Siddhartha was born in northern central India, in the year of 567 B.C. He was born into the Kshatriya caste.
His was birth preceded by a series of visions seen by his mother and prophecies made to his father.
The prophecies made to his father stated that he wouldn't be a maharajah but a great religious leader.
When he was born his father shielded him from the awareness of the worlds realities. His was trained in the Hindu
faith. Something unusual that happened before his birth was when a sacred white elephant, which touched his mother's
side with a lotus, impregnated her.
Siddhartha grew up in luxury, securely protected from anything unpleasant. He later married beautiful princess
Yasodarah, daughter of a neighboring maharajah. They had a son and named him prince Rahulah. His tutor was
Channah, his fathers most trusted servant. He was advised to tutor and guard Siddhartha and to teach him to exercise
constant vigilance so that Siddhartha may never experience the realities of life (the predictions).
Siddhartha began taking trips to a near by city with a servant, and for the first time saw the reality of life. Three
things that Siddhartha saw that deeply disturbed him was an old lady bent over with age, a man whose body was
ravaged with leprosy and a funeral cart carrying a dead body. Siddhartha could not get the "meaning of life"
question "why do people suffer"? Out of his head. He spent many hours a day trying to find the answer in the Vedas
but failed miserably.