When Siddhartha was born he was noticed as having “the 32 auspicious signs of an enlightened one” (Clark and Brown 3). His father, fearing Siddhartha would shun his inheritance, confined him to the walls of the palace, never allowing his son to experience want or suffering. However, Siddhartha on several occasions ventured outside the confines of the palace. On one of his visits into the city “he saw an ascetic begging for alms in the city square. It was then that he realized that there was meaning beyond physical existence” (Clark and Brown 3).
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(wikipedia.org) Buddha was given three palaces and anything he could want or need; he knew only happiness. He was sheltered as a child because his father wanted him to know nothing of the evils of the outside world. All through his young life, he knew nothing of the real world, of the suffering and agony some endure. Buddha lived in these ideal situations well into adulthood, although he had come to feel that there was something missing in his life. He married Princess Gopa and they had a son together.
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This dream was soon interpreted by the wisest Brahmin, or Priest of Brahmanism, that she was to give birth to a son that would, if he were to remain in the castle, become the wisest king in the world, but if he were ever to leave the castle he would then become the wisest prophet far into future generations. (Encyclopedia Americana, page 410) In around the year 563 BC, Siddhartha Gautama was born into a life of pure luxury. (Wangu, page 16) His father wanted to make sure that his son was well taken care of as he grew to prevent him from desiring to leave the palace. Suddhodhana, listening to the prophecy, kept Siddhartha away from the pain of reality so that he could follow in his father's footsteps in becoming a well respected leader. As Siddhartha grew, ... ... middle of paper ... ... his teachings will be remembered for generations.