Updated: Oct 2, 2020
Once a boy was born to a king, who ruled the tribe known to be economically poor. His mother died seven days after giving birth to him and a holy man prophesied great things for the little boy that, he would either be a great king, or he would be a great spiritual leader. Since his father wanted a powerful ruler for their kingdom, he tried to prevent the boy from seeing the disappointing nature of the world. To keep his son from witnessing the miseries and sufferings of the world, he raised him with comforts in a palace built just for the boy and sheltered away from knowledge of religion and human hardship. He was fenced with all kinds of pleasure. He was surrounded with attractive ladies and every opportunity for sports and excitement.
The prince reached his late twenties with little experience of the world outside the walls of his opulent palace. One day, overcome with curiosity, the young prince asked a charioteer to take him on a series of rides through the countryside. On these journeys he was shocked by the sight of an aged man, then a sick man, and then a corpse. The stark realities of old age, disease, and death seized and sickened the prince. Finally, he saw a wandering ascetic. The charioteer explained that the ascetic was one who had renounced the world and sought release from the fear of death and suffering.
While back at the palace, he realized that he could no longer be content with living the life of a prince. One night he left the palace, shaved his head, and changed from his royal clothes into a beggar's robe. After spending days and nights seeking spiritual awakening, he spent the rest of his life teaching others about how to achieve this spiritual state. He thus became ‘Buddha’ the awakened one. A man who fulfilled his life’s purpose by making a difference in so many lives and defying all the comforts that others had laid out for him. He preferred a life of passion with freedom, over being a prisoner to the luxuries that every man dreams of.
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