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This tells about Buddhas journey for enlightenment and his impact on the world Just needs some more foot notes and sources Buddha The word Buddha means enlightened one It is used today as a title to the one who has given us more religious beliefs than almost any other human who lived in this world However he was not given this name at birth he had to earn it for himself by undergoing long hard hours of meditation and contemplation Buddha has changed the lifestyles of many cultures with new never-before asked questions that were explained by his search for salvation He began an entirely new religion that dared to test the boundaries of reality and go beyond common knowledge to find the answers of the mysteries of life India During the sixth century BC India was a land of political and religious turmoil It was an era of great brutality with the domination of Northwest India by Indo-Aryan invaders Many people influenced by the Aryan civilization began to question the value of life and its true meaning Schools were opened because of this curiosity where teachers would discuss the significance of existence and the nature of man and held programs to reconstruct ones spiritual self Pardue page 228 Background Near the town of Kapilavastivu today known as Nepal lived King Suddhodhana and Queen Maya of the indigenous tribe known as the Shakyas Encyclopedia Americana page 687 Queen Maya soon became pregnant and had a dream shortly before she gave birth In this dream a beautiful white elephant with six tusks entered her room and touched her side This dream was soon interpreted by the wisest Brahmin or Priest of Brahmanism that she was to give birth to a son that would if he were to remain in the castle become the wisest king in the world but if he were ever
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