Siddhartha learned a great deal from the samanas he

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“Siddhartha learned a great deal from the Samanas; he learned many ways of losing the Self … He lost is Self a thousand times and for days on he dwelt in non-being. But although the paths took him away from Self, in the
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end they always led back to it” (Hesse 15-15). None of the Samanas had reached the ultimate goal, not even the leader of them who was nearly seventy-years old. Siddhartha decided that this was a waste of time, so he moved on to meet the Buddha. So the Samanas did teach him some things like hypnosis, how to escape from one’s self, how to deaden one’s senses, and etc. But this is not what Siddhartha was looking for. The peace that he gained from escaping his Self was only temporary. Gautama Buddha was one of the few people who had reached enlightenment. He had also started to preach how to reach it. Siddhartha had gone to one of his teachings, to see if it would help him at all, thus making the Buddha yet another teacher for Siddhartha. Siddhartha listened very intently to the Buddha’s teachings, but he had an argument to make. “To no one, Illustrious One, can you communicate in the words and teachings of what happened to you in the hour of enlightenment” (Hesse 34). So basically, Siddhartha was saying that there was no way to describe in words what one experiences during the hour of when they are being enlightened. The Buddha has also taught something else to Siddhartha indirectly. He had taught him that teachers won’t help in achieving his goal. They can give you advice and help you on the way, but they won’t give you step by step directions on how to attain Nirvana. So by learning this, Siddhartha was, in a way, “reborn” or “awakened”. He looked at the world and everything around him in w whole new perspective. That’s how the Buddha accompanied Siddhartha in reaching enlightenment.
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