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Leaving everything behind, from a beautiful wife and good children to the throne of power, Prince Siddhartha chose to live a hermit life, with no family, no money, no servants, holding a bowl to beg every day… Just because I have the ambition for the happiness of all beings…

The Imperial Citadel of Kapilavatthu is getting farther and farther away, the sound of lonely horses’ hooves is lost in the lonely night. One person, one horse, no property, no airmen, Prince Siddhartha passed away quietly in the dark, carrying only one baggage, the enthusiasm to seek enlightenment and save life.

Prince Siddhartha has chosen to live a hermit life, with no family, no money, no servants, holding a bowl to beg for food every day… just because he has an ambition for the happiness of all beings…

Prince Siddhartha’s horse

According to the arrangement, only tomorrow, when the dawn dawns, under the testimony of the master of martial arts, King Suddhōdana will confer the regent power to enjoy his old age. The prophets have predicted that when the crown prince officially steps on to the throne, the conditions will be met, the new king will become the king of the world, not just rule the city. the small country of Kapilavattu. But that doesn’t mean anything at the moment for a person who has carried the will to live for all species, find a way to liberation, and help people get out of hell.

Born a prince, Siddhartha from childhood lived in a regal situation. During his childhood years, he never knew what the word “suffering” was. One day, while walking through the four gates of the city, Siddhartha witnessed with his own eyes old age, disease, death and the silhouette of a monk. Siddhartha realized that: “Neither myself nor my loved ones can escape the sufferings of old age, sickness, death, loss, and separation”. Worried, shocked, amazed at the destruction and destruction of time, the prince was like a person standing on a very high mountain being pushed into the abyss, suffering extremely. Returning to the palace, Siddhartha spent all his time contemplating the world, the pain of all species and the decline of human life. He wanted to find a way to end suffering, a method to help people get out of the deadlocks of life. Then, the image of the monk in the walk at the fourth gate is like the light at the end of the tunnel, opening a new horizon, a ray of hope flashes for those who are looking for the way to liberation.

Prince Siddhartha came to his father to submit his wish to become a monk. The king’s father frowned slightly, so what he was worried about all this time had also happened. Since the crown prince was born, King Suddhōdana has always sought to tie his feet with a glorious and rich life. Three castles were built in different architectural styles, suitable for each season of the year in India’s weather, and the prince moved there to live depending on the time. The concubines, beauties, musicians, chefs, servants… were carefully selected to serve the life of the crown prince. But those things seem to gradually become meaningless.

The king thought it was time for him to take the last resort. A family home, a child to follow, happiness with a beautiful wife and children, will be invisible but extremely strong strings that can keep the talented prince in place in the palace. The king’s father decided to choose a beautiful born princess to marry him, and the gentle, kind, and virtuous princess yaśodharā was caught in the eyes of the prince after the selection of beauties and became the chief of the house. But King Suddhōdana did not expect that all his calculations could not tie the feet of the great man, when the love that Prince Siddhartha had for life was too great, he was determined to leave his shirt on the day of his first child. Rahula was born. Because the prince understands better than anyone, if he does not break once, Siddhartha’s ideal will fade away with time.

Leaving everything behind, from a beautiful wife and good children to the throne of power, Siddhartha chose to live a hermit life, with no family, no money, no servants, holding a bowl to beg every day… just because carrying the ambition “for the happiness of all beings, for the welfare of all beings, out of compassion for the world, for the benefit, for the sake of happiness, for the welfare of gods and humans”. The crown prince promised himself that if he did not become a religion, he would not return.

The difficult days are gradually getting used to, the monastic life at first was really difficult for someone who used to live the life of a famous family. But thanks to his strong will, Prince Siddhartha never faltered before the hardships of the practice. In the early days, he went to study with famous hermits of the time, absorbing their ideas and practices to practice. In just a short time, the prince understood all those thoughts and made remarkable achievements in spiritual life. At this time, his spiritual level was on par with the most famous teachers. What he needed to learn, he learned. But the real liberation, the ideal of eliminating all suffering thoroughly, completely, what he was aiming for day and night on the path of finding the way, Prince Siddhartha had not yet achieved. Then, Prince Siddhartha decided to follow the path of asceticism, experimenting with the traditional method that the Hermits at that time always worshiped as the ultimate.

The prince went to the depths of the forest to practice. In places where there were no people, just an animal walking on the ground, a peacock dropping a tree branch, or a gust of wind that shook the falling leaves could also cause death. people’s hairs stand on end, and fear and terror arise that can drive madness to those who do not have enough courage and unyielding will. At first, he only ate one meal a day, a cup of porridge a week, until half a month only ate once. After that, the amount of food was gradually reduced to a minimum, he ate the grains of rice or sesame that were scattered on his body by the wind, or ate the grass and roots of trees in the forest to live. When Siddhartha ate too little, Siddhartha’s limbs shrunk like grass or withered vines, Siddhartha’s feet were like camel’s toenails, his spine exposed, his ribs as thin as the rafters of a stilt house. ruined, two glittering pupils lie deep in the eye holes, like a deep well of water, the scalp is wrinkled and parched like a white pumpkin, the belly skin clings to the spine. Because he ate too little, when Prince Siddhartha stood up and massaged his limbs with his hands, the hairs fell from his body. Siddhartha collects discarded burial cloths to cover his body, or wears coarse linen, clothes made of tree bark. He used wooden planks as a bed, lay on the bare earth, lived and slept in the open air. Practice holding your breath, making the Crown Prince’s mind dizzy and painful, like an athlete using a belt to wrap his head, or burning fire like burning every part of the body.

After six years of asceticism, one day the Prince realized he had gone the wrong way, seeing that this ascetic method could not lead to enlightenment. If the body is weak, the mind cannot be clear, so the Crown Prince gave up the extreme method of squeezing the body, nor did he follow the path of enjoying and nurturing. Following the Middle Way, he practiced meditation on the basis of the Noble Eightfold Path, drawing on his own experience to find out the nature of man and the universe.

After receiving Sujata’s meal, Prince Siddhartha sat under the Bodhi tree and made a great vow: “Even if the flesh and blood in my body dry up, even though this body is only skin and bones. Moreover, if I have not become the Fully Enlightened Buddha, I will never leave this place.” Then, the battle between the crown prince and the evil forces within, greed, anger, jealousy, selfishness, boredom, pride, conceit, stupidity, laziness… began. Overcoming all obstacles, completely eliminating the defilements in the mind. Finally, Prince Siddhartha also achieved his goal, becoming Shakyamuni Buddha, the leader of Buddhism, one of the largest religions in the world.

From the time of his great attainment of the path to the time of His Holiness Nirvana, during the remaining forty-five years of his life, he traveled all over the world to guide mankind to live with great wisdom and love. At times when faced with people who hated, slandered, denigrated, and cursed, Gotama at that time still smiled and accepted, using wisdom and love to teach people to live honestly, to forget themselves because people, to get peace. Once a crown prince, later becoming a great teacher of dozens of kings, his disciples came from all walks of life. But Gotama Buddha still lived a simple and noble life, sometimes sleeping on the edge of forests and caves, everyday holding a bowl to transform in each village, early in the morning. His life and way of life is a shining sun, eternally illuminating the world.

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