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Birth of the Buddah

Tuesday 12 July 2011, by Sébastien Duffillot

The Bodhisattva appeared in a dream to Queen Maya Devi in the form of a white elephant holding a lotus flower in its trunk. The elephant circled the queen’s bed three times, gently tapping its right flank with its trunk. The next day, after the Queen had described her dream to her husband Suddhodhana, he quizzed his astrologers. “Don’t be afraid,” they told him. “The Queen has conceived, and you shall have a son. If he stays at the palace he will become a mighty ruler. But if he leaves his home to go out into the world, then he will become a Buddha, able to overcome all ignorance”.

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