Unformatted text preview: about old age. Then he saw Lepers and found out the truth about illness and a dead body and discovered the truth about death. When this occurred he was a grown man and expecting his first born child. This obviously disturbed him and after thinking about it he decided he not only needed to liberate himself but the others from the suffering we as humans experience. After his discoveries he decided to leave the palace and search for the truth. These experiences affected him so deeply because from birth we see and hear about illness, old age, and death on a daily basis, Siddharta Guatama was not shown these things and therefore by the sudden shock of this he fulfilled the prophecy of Enlightenment. If he would have been surrounded by these things from a early age he more than likely would not have fulfilled this prophecy. Humans become very accepting of these things in life and they are considered “normal”, which for him they were not “normal”....
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