However, he discovers that there's nothing gained when one lives in such extreme conditions. Too much suffering is bad and too much pleasure is also bad. After hearing a village girl humming a tune, he goes to her and asks for rice, which in turn causes the ascetics to leave him because they saw it as a surrender.
Siddhartha encounters Ascetics and lives with them for 6 years. Throughout that time, he put himself through grave suffering in order to make their minds stronger than their bodies
Siddhartha discovers that there is a middle path. Nothing good comes out of living on the ends of the extremes. Having too much or too little does not give the mind peace. So instead of starving himself, he lives in moderation and dedicates his time to meditating under a body tree.
One day, after continuously meditating, Siddhartha finally becomes enlightened. After finally reaching enlightenment, he goes off to teach others. He teaches them that suffering is caused by selfish desires, but he also teaches them that there is a way to reach enlightenment. With that, his teachings go on for years and he is known as Buddha, "the Awakened One".