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Lively Hell

 

A pious God-conscious brahmana once advised a drunkard, “Look here - for your own sake, give up wine. In the holy scriptures it is given that one who takes wine will go to hell.”

   The drunkard replied, “But Suren Babu also takes wine!”

   The brahmana said, “He will also go too hell.”

   The drunkard said, “Barun Babu also takes wine!”

   The brahmana replied, “He will also go to hell.”

   The drunkard said, “Arun Babu also takes wine!”

   The brahmana replied, “He will also go to hell. Whoever takes wine must go to hell.”

   Then the brahmana asked, “What else must one do to go to hell?”

   The brahmana told him, “Telling lies, stealing, cheating others, practising illicit sex - all take you to hell.”

   So then the drunkard asked him, “Then what will be the fate of Brahmini the prostitute?”

   The brahmana answered, “Hell.”

   The drunkard paused a while and asked, “Everyone who is a prostitute must go to hell?”

   The brahmana replied, “Yes.”

   The drunkard then questioned further, “And those who visit a prostitute’s house, where will they go?”

   The brahmana said, “Also to hell.”

   The drunkard was then beside himself with joy and exclaimed, “Oh, then there must be a hellish pandemonium in hell! If some men flock to hell, then it must be great fun!”

 

PURPORT

Many people in this material world take into their heads that there should be nothing to worry if many people commit heinous crimes in profusion. In fact, the fallen souls who never care for sincere devotional service to the Lord are in majority on this planet. Accordingly, the brute majority may remain complacent without practising devotional service to the Lord and may come to the conclusion that they will undergo the same fate as other atheists “so what’s the use of approaching a few saintly persons to get to hear good sermons! Better to go by the majority.”

   Thus many people become averse to devotional service to the Lord. This simply reflects the mode of passion.