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Siddhartha's search continued for several years, but he still had not found the answer to his question about suffering. Finally, on his birthday, during the month of May when the moon was full, he resolved to sit under a great Bodhi tree until he found the answer or died trying.
The gods in the heavens rejoiced at his decision, but the demon Mara was terrified and angry. Mara symbolizes greed, hatred, ignorance, and jealousy. Mara caused a g mat thunderstorm to crash down on Siddhartha, but he would not move. Mara then brought before him visions of beautiful dancers, gold and jewels, and delicious foods. He still kept to his meditation. Finally, Mara sent an army of monsters to attack Siddhartha from all sides with wild, blood-curdling screams. But when they came near him, they all magically turned into flower petals. Mara realized his defeat and faded away like a bad dream. Soon a bright glow came from every part of Siddhartha's being. He had his answer!