Siddhartha Gautama was born a prince in Nepal had two paths, one path was a king who would unite all of India and the other was a religious leader.
DON'T EAT, SLEEP,DRINK WATER, BATHE!!!!!!
Sidd. was protected by his father from the real world. every time he left his father sent guards ahead of him to clear out anything sickly, homeless, and dead.
One night, he sneaks out and see's everything his father was hiding from him. Then snuck out again and saw a religious man who was also homeless, he inspired him and became a religious leader.
He left his wife and child and went into the forest and found ascetic's who don't sleep for a period of time, don't drink water, eat, bathe, and meditate. then he passed out one day and new this wasn't the right path and got abandoned by the ascetic's.
One day he went and sat under a fig tree and meditated for 49 days. he than tried to go deep into meditation and succeeded and found the great enlightenment.
The Buddha freed himself from the cycle of rebirth and suffering. He then went back to his family and Kingdom to teach them what he has learned. He told them everything and answered all their questions. The buddha is only there to help people escape the cycle of rebirth and suffering.