Yamaraj is the demigod who records all of our pious, as well as evil deeds. Once, the servants of Yamaraj approached him and complained about something which they were very concerned about. Here is the conversation between Yamaraj and his Yamaduta servants.
Yamaduta 1: How are you Prabhuji?
Yamaraj: I am doing well. But you look a little tense?
Yamaduta 1: Yeah Prabhu… we are disturbed by a few matters.
Yamaraj: Oh, let me know your issues.
Yamaduta 1: I am worried about this hell.
Yamaraj: Why? What has happened?
Yamaduta 1: Hell is getting empty by each passing day and if this situation continues, we will need to close down hell.
Yamaraj: But why, what is happening?
Yamaduta 1: This is just because of a devotee of Krishna.
Yamaraj: Devotee? How is a devotee doing such miracle?
Yamaduta 1: This devotee is a representative of Krishna and although he has already left his material body and returned to the spiritual world, his magic is still working like anything.
Yamaraj: Whom you are speaking about?
Yamaduta 2: Prabhuji – It is obvious – Srila Prabhupada. I don’t know what he told his followers but they are preaching and preaching and preaching, and because of their preaching – no one is coming to this hell.
Yamaraj: Yes, you are right – this is a concern…
Yamaduta 1: Even we cannot touch them or take them to hell.
Yamraj: Why? They must have made some mistakes… and for making certain mistakes they can be brought to my hell.
Yamaduta 1: We can’t take them. Everyone is going to Krishna-loka because they know a transcendental secret.
Yamaraj: Which transcendental secret?
Yamaduta 1: They know that “In whichever state you quit your body; in your next birth you will attain the same body.” That’s why every devotee keeps chanting Krishna’s name and never stops chanting. They practice to chant the Lord’s holy name so at the time of death they will be able to attain the Lord.
Wherever they go – they keep on chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, which is so powerful that these devotees become very sharp and smart. They always chant loudly so that people around them can also hear. The sound is everywhere . Some senior devotees are totally renounced and are traveling from country to country giving classes on Krishna consciousness. There are others that send regular weekly wisdom emails in order to give spiritual guidance. What shall we do? We will be in big trouble if hell closes! We will all lose our jobs!
Yamaraj: This is a big issue and problem for hell. But at least I am happy that we still have a lot of prisoners in hell.
Yamaduta 2: No Prabhu. These devotees are very cunning. Srila Prabhupada has revealed every secret to them. These people are observing ekadashis to give benefits to their forefathers, and therefore hell’s population is decreasing.
Yamaraj: Oh no…
Yamaduta 1: Especially because of Indira ekadashi! Due to Indira ekadashi a lot of souls have been released from hell. As stated in the Garuda purana, someone who is suffering in hell cannot practice Krishna consciousness – because it requires some mental peace. The reactionary tortures of hell make that impossible. But if a relative of a sinner suffering in hell gives some charity in the name of the sinner, he can leave hell and enter the heavenly planets. Or if a sinner’s relative observes Indira ekadasi fasting for his suffering kinsman, the kinsman goes directly to the spiritual world.
Yamaduta 2: And moreover – they observe every single ekadashi as per the directions given by Srila Prabhupada and thereby give comforts to their forefathers in this hell.
Yamaraj: Oh my Krishna… I am getting concerned with these devotees.
Yamaraj: Why don’t you put these devotees in some turbulence so that they will be afraid and will forget to chant Hare Krsna?
Yamaduta 2: Prabhuji – It’s not easy… whenever we create some problems for these devotees, they start chanting the Hare Krishna mantra and thank Krishna for giving them a test, or for their purification. They are not afraid of any problem. They think that whenever Krsna sends some problem, it means that Krishna loves them and is testing their sincerity. They are not afraid of anything. They know that Krishna is everywhere. They sing the Hare Krishna mantra in every situation. They are making us mad. We are really sitting idle just because of these devotees.
Yamaraj: Oh no… we are really in trouble.
Yamaduta 1: Even One more problem is there.
Yamaduta 1: They are making every place like Vrindavana.
Yamaduta 1: They are building new temples and spending money in Krishna’s service. They have installed so many deities in people’s homes. I can tell you that these devotees are making such a big mess in this material world. I am sure that if they continue to work with this speed, they will make everyone go from this world to Krishna-loka.
Yamaraj: Oh my Krishna!!! Save us from these devotees!
Yamaduta 1: Yeah… better to request Krishna to give us another job…
Yamaraj: What is their mantra?
Yamaduta 1 & Yamaduta 2 (In Chorus): Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
And suddenly Yamaduta 1 and Yamaduta 2 became invisible and Yamaraj understood that they were going upwards to the spiritual plane.
Then Yamaraj started chanting: “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
Suddenly – I heard my clock “ring, ring, ring” – It’s 4:00 am. It’s 04:00 am – It was a dream. But yeah, never stop preaching, even in a dream.