"The bird, the clear spring and voice within himself was still alive"

When Siddhartha dreamt that Kamala's rare song bird in the golden cage had died, he was filled with a sense of loss because he identified with the purity and goodness of the songbird, the rarity of his Self, that he had allowed to dissipate, frittered away in the lust for wealth, wine and women. By referring to the fact that the bird was still alive, and alluding to the inner voice that he now vouched to follow, he is accepting the unique identity of the Atman, the part of the Supreme Soul, within himself.