The Prince shall not see any one suffering. Move!
Help me I am sick!
I want to be just like old man! No more riches for me.
Siddhartha Gautama, a Hindu prince of Nepal was born in 563 B.C. Siddhartha's father meets with a fortune teller, who predicts he will be a king or a religious leader . Of course his father wants him to be a king.
Siddhartha grew up in a life of luxury without experiencing pain or sadness. He never saw sick or poor people so he thought the world was perfect. The prince even married and had a child so he had everything we wanted.
The cycle of birth, death, and rebirth....
One day Siddhartha rides out of the palace, without his guards and sees sadness and suffering. He then sees a happy holy man with little possessions and realizes he is the key to life. Later that night Siddhartha escapes leaving all his belongings.
The next step Siddhartha took was to become an ascetic, or to have self denial. He did this for 5 years and became so weak he fainted. After this he realized it wasn't the true path to take so he left.
This is not the right path.
Siddhartha grew his strength back and meditated for 49 days under a fig tree. During this he was visited by Mara the god of death and desire, yet he was not tempted. Finally he understood the cycle of birth death and rebirth and became enlightened.
After Buddha reached enlightenment he wanted to spread his knowledge. He traveled for 45 years so he could teach them and answer their questions. Buddha wanted people to realize the true nature of life, which many people did. Today Buddhism is still practiced.