Before we get on with the last rites, let us look into how death is
looked upon by the Hindus. It should be realized that Death is the only certainty in life.
Most people are afraid of death. Hindus tried to understand
the mystery of death and have done a lot of work towards this end.
After all this is the end of the journey of life. But
another journey is about to start.
If there is strong desire to fulfill unfulfilled desires,
the soul will take another birth, the Samskara being the driving force.
If one has gone beyond desires then the soul is freed at
this time and is not bound by the laws of Karma.
The person has achieved a zero balance and has no driving
force to bring him back.
Such a person has achieved what is called as Moksha,
Nirvana or Enlightenment.