Biography: Lord Buddha

“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart soul to it”-Lord Goutam Buddha

Lord Goutam Buddha was a spiritual preacher from ancient India who founded Buddhism. The time of birth and death of buddha is uncertain. However, most of the historians believe his lifetime to 563BC to 483BC. He was born at Lumbini in kapilavastu (now Nepal). His Father was king Suddhodana and queen Maha Maya (Mahadevi). His infant name was Siddhartha and family name goutama. His mother died at his birth and he was brought up by his mother’s sister Maha Prajapati. When he attained the age of 16 ,his father arranged his marriage to a cousin named yasodhara. He gave birth to a son named Rahula and spent 29 years as a prince in Kapilavastu. Although his father provided Siddhartha with everything he could want or need, he felt that material wealth was not life’s unlimited goal. At the age of 29 he left his palace for the life of a mendicant. Some days after being seated under a peepal tree Known as Bodi Tree in Bodh Gaya, India, he attained ‘Enlightment’ and there after he was known as Buddha or Awakened One to his Followers. He realised complete insight into the cause of suffering and steps necessary to eliminate it.

These discoveries became known as the ‘Four Nobel Truth’. And through these truths, a state of supreme liberation or ‘Nirvana’ is possible for any mortal being. He himself reached Parinirvana or the final deathless stage at the age of 80, according to the Buddhist Scripture.

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