The Buddha's Path to Enlightment

The Buddha's Path to Enlightment

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  • Religious Leader or King.
  • He shall be King!
  • Siddhartha Gautama who was born in 563 B.C., was a Hindu prince of Nepal. One day, Siddhartha's father meets with a fortune teller who predicts Siddhartha will either be a mighty king, or religious leader. Of course, Siddhartha's dad wants him to be king.
  • Throughout his life, Siddhartha grew up in a life of luxury, without experiencing pain or sadness. Surprisingly, even when Siddhartha left the palace, the guards made sure to clear the sickly or poor from the streets. Eventually, Siddhartha married and had a son, he had everything a person could want.
  • Ooommm...
  • One day, when Siddhartha was about 29 years old, he left the palace and passed three unpleasant scenes that horrified him. Finally, he came upon a fourth sight; a holy elderly who seemed to be in a happy state. Later then, Siddhartha secretly left the palace to trade his royal belongings for a simple, yellow robe of a religious seeker.
  • No, I am awake.
  • Are you a god?
  • What about a saint or an angel?
  • Siddhartha, who lived on food that strangers gave him, was found by Gurus who taught him about the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. However, Siddhartha did not approve of the Gurus way, instead joined a band of ascetics who taught him self denial. Unfortunately, the ascetics abandoned Siddhartha after he rejected self denial because of his hunger.
  • Finally, Siddhartha who ended up sitting under a tree for forty-nine days, decided he would stay there util he realized the truth. Legends say Siddhartha was visited by Mara, the god of desire and death, who tried to tempt Siddhartha with wealth, but Siddhartha refused, so Mara punished him with rains and rock showers. Finally, Siddhartha went deeper into meditation, and escaped the cycle of rebirth and death, and had finally reached enlightenment.
  • Because of this, Siddhartha had traveled around the world, teaching people about the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. Many times, they would ask him if he was a god or an angel, but he shook his head and told them he was awake. Therefore, he has reached enlightenment and that his purpose in life is to awaken people to the true nature of the world.
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