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Gotama Buddha
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Before Gotama became self-Awakened-thereby winning for himself the title Buddha-his parents, it is said, named him Siddhattha. The traditional account of the great sage's early years of luxury, his renunciation and subsequent holy life, is to be found in every primer and reference book dealing with 'Buddhism'. There can be no doubt, however, that a particular philosophy of life, from which the religion 'Buddhism' evolved, was propounded in India by a particular great personality; and that his was a personality high above the ordinary run of men, even of holy men.