Rivers In Siddhartha

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According to studied dream interpretations, dreaming about water can symbolize life, death, change, rebirth and renewal. (http://psychiclibrary.com/beyondBooks/water-dreams/) Specifically, rivers, can implicate the spirit of many things. If the river is temperate, it can mean that you are content with any changes that may be taking place in your life. If the river is flowing rapidly, it can be a sign that things are becoming overwhelming and it is time for you to slow down and regain control. If you begin to move to the beat of the river flow, can be an indication that life is moving you to a positive peaceful place. In the novel, Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, the main character Siddhartha experiences every stage of the river listed above, but it wasn’t a dream.…show more content…
He was well respected and made everyone happy. He had mastered all of the spiritual practices that were taught to him by his father. However, he was not intellectually satisfied and as a result of his dissatisfaction he sought a new journey. With the reluctant permission from his father he left to become a Samana, followed by his friend Govinda (Page 13). After 3 years with the samanas, Siddhartha grows weary of the teachings. Siddhartha mentions to Govinda how even the eldest samana has not reached nirvana by the practices that they have adapted to. Siddhartha eventually uses the rumor about Gotama (the perfected one) as a means for him and Govinda to follow a new path. In order for them to leave, they had to receive the blessing of the eldest samana. The eldest did not initially give them permission, but with the help of Siddhartha’s spell he soon approved (Page 23). Siddhartha’s ability to hypnotize the eldest samana proved that he had reached a superior spirituality than the eldest

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