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Siddhartha Book Review

Updated on January 23, 2012

Siddhartha is a book about a young man living in India in the 6 century that details the fictional life, although possibly based on real events, who wants to gain enlightenment and develop an understanding for himself which leads him through an amazing journey of life. Throughout this book Siddhartha faces obstacles that would seem to detour most, however, Siddhartha is on a mission…his has found a purpose of life, one in which will not be refused, and cannot be ignored. I believe the lessons to be learned from Siddhartha are invaluable, as they teach the basic requirements of living for a purpose; they are 1) strive for that which is greater than you, 2) utilize your talents to unlock doors which otherwise would be closed, 3) accept change. In the papers I will illustrate how Siddhartha face and conquered these challenges to obtain his goal.

What is living for a purpose? To me living for a purpose means to have a reason to live life. This is not a suggestion that life without a purpose is not worth living, however, as seen in the readings a purpose driven life builds character, morals, and promotes to self-actualization. The difference between a purpose driven life and one without, is the difference between becoming who you are supposed to be and who you are not. The interesting aspect about living life for a purpose is that if you go back a thousand years, those that are written about in the history books have always had a purpose in life, a dream to accomplish, a goal to fulfill and they all had one thing in common – nothing was going to get in the way of them and their goal. The most basic element of living for a purpose is to utilize your natural talents – whatever they may be. Siddhartha talents were thinking, waiting, and fasting. Seems a little simplistic, however, natural talents can opens doors which would previously be closed to you. These doors can open other doors and expose you to a whole new world, one that you had only dreamed of. For example, an individual with natural talents in musicianship or art might think they are just good for nothing talents, but maybe you will earn a position in an orchestra, which leads to a spot on an international team, just because you play an instrument you can possible travel the entire world just by utilizing your talents. Talents unlock doors. However, in order for the doors to become unlocked you must first learn to accept change.

Siddhartha faced may changes during his journey…leaving home and joining the Samana’s, leaving the Samana’s and going to hear Gotama, and choosing not to following Gotama and leaving his friend to search out on his own. If Siddhartha had not been willing to accept change then we would have never left in the beginning…instead he would be an Brahmin and not the enlightened one. Change is an aspect of life which people rarely adjust to with ease. The psychology behind change indicates that one becomes conditioned to respond to situations in a specific way, and straying from that specific response takes a signification amount of conditioning before that specific action become extinct. To accept changes means to welcome new thoughts and ideas event divergent ones. Seek to understand things that you do not yet understand, and most important listen to others with an open mind and a willing heart. Finally, before all of this works your must have a goal.

To live for a purpose you must strive to obtain things that are bigger than yourself. In this way, when you reach for goals nothing will stop you from achieving them for you know that what you are after is greater than what you have. This is so powerful, because it will automatically help one to achieve things just as morals, goals, and vision. Have a goal, and reach for it. For example Siddhartha did this on numerous occasions as with many of ther….

In the end living for a purpose is more than a goal, it’s a lifestyle of commitment, determination and unwaivering intentions. The world would be a better place if everyone has positive purposes in which they were striving for.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Siddhartha was born in Lumbini, now in Nepal, and lived around Northern India. This is a beautiful book about the early life of the Buddha. Thanks for sharing

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      Ameritopia 5 years ago

      You are welcome. Thanks for taking the time to read it.

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