Several centuries ago, Siddhartha Gautama was born in the woods on the way to his mother's home. His mother had a painless birth, and sang while delivering him. She died soon after.
Immediately, Siddhartha began to speak, and he took his first steps. As he walked, Lotus flowers appeared behind him.
Siddhartha's father asked an Ascetic of his son's future. The Ascetic told him that he would not become a king the way his father wanted him to.
Siddhartha's father grew angry, and decided that he would do everything in his power to keep his son isolated and spoiled to breed him into a great king.
As Siddhartha grew up, he was spoiled and never saw the outside of the kingdom. He decides that he wants to see the outside world once he was a grown man.
Siddhartha's wife was struck with grief when she realized he did not want to stay in the kingdom with her and their newborn son, but she knew it was his choice.
As Siddhartha walked around his kingdom, he saw four people: 1 sick, 1 poor, 1 dead, and 1 old. He was shocked that he had not seen them before.
This is where he found compassion that was missing in his spoiled and isolated life.
Siddhartha decides to run away from the kingdom, and pursue a life of prayer. When he joined the Ascetics in the forest, it began to rain. Suddenly a cobra came up from behind him and shielded his head from the downpour.
One day, Siddhartha heard music in the forest. He discovered the middle path between the two he had already lived, and chose to leave the Ascetics behind.