“We are not going in circles, we are going upwards.
The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.”
The word Siddhartha is made up of two words in the Sanskrit language, siddha (achieved) + artha (what was searched for), which together means “he who has found meaning (of existence)” or “he who has attained his goals”. In fact, the Buddha’s own name, before his renunciation, was Siddhartha Gautama, Prince of Kapilvastu. In Hesse’s book, the Buddha is referred to as “Gotama”.