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The First Boon Of Nachiketas

Nachiketas is in Yamaloka. He has already spent three days there without being attended to. When Yamaraja came to know about this he became upset. Nachiketas was a guest inYamaloka. His time to die had not come. On the earth also his body had not died. There was life still in his body. His entire prana moved into the brahma randhra, but it was still there. It had not come out of brahma randhra. Kundalini yoga shastra says when the life forces of the body go up to brahma randhra the body becomes cold like it is dead. But if you feel....

Nachiketas is in Yamaloka.
He has already spent three days there without being attended to.
When Yamaraja came to know about this he became upset.
Nachiketas was a guest inYamaloka.
His time to die had not come.
On the earth also his body had not died.
There was life still in his body.
His entire prana moved into the brahma randhra, but it was still there. It had not come out of brahma randhra.
Kundalini yoga shastra says when the life forces of the body go up to brahma randhra the body becomes cold like it is dead.
But if you feel at the top of the head, it will be warm.
Nachiketas's body was in this state.
Only his sukshma sharira was in Yamaloka.
On a visit to Yamaloka.
Another similar story is that of Satyavan Savitri.
But Satyavan's case is different.
Satyavan had actually died.
His life on earth was over.
Savitri accompanied him to Yamaloka and got him back.
Here Nachiketas was a guest.
An unattended guest.
Very dangerous to leave a guest unattended.
As we saw in the earlier episode.
An unattended guest is a fire that can burn.
Now, Yamaraja wants to fix the damage.
He offers to give three boons to Nachiketas in exchange for the three days he spent in Yamaloka unattended.
Nachiketas was very clever.
He said
शान्तसंकल्पः सुमना यथा स्याद् वीतमन्युर्गौतमो माऽभि मृत्यो । त्वत्प्रसृष्टम् माऽभिवदेत्प्रतीत एतत् त्रयाणां प्रथमं वरं वृणे ॥ १० ॥This is the 10th mantra of the first chapter, first valli.
Intelligent clever Nachiketas kills two birds with a single shot in the first boon itself.
When you send me back home - taken for granted that Yamaraja is going to send him back home - त्वत्प्रसृष्टम् - this is what त्वत्प्रसृष्टम् means.
When you send me back home, my father Goutama should not be angry with me.
He should not be nice to me just as he used to be.
He should talk to me with affection.
He should bless me.
He should not have any ill feeling towards me.
Nachiketas thinks that his father is upset with him because he pestered him with the question whom are you going to give me to, whom are you going to give me to?
Now, Goutama should not say I have already given you away, why have you come back, have you run away from there, you have no right to be here.
Nachiketas is worried about this as well.
I can tell him that with your permission I have come back.
But he may not believe all these.
So, you, Yamaraja should bless in such a way that his mind becomes favorable towards me.
So that I don't have to do any explanation.
He should recognize me in the first place.
This also you should take care of.
Yamaraja replies
यथा पुरस्ताद् भविता प्रतीत औद्दालकिरारुणिर्मत्प्रसृष्टः । सुखँ रात्रीः शयिता वीतमन्युः त्वां ददृशिवान्मृत्युमुखात् प्रमुक्तम् ॥ ११ ॥
Of course, he will behave with you.
Your father will treat you with affection just like how he used to be before.
He will have no anger towards you.
He will know that I have released you back to earth.
He will sleep peacefully because he will realize that the rules of dana have not been broken.
You have not run away from here.
मृत्युमुखात् प्रमुक्तम्
Mrityu here means Yamaraja.
He will know that you have been released.
He will know that you didn't escape from here somehow.
So, two things are assured here, that Nachiketas can return to earth and his father is going to treat him with affection.

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