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Posted by M.W.Pearson on January 6, 2003 02:59:12 UTC

I think this novel could be discussed section by section. What is the significance of Siddhartha's choice not to be 'scolded by Western religions'? He took part in the Ablutions at home...But he did not stay to Ablutize his fellow Hindus and follow in his father's profession. He left home with a friend to be an acetic monk. He learned how to think, wait (and fast).
"Fast Waiting!"
This gave the the idea of meditating for five minutes on the subject of making the five minutes seem like it was even less than five minutes.
This section of the novel has scientific and God
significance. What is the purpose? What is the effect? What is the benefit of acetic meditating, fasting and waiting? Why did this not catch on as a way of life in the west? Richard? Anyone? Are westerners just not good enough or do we just have a real treat ahead of us? Was 500 BC too long ago or can we still identify with the events in the story?

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