|Bimba Devi giving birth as a sal tree dryad|
- Seven years ago, we told this Father's Day Story with Homer Simpson as the prototypical "father" figure
|Conversion of Nanda, the Buddha's brother, who was set to marry Janapada Kalyani|
When royal soothsayers read the amazing marks on his body, they foretold that King Suddodana's newborn son had two possible destinies [these destinies being result of his previous karma] awaiting him in this life. He would either become a universal monarch (a chakravartin king) or a fully enlightened teacher.
|Siddhartha marries his cousin Bimba.|
|Clever, brilliant Bimba = "Yasodhara"|
This included arranging a marriage for him between the young prince, 16, to his gorgeous cousin Bimba (Yasodhara), 16.
|The Buddha delivers his first sutra|
|The Buddha back home ordained many|
|Maitreya the Future Buddha portrayed as a Central Asian king in the Indian Himalayas|
When asked why when there was fine food and requisites aplenty in the royal palace, his home in this kingdom, the Buddha explained that going on alms was the custom of all buddhas.
Hearing this so struck Suddhodana that he became a stream winner (sotapanna, the first stage of enlightenment), which is accompanied by complete confidence in the Buddha's enlightenment and enlightening-Dharma and his enlightened-followers (the noble ones), the three of which are known as the Triple Gem, Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
|Prince Siddhartha looks in on Bimba, Rahula.|
Indeed, many male and female relatives -- including his wife (Queen Pajapati), his step-daughter-in-law Princess Yasodhara (Bimba Devi), the baby prince (the Buddha's son, Rāhula) and others:
King Suddhodana had another son, Nanda, and a daughter, Sundarī Nandā, with the Buddha's aunt/stepmother, Queen Mahā Pajāpati Gotami, who as mentioned was his biological mother's sister elevated to chief consort after her passing. The Buddha saw to it that they reached enlightenment as well by encouraging them to renounce the world and meditate.
- [NOTE: Not included in this account of Suddhodana's life is the destruction of the Shakyians by a related neighboring Scythian tribe led by an infuriated relative, the product of a tryst by a Shakyian royal and a lowly servant. He was profoundly disrespected and therefore rounded up an army to exact his revenge. How this affected the king is unclear.]
|Many more needed the Buddha than family|