Having pondered the good and the pleasant, O Nachiketa, you turned away from those desires and objects of desire that are so dear to most people. Unlike many, you did not weigh yourself down with worldly possessions and pleasures.
There is a big difference between ignorance and knowledge. And they lead to two entirely different ends. There is also a vast difference between the knower of truth and the ignorant. I consider you, O Nachiketa, a true seeker of knowledge because that which deludes others does not affect you.
Dwelling in the darkness of ignorance, the ignorant believe themselves to be wise and balance. Like the blind led by the blind, they stagger round and round.
Childish are those who are deluded by the charms and temptations of the world, and consequently they fail to comprehend the higher truth. To them this world is the only reality: beyond this, nothing exists. One who is convinced of this false belief falls in my trap, the trap of birth and death, again and again.