Your sons future can either be a king who unites kingdoms, or a religious leader.
I will lead my son onto the path of a king!
Get off the road please.
Oh no! poor people!
But why is the guy who has nothing so content? I want to find that same peace! the only place to find it is in the forest where I shall go!
Siddhartha was born a prince in 563 B.C Nepal. His father who was king, brought a fortune teller that predicted Sid's future. Two possible futures could either become king or a religious leader. The king tried to guide Sid to become king.
No sleep, no food, no comfy clothes. This is not the path for me.. And I don't even agree with salvation the Hindus taught me.
Sid grew up in luxury and from anything unpleasant. When he rode out, there would be guards in front of his chariot to make sure there was nothing unpleasant. He had riches, a wife, a son, and everything he could have ever wanted.
I finally understand. I escaped the cycle of birth with now no suffering or desire. I have now become Buddha.
When Sid was 29, he rode out of his home 4 nights and saw "The 4 Sights". The first night He saw a old man on a stick, the second night a man shrunk by disease, and a dead man on the third. Sid was horrified. Then he saw the fourth thing on the final night, a holy man that was wandering alone and homeless but was content. When Sid saw that he went into the forest to search for that same inner peace and calm.
What are you?
I am awake.
Follow me, and I can teach you to become awake, and escape the cycle of rebirth.
Sid went away from home to find the truth of life, suffering, and death. He slept in caves or under trees and ate any scrape of food there was on his begging bowl and traded his royal clothes for normal clothes. He was studying with the Hindu gurus that taught him the cycle of life. They taught him there was suffering in the cycle, and salvation did not satisfy Sid. Sid did the path of self denial and was uncomfortable , hungry, and too skinny. He realized this path wasn't his and he left.
Sid sat under a fig tree (Bodi Tree) to meditate for 49 days. He was visited by Mara, the god of death an desire. She tried to make Sid give up but he did not. Then he went into deeper meditation and saw his past lives. He then understood the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. He escapes the cycle of birth that tied him to the world. He got a new life with no suffering or desire and achieved enlightenment and became Buddha.
Buddha now has freed himself from the cycle and suffering. So he traveled around India to teach people a message of truth and hope for the next 45 years. When people who he taught asked him questions like what he was, he answered he was awake. He found his purpose to awaken the world to the truest nature of life. With that understanding people could escape the cycle. He continued to travel and teach. He got many followers, and made some of them teachers. Then died at age 80.