The life of the Buddha
Begins in Nepal, about a king named
, a member of the
, the royal dynasty, and
married to his queen
. It was feared that a country without a king would fall into the "
law of the fishes
which means, basically, the big fish eat the small fish.
chaos would ensue without a son for Suddhodana.
One night Maya dreamed that a white elephant appeared in her bedchamber, and pierced her in the side with a
tusk. Nine months later, Maya went into the
with her ladies in waiting, steadied herself on a
branch of a tree, and gave birth. The baby is shown coming out of her side.
As soon as the baby pops out, it stands up on its own two feet and says "
This is my last birth,
and with it, I shall put an end to birth.
Experiencing an excess of joy, Maya dies a few days later.
The horoscope done at the baby's birth says that the prince is going to be a very important person, and the
world will take note of it…
but there was an uncertainty in the chart, and
, the astrologer, could not tell which fork
would take. At the knowledge that his son might forsake the kingship for
religion, he set out to make sure that Siddhartha would not be exposed to things.
, meaning "
wise man of the Sakya Clan
" is another name for Siddhartha, or the
Suddhodana decided that he would keep his son sheltered from the real world and give him
everything to make his life pleasurable, so he would not be worried, and would not turn to religion. He
even had a beautiful princess to marry, named
Their son is named
, an interesting choice because it means a "
thing that ties you
", or a "
One day, Siddhartha felt incredibly depressed, for some random reason. He had realized that he had never
seen anything outside of the palace, and that struck him as crazy, for he was to rule these people. The king
heard of Siddhartha's journey outside of the walls, and ordered that the city be completely cleaned. There were
to be no old people, no untouchables, no ill people… nothing to trouble his son at all.
, the faithful charioteer of Siddhartha, leads Siddhartha on a journey with their horse
. What followed was "
: A man approached them on the road, all bent and stumbling along slowly like a
zombie, but without the moans. Siddhartha was confused by this creature, but Channa
informed him that it was old age, something that happens to us all. Siddhartha was