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  •  Queen Maya having a dream about a white elephant with six tusks 
  • The king and queen asked the Brahmins to interpret her dream
  • "you are carrying a child who will be a great man."
  • Prince Siddhartha's birth
  • I am the leader of the world and the guide to the world.
  • According to Buddhist tradition , before her son was born, the queen had a dream in which she was carried high over the Himalayas to a silver couch. A white elephant with six tusks walked around her and then struck her in the right side. 
  • The king and queen asked the Brahmins, or Hindu priests, to interpret her dream. "you are carrying a child who will be a great man." they told the queen. The Brahmins declared that the prince's future held two possible paths. As a prince, he could rule the universe. But if he left his royal life to see the suffering in the world, he would become the Buddha, one who is enlightened.
  •  The Queen gave birth to Prince Siddhartha in a garden. Stories say that after the Prince's birth, a soft warm rain of heavenly flowers fell on the baby and his mother. According to the Buddhist tradition, the infant prince already looked a few years old and could walk and talk. Siddhartha began his remarkable life by taking a few steps and declaring, "I am the leader of the world and the guide to the world.
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