Your son will either be a spiritual leader, or a king, like you, your highness.
My son will definetely be a KING!!
This kingdom is perfect. There are no flaws!
Oh no! Code red! Code red! There is a sick man on the next street!
I'm FINALLY going to make it out of this palace alone. No guards this time!
Siddartha Guatama's life was perfect at the beginning, or so he thought. He was born in 563 B.C, and his father ruled a kingdom in present day Nepal. A Fortuneteller once said that Siddartha would grow up to bcome a king, or a spiritual leader.
You look starving! Here, do you want this food?
YES! PLEASE! I have not eaten in so long!
Siddartha lived a good life of luxury and wealth. He was very protected, because of his father, from any sights like homeless, sick, or poor people that might change his mind to being a spiritual leader. The King was glad to see his son married and have a child young. Both felt all was going well.
I must find the truth. And I will NOT leave until I do!
When Siddartha was about 29 years of age, he rode out of the palace without his usual guards. He saw four shocking sights that made him sad and sick. These was a very, very old man, a dead person on the road, someone who was very sick, and a holy man wandering around. This last sight inspred Siddartha and he wanted to learn more about him.
Nooooooo! Siddartha. NOO!
This is my last advice to you. Gain your freedom because nothing lasts forever, but everything can change as long as you try.
Siddartha went into the forest to find out the truth of this man and why his father kept him from the real world. Religious gurus in the forest taught him about life, death, and rebirth. But none of these things satisfied his thirst for the truth. He joined religious ascetics whom taught him a life about self-denial. But one day Siddartha was offered food and he took it, but the ascetics abandoned him for the non self-denial act.
Siddartha regained his strength and began to meditate until he found out the truth about life. He meditated for 49 days! As he grew deeper into meditation, he understood the cycles of rebirth, death, and life. After a while, he entered a life of no suffering or sadness, he was free from the cycle of life.
Instead of enjoying freedom, Siddartha went around India sharing hs knowledge about truth, happiness, and hope. He answered questions about himself asking if he was a god, angel, or saint, but always said he was only awake. Siddartha died at age 80 with many more teachers now preaching the word of freedom.