February 19, 2009 Siddhartha *note- page numbers are associated with the "New Translation" of Siddhartha, not the book he went over in class, I dont have that one* Siddhartha takes advice well. He goes to town to work for Kamaswami--encarnation of desire for acquisition. root of DESIRE Kamala is a courtesan NOT a prostitute Detachment to business is very important Networking p. 54 (he stays with new friends and has lots of fun) pg. 55 "I did not learn thinking from you, dear Kamaswami" p. 57: cleverness, power to detach yourself from the pleasures of the world Siddhartha rejects Buddha 3 different ways, but he will never forget him (Gotama) Politely/respectfully walks away contradicts Buddha's teaching Govinda is not enlightened Gotama (Buddha) practices detachment with love Siddhartha appears to be Govinda's guru. Adrenaline rush of gambling--pg. 62; he becomes a full-fledged sinner He throws the songbird away in his dream ESSAY QUESTION: cycles, cyclical natures, reincarnation (Siddhartha leaves the world of pleasure like Buddha did) And he almost kills himself by the river..."OM" saves him...he recited it as a young boy...Govinda shows up when he awakes (cyclical) RANDOM BUT TRUE: India is home to the TIGER, 600 pounds cyclical: dynamic between Siddhartha and Govinda, initial (p. 73) Govinda's teacher -"I stand once again under the sun" - p. 74 -Ferryman (Vasudeva took him over 20 yrs before, then he comes back) pg. 80, every microsecond in your mind is new (borrows Emersonian ideas) Vasudeva becomes like Siddhartha's teacher There is no such thing as time...second thing Vasudeva learns from the river! the thousand voices merge into one ("OM") pg. 105- perfection Kamala and her son go to see Gotama and she encounters Siddhartha again Sorrow with Love versus Peace without Love...Siddhartha chooses the first Vasudeva criticizes Siddhartha for thinking he should go get him & without punishing him in general Siddhartha follows his boy to the gate of the palace where Kamala used to live Vasudeva is near him when he awakes Siddhartha identifies with all the parents crossing the river Vasudeva "Listen better...You have heard it laugh but you have not heard everything.." Everyone is perfect inside! p. 110-111 "You cant love words"--Siddhartha Govinda realizes he's the only holy man he's ever met (Siddhartha), besides Gotama Siddhartha's smile reminds him exactly of Gotama Siddhartha is now a "realized being"
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