Siddartha was born with many riches. After he was born, a fortune teller came and told Siddartha's father that he would be a religious leader or a king. His dad really wanted him to be king.
He Is DEAD!!!
Siddhartha was very rich and he was raised in luxury. He had garments of silk. Also, he would be put under a parasol so he would not be touched by heat. But, his dad was hiding the suffering of the world from Siddhartha in fear that he would become a religious leader.
I have not eaten or bathed in 24 days.
I fainted three minutes ago maybe this is not the path for me.
One day, Siddhartha went out with only one guard and without anybody knowing they went out.
I shall meditate here until I find the path to enlightenment.
When they went out, Siddhartha saw all the things that his dad had protected him from like sickness and death. The guard explained that people get older, then get sick, and then they finally die .
Siddhartha joined religious Ascetics who practiced extreme self denial. Siddhartha was eating one grain of rice a day and he wore scratchy clothing, also he sat in uncomfortable positions. Then, after fainting, he woke up and he decided that this was not the right path for him.
Siddhartha sat under a fig tree and meditated for 49 days. Mara tried to get Siddhartha to leave. When he did not, Mara made a storm. Siddhartha kept meditating, saw his last lives and achieved enlightenment. The Ascetics told him they would not let him back, but the Buddha was so happy, they couldn't help but listen to him. The Buddha said you must be kind to yourself. and made the four noble truths to live your life by.