How did the Buddha know freedom is end of rebirth before getting enlightned?

I’m listening to Ajahn Sujato

Around 15min he reminded how the Buddha said he is searching for the end of rebirth.

I always wondered how he knew that was the end goal considering he wasn’t enlightened ?

I think it is based on hearsay, logic, and speculation.

There is already philosophical discourse about the nature of samsara (cycle of birth and death) and the claim that it could be ended. The problem is there is no one agreed method to do it.

His logic: anything born is subject to decay, old, sickness, death. Why don’t I search for the unborn.
To seek the unborn meaning to end rebirth.

Speculation: he didn’t know if it was possible, or the method to do it. He kept searching and tried different methods.

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