Buddhism is one of the major religions followed in the world today. The religion took birth about 2,500 years ago in Indian subcontinent when Siddhartha Gautama discovered the art of bringing happiness into the world.

The Enlightened Buddha:

Gautama was born in 566 BC in Kapilavastu to parents King Suddhodhana and Queen Maya. Soon after his birth, the wise men made predictions of him becoming Buddha.

This prediction disturbed his father who then decided to make his palace such a lively place that Gautama never leaves it. But all his efforts were in vain because Gautama left the palace after he travelled across the world four times. Gautama has become disillusioned with the worldly pleasures soon after his marriage to Princess Yashodhara and he decided to travel across the world to see the real world.

During his first three trips to world, Gautama has seen sickness, old age, and death that hurt him but during his fourth trip he came across a monk. This monk who had left all pleasures and luxuries of life to seek an end to all miseries in this world and this person inspired Gautama to become like him. He then became a wandering monk and led a life of hardships for six years. On a full moon night while he was meditating under Bodhi tree, he was lured by Mara, an evil force but Gautama defeated all virtues one by one. He then realized what the root cause of misery in world was and how he could remove it and thus he became Buddha.

Buddha then taught the world that nothing is lost in this world and energy turns into matter and vice versa. Similarly, if we destroy someone we destroy ourselves. So, if we cheat someone we cheat ourselves. He taught the world that nothing is constant and that everything is changing.

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