Siddhartha's Beliefs

Topics: Time, Knowledge, Present Pages: 2 (586 words) Published: April 5, 2014
Siddhartha’s Beliefs
World literature is filled with all kinds of stories about heroes and villains. Some of those stories that I liked in World Literature were Another Evening at the Club, Night, and Siddhartha. Siddhartha is about a man named Siddhartha whose sole mission in life was to become enlightened. Siddhartha achieved enlightenment by learning three things. Siddhartha learned that time does not exist, wisdom cannot be taught, and suffering goes with love but leads to enlightenment. These ideas are relevant to anyone’s life because they can help one find enlightenment.

In the book Siddhartha, Siddhartha learned that time does not exist. “That it is,” said Siddhartha. “And when I learned it, I looked at my life, and it was also a river, and the boy Siddhartha was only separated from the man Siddhartha and from the old man Siddhartha by a shadow, not by something real. Also, Siddhartha’s previous births were no past, and his death and his return to Brahma was no future. Nothing was, nothing will be; everything has existence is present.” This quote can relate to the saying ‘to live in the moment.’ If you give up worrying about the past and future and take a moment to realize what is going on in the present, you enjoy and appreciate all of the excitement of right now. Siddhartha lived in the present and therefore became enlightened. Hopefully, if we live in the present and realize that time does not exist then we can become happier.

In addition, Siddhartha learned that knowledge can be taught, but wisdom cannot. “I’m telling what I’ve found,” said Siddhartha. “Knowledge can be conveyed, but not wisdom. It can be found, it can be lived, it is possible to be carried by it, miracles can be performed with it, but it cannot be expressed in words and taught.” This means that you cannot learn wisdom in a class room or from a teacher; you have to go out and experience it. Knowledge and rules teach us what we can do, but its wisdom that decides whether or not...
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