The painting shows that a wise man abstracts himself from all that is a product of the three Gunas. The painting tries to indicate that the path to enlightenment is one of various changing strategies. Initially one gives up material possessions like jewels and the key to power. Finally, giving up all form of religious thought, he accepts the fact that he has been deluded all his life. This opens up his mind to fresh thinking which is what leads him to the doorway of enlightenment and knowledge.