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THE MISER'S LUCKY BREAK

Mani S. Irani

 
Mani told us that to say God's Name at the moment of dying is of great spiritual benefit, even if said inadvertently.

She related the little story of an old miser whose son was named Krishna. As the miser lay dying, devils were on one side of his bed, gleefully waiting to drag him down to hell, while angels were on the other side weeping in despair over the fate in store for the poor sinner.

With his very last breath the old miser called out to his son, "Krishna, Krishna!" and died. So now it was the angels' turn to laugh joyfully as they carried him off to heaven, while the devils gnashed their teeth over the miser's lucky break.

LIVES OF LOVE, Mani Part 4, p. 8, Judith Garbett
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