यस्मिन्निदं विचिकित्सन्ति मृत्यो
यत्साम्पराये महति ब्रूहि नस्तत् ।
योऽयं वरो गूढमनुप्रविष्टो
नान्यं तस्मान्नचिकेता वृणीते ॥ २९॥
॥ इति काठकोपनिषदि प्रथमाध्याये प्रथमा वल्ली ॥
yasminnidaṃ vicikitsanti mṛtyo
yatsāmparāye mahati brūhi nastat .
yo’yaṃ varo gūḍhamanupraviṣṭo
nānyaṃ tasmānnaciketā vṛṇīte .. 29..
.. iti kāṭhakopaniṣadi prathamādhyāye prathamā vallī ..
Tell me, O Death, of that Great Hereafter about which a man has his doubts.
Swami Vivekananda Says —
“Therefore, tell me this secret about the great hereafter, I do not want anything else; that is what Nachiketas wants, the mystery of death.”[Source]
Then the God of death was pleased. We have been saying in the last two or three lectures that this Jnâna prepares the mind. So you see here that the first preparation is that a man must desire nothing else but the truth, and truth for truth’s sake. See how this boy rejected all these gifts which Death offered him; possessions, property, wealth, long life, and everything he was ready to sacrifice for this one idea, knowledge only, the truth. Thus alone can truth come.[Source]