Conversation between the father and son (continued) ||13||

1The son said: – In the seventh birth preceding this, I was born in the Vaishya race. Formerly I obstructed the approach of kine, to a reservoir. 2From that adverse action, I was thrown into a dreadful hell, terrific with flames and abounding in iron-beaked birds; 3covered with mire of the streams of blood coming out from bodies crushed by instruments (of torture) and filled with the cries of sinners dropping down sundered. 4Thrown there and oppressed by powerful heat and thirst and burning I remained a hundred years and more. 5It so happened that one day came to me a fresh cool breeze delighting my heart, flowing from an earthen vessel filled with meals mixed with curds. 6By its touch the numberless afflictions of the people were brought to a close and I too attained that excellent joy which is enjoyed by the inhabitants of the celestial region. 7(Thinking) ‘What is this’, with eyes expanded and shaking with joy we saw near us a most excellent man, the jewel of the race. 8A dreadful emissary of Yama, resplendent like lightning, with a rod in his hand, waited before him showing him the way and saying ‘come this way’. 9Beholding the hell abounding in a hundred miseries, he, filled with compassion, said to the follower of Yama: 10“Tell me, O emissary of Yama, what iniquity did I commit before by which I have been consigned to this dreadful hell filled with terrible afflictions? 11I was celebrated for my erudition in the family of my fore-fathers. Born in Vedaha, I governed well the people. 12Performing many sacrifices I righteously protected the earth; I never did turn away from fight nor did any guest go away disappointed (from my house)? 13I never dishonoured my manes, the celestial saints, or the servants. And never did I covet another’s wife or wealth. 14As kine come to at trough so the manes come of themselves to a man during a Parva, and deities on lunar days. 15The Ishth and Purtha acts of a householder become fruitless from whose house they go away disappointed. 16The sighs of the departed manes destroy the religious merit of seven generations and forsooth those of deities destroy that of three generations. 17For this, I always tried to encompass the pleasure of the manes and the deities. Therefore, have I been doomed to this highly dreadful hell?”