destinations of various kinds of devotees
Even if one commits the most abominable actions, if he is engaged in devotional service, he is to be considered saintly because he is propertly situated. He quickly becomes righteous and attains lasting peace. O son of Kunti, declare it boldly that My devotee never perishes.
In other words they said, "I'm still propertly situated because my devotional service is to be the big man around here. Since I'm still in charge, I'm beyond scrutiny. I'm saintly, no matter what I do."
However, they ignored other Bhagavad-gita verses that were perhaps more appropriate to the situation (especially knowing what we now know about their activities):
Those who, out of envy, disregard these teachings and do not practice them regularly, are to be considered bereft of all knowledge, befooled and doomed to ignorance and bondage.
Those who are not faithful on the path of devotional service cannot attain Me, O conqueror of foes, but return to birth and death in this material world.
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