Siddhartha’s Quest For Enlightenment
The journey of Prince Siddhartha Gautama of the Sakhyan Empire, which covered most of Northern India and also parts of neighboring countries such as Nepal, is brought forward through this report. This quest like most conventional quests or journeys is about the path to a place unknown to mankind. Only this journey was to discover the path to freedom. Physically man’s freedom is limited to this world. After death when his life ends so does his freedom. Siddhartha’s quest was to find eternal freedom, freedom from all forms of pain and misery that man has to encounter regardless of his wealth or position in society. His quest was to follow an unknown path -spiritual freedom. Method
During the course of research for this report my main resources were books of Buddhism authored by renown Buddhist monks one being “The Buddha and His Message” by “Bhikku Bodhi”, an American from New York city who later embraced Buddhism in Sri Lanka. In historical sources such as “Mahawamsa” and “Bhodiwamsa” from India and Srilanka events of Lord Buddha’s life were recorded in parchments written in Pali and Sanskrit languages in 543 BC. Information regarding this subject are all extracts from historical sources such as above. Choice of quest
Being born a Buddhist I find it an obligation to write about this topic which would hopefully interest our wondrous minds of today’s world. The philosophy of Buddhism as taught by Siddhartha Gautama shows how a man should live his life free from guilt, anger, revenge and aspects of life as such. These little aspects are the cause of today’s destruction of man – spiritually and physically. Buddhism teaches us to live a sin free life, which is what the world needs today. Outline of the Quest
Prince Siddhartha was raised in extreme luxury. His father was the emperor of the vast Sakhya Empire of the Aryans situated near the Himalayas. He lacked nothing in his picture perfect life. He was also well...
The novel, “The Buddha and His Message” by Bhikku Bodhi.
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