Among the key reasons why Siddhartha has experienced lasting intrigue and great success is its allowance for different interpretations. Similar to other timeless literary works, the novel encourages new interpretations for every generation, including cross-cultural audiences. The unrelenting search for truth and enlightenment is critical in achieving harmonious relationship with the world and achieving happiness…………………..
In order to accomplish happiness and a harmonious relationship with the world, an unrelenting search for truth is of great importance. The truth for which Govinda and Siddhartha search is the life’s universal understanding………………..
The search and pursuit of happiness does not result from external forces or advice but is self-driven. The self-drive and time management is essential in attainment of desired happiness by an individual. This is portrayed by Govinda and Siddhartha who are not willing to perform their search for enlightenment through Nirvana. After he become suspicious about the results of a single path, changes his course without hesitation. Govinda is less flexible in his search for spiritual truth. This difference in approaches to their searches makes Govinda’s search limited; and Siddhartha’s unrelenting search is the reason why Govinda will be able to achieve enlightenment only through Siddhartha’s grace while Siddhartha is in a position to find the truth on his own. Siddhartha learns that enlightenment is never attained through teachers since it is never taught: it comes internally from within oneself. He starts to search for enlightenment by seeking guidance from Buddhists, Samanas, and Brahmins…………………………….
Truth and happiness also do not come from mastering either the spiritual, or the material world. The two can instead be acquired from locating the common ground between these existence polarities. In the first pages of Siddhartha, Siddhartha rejects the material world (Hesse 9). After an evening meditation, Saddharth’s speaks to Govida his friend saying, “Early morning, my friend, Siddhartha will go to the ‘Samanas’. He will become a Samana” (Hesse 9 para 2). He adopts the Buddhists……………………….