I predict your son will be a king or religious leader.
I will make him become the greatest king of all!
Please! Help! I beg you! Please! For the country!
Hey! Shoo! Get out of here!
That family has had a terrible loss...wait a second. That homeless man looks so happy! I shall become just like him!
Many years ago, a Hindu prince named Siddhartha Gautama was born 563 B.C in Nepal. A few days after Siddhartha's birth, Siddhartha's father met a Hindu fortune teller who told him that Siddhartha will be a king or religious leader. Obviously, his father wanted Siddhartha to be a king.
As an ascetic, I will try to practice self-denial by eating less. I will try to get down to one grain of rice and a jujube fruit.
As a young man, Siddhartha grew up in a life of luxury. Siddhartha's father sheltered him from everything unpleasant. Guards always made sure that there were no beggars or sick people out on the street when Siddhartha rode out on his chariot.
Forty-nine days later, Siddhartha Gautama reached enlightenment.
At the age of twenty-nine, Siddhartha rode out without any guards. Siddhartha then saw the Four Passing Sights. The first passing sight was an old man with a cane, the second was a man shrunken by disease, the third passing sight was a dead man being mourned by his family, and the fourth was an old, homeless man filled with content.
No, no, I am none of those things. I am only awakened.
Are you an angel?
Are you a god?
Are you a saint?
Siddhartha started the search for the truth about life. Siddhartha began studying with Hindu gurus, but disagreed with some of the Hindu ways. Siddhartha decided to join a band of religious ascetics to practice self-denial.
Siddhartha sat under a fig tree, later known as the Bodhi Tree, and meditated for forty-nine days. Siddhartha had reached enlightenment or a state of perfect wisdom during his meditation.
Siddhartha was now known as the Buddha. The Buddha had freed himself from the cycle of rebirth and suffering. Buddha denied enjoying his own liberation, so he could go back into the world to teach others what he had learned. The Buddha spent forty-five years traveling along India to teach his ways.