AN OLD STORY BY HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN
Many, many years ego, Moses needed to talk with God, so he started up the trail that led to the summit of Mount Sinai. On his journey he came upon an old drunk sitting by the side of the trail. Now, this old drunk was “Three sheets to the wind: and he saw Moses walking and he cried out in loud voice “Hay Moses where ya going?” and Moses said, “To talk with the lord” and the drunk said “Hey, tell God “hey” for me” and Moses shook his head at the old drunk and said “I will brother, I will.” Well, a little farther up the path, Moses came upon a priest. The priest was sitting in all his fine regalia, very proper, very proud and a little condescending and he saw brother Moses coming up the path and he said to Moses, “Mosses where goeth thou?” and Moses said “ To talk with the lord” and he grand priest said “tell the Lord that I am keeping his covenant and I will await the great anticipation the reward of heaven” and Moses said “I will.”
Well, Moses gets to the top of Mount Sinai and toward the end of his visit he mentions coming across the drunk and the priest and the Lord say “I am aware of both” and Moses said “but father what is to become of them?” and God said “The drunk is headed for Hell and the priest for heaven” and Moses says “Yes Lord.”
Well coming down from Mount Sinai Moses walks by priest and the priest says “did you give God the message?” and Moses says “Yes” and then the grand priest says “It shall be.” Well, down the trail a bit he sees the drunk still three sheets to the wind and the drunk sees Moses and he takes another drink and call out “Hey Moses did you tell God “hey’ for me?” and Moses says, “Oh yes brother and God says you are headed for Hell.” Well, the drunk heard none of this; he leapt up and did a little jig, laughed, had another swig of booze ad just kept dancing and laughing and crying out “The lords actually thought of me!” Well, Moses finally grabbed the drunk and said “But the Lord said you are bound for Hell” and the drunk said “Let’s have a drink, the Lord remembered me! Well, Moses went on.
Many months later the Lord called Moses to Sinai and on his walk to the summit Moses came by where the drunk had been and all he saw was a discarded liquor flask; the drunk was nowhere to be seen. And a farther up where the priest sat, the place was also abandoned. Well, Moses went up to the summit and after finishing his business with God, Moses matter of factly said, “Lord, whatever happened to the priest and the drunkard?” and the Lord said “Why Moses they are both dead.” and Moses said “But Lord what happened to them?” The Lord said, “Why, the drunk is in Paradise and the priest is in the Hell!” Moses said “But Lord, how can that be?” And the Lord said “The priest thought he had make a deal. I do not make deal! And the simple drunk, he rejoiced just at being remembered. He expected nothing, he could have cared less about Heaven or Hell, he was happy at just being remembered and nothing for drunk became the everything.”
One cannot claim to deserve for God–realization however sincere he may be in his devotion to God. It much depend on great patience and desirelessness of even God realization.