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What does Siddhartha realize that he must do to find the self he is seeking?

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Having left the Semanas and his friend Govinda, Siddhartha realizes he must be in the world before he can be removed from it: to look at a beautiful woman without lowering his eyes, to shave his beard and comb his hair with oil, to buy and wear fine clothing, and to learn the ways of eros (physical love) from a master teacher, Kamala.

Siddhartha realizes that he cannot attain nirvana without first being like others: to ply a trade, to love a woman, to use money.  A monk, the Buddha, or the Semanas live protected and sheltered lives, so how can they attain peace if they have never been in the...

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