Story from Yoga Vasishta
As the conversations between Kumbha (Chudala) and Shikidwaja get deeper and deeper, Shikidwaja gains a lot of clarity. One day, Kumbha points out how the King hasn’t given up his ego yet. This was so deep, that the King was speechless for sometime and went into a deep state of Samadhi.
The self-governed Sikhidhwaja became awaked to his sense by Kumbha’s admonitions. For a moment the king remained silent with the light that shone within him. 15 His pure consciousness returned to his mind and the blaze of his right knowledge burnt away the impurities of his attachment to the hermitage, like a gust of wind driving dust from the ground.
Shikidwaja then arose and went inside his hut. He brought out all his possessions and set them afire. He even threw his prayer beads and deer skin. His hide skin, water pot, mattress, meditation seat and all that he said gradually went into the fire. He even set fire to his hut and declared that he is free from all burden and attachment
“Now I am an all-abandoning saint. I have abandoned all desire and every object. I wonder how I have lived for so long before being awakened to my right knowledge by the holy lectures of my heavenly child.”
Even after that, Kumbha (Chudala) points out that the King hasn’t gotten rid of his attachments. The King is so frustrated that he became ready to jump into the fire. Kumbha clarifies that merely throwing the body into the fire does not relieve one of all the bondages. Only knowledge and experience of the fundamental principle can set him free.
“He who gives away his belongings in this life comes to possess them again in his future state, just as rivers that pour their waters into the sea are again filled by flood tide.”
Then there is a long conversation between the two where Kumbha answers all the questions posed by Shikidwaja. After this, Chudala leaves the boy’s body and returns to it after three days. She sees the King in deep meditation, hesitant to disturb him but at the same time inorder to test him, she makes noises. Nothing is able to disturb the King. She then thinks he has left his body and she too is ready to leave her body. She however wanted to confirm if he had left his body. She left her own body and entered his and found that his heart was still pulsating.
She awoke him by triggering a thought and Shikidwaja came back to his senses.
There were many occasions in the mountains when Chudala, assuming the form of a beautiful woman, tested Shikidwaja. The King transcended all mundane emotions and emerged as a realised being. When Chudala was confident of her husband’s attaintment, she revealed herself. They returned to their kingdom.
“He ruled over his kingdom for ten thousand years. He and his queen gave up the burden of their bodies and expired together about the same time. 27 Having left his mortal frame, he obtained his nirvana like a lamp that has gone out for lack of oil. He attained the state in which the high minded soul has no more to return and be reborn on earth.”