Pre-Modern World History Ms. Shuster
The Birth and Prophecy of Buddha. He was an unusual child, born out his mother's side and with Marks of Perfection all over his body. His father was told that he would either become a successful political figure (like his father) or a spiritual leader.
His father, who wanted his son to follow his footsteps and not that of a spiritual leader's, made sure to give him riches, music, and expensive clothing. He didn't want his son to be tempted to go anywhere else or see anything less than perfect.
Eventually, Buddha grew bored with his riches and wished to see different sights. On his travels he witnessed the Four Sights.
Third Sight: Death
First Sight: Old Age
Fourth Sight: A monk who gave up the world's pleasures for peace
Second Sight: Illness
After seeing the monk who had found peace, he decided to give us his royal, luxurious life for one of simplicity and discipline. He went on trying to reach Enlightenment through rather harsh measures.
After taking on this extreme measure on his quest, he came to a point near death. In this time, he came across a man with an instrument. A three stringed lute. The strings if too loose will not produce its perfect tune. If too tight, it will snap. If tightened just right, it will create a perfect tune. Here he realized that living too easily (royalty) or living to extremely (ascetics) will not get him to Enlightenment. He realized how he needed to live.
After his realization, Buddha began to eat normally and let go of the extreme measures he had taken. He sat under a tree and meditated. He vowed to stay under that tree until he found enlightenment. A demon appeared half way through an attempted to throw him off track. Undisturbed, Buddha continued until he reached the goal he had worked so hard for.
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