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Divine Gossip

Those women, completely smitten with Krishna, chattered excitedly amongst themselves, while sharing glances with Krishna from the rooftop. One said:

That man is definitely the Complete Original Male.
He alone existed in the beginning
as the self without differentiation.
All differentiations spring from him,
the husband and heart-throb of the universe.
All energies return into him in slumber.

They point to Krishna with graceful hands and love-laden glances, saying, “That man is unlike all other men! He is the Complete Original Male!”

“What do you mean by that?” One lady asks excitedly.

“It means,” another answers, without removing her eyes from Krishna’s, “that he and he alone existed in the very beginning of things – a complete but unexpanded absolute quantum of consciousness.”

With breathy tones and a long sigh, one lady protests: “How could a ‘quantum of consciousness’ be as handsome and attractive as Krishna???”

Inspired by love, the lady who started the conversation explains: “This singular, absolute self,” she says, gesturing as if in a dance towards Krishna, “expands into all the differentiations, individualities and relativities that we see all around us, and more.”

“But why?” asks a lady barely able to think in her swoon as Krishna’s driver takes up the reigns.

“I will explain it in words, but everyone already knows it well from practical experience: To exist is to experience; The best experience is pleasure; The best pleasure is love; Love is realized in relationships; Relationships require individuality. That’s why he became everyone and everything!”

Satisfied, all the ladies fall silent for some moments, gazing upon the beauty and charms of the All-Attractive. All their energy flowed like rivers from their hearts, through their eyes, down to merge lovingly into the ocean of sweetness, Śrī Krishna.

The lady who started the conversation now brought it full circle: “Since all things come from him, all things yearn to return to him. All energy must complete its circuit. So, my friends, all us of only exist for him. When we give all our energy and being to him, the circuit is complete and we feel peace and satisfaction, similar to the deepest sleep.”

“Do you mean,” asks another lady, “that we must merge back into the source from which we have come? Is that why we are so hopelessly and completely attracted to Krishna?”

“Yes,” the main woman answers with a very suggestive flicker of her eyebrows, “we must merge ourselves into him, my dear!”

Another woman now speaks up, “Just look at those bald-headed priests! They are sitting so calmly chanting mantras and hymns. What is that all about!? To them, the idea of ‘merging back into the original self’ means complete annihilation of their miserable existence! In so doing they do not please the Original Husband at all. They merely erase themselves from displeasing him – which I suppose is better than… nothing… If you get my pun.”

Laughing, the women continue, “Yes, The Original One made us individuals because he wanted individuals – so he could share the bliss of love. How odd that those called doctors and scholars can’t understand such simple things! Fools who know nothing of the ways of love seek to lose their differentiation by ending their individuality. Ha! We ladies are no such fools, are we!? I think we alone have the right idea about how to ‘merge’ with that man in ‘sleep’! We will lose our differentiation from him in the heights of that love. There is no higher perfection!”