Siddhartha - Study Guide Part 2: "By the River" Summary & Analysis

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Part 2: "By the River" Summary

Siddhartha heads to the river, away from town. Standing at the river, he hears the sound of one word--Om--, which means "the Perfect One" or "Perfection." After a very deep, refreshing sleep, Siddhartha awakens to see his old friend Govinda. He is now a monk who preaches the teachings of his leader, Gotama. Govinda has aged but Siddhartha thinks his friend still looks curious and loyal. Govinda does not recognize Siddhartha, but Siddhartha recognizes him. They talk for a bit and Govinda goes on his way.

Staring at the flowing water of the river, Siddhartha is overwhelmed with feelings of joy. Soaking in the beauty around him, he is exceedingly glad he is leaving the life he has lived for years--filled with an excess of possessions, rich foods and fancy clothes...

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