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The River Shapes The Buddhist Path Siddhartha is on a voyage to one day attain nirvana the highest state of inner self peace He has learned that you can only learn what is taught and know what youve experienced Along the path he takes he settles down near a river and learns many secrets and lesson from the river The River is symbolic of all life in many ways The river is the base of the path Siddhartha must take to know Buddha and reach nirvana Along his path Siddhartha finds that the river is much more than just an obstacle as it appears at first glance The river is a lesson Ferryman It is a very beautiful river I have always learned something from it One can learn much from a river p 40 The first lesson Siddhartha learns is that everything comes back p 40 The river exemplifies what Siddhartha has learned about the world Just as water from the river evaporates and falls again as rain flowing everywhere so too is life itself a recurring cycle of birth and death This lesson is also demonstrated by Siddharthas relationship with Kamala Kamala comes back to him to tell him to news of his child and then disappears once again The River possesses a strange personality to which Siddhartha must learn to understand He contemplates suicide by drowning but his reflection on the waters surface enlightens him and he suddenly feels connected again to Om and recalls the worlds creator BrahmanSiddhartha learns to hear the voice of the river that is Om the unity of things The river speaks to Siddhartha in many ways in many voices with many meanings He felt that he had now completely learned the art of listening All the numerous voices in the river they all belonged to each other he listened to this song of a thousand voices p 110 The river becomes accustomed
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