Siddhartha 'meaning ‘every wish fulfilled’ Gautama was born in Nepal to a chief. A fortune teller said that he would either become a buddha or a world emperor because of the marks on his body.
Siddhartha's father desperately wanted him to be a world emperor, so he kept him isolated in the palace with luxuries like jewels, servants and beautiful dancing women.
When Siddhartha was nine, he was let out of the palace to celebrate a festival. He saw a farmer ploughing and noticed the tiring and repetitive work he had never seen before. He realised that everything was connected and that actions had consequences, and he fell into a trance underneath a tree. This was his first step towards enlightenment.
Siddhartha continued to wonder about life outside and kept pestering his father. Siddhartha then made four trips, each time seeing something that would change his life. First he saw noticed an old man, painfully making his way through a village, second a sick man, third a corpse being carried for a funeral, and lastly a man in a simple robe with a begging bowl
After seeing this, Siddhartha was determined to end suffering. He cut his hair and exchanged his fancy robes for ordinary ones. He joined a group and attracted five followers. He almost died because he was starving himself, and he ate some rice. His followers abandoned him and he was left on his own.
Siddhartha then decided to find another way to end suffering and reach enlightenment. He sat himself under a Bodhi tree and vowed not to leave until he had found an answer. After three days he reached Enlightenment and taught others how too.