The Life, Struggles, and Successes of the Buddha
Anthony Ambrosius Aurelius
“Siddhartha, more commonly referred to as “The Buddha”, lived in India over 2500 years ago. The Buddha’s mother died 7 days after he was born and it was predicted that he would become a great ruler or a holy spiritual leader by dream interpreters who analyzed a dream The Buddha’s mother had before he was born. The Buddha was born in Lumpini, Nepal which is in southern Nepal, near the foot of the Himalayan Mountains.
Buddhism teaches that a person’s life rests upon their own shoulders, not their deities (e.g. The Buddha) as Buddhism teaches that The Buddha is only present to illuminate the path, not to walk it for a follower or with a follower.
The first written material related to Buddhism, a biography of sorts, is not written until 500 years after The Buddha’s death as for the first few centuries, The Buddha’s narrative was strictly oral.
The Buddha’s father attempted to make his sons life perfect within his palace walls so that The Buddha would not venture out into the world as was predicted at his birth. When The Buddha was older, his father married him to his cousin to solidify his grasp over his intention to have his son stay close to the family. The plan worked as The Buddha fell in love with his cousin and took a 10 year honeymoon. It is believed within Buddhism that whilst in the midst of making love with his wife, The Buddha and his wife fell off the roof they were on into a bed of lotus and lily flowers but did not notice they had physically moved in space.
When The Buddha finally stepped out of his kingdom, he had 4 encounters, the first with an old man in which he is told that nobody stays young forever, the second with a sick man in which he learns that everybody becomes sick at some point, the third with a corpse in which he realizes impermanence, suffering, and death are truths of life and that he too will become and experience these inevitabilities, and the forth with a spiritual teacher who had devoted their life to a higher
purpose and mindset in which The Buddha learns the only way to escape from impermanence, suffering, and death by accepting it from the very start.”