This book is the first critical edition of a comprehensive Sanskrit version of the Nasiketa myth, with a full translation into English. The text is composed of several manuscripts belonging to the same branch of the story development and is compared to the printed Sanskrit versions and to some others, still in manuscript form. The introduction presents a short analysis of the religious philosophic ideas conveyed by the Naciketa story throughout the generations, based on the author’s Ph.D. dissertation. It divides the Naciketa story corpus into three patterns and leaves extensive scope for further research-literary, religious, philosophic, etc.
Amos Nevo was born in Israel and is living in Jerusalem. He graduated the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Middle Eastern Studies and in Philosophy of Education. He served for 40 years as supervisor at the Israeli Ministry of Education, both in the Arab and Hebrew sectors. His main field of interest is Advaita Vedanta. His first encounter with the Naciketa story was in the early 1960’s at the Hebrew University, and later on he wrote a thesis about the educational implications of Kathopanisad his Ph.D. dissertation is about the Naciketa story, on which he also wrote a few articles.