… not to follow the teachings of Gotama, and that he will attempt to find his own unique path. However, Siddhartha ultimately embraces Gotama’s teachings of “The Four Noble Truths” and “The Eight Fold Path”.
In rejecting the teachings of Gotama, Siddhartha chooses to find his own path. While Siddhartha does not follow the doctrines of “The Four Noble Truths” and “The Eight Fold Path”., he does experience the doctrines while following his own path.
In chapters 1-4 Siddhartha experiences the Four Noble Truths. The truths are that existence is suffering, suffering is caused by desire, that stopping the …
… love–he saw corpses stretched out, motionless, cold, void– he saw the
heads of animals, of boars, of crocodiles, of elephants, of bulls, of birds–he saw gods, saw Krishna, saw Agni–he saw all of these figures and faces in a thousand
relationships with one another…”.