The First Boon
शान्तसंकल्पः सुमना यथा स्याद्
वीतमन्युर्गौतमो माऽभि मृत्यो ।
एतत् त्रयाणां प्रथमं वरं वृणे ॥ १०॥
śāntasaṃkalpaḥ sumanā yathā syād
vītamanyurgautamo mā’bhi mṛtyo .
etat trayāṇāṃ prathamaṃ varaṃ vṛṇe .. 10..
Nachiketa said: O Death, may Gautama, my father, be calm, cheerful and free from anger toward me! May he recognise me and greet me when I shall have been sent home by you! This I choose as the first of the three boons.
Swami Vivekananda Says —
And the boy asked, “My first boon is that my father’s anger against me may pass away; that he will be kind to me and recognise me when you allow me to depart.” Yama granted this fully.[Source]