Two friends were on the way. As they were moving across the nasty place filled with prostitutes, one of them had a desire to spend a night indulging himself in physical pleasure. The other one was given this idea to which he denied, and told his friend not do so.
They both parted, one going with a prostitute, the other with anger and resentment in his mind, decided to visit a temple and read a holy scripture. Along the way thoughts of comparison and how lowly his friend was dominated his mind.
The first one, as he moved with the prostitute began to have resentment on what he was doing. His mind was engrossed in how great his friend was, who decided to visit the temple and read a spiritual book. He was greatly started t miss that.
The other with the religious book in his hand and siting in the temple, was engrossed in the thought f his lowly friend.
An earthquake struck claiming many lives, both the friends included.
The officers from heaven and hell were busy with their work. The first one was taken by the officers of heaven, and could see at distance his friend being ruthlessly driven by the officers from hell.
‘There must be some mistake’, he said, ‘According to what we were doing I deserve to be there and that friend of mine deserves to be graciously led by you to the heaven.’
‘We are following the orders, and there is no mistake,’ the officer from the heaven said.
The first one demanded and explanation for what had happened in the heaven. ‘Your mind was engrossed in how your great your friend was, and was on the temple and sacred text, while your friend’s mind was dwelling in how lowly the other was filled with deep resentment.’ came the answer.
‘Thinking of others as low and self higher is the door to hell.’ the voice continued.