Palace to Purity

Palace to Purity

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  • Queen Maya had a dream. She had a dream that she was taken to the to the top of the silver Himalayas. She was put on a silver couch. There was a silver elephant with six tusks too. When she awoke she asked the Brahmins what the dream meant. They said it meant. They told her it meant she was carrying a beautiful baby who will turn out to be a great person.They said there would be two paths. One path that would make him the would make him the prince, ruler of the universe or a spiritual path.
  • Around 563 B.C.E., Queen Maya gave birth to a prince named Siddhartha in present day country of Nepal. The story is told that when Siddhartha was born he was already a few years old and could talk and walk.
  • Prince Siddhartha had a wonderful life before he became Buddha. He had everything he wanted. His dad gave him whatever because he wanted because he wanted his don to stay on the ruler of the world path. Not the spiritual path. This obviously didn't work because he later became Buddha. Somedays he would sit under the rose apple trees and thought about how people lived outside the palace. At the age of 16 he got a wife. At the age of 29 he had a son.
  • Because Siddhartha had a son, the king gave him more responsibilities such as being able to go out of the palace; farther than he was gone before. When his father told him of this, Siddhartha immediately went on a chariot ride. While he was on his ride, he saw a dead man. Siddhartha asked the driver what was wrong with that man. The driver told him that he had passed. Siddhartha did not like this. He felt troubled.
  • On the same night that he saw the suffering man, he saw another man who had peace and happiness, unlike him at the time. He was an Ascetic. this inspired him to become an Ascetic. Late at night he told his chariot driver to drive him to the woods. He then cut off his hair and put on more simple clothing. People who were Ascetic lived a life with less of their basic needs like sleeping. He started to become thin from the lack of food. They also had to give up things such as shelter. Sometimes they had to stop breathing for a couple minutes at a time. He soon became tired of living this way but hd still not achieved happiness.
  • The prince knew that giving up needs wasn't going to help with his happiness. He walked to the Bodhi tree. He then meditated. While Siddhartha was meditating, and evil god named Mara sent his three daughters named Delight, Desire, and Discontent to scare him and to lure him into temptation. Siddhartha turned down the temptation and stayed strong. He stayed and meditated to reach nirvana. In the middle of the night, all of the questions he had been asking were answered. He was know enlightened. He was the Awakened One. He was the Buddha.
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