Siddhartha’s father relents in front of his son’s persistence to be allowed to join the ascetics. He, however, asks Siddhartha to come home whenever he finds the source of true happiness, the path to enlightenment, so that he can guide him also on the same path. Siddhartha is also welcome back if he fails in his quest. While Siddhartha’s father is an embodiment of pure paternal love, his statement also shows that he is dedicated in his pursuit of bliss, of happiness by appeasing the gods, by following the daily customs, and yet he has not attained the desired state of blissfulness.
This statement is indicative of why he allowed Siddhartha to pursue another path; to enable his son to seek happiness, while also hoping to find if at all there was another way to salvation, other than by fulfilling customary duties. While Siddhartha’s father does not doubt the goodness of his daily life and its customs, he is also wise enough to understand that there are more paths than one to reach the Absolute Truth.
Siddhartha’s relationship with his father at this point in time, is reminiscent of The Prodigal Son, one of the best known parables of Jesus.