Some of King Krsnacandra’s ministers wanted to get rid of Gopal Ban, as he was  too cunning.

So they devised one plan.

They employed the local barber, as the barber’s shop was a place of gossip.

He was the king’s personal barber.

When the king came to the barber, the barber asked him:

“So king, how are your relatives faring in the heavenly planets?”

“Well, I don’t know,” the king replied.

“You should send someone up to the heavenly planets to find out,” the barber suggested.

“What a good idea!” the king said.

“But,” the barber continued, “It should be someone very confidential and close to you. Like your Gopal, for instance.”

“Yes, what a brilliant idea! Gopal should go to the heavenly planets and find

out how my relatives are faring.”

So the method prescribed for going to the heavenly planets was that Gopal be burned in a fire.

When they asked him if he would do it, he was very enthusiastic.

“Yes, of course I will do it.”

So the ministers were very pleased.

But Gopal was very cunning, and he made a trapdoor opening into a tunnel from the stake where he was to be burnt, all the way to his house.

When they performed the ceremony, Gopal escaped through the trapdoor and crawled through the tunnel to his house. And he stayed there.

The king was wondering, “When will Gopal return?”

One month, two months, three months passed.

Finally after six months, Gopal one day walked into the king’s courtroom.

The ministers’ jaws dropped.

“Gopal, you’re back!” the king said joyfully. “How was everyone in heaven?”

“They are all very well, Maharaja,” Gopal said, “except for one small thing.”

“Oh? What is that?” the king asked concernedly.

“They need a barber there in heaven,” Gopal replied.

“There is no barber. Your father especially is feeling very uncomfortable with so much hair. So send one barber, but it must be someone close to you, like your personal barber.”

The king agreed.

So, the barber was sent to the heaven through fire  having no path to escape.


If someone is cunning we must be more cunning.


Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, a Life Patron and an Initiated Devotee being in ISKCON for nearly three decades, serves anonymously to avoid Prominence and crowd as an insignificant, Humble and Neutral Servant for all the devotees of Krishna! He promotes Social media forums and this blog-website as e-satsangha (e-forums) blessed with Lakhs of followers, to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems of the devotees since 2011! He writes friendly and practical tips to practice devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! He dedicates all the glories and credits to his Guru and Krishna.

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