I am so sad because of the other people suffering I saw. But how is that man happy? I'm going to be just like him...
Siddhartha Gautama was born prince of Nepal with his father as king in about 563 B.C. One day, a fortuneteller predicted the son to grow up as king or as a religious teacher. The king wanted the prince to be king.
This does not satisfy me... I am going to have to leave.
Siddhartha was very pampered with riches and had a very pleasant time as prince. Later on, Siddhartha married and had a son. The prince seemed to have everything he could ever want; no pain, sadness, or guilt.
Self-denial is not the truth to life.
One day, Siddhartha was riding without any guards and just his chariot driver. On his way, he saw a dead man with his family crying around him, a man shrunken by disease, and a man leaning on a stick. The last person he saw was a holy man that had nothing but seemed very happy. Siddhartha wanted to be just like him. When he got back, he told others about what he saw and said all the happiness inside him died. So, that night, he went into the forest and cut his hair and traded his clothes for yellow, holy clothes.
"Trying to find the truth to life is a big waste of time. Think about how lovely it would be at the palace," Mara said. "No. I will find the truth to life."
Siddhartha searched for the truth about life. He had one begging bowl which strangers put food in. Which was his only possession. He began his search by looking for gurus, and they taught his salvation, but it did not satisfy Siddhartha.
So, instead of staying with the gurus, he joined a group of ascetics and practiced self-denial for five years. One day, he passed out and knew it was not the truth, so he ate and rejected self-denial.
After he strengthened from passing out, he began his search again. He found a fig tree to meditate on which he did for 49 days. Some say a god Mara tried to tempt him to stop his search, but he didn't and just got deeper into meditation. He understood reincarnation and entered enlightenment to become Buddha, "the Enlightened One." Buddha's purpose in life is to awaken the world to the true purpose of life.
I understand truth to life. I am "The Enlightened One."