.. e and wealth here, and therefore attains power. He can do anything he wants, when he wants, where he wants and the townspeople will go along with it because he has money in the bank and they dont. Siddhartha enjoys great pleasure with this, and ends up hating himself for it in the end. But he needed the experience of what it is like to be filthy rich in order to attain Nirvana at the end of the novel.
Siddhartha experiences wanting everything in the world throughout his time in the village where Kamala lives. This is due to him being of mind and state to be able to attain almost anything he wants. He can ask ask and ask and ask for things, and most of them will come to him because he has wealth and fame and power. He can satisfy his needs for material objects because he has money. He can gamble all his money away because there will always be more money that will come into his hands.
More money that he can do whatever he wishes to do with it. Siddhartha has wealth and fame and power he and can attain whatever he wants except for the fact that hes out to attain Nirvana and he will not attain it by wanting material items. Having money and nice possessions is nice, but he needs to become one with god, and god has no possessions. God is everything. Siddhartha realizes that his relationship with Kamala was good and evil, and they meet again when she comes to the river to go on her pilgrimage to the Buddha.
She brings with her Siddhartha, her son. Siddhartha tries to love his son, but his son will not love him back, and this is the final thing that Siddhartha must realize: his son will never love him, as he will never love his father. Siddhartha realizes what his life is for and realizes what he met Kamala for. “He had a job in the great north woods, working as a cook for a spell. But he never did like it all that much and one day the ax just fell.
So he drifted down to LA, where he reckoned he tried his luck, workin’ for a-while in an airplane plant loading cargo onto a truck. But all the while he was alone the past was close behind. He seen a lot of women but she never escaped his mind and he just grew tangled up in blue. She was workin’ in a topless place and I stopped in for a beer. I just kept lookin’ at the side of her face in a spotlight so clear. And later on as the crowd thinned out, I’s about to do the same.
She was standing there in back of my chair, sayin’ to me What’s your name? I muttered something underneath my breath, she studied the lines on my face. I must admit I felt a little uneasy when she bent down to tie the laces of my shoes. Tangled up in blue. She lit a burner on the stove and offered me a pipe. Thought you’d never say hello, she said, You look like the silent type.
And she opened up a book of poems and handed it to me, written by an Italian poet from the thirteenth century. And every one of them words rang true. And glowed like burning coal, pouring off of every page like it was written in my soul from me to you, tangled up in blue. He was always in a hurry; too busy or too stoned. And everything she ever planned just had to be postponed.
She thought they were successful; he thought they were blessed with objects and material things, but I never was impressed. And when it all came crashing down I became withdrawn. The only thing I knew how to do was to keep on keeping on like a bird that flew. Tangled up in blue. So now I’m going back again, got to get to her somehow. All the people we used to know, they’re an illusion to me now.
Some are mathematicians, some are doctor’ wives. Don’t know how it all got started. Don’t know what they’re doin’ with their lives. But me, I’m still on the road, heading for another joint. We always did feel the same.
We just started from a different point of view. Tangled up in blue” (Bob Dylan, “Tangled Up In Blue”). Siddhartha leaves the path of desire when he leaves the village and goes walking. Siddhartha decides that to become one with god and Atman-Brahmin, he must leave the village after twenty years of dealing in the dirty material world. Siddhartha decides to go sit under a tree and think about what his life means to him- about what his life is for.
He falls asleep (much like the real Buddha, also named Siddhartha) under a tree and realizes all he has just done. Since you must experience bad things to attain Nirvana, he did good, but his soul is tarnished and he must cleanse it somehow. His old friend Govinda comes along and they speak for a while about what theyve been doing with their lives. Siddhartha is disillusioned and must find a way to cleanse his soul, so he goes walking further and he finds the ferryman, Vesudeva. Man really wants liberation because man must be alone to be truly at peace. Other people screw up your karma by giving you negative vibes.
Think about it logically, if you are by a person you do not like all that much, what do you do? Act like you love them? No, generally you can feel the tension because you dont like being around that person. Thats what “bad vibes” are, the tension you feel around something you dont like. Your karma does not need this tension, it needs to feel loved. To attain Nirvana, you must love everything to become one with everything. You must understand that to be one with everything is to love yourself because you are the universe and the universe is you. Therefore if you do not love that person, you are feeling that tension because your karma is trying to love that person.
Your karma wants you to attain Nirvana, it doesnt want you to be an amoeba in your next life because, lets face it, being an amoeba isnt all that much fun. Siddhartha comes to the realization that he needs liberation when he is under the tree. He decides that the way to self-enlightenment is through going inside ones self and finding god. Finding everything that has ever harmed you and laughing at it. Becoming one with evil and good at the same time, and thusforth liberating ones body and mind.
Siddhartha does this by listening to the river for eleven years. He listens carefully to everything, and takes people back and forth on the river all day. He works in the field for his and Vesudevas food some days. He becomes a good humble man because he is listening to the river, and the river is telling him that all things are one. Like the river and time, everything is one in itself because everything is of god and god is of everything. How can one come about Nirvana? By realizing that while a river is a river, it is at all places at one time.
Beginning, middle, and end, all at the same time, what a concept. The concept that Siddhartha understands and learns from when his son wretches his heart from him. Siddhartha must let go and let other people find their paths. He must find his own path, as will his son in time. Siddhartha experiences the fourth want of man as a ferryman. Siddhartha becomes liberated from the river by the river, and then Govinda comes along and sees his friend.
We realize that Siddhartha is knowledgeable and his karma is good. Govinda sees this, too, and wants to attain Nirvana and be like the person he idolized for so long as a child and young adult. Govinda learns quickly that he cannot leech off of somebody else for Nirvana, that he must find his own way. And Govinda does this by kissing Siddharthas forehead. He realizes that he must go his own way at that point, and so he does. The limitations of infinite joy are physical pain, frustration and the thwarting of desire, and boredom with life as a whole.
If you have infinite joy and you break your leg, that is physical pain. For example, when a gymnast has a stress fracture. The gymnast still loves what they do, but the physical pain of it is when they land on that bone. They feel the pain of being happy. The gymnast feels physical pain because of the limitations of joy. You can only have joy as long as you are not in pain, because if you are in pain, you arent happy and joyous. (Unless, of course, you like that sort of thing, then in which case, you are a psychopath.) The psychological pain that this gymnast is feeling after that stress fracture is great because the gymnast cannot perform how they used to perform, and may (depending on how bad the stress fracture is, where, and how long the gymnast has been ignoring it) never be able to perform again and have that joy again.
Now this gymnast feels like crap because their parents spent all kinds of money on training and now the gymnast cannot do anything. Now the gymnast must find other joy in their life, which is a hard thing to do. The frustration that the gymnast feels is because they let everybody down. They can not be liberated from these people because two of them (and maybe more) the gymnasts family members. The gymnasts own flesh and blood. These people gave up their lives so that the gymnast could go have the possibility to go to the Olympics, and now they have nothing. The gymnast feels frustrated for themselves because one can not just go to the local K-Mart and pick up a new way to have joy.
(Although, shopping may be it, but we learned before that material objects are no-nos on the path to self-enlightenment.) The last limitation of joy is boredom. Eventually we will all become bored. You think youve seen it all, done it all, and now you want something else. You ask the question “Is this it?” and wait for an answer which you wont receive. The answer must come from within. Boredom, or ennui, hits everybody because you are not doing anything to stop it.
Anybody in any position can be bored, it just happens. Why? Well, because ones karma decides that you arent feeding it right, and it wants you to change your lifestyle. If you think everything is boring, you should get out and live; try to challenge yourself at a new game in the game of life. Eventually you will not be bored, and you may even have joy back in your life, which would be a good thing. The second limitation of life is ignorance.
If you ignore things, they generally do not go away, they get bigger as they snowball into a larger, more complicated problem. To do away with ignorance in your psyche, one must become knowledgeable, and must attain more wisdom. Truth be told, if you have knowledge, who cares about the details, as long as you can explain things to others. Overcoming ignorance is quite easy. Read a little, listen harder, find out things for yourself. If you are ignorant to something, you are stupid. Not because you do not know anything, but because you fail to learn anything.
You fail to try to learn from the tools given to you. . Everyday, you must learn things. Most people do. Even when you are out of school, your thirst for knowledge should not be quenched just because you have a diploma. Your thirst for knowledge should die the day you die.
The third limitation is infinite being. “It would make more sense if we were to gauge a mans being by the size of his spirit, that is, the range of reality with which he identifies himself. A man who identifies himself with his family, finding his joys in theirs, would have that much reality; now who could really identify himself with mankind as a whole would be proportionally greater. By this criterion, if a man could identify himself with being in general, being as a whole, his own being would be unlimited (Smith, The Religions of Man: Hinduism pg. 30-31).” Your infinite being may be obtained by the realization that you are the universe and the universe is you.
We are the universe as much as this computer, paper, and CD that I am listening to. Everything is one, and this is infinite being. Siddhartha overcomes infinite joy by leaving Kamala, the Kamaswami, and the town behind and going into the forest. He overcomes ignorance be seeking after any knowledge he can. He sought after the Samsaras to attain their knowledge, which he did well.
We know this because he hypnotized the old man into letting Siddhartha and Govinda go on their way to the Buddha. He sought after knowledge pretty much from the day he was born, or page one of the novel. Siddhartha attained infinite being by realizing that he was not of his family, but of himself, of the universe. He did this by listening intently to the river and learning its voice and tricks of the trade. Siddhartha overcame all of the limitations, and achieved Nirvana. Part III: Hinduism Through The Eyes of The Swami-Swami- Swami (Dude In Orange) Applied To Siddhartha OM- the infinite word that means everything and nothing at all. Siddhartha says this word inwardly when he is mediating.
I suppose it helps him clear his soul. It helps my friend and me study for our math test. Whatever floats your boat. Siddhartha says this word a lot throughout the novel, and at the end when he finally attains Nirvana, that is all he hears. Om is supposed to be the sound that everything makes when complied together. This is when Siddhartha hears the river speaking it at the precise moment he attains true self-enlightenment. If you hear om, then you have no questions, your thirst for knowledge is complete. You are one with yourself and the universe and know it.
Vasana- everything in Siddharthas past. Not just his life before a given point, but his past lives. All the mistakes he made as a stupid human being in a past life. The way he died as an amoeba. The way he died as a vampire bat.
The way he died as a squirrel in a tree. As a bird. Siddharthas vasana is full of experiences that cannot and will not be forgotten or misplaced. Everything his soul has ever seen, heard, felt, or thought is imbedded into his vasana. The only time that Siddhartha knows his vasana to be true is when he attains Nirvana and it all comes rushing back to him.
That is when he can see all the past experiences that made him the man he was. That made him do what he did. That made him attain Nirvana. Body- One of Siddharthas largest obstacles that he must overcome in order to attain Nirvana. The body is fake.
It is simply a vessel in which the soul lives until the body dies and the soul must move on to another vessel or attain Nirvana. The body is not real because it is material- made up of elements, chemicals, and cells that allude the senses (which are also not real) into thinking the body is real. The body is an illusion from the greater knowledge that all reality is spiritual. The body can not help you attain Nirvana, it will only stand in your way, because everything the body is is not real. Mind- the mind makes up decisions that are very important about how Siddhartha (and the rest of us) will live his life. Siddharthas mind made him stand up against his father and leave home to become a Samana.
His mind decided when it was time to leave the Samanas and take Govinda to the Buddha to find his own path. Siddharthas mind then decided that he should go on his own journey and he ended up with Kamala for twenty years. Then, when his mind grew tired of that, he left and went to the river to live with Vesudeva and finally attain Nirvana. Intellect- your intellect, like Siddharthas, tells you what knowledge you will use to do what. When you will perform these feats, and how they will be carried out. This is all due to the intellect.
The knowledge and wisdom you acquire in all of your lifetime and past lives is brought forth to the table whether you know it or not. You use this knowledge and wisdom in the form of intellect to do what you will do- live. Throughout your life you will acquire more and more knowledge and wisdom, and your intellect will become stronger as you find yourself. The intellect is very important because it tells us what we can and can not do. Perceiver- the perceiver allows you to perceive things. This is how you use your body and intellect to see things in different lights.
This is also how you remember things. How you perceive things is everything. If you perceive something wrong, the whole shebang goes to hell. If you perceive something right, then you are on the right path. “Didn’t see, I had no idea, I never heard it before.
And I said, What good are you? Yeah, well, ‘Why don’t I?’ is the question of the year. You used to be my favorite toy, but what happened to my rocket boy? Rocket boy, where are you gonna land? I said, Go, don’t stop it, go, don’t stop it, how we all understand. You used to be my pride and joy, now you’re just my rocket, rocket boy. They don’t know, my friends; we got off again. How am I gonna get myself to sleep? I’ve got stains on my sheets and my nails are torn down to the bone.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have an ordinary girlfriend? Laughing ’bout it makes it real. It makes it happen to me. Well, I can reach you. Didn’t see, I had no idea, I never heard it before. Well, I said, what good are you? Why don’t I, no sense of fear? You used to be my favorite toy but now you’re just my little rocket boy. Rocket boy, when are you gonna land? I said, Go, don’t stop it, go, don’t stop it, now may all understand.
I said, Rocket boy, when are you gonna land? I said, Rocket boy, they just don’t understand. (Die is cast and the dice are rollin’, I’m feelin’ like *censored* ’cause she’s feelin’ like gold). You used to be my pride and joy, my boy you had me, (Liz Phair, “Rocket Boy”).” This reminds me of Siddhartha because he used to be young and able, and then he gets old and begins to perceive things in a different light. The rocket boy isnt going to land because he has achieved a higher status. Perceiving things has to do with the body because you must see or feel things to perceive them.
It has to do with intellect because you must react to the things around you. The way you perceive things and the way you act makes you who you are. Feel- one of the five senses, feeling is almost everything. If you cannot feel, then you are basically screwed. Either you have no heart and can became a cold-blooded killer (then in which case, I think any government has a job for you), or you cannot feel the paper you are holding, you need to feel.
There is a reason feeling is one of the five senses. It is also as bad as it is good, because everything is like that. “I’m gonna tell my son to join a circus so that death is cheap and games are just another way of life. And I’m gonna tell my son to be a prophet of mistakes because for every truth there are half a million lies (Liz Phair, “Whipsmart”). Feeling for something that doesnt feel the same way back is bad.
But if its right, its right. What a crazy little world we live in. Feeling allows one to perceive the world around them throughout ones body. Its truly an eternal thing. Siddhartha feels in an odd sort of way.
He feels for Kamala, yet he doesnt. He feels for his son, most likely because he help create him, but then he must learn not to feel for his son. So I guess the lesson here is to use your mind, perceiver, and intellect to help you pick and choose what to feel for. Think- other than being an Aretha Franklin song, thinking is nothing if you do not have the power to perceive. If you cannot think, then what the hell are you doing as a human. I know it is illegal to kill you and all, so could you just accidentally fall off a bridge or something? I know that that is bad for my karma, so here: I love you, now please do away with yourself.
Thinking is something that more people need to learn how to do, and Siddhartha realized this which is why he made Govinda go off on his own. Siddhartha was a great thinker himself. A learned man, he thought of hypnotizing the old Samana to get away from him. Siddhartha was also good at being wealth and fame and power. He could gamble well (or else he wouldnt have been rich for very long) and he could sweet talk his way into any deal. Thinking is crucial to everyday life.
Objects- are not crucial to anything and should be taken for granted at all costs because they get in the way of your true self, your true being, your Atman-Brahmin. Objects can do nothing but harm you because your initial want for them is considered karma-tarnishing. You should only want things from within. Things like Nirvana and peace. Siddhartha looses all his objects when he joins the Samanas. Their creed is that one who has nothing can attain Nirvana easier, which is bull because most of the old Samanas hadnt attained more then hypnotism, which is only going to help you if you want to rule the world.
Hypnotism is bad, and if you have this power, you shouldnt use it because it is tarnishing your karma as we speak. Siddhartha then gains thousands of great objects, but he realizes his happiness does not lie there. So if happiness doesnt lie in objects, and it doesnt lie in not having objects, then where does it lie? It lies within. Objects are just useless details. Emotions- emotions are “my body allows me to feel emotions (Swami-Swami- Swami-Dude-In-Orange-God-Is-On-The-TV).” Siddhartha is a male.
Therefore his emotions are all screwed up because he is not out drinking with the boys. So how do I tell you about Siddhartha and e.