Prince Siddhartha, whose name means "every wish fulfilled", was born in the Lumbini garden at the foot of the Himalayas more than two thousand five hundred years ago.
Immediately, he took seven steps towards each of the directions of the compass. With his right hand he pointed to the earth. He announced the purpose of his birth,
"Above and below Heaven,there is no one but I alone to be revered, This triple world being the realm of suffering, I will bring deliverance to all living beings".