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Bhagavad Gita Chapter IX Verse 20

The Knowers of the three Vedas, having worshipped Me by sacrifice, drinking the soma and thus being purified from sin, pray for the goal of heaven; having reached the region of the ruler of the devas, they enjoy in heaven the celestial pleasures of the devas. (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 9 verse 20)

Those who have studied the Vedas and who perform the rites and ceremonies enjoined by them and who drink the soma — they are purified from their sins. Soma is the juice of a plant now extinct. This juice was slightly intoxicating and was taken during or after the sacrifice. And as they performed their sacrifices (and that of course holds good for all religions or moral practices) in the hope of gaining heaven, their prayer is fulfilled, and after death they go to Indra’s heaven, the highest of the celestial spheres, where they enjoy celestial pleasures. In heaven they find their hopes and wishes fulfilled, and for long ages they live there in great contentment. But then after they have received their reward they must again come to earth, for they have not yet realized the highest Truth. They have not finished their schooling yet. They only enjoyed a long and pleasant vacation.