When a guest
arrives, it is the duty of the host to honour him without delay. Or he will be failing in
So when Yama heard that Nachiketas had been
waiting for him for three days, he became worried.
He hurried to Nachiketas and apologised to him for making
him wait three days and offered to make amends. He said: "I offer you any three
boons. Please ask."
Nachiketas asked as the first boon: "May my
father’s anger subside and may he greet me affectionately when I return home from
Yama said: "Granted."
As his second boon Nachiketas asked: "I understand
that there is no death, old age, suffering or sorrow in heaven and one goes to heaven by
performing a sacrifice. Will you teach me that sacrifice?"