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IUF1000 Week 3 Notes

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IUF1000 Week 3 Notes IUF1000

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IUF1000 Week 3 Siddartha­   Herman Hesse   •   Herman Hesse  : German­Swiss born writer whose books explores individual search  for authenticity, knowledge and spirituality. Carl Jung helped rescue him from writer's  block for parts 1 and 2. Because Siddartha is written from a Western point of view,  the idea of Buddhism could be skewed. ­His books explore individual search for authenticity, self knowledge, and  spirituality. Got psychoanalysis from Carl Jung. Had a brief commitment to mental  institution after a suicide attempt. •     Brahmin: The upper priest class of the Hindu caste system. Very learned and holy.  Siddartha leaves them to find enlightenment. This was an important beginning to the  novel, because it immediately showed Siddartha standing against his place as a  Brahmin to do what he felt was right for himself.  ­Expected to lead a life of learning and growth and teach to others •     Kamala: Siddhartha’s lover and mother of his child. Introduces Siddhartha to world  of desire and fulfillment and to leave his life as a Samana behind. She teaches  Siddartha how to physically love, and together they love very deeply. Kamala acts as  a teacher for Siddhartha, showing him in the long run that the material world is not  one for him. ­Purveyor of sensuality, introducer of world desire and fulfillment  •     The river: In the river, Siddartha and Vasudeva can hear millions of voices of all  different types of people. Vasudeva shows Siddartha the river, and at first he does  not get much out of it. At the end of the novel, Siddartha finally understands that the  river shows all existence in time, and finds enlightenment from it. Teaches him that all things are connected and flow together like the cycle of water. •     The child people: These people are normal, unintellectual people who focus on  greed and power. Siddartha feels like he is above these people and their foolishness, but deep down thinks he might want to feel like them. For a time, Siddartha becomes  1 IUF1000 like the child people and we see all of the mistakes he makes. Herman Hesse wants  us to look at this way of life in a bad way and believe it's not the way to live, like  Siddartha does. •     Vasudeva: Vasuveda is the river guide that people come to to seek enlightenment,  including Siddartha. Vasuveda leaves the earth at the same time that Siddartha  reaches Nirvana, which is fitting because Vasuveda helped Siddartha reach this  stage. Vasuveda was such a key factor to this book because he was the reason  Siddartha finally found Nirvana and allows him to rely on himself and the river, not a  teacher. •     Om: Om is the sound that contains the essence of the unvierse/god and signifies  the unity and perfection in the universe through a meditation. As a Brahmin he first  learned this concept, but realized no one else around him fully grasped it. Om is  something all around Siddartha that at the end of the novel he finally realizes he can  learn without a teacher, but with the physical world, spiritual world, and time. •     The son: Siddartha's son with Kamala, who quickly hates his father when he starts  to live with him. He finds it hard to cope with the fact that his mother is dead, and  wants to run away from Siddartha and return. This is the final test of love before  Siddartha can reach enlightenment. Siddartha's father let him off on his own, now he  must let his son go. •   Samsa    : Cycle of life and death, cycling through different forms of suffering. It is  the normal life of living, suffering, and then dying. After living in the city, Siddartha  knows he doesn't want to keep doing this. Siddartha learns that this cycle will not lead him to enlightenment, and doesn't want to be trapped in it. So, he leaves. •     Govinda: Govinda is the best friend of Siddhartha. They leave their home first to  live with the Samanas and then to follow Gautama. Siddhartha leaves Gautama to  follow his own path while Govinda stays behind. In contrast to Siddhartha, Govinda  spends his life seeking enlightenment by following in the footsteps of others. Through the characters of Govinda and Siddhartha, Hesse invites his reader to consider how  much our own happiness depends on ourselves and how we must turn to others. ­Both a disciple and a guide 2 IUF1000 Lecture Notes: ­Theme: Life is a journey ­Buddhism: Non­theistic religion, based on teachings of Gautama Buddha who lived in  the 4th and 5th centuries, major concepts include Samsara (cycle of rebirth and death),  Karma (what goes around comes around, and Rebirth (going through the life cycle). ­4 Noble Truths: 1. Life is suffering 2. The origin of suffering is attachment to transient things 3. The end of suffering is possible by letting go of our attachments 4. There is a path to the end of suffering. Middle way between the two extremes  of excessive self indulgence (hedonism) and excessive self mortification (asceticism)  and it leads to the end of the cycle of rebirth.  ­Duffy was a loser in high school 3


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