It is common knowledge that anything valuable can only be acquired through perseverance and sincere yearning or ardor. When this is the case with common materialistic pursuits, it is all the more so with the acquisition of Divine Wisdom. The Ka\u1e6dopani\u1e63ad relates the anecdote of Naciket\u0101 to explicate how ardor and perseverance can result in redeeming knowledge of the Self. There was once a br\u0101hma\u1e47a by name V\u0101ja\u015bravasa who gave away his possessions with the desire to acquire merit (pu\u1e47ya). His young son, Naciket\u0101, a precocious child, noticed his father giving away a wealth of cows that no longer yielded milk. Recognizing no merit can accrue from the donation of unproductive cows, the boy importuned his father repeatedly, \u2018Whom will you give me away to, father?\u2019 Irate with the boy the father exclaimed, \u2018Unto Death I give you!\u2019 Naciket\u0101 left for the abode of Yama resolutely, with the following words - \u2018Like corns mortals ripen and fall; like corn they rise again.\u2019 Reaching Yama\u2019s abode, Naciket\u0101 waited for three days and nights before the Lord of death returned. Even as he entered, a voice resounded in the background, \u2018When a spiritual guest enters the house like a bright flame, he must be well received. Those inhospitable to such guests lose all merit (pu\u1e47ya).\u2019 The Lord of death recognized the inadvertent folly of not welcoming Naciket\u0101 as was customary. Yama granted three boons to Naciket\u0101 as atonement; a boon for each inhospitable night he had to stand in wait, expecting Yama to return. Naciket\u0101 sought with the first boon, that his father\u2019s anger be appeased and that his father receives him with love upon his return to earth. After being granted the boon, Naciket\u0101 sought with the second, to learn from Yama, the fire sacrifice that bestows heaven upon the performer. Yama taught the sacrifice to Naciket\u0101 as requested. Pleased with the lad\u2019s repetition of the sacred hymns taught to him, the Lord of death conferred a special boon on the boy. He stated, \u2018the fire sacrifice shall now be known by your name, child.\u2019 Urged by Yama to lay claim to his third boon, Naciket\u0101 stated, \u2018When a person dies, some state he still exists while others claim he doesn\u2019t. I wish to know the truth behind death \u2013 the secret of death.\u2019 Yama responded, \u2018The secret of death is one that has baffled even the celestials of yore. Seek of me anything else.\u2019 Naciket\u0101 persisted, \u2018The secret baffles even the celestials for it is hard to know. I see no boon worthier of having, and no teacher wiser than yourself.\u2019 Hesitant to unravel the mystery behind death, Yama endeavored to entice Naciket\u0101 with several other boons. He stated, \u2018Seek stupendous wealth; seek to be an emperor; seek every pleasure the earth can offer; seek women of unmatched beauty; seek to live as long as you desire; seek sons and grandsons who live a hundred years; seek anything else you desire. Seek not the mystery behind death.\u2019 Naciket\u0101 responded, \u2018Pleasures of the senses are fleeting, as is life upon earth. What good does stupendous wealth do me when I know I will face you sooner or later? It is the mystery of death I desire to have unraveled. I seek no other boon.\u2019 Immensely pleased with the lad\u2019s ardor and perseverance, the Lord of death proceeds to enlighten Naciket\u0101. He said, \u2018I spread before you, the fulfillment of all worldly desires; the power to dominate the earth; delights beyond imagination; you parry these with determination. I see the gates of bliss opening for you, Naciket\u0101.\u2019 The Lord of death then proceeded to reveal the mystery behind the phenomenon called death. He elaborated, \u2018hidden in the heart of every creature lies the omniscient Self that is never born, nor will ever die. The Self is eternal and immutable. It is beyond name and form; beyond the senses and time. Those who realize the Self are eternally freed from the jaws of death. Awaken; seek the guidance of an illumined Guru and realize the Self.\u2019 Thus, with ardor and perseverance Naciket\u0101 received wisdom from Yama; wisdom that had baffled even the celestials for ages. Though the Lord of death tempted the lad with many an enticing materialistic pleasure, Naciket\u0101\u2019s resolve was unflappable. With determination he achieved what he had set his heart upon. \u0930\u0924\u094d\u0928\u0948\u0930\u094d\u092e\u0939\u093e\u0930\u094d\u0939\u0948\u0938\u094d\u0924\u0941\u0924\u0941\u0937\u0941\u0930\u094d\u0928 \u0926\u0947\u0935\u093e\u0903 \u0928 \u092d\u0947\u091c\u093f\u0930\u0947 \u092d\u0940\u092e\u0935\u093f\u0937\u0947\u0923 \u092d\u0940\u0924\u093f\u092e\u094d\u0964 \u0938\u0941\u0927\u093e\u0902 \u0935\u093f\u0928\u093e \u0928 \u092a\u094d\u0930\u093e\u092a\u094d\u0928\u0941\u092f\u0941\u0930\u094d\u0935\u093f\u0930\u093e\u092e\u0902 \u0928 \u0928\u093f\u0936\u094d\u091a\u093f\u0924\u093e\u0930\u094d\u0925\u093e\u0926\u094d\u0935\u093f\u0930\u092e\u0928\u094d\u0924\u093f \u0927\u0940\u0930\u093e\u0903\u0965 ratnairmah\u0101rhaistutu\u1e63urna dev\u0101\u1e25 na bhejire bh\u012bmavi\u1e63e\u1e47a bh\u012btim| sudh\u0101\u1e41 vin\u0101 na pr\u0101pnuyurvir\u0101ma\u1e41 na ni\u015bcit\u0101rth\u0101dviramanti dh\u012br\u0101\u1e25|| The celestials were neither jubilant by the precious stones the (churning of the milky ocean offered them), nor were they daunted by emergence of the exceptionally venemous h\u0101l\u0101hala (upon churning the ocean). They rested not until ambrosia was theirs, for the resolute do not give up on the object they have set their minds on.