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Siddhartha was an Indian prince of King Suddhodana. His life in the palace was grand. Servants brought food in bed while poets read to him. When Siddhartha went out into the city for the first time, he saw an old man leaning on two sticks. “Who is that?” he asked the chariot driver.

“That is an old beggar. He needs the sticks to help him walk. Soon he will die.”

Siddhartha left the palace dressed as a beggar to find out how to stop this mysterious death. Suddenly Siddhartha understood. Everyone, no matter how poor or sick, could find happiness by leading a good life. His followers called him The Buddha.

SOTW, Chapter 30
8 May 2012

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