Gautam Siddhartha joined the itinerant Jain renunciants who lived near the city of Kapilavastu. He spent many years thinking, contemplating, meditating and observing the spiritual practices he had learnt from other itinerant monks. He followed the extreme measure of starving the body, so that the body would cease to trouble his mind. He was on the verge of starving himself to death in search of the ultimate freedom! It then occurred to him that torture was no way to find the Truth!