your son will be a great king, or religious leader
the prince msut not see that peasant!
who knew life was full of such misery!
In 563 B.C, a man named Siddhartha Gautama was born in a castle in Nepal. Shortly after, his father met with a fortune teller who told him that Siddhartha would either be a king or religous leader. Of course his father wanted him the become king.
great self denial..
as a young man, Siddhartha grew up in a life of luxury. his guards were always there to keep a close watch on him. Siddhartha went on Chariot rides, but every time he did, his father made his guards go first and clear the streets of the poor and sad.
wake up... hello... would you like a taco? (she really offered him soup)
Siddhartha decides to go out on a chariot ride without his guards, just the driver, and then sees the four passing sights. A man stroke with sickness, a dead man, an old man, an holy but poor man.
Siddhartha saw the holy man so happy with nothing, and desired to run away from home to become an ascetic. he escaped one night, traded in his luxurious robes for a yellow one, and joined a group of ascetics for 5 years.
after five years, Siddhartha deprived himself of so much that his body needed, he passed out. When he awoke, a milk maid offered him food and water, so he took it. H was then left by the ascetics fro failure of self denial. He realized this wasn't the right path for him.
oh yes!! I need sustenance!
Once Siddhartha realized that self-denial is not the right path, he meditated under a what is now called the Bodhi Tree or 49 days until reaching enlightenment. after he did and became Buddha, he went around India for 49 years teaching others to reach enlightenment as well.