Life Leading Up to Siddhartha Gautama's Awakening

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Life Leading Up to Siddhartha Gautama's Awakening It is thought by many that the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, was born having this title and did not have to endure any hardships throughout his life. Despite these thoughts, Siddhartha Gautama was not born the Buddha, but had to find his own way to achieve enlightenment and become the Buddha. Before and after Siddhartha's birth, Siddhartha's mother and father knew that their son was special and had two paths in life that could lead Siddhartha into being a great king or a Buddha, a remover in the world of the veil of ignorance. In an attempt to steer Siddhartha's life to the path of the great king, his father, King Suddhodana Gautama, used health and beauty to shelter Siddhartha from the outside world of suffering, pain, and death. Only after twenty-nine years did Siddhartha want to venture out beyond the walls of his sheltered world and into the city, but little was it known that Siddhartha would get his first glimpse of the world of suffering through the four sights (Smith 84). Once Siddhartha has renounced all worldly things, his begins his long, hard journey towards enlightenment, which ends while Siddhartha sits underneath the Bodhi tree. Before Siddhartha's birth, his mother, Queen Maya, had a dream where a radiant white elephant entered her womb as she sat on a divine couch prepared for the queen by the gods. Queen Maya awoke and summoned sixty-four eminent Brahmins and the Brahmins examine her dream and told Queen Maya, "A son is to be born to you. And if he lives the household life, then he become a universal monarch, but if he leaves the household life and retires from the world, he will become a Buddha, the awakened one (Mitchell ... ... middle of paper ... wrong. This thought comes from misunderstanding other religions and/or trying to compare them to the religion of the person with that thought, which stem from them having a bias towards their own religion. The fact is Siddhartha was born with a destiny that consisted of two paths, to be a universal monarch or the Buddha. With one decision leading Siddhartha into becoming the Buddha. Bibliography: Works Cited Mitchell, Robert Allen. The Buddha: His Life Retold New York: Paragon House, 1989. Lopez Jr., Donald S. The Story of Buddhism: A Concise Guide To Its History and Teachings New York: Harper Collins Publishers, Incorporated, 2001. Carus, Paul. The Teachings of Buddha New York: St. Martins Press, 1998. Smith, Huston. The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions New York: Harper Collins Publishers, Incorporated, 1991.

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