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Buddhism begins with a man In his later years when India was afire with his message people came to him asking what he was Not Who are you but What are you Are you god they asked No An angel No A saint No Then what are you Buddha answered I am awake His answer became his title for this is what Buddha means The Sanskrit root budh means to awake and to know While the rest of humanity was dreaming the dream we call the waking human state one of their number roused himself Buddhism begins with a man who woke upBuddhism The Worlds Religions p60Buddha was born a prince named Siddhartha Gautama in a small kingdom in what is now Nepal in 563bce Gautamas birth is described as a miraculous event his birth being the result of his mothers impregnation by a sacred white elephant that touched her left side with a lotus flower The scriptures claim that when Gautama was born immeasurable light spread through ten thousand worlds the blind recovering their sight as if from desire to see his glory What Man Believes Evans p141 Shortly after his birth his father consulted with a number of astrologers all of whom declared that the newborn prince would become a great king and that he would rule the world in truth and righteousness Among these astrologers there was one who declared that if the prince were to see a sick person an old person a corpse and a world-renouncing ascetic he would become dissatisfied with life and become a wandering monk in order to seek final peace King Shuddhodana decided he wanted his son to have the former destiny and went to no ends to keep his son on this course surrounding him with pleasant diversions during his early years such as palaces and dancing girls Finally the prince convinced his father into letting him visit a part of the city that was
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