Gautama was not satisfied with all his prosperity at home and left the palace against his father's will. During his journey he was confronted with human suffering for the first time in his life. He saw sick and old people as well as the dead. After this he returned home again, but from then on he had constant unrest within him. Therefore, one day he left his family and started life as a begging monk. At this time, Gautama was 29 years of age. (One can still recognise these begging monks today by their appearance: they have close-cropped hair and wear a saffron-coloured garment.)
To its adherents, Hinduism is a traditional way of life.  Many practitioners refer to the "orthodox" form of Hinduism as Sanātana Dharma , "the eternal law" or the "eternal way".   The Sanskrit word dharma has a much deeper meaning than religion and is not its equivalent. All aspects of a Hindu life, namely acquiring wealth (artha), fulfillment of desires (kama), and attaining liberation (moksha) are part of dharma which encapsulates the "right way of living" and eternal harmonious principles in their fulfillment.