Siddhartha wanders through the forest as he contemplates and feels disgust towards his life that has been filled by his shameless greed and lust. As he reached the river bank, he thought to himself, "there were no more goals, there was nothing left but the deep, painful yearning to shake off this whole desolate dream, to spit out this stale wine, to put an end to this miserable and shameful life" (Hesse 65). Siddhartha feels guilty for all the sins deep down inside of him. The river, which had previously resembled a sense of hope, now speaks of destinations. However, the only thing Siddhartha can think about is his death, unable to move on with his life.
After feeling a sense that he is towards the end of his life, Siddhartha lowers himself closer to the surface, closer to death. Suddenly, he hears something coming from his soul, a sound of "Om", and he suddenly comes to the realization of how close he was to his own demise. This holy sound of "Om" signifies the unity and perfection of the universe, and Siddhartha's periodic recognitions of this sound show his spiritual awakenings. These calls help guide Siddhartha to the right path, where he continues to further guide himself in the search of salvation. Siddhartha's ability to understand this calling sent to him signifies his entrance to Enlightenment
"Om! Om!" (Hesse 66)
After falling into a deep sleep by the river, Siddhartha "felt as if ten years had passed, he heard the water quietly flowing, did not know where he was and who had brought him here, opened his eyes, saw with astonishment that there were trees and the sky above him, and he remembered where he was and how he got here" (Hesse 67). Siddhartha feels transformed by his sleep, feeling as if he has been reborn into a new body, free of sins and guilt. The rebirth of Siddhartha continues his quest to find Enlightenment on his own, despite the many temptations that distract his ideals.
Siddhartha awakes to find Govinda, who has been the sentry to his sleep. As they exchange thoughts and feelings regarding their desires and life, Govinda's questioning of Siddhartha's motives reminds Siddhartha that the world is ephemeral. Siddhartha has been a rich man and a samana, but he now fails to do something as simple as describing himself. Siddhartha's explanations of life place him above Govinda, as he seems to have progressed to a point where his peaceful explanations reflect his inner nature. On the other hand, Govinda, as a grown man, still remains full of questions as he ever was.
"And now, Siddhartha, what are you now?" (Hesse 70)
After Govinda leaves, Siddhartha reminisces on the memory in which he recited his three skills to Kamala. By now, these feats "had abandoned him, none of them was his any more, neither fasting, nor waiting, nor thinking" (Hesse 71). Siddhartha traded those skills for quick childlike passions and became a child person. Siddhartha finds himself pondering about how he began his life with nothing, and how that has circled back to him now. These continuous cycles of awakening and unease have brought SIddhartha clarity through recognizing and overcoming them. His past does not define him, however what he used to associate himself with has been the reason he is able to maintain a clear voice throughout all these cycles.