Once, in a peaceful village, there lived a scholarly brahmana (priest).
Opposite his home, there lived a prostitute.
As a daily observance, the brahmana would sit in his doorway and recite the Gita.
Meanwhile, across the street, the prostitute would tend to her business.
As the years passed, the brahmana grew ever more disturbed by the prostitute. “Just see how lowly she is.” he would think to himself and continue with his recitation.
It so happened that both the brahmana and the prostitute died at the same time.
To the brahmana’s surprise, the Vishnuduttas (the Lord of Heaven’s messengers) came to deliver the prostitute while the Yamadutas (the Lord of Death’s messengers) came for him.
“What is this?” he protested. “There must be some mistake!”
Both the Yamaduttas and the Visnuduttas replied, “My dear brahmana, there is no mistake.
While you were busy meditating on the lowly activities of the prostitute, she listened to you recite the Gita and prayed that she could one day elevate herself to your position.
In this way the prostitute achieved liberation while you only degraded yourself.”
Moral of the strory:
Moral of this story is so clear. It is not so important what are we doing externaly. But it is important what is our attitude and what is our thinking.
Sri Krishna says in Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 8.5 – 8.6:
anta-kāle ca mām eva
smaran muktvā kalevaram
yaḥ prayāti sa mad-bhāvaḿ
yāti nāsty atra saḿśayaḥ
And whoever, at the end of his life, quits his body, remembering Me alone, at once attains My nature. Of this there is no doubt.
yaḿ yaḿ vāpi smaran bhāvaḿ
tyajaty ante kalevaram
taḿ tam evaiti kaunteya
Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, O son of Kuntī, that state he will attain without fail.
What we will think at end of our life, depend from what we have done all our life.
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
PS: I humbly request all the devotees to please forward and share this moral / instructive stories they hear so that everyone can be benefited by hearing about Krishna and his dear devotees.