Indi Challenging Indian Religious Authority

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Challenging Indian Religious Authority “Your vision will become clear when you look into your heart. Who looks outside dreams. Who looks inside, awakens”- Carl Jung. Siddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse, was written in 1922 right after the World War 1. In short, it is a journey of a Brahmin 's son Siddhartha- transitioning from spiritual to materialistic and back to the spiritual world to attain self-realization, authenticity, and spirituality. The novel 's setting takes place in ancient India, during the period of the Gautama Buddha (The Sublime One). Below, I will show how Siddhartha’s story legitimates Hinduism, but challenges both Hinduism and Buddhism. According to Siddhartha neither Brahmins, Samanas nor Buddha can teach how to attain Nirvana, they can only guide, which challenges both Hindu and Buddhist teachings. However, legitimation of Indian religious authority is depicted through his instructor that guides him towards enlightenment, who is the father of Hindu God Krishna-Vasudeva. Thanks to him, he was able to finally comprehend OM-the unity of all things (Indian mantra) by listening to the river 's secrets. In addition, throughout the novel legitimation of Indian religious authority was revealed in its use of Indian religious and philosophical concepts. At first, Siddhartha challenges Indian religious authority by rejecting the Brahmins teachings and the Samanas way of life. He states:” I am no longer who I was, I am no longer an ascetic, I am no…
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