If prince Siddhartha becomes king, he will rule the world. If he becomes a monk, he will become a Buddha.
I want my son to be king.
King Suddhodana and Queen Maya ruled the kingdom of Kapilavattu in Nepal
On her way to her parents' house, she gave birth to Prince Siddhartha in the Lumbini Garden.
Asita, the prophet, predicted that Siddhartha would either become a great ruler or a Buddha. However, his father, King Suddhodana, only wanted him to succeed the throne.
Why sickness? Why old age? Why death? Is there an answer?
Unfortunately, Queen Maya passed away seven days after giving birth to Siddhartha. Her sister, Pajapati, took care of the Prince.
At the age of 16, he married Princess Yasodhara. After 13 years, they had a son named Rahula.
When he left the castle, he saw a sick man, an old man, and a corpse. He, then, saw a monk walking in peace not inflicted by the suffering of humanity. He started to question the origin of suffering and the answer to it.
On his 29th birthday, he left the castle, his parents, his wife, and child, with his servant and a horse.
At the Anoma river, he left his servant with his horse and the jewelry and crossed the river to begin his journey of seeking knowledge.
Siddhartha started to study and acquire from different masters. Until one day, he settled with the practice of asceticism.
Asceticism is not the path to enlightenment.
He and 4 Kondanna brothers practiced asceticism day and night. They did not eat or drink during the practice.
Despite his devotion, Siddhartha did not find the ultimate path to his questions through asceticism. Therefore, he abandoned asceticism and drank the milk offered by a lady to revive his strength.
He began to meditate under the Bodhi tree for 49 days. Despite the disturbance of Mara, the demon, Siddhartha was enlightened and became Buddha.
Buddha delivered the first lesson to his disciples, the Kondanna brothers at the Loc Uyen garden.
For the next 45 years, He and his students spread the teaching to the people. During that time, Buddha obtained a number of disciples, forming a Sangha community.