Death Makes Amends
बहून्पशून् हस्तिहिरण्यमश्वान् ।
स्वयं च जीव शरदो यावदिच्छसि ॥ २३॥
bahūnpaśūn hastihiraṇyamaśvān .
svayaṃ ca jīva śarado yāvadicchasi .. 23..
Yama said: Choose sons and grandsons who shall live a hundred years; choose elephants, horses, herds of cattle and gold. Choose a vast domain on earth; live here as many years as you desires.
Swami Vivekananda Says —
(Verses 23,24 and 25)
Death said, “Ask for sons and grandsons who will live one hundred years, many cattle, elephants, gold, and horses. Ask for empire on this earth and live as many years as you like. Or choose any other boon which you think equal to these — wealth and long life. Or be thou a king, O Nachiketas, on the wide earth. I will make thee the enjoyer of all desires. Ask for all those desires which are difficult to obtain in the world. These heavenly maidens with chariots and music, which are not to be obtained by man, are yours. Let them serve you. O Nachiketas, but do not question me as to what comes after death.”[Source]
“The enjoyments of the gods, even these I offer you. Do not insist upon your query.”[Source] Do not press me to answer this. Whatever man desires for his enjoyment, ask all that and I will fulfil it, but do not want to know this secret.”[Source]
But Nachiketa was firm as a rock.[Source] “Youth and beauty vanish, life and wealth vanish, name and fame vanish, even the mountains crumble into dust. Friendship and love vanish. Truth alone abides.”[Source] Neither money pays, nor name, nor fame, nor learning; it is character that can cleave through adamantine walls of difficulties. [Source]