in hindu mythology there is a story where gods and demons work together to churn the ocean. normally they always fight and never cooperate with each other. but this was a different case. the reward was too big to forget their animosity temporarily.
they were churning the ocean in hope of getting soma (divine nectar which will make them immortal) and other precious treasures and wealth from the ocean. moreover the task was so gigantic, that they needed each other support to accomplish it. so they had to agree to work together.
while they were churning the ocean, first of all a very deadly poison came out from it. which lord shiva drank. after the poison many things came out from the ocean like lakshmi (goddess of prosperity and beauty), goddess of wine, moon, rambha the nymph , white horse, kaustubha a jewel, parijata the celestial tree, surabhi the cow of plenty, airavata a white elephant, dhanus a mighty bow, sankha a conch shell came.
but since they were churning the ocean for soma to become immortal… they kept on churning the ocean and in the end divine nectar came out and as per the legend who ever drinks this nectar will become immortal.
although this story looks like a myth but this is the story of every meditator or seeker on the path of truth. when you start meditation then the content from our unconscious mind starts surfacing to the conscious mind. as a meditator you have to witness many such unconscious desires and thoughts which were buried deep with in your unconscious mind.
these desires could be of fame, sex, power, money, vehicle or being immortal… (these are the same things which are mentioned in the above stories). these desires have to be witnessed and one should keep on practicing meditation. after your meditation goes deep, you might get some occult powers or become famous or become powerful… as a seeker you should not stop here and start using these powers. ignore the occult powers and keep on witnessing the mind. keep on following your spiritual path.
as your witnessing becomes deep and mature then one day you will get the samadhi experience that is mentioned in the above story as divine nectar (soma). soul is always immortal. samadhi is a state of self realization. you come to realize your true nature.
moral of story is that you have to have to dig deep within you to find your true nature. be a passive watcher of whatsoever comes from your mind. you don’t need to indulge in these desires but just be a passive watcher of these desires and transform these desires into highest form of energy e.g. sex into love, hate into compassion etc. the real thing is to achieve your buddhahood.
your mind is a big ocean of memories and experiences. you have to churn your mind with meditation or devotion.