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Benjamin Hoffs novel The Dao of Pooh describes Siddharthas journey perfectly That doesnt mean that the goals we have dont count They do mostly because they cause us to go through the process and its the process that makes us wise happy or whatever 111 In the novel Siddhartha by Herman Hesse Siddhartha has many goals to become a new person but every time he completes one he finds a new thing he wants but he realizes that this is okay because it gives him something to do and appreciate Siddhartha learns that teachers will never really be able to teach how to achieve a goal and realizes that his friend Govinda is exactly what he doesnt want to be Siddhartha also takes in that through suffering he can achieve his quest for wisdomNo one ever learns anything from too much information for after some time it is not going to help someone to know useless facts There is only so much a teacher can teach Siddhartha finally begins to realize that learning from others enlightened or not will never allow him to see the whole picture He recaps this by telling the Buddha that To nobody O Illustrious One can you communicate in words and teachings what happened to you in the hour of your enlightenment Hesse 34 No matter how perfect a teachers lesson is there is always something missing something the student does not understand They will be able to recap what theyve learned but will always be missing a certain piece to the knowledge puzzle The problem is that these students will try to get more and more teachings even though as Siddhartha realized Too much knowledge had hindered him 99 There is a middle way in between too many teachings and not enough Teachings carry you away from the middle way this zone of pure thought Govinda was one who hindered himself by listening to teachings and not himself Siddhartha
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