Once there were three restless souls—a goat, a tiger and a hunter who met, mid-way to heaven, after their sad demise. They all were waiting for God to announce his verdict on them, that could have sent them either to heaven or to hell. Heaven would have allowed the souls to rest in peace eternally, whereas, hell would have meant returning to earth for another innings, and perhaps with greater handicaps and under tougher conditions. The goat in the meanwhile was shocked to see the tiger also waiting there. He asked, how come you died? For, you were the one who killed me. The hunter who was standing out there, said proudly, I shot this brute. But then how did you die? The goat asked the hunter. Because I was accidentally shot by a wayward bullet of another hunter. And the hunter concurred, with what, the goat had to say about the tiger, and went on to add, I’ll surely go to heaven because I shot this demon in the garb of a tiger who killed so many poor animals during his lifetime.
During the ongoing conversation the tiger didn’t say a word but kept looking at both the goat and the hunter helplessly. He was appalled at what the goat and the hunter had to say about him. He thought, he had observed all the commandments of God and had lived quite a dutiful life eating animals and controlling their unruly growth population in the jungle.
After a reasonable wait the judgment of God finally came through. The goat and tiger were sent to heaven but the hunter was sent hell. Goat was considered innocent and harmless, and therefore had no grounds of punishment and therefore eased to heaven.
The tiger too in the eyes of God had followed his commandments as he had killed only when, he was hungry, as without flesh, he instead, would have died, and the tiger did not amass any flesh or bones and its other attributes for trade and money. But the hunter was sent to hell for he had killed animals all his life only for the pleasure of it, and the remuneration.
Though, in the eyes of the hunter tiger was a brute animal as it ate helpless animals. But God had created tiger for that purpose only and the tiger dutifully did his job. But man the most intelligent of all the species who was supposed to have been the protector of flora and fauna was doing the reverse as a hunter, killing animals and disturbing the ecology, and was therefore sent to hell.
Moral of the story: God’s definition of good karma could be verydifferent than a man’s.
Written by Kamlesh Tripathi
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