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.