Siddhartha learned a lot from Samanas. He learned the ways of self denial and losing ones self. A Samana, also known as an ascetic was a person who practiced self denial and pain in persuit of enlightenment. Siddartha was inspired by the way Samanas lived and wanted to become one of them too. He wanted to find enlightenment, like the Samanas did. Siddhartha devoted his life to voulentary pain and suffering. He traveled the way of self denial, to lose himself and find enlightenment.
Gambling is a way that someone can distort his or her life. The only thing that you get through gambling is greed, pleasure, and a feeling of disconnection. A love for materialistic things comes with greed. Siddhartha can relate to these things. When Siddhartha started gambling, he lost all the qualities of a Samana. He lost himself. He lost everything that he used to stand for. Because of gambling, Siddhartha became greedy and didn't care for much else.
"He who gives away shall have real gain. He who subdues himself shall be free; he shall cease to be a slave of passions. The righteous man casts off evil, and by rooting out lust, bitterness, and illusion do we reach Nirvana.”-Buhdda This quote strongly relates to Siddhartha’s journey. Siddartha was on a quest to find Nirvana, but in order to do so, he had to subdue himself. He had to let all passions go. He had to let the illusion of life go.
Nirvana is a state of being freed from the bonds that enslave us. It is a state of ultimate freedom; freedom from sorrow, but also freedom of happiness. Siddhartha was on a religious journey to find this state of mind. He was on a goal to become empty. He wanted to become empty of sorrow, empty of dreams, empty of desire. When all the self is conquered and dead, when all passions and desires are silent, the innermost being is unlocked.
Enlightenment is a state of perfect knowledge or wisdom, combined with infinite compassion. Siddhartha's goal was to reach enlightenment and have a better understanding of the wold. Siddhartha and his friend, Govinda were on a relentless search for the truth, a search for the universal meaning of life. They wanted to rid themselves of them self, for that will cause enlightenment.