Essay No. 308:
The Rich Man May Not Get Into Heaven But The Pauper Is Already Serving His Term In Hell: The saying reflects a reality of life. The rich man by virtue of his evil deeds, inclusive of his undying appetite for wealth, discarding moral values in the acquisition of wealth etc., entitle him not to get into heaven.
The rich chase wealth which appears to be their ultimate objective in life. They can resort to fraudulent practices to swell their assets. They can evade taxes by maintaining fake, forged accounts etc. they could exploit the labor by cutting down the wages in order to increase their profit.
They could adopt a number of exploitative techniques to achieve the objective. Seldom the rich people set aside a portion of their wealth to be spent on the welfare of the poor. Those who do it, earn the pleasure of God. It is a great deed to covert the crest fallen to a standing position in life through social welfare activities.
Such people can hope to enter the portals of heaven. The number of such people is very small, as majority of the rich, is given exclusively to its own pleasure and enjoyment. Hence the rich, on account of un-virtuous deeds, may not get into heaven.
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The pauper, the underfed, the undernourished is already passing through a state of hell in this world. They do not have even the minimum resources to meet their bare basic needs of life. In a way, they taste the agony, torture of the hell in the world. That means, poverty is highly condemn-able.
The poor are already in the phase of hell in the world. What more agony of pain are they to bear after their death? To them poverty in no less than a hell in this world. The poor stand exposed to the evils of hell in this very world. The pauper thus is already serving his term in hell in the world.
Something must be done by the rich to realize paupers form the shackles of servitude. They must be freed from hell by sponsoring programs of social welfare. The rich can play a significant role in this respect which could equally ensure their entry into heaven.