World Religion Studies of Siddhartha or the Buddha

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Before heading on the path to enlightenment, Siddhartha or the Buddha, came across four sights that changed his thinking. The first sight he road upon was an old, homeless man who signified that flesh is not eternal and age; the second sight ties into the first, because the next day Siddhartha encounters a human body deteriorating from disease, lying on the side of the road. He was quickly discovering that the physical body could not avoid the nature of life and was exposed to the real world. The third sight was a dead body, which showed that Siddhartha knew death. However, Siddhartha came across a monk on his fourth and final path, thus he knew religion; the monk explained to him a path that takes away the physical world and opens up to higher power. All of these became known as The Four Passing Sights and the beginning of the Buddha’s path to enlightenment, because he realized that his life of luxury was pointless. In the forest, Siddhartha abandoned his royal title and set off on the path to enlightenment as a monk. The path was a difficult search that lead him through three phases….. The first phase involved learning Hinduism tradition by going into deep study with Hindu masters, however, he quickly become proficient of their ways and decided to seek further on to asceticism or abstinence of worldly goods to reach a spiritual level. Soon he conquered the practice, but felt that this was not helping him; he went so far into the practice that he almost died from
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