Siddhartha was born in northern central India, in the year of 567 B.C. He was born into the Kshatriya caste.
His was birth preceded by a series of visions seen by his mother and prophecies made to his father.
The prophecies made to his father stated that he wouldn't be a maharajah but a great religious leader.
When he was born his father shielded him from the awareness of the worlds realities. His was trained in the Hindu
faith. Something unusual that happened before his birth was when a sacred white elephant, which touched his mother's
side with a lotus, impregnated her.
Siddhartha grew up in luxury, securely protected from anything unpleasant. He later married beautiful princess
Yasodarah, daughter of a neighboring maharajah. They had a son and named him prince Rahulah. His tutor was
Channah, his fathers most trusted servant. He was advised to tutor and guard Siddhartha and to teach him to exercise
constant vigilance so that Siddhartha may never experience the realities of life (the predictions).
Siddhartha began taking trips to a near by city with a servant, and for the first time saw the reality of life. Three
things that Siddhartha saw that deeply disturbed him was an old lady bent over with age, a man whose body was
ravaged with leprosy and a funeral cart carrying a dead body. Siddhartha could not get the "meaning of life"
question "why do people suffer"? Out of his head. He spent many hours a day trying to find the answer in the Vedas
but failed miserably.
To find the answers to his questions, he first tried to follow the path of asceticism, by denying him physical pleasures
and by eating a single grain of rice a day. This failed when he collapsed from anemic exhaustion. He then tried to study.
He spent many hours a day reading the Vedas, looking for clues on life's mysteries. During this period Siddhartha's life
was very boring and simple. He was not successful in finding answers because he was looking in the wrong places.
Siddhartha was almost about to give up when he decide to meditate under a tree for as long as it would take for him to
become enlightened. He spent forty-nine days and forty-nine nights meditating, on the fiftieth day he awoke
enlightened. He was now known as Buddha the enlightened one. This was the beginning of a new religion. He wanted
to share his insight with everyone. The monks that abandoned him back in his ascetic period rejoined him. Buddha died
when he was more than eighty years old, of food poisoning.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present
moment.
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your
body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
The tongue like a sharp knife... Kills without drawing blood.
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the
way, and not starting.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at
someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure,
joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best
relationship.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is
yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they
do you if you do not act on upon them?
In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of
their own minds and then believe them to be true.
I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison
that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and
hurts; it is a sword that kills.
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be
shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
A jug fills drop by drop.
Without health life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering - an image of
death.
It is better to travel well than to arrive.
He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and
be influenced by them for good or ill.
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at
someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This
is an unalterable law.
You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and
affection.
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does
not obtain peace of mind.

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