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Nachiketas Requests His Third Boon: Knowledge of Personal Existence on the Other Side of Death

Sri Aurobindo translates Katha Upanishad, First Cycle, First Chapter, Verses 20-22:  “Nachiketas speaks: ‘This debate that there is over the man who has passed and some say “This he is not” and some that he is, that, taught by thee I would know; this is the third boon of the boons of my choosing.’ ” 460 more words

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The Results of Actualizing the Second Boon of Nachiketas

Sri Aurobindo translates Katha Upanishad, First Cycle, First Chapter, Verses 17-19:  “Whose lights the three fires (3) of Nachiketas and comes to the union with the Three (4) and does the triple works, (5) beyond birth and death he crosses; for he finds the God of our adoration, the Knower (1) who is born from the Brahman, whom having beheld he attains to surpassing peace.” 309 more words

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The Second Boon of Nachiketas: the Teaching of the Celestial Fire

Sri Aurobindo translates Katha Upanishad, First Cycle, First Chapter, Verses 14-16:  “Yama speaks: ‘Hearken to me and understand, O Nachiketas; I declare to thee that heavenly Flame, for I know it.  543 more words

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Nachiketas Requests His Second Boon: Knowledge of the Celestial Fire

Sri Aurobindo translates Katha Upanishad First Cycle, First Chapter, Verses 12 and 13:  “Nachiketas speaks: ‘In heaven fear is not at all, in heaven, O Death, thou art not, nor old age and its terrors; crossing over hunger and thirst as over two rivers, leaving sorrow behind the soul in heaven rejoices.  292 more words

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The First Boon: Integration of the Bodily Life and the Spiritual Realisation

Sri Aurobindo translates Katha Upanishad, First Cycle, First Chapter, Verses 10 and 11:  “Nachiketas speaks: ‘Tranquillised in his thought and serene of mind be the Gautama, my father, let his passion over me pass away from him; assured in heart let him greet me from thy grasp delivered; this boon I choose, the first of three.’  Yama speaks:  “Even as before assured in heart and by me released shall he be, Auddalaki Aruni, thy father; sweetly shall he sleep through the nights and his passion shall pass away from him, having seen thee from death’s jaws delivered.’ ” 474 more words

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Nachiketas Waits Three Nights in the House of Death and Receives Three Boons

Sri Aurobindo translates Katha Upanishad, First Cycle, First Chapter, Verses 7 to 9:  “His attendants say to Yama: ‘Fire is the Brahmin who enters as a guest the houses of men; him thus they appease.  501 more words

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Katha Upanishad: The Sacrifice and the Aspiration, Part 2

Nachiketas is identified with the fire of aspiration, the soul’s flame.  We can read this dialogue to be between the outer being who functions in the world, and the inner being who is the spiritual Person who aspires to spiritual realisation.  409 more words

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