His father’ s reaction had disappointed the Prince. He returned to his place. But nothing held any charm for him. The mysteries of illness, death, misery, old age kept going around in his mind. Siddhartha made up his mind to leave the palace, with or without the king’ s permission.
After dinner, that night a strange sleep-causing force came into the palace. Soon everyone became drowsy and fell asleep. The prince saw them all lying and wanted to hold Rahula in his arms one last time but that could awake up his wife, which would make it extremely difficult for him to leave his family behind. He decided to leave immediately without waking anyone.
He stepped out through the window, climbed out onto the roof and then down to the ground. He gently woke Channa from his sleep and told him to saddle a horse as he felt like taking a ride that night.
Channa was surprised at the prince’ s request, but he saddled Kantaka and brought him to the prince. Siddhartha whispered to the horse that they must not make any noise or wake any of the guards. The gates suddenly opened by themselves.
They rode out quietly into the dark. On reaching the edge of the city, the prince took a look back and promised himself that he would not return to Kapilavastu till he had found the means to end all the agony of the world.
They journeyed all night and at dawn neared the dwelling of many holy people. The prince was happy at the start of his real journey. He thanked Channa for all his help and asked him to take the horse and go to the palace
The Luminous Life of Buddha ( မဟာလူသား မြတ်ဗုဒ္ဓ ) Edited by SHYAM DUA TINYTOT Publication