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 …show more content…
In this verse from a Chandogya Upanishad, Siddhartha reveals that even the wisest and the oldest Brahmin seems so close to the celestial world, but he never actually reaches it. As a religious and a venerable Brahmin in the Brahmin community, Siddhartha feels like a puppet in the palm of the “tradition” hands. He has to follow the same rituals and patterns without ever challenging or exploring new methods that will fully quench his ultimate thirst. Even among the Samanas Siddhartha felt like their lifestyle and their rituals are brief moments without ego, everything comes back when one is awake. Siddhartha says- “It is a fight from the ego, it is a brief breakout from the torture of ego, it is a brief numbing of pain and of the senselessness of life”. However, every time he imagined himself in different forms, he still came back to one when reawakened (human being that suffers from his ego)- "he slipped out of his Self in a thousand different forms. He was animal, carcass, stone, wood, water, and each time he reawakened". By challenging religions and their teachings, he is constantly searching for the right way that would lead him to the true Enlightenment. Nevertheless, after trying to follow the ones who knew the rules from the holy books, and the ones trying to find peace with an emptied heart and un-selfed thinking. He comes to the conclusion that Nirvana cannot be attained by relying on other peoples’ lifestyles or by ignoring the materialistic world.
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