Once great sage Narada Muni was traveling. While travelling he meet different people and He is give different kinds of blessings to different types of persons.
First he meet king’s son, a prince, so he blessed him, raja-putra ciram jiva: “You are a king’s son, a prince. You live forever!”
Then he meet brahmacari, the son of a saintly person, he blessed him, ma jiva ma jiva: “You don’t live.” Raja-putra ciram muni-putra ma jiva.
While going further he meet sadhu, great devotee of Lord Krishna, he blessed him, jiva va mara va: “Either you live or you die, as you like.”
And finnaly there was a butcher, he blessed him, ma jiva ma mara: “You don’t die, don’t live.”
Moral of the story:
So these words are very significant.
A prince, he’s enjoying senses, that’s all. He has got enough facility for sense enjoyment. So his next life is hellish. Because if you indulge in unlimited sex life, then Krishna will give you facility to have sex life three times in an hour, just like the pigeons, the monkeys, the sparrows, they are very sexually strong. You have seen it. So the facility is given. So princely order, they are after sense enjoyment. So he’s blessed that “Better you live forever, because after your death, you do not know what is going to happen to you. You are going to get a hellish life. Better you live forever. Go on with your enjoyment.”
And muni-putra ma jiva. Brahmacari, working under the guidance, under strict disciplinary guidance, of a spiritual master, he is blessed, ma jiva, “You better die. Because you are so trained to enter into the kingdom of God, so why should you take so much trouble? Better you die and go back to Godhead.” Ma jiva. And because you do now so mach austerities for sure you will be elevated to higher level of existence. But if stay in this world he may fall down from his position.
And a sadhu, devotee of Krishna he blessed, jiva va maro va: “My dear devotee, either you live or die, the same thing.” Devotee while living this life always serve Lord Krishna. So he is preparing to get unlimited spiritual benefits. So by every moments his life in this world is good. And when devotee die he will go and be with Krishna. So to die or live for him is good.
And finally Narada Muni meet the butcher, he blessed him, ma jiva ma mara: “You don’t live, don’t die.” What he’s to do? His living condition is so abominable. From the morning, he has to slaughter so many animals, see the bloodstain, the ghastly scene. That is his livelihood. So what a horrible life this is. So “Don’t live. And don’t die also.” Because after death, oh, he is going to be in so much hellish condition, nobody can describe. So both lives, living condition and death, after death, his condition is very horrible.
( Story nareted by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in a lecture )
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.