Chapter 12. Govinda

Table of Contents
Ideas of Interest from "Govinda"
The Reading Selection from "Govinda"
Topics Worth Investigating

India's Sacred Lotus, Library of Congress

Ideas of Interest from "Govinda"

  1. Explain Siddhartha's observation that when seeking becomes a goal-in-itself for Govinda, enlightenment is not possible. Is it that Govinda is not separate from his goal or is it that Govinda should not have a goal?

  2. Explain what Siddhartha means when he states that wisdom cannot be communicated. Can you think of some specific examples illustrating this insight?

  3. Evaluate Siddhartha's claim that "The opposite of every truth is just as true!" Can you adduce some examples which show what Siddhartha means?

  4. What are some of the insights Siddhartha has learned throughout his life? Are these insights just meaningful with respect to Siddhartha's life or would they also be useful in contemporary times?

  5. What would be some of the implications of the fact that time is not real? Is it inconceivable that time is an a priori construction of the human mind?

  6. How does Govinda know that Siddhartha has reached enlightenment? What are the signs of this recognition?