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It is significant in Siddhartha that Siddhartha learned from the river and from Vasudeva This is true because Siddhartha had a very concise goal for the end of his life peace enlightenment and Nirvana Siddhartha knew that he had to experience his enlightenment first-hand he would not have been able to attain it via Gotamas teachings Siddhartha finally reached the peace he so greatly desired from the river and Vasudeva This was only possible because of the purity of and indiscernible difference between Vasudeva and the river on which he lived Siddhartha wanted nothing more from life than Nirvana upon death He was quite aware that he would have to find it for himself and that no one would be able to teach him peace He immediately recognized the Buddha in a crowd demonstrating that he was in sync with Gotama Hesse makes it a point to say though Siddhartha did not reply He was not very curious about the teachings He did not think they would teach him anything new He as well as Govinda had heard the substance of the Buddhas teachings if only from second and third-hand reports Hesse 28 This shows that Siddhartha knew at an early time that he would not find salvation in Gotama He later left Govinda in the hands of Gotama and set off on his own Vasudeva had met Siddhartha before when he took Siddhartha across the river Siddhartha went back to that river after his period of corruption and contemplated suicide near it With time Siddhartha learned that the river spoke to him He eventually pondered the workings of the river He saw that the water continually flowed and flowed and yet it was always there it was always the same and yet every moment it was new Who could understand conceive this He could not understand it he was only aware of a dim suspicion a faint memory divine voices Hesse 102
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