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Renunciation of the Buddha : Siddhartha leaves the Palace

Prince Siddhartha’s renunciation soon took place after the birth of his son Rahula. He affirmed his decision to leave after a feast failed to distract him.

Suddhodana organised a great feast for the young prince to celebrate the birth of his son, Rahula. The best dancers and musicians in the country were invited to perform. It was not out of delight that Suddhodana arranged it. He saw that Siddhartha was unhappy and that his new infant child was not giving him joy. The king was worried about the prince’s plans to leave the Palace. For the last time, he tried his best to divert him far from his solemn reflections.
Siddhartha went to the gathering just to satisfy his father. Siddhartha was worn out from his thoughts and he soon nodded off.

The performers soon stopped and they too rested when they saw this. Soon thereafter, the prince arose, stunned to see these people asleep. All the best performers and entertainers in the kingdom were now in such positions. These same people, who, hours prior, were endeavoring to make the prince so cheerful were now snoring loudly, some crushing and biting their teeth, they were tired from the effort. This change in their appearance made Siddhartha much more sickened and sad. He thought how oppressive it was. His mind turned again towards leaving the castle. He got up silently from the room and, woke up Channa, and made a request to saddle Kanthaka, his steed.

As Channa was saddling up Kanthaka, Siddhartha went to see his infant child for the first time. Yasodhara was laying down with the child next to her, her hand laying on the infant’s head. Siddhartha thought that if he attempts to move her hand so he can hold the baby for one final hug, he might wake her and she will keep him from his renunciation. He should leave at any cost, however, when he has discovered what he seeks, he shall return and see them once more.

Discreetly, Siddhartha left. At midnight, and the ruler was on his white steed Kanthaka with Channa, his loyal servant, held its tail. No one halted him as he rode far from all who knew, regarded and cherished him. He looked at the city of Kapilavastu one last time in the moonlight. He was renouncing his life to figure out to understand old age, disease and death. He rode to the bank of the stream Anoma (“celebrated”) and got off from his steed. He took off his adornments and royal garments and offered them to Channa to take them back to Suddhodhana. He then took his sword and trimmed off his long hair, wore simple robes, took a begging bowl and requested Channa to return with Kanthaka. Channa was asked to tell the king about his renunciation and that he shall return only when he had found the truth.

Channa was reluctant to return, but he began to go, however Kanthaka won’t follow him. The prince tried to persuade him, but Kanthaka won’t budge. Kanthaka figured that he might never see his master again. Kanthaka died of sadness as Siddhartha vanished into the horizon.

Thus was the renunciation.

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Prince Siddhartha marries princess Yasodhara

An significant event in Siddhartha’s life before becoming the Buddha is his marriage to princess Yasodhara.

After Prince Siddhartha achieved the age of 16, King Suddhodhana recalled what the wise men had foretold. He recalled that the Prince would deny lay-life and accept monkhood when he gets older. The King was concerned since he didn’t wanted his child to become a monk. He instead wished him to end up as a great king.

He had built three awesome royal residences for Siddhartha with lovely gardens. One palace for winter, one for summer and one for rainy season. Wherever one looked, there was magnificence and delight. Prince Siddhartha was living in a place of bounty and exquisiteness. It was predicted, that he would leave the palace after seeing: an old man, a sick man, a dead body and a roaming monk who had surrendered the lay life.

In this way, the King took every one of the measures to secure the youthful sovereign from such sights. He forbade wandering monks around the inward parts of the city. It is not that he did not see anyone ill inside the royal residence, even when they were ill, they didn’t look terrifying, and soon showed signs of improvement. This did not suggest that life is full of sufferings and people are powerless where illness, death, and old age are concerned.

Even so, despite his protected life the King saw the prince frequently in a pensive mood. This stressed him. He asked the wise men as to what he should do to make him cheerful and enjoy life. They suggested to marry him to a beautiful girl to distract him from his thoughts. The King considered this to be a brilliant idea.

Despite that, the Prince told the counselors that the he didn’t wanted a girl who was hedonistic. He didn’t care whether the young lady is from ranks of nobles or not, but she must have honorable qualities required to be his wife. He listed characteristics his significant other ought to have and offered it to the wise men. Many young noble girls were invited to the royal residence, the Prince could pick whoever he prefers. Among them was the most enchanting excellent Koliyan Princess named Yasodhara. When Prince Siddhartha saw her, he removed his neckband and put it round her neck. By this signal, the King realized that his child liked her the most, and was extremely cheerful to give him a chance to wed his picked bride.

However, King Suppabuddha, the bride’s father, did not like this thought. He said that Prince Siddhartha, resembles a girl, who evaded conflict and going into war. He contended that his daughter won’t be in safe hands with such a husband. As he disapproved of wars, he won’t be able to save his nation and his family from its foes.

Yasodhara was a princess by her own right as well. In that capacity, King Suppabuddha organised a competition among 500 noblemen of the nation, if they wanted to marry princess Yasodhara. He also asked Siddhartha to participate in these competitions and substantiate himself deserving of her hand. At the competition, he outperformed all his contenders in numerous troublesome feats which included jumping, swimming, running, and various other games. Siddhartha won effectively on the mental abilities too.

After the events, Prince Siddhattha, gave a performance with his stallion Kanthaka. They moved at lightning speed performing different acts, which left no doubts on his ability on the arts of warfare. This also showed that he could take care of the kingdom, despite the fact that he despised going into war. Having that sort of mental and physical quality, the people soon understood that no one could match him. He had an unprecedented identity, so far covered up because of his humility, and this made him unrivalled.

There on, King Suppabuddha acknowledged that Prince Siddhartha is a suited match for his daughter Yasodhara. He permitted the Princess to have her decision and wed Prince Siddhartha. The entire city of Kapilavasthu cheered at this marriage. The wedding festivities carried on for seven days. There was a feast at the castle grounds, with singing and dancing throughout the entire day.

The celebration of the royal marriage of Prince Siddharta and Yasodhara

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