Siddhartha Chapter 8

Siddhartha Chapter 8

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  • "Siddhartha wandered into the forest... he was full of ennui, full of misery, full of death; there was nothing left in the world that could attract him, that could give him pleasure and solace"(87).
  • "He looked down [at the water] and was completely filled with a desire to let himself go and be submerged in the water"(88).
  • He bent, with closed eyes- towards death. Then...without thinking he spoke indistinctly, the ancient beginning and ending of all Brahmin prayers, the holy Om..."(89).
  •  Siddhartha is depressed and determined to never go back to his old life full of wealth. He wants to give up on life and die, because he thinks that nothing can satisfy him anymore. He even starts to think of ways to die.
  • "Siddhartha  raised himself and saw a monk... [he saw] Govinda who had taken refuge in the  Illustrious Buddha"(91).
  • "I saw you lying asleep in a dangerous place, [so I] wanted to watch over you..."'(92). 
  • He reaches to the river that the ferryman took him and thinks about drowning himself in the water. The water reflects to him as a mirror of emptiness within him.
  • "His sleep had strengthen him, but he suffered great hunger... He [then] remembered... he had boasted of three things to Kamala, three noble and invincible arts: fasting, waiting and thinking"(95).
  • He was about to fall into the water, but the word "Om" stopped him. Siddhartha realizes that dying is not the way to end his suffering, so he sits by the tree and falls asleep.
  • "...thoughts passed through his mind. Smiling, he listened to his stomach, listened thankfully to a bumming bee. Happily he looked into the flowing river"(100).
  • Siddhartha wakes up and finds Govinda next to him. Govinda explains to Siddhartha that since he was sleeping at a dangerous place, he sat next to him to protect him from harm. 
  • After a conversation and a nap, Siddhartha starts to see the joyous moments in his life. He then becomes hungry, because he has not eaten in two days, but he remembers the three noble truths and finds strength.
  • As he sat by the river he though of his childhood and all things that made him happy. He was no longer hungry, because Samana fueled him with strength to thrive rather than to die. Siddhartha no longer feels depressed 
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