Siddhartha eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 123 pages of information about Siddhartha.

Govinda was startled and became embarrassed.  But Siddhartha put his mouth close to Govinda’s ear and whispered to him:  “Now, I want to show the old man that I’ve learned something from him.”

Positioning himself closely in front of the Samana, with a concentrated soul, he captured the old man’s glance with his glances, deprived him of his power, made him mute, took away his free will, subdued him under his own will, commanded him, to do silently, whatever he demanded him to do.  The old man became mute, his eyes became motionless, his will was paralysed, his arms were hanging down; without power, he had fallen victim to Siddhartha’s spell.  But Siddhartha’s thoughts brought the Samana under their control, he had to carry out, what they commanded.  And thus, the old man made several bows, performed gestures of blessing, spoke stammeringly a godly wish for a good journey.  And the young men returned the bows with thanks, returned the wish, went on their way with salutations.

On the way, Govinda said:  “Oh Siddhartha, you have learned more from the Samanas than I knew.  It is hard, it is very hard to cast a spell on an old Samana.  Truly, if you had stayed there, you would soon have learned to walk on water.”

“I do not seek to walk on water,” said Siddhartha.  “Let old Samanas be content with such feats!”

GOTAMA

In the town of Savathi, every child knew the name of the exalted Buddha, and every house was prepared to fill the alms-dish of Gotama’s disciples, the silently begging ones.  Near the town was Gotama’s favourite place to stay, the grove of Jetavana, which the rich merchant Anathapindika, an obedient worshipper of the exalted one, had given him and his people for a gift.

All tales and answers, which the two young ascetics had received in their search for Gotama’s abode, had pointed them towards this area.  And arriving at Savathi, in the very first house, before the door of which they stopped to beg, food has been offered to them, and they accepted the food, and Siddhartha asked the woman, who handed them the food: 

“We would like to know, oh charitable one, where the Buddha dwells, the most venerable one, for we are two Samanas from the forest and have come, to see him, the perfected one, and to hear the teachings from his mouth.”

Quoth the woman:  “Here, you have truly come to the right place, you Samanas from the forest.  You should know, in Jetavana, in the garden of Anathapindika is where the exalted one dwells.  There you pilgrims shall spent the night, for there is enough space for the innumerable, who flock here, to hear the teachings from his mouth.”

This made Govinda happy, and full of joy he exclaimed:  “Well so, thus we have reached our destination, and our path has come to an end!  But tell us, oh mother of the pilgrims, do you know him, the Buddha, have you seen him with your own eyes?”

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