Siddhartha, on the brink of death, finds the fountain of youth in a mere river. “Siddhartha’s only goal was to become empty of everything.” Siddhartha wished to become empty and then he would be reborn, enlightened. “He is dissatisfied with the ritual and the worship of the Gods.” Siddhartha, at this point, was disgruntled with everyone else’s teaching and the river was different. The river was the one place he could go and listen, but there was no teaching to be heard. The river held no biases and told not of how to obtain enlightenment, but instead it taught Siddhartha that all he had to do to obtain enlightenment is to listen. “The new Siddhartha felt a deep love for this flowing water and decided that he would not leave it again so quickly.” This quote comes after Siddhartha had attempted to commit suicide in the river. Siddhartha realized that the river had given him new life and he needed to use it carefully. After he awoke from his sleep, he realized how beautiful the river was and how simplistic it was. Siddhartha was enlightened because he now desired to live a simple life and his desire for enlightenment was gone. “That is it, said Siddhartha, and when I learned that, I reviewed my life and it was also a river, and Siddhartha the boy, Siddhartha the mature man, and Siddhartha the old man, were separated by shadows, not through reality” This quote states that Siddhartha realizes that his life is just like a river, every moment is not separated by reality. Instead every moment is merely separated by “shadows”, or minute moments. This realization is one of the keys to obtaining enlightenment.