In the book “Siddhartha” Herman Hesse shows even though one may have a goal in
mind there are many paths. In this story Siddhartha and his friend Govinda have the same
goal, and the two friends end up taking separate paths. Siddhartha however becomes
distracted. When looking at the book “Siddhartha” one can see three detours
Siddhartha took, which most readers don’t see; this is important because in the end
it helped Siddhartha find self-fulfillment.
Siddhartha starting out as a Brahmin left him at a disadvantage when searching for
Nirvana. He realizes the many gods that they worship are of no value because the only
true god is Atman. He searches for a way to concentrate on this one god, and eventually
attain Nirvana. In these thoughts he also comes to the conclusion that the lifestyle he
has is a distraction. His possesions, his feelings, his beliefs are all a distraction
which leads him to his conclusion to join the Samanas.