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Showing posts with label Nachiketas. Show all posts

Hinduism - Who Is Nachiketas In Hindu Mythology?

 


In the Kathka Upanishad, a speculative philosophical work regarded one of the later upanishads, a main character.



Nachiketas, the little kid in the narrative, is a seeker of ultimate knowledge.

Nachiketas dutifully travels to the home of Death to offer himself up after his father curses him to be brought to Death in a fit of rage.



He stands at Death's door for three days, but gets no welcome since he is a brahmin visitor.

When Death reappears, he is horrified to see that his visitor has been ignored.

To make amends, Death bestows three boons to Nachiketas.

Nachiketas' first two goals are to reunite with his father and to comprehend the significance of a certain sacrifice ceremony.



With the last boon, he inquires as to what happens to a person once the body dies.

Death initially attempts to avoid answering the question, then offers Nachiketas additional gifts in exchange for his silence.

Death starts to divulge his secrets when the youngster remains solid in his commitment.

The majority of the book is made up of this dis course.

The actuality of the Self (atman), its everlasting and indestructible nature, and the difficulties in genuinely comprehending it are the key themes of Death's mysteries.

The Self is depicted as the ultimate truth, and to understand it is to understand the only thing that counts.


~Kiran Atma


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Hinduism - What Is The Katha Upanishad?


One of the later and more developed Upanishads, the theoretical religious teachings that make up the most recent layer of the Vedas, the oldest Hindu holy scriptures.

The Katha Upanishad, like other of the Upanishads, addresses deep questions, including the essence of the Self (atman).

The narrative narrates the tale of Nachiketas, a little child whose father, in a moment of rage, puts him to death.

Nachiketas visits Death's house, but there is no one there.

He has to wait three days for Death to return.

Death grants Nachiketas three boons, or desires, to make atonement for disregarding a brahmin visitor, which the book defines as a grievous transgression.

The first boon allows Nachiketas to return to his father's home, while the second allows him to learn how to conduct a sacrifice fire.

With the last boon, he inquires as to what happens to a person once the body dies.

Death initially attempts to avoid answering the question, then offers Nachiketas additional gifts in exchange for his silence.

Death starts to expose his secrets when the youngster presses on a response; these disclosures make up the majority of the book.

The truth of the Self, its eternal and indestructible nature, its nuanced traits, and the challenges in realizing it are the key themes of Death's mysteries.

The ultimate truth is the Self, and knowing it is to know the only thing that really counts.



You may also want to read more about Hinduism here.

Be sure to check out my writings on religion here.