I've heard Buddha's story a million times, in a million ways, but one thing hasn't really cleared up for me in all of these renditions. After his ascetic practice, and just before his realization, he is sitting under the tree between 7 - 49 days (depending on the rendition; don't really care how long it was, even if it was 7 years!). They make it sound like he wasn't eating, etc. during this time. I know for a fact many people believe he wasn't. Logic would say that he was eating and maybe sleeping–having given up the 'silly' practice of asceticism–during this time. My question is: what say you, my fine fettled friends?