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“Buddha as the Man Who Woke Up”
Historically, he was born around 560 B.C. in Northern India near Benares and he was named Siddhartha Gautama of the Sakyas, because the clan to which his family belonged was Sakya. His father was a king when India was not united and perhaps he might accurately be perceived as a feudal lord in terms of the environment he provided for his son which was similar to a Scottish castle in the middle Ages. He was handsome and came from a well to do family by the standard of his day. At the age of sixteen, he married princess Yasodhara and they had a son called Rahula (Smith, p122-123).
He was a man who seems to have everything because he was to succeed his father’s throne and was destined for power and prestige. In his twenties, he was not satisfied with the way things were and such discontent lead to a break with his worldly estate. His discontent background is embedded in the legend of the Four Passing Sights that calls for adventure in the literature of the world. It was said that when Siddhartha was born, his father summoned fortune tellers to predict his future and they affirm that he was not an ordinary child and that he was destined to unify India and become Universal King if he remained with the world and in the event he should forsook the world, he might become a world redeemer. His father took it upon himself to keep the prince’s mind focused to the world by providing three Palaces and forty thousand dancing girls at his disposal as part...