l The child will become a mighty king who will unite India, or a successful religious leader.
My child shall become king!
Age, disease, and poverty is a part of life.
Siddhartha Gautama was born around 563 B.C. as an Indian prince. A fortuneteller told his family he will either become a great king or a religious leader. His father wanted him to become king, so he took many steps to get him there.
Siddhartha was raised in the palace with everything he could ever want. His father protected him from everything unpleasant. He married and started a family, blissfully unaware of everything bad such as death, sickness, and poverty.
When Siddhartha was 29, he rode out of the palace alone and encountered the four passing sights. They were: an old man leaning on a stick, a man swallowed by disease, a dead man with a grieving family, and a wandering holy man. These sights shocked him and led him on his religious pursuit.
Siddhartha searched for truths about life, suffering, and death. He left his family and lived in nature. He studied with the Hindu gurus, but their approach to salvation did not satisfy him, so he left. Next, he joined a band of ascetics and went on the path of self-denial. After five years of this, he was weak and could not do it anymore, so he ate more food than was rationed. The ascetics abandoned him, and he was alone on his search once again.
Siddhartha soon continued his search. He sat under a tree, now known as the Bohdi Tree, and fell into a deep meditation, which lasted for 49 days. In that state, he saw all of his past lives and began to understand the cycle of life. He escaped his tie to the world and achieved enlightenment. He became the Buddha, and came back to the earth to teach others.
Buddha gathered many followers to his new religion: Buddhism. He traveled across India with his supporters to recruit new people to the idea of Buddhism. He answered questions, and he taught people how to end the cycle of rebirth. His purpose was to awaken the world to the true nature of life. He died at the age of 80, and finally reached true salvation.