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NACHIKETA

"Get Out, I Have Gifted You to Death "

Nachiketa thought deeply. But time was running out. The gifting ceremony will be over in no time.:.. At last he got a bright idea. He thought -"The rules of this ceremony lay down that things dear to one's self must be gifted. Instead, father is retaining his dear ones and giving away the unwanted things. Probably he is doing so for my sake). It means that I am dearest to my father. So, if he gifts me away, everything will be satisfactory."

Welfare of his father was uppermost in his mind. He decided that his father must be persuaded to make a gift of him also; only then could it be termed as a sacrifice.

He went to his father and in a subdued voice asked:

"Father, to whom are you going to give me as gift?"

Vajashravas looked at his son. But he did not think it fit to reply to such a silly question. He was busy with the preparations for the gifting ceremony.
Nachiketa raised his voice and repeated - "Father, to whom are you going to gift me?"

Vajashravas controlled his anger but remained silent. But Nachiketa was not the boy to give up. Thinking that his father might not have heard his question, he asked in a loud voice, which was audible to all -

"Please father, tell me to whom you are going to gift me."

Vajashravas could 'no longer control himself. Raging with anger, and throwing all the rules of the sacrifice to the winds, he shouted, " Get away from here. I will gift you over to God of Death."

The elderly sages were taken aback by the conversation going on. They stopped chanting the holy verses. They stood up and in a chorus asked, "What have you done, 0 Vajashravas? You have thrown the rules to the winds. In a fit of anger you declared that you are giving away your son to Death. Now you have to stand by your word. Otherwise, the proceeding will stop. What are you going to do now?"

Vajashravas was really at a loss now. He realized his mistake but only too late. "Fie upon my anger! I should never have uttered those words. What will befall me now?" He bemoaned. Shedding tears, he retired to the inner chamber of the cottage. With a blank head and a heavy heart he sat in a corner. As for Vishwavaradevi, no words could describe her condition. She had be come speechless. Tears were flowing from her eyes unceasingly.

Nachiketa came in search of his father. The scene he saw inside the cottage was pathetic, unbearable. He said to himself, "After all, why should father feel sorry for having gifted me to Death? Death means nothing but meeting Lord Yama. Let me see what Yama will say." Then he approached his father and said, "Father, whatever has happened has happened. Do we not belong to the great family of Gautama and Arani? They never failed to
keep their words. So will be the case with us also."

"Oh, what a sin I have committed!" so saying, Vajashravas took the boy in his arms and began to weep, "Son, if you can go a head, you are most welcome" was all he could manage to say.

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About Nachiketa
Introduction
Uddalaka - Vishwavara
Fruit Of A Sacrifice
The Chiild
'I Want only Knowledge'
Cynosure Of all
Desire To See Yama
Vishwajit yaga
Why did father act like this?
You are Here! "Get Out I have Gifted you To Death"
Where Am I?
"Choose Three Boons"
Knowledge Of Fire
Atmavidya (knowledge of Self)
Again With Parents
Kathopanishat
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