Siddhartha becomes wealthy during the time he is employed by Kamaswami. He enjoys the intimate company of Kamala. He lives in this manner for a period of many years, gaining more and more success in business. Initially, while he sees business as a game, he feels a sense of superiority to those who seek worldly riches and pleasures. However, he gradually falls under the same spell. He starts acting and looking like a wealthy merchant. He eats rich food, wears the finest garments, and gambles. The spiritual voice he has always had within him is dead. He is unable to find peace even in his relationship with Kamala.
Twenty years have passed. He sees traces of gray in his hair and there are wrinkles on Kamala’s face. Siddhartha starts to have dreams that indicate it is likely now time for him to move on. In one of his dreams, he remembers a conversation he had with Kamala in which she expressed some interest in Gotama. Siddhartha dissuades her from looking for the teacher. In a different dream, he sees that the rare songbird Kamala keeps in a cage is dead. He flings it into the street, as though he throws away everything that is good and has value in his life. He feels death in his heart when he awakens. He finds that the inner voice that has been quiet for too long.
These dreams cause distress for Siddhartha. He goes into a pleasure garden and tries to meditate. H thinks about his life in the city. This is the life he created by being an apprentice to Kasawami. It now seems like a mere diversion from this path on the way to enlightenment. The evenings of eating, dancing, and drinking gave him only a pleasant sense of oblivion, nothing more. It’s true that his time with Kamala has given him pleasure and taught him lessons about love, it cannot go on forever if he wants to reach enlightenment. He recognizes that he has been playing the game of Samsara. Samsara is the cyclical path of life in which the individual lives, suffers, and dies. While he needed to play the game, he does not have to play it forever. He departs from the city in despair, not telling anyone he is leaving. When Kamala finds out that he has gone, she lets her songbird free from the golden cage. Kamala does not take any more lovers from the day forward. She soon finds that she is pregnant with Siddhartha’s child.