From this time on the Prince was known by different names:
some spoke of him as Buddha,
the Perfectly Enlightened One,
some spoke of him as Shakyamuni,
the Sage of the Shakya clan;
others called him the World-honored One.
He went first to Mrigadava in Varanasi where the five mendicants who had lived with him during the six years of his ascetic life were staying.
At first they shunned him, but after they had talked with him, they believed in him and became his first followers.
He then went to the Rajagriha Castle and won over King Bimbisara who had always been his friend.
From there he went about the country living on alms and teaching men to accept his way of life.
People responded to him as the thirsty seek water and the hungry food.
Two great disciples, Sariputra and Maudgalyayana, and their two thousand followers, came to him.
At first the Buddha's father, King Shuddhodana, still inwardly suffering because of his son's decision to leave the palace, remained aloof, but then became his faithful disciple. Mahaprajapati, the Buddha's stepmother, and Princess Yashodhara, his wife, and all the members of the Shakya clan began to follow him.
Multitudes of others also became his devoted and faithful followers.