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Siddhartha The Search for the Inner Self Siddhartha had one single goal - to become empty to become empty of thirst desire dreams pleasure and sorrow - to let the Self die No longer to be Self to experience the peace of an emptied heart to experience pure thought - that was his goal When all the Self was conquered and dead when all passions and desires were silent then the last must awaken the innermost of Being that is no longer Self - the great secret 14 Siddhartha according to his actions was constantly in search for knowledge regardless of what kind or what he had to do to obtain it In the book titled Siddhartha by Herman Hesse this is shown to us by Siddharthas leaving home to join the Samanas and all the actions leading to his residence alongside the river Leaving his loving family and home where all loved him shows us that Siddhartha not only knows what he wants but will do anything to attain it As described on pages 10 through 12 Siddhartha did not leave his fathers chambers until he had gotten his way until his father had submitted to Siddharthas wishes and agreed to let him leave home to join the Samanas This stubbornness this patience with people and situations is also a large part of Siddharthas character It enables him to out wait anyone or anything which teaches him how to do without and also helps him through his time with the Samanas Siddhartha learned a great deal from the Samanas he learned many ways of losing the Self 15 Despite the new knowledge he acquired Siddhartha realized that it was only a temporary palliative against the pain and folly of life 17 And with this his next decision was to leave the Samanas and go in search of the Buddha in order to learn perhaps something he did not already know
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