104. The Two Friends in Town
Two friends went to town together.
"Let's go listen to a reading of Holy Scripture!" said one.
"I think I'll go to a whorehouse!" said the other.
The man who went to the reading was bored; he wished he had gone to the whorehouse.
The man who went to the whorehouse felt ashamed; he wished he had gone to the reading.
The Angel of Death came for them both at that moment, taking the man in the whorehouse to heaven, and taking the other man down to hell.
God looks at your deeds, and he also looks at your heart.
Inspired by: Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna
Notes: This is story 25 in the book. The version by Ramakrishna mentions specifically a reading of the Bhagavata Purana.