From about 600BC there was a reaction against Hinduism. This came with Buddha, a rich prince who walked out on his riches upon understanding suffering. For years he wandered, finally gaining enlightenment.

In his Four Noble Truths he disclosed the problem of the world being one of suffering because of our desires. And in his Eightfold Path, he offered a way of life to rise above this in order to become enlightened ourselves.
In some ways a restatement of some of the aspects of Hinduism, Buddha’s system was, however, free of the cultural ties imposed by the former religion. It became so popular, it spread throughout the east.

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