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ELA Siddhartha / Ch.12 Govinda
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1. the restlessness and the searching still had not perished from his heart.
All the time Govinda with Buddha, his yearning was still there. Even Buddha can't lead him reach enlightenment.
2. that the only thing his eyes still see is that what he searches for, that he is unable to find anything, to let anything enter his mind, because he always thinks of nothing but the object of his search, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed by the goal.
Govinda will never find the goal because he is too obsessed with the goal inside him and misses the real goal.
3. striving for your goal, there are many things you don't see, which are directly in front of your eyes.
You cannot see the important thing in front of you when you are only looking at you goal.
4. Many people, Govinda have to change a lot, have to wear many a robe, I am one of those, my dear.
Siddhartha has changed his position.
7. wisdom cannot be passed on. Wisdom which a wise man tries to pass on to someone always sounds like foolish.
Wisdom cannot be taught, but experienced.
8. Knowledge can be conveyed, but not wisdom. it cannot be expressed in words and taught.
True wisdom can be learned but cannot be taught.
9. exalted Gotama spoke in his teachings of the world, he had to divide it into Sansara and Nirvana, into deception and truth, into suffering and salvation.
When he explains he divides everything opposite as that is the only way to explain into words. But Siddhartha knows there's no good or bad.
10. if time is not real, then the gap which seems to be between the world and the eternity, between suffering and blissfulness, between evil and good, is also a deception.
If there is no time, there is no border between two opposites.
11. within the sinner is now and today already the future Buddha, his future is already all there, you have to worship in him, in you, in everyone the Buddha which is coming into being, the possible, the hidden Buddha.
We all have Buddha inside.
12. In deep meditation, there is the possibility to put time of existence, to see all life which was, is, and will be as if it was simultaneous.
You can see the past, present, and future.
13. I needed lust, the desire for possessions, vanity, and needed the most shameful despair, in order to learn but to leave it as it is and to love it and to enjoy being part of it.
Siddhartha has to go to the very bottom of his life and came back up again to hear the Om.
Siddhartha was talking to Govinda that lust/desire was what he needed to go the very bottom of his life.
14. this stone is a stone, it is also animal, it is also god, it is also Buddha. I do not venerate and love it because it could turn into this or that, but rather because it is already and always everything─ and it is this very fact, that is a stone.
Everything is changing, you see as a stone at that time but would have different in the past or future.
15. The words are not good for the secret meaning, everything always becomes a bit different, as soon as it is put into words, gets distorted a bit, a bit silly─yes.
The words cannot describe everything perfectly.
16. Perhaps it are these which keep you from finding place, perhaps it are the many words.
17. Let the things be illusions or not, after all I would then also be an illusion, and thus they are always like me.
Everything is illusion.
18. I distrust in words so much, for I know, this contradiction is a deception. I know that I am in agreement with Gotama.
Siddhartha seems to have disagreement with Govinda, but the difference is only the words, they have the same experience.
19. I...place more importance on [the Buddha's] acts and life than on his speeches, more on the gestures of his hand than his opinions.
True enlightenment cannot be taught in words, but it can be shown.
20. this smile of oneness above the flowing forms, the smile of simultaneousness above the thousand births and deaths, this smile of Siddhartha was precisely the same.
Siddhartha's smile was oneness.
21. Not knowing any more whether time existed, whether the vision had lasted a second or a hundred years, not knowing any more whether there existed Siddhartha, a Gotama, a me and a you, feeling in his innermost self as if he had been wounded by a divine arrow, the injury of which tasted sweet, being enchanted and dissolved in his innermost self.
Govinda is enlightened.
22. whose smile reminded him of everything he had ever loved in his life, what had ever been valuable and holy to him in his life.
Siddhartha's smile enlightened Govinda.
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