A short story of how Buddha went from a prince to a spiritual teacher.
Please be a king..
Your son shall be a religious leader or king.
Please stay back!
The story of Buddha begins like a fairy tale as a prince born in Nepal in 563 B.C. Siddhartha's father meets with a fortune teller and says Siddhartha will be a king or religious leader. But of course Siddhartha's father wants him to be a king.
And there is your bowl.
Born living a life of luxury without experiencing pain or sadness. When Siddhartha grew up, his father protected him from everything unpleasant. The prince had never seen anyone poor, sad, or sick.
I just passed out and you think that is ok!
Siddhartha goes outside of village and sees a man leaning on a stick. He goes out again and sees a man shrunken by disease. The second to last time Siddhartha goes out he sees people crying around a person that has died. The last time he goes out he sees a holy man that was homeless but enlightened, and Siddhartha wanted to achieve that.
He goes in search for this enlightenment and only lives on the food that people gave him. His only possession was a bowl. This way to seek enlightenment that the gurus gave him was not reasonable to him.
He decided to stay with some extreme religious people that only had two possessions. The two possessions were a yellow robe and a bowl for food. One day he passes out from not enough food. When he wakes up he is unhappy with the people so he leaves.
Siddhartha meditated for 49 days under a bodhi tree trying to achieve enlightenment. He was later greeted by Mara a goddess, who was trying to bribe him to stop meditating for great fortune but he refused to. He later saw his past lives and achieved enlightenment.