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Siddhartha And Moses: A Journey Of Learning

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Siddhartha and Moses’ lives were each filled with faith, and their life experiences circulated around their beliefs. Throughout Siddhartha’s life he had faith that there was a level of wisdom, called enlightenment, which he was constantly searching for as a means to bring him spiritual peace. It is clear that his faith is strong when Siddhartha says, “How now, Govinda; are we truly on the right path? Are we really growing towards a realization? Or are we perhaps, just going in circles - we who think that at some point we shall escape the circle of existence?” (Hesse 24). On the other hand, Moses was brought before God and was given a task to free the Hebrews by following God’s word and having faith in Him. In the Bible God states to Moses, “Come now! I will send you to Pharaoh to lead my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” (The Catholic Youth Bible, Exodus 3-10). Siddhartha lived a life of faith as demonstrated during his childhood, his time with the Samanas, and his time with Vasudeva. Moses also lived a life of faith through journeying back to Egypt, confronting the Pharaoh, and leading the Hebrews.
During Siddhartha’s childhood he believed that Hindu rituals and scriptures would bring him enlightenment, but he saw flaws in these practices. Afterwards, Siddhartha decided to live with the Samanas, ascetics who tortured themselves for peace, but again saw flaws. Finally, Siddhartha went to live with a ferryman by the river, and he found peace which brought him enlightenment. During Moses’ life he established faith by following God back to Egypt, even though he murdered a man there while he was living in the Pharaoh’s house. Moses confronted the Pharaoh, a man who could have easily had him killed, because he knew God would protect him. Finally, he led a group of complaining Hebrews to the Promised Land because it was God’s command, and he held great faith in God’s judgment.
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