"I require clothes and money, that is all"

Chest with Inlaid Interior to keep money and clothes
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeChest with Inlaid Interior to keep money and clothes - Credit: David Jackson
Siddhartha had experienced two phases in his life, one as a student and the other as a wandering ascetic. Both phases had meant a disciplined and arduous life, with intense mental and physical involvement, and in the latter case even deprivation.

In such a scenario, the life of a commoner, who has to earn his living, with daily labor seems alluring and easy, because at the end of the day it offers fulfillment of the immediate needs. Acquiring material possessions is simpler than attempting to attain salvation, realize the Absolute Truth and merge with Brahman.