Siddartha was born to a royal family in a beautiful kingdom in the Himalayan foothills. A few years after Siddartha’s birth, a famous shaman visited his father’s court and delivered a prophecy regarding the young boy’s future. This shaman, Asita, declared that Siddartha would become either a powerful king, or a spiritual master who would be a great light to humanity.
Disturbed by the prophecy and desperate for his son to become a successor to his lands, the father vowed to shield the child from any influences that could possibly lead the boy to the latter. So he surrounded the boy with luxury, noble companions and the best teachers of his time, all under orders to make sure that Siddhartha would not encounter anyone who might make him pensive: shamans and spiritual practicioners, as well as the elderly, sick, dying or dead.
And so Siddhartha was engaged in the family’s palaces, surrounded by vigorous health and beauty, and completely screened from the experiences of normal, commonplace life. And if Siddartha did leave the palaces for any reason, sometimes extensive measures would be required to make sure no ‘unpleasant’ types would be in his vicinity.
In this idyllic and artificial evironment, the young Siddartha excelled in all that he did: mastering riding, archery, music and various other arts, falling deeply in love, marrying and having a child.
To be continued…