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Queen Maya had a dream that she was carried high over the Himalayas to a sliver mountain and set on a silvern couch. and a elephant with six tucks and hit her in the right side.
The queen gave gave birth to Prince Siddhartha in a garden. Stories say that after the prince's birth, a soft, warm rain of heavenly flowers fell on the baby and the mother
The king decided to protect his son. He raised the prince in a world of perfect wealth and beauty. He provided Siddhartha with only the finest gardens, houses, education, and food. Servants took care of the prince's every need, from washing his clothes to playing music for his amusement. The prince enjoyed his life filled with lavish pleasures, yet he always felt curious about the world outside the palace walls.
The prince was deeply troubled by his discovery of aging, sickness, and death. Unable to sit at home with his thoughts, he set out a fourth time. This time, he met a man who glowed with inner peace and calm. The man was an ascetic. To be free of suffering, one must give up the desires, pleasures, and comforts of the world. I find peace by helping others find peace. said the assetic
Suddenly, his royal life seemed empty. He wanted to find the happiness and peace that the ascetic had found Siddhartha decided to give up his old life and search for enlightenment. Becoming enlightened would mean finding deep truth and freedom from suffering. One night, the prince asked his driver to take him to the forest. At the edge of the dark woods, Siddhartha removed his royal robes, sandals, and jewels. He cut off his hair with a knife. He put on a simple robe.Wishing his driver farewell.
To end suffering, he taught, people should travel the Eightfold Path. This path follows the “middle way.”
Siddhartha had learned that giving up bodily pleasures did not bring enlightenment. He decided to find a balance between the extremes of pleasure and pain. He would be neither a prince nor an ascetic. Instead, he would seek a “middle way” as a path to enlightenment.The prince's new way of thinking caused the other ascetics to abandon him. But he was content to be alone. Although he had not yet found enlightenment, he believed that he was now on the right path. He then meditated through the rest of the night about the nature of reality.
Suffering is present in all things, and nothing lasts forever. Suffering is caused by cravings (desires and wants). The way to end suffering is to give up all cravings. The way to give up all cravings is to live life according to the Eightfold Path.
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