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Siddhartas Path to Enlightement Siddhartha revealed a lot to me that I did not know about IndianHindu culture and the caste system and how Buddhism tries to get away from the norm It revealed things such as how class structure and the religious climate The religious climate has an impact on the choices people might even make in their life Ironically the Buddha is also known as Siddhartha and our Siddharthas life sort of mirrors In India there are five castes in which you were born into according to Buddhist tradition There were the Brahmins which was the priest class The Kshatriyas was the second class from the top it was the warrior class The third group the Valsya were the commoners The Sudras are the farmers and the Pariahs are slaves and outsiders people rarely came in contact with Through the caste system is how you would reach enlightenment or Nirvana in Hinduism It is something that takes many life times This creates a cycle of life that Siddhartha wanted to brake away from this mirrors the feelings of the Buddha At the time that Siddhartha met the Buddha the Buddha had already broken off the wheel of life Under the teachings of Buddha you could reach Nirvana in one lifetime This is radical because it not only goes against Hindu teachings but it also challenges the social structure where Brahmins could only reach enlightenment The whole caste system of Hinduism causes problems in society especially at the lower class It is as if people are more likely to commit immoral acts if they are not going to be able to reach enlightenment for many lifetimes anyway There is also a color system slightly noticeable in the description of Siddhartha in Chapter One where he described as light and slightly tanned The classifications originally were racecolor based Siddharthas entire goal is to break away from the all of these worldly ideas and concepts His
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