English 10B, 6th Period May 22, 2001 Siddhartha, Chapter 1Chapter 1 of Siddhartha by Herman Hesse was out of the ordinary. Siddhartha, a young son of a Brahmin, was seeking to become a Samana, andhis friend, Govinda, would follow him as “. . .
his companion, his servant,his lance bearer, and his shadow” (Hesse 2). Siddhartha’s father washesitant to allow him to become a Samana, but he later notice Siddharthahad already left spiritually. The bond between Siddhartha and Govinda is comparable to superiorityand insufficiency, and religion. Siddhartha has a “servant”, Govinda, whowill dedicate his life for the prosperity of Siddhartha, and in return hegains the reputation of disciple, in the event of Siddhartha becoming agod. Amazing! This is far beyond the barriers of friendship andassociated loyalty, to a rather hierarchical system of class; religion. Many people insist that hierarchical form of governing is obsolete andunnecessary, and other absolutely forbid such arrangement, yet they returnto their homes, churches, temples, synagogues, and any other institutionthat relates to religious practice, to attend and be a player in the gameof religion.
The chain of command initiates within “God”, and disciplesand saints are issued the next order, the clergypersons are thenpositioned, and atlas, we the people who follow the beliefs of the”almighty” stand among our millions of members to bask in “God’s” presence. Govinda is preparing to be inferior. India has class order to their society, as many other countries do,but India’s barriers are more conspicuous. The Brahmin division ranks highexplicitly because they are priests and their responsibility is the cosmicrevelation according to the Rig-Veda. Similar to the tasks of Christianpriests and related church members who have a direct “link” to God anddistribute sermons and bible reading that are direct readings from thebible and opinionated comments (usually reinforcing the bible’s teachings)for the sole purpose of rendering and teaching individuals and promote thereligion, Brahmins’ goals are to education the populace of their teachings,and perhaps, have some people adopt their religion. Yet, they are oftendepicted as power-hungry, egotistical, arrogant people.
Just imagine ifChristian priests were considered in this manner. Siddhartha tends to exhibit discontent towards himself. He mentionsthe love of his friend Govinda and parents is not sufficient enough togrant him happiness. And his religion is apparently not keeping up to hisintellect.
Hopefully, becoming a Samana would meet his requirements forcontentment and aptitude.