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Gautama Siddhartha was born around 560 BC in Lumbini Park near the city of Kapilavastu on the Indian borders of present Nepal Siddharthas father was Suddhodana king of the Sakya Buddhas mother was named Maya Maya died seven days after her sons birth therefore the child was brought up by Mayas sister prajapati who became its foster-mother Since King Suddhodana had long awaited a child he and everyone else in the palace rejoiced at the birth of his son The King immediately called a famous wise sage Asita Asita told the king If he remains at home the child will become the Wheel-rolling King If he leaves home he will become the great teacher the Buddha What shall my son see to make him retire from the world King Suddhodana asked the wise sage Four signs a decrepit old man a diseased man a dead man and a monk - these four will make the prince retire from the world replied Asita When Prince Siddhartha was only a few years old his father King Suddhodana sent him to school There were many children in his class all of them were from noble families He learnt languages reading writing mathematics history geography science and many games like boxing archery wrestling and many others He learnt all these subjects faster than all other students in his class He was the cleverest in the class and the best at games He gained distinction in every subject and became cleverer than his teachers He was the wisest and the only one who asked many questions from his teachers and elders He was the strongest the tallest and the most handsome boy in the class He was never lazy never misbehaved and never disobedient to the teachers He loved everybody and everybody loved him He was a friend to all King Suddhodana feared that he might lose his precious son and tried his best to make him
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