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In Herman Hesses Siddhartha unity and reoccurrence are reflecting themes in this novel and in life Unity is the state of being one or a unit harmony agreement in feelings or ideas or aims etc and reoccurrence is a fresh embodiment Both unity and reoccurrence are first introduced by means of the river and by the mystical word Om Direct commentary from Siddhartha and the narrator also introduces these themes Unity is not a part of Buddhism but is very prevalent in Hinduism and Christianity In addition reoccurrence finds its roots in Hinduism Frequent allusions to the river correspond w Siddharthas infinite thoughts of Unity and his initial plans to strive for it Siddhartha has a number of specific goals during the course of this novel but in no way does this detract from the bare nature of his ultimate goal The accomplishment of specific goals was an important part of the progression approaching his absolute state of Unity I sat here and listened to the river It has told me a great deal it has filled me with many great thoughts with thoughts of unity Pg 114 Siddhartha see things united and somehow entangled in a seemingly endless and meaningless circular chain of events Allusions frequently show Siddharthas conditions by means of clever imagery suggesting circular motion and an immobile state Yes that was how it was Everything that was not suffered to the end and finally concluded recurred and the same sorrows were undergone Siddhartha is first compared to a potters wheel that slowly revolves and comes to a stop From here Siddhartha meets the wise Vasudeva learns more from him and from Siddharthas own experiences gains more wisdom It was nothing but a preparation of the soul a capacity a secret art of thinking feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life This thought matured in him slowly and it was reflected in Vasudevas old childlike face harmony knowledge
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