Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 20 Oct 2011 08:51 and updated at 20 Oct 2011 08:51


Katha 1.1.1. Out of desire, so goes the story, the son of Vajasrava gave away all his wealth. He had a son named Nachiketas.
Katha 1.1.14. I will teach thee well; listen to me and understand, O Nachiketas, I know the Agni that leads to Heaven. Know that Agni which is the means for the attainment of Heaven and which is the support (of the universe) and located in the cavity.
Katha 1.1.15. Death told him of the Agni, the source of the worlds, the sort of bricks (for raising the sacrificial altar), how many, and how (to kindle the fire) and he Nachiketas() too repeated it as it was told. Then Death, becoming delighted over it, said again:
Katha 1.1.17. Whoso kindles the Nachiketas fire thrice and becomes united with the three and does the three.fold karma, transcends birth and death. Knowing the omniscient one, born of Brahma, bright and adorable, and realizing it, he attains to surpassing peace.
Katha 1.1.19. This is the Agni, O Nachiketas, which leads to Heaven and which thou hast chosen for the second boon. Of this Agni, people will speak as thine indeed. O Nachiketas, choose the third boon.
Katha 1.1.21. Even by the gods this doubt was entertained in days of yore. This topic, being subtle, is not easy to comprehend. Ask for some other boon, O Nachiketas. Don t press me; give up this (boon) for me.
Katha 1.1.22. Nachiketas( said:) Since even by the gods was doubt entertained in this regard and (since) thou sayest, O Death, that this is not easily comprehended, no other preceptor like thee can be had to instruct on this nor is there any other boon equal to this.
Katha 1.1.24. If thou thinkest any other boon to be equal to this, ask for wealth and longevity. Be thou the ruler over a vast country, O Nachiketas; I shall make thee enjoy all thy longings.
Katha 1.1.25. What all things there are in the human world which are desirable, but hard to win, pray for all those desirable things according to thy pleasure. Here are these damsels with the Chariots and lutes, the like of whom can never be had by men. By them, given by me, get thy services rendered, O Nachiketas, do not ask about death.
Katha 1.1.29. O Death, tell us of that, of the great Beyond, about which man entertain doubt. Nachiketas does not pray for any other boon than this which enters into the secret that is hidden.
Katha 1.2.3. Thou hast relinquished, O Nachiketas, all objects of desire, dear and of covetable nature, pondering over their worthlessness. Thou hast not accepted the path of wealth in which perish many a mortal.
Katha 1.2.4. What is known as ignorance and what is known as knowledge are highly opposed (to each other), and lead to different ways. I consider Nachiketas to be aspiring after knowledge, for desires, numerous though they be, did not tear thee away.
Katha 1.2.9. This (knowledge of the Self) attained by thee cannot be had through argumentation. O dearest, this doctrine, only if taught by some teacher (other than a logician), leads to right knowledge. O, thou art rooted in truth. May a questioner be ever like thee, O Nachiketas.
Katha 1.2.13. Having heard this and grasped it well, the mortal, separating the virtuous being (from the body etc.,) and attaining this subtle Self, rejoices having obtained that which causes joy. The abode (of Brahman), I think, is wide open unto Nachiketas.
Katha 1.3.16. Narrating and hearing this eternal story of Nachiketas told by Death, the intelligent man attains glory in the world of Brahman.
Katha 2.3.18. Nachiketas then, having acquired this knowledge imparted by Death, as also the instructions on Yoga in entirety, attained Brahman having become dispassionate and deathless. So does become any one else also who knows the inner Self thus.

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