Gospel or gossip: which will it be?

Five men of the cloth and a lay man, me, were having a confidential talk and discussing our vices.

‘I have pork,’ whispered the Rabbi.
‘I have a bottle of whiskey a day,’ confessed the Protestant minister.
‘I have a girl friend on the side,’ said the Priest.
‘I have sexual fantasies the whole day long,’ confided the Pundit.
“I have sex with a kaffir’, slipped in the Maulana.
They all turned to me. I shrugged and said, ’Me? I like to gossip.’
The men of the Gospel laid low by a gossip.

That’s what I say… I love to gossip.

How many times a day do you Gospel?
Maybe once a day… possibly twice a day… maybe even five times a day.

How many times a day do you gossip?
All the time… all day long… if you had your way.

Do you have a fixed time for Gospel?
Of course you have a fixed time… when you are feeling sanctimonious and very holy.

Do you have a fixed time for gossip?
Of course you don’t have a fixed time for gossip… all the time is fixed for gossip.

Gospel crawls like a snail.
Gossip travels like lightening.

Gospel has been around for more than two thousand years and still has not been able to reach every person…
Ask the Pope…

Gossip makes being caught sun bathing topless travel all around the globe in a few seconds…
Ask Kate Middleton…

Are you hooked to the Gospel channels of the Priests. Pastors, Pundits, Rabbis and Maulanas?
Or are you addicted to The Oprah Winfrey Show?

Which gets your juices flowing… truly… ?

Gospel… one person’s version of the truth.
Gossip… many person’s versions of the truth.

Gospel has to be forced down the throat, like bitter medicine.
Gossip cannot stop gushing from the throat, like a love ballad.

The Gospel of today was once the gossip of yesterday.
The gossip of today can become the Gospel of tomorrow.

Gospel and gossip are they really all that different?
For…
The Gospels of today… was the gossip of yesterday.

The Torah… The Vedas… The Bhagvad Gita… The Bible… The Koran… The Guru Granth Sahib…

You may call them Gospels… but look closely…

All these were nothing but gossips. If it bothers you or hurts your ego or sentiments, you may call them Cosmic gossips, Divine gossips—but they are gossips. They were the gossips of their day.

How does a gossip start…”Do you know… I have heard from some one who is an authority… with whom you can not talk directly… you have to go through me…”

Do not the gossip mongers of yore… Moses… The Rishis… Krishna… Christ… Muhammad… Guru Nanak… all make the same claim? That they have it straight from an Authoritative Source with whom only they can communicate?

If you want to communicate with Him… you can’t do so directly… you have to go through me… I am the way… I know.

Isn’t that exactly what gossip mongers say?

Gospel has been made complicated.

Gossip is always simple.

They were all gossip mongers… they spoke very simply… in a very simple language that the people could understand… as truth is simple… as gossip is simple… to gossip only innocence is needed… not knowledge… they spoke from the heart.

They did not use big heavy duty words. They spoke with a pure heart and not with a mind full of information… they spoke not of logic or reasoning… they spoke of love… with love.

They were simply gossip mongers. That is the Gospel truth .

The Rishis gossiped among themselves for decades… The Maharishis…

Siddartha Gautam stayed silent for many years and then could not stop gossiping till his last breath… The Buddha…

One gossiped for hours with his doubting disciple Arjuna in the midst of a battlefield… Sri Krishna…

One man goes to a mountain… disappears for a few days… comes back… hair disheveled and turned white with two stone tablets with Ten Commandments carved on them… and says he saw a flaming bush from wherein God spoke to him… Moses…

Another gossiped with the people from a Mount… Jesus Christ…

An illiterate man in a desert in Arabia said God spoke to him and ordered him to write His word… Mohammed…

Yet another disappeared under water emerging a few days later to gossip about universal brotherhood and love… Guru Nanak…

Is this not all gossip?
Are they not all gossip mongers?

Sadly… these gossip mongers gossips were all twisted and turned by zealots and fundamentalists into Gospels and ruined… the straight forward and innocent message of the gossips being lost.

When you Gospel the gossip… you suffocate it… you choke it to death… see what has happened over the centuries.

When you gossip the Gospel… you breathe new life into it… you make it come alive… then see what will happen over the centuries.

Gossip was there long before any Gospel.
Gossip will be there long after any Gospel.

So Gospel or gossip… which will it be?

Why choose?

Go gossip the Gospels…
Go gossip Truth…
Go gossip Love…
Go gossip with the Divine…

S/He enjoys not Gospel…
S/He revels… rejoices in gossip…

Believe me…

I am a gossip.

Go… Go… Go…

Go Gossip-el away…
Go Gossip-el a WAY…

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Ramanjit Garewal

Ramanjit Garewal

Ramanjit Garewal is a Master of yoga and has been teaching the classical, traditional art of Hatha yoga for more than 20 years. He presently teaches at The Yoga House A Destination For The Health Conscious in Mumbai, India. His teachers have been: Life, Nature and the Universal Self present in all of us. Thirst, hunger, longing, to know the Self, to realize the Divine, by attaining kaivalya (liberation) have pulled him to yoga. He can be contacted at [email protected]
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