In "Siddhartha", how do the Buddha's followers survive? What does the Buddha look like? What paths do Siddhartha and Govinda take?
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The Buddha's followers survive physically on hand-outs and food they are given. They are above the physical plane and live in a world where they seek spiritual enlightenment, Nirvana. They believe the Buddha is the Supreme Teacher who can help them reach their goals. The Buddha is a physical man, not a god, but he is blessed with enlightenment.
Siddhartha decides not to become a follower of Buddha; he must find his own way and travels into Samsara, the material world, to uncover his destiny. Govinda is Siddhartha's shadow until he decides to remain with the Buddha as his teacher. Siddhartha wants life to teach him!
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