How Buddha reached Buddhahood
The Buddha, meaning ‘one who is awake’ in the sense of having ‘woken
up to reality’ was the title first given to the Buddha. It was about
2500 years ago when Prince Siddhartha Gautama gave up all worldly
pleasures to attain the reality of life, and became the Buddha - the
Siddhartha Gautama was born in 563 BC in Lumbini, Nepal as a son of
Suddhodhana, the king of Kapilavastu and his Queen, Mahamaya
Devi.Unfortunately, Mahamaya Devi died seven days after the birth of
Prince Siddhartha and He was brought up by His stepmother, Gautami. King
Suddhodhana, his father was told of a prediction that Prince Siddhartha
will renounce everything and go in search of the truth.
The king did not let Prince Siddhartha move out of the palace. The
king wanted his son to become a king.
When Siddhartha had grown into an intelligent young man, He moved out
of his palace, and saw certain things that changed the entire course of
He first saw a very old man who could barely walk, a sick man who was
in severe pain, and lastly a corpse. Since, He had never been exposed to
pain before, these sights affected him immensely, although His
charioteer tried to explain that pain and death - were inevitable.
This entire episode turned His life. King Suddhodhana got perturbed
and arranged Prince Siddhartha's marriage with a young and beautiful
princess, Yasodhara. It was soon after the birth of son Rahula, that
Siddhartha on a starry night, left His wife and son in deep sleep and
left the palace.
Prince Siddhartha was only 29, when He left home. He realised that
the truth is within every human being and to search for it. After this
incident, He came to be known as ‘ Buddha’ or the Enlightened One. After
spreading His message to the world successfully, Buddha passed away at
the age of 80 years in 483 BC. at Kushinagar, India.