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Clay Roche Siddhartha In the book Siddhartha Herman Hesse uses a trinity theme throughout the book Hesse also takes that theme further by making the story into a thesis followed by an antithesis and concluded with a synthesis Siddharthas journey to enlightenment is divided in such a way His life begins with the path of the mind followed by the opposite indulgence in physical pleasures and finally a synthesis of the two is where he finds his enlightenment Siddhartha begins his life under the teachings of his father and fellow Brahmins He soon feels the seeds of discontent within him Everything about their lifestyle is about filling the mind They spend hours studying the ways of their religion and how to attain peace but none of them ever do The Brahmins and their holy books knew everythingthe creation of the world the origin of speech food inhalation exhalation the arrangement of the senses the acts of the gods Siddhartha finally asks himself What was it worth to know all these important things if they did not know the one important thing the only important thing Hesse also incorporates a chant into the story Om is the bow the arrow is the soul Brahman is the arrows goal At which one aims unflinchingly This chant demonstrates the reliance on doctrines and various academic teachings that the Brahmins put so much emphasis on It also suggests a certain linearity of the path to enlightenment Siddhartha learns later that the search is anything but linear Dissatisfied with his current life Siddhartha goes to join the Samanas a group of wandering ascetics He learns many new things like to fast wait and think He soon realizes that this is still just a game within his mind He lost his Self a thousand times and for days on end he dwelt in non being But although the paths took him away from the Self they always took him back He
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