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 ramanjitg@yahoo.co.in.
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38 Comments

  • Teresa Knudson commented on December 30, 2012 Reply
    Wow! I Love You and This Article…and that’s the Gossip Truth ;)
  • Teresa Knudson commented on December 30, 2012 Reply
    i read it! loved it you rebel you! choosing words that will ruffle the feathers of those who are boxed in any direction…lol awesome! scandalous lol
  • Mamaste
    Mamaste commented on December 30, 2012 Reply
    I agree Teresa, Ramanjit, this is genius! This should be a sermon on every pulpit. Happy New Year! ~Mamaste
  • Michael Beck commented on December 30, 2012 Reply
    You are such a loud mouth! And trouble maker. I heard you were praying at the market. I heard you were praying over coffee. I heard you praying on a train! I saw (with my own eyes) that prayer you sprayed painted on the nodding wall… “every breath be prayer”…cool!
    • Tracy commented on December 30, 2012 Reply
      <3
  • Tracy commented on December 30, 2012 Reply
    Dear Ramanjit, I want to stand and cheer until I disolve into tears of joy! Thank you for this beautiful gossip.
  • Suzette Avneri commented on December 30, 2012 Reply
    Excellent article Ramanjit, my friend!! I have posted it to my Facebook timeline & pinned it!! Well done!!
  • Gerda Clevis-van Rijswijck commented on December 30, 2012 Reply
    Reading this it made me smile :-) It is -one- or -the- truth ??? Marvellous this observation. Special view but really worth to look at !!:-)
  • James commented on December 30, 2012 Reply
    Hah! I agree! Life is gossip, the Rastafarians call it ‘reasonin’ and the philosophers ‘dialectic’, I had a wonderful profusion of it in my university days and my days of dissolution. Now I have it in my classroom, between the facts of heart and blood, above the leaves and below the roots. If it is not open for discussion it is dead, it changes not. Even the truth changes according to your perspective; Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist or Moslem. Philosophia perrenis does not hold for me because one cannot describe the ineffable. It is different for every being, unique and so…..worthy of discussion, or is that gossip?
  • P.O.Hindu commented on December 30, 2012 Reply
    Ramanjitji my friend you have out done yourself again! Just as I loved and learned from your previous writing my favorite (REVOLT) am falling in love with “GOSSIP” I find all of your writings truly insightful like that of yogi who has lived in a cave for many years and has experienced samadhi only to enlighten us when he chooses his words! You are that my friend! Like I said before I want to purchase any writings you have for my future Yoga Therapists in Training, you will be required reading! Please contact me I will message you again. with all love and respect <3 RavShiva
  • Dorina commented on December 30, 2012 Reply
    Read it and Love it! Gossip is when you hear something you like about someone you don’t. Gospel, it is the power of God to everyone who hears it and believes it.
  • Patricia Frema Buolamwini commented on December 31, 2012 Reply
    Gossip tears down. The Gospel builds us up.
  • Liz Barrington commented on December 31, 2012 Reply
    Wonderful article Ramanjit, a great new slant on what we do throughout our daily lives! Yet Gossip focuses around negativity and lower self interests and activities, whilst Gospel focuses on positivity, goodness, love and provides guidance on becoming your higher self. I love your articles, they are always very thought-provoking yet they always hit the right chord, deep inside our beautiful heart and soul! Bless you, with love <3
  • Tanya Lee Markul
    tanya lee markul commented on December 31, 2012 Reply
    Thank you — I enjoyed this as always. Thank you for being here and sharing your wisdom with us, Ramanjit! xo
  • Noah Young commented on December 31, 2012 Reply
    Noah Young ~~ How incredibly thought provoking this article is, Ramanjit, and i am most appreciative of your gifting us with it!! “Thus have I heard….” Sound familiar?? Countless Buddhist sutras begin with ‘Thus have I heard.’ Should we take what follows to be gossip or Truth??!! Who has said it??Who has heard it?? Who determines the validity of original source since the majority of the time, we will or may never know the original source….so what to do??!! There’s another well known phrase that begins with, “In the beginning was the Word…” Where did this Word come from??Do we know its source?? Should we listen to this Word?? As i was raised in a jewish family, i learned that there was a term called, “Lashon hara,” which, roughly translated means ‘evil speech.’ I also learned in hebrew school that the Universe itself was created by speech, so what differentiates one form of speech from another, i.e., gospel vs gossip?? and many religious jews still consider ‘evil speech’ to be unforgivable, it cannot be undone, whereas other ‘sins,’ e.g.,, stealing, etc. can be undone in various ways. In my humble view, gospel and gossip and the views on one and/or the other and how they can and often do morph into each other, is to get beyond the inherent duality of the question itself, and consider, according to various tenets of several spiritual paths, what the Core Intention is of the speech itself, i.e., is what is being said coming from a place of kindness and compassion and meant to further understanding and lovingkindness or is it intended to convey separation, division and hate, via slander, judgement, etc.??? From a particular perspective, one could say that everything spoken is one or the other at one time or another….i simply prefer to be aware of my own speech and be as mind-full as possible that it fits into the category of Kind and Compassionate speech and reflects what is on and in my Heart. ~~ <3
  • Bidhya Bhusan singh (@BidhyaS) commented on January 1, 2013 Reply
    Every gospel has its deep meaning and cannot be discarded by simply saying it a gossip.
  • Nietzsche Kant commented on January 1, 2013 Reply
    Excellent article Ramanjit Sir. A deeper analysis of gossip suggest it as only the grapevine social communication really giving an opportunity to discern and analyze the thought process of others and perceive the things and realities from another person’s perspective and realize that there is no such as a universal absolute truth and various views are open for discussion. This article is really a descriptive scientific enterprise opposing normative presuppositions which are standing as barriers in the way and depriving multiple and contradictory interpretations in favour of straitjacket of a fixed paradigmatic explanations and shutting the door to realistic description. :-) (A compelling rational argument as a recourse in desperate situations, when all else has failed.):D
  • Dwi commented on January 1, 2013 Reply
    Everyone like to hear any kind of gossip… I do like it 2…coz am a human being… I love ur article…awesome…
  • bibianabadenes commented on January 1, 2013 Reply
    The way we gossip tells a lot about our personality, there i snothing wrong about gossip, it is the way we gossip : and to who you gossip and when, every fact , story , could be a gossip. the article is just great , so much to think about . So much hipocresy in this world. Words are very powerful,it will depend on who, from who they come from.
  • Grazilia commented on January 3, 2013 Reply
    Who are you Ramanjitji?? Really!! I mean how do write all this. And what must I comment? Loved it. Muah :)
  • Christine Dickert commented on January 3, 2013 Reply
    :-))
  • Veena Sethi commented on January 3, 2013 Reply
    Thank u v much Ramanjitji for sharing your article!! V interesting choice of topic & found your writing style unique. Enjoyed reading it much. All the best for further creative expressions from u in 2013!!
  • Gary Giamboi commented on January 3, 2013 Reply
    Pranams, Ramanjiti. You have certainly pulled no punches with this article. Obviously, you agree with Tukaram Maharaj when he said: “We servants of God are softer than butter, but we can cut a diamond.” As for what is Gospel, I would like to remind everyone of the Buddha’s Kalama Sutta (Sutra): Do not accept anything on mere hearsay. Do not accept anything by mere tradition. Do not accept anything on account of rumors. Do not accept anything just because it accords with your scriptures. Do not accept anything by mere supposition. Do not accept anything by mere inference. Do not accept anything by merely considering the appearances. Do not accept anything merely because it agrees with your preconceived notions. Do not accept anything merely because it seems acceptable. Do not accept anything thinking that the ascetic is respected by us (and thus whatever he says is acceptable). But when you know for yourself – these things are immoral, these things are blameworthy, these things are censured by the wise, these things, when performed and undertaken, conduce to ruin and sorrow – then reject them. When you know for yourself – these things are moral, these things are blameless, these things are praised by the wise, these things, when performed and undertaken, conduce to well-being and happiness – then live and act accordingly.”
  • yogainniceBerta commented on January 4, 2013 Reply
    Thank you Ramanjit I love this aticle, I love your rebel way of thinking and how you wake up the unsual way of looking at life, I think its good for us. Namaste Berta
  • Gabriel commented on January 5, 2013 Reply
    Gotta love 2013….it brings us into the gospel of a new dawn (since the mayan calendar ended just a few weeks ago), or is it the gossip of the new age? when all of us will leave markers for the next generation about what to do… between all the info that will be stored on line, there will be a new definition to gossip i bet in the future… killer opening joke with all the religious “leaders”….and may the joke continue…in Osho’s words…life is the ultimate joke :) thanks Ramanjit!!
  • manjeet commented on January 6, 2013 Reply
    wow! u write so beautiful. Hats off!! Cosmic gossip what a beautiful term you have used. i always like your style of writing. It’s flawless n flowing. Thanku for sharing your ideas. so now you become more adorable…..
  • manjeet commented on January 6, 2013 Reply
    Life u r so sweet……..yet so sour. u r precious but partial.
  • Giselle commented on January 6, 2013 Reply
    Awesome Ramanjit! Tell it (gossip) like it is!
  • sashimi commented on January 6, 2013 Reply
    pranam! super good read!! hari aum tat sat, thank you
  • Vicki Woodyard commented on January 6, 2013 Reply
    The “g” word turned in all different directions. Good one!
  • bodylogique commented on January 8, 2013 Reply
    I just had a conversation with my teen-age daughter about gossip. I will tell her this: “…Go gossip Truth…Go gossip Love…Go gossip with the Divine…” Thank you for the “Cosmic Gossip” insight!
  • braval commented on January 9, 2013 Reply
    Ramanji…such a lovely article .. the fine personality that u are so r very beautiful the words that fill ur article…. love every bit of ur writing… thank u for such deep insights :)
  • VancouverYogaReview (@VanYogaReview) commented on January 11, 2013 Reply
    Thank you Ramanjit, wonderful article :)
  • Devrah Laval commented on January 12, 2013 Reply
    Wonderful twist and play! Loosens the mind. Love and Blessings, Devrah Laval
  • Paula D'Elia Garmaz commented on January 16, 2013 Reply
    So brilliant .. you are such an inspiration for everybody and you only speak wonderful words…. Love it
  • Anita Garewal commented on June 2, 2013 Reply
    .Lovely, brilliantly written. Thought provoking. Loved it.
  • Aneta Felix commented on July 18, 2013 Reply
    I’m making a research on that word ‘Gossip’ and I must admittt, your article made me see the topic in a new light. Thank you. Noah Young, I must say that I immernsly benefitted from your comment too. Being a christian, it gave me the perspective of someone from another religion. I appreciate you all. thanks. – Aneta Felix.
  • hassain commented on August 12, 2013 Reply
    You are right in some manner about the differences between gospels and gossip , since i am a Muslim i can tell much misconceptions you have about the Islamic gospels : 1. it contains lot of knowledge (refer articles on science and Quran) 2. it never tells anyone to go through Mohammed (PBUH) to ask anything to God, anyone may ask God directly 3. though i agree that an illiterate person from Arabia claimed to have spoken the commandments of god, no common gossiper could have said what he said (read the quran with meanings and commentary to know what i meant)

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