So, to make up for the offence, Death offered to Nachiketas whatever boon he
might demand. He offered many gifts length of days and all the possessions of the earth
that one could desire, and Swarga thereafter. But the youth chose for a boon-instruction
at Yamas hands about the nature of the soul.
"There is no boon that I desire other
than this knowledge," said Nachiketas, "and there can be no better instructor
than you for imparting this knowledge. What use is length of days and what joy can
possessions, or song or dance, or hones and chariots give, so long as you are there as an
ever-present termination to it all?"