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The Awakening of Nachiketa

Inspired by the Katha Upanishad
Devdas Menon
Type: Print Book
Genre: Self-Improvement, Religion & Spirituality
Language: English
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"To Death, I give you away!"
These words, uttered by Nachiketa's father in a fit of anger, initiate the adventurous journey of twelve-year old Nachiketa to the celestial realm of Lord Yama, the god of Death. Using this storyline of the Katha Upanishad, and a creatively imagined dialogue between the student Nachiketa and his guru Yama, the author presents the essence of the Upanishadic wisdom in a lucid, easy-to-understand manner. The dialogue helps Nachiketa (and us) discover answers to his profound questions:
What is the real aim of our life? What happens after death? What is Self-realisation? How does one get liberated?

(Keywords: Death, Enlightenment, Samsara, Moksha, Liberation, Self-realisation, Yama)

‘Very inspiring. I find it very useful. The immediate impact of the book on me is that I have become calmer, while continuing to be active, professionally and otherwise. I intend to read this book again and again.’ – V S Raju, former Director, IIT Delhi

‘Having attended the courses of Prof. Devdas Menon on 'Self-Awareness' and 'Integral Karmayoga' at IIT Madras, I clearly hear his voice, blended with his deep understanding, flowing through this book, thankfully free of difficult Sanskrit terms. I feel grateful to be introduced to the process of awakening!’ – Christian Thaulow, Professor (retd), NTNU, Norway

‘It is not easy to translate the wisdom teachings of the Upanishads in simple language. The author attempts to do this and comes out with flying colours. The dialogue adopted is fascinating and keeps the reader hooked till the last page.’ – Subir Chakraborty, MD & CEO, Exide Industries Ltd

About the Author

Dr Devdas Menon is an Institute Chair Professor at IIT Madras, engaged in teaching, research and consultancy in structural engineering. He adopts a holistic approach in education, placing an emphasis on inner development and transformation. He was initiated into Advaita Vedanta in his youth by Swami Krishnananda (of Rishikesh) and other teachers. Ever since, his approach to spirituality has been to see the 'formless aware presence', the one Divine, in all manifestation, despite the seeming differences in myriad names and forms and beliefs.

In structural engineering, he has co-authored a popular textbook on 'Reinforced Concrete Design', and has authored textbooks titled 'Structural Analysis' and 'Advanced Structural Analysis'. In the realm of self-improvement and spirituality, he has authored books titled 'Stop sleepwalking through life!' and 'Spirituality at work' (on the Bhagavad Gita), which are texts used for the popular courses on ‘Self-Awareness’ and ‘Integral Karmayoga’ at IIT Madras.

This brief biography of the author is meant for pragmatic purposes: potential readers may be interested. But the deeper truth is that all notions of individual authorship and doer-ship are delusional, and it is important for the apparent doer to recognise this truth — whatever be the inner calling or the role being enacted (writer, teacher, etc.) in this game of life.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781637544501
Number of Pages: 110
Dimensions: 5.50"x8.50"
Interior Pages: B&W
Binding: Paperback (Perfect Binding)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)

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ambili 2 months, 3 weeks ago Verified Buyer

My reading through - THE AWAKENING OF NACHIKETA

The process on self-realization and the inward journey explained in the simplest possible way with a crystal clear clarity.
The ambience created to read the book is simply beautiful in the form of story. After reading this book, the reader would yearn for spending time and being with Lord Yama and experience the love and affection of a great teacher. But at the same time reminds the reader to be a student like Nachiketa.
“The Awakening of Nachiketa” is undoubtedly a GIFT from a renowned teacher. I recommend that people of all ages should definitely read and reread this a few times and thereby enjoy the REAL BLISS OF LIFE.

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