Type of Spiritual Experience
BackgroundThy will be done
A description of the experience
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4:4.6b
Consider those who in the course of many lives on earth have become free from desire. By this we mean that all their desires have found fulfilment within the soul itself. They do not die as others do. Since they understand Brahman, they merge with Brahman.
When all the desires clinging to the heart fall away, the mortal becomes immortal. When all the knots of desire strangling the heart are loosened, liberation occurs.
As the snake discards its skin, leaving it lifeless on an anthill, so the soul free from desire discards the body, and unites with the atman who is eternal life and boundless light.