Religion Assignment

Religion Assignment
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  • Siddhartha Gautama was born in the sixth century in modern day Nepal. When his mother gave birth to him it was completely pain-less, and he had theability to walk and talk immediately. When he walked, lotus flowers grew in this path. After his birth, an ascita predicted that Siddhartha will be a great king and saviour of the world.
  • Siddhartha’s father was a very wealthy king. He raised Siddhartha in a huge palace and pampered him so that he will be protected from the misery and suffering found in everyday life.
  • As Siddhartha grew older he became more and more curious about the world outside his palace. One day he hears music which prompts him to leave the palace and explore the real world. As he was exploring he saw four different sights.
  • First was an old man and his coachman explained that all people age. Next was a sick man, his coachman says that all people cannot live a healthy forever. After was a dead body, the coachman says that everyone will eventually die. Finally, he saw an ascetic who believed that he will be released from human suffering. Through all these sights he ultimately discovered compassion.
  • After seeing the four sights he explains to his father that he needs to find an end to suffering and become an ascetic like the one he saw. He decides to take his horse and run away, leaving his wife and newborn baby behind.
  • For six years, Siddhartha lived in the forest with five other ascetics who refused food, water and endured all pain. One day, he and the other ascetics were meditating, and it began to rain when a snake came over Siddhartha and protected him from the rain.
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