The True Gospel of Chrishna-Jeseus
Section 4 — Appulse of Crises
45 — The Chapter of Kadru, the Queen
1. Rumours of Kamsa's death and the total defeat of his army spread rapidly all over the land, and in Mathura there was great unrest, both in the palace and the city.
2. The queen, even Kadru, black-skinned and black-souled took counsel with the priests of the evil flame who still remained in her service, for some had fled when learning that Chrishna was marching upon Mathura.
3. And babbling tale-bearers said that he was followed by a mighty army, this being the usual way of gossiping tattlers, which grow in eloquence and persist with their beguilements against all evidence contrariwise.
4. And Kadru's counsellors raged against the Lord, cursing him in their impotence and exaggerating all they heard still more, saying to the queen:
5. 'It is said that Chrishna has a fiery weapon, called Sata-ghni, which slays his enemies in hundreds each time it is pointed at them, so that he is irresistible in war, and only thus was he able to overcome thy royal spouse and his valiant army, O divine majesty.
6. 'And Arjuna now hath Bala-Rama's club, Saunanda, and wields it like unto the Maruts, who strike with the thunderbolt.
7. 'And likewise are the Disciples and all his followers armed like unto the warriors of Skanda, the God of War!'
8. And they added, 'May Oshadi-pati, the Lord of Herbs, whose other names are Shast and Soma, brew poison for them all and destroy them with his silver spears!'
9. And the new head-priest exclaimed, 'May the goblins, strong in twilight, who sprang from Brahmâ's foot, devour him and his canting crew of hypocrites'.
10. And Manthara, the spiteful, humpbacked slave, Kadru's personal attendant, said, 'May the Seven Rivers overwhelm him with calamities!'
11. Thus they ranted in their imbecile fury, for the first breath of the demon called 'Disaster' deprives the evil ones of wit, and no one knew what to suggest or do to cope with Chrishna efficiently.
12. And whilst the sinner struggles wildly but in vain to find escape from his self-spun net of dire confusion,
13. His Lord sits on his vulgar throne, sardonical, and watching from afar with grim amusement,
14. And shakes with hidden laughter as the fretful flames of evil mirth dance in and out of the smoke which fills his audience room,
15. And flit across his bloated features in the Ethiopian dark.
16. And the queen listened to them all in silence, burning within and reaping the harsh vintage of undying hatred, as was the rightful fruit of her unrighteous birth.
17. But Kadru's maid now whispered in her ear, and said, 'Why not make a temporary peace with thine enemy and soften his heart with pretended friendship and repentance, until the time arrives when thou canst take revenge upon him?'
18. And though the queen knew within herself that Chrishna could not be beguiled in this way, no other expedient presented itself to her, and she hearkened to the words of her minion.
19. But she forgot, or did not know, that he who takes the advice of a wicked servant becomes the servant's slave.
20. And in her mind there was a dreadful turmoil, though her countenance a mask. Yea! The impetuous drums of Destiny beat out their threatening message from the unknown, precipitate and fierce.
21. And it seemed to her, and all those present, that there were great shadows, like unto the plumage of ominous black birds, flying in the twilight, menacingly, and all were undecided what was best to avert the disasters they felt creeping upon them secretly; as the adder ripples towards the vole.
22. And the queen climbed to the platform of one of the turrets of the palace, where the soothsayers used to watch the stars, seeking fortunate omens for her in vain.
23. And as she searched the heavens in her great anxiety, to watch the flight of birds in case there was a message in their wings,
24. Lo! An unkindness, or flock, of ravens was drifting like a floating bridge within the sky, reaching from the palace to the river;
25. As if these ominous birds were busy making a path for her that would lead unto the dark fulfillment of her Fate.
26. And then the night spread out its feathers, as the black peacock spreads its fan.
27. And that very night, and every other night that followed, the queen was lost in the caves of restless sleep, whence springs the sudden panther of quick affright upon the helpless dreamer.
28. And she heard the wild sounds of primal, mocking laughter, as if it were carried upon the wings of a gale, sailing over grim-tossed waters of the Great Deep in utter darkness.
29. Yea! In that Great Darkness which cunning but ignorant men mistake for the Light!
30. Thus reaped the queen a modicum of her harvest of sin in advance; and the sheaves shed bitterness.
Next: Section 5 — Sublimation — 46 — The Chapter of Radhachrishnaji
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