Siddhartha became a wandering seeker of spiritual knowledge, where he gave up everything he once had, including his money, food, wife, and son, to live in the forest where he met his first teacher that taught him to meditate and attain a state of deep trance. He then tried controlled breathing, which resulted in headaches. Next, he tried reducing food intake, to just one grain of rice a day. He became ill, and gave up this form of self denial, as he realized that extremes of any kind were not productive. He came to the conclusion that the best path, is the middle way.