It may be that the historical Gautama, if so he is worthy to be called, merely made the sect or the new religion famous.
The wife of the sage Gautama, she was seduced by Indra the king of the Gods.
They were supposed to be seeking some deeper reality in life, and a passionate desire to do likewise took possession of Gautama.
Gautama was a sage, and the husband of Ahalya, who was seduced by Indra.
Without the sorrow of Gautama, the gods of this under-world are as loving and as amiable.
That they are not strictly in accordance with Gautama's teachings there can be no doubt.
Does the name of Gautama, the Buddha, stand for a sun-myth or for a historic personage?
They did not cease however to address him still as Gautama, after his family.
The names of twenty-four of the Buddhas who appeared previous to Gautama have been handed down to us.
But in the case of the great religion of Gautama they feel sincerely a similarity.