Sidharta Gautama: Founder of Budhism

The wheel of life and death is kept turning by the three poisons of greed, hatred, and stupidity. By cutting of the three poisons, we can escape the wheel and become enlightened.

Sidharta Gautama

Sidharta was born on a full moon in May. He was a prince of a small princely state. A seer prophesized that Sidharta would be a great leader either a king or a holy man. But his father wanted him to be a great king, not a holy man giving prophecies.

His father did not want him to break the wheel of life and should go on as the world is going. As in the words of Muhammad Hanif,

When you perform certain actions because everyone else is performing them and then feel stupid you probably are stupid.

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Thus he decreed that Siddharta should live in luxury and never have to see the world of pain outside. So, he does not observe the need for religion. At the age of 19, his father marrieds him to a very pretty young woman. In the words of John Lennon,

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you’re so clever and classless and free
But you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see

But humans are not satisfied they want answers they have queries what is life why are we here? And so on.

And then one day he was intrigued about what lies beyond palace walls. And he was horrified what he saw. He saw an old man who was walking with much difficulty he was shocked at what happened to him. The chariot said he is just an old man. Everyone will get old in one day.

An old woman wrinkled and toothless and eaten up by disease and sweat. Then by the banks of the river, a funeral dead body was carried to lay over on the pile of wood, and family was crying and wailing in their grief.

Then it was the end of his innocence. Everyone gets old ill and dies.

Only the unasked question is stupid.

He was worried for a year about the answers related to mankind’s existence. Behind the development and growth of humans is our ability to learn and ask the question. Humans have done so many things that other species do not because we can evolve.

Revolution and wars are not our way. Evolution is our way.

But having his lovely wife and little children. He cannot leave them. He stayed until the pie was lit and watched as the black smoke billowed to the sky. But after 1.5 years he cannot bear the ideas in his mind so he left. And he left the palace in the dead of night and rode for the far riches of the kingdom.

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On the way, a holy man sat serenely at the side of the road praying. He had nothing but was at piece. He went to schools and masters and learned new things. But still, he was not getting answers.

He exchanged robes for rags and in the forest found a group of five holy men. They were naked dirty unkempt and scrawny. They claimed that by letting their bodies suffer they will be free So he join them and starved until he was nothing but a skull.

And in this condition, he was working as Samana (These are the persons that travel without food basically fighting with the inner instincts of men of survival). But still, there were no answers. So the wheel turns.

Then while traveling he came to a river place called Niranjana.

When he was moving into the river just about 15 to 20 inches of water. But he did not have the energy to cross. And while he was exhausted he realized what is it? Why I am doing this? what I am looking for? What is this for? Why I have created these barriers that are not allowing me to experience my life.

He gave up the life of comfort he gave up the life of suffering neither pleasure nor pain was able to give him answers.

He realized that all the answer is in his inner self. So he got the energy to cross the river and sat under the very famous bodhi tree. More famous than Budha. A part of the progeny of the tree still exists.

So he sat for 49 days under a buddhi tree and found a middle way that life can never satisfy because we always want more and more. Everyone is telling us to get more own more, be more, and even fuck more.

While meditation he became enlightened with the idea of the Middle way.

The middle way is the life between the two extreme levels of life or in the center of the wheel to be enlightened. The life without social indulgence or deprivation.

And the only way to be at the piece is to want nothing. The answer is to sit at the center of the wheel detached from the world revolve around.

He has awoken he is Buddha. He is enlightened.

Then he spent the remaining life teaching his followers this lesson.

We can become enlightened in four ways:

  • Don’t be a follower. Everyone has their own direction. If the world is going in one path. You can choose your own path. Successful are those who have done what they wanted to do.
  • Be at the center of the wheel. Don’t follow the wheel of greed, hatred, and stupidity. Focus on your goal and forgot the world.
  • Do not chase reward. Chase the suffering. Your true passion is that thing for which you are willing to suffer.
  • Enjoy your journey. The present moment is most important neither past nor future.

Every step you take is the vote for the type of person you want to be.

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Sumaya Annie Khalid

A Freelance writer from the heart who loves writing about history and books.