Rabbi Haim of Romshishok was an itinerant preacher. He traveled from town to town delivering religious sermons that stressed the importance of respect for one’s fellow man. He often began his talks with the following story:
“I once ascended to the firmaments. I first went to see Hell and the sight was horrifying. Row after row of tables were laden with platters of sumptuous food, yet the people seated around the tables were pale and emaciated, moaning in hunger. As I came closer, I understood their predicament. Every person held a full spoon, but both arms were splinted with wooden slats so he could not bend either elbow to bring the food to his mouth. It broke my heart to hear the tortured groans of these poor people as they held their food so near but could not consume it.
Next I went to visit Heaven. I was surprised to see the same setting I had witnessed in Hell – row after row of long tables laden with food. But in contrast to Hell, the people here in Heaven were sitting contentedly talking with each other, obviously sated from their sumptuous meal. As I came closer, I was amazed to discover that here, too, each person had his arms splinted on wooden slats that prevented him from bending his elbows. How, then, did they manage to eat?
As I watched, a man picked up his spoon and dug it into the dish before him. Then he stretched across the table and fed the person across from him! The recipient of this kindness thanked him and returned the favor by leaning across the table to feed his benefactor.
Moral: “Heaven and Hell offer the same circumstances and conditions. The critical difference is in the way the people treat each other”.
The angel Gabriel came to the Lord and said “I have to talk to you. We have some Indians up here in heaven and they are causing problems. Theyâ€™re swinging on the pearly gates, my horn is missing, they are wearing Dolce and Gabbana saris instead of their white robes, they are riding Mercedes and BMWâ€™s instead of the chariots, and theyâ€™re selling their halos to people for discounted prices. They refuse to keep the stairway to Heaven clear, since they keep crouching down midway eating samosas and drinking chai (tea). Some of them are even walking around with just one wing!”
The Lord said, “Indians are Indians. Heaven is home to all my children. If you want to know about real problems, give Satan a call.”
Satan answered the phone, “Hello? Damn, hold on a minute.” Satan returned to the phone, “OK Iâ€™m back. What can I do for you?”
Gabriel replied, “I just wanted to know what kind of problems youâ€™re having down there.”
Satan says, “Hold on again. I need to check on something.”
After about 5 minutes Satan returns to the phone and said, “Iâ€™m back. Now what was the question?”
Gabriel said, “What kind of problems are you having down there?”
Satan says, “Man I donâ€™t believe this .. Hold on.”
This time Satan was gone at least 15 minutes. He returned and said, â€œIâ€™m sorry Gabriel, I canâ€™t talk right now.. These Indians are trying to install air conditioning and making hell a comfortable place to live in by putting out the fire..fire is there to keep them uncomfortably hot!! Since they are so tech savvy, they were trying to start a telephone connection between heaven and hell..I am having such a hard time controlling and dealing with them!! Some were trying to start a chai – pakora shop, which I had to stop..I am requesting Lord to send them back on earth as soon as they arrive as re-birthâ€.
(Indians will be Indians..)
So this is the story why Indians are re-born!!!