Siddhartha Chapter 1 - From the reading. . . "But where,...

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“But where, where was this self, this innermost part, this ultimate part? It was not flesh and bone, it was neither thought nor consciousness, thus the wisest ones taught. So, where, where was it?” Ideas of Interest from “The Son of the Brahmin 1. Why did Siddhartha remain standing when his father requested that there be no more discussion of joining the ascetics? Why didn’t Siddhartha just leave as he had promised Govinda? Explain why Siddhartha’s father 1 Chapter 1. The Son of the Brahmin “allowed him” to leave. Speculate in what way Siddhartha’s father came to his decision. 2. Siddhartha had always obeyed his father’s wishes. Conjecture what he would have done if his father had said “No” to his request to leave and join the Samanas . 3. Why does Siddhartha speak of himself in the “third person”? Try speaking of yourself in the third person for a short time in order to see the effects of this technique. 4. Given that Govinda was Siddhartha’s “spear carrier,” envision the conditions under which Govinda left home. How do you suspect that Siddhartha’s and Govinda’s parents differ in their practices of child rearing? The Reading Selection from “The Son of the Brahmin In the shade of the house, in the sunshine of the riverbank near the boats, in the shade of the Sal-wood forest, in the shade of the fig tree is where Siddhartha grew up, the handsome son of the Brahmin , the young falcon, together with his friend Govinda, son of a Brahmin . The sun tanned his light shoulders by the banks of the river when bathing, performing the sacred ablutions, the sacred offerings. In the mango grove, shade poured into his black eyes, when playing as a boy, when his mother sang, when the sacred offerings were made, when his father, the scholar, taught him, when the wise men talked. For a long time, Siddhartha had been partaking in the discussions of the wise men, practising debate with Govinda, practising with Govinda the art of reflection, the service of meditation. He already knew how to speak the Om silently, the word of words, to speak it silently into himself while inhaling, to speak it silently out of himself while exhaling, with all the concentration of his soul, the forehead surrounded by the glow of the clear-thinking spirit. He already knew to feel Atman in the depths of his being, indestructible, one with the universe. Joy leapt in his father’s heart for his son who was quick to learn, thirsty for knowledge; he saw him growing up to become a great wise man and priest, a prince among the Brahmins . Bliss leapt in his mother’s breast when she saw him, when she saw him walking, when she saw him sit down and get up, Siddhartha, strong, handsome, he who was walking on slender legs, greeting her with perfect respect. Love touched the hearts of the
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This note was uploaded on 10/12/2009 for the course ENGLISH 8888 taught by Professor Keller during the Spring '09 term at Aarhus Universitet.

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