Siddhartha could become a religious leader or a king.
He MUST be a king!
Wow! I live in a perfect world.
The Four Passing Sights
Siddhartha Gautama was born a prince. A fortune teller foretold that Siddhartha would become a mighty prince or a religous leader.
I will deny myself all physical comfort!
Siddhartha had a perfect life and never encountered any hardships. His guards made sure he never saw anything unpleasant.
I won't leave until I find the truth.
The Bodhi Tree
Give up your search!
One day, Siddhartha drove out in his chariot with only his driver. During his ride, he came across an old man, and ill man, a dead man, and a calm, holy man. This left him shocked.
To achieve enlightenment, you must...
Siddhartha wanted to find out more about life and death. He stayed with Hindu gurus but wanted to learn more. So, he joined religious ascetics and denied himself physical comforts such as eating. This almost killed him, so Siddhartha ended his time with the ascetics.
After leaving the ascetics, Siddhartha sat under the Bodhi tree and vowed that he wouldn't leave until he realized the truth. This took him 49 days. During this time, the god of death, Mara, tried to tempt and threaten Siddhartha to give up his search. However, Siddhartha refused, achieved enlightenment, and became Buddha.
For 45 years, Buddha traveled across India and spread his knowledge. Instead of saying he was a god, angel, or saint, Buddha would say that he was awake. His last words were that everything is changeable and to work hard to achieve your own salvation.