Journey with the Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) – introduction

Journey with the Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama l. c. 563 – c. 483 BCE) was, as per legend, a Hindu prince who denied his royalty position (as a prince) and abundance.

Journey with the Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) – introduction

He then started to seek for illumination as a spiritual monk (ascetic), accomplished his objective, and, in lecturing his way to other people, established Buddhism in India in the 6th-5th centuries.

The stories about his life are to a great extent epic and legendary, however, he is viewed as a real chronicled figure and a more youthful contemporary of Mahavira (otherwise called Vardhamana, l. c. 599-527 BCE). Who set up the precepts of Jainism in a matter of several years before Siddhartha’s time.

As indicated by Buddhist scripts, a prediction or prophecy was given for his birthday that he would turn out to be either a famous and great ruler or a great spiritual figure also well-known worldwide.

His dad, dreading he would turn into the last mentioned in the event that he was exposed to the suffering of the world, shielded him from seeing or encountering anything disagreeable or disturbing for the initial 29 years of his life.

At some point in time,  he walked through his dad’s guards and saw what Buddhists allude to as the Four Signs:

  • A matured (old) man
  • A sick man
  • A dead man
  • A religious ascetic

Through these Four signs, he understood that he, as well, would grow old, could become sick,  would die, and eventually, he would lose everything that he ever loved and adored.

He comprehended that the everyday routine he was experiencing ensured he would endure and, further, that all of life was basically characterized by experiencing need or misfortune.

He in this manner followed the example of the strict austere, followed and tried various educators and disciplines, and in the end achieved enlightenment through his own methods and got known as the Buddha (“awakened” or “enlightened” one).

From that point forward, he lectured his “middle way” of detachment from sense objects and renunciation of ignorance and illusion through his Eightfold Path to enlightenment,Four Noble Truths, and the Wheel of Becoming.

After his body died, his pupils maintained and evolved his teachings until they were opened out from India to other countries by the Mauryan king Ashoka the Great. From the time ofAshoka on, Buddhism has continued to grow and, presently, is one of the greatest religions in the world.

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