"Many have gone before me and many yet must go after me. I go not alone to
Death, and what can Yama do to me? Consider what has happened before this, and consider
what is going to happen in the future. Countless are the mortals that have died before
this and will die- hereafter.
The life of mortals, in deed, is like that
of the corn which grows and ripens and is reaped, and like the grains that fall which
spring again into life!" So Nachiketas went to Yama. Yama was not prepared for
the voluntary visitor. He was not willing to receive anyone before time. Nachiketas had to
wait for three days before Yama received him. A Brahamana could not thus be disregarded
even by Yama.