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Siddhartha by Herman Hess is an inspiring story of a Bhramins son who finds restlessness and discomfort with the teachings of his elders The quest for enlightenment burns within his Self Siddhartha goes through many trials and mentors on his journey to find inner peace Throughout the book there are three recurring motifs that support the theme of a mans passage to enlightenment Trees river and celestial objects are the motifs that highlight the path to enlightenment When Siddhartha is near trees it usually is a time when he feels confused or saddened The trees symbolize change When Siddhartha becomes dissatisfied with his Bhramin life he says to his friend Govinda come with me to the banyan tree We will practice meditation 8 Under the banyan tree Siddhartha tells Govinda about his yearning for enlightenment He explains his concern that he will never reach Nirvana because none of his teachers have obtained Nirvana Siddhartha also goes to the trees for comfort He has to leave his friend of many years because Govinda found his true calling following the illustrious Buddha Siddhartha feels that he needs to find his inner peace by himself not with a teacher telling him how to obtain it At this point Siddhartha wandered in deep thought through the grove 31 Siddhartha like the tree branches off in many directions throughout his life Trees symbolize change and each new path that Siddhartha finds himself starting usually begins in the trees When he decides to leave his life as a merchant he is brought back to the trees Siddhartha wandered in the forest already far from the town and knew only one thing that he could not go back that life that he had lived for many years was past tasted and drained to a degree of nausea 84 Siddhartha sees flashes of his former life and is saddened by all the mistakes and arrogance of his former life During his life
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