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The river strongly influenced Siddhartha during his quest for enlightenment and also throughout his life Siddharthas most profound realizations have come out of what he has learned from the river The river represents the continuous flow of life to Siddhartha Reflections of the cycle of nature appeared in the river to Siddhartha during some of the most crucial times of his life The river had always remained flowing although Siddhartha was constantly changingyet still unchanging at the same time Siddhartha went through many different phases during his life however he had always been in search of true happiness during those phases It was always apparent that the attainment of his main goal of happiness was the purpose for every change that he went through Certain aspects of his life were not permanent and they disappeared The river represents Siddharthas understanding of life He saw that the river had transitory appearances just like him The river was always changing but still unchanging simultaneously In Chapter 9 on page 87 the books reads The river is everywhere at the same time at the source of the mouthin the ocean and in the mountains everywhere and that the present only exists for it not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the futureSiddhartha the boy Siddhartha the mature man and Siddhartha the old man are only separated by shadows not through realityNothing was nothing will be everything has reality and presence Siddhartha almost attempted suicide by jumping into the river This moment seems so ironic to me The one thing in nature that represented the cycle of life to Siddhartha became the focus for his place of unnatural death He held on to the trunk of a tree and gazed down at the water His reflection on the waters surface enlightened him and he suddenly felt connected again to Om and recalled the worlds oldest creator Brahman He abandoned his old materialism and became a part
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