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Siddhartha Gautama was the founder of Buddhism. He was born into a royal Sikh family. His father wanted him to never be sad, so all news of illness, pain, suffering and death was to be kept away from the palace. Siddhartha was always happy.
Although he was happy, Siddhartha wanted to see what life was like outside the palace. So one day, unknown to his father, he slipped out of the palace gate and into the streets of the poor.
The first thing that he saw was an old woman kneeling down. He asked his servant why she was in a costume. His servant replied "She is not in a costume, for she has grown old." That was the first time he had encountered old age.
The second horrifying thing that Siddhartha saw was sickness. He asked his companion to tell that man to stop his awful singing, and again his servant said "He is not singing, he is sick." The prince had discovered sickness as well.
The third thing that the prince discovered was death. He saw some people crying over what he thought was a sleeping woman. "This woman is not asleep, she is dead." This was very shocking to Siddhartha, for the girl's face was ashen and had no colour at all in her face. This disturbed him.
And then, just as the sun was setting and Siddhartha was returning to the palace, he saw a man who was obviously starving, but was not moaning as the sick man had done. He was standing by the edge of the water with only a begging bowl and a robe. Siddhartha then knew that even through the negativeness of life, there would always be hope and light.
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