|EVERY Hindu knows the great Kurukshetra
scene, which forms the prologue of the Bhagavad Gita, the warrior, stricken by remorse and
doubt, throwing himself at the mercy of his divine charioteer for guidance. The Katha
Upanishad has an equally sublime introductory scene, forming a noble background for the
great teaching imparted in the Upanishad itself.
Vajasravasa Performed an elaborate
sacrifice, which terminated with a parting of all his possessions as gifts to the guests,
assembled. Vajasravasas son, Nachiketas, watched the proceedings and, as he saw the
gifts being given, he was filled with the thought of the vanity of it all.