama’s grove.

There, they spot the man himself, impeccably calm and with a perfect smile. They know he has reached enlightenment. Govinda decides to take refuge in the teaching. This is the first decision he has made for his own path. But Siddhartha tells Gautama that he does not think accepting spiritual teaching from another is the way to find one’s own deliverance...

I shall no longer be instructed by the Yoga Veda or the Aharva Veda, or the ascetics, or any other doctrine whatsoever. I shall learn from myself, be a pupil of myself; I shall get to know myself, the mystery of Siddhartha. He looked around as if he were seeing the world for the first time. - Siddhartta, Herman Hesse

And that was Siddhartha. How about you my friend?

Do you search for enlightenment?

You have long been taught that the truth will set you free, and that seeking the truth is a worthy goal. I want to cut your expectation and tell you that there is no such thing as truth. There are just degrees of lies that you tell yourself. You tell yourself stories, and then you pour your life into the stories you tell!

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