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The Siddhartha As a young Brahmin Siddhartha has been taught that Brahmin is the soul of Atman or the Only One It means that Brahmin is the highest position beside the Creator However he does not think that his superiors Self will give him salvation Siddhartha thinks his Self conquers him He wants his Self to die to find wisdom and spiritual knowledge These thoughts lead him to go on a spiritual journey and he does so by leaving his home to join the Samanas For a number of years rather than searching for his soul Siddhartha attempts to destroy it through suffering of Samanic asceticism He sees that Samanas knowledge might lead him to his salvation In the second chapter on page 11 Hermann Hesse writes Siddhartha had one single goal--to become empty to become empty of thirst desire dreams pleasure and sorrow--to let the Self die No longer to be Self to experience the peace of an emptied heart to experience pure thought Although Siddhartha does the scourge he does not find his salvation He quests his torment which is only escaped from the Self for temporarily Again Siddhartha rejects and leaves the Samana ascetic knowledge Siddhartha ends his knowledge quests Brahminism Samanic asceticism and Buddhism He turns to the use of his senses in finding his goal His main goal is to be his Self His sense of being is isolated by his knowledge He realizes that he does not know his Self which he has spent his life avoiding He vows him self to explore the Self The second step of Siddharthas journey is realizing that although he has knowledge knowledge is not enough without experience Experience can be gained through practicing knowledge Also he realizes that thought and sense must be used together to find the way He meets with Kamala whose beauty and intelligence overwhelms him Kamalas observation and sensitiveness help Siddhartha to develop his sense
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