Come what may Don't leave Mother's Lotus Feet. You have a right to the Mother's Feet and Lap. It is enough that you had tried your best not to be pulled out, and that you have again returned. You are again welcome to your safe corner of purity and rest and peace. Run back at the earliest opportunity. Your righteous living must become so interwoven in your life, that whenever you make a departure you are filled with a unique uneasiness and confusion. You must be so guile -lessness-stamped in your face that even the dullest man of the world would detect you out, and force you to be driven back to your corner, with a little suffering. Develop your mind to be so sensitive that you yourself can't remain composed, till you have vomited out your wrong actions, intentions, sins, faults and follies.
I assure you from my personal experience. If you are a devotee, Mother saves you only with a slight reproach and a warning and a little loss. She changes the minds of the people. How rarest thing it is for the world to meet a man , who makes confessions with repentance and resolutions not to repeat the folly? You should feel as a fish out of its waters. Mother is sure to save you if there is a slight weakness and no systematic wickedness, provided there is a burning desire to retrace the steps to your corner. Mother helps you in such cases. most miraculously. It is the Divine Arrangement that saints are harassed by the world, even on false accusations and without rhyme or reason to make them more and more unattached to the world and to be pulled towards God.
Extract from the book : MAI-ISM
Author : Mai Swarup Mai Markand
Mai Niwas, Saraswati Road End, Santa Cruz West, Mumbai 400054 India
If Love is Mother and Mother is Love, I am Mother's and Mother is mine. Mother bless the readers. Bless Thy followers. Bless Thy surrender seeking. Be Thou pleased with anyone that repeats Thy Sacred Name. On Thyself being propitiated and pleased, let the little universe of every devotee of Thine be most pleased, satisfied, comfortable and happy.
Mother is the same Almighty whom some call Father, some the Supreme Self,some the Nature, some the Divine Law, some the Absolute,some the Truth and so on. She is God, but conceived as Mother.
Mother is that infinite which remains after all negations. Mai is Brahma-Svarupini.
God as Father is JUSTICE and God as Mother is LOVE & MERCY.
God as Father or God as Mother means, God that deals with us in fatherly manner or motherly manner.
Mother ignores,forgives and forgets which the Father does not, so very easily and not that extent of pity and mercifulness compassion and condescension. None knows the ailment of a child as Mother, without even a communicating syllable. Mother's compassion alone can save us. Once you become Hers, She has Her own ways,Her Own arrangements and adjustments.Once you enroll yourself as Hers, the remaining task is Hers.
Be a Mother's child. Love,Service,Devotion and Self Surrender are the best paths for worshiping Her. Mother has helped families out of calamities, beyond imagination, only on a mere appearance of self surrender to Her.
Mother's ways of protection are unknown to us.
Mother runs to the succour of Her devotees by thousand legs.
MOTHER NEVER FAILS TO DO WHAT IS BEST IN THE INTERESTS OF HER DEVOTEES ON PRAYING TO HER FOR RELIEF.
Motherhood is the highest conception of God if you wish to be saved from irreligion, materialism,atheism and satanism.
In a religious act, God's grace propitiation and returns are guaranteed.
Come what may, don't leave Mother's Lotus Feet.
You have a right to the Mother's feet and Lap.It is god and god's grace that opens the door but knocking leads to it.
The worship of universal Mother is the only method of attaining all human desires; the repetition of Her secret and sacred names is the best way to approach Her. If Mother's Grace is there, one does not need any Guru's initiation as Mother is all Mantras.
The simplest method of worship is by prayer. It may be for spiritual grace or some particular moral and legitimate benefit or relief.
The worship of Mother is an invocation to the Eternal Mother to bring forth not simply salvation of individuals but saviours and liberators of millions.
Blessed be Her name ! Clarified be Her conception ! Universalized be the outlook of Her devotees ! In showers fall Her grace on all of Her all wayward children desirous of being reclaimed !
Nothing is of any real avail if the unbelief is there.
~ Saint Shri Mai Swarup.
For more knowledge & information , please contact :
Universal Maiism Trust, Mai Niwas, Saraswati Road End, Santa Cruz West, Mumbai 400054 India.
JAY MAI JAY MARKAND MAI
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
I humbly pray to Most Beloved Maiji and Most Merciful Mother Mai for spiritual and temporal welfare and progress of each and every one of you. Mai, the Universal Mother of all, propitiable on living the life of Universal Love and Service with Devotion and Unconditional Cheerful Self-surrender, bless us all.
I wish to say something about the Mai-istic instructions on health. The first thing that everyone should place the highest value upon is health. It is rightly said that health is wealth. If your health is full of vitality, you find your society, mood and surroundings all cheerful. Even miseries, calamities and sorrows will reduce their poignancy if you are healthy. Health will brighten and sweeten your enjoyments. Health will enable you to do work which will be more useful and imperishable. Bad health will turn the highest heaven of your married life, office life and social life to be a heavy burden on your head and heart. You will prefer health to everything else. Now we will consider it from the Mai-istic religious view point.
Just compare the health conditions now and some 30 or 40 years or so before. Science has greatly advanced. You will find a doctor in every street with upto-date medical knowledge and medicines. Just think, does it not look that diseases g deep and multiply as science advances? We have only most wonderfully advanced in the science of cure, but prevention has been greatly neglected and here we are discussing about prevention and cure both from the higher forces and workings beyond the physical science and doctoring through medicines, injections, operations etc. the more we get the idea about the easy availability of doctoring and the efficacy of the medical science, the more we have been negligent about the prevention of diseases and maintaining of health, even though we have quite
sufficient and detailed knowledge as to what impair or improve health. Our standard of expectation from our body and even mind have left all reasonable limitations. We want our bodies to be as obedient to us as the faithful dog sumptuously fed and pampered, asked to chase after a thief on simly pointed out with a finger. We want our bodies to follow our orders with the activity of a machine never to go out of order and an intelligence as it were, an animate slavish-like human being that not only obeys master's orders but begins to work anticipating master's wishes.
The body often fails, gets out of order and becomes subjected to weakness and diseases and renders temporarily or permanently the whole human life useless and disgustful.
The youthful world of today requires a strong reminder to be equally attentive to the direction of prevention without being over-confident about the certainty of medical efficiency and easy availability. The world passes from experience to experience. Most careless indifference about the preservation health rules due to over-confidence about medicines and its efficacy and availability has been brought into control by one great force of disagreeable economic conditions. Doctors are surely there, but to obtain their help, you are required to have tremendous money far above the ordinary capacity of all except rich and higher middle class. Originally the word 'Doctor' was used to represent divinity and it was supposed that the Doctors were for services to humanity with just an average fair living.
The problem of serving humanity through physical remedies of medicines and medical treatment has surely engaged the attention of several richest donors and there are many free hospitals, but their utility is much less than the expectations of the donors, become there is the vicious mentality of both sides viz., that if the doctor's world and the patient's world. The whole mentality of the nation has changed. Poor people resent being treated in an inferior manner than the paying richer class. They want free medical help and treatment, not only that, but of the highest calibre and with the least time if waiting and with as much respect and regard as private doctors would pay to their rich patients promptly paying off their heavy bills. On the side of the doctors there is an open partiality for such persons as have approached them in their own private hospitals and some items of costly medicines are even withheld from use for the patients of the poor class.
The problem of illness and disease has been therefore extremely serious and Mai-ism in its own way and with its own religious belief wants to drive home certain truths to the Mai-ists with faith, as referred to further below.
We have no knowledge of detailed science it be able to prove what we state but it is the experience of many that by constant repetition of "Jaya Maai, Jaya Maarkand Maai" with the addition of "Sarva Vyaadhi Vinaashini" or without it according to one's leisure and inclination, creates a physical force within our body which as it were burns down all disease germs of any nature. It was the experience of many devotees during the past so many centuries, later it has been investigated into and Western highest doctors now have come to realise that disease-curing is generally helped through ardent single-minded prayer. In America, in several hospitals, Priests and Prayer Offerers are invited to cure the patients through prayers. It is necessary that eminent doctors should collect literature and investigate into the matter with a view to establish the said truth in the unassailable scientific manner and there must be a wide-spread of such literature. If we mostly undertake an enquiry, we will surely meet with so much of factual evidence about prayers being the remover of diseases.
A Mai-istic mind should be so trained as to most automatically get the idea about Most Merciful Mother Maai's greatest Grace whenever he hears about diseases, accidents, calamities etc. of others. Repetition of the Sacred name of Maai, the Universal Mother, is by itself not only a wonderful remedy in prevention and cure of diseases, but also even during illness it gives a wonderful beating power.
The repetition of the mantra "Jaya Maai, Jaya Maarkand Maai" जय माई जय मार्कण्ड माई helps in so many ways. First thing, the doctors, nurses, relatives, friends all become most sympathetic to you and ready to serve you and do your work, at least to cheer you up to bear the pain. There are so may wonderful examples of Maai's Grace, but I would quote two of them here.
A man of 50 came to Maiji complaining that his wife was a patient in a Bombay hospital for more than two months and she was not getting cured. She would vomit out even the smallest food grain. He requested Maiji to go with him to the hospital. Maiji went with him to the hospital and saw her and enquired if she was prepared to repeat a mantra for about an hour after she had taken some food. She agreed. Soon some delicious dainty was ordered out. She was made to eat and she repeated the mantra for one hour. Maiji enquired after one hour if she had vomitted out and was extremely happy to hear that she had not. Maiji asked her if during night she will pray as much time as possible and she agreed and she prayed for about three hours. In the morning, the doctor who was informed about no vomitting, diagonised some other way and she was completely cured and discharged from the hospital after three days.
This has been the repeated experience. If any one goes to Maiji with the complaint about vomitting out even a single grain taken in or any other disease, the person is asked to repeat the mantra for one hour, and take sanctified food or water given to him. There will be no vomitting and the patient gets immediate relief. The person is surprised and gets full faith and agrees to repeat the mantra for longer time say three hours during night and gets entirely cured.
The Mantra is :
Jaya Maai Jaya Maarkand Maai, जय माई जय मार्कण्ड माई
Jaya Maarkand Roopa Maai, जय मार्कण्ड रूप माई
Jaya Maarkand Roopa Maarkand Maai, जय मार्कण्ड रूप मार्कण्ड माई
Sarva Vyaadhi Vinaashini सर्वव्याधिविनाशिनी
Jaya Maai Jaya Maarkand Maai, जय माई जय मार्कण्ड माई
Jaya Maarkand Roopa Maai, जय मार्कण्ड रूप माई
Jaya Maarkand Roopa Maarkand Maai. जय मार्कण्ड रूप मार्कण्ड माई
The devotee who has mastered the said mantra will be able to cure others through water sanctified by repeating the said mantra.
2. Maiji's friend's son was suffering from typhoid and was lying in hospital in Bombay. Maiji went to see him from Poona [ Pune, India ] . Unfortunately in addition to the typhoid he had a big luminized tumour over the head. Everyone was extremely sorry. The doctor said that the tumour can be treated only after typhoid is cured.
At about 10 p.m. the boy called Maiji near him, took Maiji's hand and moved it over his head and the tumour and told Maiji thus:- "You came this morning and would go away tomorrow at seven in the morning. Why did you come? Would you leave me as I am?" Maiji asked him, "What can I do?" The boy said "Can't at least pray that the tumour may go." Maiji asked him, "Do you believe that the tumour which could not be dealt with bu such an efficient doctor before your typhoid is cured can go by my mere prayer?. The boy said "You can do anything because you are very much beloved to Maai who can do anything". Maiji prayed casually and asked the boy whether he can repeat a certain mantra. The boy agreed and he was given this particular mantra already reproduced above. In the morning the boy shouted to Maiji "Come here", and the boy took his hand and moved it over the head and exclaimed "Where is the tumour". Not even the smallest swelling or even a speck was there.
Thus Mai-ist should clearly understand that apart from leading a strictly religious life without joys and pleasures of this life, we require Maai's Divine Grace at every moment, so long as the body is there and that body requires health and what is true regarding health is almost similarly true regarding all requirements of life.
Mai-ism holds the view that when you approach GOD as Universal Mother Maai, you have every right to demand your necessities or removal of calamities etc. of an unobjectionable moral, legal and legitimate religious nature and Mai-ism is not for asceticism. If Mai's desire had been for ascetic life, She would not have created sex attraction for both man and woman. Maai could very well have arranged that reproduction can take place without the physical union. Asceticism cannot be universal. Just leaving the final impersonal formless God, we have no Shiva without Shakti, No Krishna without Radha, No Rama without Seeta, No Narayana without Lakshmi. The world has to be accepted and lived into. Mai-ism says, if you cannot live this life happily, virtuously, harmlessly, morally, justly and truthfully, what is this madness of running after the higher life of a religious aloofness, which can have its legitimate place only after you have mastered and proved yourself worthy of a high rank in the tests of this life itself? It is only a misleading delusion.
You cannot be a first class M.A. without passing your Matric. Mai-ism says, first of all get mastery over yourself to be able to successfully battle with the difficulties, hardships, calamities and disagreeabilities of this life itself and for that the most preliminary preparation you require Mother. It is very strange and deplorable that this world is unable to visualise the greatest and most important part that the mother plays in bringing up and rearing up the child and training the child to be the most glorious man. Your home, family, nation, your character, virtue, conduct, your love, justice, truth, your greatness, culture, civilisation and almost every thing depends on what sort of mother you have in the world, nations, families and homes.
It is crystal clear, people must realise what s great thing it is to have God as one's mother to help us in every possible way. Who does not want and can live without the greatest love and protection of one's own mother ?
Well, to return to our main subject, the said mantra has made miraculous quick cures and reliefs, but you have to fully understand the working and carry out the working to the successful end with every required fulfilling.
A man suffers in health because he violates the rule of usual physical science generally well known to all educated people and especially the doctors and experts of health and hygiene and medicine.
Mai-ism says, the world has advanced in education, knowledge and science. We have known a good deal more than our fore-fathers about diseases, cures, preventions etc. But now one step further more which Mai-ism pictures out before you and it is that the life as lived with full of virtue, morality, justice and truthfulness, largely influences the health. Mai-ism says ill-health and diseases are not simply due to ignorance or inability to observe the requirements of the physical science. There are so many other factors which go to affect health as hereditary in life you live, virtuous or vicious, the physical wear and tear, the mental worries and burns, God-fearing and God-loving, the subtlest understanding about the working of the Universe etc. etc.
Physical science is only the first form of knowledge required for health, the most preliminary form. But in as much as the new world has decided to reject all vague notions, theories and beliefs which do not stand before us with waking of science, we have been rotting in the blunder of considering physical science to be all-including everything about the precautions and remedies for good health and no disease.
Mai-ism emphasises the truth that the life lived with virtue, morality, God-fearing, God-loving etc. has quite an immense influence which is many times much more effective than mere medicines or physical remedies including injections operations etc. An experience will bring an assurance that compared to physical science, medicines etc., the living of a virtuous, moral, truthful life is a much greater force and yet further the life of God-fearing and God-loving is yet further much greater force.
The greatest point of Mai-ism where it differs from the general religious understanding is here. It insists upon an entire subtlety of your development. Each step should be mastered and fully respected and ingrained on to yourself before you go to the higher step. If you do not do that, it is the greatest blunder. There are three classes of devotees, class A, B and C. While class A is God-fearing and God-loving, class B obeys and respects rules of morality and class C relies on physical science. One person is a great devotee. He has great faith on God's protection. He is entirely oblivious of the physical science suggestions. He, in a challenging manner, mixes with the plague patients, handles roughly the bubonic parts, catches plague and begins abusing God or loses faith. This is the case of an A class neglecting the requirements of the C class. Take another instance of a greater Bhakta A class who is of an immoral behaviour or a drunkard. He observes all requirements of C class (Physical). He terribly suffers.
Thus A class of God-fearing and God-loving persons must have mastered, respected and obeyed the requirements of B class of morality as also of C class of the physical science.
For B class, Mai-ism recommends Universal Love and Service. For A class, devotion and unconditional cheerful self-surrender. One who has truly understood Mai-ism is A class with mastery and respect for B and C classes. He must be the master of B and C as well while he aspires to be one of the most deserving member of the A class.
Universal Mother Maai Bless Us All
Mai Niwas, Bombay-400054 India.
Extract from the booklet - Mai-ism and Health
Author - Maiji 2 [ U.R.M. C.R. Nair ]
Year of publication : 1973
Mai Niwas, Saraswati Road End, Santacruz west , Mumbai 400054 India.
It is not that Mother always likes to manifest Herself as the most beautiful lovely woman. She sometimes assumes the form of even an old hag.
In the Hindu scriptures, there is a description of Dhumaavati धुमावती, one of the aspects of Mother. Deformed, restless, cruel-faced, dirty-clothed, dry, rickety, inauspicious-looking, with a winnow in hand, poverty-stricken, widow-like, with the crow as Her pet bird, etc.
Naturally there are few devotees, who accept this form for their worship, but those who do, are favored most speedily with the fulfillment of their desires.
True devotees delight to serve any woman, in whatever form, however ugly, poor, crooked, criminal and sinful. All women to him are different forms in different bodies of Mother.
If women are pleased or displeased, deities also are pleased or displeased. If they are pleased, the family prospers. The country, in which women are respected and protected and taken care of, prospers. However, woman should not mean one's wife, nor should that respect or help be an outcome of selfishness, slavery, lust or illicit love.
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK : MOTHER & MOTHER'S THOUSAND NAMES
AUTHOR : MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ WEST, MUMBAI 400054 INDIA
True morality, true religiosity and true spirituality are all interconnected, interdependent and interpenetrating. Except for some subtlest differences of an argumentative nature, God, Self, Soul, Spirit, Truth, Consciousness, etc. point practically to the same one thing. Mai is the finalmost name for, God of Religiosity, Self of Humanity, Soul of the Highest Knowledge and Bliss, Spirit of all the Highest Powers with which the whole universe is governed and worked and adjusted, Truth of all the Subtlest Philosophies and Consciousness of the Highest Spiritual Communion and Union-practising Unionists (Yogis).
It may turn the brains of the swollen headed, atheistic modernists, to be told that to enter and proceed on the spirituality zone requires the help, guidance and grace of Teachers, Saints, Sages, Masters, etc. The modern world has simply boasted, out of blind and ignorance-ful egotism about one's own powers and capacities beyond all measures, and has declared its complete independence, with no indebtedness and nothing of the Guru or God. As stated in Mai-ism, on the highest religious plane or the spirituality plane, you cannot take a single solid step without the two chariot wheels of (a) God's grace and (b) Guru's grace and that is the spirituality stage near the border zone of spirituality shown in the Chart. The said truth is fully realised, when the border is touched.
A poor ordinary pigmy creature, whose maximum outlook even in imagination does not go beyond a little hazy and nominal worldly idea of virtue, morality and character, or the man who thinks that life has reached its perfection on living a little virtuously and with a little sacrifice here and there, has absolutely no idea about the unfathomable potentialities of the human life and most intricate and most wonderful and invisibly working powerful machinery, which is at work under the bottom of the human life and destiny. the man if mere bread and butter, wealth and woman, name and fame, power and praise, with a full stop at the end of his worldly intellect, has no idea that human capacities can be developed beyond all visible and believable limitations, and behind the screen of what any ordinary man knows and calls as "man". There are so many occult powers, forces and energies within the different sheaths and bodies of "man", that the real "man" is entirely unknown till now. And one with quite an ant's outlook and complete ignorance about the man's unknown world within him, can never see the truthfulness of the truth, that beyond a certain stage, the Teacher, the Master or the Guru is entirely indispensable. It is only the swollen-headed childishness of little thinking, that resents the very word of a Guru, Teacher or Authority. In fact if the word Guru or Teacher be given the widest meaning, viz. the source form which one has learnt or received or can learn or receive any illumination on any subject, there is not a single person on the earth who can boast and truthfully swear that he has no Guru. When anyone says, "I have no Guru" it only means, "I have not accepted anyone as my Guru" or that "I have none as one single Guru" and not that there has been no source from which he has received any learning or illumination. Under Mai-ism the word "Guru" is used in such widest sense. Whatever illuminates, directs, guides, protects, saves and leads you towards your destination in any subject matter is your "Guru" for that subject, even though he may be only one step ahead of you. Mai-ism insist upon entertaining the concurrent notion of gratitude with possible return or remuneration, along with the notion of a "Guru". Under Mai-ism "Guru" does not necessarily imply perfection or supernatural powers, etc. Under Mai-ism, Guru and service with gratitude, which is the very first requirement of the six G's of Mai-ism, go together.
The popular opinion about full justification for the strongest opposition to the idea of a Guru or teacher, master, Saint or Sage is based on the pigmy outlook and pitiable ignorance about what an immeasurable vastness extends beyond what they call "the capacities of "man" and on the entirely selfish, snatching mentality of the ungratefulness and blind self-egotism. There is surely the other side as well, and it is that of cheating, exploiting, abusing and black-mailing wickedness of some scoundrels and black sheep, spreading havoc in the name of religion. But it goes without saying that such disappointing experiences of two-penny worth Gurus and disciples can have absolutely no relevancy or existence whatsoever, when we are discussing the need of a Guru for the highly exalted and advanced soul, that has passed through so many experiences and tests, as the Mai-ism Chart imposes on the aspirant.
JAY MAI JAY MARKAND MAI
Extract from the book : MAI-ISM CHART EXPLANATION
Author : MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ WEST MUMBAI 400054 INDIA_
Mai runs to help those ones, through Her necessary adjustments in the MIRACLE manner, as would be heartily HELPING the outspread of Universal Mai-ism.
Extract from the book : Mai-ism Allegiance Initiation Mai Adherents' Oath
Author : Mai Swarup Mai Markand
Mai Niwas, Saraswati Road End, Santa Cruz west, Mumbai 400054 INDIA
"Why Markand Mai, and not G Mai ? "- was once an unnerving question. What answer the poor Founder can give? How could he talk about himself and say " you "die" like me, then Mother will be G-Mai as well". Founder silenced the questioner, on owning defeat, "Yes, She is G-Mai." Few days passed, G would repeat "Jay Mai" but not "Jay Markand Mai".
Once he had a high fever of an extremely high temperature and painfulness. Having failed to get any relief, he began repeating merely "Jay Mai"; absolutely no relief. Somehow, all immediately, an illumination came; he saw a faint figure of Mother, who said "My son's name is much more, dearer, to me to hear, than my own name". The man repeated the whole Mantra "JAY MAI, JAY MARKAND MAI" ; he had normality within a wonderfully short time.
This is the experience known to the Founder in the year before 1935. The man wrote a letter of greatest appreciation, and about his own illumination and his sorrow for his past impudence.
But again, the same story!! Man asks the questions again and again similar to "Why Markand Mai, and not G-Mai?", even after several years. The Founder gets ruffled and baffled to find the solution. Is the whole thing that comes to him only a relishful narration of imaginary stories, of people that so frequently visit the Founder and mention their experiences? Is it just to please him? If there is truth, why again, the same obstinate mulishness after years of experience and after volumes of experiences? The answer has been more than once given in this book. It was no falsehood then; it is no falsehood now; man himself is not the same at all times ; MAYA PLAYS.
Extract from the book : MAI-ISM Author : MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
According to the Mai-istic creed, there is no higher Mantra than Jay Mai Jay Markand Mai जय माई जय मार्कण्ड माई and the practice of getting a certain desire fulfilled by repetition of a certain mantra personally or through a representative is discountenanced. Mantra repetition can be only for getting the Grace, or for a prayer to some good purpose, mostly for others, and without any selfish return.
Once it becomes a conviction that it is Mother and Mother's Grace that gives or does a certain work,the whole outlook is entirely changed. There is no marketing, no mechanical doing of something, somehow, leading us somewhere, no bargaining with the deity, no chasing and no cheating."YOUR'S IS TO PRAY, AND IT IS HER WILL TO GRANT OR NOT".At every step in this life, there is some difficulty of illness,affliction,poverty, painfulness,etc.
How long to wonder and how often to break one's head and empty one's purse, in the search of almost a mirage!!! Mai-ism says "Miseries will be endless". Make yourself proof to them. Seek Grace, pray without despondency in case the prayers are not heard. Practise living cheerfully., with the spirit of self-surrender,in any circumstances. Further as a result of grant of the request, a devotee does not get deluded as a Siddha (if at all there is any), because he does not consider himself to be the giver or the worker. Unnecessary fuss and bossing due to a little better knowledge of rituals or sacred word has no dancing platform.
MOTHER NEVER FAILS, TO DO WHAT IS BEST IN THE INTEREST OF HER DEVOTEES, ON PRAYING TO FOR RELIEF.
Readers would not rest satisfied till they know, if this theory is supported by practical experience, and I may reply to them. " There are experiences, which would take volumes to narrate, of prayers by devotees that have been heard by Mother." I am not talking of old grand-mothers tales or hearsay's and rumors of some Bhaktaas in past. I am referring to the experiences of myself, as great an atheist as any of you, who wants things to be proved to him, as in a civil court, supported by ample outside independent evidence.
A Mai-ist should not forget that this granting of desires, is with the ultimate desire of attracting Her children to Herself.
There is the other side, as well.Mantras has laudable uses, when (1) they serve magnetic healing or abating of diseases, etc., for very general abating of miseries;
(2) For ornamental grandeur, decency, poetry, sublimity, purification of place and mind, inviting a deity or seeking grace, or (3) as spiritual diplomacy to pull out disciple from the mudmire of worldliness by offering baits under the temptation of the benefits, gradually introducing him to the higher world of God, Guru, Devotees, etc. (although through a selfish motive to start with), and making him ascend the spiritual ladder, rung after rung.
This use, however, of Mantra by way of a spiritual diplomacy, for the welfare of the disciple, becomes at once apparent. Such a Mantra-worker is purely a selfless man, and work for a selfless purpose without any specific desire.
Extract from the book : MOTHER AND MOTHER'S THOUSAND NAMES
Author : MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ WEST, MUMBAI 400054 INDIA
Mai-ism which has as its principal tenets, Universality, Love and Service, dispenses with any indispensable pre-condition, about the belief in the very existence of God, provided one honestly and conscientiously lives the life of Universal Love and Service, to the extent of one's possibility and practicability. -SAINT MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ WEST, MUMBAI 400054 INDIA
Mother Mary, if universalized, and raised infinitely above the narrowed down limitation of Christians, and especially of the Roman Catholics, is the Universal Mother Mai of Mai-ism. Mother Mary, transcended beyond all limitations , and universalized, is Mai. On the other hand, Mai individualized, limited to and obsessed with Christianity, is Mother Mary.
Reference and extract from the book : MAI-ISM ALLEGIANCE INITIATION MAI ADHERENTS'OATH
Author : MAI SWARUPA MAI MARKAND
MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ WEST, MUMBAI 400054 INDIA
The Founder has prayed Mother in Christian Churches and in Mosques. He has worshiped Mother in homes and joined Mohamedan and Zoroastrian prayers. It is not difficult to test the conscientious belief of the true followers and hypocrite prattlers. One of the surprise tests would be to see from a distance, if their hands fold and rise in reverence as automatically before other worshiping places as an Agiari, a Mosque, a Church or a Synagogue as when they approach their own religious places.
The Founder has so often prayed to Mother in English and has sat before Mother repeating some of the chapters of the Imitation of Christ, as serenely as when he is reading Sapta-Shati or Bhagwad Geeta. Not as a point of formality, or modesty or a point of unavoidable necessity or of policy, not as an outcome of timidity, or pride for one's worshiped , but from an unshakable belief in the universality of Mai and in the unity of all religions as belonging to his Mai.
Extract from the book : MOTHER AND MOTHER'S THOUSAND NAMES EDITION 1939
Author : MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ WEST, MUMBAI 400054 INDIA
" Once you become Hers, She has Her own ways, Her own arrangements and adjustments.
Once you enroll yourself as Hers, the remaining task is Hers." -
Those words of 1940, which form the reservoir, from which all spiritual strength and every hope and faith can flow, are these, as printed on page 112 of " Mother and Mother's Thousand Names" Volume 1 Part 2. Please see commentary on the name : Nirupaadhih निरूपाधिः
Universal Divine Mother Mai Bless All.
Mai-ism Proclamation Day : Friday, 2-9-1932
A palace and a rose garden kept ready by Mother for you. This book is for swans. Mother likes to be surrounded with swans whose hearts will overflow with love , cheerfulness and gratitude, on Her showing such playful proofs of acceptance by Her." - Mai Swarup Mai Markand , Mai-ism, Page 225, Note No 291- Last paragraph_
Punya-kirti पुण्यकीर्तिः She whose glorification helps the amassment of merit. ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 542
Several methods of acquiring merit (Punya पुण्य) are charity, suffering for others, fasting, undertaking ceremonial sacrifices, self-mortifying, self-denying, abstaining from enjoyments, serving others, controlling desires, going on pilgrimages, saints-serving, parents-serving, feeding the needy, providing constructional works to serve humanity, exerting oneself to serve society in its struggling to gain godliness, religiosity, etc., etc., etc.
It is Mother who creates and kindles the desire of amassing the merit. For them that have no means for the above and are of another mentality, the other avenue of gaining merit is through hearing of the greatness of Mother and discoursing and making others to hear. Although only two words of Shravana (hearing) and Kirtana are mentioned here in this name, these two words are supposed to include all different measures as Lotus Feet service, worship, saint-companionship, self-surrendering, etc.,which go to form the mental attitude of devotion.
Punya-kirti पुण्यकीर्ति is glorification of Mother. This idea has not been well realised and is held at a great discount compared with the other two avenues. We are generally of such a pigmy-like outlook that we have certain limited notions. A Kirtankaar कीर्तनकार means one who gives a particular discourse in a particular dress in a particular place in the meting of a particular class of people in a particular manner. This name Punyakirti should convey the idea in any place, in any condition, at any time and to any people whoever talks about the glory of Mother has been accumulating merit. This is true even while he is talking to a fellow passenger in a bus or when he is in a dancing hall.
Mother's name does not require the sanction of any circumstances to make it creative of merit. Mother's name and Mother's glorification are by themselves the highest sin-annihilators.
Every Mother's Lodge member, just the reverse of the old idea, should be much above the selfish idea of eating one's sweet selfishly and seclusively.
Secrecy and seclusion of vices through which often Satan creeps in with the external appearance of godliness, sublimity, divinity, etc. Satan often fosters ignorance, immorality, imbecility, exclusive possessiveness, etc.
This name Punyakirti conveys a command. Glorify Mother. Spread and out-spread Mother's Glory in all publicity.
Secrecy and seclusion should be avoided as far as possible in activities of true religiosity.
If scoundrels have succeeded in running away with wealth and women in the field of religion, it is mainly through the satanic weapons of secrecy and seclusion. He who is truly religious and dies without leaving his inheritance or transferring his light and love to some disciples to the extent of latter's receptivity, is a sinner, under Mai's Ideal. This spread of religiosity and Mother's Glory is Punya Kirti.
Mother is more pleased by the spread of Her glory than self-evolution alone, even though desire-less and spiritual.
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK: MAI AND MAI SAHASRANAMA MAI-ISM
AUTHOR: MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ WEST, MUMBAI 400054 INDIA
Deshkaalaparichchhinna - Unlimited by time, space and time.
Limited by space, means the absolute non-existence of a thing in a certain place [as when we say, "This is not here" .
Limited by time, is similarly explained when we say, "This was not before" or "It will not exist in future."
She is also unlimited by law of causation. This means that She can manifest Herself or shower Her Grace , in any place and any time.
Devotees or preachers or Truth-seers can flourish in any country. There in any case and in any religious world , and in any country. There is no monopoly for Mai-ist. Her Grace and Her manifestation is even above the Law of cause and effect.
This means that there is no stereotyped mechanical routine, through which every soul has to pass, in the very same manner and through the very same experiences.
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK : MAI AND MAI SAHASRANAMA
AUTHOR : MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ WEST, MUMBAI 400054 INDIA
- Fount and protector of traditional wisdom.
Sampradaaya संप्रदाय is the wisdom, regularly imparted by the teachers to the disciple; Ishvari ईश्वरी means ruler. Knowledge is gained by reasoning, through traditions, faith in Guru and intuition. Mother tries to see, that so long as a particular school of religion with certain beliefs and practices of the divine path to reach Her, is not tented with vice of greed, adultery, hypocrisy etc, it progresses with Her full help and blessings. The secret of success of the initiation ceremony and rituals should be , the intense devotion with which the Guru requests Mother to create a replica of all his powers, knowledge and wisdom to be conferred on the disciple. When however the Guru becomes the usurper of God's powers and the Guru's homages, when he gets deluded that that powers belong to and vest in himself, and when disciples attach more importance to rituals then to the actual faith and devotion (in and to God and Guru), the whole institute becomes a soul like skeleton. Further as by several leakages by vices the joints get loose, the whole frame work begins to crack, the vitality gradually vanishes, and the whole body begins to give a stinking smell like corpse, and the whole institute finally gives way, by its own weight of sinfulness and weakness of perverted notions , ignorance and meaningless mechanical practices.
By Mother's Grace, as soon as one institute gets too old, another is brought into being. Mother is concerned with keeping up the religiosity of the universe and not with the superiority and inferiority of a particular institute or religion or the fame of an individual founder. That fighting and quarreling is all man made and meaningless and by half baked people, bigots or fools.
Extract from the book: Mai and Mai Sahasranama
Author : Mai Swarup Mai Markand Mai
Mai Niwas, Saraswati Road End, Santa Cruz West Mumbai 400054 India.
MAI MILAN BHUKTI MUKTI
JAY MAI JAY MAI JAY MAI
The Founder had an abundant practice of self-control in his college career , which he has so strongly recommends , as indispensable, before a man takes to a religion in all seriousness.The first thing he invites attention to , is the clear constant remembrance , which he had viz., that he was neither the body, nor the senses, nor the mind. He was only a side spectator of all the different plays that were being exhibited on the stage of his individuality , under the rich maintenance and lurid right of his own soul.
Regarding his parents brothers , sisters, wife and children, either he was a guest in midst of them or anyone of them was a guest to him. The Founder's mother so very often scolded him for living in the family as a foreigner full of courtesy, kindness and goodness, but , however, with no attachment or depth of intimate relationship. He neither knew nor played any games. Music, poetry, literature, conversation, discussion , philosophy and religion were the subjects of his pastime. He was extremely intellectually witty and jocular, and it seemed as if he wanted to do nothing else with others , except either to meet for merry-making or to be left to himself.The fun that he would introduce in his talk had very little of worldliness. He was fond of picturing the pettiness and the silliness of human nature. His patent word , for which his father scolded him was " Kachra Peti " or " Kachra Patti " ( Refuse-box or Refuse ). People would be talking with so much interest about worldly matters . He would be in midst of them but mostly absent-minded. His father would cross-question him to ascertain if he had heard what was passing for an hour or two. With a smile he would say , " Kachara Patti " . He meant, " My brain, I do not want to turn a rubbish-depot for the worldly rubbish" He would rarely see his face in a mirror. When scolded for his shabby appearance , he would quote Kabir," What are you looking in the mirror? see therein , whether you are man or monkey ? " The question as to what he ate before going to school, by the school teacher and friends, was the point of great ridicule in his school days. Recently in 1943 , he was moving in the procession of his own son as a bridegroom. Some important officer of a repute , who had also been walking in the procession asked him," Where have we to go ? " He evaded exposure of his ignorance , saying ," At the bride's place ". He was bit nervous , quickly left him and got information from his relative as to the place and the name of the bride etc. He than began to answer and talk over the details. The man smiled and said," I have watched you getting information ".
All this is mentioned here, not as an eulogy , but to give an instruction to an ambitious true spiritual aspirant, as to the extent to which he has to keep in his mind and brain blank, and unburdened' if at all he wants to try for perfection. Founder says," Two things can not occupy the same space."
The Founder often speaks about," Having the maximum energy , maximum leisure, maximum space and maximum lightness in the brain and in the heart. Have the maximum conversation , about every pleasure having its reaction of pain and exhaustion or tiresomeness ".
Your paying off your debts on one side , but incurring new debts of a different nature on the other, takes you nowhere. First plug up the hole, from which water is getting into your boat, and then start the work of removing the already collected waters. First divide your mind two ways .Regarding not incurring additional liabilities, you must be cent per cent active. No more sins , no more vices; no more degenerations.
Don't think even of your good acts and merits. That attachment to the meritorious actions of your will again entangle you. If you are avaricious of getting the fruit of your merit, take my word, you will again be entangled.After kingship as the reward of the merits , comes the hell. After heaven, again one returns to the same rotten human world.So, leave the question of sins and merit and accept only the simplest forms of good actions and bad actions.The Founder sometimes quotes his patent line , which he was repeating at about twenty, near the stony bank counter fort of the river in Poona [Pune], in a Mahadev महादेव मंदीर Temple, on moonlight nights ," Kahan Le Jau Do Gathadi, Khudaki Meher Kafi Hay " - कहा ले जाउ दो गठडी , खुदाकी मेहेर काफी है - ( Where - why - should I carry these two heaviest packets of sin and merits on my head through the unknown tract between this world and beyond ? For me the mercy of God is quite enough.) He had reduced the question of sins and merits to that of bad and good actions and actions pleasing or displeasing to God , elevating or degrading for society and helping and hurting the persons dealt with.
Naturally enough, the departure from the average fundamental Hindu mentality made so much of his burden lightened and disappear. " If by chance if your sacred thread is broken, for the word that you speak and for every step you pace , there is sin. Ant-crushing is sin and burning of germs while you ignite fire for food is sin ". So many sins disappeared from his dictionary.
They have already disappeared for the modern man as well, but in the latter's case, even the religion itself has disappeared.
You first establish a stage by the constant thoughtfulness, association and remembrance of things , when, any bad actions that proceed from you are only because of the hankering for the pleasure delivered out of them, or out of definite wickedness. Let that stage be reached , when you do bad actions , only because you have not been able to resist the temptations. This stage means two things. For you to be systematically arranging an automatic series and a continuity of bad actions becomes impossible. The other thing is , you get hatred for your own self, especially the returns for good actions are not being thought of as stated before. What then remains , is only your sorrow and repentance for bad actions: You feel your are dirt in the Mother's Good Universe ; you are a black sheep; you are a spot on the snow-white Universe of Mother. Where can any ego remain in the mind, which is full of sorrow for bad actions ?
Don't work in desultory unsystematic manner. You make a point say, you want to master your wrathfulness. Let there be a definite programme , say, for such and such period ," I will not simply curb my wrathfulness but invite and create occasions when people would provoke me to wrathfulness ". While you have fixed your programme , let all other things even though of much greater importance , have a quite secondary a place and value. Master it and leave it.
This was one of the innumerable instances of his ' wrathlessness practice '.He was in the college students quarters. Each room would have two students. Due to his absent-mindedness, he would put his clothes on the pegs of his companion, who a bit hot. The Founder was thrice warned , but where can the absent-mindedness go ? One day he put his clothes, dhoti, coat, shirt , cap, as soon a she came in the room after a tiresome outing on the companions peg. The latter flew into anger and threw away all his clothes with a wrathful and forceful insulting fling in to the gutter. The Founder swallowed up the most terrible insult, He told him in the most humiliating tone ," I am sorry; what can I do ? Even tough I try my best, I can not remember your instruction." Not a single line or spake of wrathfulness was there on his face. The companion gradually came down to coolness. As a matter of fact he was shocked to find no quarreling and no bandying of words ; not even a single word. At the end he said," Are you bringing those clothes , or should I bring them ? " The Founder with cool minded said," Let them be there. I have got other spare ones," said the companion," Should I ask our servant to bring them and then send to the washer-man ? " Founder said," Don't worry. Let them lie." After a pause and a bit of repentance , the companion said," On getting them washed, you will of course use it them, is it not ?" Said the Founder," Cease to think about that. Let them lie to their lot. Let us order tea. I have brought a nice packet of biscuits, we shall enjoy ". The companion saw the Founder was resolute and any further talk regarding the clothes would be simply humiliating himself. Of course he refused the biscuits. The clothes were removed by the Bhangi. The crowd of all students was after the Founder, enquiring what had happened ; but he kept mum.
He would do so many things incognito. Once on the Kurduwadi [ कुर्डुवाडी - महाराष्ट राज्य ] station , when the Founder was the chief officer of the Barsi Municipality [ बारसी म्युनसिपालटी ], in about 1916, he was waiting for long hours from evening to catch the Madras Mail arriving at 2 a.m. There was a lady passenger, rather beautiful, with a child. Some railway staff people were constantly eyeing her. They spoke with some words expressing their bad motive and she insulted them. There was a long waiting period. By chance the child eased itself. There was no water. The insulted people made most of the nuisance and harassed her as if some great crime were committed and took her to the station master.Soon there was a crowd.The crowd , with the station master and with her as a criminal was brought by them to the spot, to show the nuisance. They were all surprised. There was nothing. Someone has cleaned it off, with a big woolen muffler in a wintry night, which was seen thrown away at along distance. None knew the sweeper.
The Founder says," You must plunge into places of poverty and misery incognito, in torn cloths and study and share their miseries.You must utilise big crowds in processions and temples, to get insulted and ridiculed. The Founder to overcome nervousness and over-regard for the opinion of the society, once moved in a procession over a big round , putting on purposely selected torn and dirty clothes and sitting in an extremely dirty carriage. Those who recognised him and those who did not know him, all called him mad and laughed. To him it was a practice at 18, of overcoming the nature of servility for popular opinion. A regular programme, practice and a subtle watching of thoughts and feelings , to ascertain how far the mind and the egoistic pride or a certain vice is subdued, is an important requirement . It is in the circumstances of self-invited humiliation alone , that one day, your heart breaks to pieces on realisation of Mercy, that Mother has showered on you.
You have to actually pass through practices. Practically a life of some few years with decided programmes of the specimen given. Any amount of good thoughts , do not help you.They have their own value, when the mind is brought to a certain pitch of deeper receptivity.Please note an extremely subtle fact; the mechanical fact that you have and passed through certain practices gives you nothing. What you permanently gain is what your mind has received deepest indentations of, by way of an invisible asset, while passing through ordeals, mostly self invited.
When you have reached a stage when sinful pleasures are not acceptable to you, you have to pass great period of relish-less deadened life , as you are neither here nor there. The worldly sensual pleasures, especially sinful, you have banished and the other pleasures of devotion and divine knowledge have not dawned. That period is the most sickening and suicide suggesting period. While on one side , you are on the side type of Sadhana साधना , you should also be developing your relations with your God and Guru. You will then have the relief and a different world to derive your pleasure from the Love and Service , Devotion and Self-surrender to your God and Guru.
The last straw that break the camel's back is the wiping out of the sexual notion. You can train up your mind to be smiling with a mastered wrathlessness, you can be well contented in midst of any poverty; you can reach a stage when no desires make any agitation in your heart; you may rise above the idea of name and fame; you can be as humble as a straw; you may even bless even your enemy; but certain things are most difficult. These are : (1) Proof-ness to sexual attraction, the wiping out of the sexual notion itself.(2) Infatuation ( moha मोह ) . (3) Proofness against final subtle most delusion spread over you by Maya माया and (4) Life-clinging. Infatuation in its highest sense is, by its definition itself, beyond the possibilities of the control of mind. Such infatuations do come and only the Divine Will of the Mother's Grace decides when they would disappear. No human effort can be of any avail. The cases of Moha मोह ( Infatuation ) and Maya माया are beyond our ken. They are some special divine arrangements for some special purposes.
Let us therefore stop with with sexual-attraction-proofness. There too nothing can be done without Mother's perfect Grace.Mother however does arranges matters . High souls can train up themselves with Mother's and Guru's Grace , to remain as unruffled as before a lifeless wooden bench with a lady's picture carved thereon.This process however so difficult to manage , as, unlike all previous practices , it is not one-sided mono practice. in most cases it is dangerous practice, unless Mother herself manages every detail.It can only be a perfect Guru in the shape of a lady that has also the fullest control over practitioner , his mind and body, if he at all slips. She must have strength to save him and pull him out,if on the point of sinking. Such guru Mother alone can depute, but She odes it is certain.
Therefore under Mai-ism the most difficult examination has been treated rather leniently and it should be enough that man passes with grace marks. It is enough that the man is true to his wife and that he gets money honestly in fair ways, and that he makes it a point to spend a certain proportion of his wealth for deserving religious charitable purposes.
Mai-ism is for using the terms " Money-greed and sexual lustfulness " and not the centuries old expressions " Kanaka कनक and Kantaa कांता " or " Kaanchan कांचन and Kaamini कामिनी ". It is not the woman that is the source of temptation, but it is the lustfulness in man. Mai-ism thinks it is an ungratefulness to denounce the sex of Man's mother, sister and daughter. A woman is in no way a grater degrading force than man.
Mai-istic eye towards woman is not that of chivalry and appreciation of beauty, engaging manners, softness, tenderness and sexual sentiments or emotions. It is not again that of vengeance towards man , in return of the man's subjugation of woman in the past. Mai-istic eye is that of mercifulness, sacrificing , service-fulness and sacredness of mother.As between man and woman, Mai-ism wants to develop true understanding of mutual indispensability and incompetitive co-operative spirit of reciprocal love and service. The question of superiority, equality and inferiority is entirely irrelevant.Mai-ism wants man to love and serve all women and not of any particular relationship or category alone.
Just as love and service have been there , but not religionised , so also , it is not that the idea of looking upon woman as mother is not there , but it has not been religionised . Mai-ism religionises Love and Service and the trying of one's best to look upon very woman as mother.
Mai-ism most emphatically states , rules for morality are for the development and control of one's self and for imposition on and accusation of others.
Rise above prejudicial routine religious mentalities and ways of looking and judging and dealing with things. Seek and follow the spirit.It is the sexual attraction itself that has formed a prominent element of the Divine Arrangement of ameliorating souls of both sexes.It is only the abuse of attraction that is responsible for any disastrous evils. At least these can not be evaded by denunciation and flying away. How far can you run away from woman ? You have to conquer your lustfulness, by deep thinking, constant memory, cautious alertness,creating relishlessness and hard practice of self-control, with the temptation itself in your front and with mother's Mercy and Guru's Grace.
There is an invisible long warfare in the progress path of every soul, of an Infatuating power and a Resisting -power. a success or a failure in any particular case prove nothing in absolute terms. A resistance power of 2000 units will vanquish an infatuating power of 1000 units and will have amoral victory, but the very same units power will suffer a humiliating defeat at the hands of 5000 units infatuating power. There is no greater delusion than to call as victorious one who had no foe or a negligible foe , to fight. The final achievement is the resistance power . Power of how many units is the test. And that sadhana of a man has in its requisite, the training of a Motherliness-seeing eye. Looking from the higher plan, it is wrong even to imagine infatuating power with woman and to identify resistance power with man. Man have no idea of woman's mental and emotional world.
Motherliness seeing annihilates lustfulness , because of the working of so many associations and emotions, so very familiar to man. The sublimity of the ideal is that not only man is saved from the feeling of hating woman, but there is a germination of positive factor viz., love of the type one bears to one's mother.
Each sex has its own best or worst qualities and agreeabilities and living conditions. The soul in the body of a man or a woman has no sex; and any soul takes one sex form or another, according to the need of developing certain qualities and paying off Prarabdha debts. Under Mai-ism, man has no superiority over woman either from the point of Soul-evolution or worthiness and receptivity for religiosity or spirituality or in the matter of securing Mother's Grace. Mai-ism means an equal religious recognition of both sexes.
" No belittling; no blaming, no blasphemy, no hating and no evading woman " is the Mai-istic teaching. A whole heartened effort has been made many saints to create a nauseating sense by referring to dirty constituents as scum, phlegm, mucus, bile, urine , blood, pus etc. That is also way, but quite at an elementary stage. Infatuation arises not simply out of physical beauty or the bodily charm and only as a hunger for corporeal enjoyment. Perhaps the underlying wisdom of the teaching is : " If all your discrimination has extinguished, at least stop before and desist from Physical action ".
" Kill your desires " is therefore the second teaching. Not simply the desire of sexual connection but kill all desires. Reduce the sum total of all your desires.
When the sum total of desires goes down, the infatuation, the temptation, and even the value of wealth and woman, go down.
Let us think of the third stage :and please note that as Dwaitism and Adwaitism are not different schools , but the latter is continuation of the former , so here, too,any higher stage is attainable only after the lower stage is gone through, even though for an extremely short period and most progressively. After ' not hating and evading ' ( first stage ), ' Killing all desires ' ( second stage ), comes the third stage : " Why not ask Mother to kill the demon for you ? You be doing what mother bids you to do , but let Mother kill the demon ". That is the secret of secrets and remedy of remedies and that is Mai-ism.
Next fourth stage.Don't entertain inimical feelings even for your foibles. Deal with them gently, but resolutely, successfully and conqueringly. Beside the laborious way of killing desires though Gnana, there is the further devotional way of love and sweetness all around with non-attachment and surrender. When you become inmate of Mother's Mansion and a child of a Royal palace , you are safe.
In the normal course, without special effort and practice one can come to a high level of character ; but at a higher stage, he requires God , Guru, Divine Knowledge , devotion , religion etc. for these reasons. So often the turn of circumstances shows, as if the world were seeking out good and virtuous men to be easiest victims of their exploitation. There are so many miseries for which a good man is not responsible . After several sad experiences he concludes, there is something higher than mere acquisition of virtues, strong character and goodness. He sees vast difference between man and man. He has become an inmate interested with Universe and whole humanity. He studies stages of evolution of men.
The first stage man is happy. If he gets bodily happiness and attaches highest value thereto. that is only avenue of happiness to him.
The second stage man wants the pleasures of his organs of action and sense in addition to what the first stage man wants.
The third stage man wants intellectual pleasure as well.
The fourth stage man wants the pleasures of heart and sublime emotions as well.
The fifth stage man wants the pleasures of the highest type of philosophy, spirituality and religiosity, in which God, Guru, Self, Religion, Universe etc. the major-most elements , have their highest part and play.
The advance man realises the importance of the training of the mind.He takes it up, and there the street man and the higher man come in. There the distinction of sinlessness and sinfulness, good and evil, truth and falsity,action and inaction, righteousness and wickedness, all get in before him, with their so many different shades and various coloured illuminations.
For the man who is seriously intent upon making a substantial progress , guidance and grace of Guru, Mother's Mercy and the most intimate and subtle knowledge of spiritual lore become indispensable. Guru will lead you to Mother. Mother will send you back to the Guru and by repetitions of such alternate swinging , you would be rising higher and higher.
God, Guru and Disciple are practically one . Guru-Shishya relationship is a personal one of love, service, devotion and surrender.Guru in the real sense can not at time more than one. Guru's Grace is to be understood exactly like the grace marks in an examination. the minimum should always be there , to justify the grace marks being given. Love, faith and one-ness are the main requisites for the best results of the relationship.
The most practical definition of Guru in this age of greatest struggle is this. He is your guru, from whom, you get teachings about approaching Almighty, whose given Mantra you repeat , to whom you fly for spiritual help and Divine consolation and by whose hand placed on your head you feel blessed. There are no registration offices for , and no documents of , guru- disciple relationship. It is true living in day to day life of that relationship, that does the work and that is indispensable. The nature and extent of mutual dealings decide the nature of relationship; not mere words and mere appearances.
Oneness with reference to which there is the greatest ignorance, light - heartedness or duplicity, even in high-class educated devotional circles, Mai-ism emphasises. One God, one Guru, one Method, one Mantra, one Scriptural Authority and one Guide - has its own wonderful working force , which few can realise. There is a living psychological working underneath which very few can see, and which is an indispensable requirement for Sadhana. Tulsidas and Meerabai never bowed their heads to any other incarnations of the very same God, save and except the one they were worshipping , although it would be foolishly ridiculous to suppose that the sameness was not known to them. A lover of God or Guru says," I will starve but won't beg anyone except my own beloved Mother ". A still higher lover is more forceful and he says," Does not Mother know that I am starving ? Is She not ashamed to bring me down to beg of Her ? " A yet higher lover says, with every cheerfulness ," Let Her please Herself My love and surrender will not budge an inch."
You can not be tolerated putting your wedding diamond ring in the box meant for your shoes, shaving materials and pant-clips. This love between a Devotee and a Deity , or between Guru and Shishya is of an extremely high voltage and its action and also reaction is of wonderfully supreme nature. You are sure to repent if you trifle therewith. Nothing is more punishable in God's eyes than ' Guru-droha ' ( Faithlessness or treachery to the Guru ). Some truths are truths for all times. Let us however take recent instances and experiences.
A Guru had an extremely pet Shishya , staying with him since childhood. The Guru left no occult or divine art or mantra or science, untaught and nothing of his personal life unfold. The Guru had negative imperfection. The devotional world around , cherished and spread the belief that their Maharaj lived on milk and fruit only.The consensus became too strong which impelled him to revere and accept this fanciful , popular idea and the Guru began to take his meals at midnight unknown to all except the disciple. Said he," I need not break their faith and love. I am not harming anyone directly. If anyone directly puts me the question, I will never tell a lie." The popularity increased , leaps and bounds , but the Satan of jealousy crept his way into the heart of the Shishya. On a suitable huge night festival, the Shishya saw an opportunity for the Guru's exposure and ground-dusting his Guru in midst of vast crowds. He put an agitating powder in his food which excited vomiting and on such vomiting , brought forth all the substance eaten.The Shishya furtively invited the attention of some ; and the talk, with amazement, ridicule and contempt spread like a wild-fire. The Guru was stunned and saw through the mischief . Said he cool mindedly to the Shishya , almost weeping , " My child , what you have done ? If you had only breathed a word to me , I would have left this disciple world to you, as my successor and would have gone away somewhere. Confess immediately. My forgiving is already there. I am not wrathful but broken-hearted. I will be left alone in my old age. Speak, Oh speak out, earliest in time , so that God's wrath may not overtake you. Little time is left for me and for you to pray together to move our Deity to forgive you ". The Shishya was however overwhelmed and could not decide all at once how to act. The greater his Guru pressed the point with feverish haste , the greater was his confusion , obstinacy and petrifaction. Immediately after an hour , the Shishya had a painful vomit and he suddenly died of heart-failure. The Guru wept immensely beating his breast and forehead all the way to the " Smashaan Yaatraa " स्मशान यात्रा ( funeral procession ). He left the place all at once and retired in the deepest solitude., in one of the caves in the banks of the sacred river [ Narmada नर्मदा ] with a life-long resolution, never to entertain any Shishya and never to be the Guru of any shishya.
Mankind is usually selfish. Where there is just ordinary merry-making while going crowd saints , men are as loud as hawkers. where something substantial is to be gained as from true saints and true Gurus , they do not want competitors and sharers . Spiritual jealousy religious passion of monopolisation , preclusion of all others desirous of approaching a true Saint or a Guru, and even the displeasure at the idea of one's own Guru getting more and more popular , are all at least imaginable things for the modern man , with no knowledge an depth about the unknown waters of the Guru - Shishya , or deity - devotee love relationship. The greatest of the world's folly is seen , when it judges a saint's true worth by uncontrollable rush of visitors and heaps of garlands. Be on the safe side. Surely over crowded saint is a high saint, but don't reject the saintliness that you see in some obscure saint, simply because there is no astounding paraphernalia around him. Your decision about a jewel should not be based on the jewel box.
Every saint is by himself a spiritual lake and the healthiness or unhealthiness of the waters depends on the all told cumulative degree of purity or impurity of its residents and users ; the saint himself remains an uncontaminable Lotus Leaf. Deity's , Saint's or Guru's Grace is like an overflow in a canal with slopes on both sides , over which dry stones are lying for years, with Love and Service to God , Guru and Saint. Greater the volume of Grace , the greater the height of the deluged slope, stones lying whereon get wetted and transformed. Nearer to the bottom a stone on the slope is, the quicker the chance for the stone to be transformed. A still higher relationship is there , when the Shishya surrenders himself to the Guru , remaining in the constant contact , when the Guru is so much moved with the love and service of the Shishya , he actually sits down with the chisel and a hammer, to caret his own image on the individuality of his Shishya . Rarest cases.
We have practically finished with the training of mind and we broach the subject of still higher nature - the nature of man.
All best things said and done , man is the production and development of elements that have their limits, exhaustions, reactions and situations of helplessness. man is surely Divine , but never forget, only potentially. Man shows climaxes of virtues temptation-proofness, but there is a limit. On degeneration determined forces getting stronger, the imitation gold begins to show. An artificial effort , a substantial watchful untiring force has been always required to maintain the highest level.
Man may attain superman-ship, but infallibility ? I doubt. Man is not made up of such elements as know no deterioration and no decay. Today he is in pit of ignorance. Tomorrow he raises himself to the highest point of Divine Knowledge. If an effort is required to rise, an effort is also required not to fall.There is no absolute risenness with an absolute infallibility. There is however a stage , just like that of a dry coconut, entirely separated from its outer shell and touching the shall at no point- a perfect whole without a crack or speck. That stage is possible for fewest blessed, but don't confuse matters . At that stage , a man is neither a man nor even a superman , but a Jivan -Mukta जीवनमुक्त . The man is then no man, not even a superman.He is purely , then disentangled soul, with absolutely no connection and not eve the earthly consciousness of his body , mind, heart, head or soul. Till that stage of a complete transformation is there , the fallibility is there.
And here comes the importance of Mai-ism.It says ," It is alright , you may goon with the hardest struggles to train your mind as described before , but that is all laborious. surely do it. You have to do it, but your task will be facilitated to an unimaginably great extent, if from the very start you undertake it, with Guru's Grace and Guidance and with Mother's Mercy, at your beck and call.The progress rate will be still greater, if you also develop your loving nature, loving Guru , God and God's children.
It is hidden great truth, which Mai-ism relies upon and emboldens it to regard vice and virtue, self control etc. to be secondary and even dispensable, if the Love is developed to a wonderful strength and in the right direction.
Few people understand why in Mai-ism , Love is so much valued and why the first requirement is " Love all ".
All goodness, happiness and peace of mind results from Love - Love of all different selves in and with Mother and one's own self. It is Love that develops a particular admirable emotion , character and behaviour. Love helps, give, prays, feels grateful, appreciates and returns, give and shares. Love results in trust, faith, cheerfulness, contentment, forbearance . magnanimity, mercy, forgiveness, confidence, honesty , dignity, charity etc.
Love is liking, being attracted to, feeling pleasure in, being ready to sacrifice for, , wishing to be nearer to , burning withe desire of embracing and being embraced by, absorbing and being absorbed in, pulling and being pulled in by intense living. Love has its symptoms : Mahatva महत्व , Mamatva ममत्व , Sankocha-Rahitva संकोचरहित्व , Sevaa सेवा , Samaagama समागम and Samarpana समर्पण [ Overvaluing, felling of myness, non-difference feeling, service, desire of constant contact and self-surrender ].
Love is levelisation. Love is the root of all virtues and the sacrificing struggle for realisation of unity. Love has its own limitlessness, mysteriousness and miraculousness. Love is strength , fearlessness and regenerativeness. Love is humility, patience , forbearance and endurance. Love is the power of fulfilling and conquering. Love is the power of expansion and transformation . Sublimation of love secures Salvation.
If there are two words which the Founder recommends the most , they are Karunaa करूणा [ mercifulness, pity, forgivefulness and forbearance ] and Akartritvam अकर्तुत्वम [ the belief : I am not the doer, I am nothing myself, much less the actor ].
Regarding Karunaa, the Founder's daily prayer to Mother is ," I have grown up to be what I am , by the mercifulness of the world and one and all helped me.It is purely only out of Thy Majestic Mercifulness, that I have got Thee as my Mother.Let it therefore be , by Thy Grace, that even though my act of any mercifulness involves me in any distress or misery right unto death, my mercifulness does not waver a whit. "
Pray to Mother Mai." I do not want riches, nor pleasures, nor do I ask from Thee, the boon of being exempted from all miseries of so many lives to come. What I want is that the afflictions and the torments of the worldly people be reduced , on their talking to Thy speediest path of Love, Service, Devotion and Surrender." Say to Mother,"Let me only devoted to Thee, resorting to Thee, and enjoying the happiness of serving Thee and Thy children."
While Karunaa करूणा and Akartutvam अकर्तुत्वम् are being recommended to the spiritual aspirant, there are points of rebellious disobedience and intellectual dissent. " What an impracticable advice! " In the first place don't associate with bad men. If you are conscious of your vow not to be merciless, your natural instinct places a barrier on your association with bad people. You form your circle of the most virtuous friends. Second thing, although there is rottenness all around us and although we surely stand the chance of being sufferers still on minutest observation , it will be seen that there is something within the heart of worst men and some another thing within the heart of the most innocent and virtuous man which both go to help the virtuous defenseless. Have you not found in ordinary life how many man desiring to hurt you gets unnerved and confused because you don't give him any cause whatever to pick up a quarrel ? He may yet start quarreling, but it requires him to invoke stronger brutality. Have you ever observed that a certain atmosphere established by you of a certain courteousness by yourself respecting others and showing kindness, make any one who is intent upon polluting that atmosphere , most uneasy ? That invisible Divine influence is much deeper than usually thought . There is a Divine protection for the virtuous and innocent. Although it is not that the protection is full and ever , that there is pretty strong protection is fact of certainty observed and experienced.
I have been merciful to Thy children, as far as I can ; be therefore also, Thou merciful " is the Mai-istic attitude.
A devotional bird pair on a tree, was under calamity, above and below. A hawk above and a hunter below with his arrow aimed. How can Mother save ? a serpent came out from a hole near the hunter and gave the sting. The hunter died and the discharged arrow killed the hawk. Mother's ways of protection are unknown to us. People must have eyes and brains. Such wonderful experiences are met with, even in daily life.
Self-surrender of the distressed is a case of Artaprapatti अार्तप्रपत्ती . Against this no hypocrite of Nishkama Bhakti निष्काम भक्ती ( devotion without desire ) should take objection, unless he is really a theoretical Pandit पण्डीत ( scholar ) . Mai-ism admits and accepts Sakama Bhakti सकाम भक्ती ( Devotion with desire ) , or better still, it concedes and changes the definition of ' Necessities ' and ' desires ' .The Bhakti is Sakama ( with desire ) or Nishkama ( without desire ) , not by the point blank fact of making or not making a demand. The demand may be for a necessity or a desire. A necessity is something which you can not pull on without, and which not only you but all around you, would call a reasonable necessity. Under Mai-ism the demand for necessity is not Sakama सकाम. It is only variety of Artaprapatti.
There are two other issues which decide the nature to be the one or the other. According as you remain agitated or unagitated , always occupied or least occupied with anxiety about the thing demanded an according as how you take the consequences in case the demand is not fulfilled, your Bhakti is Sakama or Nishkama.
Everything depends , on what you make your God to be to you, and your relationships with your God and your stage. If God is Mother to you , then, there is no meaning in the belief of pleasing Her , with a loveless sycophant's servile recitation of Her virtues and glories in an intellectual ornamental manner. None acts that way with one's own Mother .There is every right for a child to demand enough food to satisfy hunger and to be protected against actual calamities and to demand and enforce Her not leaving you during your illness and hardest calamities. To be running to Her and weeping out all ebullitions of one's grief in Her lap; to be making every confession of one's folly and misdeed with every confidence or fearlessness; to be seeking protection and to be praying to be accepted , however wicked : - this is every child's claim on Mother. Your rights and claims on your Mother are proportionate to and based on your love, service , devotion and surrender to Her as your Mother.
Thus in a word , it is not for you to weigh justice, while you live the life of mercifulness to one and all. You have surely to suffer in some cases, but you have all along the protection of the Divine Mother and the neutral world. Take now the other view. Even as it is , for a man of a spiritual aptitude , how poor is his brutal strength to hold his own against the wicked world ? Why not then make a virtue and a claim of what people call a weakness ?
Regarding Akartritvam अकर्तुत्वम [ non-doership], ( KARTRITVA-BHAAVANAA-VIHINATVAM कतृत्व-भावना-विहीनत्वम ) , the irreligious man jumps and pounces and argues : " In that case we are not responsible for all wrong, bad and sinful acts that we do ".
If you want to be really great , create the intermediate mentality : " All my good actions are by Mother, all my bad actions are mine ". There are three mentalities for the spiritual aspirant in this connection. First," I am responsible for the good and bad actions ", Second, " Whatever defective things are done , are done by me, whatever good is done by me is due to promptings of Mother ". Third , " Whatever I do good or bad , that I do as prompted by Mother ". If one has arrived at the third stage , by actual wading through the experiences , by the time he reaches that stage , all evil tendencies and passions have subsided or even vanished ."
If you have honestly reached that stage ,' When you believe that every thing is done by you on prompting from Mother, you soon get suspicious , about your wrong thoughts desires and actions as Mother can not be prompting you to do evil things . Evil suggestions and decisions can not be but yours.Suppose you have begun developing the idea that you are merely the instrument and that therefore you have left off all your censorship of your thoughts and actions. Further suppose by the remotest chance that some undesirable actions pass through your hands; in that particular case, if you are true to your belief , you have no right to question " Why ", when you have to suffer. If your that action is of Her own will , your suffering also of Her will.
Akartritvam ( non-doership ) should not mean hand-folded sittingness, irresponsibility for bad actions or injustice crying about punishment for the same. And that is so because in fact, in the womb what appears to us as a complete non-doership, there has been always invisible sub-consciousness of doership.
In religious true understanding , there are so many seeming confusions and contradictions , which are removable only by the Unseen hand , that works wonders with an extremely delicate working , which laughs at the human limitations of cause and effect, logic and reason , experiment and conclusion , proof and judgement.
The whole indefiniteness of our religious thinking arises as under : 1] Opposites often lie interpenetrating 2] All our judgement are relative 3] The full data are never before us. 4] We always think with preconceived mind. 5] We are pulled away to one extremity or another. 6] So many truths can never be realised without actual experience etc.
Each teaching has its own relative value, for a particular mentality at a particular stage and at a particular moment. A layman finds contradictions because whereas all the teachings are huddled up in a book or a talk a few hours , his mind can not transform itself to see the consequential order between the seemingly contradictory things . whenever you have religious difficulties, the best thing is to try to solve them yourself. Mostly you will succeed in finding the true solution. If you don't then place your difficulty before your Guru maintaining every decorum and delicacy with your humility approach and respectful loving attitude. When God's Grace opens up your eyes , Guru's one word becomes more than sufficient with illumination.
Hence , Mai-ism insists God and Guru both, neither God alone , nor Guru alone. It is the spiritual Chaitanya that alone works . The spirit flows from God to Guru and from Guru to Shishya.
Teaching varies not only from one teacher to another, but from the same teacher to one man or another, not only that, but from the same teacher to the same man , according he is at one stage or another after some progress. The underlying truth is the aspirant is gradually led from on stage to another.
Instead of spending our life in a foolish impulsive way it is desirable to follow the Guru's teachings of "Be doing righteous actions " and of " Don't leave your duties ". We should not forget that we can not remain silent or action less even if we so determined.
But when we see the fruit which we believe to be the result of our action is adverse , we get despondent, sorrowful and dis-spirited.Here the Guru holds us up by giving us a second teaching . He says," You can't keep up your working vigourousness without the idea of fruit., and there is no certainty that every good action if yours will be unfailing crowned with a good result.The best mid-way therefore , is that you continue to have the consciousness of the fruit, but you dedicate away that fruit to God. " Doing once duties leaving the fruit as dedicated to God is a satisfactory and countable stage.
But the aspirant can not all the time remain satisfied , with a stop there. He gradually entertains a desire to pass from the realm of action into that of inaction.He gradually practices the renouncing the idea not only of the fruit but also the ownership and authorship and thereafter the memory of action. Gradually he begins feeling," I can do nothing ". And finally believing " I am nothing ". He has to remain yoked to action, even while advancing in stages till actions leave him. The religious alchemy is " dis-interested and God dedicated action " Be doing action ,yet don't permit its actionness to degenerate you, that requirement is secured through God-dedication."
On the soul reaching the higher stage, it is yet kept linked up with action. Then nothing can be so agreeable as taking up the work of public religious welfare . Finally a time comes , when the highly advanced soul's devotion and desirelessness and the consciousness of nothingness becomes so very overpowering, that it is impossible for him to do any miscellaneous inferior duties. It is only when that stage is reached that the teaching about ' Remain absorbed in Me " becomes applicable.
This is only a rambling specimen of various kinds of weavings that can be made out of religious highest truths.
Man with all his boasts of Science with microscopes etc. has yet remained blind and his blindness is endless. Till now, man has not been able to bring peace , happiness or goodness. Evil has not been eradicated. Founder says," Take therefore the cash and let the credit go." Live your life as straight as you can, conquer your mind . You have to practice theses principles of Love and Surrender with Service and Devotion spread around you with a universal outlook.
Regarding Akartritvam , let your prayer be : I know neither virtue nor vice , nor I can withstand the falling into the clutches of the latter. My only consolation is that I have burnt out all my egoism of being the actor and developed my faith in believing ," I am doing what thou drivest me to do."
On 2 - 7 - 1943 , in Hubli the lady whom the Founder had accompanied to Ramanashram, was discussing the subtle-most subject of Sakama Bhakti. Said the Founder," not only begging is bad , but the very offering of the demand prayer , in the first place means, you are discrediting Mother with not being able to know what is passing in your mind.Further, if you are a devotee yourself , you are discrediting Mother with a bankruptcy of Mercifulness. When we are praying with a demand we exhibit our ignorance , distrust and funkiness from self-surrender. When we are meditating, we are pulling the Formless and Attributes Mother , to be having form and attribute. When we are reciting hymns , we are trying to limit and deform the indescribable Mother.When we say, we are going to Mother, we are denying Her omnipresence. A true devotee of a Divine Knowledge is only in a whirlpool, what to consider ' as ought to be done '.
" I only pray to Mother in that stage of helplessness, thus : " Take my mind to be Thy weakest child. Let my body be Thy temple , consider my any words to be Thy prayers , consider my walking moment to be the holy Pradakshinaa प्रदक्षिणा circumscribing around Thee. Consider my any enjoyment to be an offering to Thee. "
" Sharanaagati " शरणागती ( Surrender ) and Mother's Karunaa करूणा ( Mercifulness showering ) are one - exactly balanced. One thing is the other side of the other. MAI SHARANAAAGATI KARUNAA EKA माई शरणागती करूणा एक Self-surrender is the bedrock of Mother's religion. Self-surrender means " Thy Will, and my joy in seeing that Thy Will is fulfilled". Outwardly it is below all merit, but inwardly , the most efficacious remedy. As a matter of fact self surrender is an independent royal way as good as Karma, Gyana, Bhakti or Yoga.
It is interesting to see the alliedness of Self-surrender and Adwaitism. Popular adwaitism means a belief of unreality, non-existence.Mai-istic positive of Sharanagati is not a disbelief of the Existence or a Delusion, but the training of the mind to remain uninfluenced , as if nothing existed independent of Mother's Will.
Nothing can' be neglected . They form the basis for the realisation of 'Everything'. Let therefore the Impersonal God be thought of after you have attained Personal God.Let Adwaitism be pursued after the attainment of perfection achievable through Dwaitism.
As I grew up in years , I realised my folly raising cries in wilderness and pouring nectar over barren lands. I feel like a scientific musician, singing behind a drop scene , unseen,and unseeing , who after exhaustion on doing his best, has found there is not a single soul as the listener or the audience. The songster is not be blamed because when he passed in through the theater compound, he had seen vast crowds. The songster laughs at his own delusion of mistaking the pin-drop silence ( a result of absence of listeners ) for supreme appreciation by a large audience. Anyway the songster is none the less happy. mother has heard him and accidentally all the songs were psalms to Her. He has served Mother and that is the fullest recompense any pigmy man can aspire to.
Mother ! I find no place for me to lay my head in peace. " In my Mother's lap " was the first lecture given on the opening of the MOTHER'S LODGE. Service, surrender, with love and devotion, to the one finalmost Thee, Thy pets and Thy children of humanity, is the only remedy. I have no craving for that infatuating word "Religion" with so many prejudices attached thereto. Let the world talk of Mai-ism as a remedy and not as a religion.
Not a single day has passed, when I have not asked myself, " For whom have I been writing ? " and I have no answer.I have been only serving my most beloved Mother, to give a joy of mother enamoured idiotic child.
My mania is over. I might have hurt many. I assure all those hurt, that I have no personal ill-will, either to moderners or to bigoted to followers of Adwaitism or of followers of different saints or with those infatuated with the ways of western living or scientists , atheists or the holiest but narrow-minded orthodox people. I myself am the scion of a most orthodox Brahmin family, but I am a conglomerate of scattered bits of all varieties. In my college days, being fond of inverting things , I interpreted ," Mukam Karoti Vaachaalam " मुकं करोती वाचालम् reversely and prayed to Mother," Oh Mother I want that Grace which will make me mute of chatter-box ".
My last words for my sister and brothers : So long as you have the worshipful reverence for your saints, devotees and Gurus it does not matter,if you have none for images , scriptures, temples, pilgrimage places and none for your traditions , costumes and defined ways of living ; so long as your hearts , even though temporarily and only when overpowered with misery, turned towards Saints and Devotees, so long as you have a feeling of having been blessed on prostration to living Gurus , Saints and Devotees, all the spiritual victories and finally to be won for you.
You can be happy provided you have decided to make others happy.There is no other way.Spirit is more powerful than matter. There is some inexplicable working which is making a man full of love and devotion and service , least liable , not only to disturbances from the world , but to diseases, physical irregularities and various indispositions. So to say, on leading that sort of life , you become unapproachable to evils and unassailable by rude attacks of injurious men, hard situations an disagreeable circumstances. Something generates in you which gives you an invincible power , not only intellectual, moral, religious but the very physical power of the body itself. You don't contract disease ; an dis you do, you recover much sooner. You have the fewest enemies; you have the smallest perplexities of life. Believe that your happiness and misery solely depend you. And what is your equipment for highest happiness and minimum of misery ? Your virtuous life , non-attachment and celibacy on the one hand , and your devotion and surrender to God on the other , with love and service.
Superior devotees , during their hours of communion with God get a promise-ful boon from their believed Deity.It is that a particular mode of approach and worship and a particular compilation of praiseful expression will move a particular manifestation of God to the maximum.The modern man asks ," Why that preferential treatment ? ". For instance ," Why Markand Mai ? and why not G -Mai ? "was once an unnerving question. What answer can the Founder give ? Founder silenced the questioner, on owing defeat ," Yes, She is G -Mai ". Few days passed. G would repeat Jay Mai and not Jay Markand Mai. Once he had high fever. Having failed to get any relief , he began repeating Jay Mai; absolutely no relief ; he saw a faint figure of Mother who said," My son's name is much dearer to me than my own name ". The man repeated the whole Mantra " JAY MAI JAY MARKAND MAI "; he had normality within a wonderfully short time. This is the experience known to the Founder in the year before 1935. The man wrote a letter about his illumination and sorrow for his past impudence.
To return to our subject: a particular set up of a particular worship method, or a prayer or a Mantra or a Sadhana, in every smallest detail has the unique advantage of innumerable multiplications , from age to age and man to man. The verbatim and literatim sameness , is the greatest point.There is a certain sacredness and superbness and pureness ; there remains no room for the smallest doubt or discussion about the purity and intactness. A particularly worded and a particularly detailed prayer or a worship, as once for all settled between a devotee and a particular Deity, invokes the attention of Deity.It puts the Deity in sweetest memory of the Deity's relationship with a certain devotee. There is earth and sky difference between being addressed as " You , so and so " and " You, Mother of So and So " . The Deity makes the good the first promise given; the deity stirred up to grant the most immediate fulfilment of the desires of prayer-offerers and name-repeaters.
Universal Divine Mother has made a Nimitta , a namesake instrument of Mai-Markand to declare MAI-ISM. Mai Markand is 300 % aware of his incapacity and so he tells Mother, " Which devil is going to hear to me ? The only possible way is that you should be showering Mercy and Grace on who-so-ever approaches you through " Mother's Message ", " Mai Sahasranama " or " Mai-ism ".
Followers of Mai-ism should form their preliminary ideas first from " Mother's Message " and should thereafter go through the present book. If you have been attached to your Guru and Mother, you may undertake the repetition of " Mai-Markand - Ardha-Sahasranama ". It is the finest essence of five hundred names of the Sahasranama , as dictated in 1949 by Mother during communion , for advanced disciples who have established long-durated Guru-Shishya relationship.
For worldly man and woman, I recommend nothing so emphatically as Service and Surrender. Serve your parents, serve your Guru , serve your god,, serve your wife , children , friends , relations , serve your neighbours , serve all.No technique is required therein. Mother Herself will lift you up. Mother has promised. And that is Mai-ism.
Once a Master was training his disciple in Sharanagati; the Shishya had great aptitude. After twelve years , it once happened that the Guru was out, and on prayer, the Divine Tripura Sundari appeared before the Shishya . Said She," I am pleased with your devotion, ask any boon. I would grant you even the final emancipation on your passing away". The disciple wanted not to be any the least immature disciple of his master; he wished for the glorification of the master on having trained up a worthy disciple. With this mental working, the disciple in all humility said," Oh Merciful Mother, it is majestically Merciful of Thee to grant me salvation. But I would rather prefer hell, if by my suffering, others can be saved.". Mother blessed him with highest happiness and disappeared. On Master's arrival, the disciple joyfully narrated the event. Said the Master, striking his hand against the forehead, " My twelve years labour over you has been wasted. Who are you to say 'give me hell' to save others ? You have not yet fully understood me and my Sharanagati. My son, say, " Thy Will be done ".
A queen looked at her rear lane thrice alone in her life-time. At her second look she was pleased and surprised , that a girl of twelve doing the scavenging work years before had been woman of thirty, with two children by her side. The queen felt doubtful., if this woman was the same girl , that she had seen eighteen years before. She was pleased to ask and her inference was confirmed. She told her," You became from a small girl to be a woman with children. You have been so patiently sweeping my court-yard for past eighteen years , but not a single day you have asked even the smaller thing from me ". The poor woman kept her hands folded and said,"Mother, Your Grace and glance is more than enough for me." The queen was moved ; she said," You shall have no more to do this menial work. I am ordering my men to send you enough money that will enable you to live with a number of servants."
The queen managed a large sum of money to be sent over. Years passed. One evening, the queen heard some noise in the back-yard. Two sturdy young men were catching an old woman and helping her to move to be below the point of the royal terrace. The queen was disturbed. She inquired what the matter was. With humblest respects the two men said, it was their mother," She is almost on the point of dying and her last desire has been that she should be brought over here and we have brought her.". The queen exclaimed," What, is it not my Sharana ? " Said the two sons of old woman," Yes Mother, that is your Grace-recipient Sharana. She was working here only the last Friday. She continued serving here , although she had so many servants and we , her sons promised to do the work. But she won't let us. Now we pray that Your Majesty advises and order her to lie peacefully permitting us to work here". The old woman with her tottering hands closed the mouth of her son. She could not bear the words which would mean swerving from her self-surrender. She looked up at the queen with folded hands.Tears fell from the eyes of the queen. They fell over her face. The queen passed immediate orders to her personal doctor to visit her Sharana and do all the needful to cure her. She breathlessly waited for information about Sharana getting safe. The news bearer gave the news, " On reaching home, from your Majesty, the old woman immediately expired".
This is self-surrender, Mai-ism relies upon and preaches.
Dear reader, THAT IS MAI-ISM . GOD AS MOTHER, MOTHER OF ALL, LOVE , SERVICE, DEVOTION AND UNCONDITIONAL CHEERFUL SELF-SURRENDER.
The Founder while closing this book, sheds tears , the final ones to be known by the blessed readers of this sacred book. " Mother, I have danced enough at Thy bidding. take me back now to the goal desired by thee for Thy wicked son."
"With Thy eyes, My eyes United , Do Keep Perpetually' Remember, Don't fail, Repeating Mother, mother's make me die in Thee! Oh ! Ye !!
MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
If Love is Mother and Mother is Love , I am Mother's and Mother is mine. Mother bless the readers. Bless Thy followers. Bless Thy surrender seeking. Be Thou pleased with anyone that repeats Thy Sacred Name. On Thyself being propitiated and pleased , let the little universe of every devotee of Thine be most pleased, satisfied, comfortable and happy.
Let it be Thy Grace that the rulers led the ruled into the righteous path. Let good befall to the lot of all. Let the Universe be happy with rains, crops, contentment and prosperity.
Make Thy devotees live in peace and bliss without fear. Make all beings to relish pleasure in attending to their duties and on attaining duties and on attaining their spiritual welfare.
Make the wicked virtuous, make the virtuous successful in attaining their peace of mind. Make tranquilized souls free from bondages. Inspire and help the freed to be taking up as their life mission, the work of helping, loving and serving others to free themselves through Thy Mercy and Guru's Grace.
May all be freed from dangers. May all understand and attain good. May all be living nobly. May all be rejoicing in the Universal spiritual good of all.
Mother! Make all happy, free from all worries and diseases and all calamities. Make each and all of us enabled to enjoy the Best , what is Divine,Sublime and Good.
Jay Mai Jay Markand Mai,
Jay Markand Rup Mai
Jay Markand Rup Markand Mai
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK : MAI-ISM
AUTHOR : MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
ABRIDGED EDITION BY : U.G. MENON
MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ WEST MUMBAI 400054 INDIA
MAI CHITTASHUDDHI SAADHADNAA
JAY MAI JAY MAI JAY MAI
Till 1940, Mother had preserved me from the poisonous contact with the world. How can I convey to you my feelings of wonderfulness and gratefulness to Mother, for having kept me enwrapped up in the end of Her garment just touching Her heart ? To protect me against the bitter blasts of the cold and heat of the worldly winds.
Will you believe I am shedding tears when I am writing now ?At any rate you can not have the mental state which I am passing through.They are tears of my ungratefulness and joy on eye-opening.I wished my eyes were never opened at all to the trickiness and wickedness of the world.What I have ultimately gained by losing my ' child-like state ' ? I bless the age when anyone can cheat me and triumph over me , when I can be nothing like a hard nut to any one of the world to be dealt with any way and even swallowed up. Why ? My heart chokes to speak out : Why ? My Mother in that stage of helplessness never left me away. I had my arms round Her neck and yet as if I was likely to slip, Mother was impatiently pressing me and holding with Her strong hands on my back. The moments when my small little whole self was not stuck up and riveted with Her portion between neck and the waist, were few. As I grew up and became too heavy, I was taught moving ; but yet such moments were only few and counted as when Her eyes were not at all the while after me and at my back when I annoyingly said first to myself and, then to Mother, " I am no longer a baby, no longer a child , I am a boy can't you see ? I can take care of myself. I can think out my problem myself. I can make my own way ahead. I know how to make my progress; why should you be entanglement in my way, following me where ever I go ? "
On a fine evening, full of ecstasy, why a motor was carrying the Founder, most cautiously along the fringe of a deep valley, at the dusk,with a fragment of fear as the night was approaching, the Founder was making an oblation of his tears to his dearest Mother in the valley, with these words : " गोद बिठा जब, मूल न जाना , जाना , तब नही गोद बठाना , माई कुपुत निभाना - छोड चरण कहा जाना "
" When I was being made to sit in the lap of Thee, Oh, my Mother, I had no knowledge and idea of my blessedness. When , now, when I have an idea and craving, I am now not permitted by Thee to sit in Thy lap ". " Mother Thy ways are mysteriously unfathomable. Let Thy will be done. I only prostate to thee and pray " . " Somehow because of Thy own majestic Mercifulness, tolerate Thy wicked son ".
" As unto this wide world, I went forth. There gained ample worldly wisdom Lost sweet innocence , and Thy Kingdom . And my place on Thy lap, as a wicked son. Oh Accept me as I am, Blessed one " Jay Mai Jay Mai Jay Mai.
Today hundreds sing these lines, translated by late Bro. A.S. Mundkur with other Founder's psalms. Let the tears shed in that valley carry their fruits all over the world. I do see, though most faintly, Mother's motive. She is passing me through boisterous boyhood and mischief-ful manhood, to make me more and more beloved and better and better innocent and Mother-absorbed baby. The repeated and alternate process of dipping an impure gold tablet in corrosive chemicals and velvet pieces, till it becomes full twenty-four carats gold.
It is at the end of your travel and travail, that you know how very gracious Mother had been to you, while you were cross with Her for keeping you simple enough to be cheated by the world. At the end alone you realise, that was to make you pass successfully through and turn you to be proof to any and every calamitous situation that can possible arise. To carry you to the stage where you can challenge the world saying ," So long as I have Mother's Mercy and Guru's Grace with me , come what the world can crush me with. "
Well then, equip yourself with Mother's Mercy and Guru's Grace both, through Love Service Devotion and Unconditional Cheerful Self Surrender , and begin fighting your enemy, one after another and make your headway towards the Kingdom and Capital of Mai. Is that difficult ? No. Is that easy ? No. It is difficult or easy as Mother wishes that thing to be for you. Mother reveals Herself to such beloved ones of Hers as have their eyes opened by Her with the celestial ointment of Divine Knowledge , on their fixing their minds on the lotus Feet of Mother.
Proceed slowly, but steadily, most cool-mindedly. It is no a day's work. The greatest advantage with its uniqueness is that every step you gain is a permanent achievement. Start from the very alpha , even if you are at the age of sixty. Go rung by rung over the ladder. So that you don't slip. Wait and stop if you are feeling nervous and giddy. Even recede a few steps if need be. Let not your goal be out of your sight any moment of your life. Know it, sooner or later, with your maintenance of happiest relations with God and Guru, the Kingdom is bound to be yours.
A pass-ability even with grace marks , should be acquired in what is expressed as gratefulness, greatness, goodness and givingness, before a man is really fit for the further two stages of godliness and goingness. These are the six G - s of Mai-ism. By giving is meant not the mechanical parting with money as that a poor man can not do , but giving a higher return than an average man.
The man who has passed these four stages has good relations with all round him. People hear fewest complaints and rumors about him. He has no peevishness. He is not put out as soon as there is some opposition. He has the same respect for the others and others' opinions which he expects for himself, he has the same consideration for their conveniences and comforts. If some one is wrong with him, he says," Days will pass and we shall again be friends ". He has trained himself to look at any question, placing himself in the position of the person dealt with. He is able to see things not only as himself, not only as his opponent, but also as all concerned and all unconcerned. He is able to charitably view any situations from all sides and all angles. His greatness of intellect and outlook is not without goodness. His superior intellect does not make him a selfish master over others. He is not the exploiter of the less intellectual or the less experienced. He is not petty minded. He does not identify himself with his wife and children alone. He has the soft corner for every one of the humanity.
He never takes advantage of someone's helplessness. He thinks it is meanness to profit by the helplessness of others. He does not distrust others, unless he has substantial grounds to distrust. He does not see bad motives. He does not believe in inherent badness of others , even when he is actually experiencing it and even suffering. He thinks very likely he is in the wrong, when he is thinking evil about others. He tolerates people hurting him, rather than he be troubling others. He takes every precaution to see that he does not take any good man to be a bad man , does not matter if he has to suffer as a result of his blunder of taking a bad man to be a good man.
Mai-ism draws a sharp distinction between religion and religiosity. Religiosity is the state of being and doing what religion asks you to be and to do. It is the burningness and coolingness of the Sun and moon. take a high standard of understanding and outlook. To you your Rama and Krishna or Shiva may be gods. Your Vedas and Geeta may be God's words and revelation. But what are they to the non-Hindu world ? On the other hand, you live the life of duty like Shri Rama, live the life of non-attachment in the midst of all the temptations like Shri Krishna , live the life of complete renunciation like Shri Shiva . Even if you are living in midst of people whose very language you don't know your language , you will see in their eyes a love and reverence for you and a desire to intimate you. Religion without religiosity is a corpse. Your living should preach your religion and not your scriptures and loud lectures. Preachers must be witnesses and living models and neither lawyers nor professors.
Mai-ism is extremely practical. Its long and perhaps even tedious instruction should not cause any disappointment. Once Mother's Mercy and Guru's Grace are secured and retained, Mai-ism tells you, most assuredly, you are sure to pass. How many years you are required to be under the coaching is a matter of your capacities and exertions and studiousness.
Once let it be firmly established that a man deaf and a dumb, a man lame and blind, a man with no education and no schooling , can be religious under Mai-ism.Religion is to be seen in the life you live and not in words you speak or right or in some particular external ritualistic actions or observances that people call as religious.
Well then, first prostate to your God and Guru. First have the meditation of your deity and Guru whoever it be and invite blessings. Don't create a bad feeling around you, but make out a list of divine, demoniacal and intermediary persons, as you move amongst your relations , friends , acquaintances and strangers in the world. Just as you don't go to plague-stricken areas especially during delicate hours of night , so also make it a point to have as little to do with unsuited people as possible.With all persons except them that you select out as divine , let your relations be formal, happy, smooth, jolly, harmless or obliging as you meet a co-passenger in a train.
Those select persons are your kith and kins on the spiritual plane. You shall have to meet them so often and have dealings with them. Even though in the worldly relations you may be quite remote , you will be brought together at some Guru's , God's or Saint's place , or sometimes through correspondence etc.
So, the Founder introduces you to your God, Guru, Geeta and your gallants and gloves ( your real kith and kins ) and the globe.The life you live on your own restricted globe with your gallants and gloves, is your spiritual or religious life.
Let us then have some idea as to how a religious man and an irreligious man live, or seen to live, how are the temperaments of both formed. As a matter of fact, this should be the first natural question of any spiritual aspirant who wants to make a spiritual progress. This world is so much of full contradictions and hypocrisies, that is hard to distinguish one type from another.
The man, by nature, with no spiritual culture, is crafty, busy with laying snares for others, deceiving them and having his self and self serving as the be-all and end-all. The religious man is simple-hearted. He evades all approach to and by evil, and in whatever he does , he first thinks whether his actions will be pleasing or dis-pleasing to God and his conscience . In matter of worldly gains , he keeps own self always in the background.
The man by nature, never likes to be troubled or to be checkmated in his liberties to go his own way; he does not like to be defeated or subjugated to any control or to be obediently serving any other being. Any yet wants mastery overall others around him.The religious man considers every trouble in the pursuance of his religious course to be a definite gain which makes him more hardy. He does not dis-like to be under a restraint and feels pleasure in serving others . He loves to be disciplined and humble.
The ordinary man has his eye always on whatever benefits him the most; whereas the religious man has a consideration about the maximum benefit to many and all.The common man runs after the fame where as the religious man does not crave for name and fame.The usual man is trying to cover his faults and to look much higher than what he naturally is. The religious man feels no shame in being known as he is, and feels at times relieved on making his confessions with compensations to the aggrieved. The usual man loves ease, comfort and pleasure, wishes all his desires to be immediately fulfilled and looses his balance as soon as anything contrary to his wishes takes place. The religious man weighs all things in the scale pans of eternity and is, all the while cool and quiet, being sure that he is depositing his merits in a never-failing Bank. The ordinary man is always for secrets , privacy, exclusiveness and for getting. The religious man keeps all his cards open, feels oneness with so many and gets pleasure on giving and sharing his joys with others.
The common man is , all the while, looking to his body and sense and their pleasure. The religious man has his concern with soul and improvement of his mind and character. The worldly man wants to do nothing without a multiplied return. The religious man is just the reverse of the nature. He does not go under the obligation of others and consider services rendered to others as his duty to his fellowmen or to the children of his God, or to the very same soul of his in other bodies.
The religious man has a greater sympathy towards virtue,innocence and Godliness; the other man towards pleasure , intellect and power. The one loves justice and truth, the other loves conquest and holding his own. The usual man is always complaining of his wants and dis-comforts and is always dis-contented. The religious man cheerfully and contentedly, with hopefulness in better days to come, and with renunciation to the will of God , passes his life unagitatingly and smoothly.
The common man needs news and thrills day-to-day. The religious man loves constancy . The usual man turns everything he can lay hands upon to his own advantage , disputes and quarrels.The other man tries ti bring about a reconciliation, accepts defeat or retires. The common man revolts against Divine Will and Wisdom. The other man obeys and submits thereto.
The above is rambling description. They alone are truly religious under Mai-ism who do or do not live as both ways narrated. Just find out your place , in view of each and every line written here.
As we go on advancing, we have to come to certain thumb-rules and formulae. It is not possible for a man to be every time fundamentally thinking every case that offers itself for forming a decision. In so many cases he has no time to think. At the same time man can't go on experimenting all his life and inviting failures with deplorable waste of time. He therefore, once for all, decides, that in such and such case , he would immediately act in a particular manner. It is in this that makes a man to have certain beliefs and principles based on his own experience and study of things around him, to save his time, mental labor and trouble. Let a particular situation arise, he acts in a particular manner automatically, without weighing all pros and cons . There arise a need for ready-made prescriptions , when the demand for decisions becomes pressing.
To recapitulate , for instance, in case of Mai-ists, their first formula is Love, Service, Devotion and Self-Surrender ; and the next one referring to their progress , that of gratefulness, greatness, goodness, givingness, godliness and goingness. Goingness is the same ting as merging into Mother. After a long period of godliness as its culmination point , comes the goingness. On the usual plane , it means the submergence of all diversities into the One Unity, wiping out all distinctions and differences and going away from the magnetic field of worldliness and having no desire remaining to be fulfilled , or no action remaining to be done.It is ceasing to have a separate existence , or on the highest plane, it means Emancipation or Salvation. Please note under Mai-ism, Emancipation or Salvation does not mean the extinction of the individuality of the Soul, but the perfection of the soul to the highest stage of enjoying universal conscientiousness and existence. Individuality after Individualism is gone. Just like the well-known stage of living after death. Please note the extreme subtle point of belief.Mai-ism does not believe in unreality of the world, except only in a figurative sense , nor in the annihilation of one's soul on salvation. Mergence in Mother is not becoming nothing, but being same as Mother.The drop does not evaporate and lose its existence, but has all the attributes of the Ganges with which it unifies.
While coming to the formulisation so very necessary at the advanced stage, there are many interesting recipes by different religions, different saints and different devotees.
Kabir's simplest formula is " Pray to God and feed the poor ". Saint Tulsidas gave his formula of " Consider another's wealth as dust and another's wife as mother ". Mai-ism says ," Raise mountains of service to others and deluge rivers of love to others and be always watchful about collecting the treasure of merits or assets and creating the least demerits and liabilities. "
The important recipes which a Mai-ist would do better to have before his are these :
(A) Religiosity has as its four foundation basic corners - Satya , Shaucha , Tapas and Dana - truthfulness, purity of thought word and deed , self-mortification and mercifulness. Self mortification has its simplest form in the Mai-istic virtue of Service ; and Mercifulness is only another word for Love.
(B) Manu advises : Ahimsa, Satya, Brahmacharya and Indriya-nigraha. ( Harmlessness, truthfulness, non-stealing, celibacy and sense control )
(C) The more general and less technical and most common things to be constantly dealt with, in case of almost every man, of what have been so very popularly called the six enemies ruling every man internally. These are Kama,Krodha, Lobha, Mata, Moha and Matsar. Kama ( काम ) or the desire is the inner urge which makes us indulge in thoughts and imaginations of certain pleasures , usually denied. Krodha ( क्रोध ) or the anger is the hot and strong feeling against somebody or something who or which comes in the way of our fulfilment of our desires, which displeases us and makes us attack, injure or destroy the disliked circumstances objects or persons. Lobha ( लोभ )or avarice is a passionate desire for possession of things , which we can not possess in usual course , without going out of the righteous and just way of things, which prompts us to be unfair, which disturbs our mind and discontent and makes us dead to the delicate feelings in the matter of consideration for the happiness of others. Mada ( मद ) or pride is extremely exaggerated notion of ourselves, which results in contempt and ill-treatment for , and to, others inferior to us. Moha ( मोह ) or infatuation is the climax condition of a certain desire which makes you lose all your sense of judgement and action, and bodily and mental control. Matsar ( मत्सर) or jealousy is the bitterness of heart experienced on seeing others happier , better off and possessed of certain qualities or advantages more than you, which you desirous of possessing.
(D) The qualifications of the highest importance to them that have actually dedicated their life to the spiritual development are , the six helpers of success : Shama शम , Dama दम , Uparati उपरती , Titiksha तितिक्षा , Shradha श्रध्दा and Samadhana समाधान - Quiescence, Control, Relishlessness, Endurance , Faith and Contentment.
The most important recipes for the common man for daily practice and constant watchfulness are ( A ) to ( C).
Religiosity is not only an intellectual assent to a certain set of beliefs and opinions of the external observance of certain practices , labelled as religious. It is determined effort to live once life in a different way with different ways of thinking and a different definition of progress and a different goal.
Religiosity must be measured in terms of denying ourselves, controlling ourselves in midst of temptations , tribulations and the natural desires to run towards the objects and actions of our sensual desires, and of our being useful to others around as well. Such people as are extremely reluctant to bear any wear and tear, on account of and for any other things, are treated with indifference , antipathy and obstructions , by all around them , especially by the irreligious men. The more irreligious and self-seeking the society around you becomes, the higher is the price to be paid by a truly religious person for being permitted to progress in his different ways. That is the true situation in the newly - developed circumstances. YOU want self-improvement and facilities for a different type of achievement , whereas the world around you wants the maximum benefit from you. Love , service and sacrifice , therefore, come in demand , even though you may not recognise them as final requirement of religiosity, just by way of gagging by the mouths of irreligious obstructions around you, and securing their greatest non-interference and sympathy.In a practical sense, truely religious people are foreigners in the country of worldliness, and can have a smooth running of their life with required facilities, only on rendering solid service and immense sacrifice for the natural residents of a country foreign to them.
First of all, let there be a true picture before your eyes of what true religiosity is. No haziness. No indefiniteness. Follow and catch the truth. See for yourself, what is merely a shadow and what is the substance. That itself is the basic foundation of true religiosity. First , from your full conception , your picture and your wish to be identified with it. Thereafter follow the ways of approaching the picture. The nearer you go you like it and love it; and more and more indifferent and relish-less you become , about all other things around you. The more you love the more you loose yourself. The greater the loosing of yourself, the greater the extinction of all struggles, worries, anxieties and useless activities, resulting in the experience of unprecedentedpeace and happiness.
No haphazardness. No doing something some how , in some manner in some moment. No half-heartedness. No living with one foot on land and another in water, except to the extent you are pulled in , and are unable to hold your own.No wrong notion of attaining true religiosity , which costs you nothing physically, mentally or financially. No exaggerated misbelief of Grace-showers without real deservedness. No dependence on, and expectation of , religious institutes and preachers around you , to keep everything ready for you. No dream of someone exerting for you and your getting the fruits.
Religious irreligiousness is much worse and more dangerous that open irreligiousness.
Hinduism and Hindu saints are welcome to have their own definitions. With them it may be enough that a man is born in the Punyabhumi of Bhatratvarsha and that he is born of sages or a Brahmin family. Mai-ism does not accept that. You must prove your deservedness, no assumption and no exception. If you are big cipher you have no right to be called religious. You have to acquire a certain stage . If you do not have it by natural gift you must acquire it by exerting for it in a regular disciplined manner.
Make a simple chart of these recipes. Cast your eye on any window of Mai-Niwas, and you read the casting 'MAI'. Similarly enter your room and your eyes must fall on a picture of your God, Guru and your chart, which latter you may change as you advance.
Even if you do such a simple thing , as, repeating a prayer, while you go to bed and leave your bed, that will bring a marvelous change , in less than six months. Let the prayer be in your natural language. Repeat this : -
(1) Oh Mother, enable me to live my life with sincerity, purity, austerity and charity.( Stop at each of the four words, to enable you to form a picture of what each word means).
(2) Oh Mother, let me not utter a word of falsehood.Let me not harm anyone.Let me not covet anyone's wealth or possessions.Let me not have any sexual agitation. Let me not drifted away by my body-senses or mind to do anything which does not please Thee.
(3) Oh Mother, emancipate me from the enslavement of these six enemies over me that have taken full possession of my life - wrathfulness, pride, greed, infatuation, envy and desire.
(4) Oh Mother, teach me to be contented with my lot. Let my relishfulness for the pleasure of the world , gradually dry away. Let me have full faith in Thy protection and help; enable me to bear my burden with every endurance.
Not only such a prayer elevating, but whether you feel pleasure and continue your prayers or feel disgusted and stop ( except when you rise higher ), is in itself an indication and a proof where you stand.
Just turn your eyes around you, like a practical man. Have not observed, how much every man is anxious to have a companion in however small an undertaking he enters ? Do we not require some one to remind us in hundreds of matters ? A true wife or husband , a true friend and the true Guru are the most precious possessions in life.
A wise man voluntarily establishes over himself the control fear of someone interested in his welfare , with love for him and greater experiences and capacities. If you have no companion, all your ambitions rise at some unexpected moment and soon have their natural fall, after giving you some temporarily imaginary joyfulness.
Mother has made man perfectly happy, provided he obeys Divine Laws and leads a good life, becomes happier and happier as he goes nearer Mother. Our obedience pleases Mother and She blesses us with greater and greater happiness as reward.In course of time our experience shows us that pleasure does not satisfy us, we get craving more and more and we soon get tired.It makes us soft and weak and often our health also suffers. We come to the conclusion that we can get maximum happiness out of this life , only by doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong.In due course we get a conviction that there is no action as happiness bringing as doing good to others, with Love and Service.
We often find in this world , that due reward and punishment are not dealt out to all persons in this life , where we often find the good suffer and the wicked prosper. The answer to that is , there is a future life , and this life that we live is not simply to end with our death. This life is a serious and responsible thing, not to be trifled with, as our fancies drives us.
We are bound to avoid all bad actions and thoughts.We can not always stop bad thoughts coming to us , but we can at least be displeased with them and try to banish them and refuse to yield to them. Regarding what is good or bad, and right or wrong, in the preliminary stages , it is enough if one obeys inner voice of Mother, which people call ' Conscience '.
Even the highest man have to actually pass through a period of practice.Don't hope getting anything free without exerting hard and going through a regular practice. And even that simple practice has under Mai-ism, an importance of a Sadhana.
Although , by one's own efforts in the routine life by frequent references on his charts as to his doings during the day and going to bed with a prayer, a creditable mastery is attained, which is on a much higher plane than that of an average man , the constant alertness and subtle understanding and its working remains at all times necessary, except for the periods he is merged in devotion.On the higher plane , after there is a mastery over the usual vices and virtues, there is the further possibility of a slip, because of strong temptations and ungovernable passions. The nature of these temptations and passions , at least generally as also in one's own particular case, should be very precisely studied.
It should upset one on being told , that even temptations are Mother sent and for making stronger and better, if you are a staunch devotee and have surrendered yourself in Her charge . Such temptations and even passions have their particular purpose to serve , in the matter of preparing the Mother's favorite to be better and better , stronger and stronger.
Provided you have handed over yourself to Mother , these temptations are also a part of the programme set up by Mother , to mature Her pets.For mother's surrendered She manages temptations . She gives the strength. She gives the failure. She gives the success and pulls Her pets up.There is nothing to be disheartened . Only mind the proviso viz., if you surrender.
It is quite a fallacious idea that if you go the end of worst experiences, you automatically, by a reaction become better. It is a satanic idea and a theory of demand head plunged in badness. I go deeper and deeper in a river , there is absolutely no guarantee of my being not drowned.The fact of facts is , you may not be drowned, only if higher power saves you. The proviso works. Once you have lost your own balance, discrimination, control and upward going force, what is more clear than that some other force alone can save you ? It may be any, your God or Guru, or your merit ( Punyam ) or your invisible better Prarabdha , or Universal Love etc.
You have to exert. You have to awaken your latent powers. You have to pass through ordeals. You have to undertake your Sadhana.
One great point however of Mother's Mercy is the Divine psychic law. Every time you succeed in overcoming a temptation , or in controlling your passion, you get many times much more stronger to withstand the next temptation of many times much greater intensity. That is the way Mother trains you up by making you pass through harder and harder experiences , provided , She has taken you up on Her list of pets and surrendered.
Even man has his powers and what Mother desires of him is that he does not misuse them to the selfishness of himself and detriment of others. He has his usual powers of his body and higher powers of mind. 'Manas - मानस ' thinks or knows. ' Chitta - चित्त ' likes or dislikes.' Buddhi बुध्दी ' discriminates or decides and ' Ahankaar अहंकार ' controls the whole function with his pure or impure and strong or weak idea of his ' I and mine '.
A man's intellect is his power of knowing and thinking. A man's will is his power to deliberately wish or not wish certain things .Thus intellect is Manas मानस and Will means both Chitta चित्त and Buddhi बुध्दी .
Man has to keep a constant watch over how his mind works, how he likes and dislikes and all other emotions work. He has to turn his senses away from existing objects, he has to switch off his intellect and mind from bad things and thoughts to think of something good or better; and the last thing for him is to change his environments - if one can - and to have a physical control over his body and its movements. It should be never forgotten that your checkmating action should be very prompt and the psychic law should be always before your mind , namely, that ones you give way, the vice, or passion or temptation , is sure to invade you on the next occasion with much more multiplied strength.
The best thing is to spend your maximum hours with God , Guru and good persons. the secret of self-improvement is " Contact with people in better society, better environment and better atmosphere ". If you have the Guru - Shishya relationship with a worthy Guru, that problem is mainly solved.
Take as a unit the dealing-region of yourself with your God, guru, wife , life-long friend and so on. Each relationship is a unit.Take further a complex unit of yourself with your father's family, your own family , your relations, your society of friends, your professional brothers, your caste-people, your community people, your locality people, your co-disciples and your co-workers in common cause. There is a great wonderful course, that each unit exerts on an individual. The self-preservation instinct is at work. None wants to be thrown out, abandoned and cast to the winds. A man may not care for being moral and virtuous, or for being a religious, but he wants a fullest sympathy of the society and of the immediately surrounding people around. Just study a few cases, of vast changes in different families coming over to reside in a big cosmopolitan city. Customs , habits, prejudices, manners, purdah-importance , jealousy, outlook-narrowness, husband-superiority, stinginess, quarrelsomeness, callousness, bluntness, ruffian-ism, in the heart within - everything change so wonderfully and in no time. The inner pinch of self-interest and self-preservation and the desire of gaining a higher and higher footing is there at full work.
Let therefore the wisest man be extremely careful about his selection of his simple units and complex units. Man can not live without some association of some human beings. Group formations and group isolation are only manifestations of human nature.
Take a complex unit . After all the additions and subtraction, that particular units has its positive attributes, say one unit has goodness, morality, virtue and religiousness; another unit has badness, immorality, vice and irreligiousness. Each group unit exerts a certain influence over every individual of a group and tries to pull and conquer the same to be nearer and nearer the central attribute. Everyone likes to be in intimate touch with others of the same ways. Everyone feels at home, ridden of all constraints in one's own group alone . Everyone gets extremely uneasy and constrained in a foreign environment , and everyone tries to be more or less like the group to which one belongs. Good individuals placed in bad units , have most helplessly to bad for self-defense . Everyone's most natural desire to go higher and higher in rank in one's society, gives an acceleration. If a man is in a good society he wants to stand high with goodness; if in a bad one with badness. He wants to win a general applause. No force is as massive as mass force. If turned to religion, it may bring back universal religiosity in a few decades. This most wonderfully working force must be before the minds of religious reformers.
'Shanti' and 'Sukha' - tranquility and happiness - everyone wants them. These are spiritual qualities.Man's inner soul revolts, against man being turned into machines. These two attainments are indispensable for the spiritual hunger of man. In spite of all atheism and materialism, man is unable to cease to be divine , in his finalmost reality.Why is it that even the most wicked and worst persons are liked to be called righteous and good , just and kind ? Why ? Why are people so very anxious to cover up all their badness and falsehoods , trickeries and hypocrisies ? Why that nature - inner nature - for being called benevolent, philanthropic and living one's life for world's welfare ? Go to any part of the world , of any language , any civilisation; test either the smallest child , or the most tyrannical tyrant ; there , there , is the proof of the 'Divinity of Man'.
Peace can proceed in two ways only, by the satisfaction of the desires or their annihilation. If by the time your ten desires are fulfilled , twenty new desires fill their place , with yet higher forcefulness, where is the hope ? Unless you turn your steps towards the self-denying path, your demand for peace and happiness is only modestly worded but it is in reality a demand for world's conquest.
'Shanti' or tranquility proceeds from 'Naishkarmya' or 'in-action'; and 'Sukha' or happiness proceeds from 'Tyaga' or relinquishment. First have the rationalistic, unclouded , unambiguous, crystal-clear understanding about god, Guru, Religion and Religiosity.Then begin the Sadhana of harmonising all the different tunes within yourself, by actual practice , be they only of simplest nature and of the smallest type . Let every worldly activity be only as an inevitable exception to your standing orders of 'Maximum observance of Inaction'. You will see the preliminary peacefulness dawning over your Soul, in your mind and heart . after fairly good harmonisation, you will be able to form a conception, an image , or a reflection in your mind.
Get mother's Mercy and Guru's Grace and fire on. Be wisest in selecting your environments , company and associations. Undertake constant watchfulness over your heart and mind, thoughts , emotions and actions. Never be discouraged.Every failure is only a preparation for a future success. Say 'I lose nothing on trying '. Say 'Let me have a satisfaction of failing '. When there is fortunately an atom of success, say,' I have to exert a bit more and let me have at least once a nominal success.' When that smallest success is there , say,'Why should I not be successful in every case , if I have been successful in one at least ' and so on. Say," Why, while so many others have succeeded, I should not succeed in every case" ? With renewed energy and renewed hope , proceed on, till you have attained a fairly high perfection.
There is no technicality about Religion and Religiosity. Every man that is born is entitled to it, and knows about it.
You are dying for wealth, for woman or man and for pleasure. You have become living ghosts, for their sake. You just try for these spiritual possessions , you will similarly get them now and here. As a matter of fact in the real;m of religion, the demand is the least, if not none; and you will get the Lord or mother, for practically no price whatever. Mother is only waiting to be shouted for, or mere called.
Two Divine Truths must be constantly before your mind :
(A) Unlike worldly efforts, nothing done here is without its permanent benefit, in spite of seeming failure; because you are busy with bettering your instruments which are ever with you, to be more efficient , not only for the whole life, but for lives after lives, if you believe in rebirths.
(B) There should be absolutely no feeling of drooping, on seeing the contrast of the mountain of work to be done to reach the end and your ant's working capacity. An ant or an elephant , the mightiest army or deserted individual, one and all, are under the kindliest care and observation of Mother and She gives the most handsome return for an ant's or elephant's exertion. You have to pass between two opposites. You feel the task is impossible, on the one hand; on the other you can not succeed unless you have a faith , that you are sure to achieve it. You are drooping at the idea of your inability, and you must have the strength of will, to say that nothing is great for you. The consciousness about your weakness does not permit you to exert yourself , at your maximum possible best. Unless you have that conviction you can't succeed.
It is here that the faith of God and Guru comes in.You say to yourself,"An impossible thing is impossible so long as I have to do it. " As soon as you believe " Mother will do the work for me " and that your part therein is only the determination, devotional intensity, single mindedness, and 'Do or die-exertion' the task becomes easy, provided you have faith in your Guru and in God about His mercifulness and His wonderful powers.
Some persons are so mentally constituted , that if a single thing worth nothing is lost and if they are searching for the same they can't turn their mind to any other thing, till the lost thing is found.Its worth is absolutely no consideration. The peculiar nature is the indicator of the faculty required for 'Sadhana' or vision or realisation of Godliness. " DEHAM PATAYAMI KARYAM SADHAYAMI - देहं पतयामी कार्यं साधयामी " ( I achieve my object or I throw away my body ).
After the preliminary Sadhana of religious requirements described in this chapter , the Superior Sadhana leading to 'Vairagyam' has to be undertaken.This Sadhana is the practice of developing the mind to see in everything 1] temporariness 2]untruthfulness 3]changingness 4] fruitlessness etc.These are the most indispensable factors , in our vision and understanding of the world to make any real headway to go still higher. The perfection in all virtues and the best usual human faculties and capacities, does not bring you to the end of your Sadhana , even if don't want to go higher than doing your best, to have the maximum happiness and minimum misery. Although the said maximum minimum is the most practical and universally acknowledged general goal of human life , the higher you climb, the higher and higher requirements press themselves on you as indispensable and inevitable.
You reach the highest apex of devotion ( Gauna Bhakti ). So long as that has not ripened itself to PARABHAKTI पराभक्ती with Gnana ज्ञान achievement , the culmination point of Divine Love is not reached and the highest bliss is not experienced. Till that final stage is attained, you remain constantly weeping and laughing, and begging and thanksgiving. Where is the end ?
Here the Gnaninज्ञानी , the Vedantin वेदान्ती come in and say ," Crush your mind to pieces. Annihilate it altogether. It is this hopeless mind that shows you heaven and hell, and gives you happiness and misery. ". Follow the teaching and train your mind to the point of annihilation of the mind.
Developing your virtues , character and your usual human faculties and living harmoniously and harmlessly with all in the world is the first great thing. It is not that Bhakti or Gnana are not higher things . But without feet and belly and hands what is the worth of your life with only a sweet heart and sound head ? You can feel most nobly; you can think most ingeniously ; but in practical life you are a big cipher. What is use ? Hence strict abidance to the order of development is most useful, hence the importance of " Love and Service to All " is the highest, especially in this age of reversed ways and values.
An ordinary man, without devotion or gnana ज्ञान , but with character, love and sacrifice , is much happier than and superior to a so called ordinary Bhakta भक्त or Gnanin ज्ञानी without character. The former has secured at least the world's sympathy and co-operation from the world itself and has a vast storage of Punyam पुण्य because of his meritorious actions under the Divine give-and-take arrangement.Remain therefor extremely intent upon enriching your treasury of Spiritual wealth of Punyam पुण्य , utilising and even seeking opportunities of loving and serving Mother's children.
You are moral, good, rational, harmless etc., that is your first step.It means you are saved from 80 per cent of miseries, that can befall you if you are otherwise. But there are miseries, say, the faithlessness of wife, or sudden death of your only son or the sinking of a Bank in which your monies are deposited . How to meet such shocks ? There is no other healing remedy, except devotion, saint's contact or public service.The last thing means , turning your mind from misery-ful worldly subjects. Saint's contact mostly means self-forgetfulness; whereas devotion means the transferring of heart and head to Divinity itself.
First character, then devotion ( Gauna गौण )and then Divine knowledge; then, the alternate innumerable layers of Service , Bhakti and Gyana ज्ञान , till they interpenetrate, and finally, the Parabhakti पराभक्ती ( Supreme Divine Love ), in which character with action, devotion, and Divine knowledge are all in perfect harmony and of the highest order.
We are here , for explaining the Gnana ज्ञान aspect.Don't bring in Theologies and philosophies. Be extremely practical. Vedantism वेदान्ती and Adwaitism अद्वैती are names intelligible to Hindus alone . What is common to all and of any religion ? It is the annihilation of the mind. This expression is too hard. I would be satisfied with the " the conquest of mind ". I want mind to give me the nectar-sweetness of devotion. It is enough for me if the mind stands up or sit down, as my finger goes up and down. And that is Sadhana साधना , which we are dealing with here.
That you must have the amplest leisure and strongest energy is the first requirement of any Sadhana साधना . Your occupation with worldliness should be the minimum. Start with an antagonistic contradiction of your mind. Rightly or wrongly, just be the opposite side of mind. Mind says ," This dish is tasteful "; you say immediately ," No it is injurious to health ". Your mind talk to you : " Make your senior officer to retire soon ; you will get his post and you will be happier ". You immediately snub your mind with ," No , you fool, have you no idea of or concern of my senior's family ?" Even when mind says true matters , make a practice of your opposite stand . Why do I insist on the opposite stand even when the mind is right ? The mind is an expert cheat. It will carry you by the way along which you will have no objection and it will over topple you in your moment of in-alertness. So let your first practice be to be able to set your mind at defiance.
The greatest benefit of this mental practice is that the mind is not itself happy and ease-ful enough to be sitting on any pleasure for long, to be enamoured thereof and then to pull you in, towards pleasures , with its deceitful pictures of virtue, truth, goodness, duty, respectability etc. For sometime therefore, be a living enemy of your mind . If mind says " Let us go in the north " , you begin to walk in the south and so on , till the mind is finally conquered.
If the mind adjusts your visual angle to think things from your point of view , you begin to see, how matters will start to see in the eyes of your antagonists, others concerned and others unconcerned.
What is the final result ? Nothing takes root, nothing sets in , nothing catches you, nothing entangles you, nothing blindfolds you, nothing sprouts, nothing takes shape, nothing gets firm. Substantially, you are simply shattering whatever come before you good or bad.
Gradually the vision of temporariness dawns . what is this world ? What are so called good or bad things ? Flashlights of four seconds . the whole world is only dream like , nothing of the dream exists, when you wake up. You must have suitable instances before you. You have only some purpose to achieve - to train your mind to be thinking in a particular manner , to get a certain conviction about certain truths.The world has all the things. Take up only what helps you and reject the rest.
Coming next, after temporariness to truthfulness, if you have the highest definition of truthfulness , there is nothing in the world except downright cheating. The highest cheat is your own infatuation and the infatuator. Just be an unconcerned witness, as dry and immovable as a rock and go on studying the world-process of cheating.
The Sadhaka says to himself ," If everything in substance is not what it seems to be on the surface , why not say and believe in general unprecise flinging and partial-truth- speaking manner that the world is unreal ? And why not go a step further and say in a disgustful spirit that the world does not exists at all. Is it anything else than only a bit exaggerated superlative term or expression for 'Temporariness' and 'everchangingness' and 'deceptiveness' ?
Gnanis ज्ञानी have their 'Maya' माया . Devotees have their 'Leela' लीला and worldly people have their 'Prarabdha' प्रारब्ध . All three are different words for one thing alone viz., ," Unknowable ness of the unknown, nameable and thinkable '.
Let us make a definition convenient to us and for our purpose. Let us say, " Whatever is temporary, changing, untruthful, unfruitful, is unreal and non-existent". A little figurative personification and we come to the well-known 'Maya' माया .
Our mind can be trained to think of changefulness and fruitlessness.With changefulness the trust and the faith disappear ; change fulness may sometimes give you a temporary feeling of pleasure, but in absolute weighing, the notion of non-stability results in a disquietude. The pleasure of getting the thing, due to changefulness, has on its reverse side , the painfulness of loosing it. The Sadhaka साधक sees both sides and does not fall a pray.
Mai-ism duly appreciates the indispensability of training the mind of Adwaitistic principles and theories but only in the sense explained. However Mai-ism does not agree with the interpretation of unreality to mean, non-existence .Unrealism in the sense of non-existence, or a delusion, can be accepted only in a figurative or exaggerated sense.Otherwise the whole working of the world will be topsy-turvy. I would venture to state that the unrealism of the Adwaitist is also a temporary accepted mind-belief , for passing through a particular stage. After realism to unrealism, there is again returned to realism. When we reach a stage of a realisation of the highest truth, viz. that every thing is Mother, if Mother exists , everything has also its existence . What is non-existence or unreal is the distinction and difference. Ishwara-Srishti ईश्वर सृष्टी ( God's creation ) is real. Jeeva-Srishti जीव सृष्टी ( soul's creation ) is unreal. The most blessed one who, after passing through the temporarily accepted unrealism, reaches the stage of " Everything is Mother " again return to the belief of Realism.
The WORLD , so often runs to saints for consolation. But her crookedness, selfishness, jugglery, intrigues, falsehoods, faithlessness etc.have fully tired them out. The saints are so much disgusted with her hypocrisy and ungratefulness, that they get terrorized at her very shadow and at her approach. The saints fly away to live in caves, mountains, forests, on riverbanks and on sea-coasts, as far away from her as possible.They make rules and regulations of never touching and seeing the world , women and wealth. If still by chance she comes nearer , they raise a huge cry.
The WORLD once most bitterly wept out her distress to Mother. Said the WORLD," In spite of so many splendors, wealth, education, civilization, learning, this discovery and that discovery of science etc., I am sick at heart, I am miserable . People also talk that the world is full of miseries. " Mother advised, " Why don't you go Saints ? " The crafty reply was," Yes, I like them, I worship them, I follow their teachings , I supply them their requirements. I was once going to them, but they too have fled away. " The game playing WORLD cheated even Mother. She did not breathe a syllable about her own crookedness being the cause of their flying away.
Mother fully knew what was wrong, but after all, the WORLD was Her own Creation and Daughter. She was moved with pity. She thought, " Let Me now create a new type of MOTHERLY SAINTS , saints who do hate , or run away from , or who do not see temptation in world, wealth or woman, saints who do not renounce the world but who remaining therein sacrifice all their for world itself. " She called several high souls. All were shrewd enough to guess the purpose . they knew how terrible and bothersome it was to be the Guru of the WORLD shrew. All escaped; but one , inexperienced layman , half saintly half worldly, a non professional soul was caught in the Mother's net. Mother called Her daughter and with every scolding, advice and warning said," I give you the fittest Guru. It is now up to you, how to make yourself consoled and happy for ever."
Do you think the WORLD, full of so much vice, mischief and evil changed her nature ? No. She had much greater value for the unapproachable , awe-inspiring saints, of whom she would be at least somewhat afraid. This Guru she placed in her pocket and continued her life as before , putting forth the twisted techniques of the new Guru in defense of her still greater increasing waywardness.
The inexperienced semi saint constantly complained to Mother. Mother cooled him down," What have you to do with that ? Why ? Don't you forget all the ill-treatment, slight, ridicule, condemnation and everything in my presence ? Why do mind those things ?Are you not dearest to Me ? Why don't you keep my love to you always before your mind ? Can you not remain in the world itself and yet remain unwet - unwetted, untired , undisgusted ?
One day, timidly and trickily , the semi-saint talked to Mother. " I myself quite immature and imperfect, not even one - tenth of even nominal saints . Your daughter is now quite happy. She is now sufficiently prepared to take care of herself. I may now turn , to the work of furthering my own spiritual progress. " No sooner were these words heard, than Mother's face changed. Said She , " What ? Tricks with me ? Do you dare think, I myself can't make you perfect merely by My Will ? You too want to follow the self-centered selfish spirituality of your predecessors ? "
The semi-saint full of repentance for having broached the subject , full of depression, was merged in despair and was drooping. He began to remember certain facts of his life and his own experiences. He had been to two saints, Sri SAI BABA श्रीसाईबाबा and Sri SWAMI SIDDHARUDHA स्वामी श्री सिध्दारूढ . He had most solicitously prostrated for ' Guru-mantra ' गुरूमन्त्र and ' Diksha ' दीक्षा . He was passed over by both, with, " You have yourself to do a different type of religious work. You can not be given Mantra or Diksha."
On this thought establishing its mastery, in every atom of his brains, the only thing that remained possible for the semi saint was to fall prostrate on the ground before Mother's image . He surrendered himself with an apologetic pledge-bound shouting expression ," Mother ! Thy Will be done. I only beseech Thee. Never forget however weak, wicked, worst I may be , I am for ever Thine ; forget that never ".
The walls echoed. The ' Pancha -Pranas ' पंच प्राण [vital airs] within him, the Shariras पंच शरीर [bodies],and the ' Pancha - Koshas ' पंच कोष [sheaths] echoed. The MERCIFUL MOTHER'S IMAGE echoed : " N E V E R ".
Jay Mai Jay Mai Jay Mai
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK : MAI-ISM
AUTHOR : MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
ABRIDGED BY : U.G.MENON
MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ WEST 400054 INDIA.
Abridged Mai-ism : Chapter X : Mai Insists on Rationalization of Religion and Religionisation of Rationalism on Constitutional Basis
MAI INSIST ON RATIONALIZATION OF RELIGION AND RELIGIONISATION OF RATIONALISM ON CONSTITUTIONAL BASIS
JAY MAI JAY MAI JAY MAI
Religion has to be as constitutionally tackled as any modern movement, and with no haphazard ways of financing and defraying expenses and no extremities of recklessness on either side. The first thing I would like to introduce is a licence to preach religion with a view to stop all underhand mischief and exploitation. Let there be a religious congregation with all the well-known saints therein who are interested in raising the general public trend of morality and religiosity by constitutional methods.Let there be a Divine College as well, where all religions are taught and examinations held. So much mischief in the name of religion, through playing upon superstitions and mysticism will disappear. Such rumors as that a certain saint rises five feet above ground in air or that a serpent spreads its hood when another saint goes to sleep, or that a necklace in the neck of a saint being given as a present by Lord Shiva constantly revolves, will be one and all dealt with, and each saint concerned with the rumor will be respectfully asked , how much in the rumor is truth. If they deny, such denials will be broadcasted to remove people's superstitious follies or tricks of exploitation, or they will be put to tests by such congregations, as will be blow up, if found to be humbugs.
Let there be also a religious family heads' assembly and a commoner's council, all consisting of truly religious people interested in spreading morality, religiosity and a better relationship of man to man. The whole essence of all my exertions in religious life and preaching, has at the end, brought me to a conclusion that religious preachers in the modern age have simply waisted their life to fill up a certain site with waters to form a beautiful lake , whereas others have desired to have a dry rocky foundation for a massive building for a pleasure house, on the very site. After all exertions are over, we have found that very fundamental beliefs and opinions and decisions and judgments have been different and even contradictory. What a hopeless wastefulness of life it is , to be consuming one's everything over them that have been holding just the contrary beliefs.
Welcome every family head to express his religious and social views in open declarations, and help each one, to take up one's place in the class where and his family would be in natural waters with men, environments and atmosphere suitable for all ambitions , experiences and progress. Let there be a clear-cut arrangement of each in matter of his either following or leaving a particular , definite organization of certain principles , beliefs and customs. No dabbling thereafter.
Let all saints and saintly persons and religious minded interested eminent persons , once sit together, putting all their heads together, with their best mettle , to chalk out some to save Religion. It is high time to make some such beginning of an institute, with a permanent standing interest of a fully constitutional organisation, with the all year around running activity , with the exclusive specific aim and object of ameliorating and preserving morality and religion , maintaining the culture and caliber and general standard . One such a beginning is made , in however poorly in a way, it is sure to do its work most efficaciously after sometime.
Please note one extremely subtle point. This sort of work, none can begin except saints. Here the best worldly householder can do very little. They can only help saints , but the initiative can be taken by saints alone , who has risen above self-interest , under no infatuations of personal attachments and universal-minded, especially as it is an upstream task, against the natural mass flow and because it requires for its success god's Grace , obtained by living a life of Love, service , devotion and Self-surrender . We require ministry of saints , an assembly of family heads and a council of individuals , with volunteers of both sexes to work methodically and constitutionally.
Summarising the whole religious situation, this book has been written with a view to give all impartial information about Mai-movement is. What are the tenets of Mai-ism, what beliefs the Founder has been holding, what he has to suggest , how far his experience has approached and mastered the absolute Truth, how has he worked and tried to increase the religiosity of the world etc.
In the first place the Founder is strongly of the opinion, that the world, any nation , community, family or an individual, can not be happy without religion or to put in Founder's words, without religiosity. Of course the word religion has to be very widely interpreted in a much wider sense than what we have till now. It should not mean any individual religion, nor should even the belief in God be indispensable qualification of a religious man. It should be enough if he loves and serves mankind with a universal mind. The belief of God's existence may dawn later. A belief by itself is nothing unless it prompts and controls you to be acting best with your brothers and sisters, or rather Mother's children.Exemption from the belief of the existence is only a compromise and a concession. That there is an invisible world , a life after death, the providential arrangement of invisible helpers and help etc., that there is the finalmost Beneficent Divine Mother who helps guide sand saves Her devotees - is the personal experience of the Founder which he has narrated. It is an experience which has come down to us since the world began, actually to so many blessed fews, who have tried with that conviction to set the world aright. They have well neigh succeeded. The process of regeneration and degeneration of the world is constantly at work, just as any house since the time it is constructed , gets dirty from time to time and has to be cleared by efficient well wishing philanthropic workers.
The Founder wants to make the first exterior form of a religion, to be as simple as can to be acceptable by any beginner, so that, to start with,everyone has an admission at some one stage or another, and is not left to be groping in the dark. Subtleties may follow, as the aspirant shows his worth and solid progress, like the primary education , whether you have an aptitude for study or not , whether you are dull or bright , whether you have mechanical, artistic or scientific training , you must have been admitted into some school. It does not matter if the work in the primary class is simply eating sugar pills and gradually learning the counting of their number. Lower the depth from which you begin cement filling, surer is your foundation, and safer is your construction thereon.
The highest emphasis that the Founder has to lay upon is " Nothing can be achieved or attained, unless you die for it." Prefer being worn out, to being rusted. Even a failure or a defeat is more glorious than the lukewarm deadness and inactivity, expecting others to do what you can do or expected to do. The Founder is not pessimist or a fatalist. He is extremely optimistic and a believer of Mother's Grace which can overturn the whole working of the world. Here too, there is a difference of belief and a reminding is necessary. God or Guru will help you. Without their Grace you can not move an inch, but it is you who have to lay brick over brick to construct your sheltering place.
Further the Founder is for steady and slow progress in quite a rationalistic way, just as you master any art and any science. He asks," What sort of people and of what stuff are we, if in order to be approaching a high soul, who has mastered his mind , we need a fool's impossible and impracticable stories?" Mai-ism is rationalisation of religion and religionisation of rationalism.
All humbug in the name of " Choo mantar " should go. There is no higher supernatural power than one that can be attained by repetition of pure and simple name of ' JAY MAI ' day and night, while living the life of love, service, devotion and unconditional cheerful self-surrender.
He is doing for even a little, rather than doing nothing on one hand; and just reversely for doing nothing, rather than doing anything insincerely. He prefers a little religion to ‘no religion’ and irreligion to ‘sham religion ‘.
He gives greater importance to the inter-dealing between man and man, than man and God, “Be first a man, than, a brother, and thereafter alone a religious man.” He gives much greater importance to the formation of character than the versatility in sacred lore and Divine knowledge. He takes your practical life and living to be the deciding factor, as to the rung of the spiritual ladder on which you stand.
He recommends practice and practice of the smallest things under the guidance and Grace of the Guru and Mother’s Mercy. He quotes so many practical instances of himself wherein he has been a failure to do a certain most mechanical thing for which he has no practice.
He is not for tomtomming the greatness of Vedas and Geeta or studying the various formulas by heart, he is for original impartial thinking in religion.
There are certain truths which are required to be hammered on the minds of genuine religious aspirants. You have the nail, you are putting it in the wall-hole, but you are not hammering it in. The nail must go deep, so much deep, that one cannot take it out. That action is absent. Hammering, practice, repetition, repetition after repetition, till mastery is attend, that is the thing which is hopelessly absent these days.
Why is it absent? Because Guru – Shishya relationship is gone and people have a rotten belief of ‘Choo – mantar’. All that rottenness must go. You got a Mahatma with some two plantains and three oranges. You expect that you are going there and making the offerings of things will give a Goa lottery. This mischief must go. It is there, because people do not want to approach God or Guru or Religion, unless they are materially benefited and that too, to an unimaginable degree. Most of them go for material benefits only.
More than these, are to be blamed the Gurus, the Saints, the Mahatmas. They never disillusion them. The very notion and popular notion of ‘religion ‘needs a change. Let Mai-ists begin with the simple definitions, “religion means selflessness “, “Progress in religion means diminution of selfishness.
There are many religious personages who simply live on the superstition of people and exploitation of their credulity, hopes and fears. Mai-ism condemns nothing so much as rumors of untrue mysticism, the devil of ‘Choo – Mantar'. Someone approached Founder and said,” I hear Mother is taking food with you actually sitting by your side, especially on Fridays after midnight. Is that true? “The Founder scoldingly said, “Are you a fool? Do you think Mother has no other business to do? I have actually seen Mother so often. To that extent people are right. She loves me. She would as far as possible never displease me setting aside my demand. She will do anything for me. But this talking of dining together is again the evil of the devilish ‘Choo-Mantar’ mentality of people.
The belief in happenings entirely out of proportion with reason is harmful in so many ways. First thing is it makes you indolent and indifferent. Second thing is it makes you less grateful. Third thing is, a failure creates destructive reaction. Fourth thing is, your ideal as also the evolutionary progress gets stuck up in materialistic mud. To explain this: When an incurable disease or a dangerous illness case is undertaken. Founder has seen even doctors themselves entirely out of proportion regarding the time required to cure. There was a doctor of good repute who was suffering from an alternate day fever, for years together. He came to Founder. In spite of his repeated telling about the said human blunder, he expressed his surprise because he had a fever after he left the Founder. He was then asked to keep a chart. He was cured within nine weeks.
There is a human tendency which values everything with reference to its cost price. If the cost-price is nothing, because people have no standard of weighing prices which are not in terms of rupees, people expect things to take place at the snip of fingers; they feel nothing like gratefulness; they get habitual to think most mechanically, that things must take place on doing certain things.
Religious path is only one-foot wide between a valley on one side and a steep hillock on the other with huge loose stones.Now, about the valley and the loose-stone hillock emergency experienced in my life . If we do not show the greatness of God and mercifulness of Mother , the world goes on degenerating at the most surprising speed. I though to myself, let us be stooping to meet half-way. Once or twice let people have the experience of Mother's Mercy at the smallest approach and the faintest prayer. For some time it appeared as if that was right way to pull the world from the materialistic infatuation . I put honey over the bread for the sick child, but the child liked away the honey and left the bread untouched. I have failed in this experiment , but any way, Sahara desert earth has been moistened with rains which have not gone in vain.
The world's largest blunder is here. If water is to be pumped out from a well 60 feet deep and each stroke raise the water by one foot, people make the blunder of considering all previous workers that bring water to 59 feet as hopeless ones.The last man touches the pump and with one stroke , water falls out. People called the last man hero. During the time period between the two incarnate saints, there are so many saints of comparatively smaller capacities, but it is their work mainly that help the future saint to do his work the best.
It is not a small thing, people with absolutely no idea of God , Guru or Religion , get a conviction that there is some higher power, which can rule the destiny of the world and which on propitiation can help one out of his calamities. Let them go to the Guru, only when they are under calamity and let them disappear as soon as it is over. A time will come when people will have sense enough to see," We are always in some hardship or another; why not then have a continued relationship with Mother ? "
Remove all your muddle about religion and Guru. Under Mai-ism there should be no haziness and religion is a pure and simple thing , a science of Divine laws , more perfect, systematic , regular and effective and disciplinary than the medical science. Let there be no cloudiness - let it be a clear-cut notion . Religion is a science of mental cure and removing the soul disease, soul-weakness, soul-impurity. It is more than enough if you have one-tenth of serenity and preparedness and honesty of purpose, that you have with a doctor when you fell ill, while you approach religion or your Guru.
Applying the smallest test, where an average man of today is in the realm of religiosity. Only yesterday a child about 5 or 6 years old came to me early morning and told me, " Babaji, see, I have these four rupees, may I place them before Mother ?" A hot blast passed in my brain. " How religious and charitable the parents of a child must have been.". I was thinking whether I should accept the gift of the child , without informing the parent.The child was told," You come with your papa and mommy ". The child said so very sweetly," Daddy gives me the money like this to play, I can do anything and I like to give it to Mother. I am going to Mother and putting these four rupees there ". I was so very joyfully surprised at such inborn religiosity of a charitable disposition. The child went there. I did not accompany. He place the four rupees and removed the silver Paduka worth rupees 30 . He had seen the Paduka previous night. The modern child of an extremely fertile brain, found out a scheme in the night and came up as soon as it got up.
There are certain blunders in respect of which a spiritual aspirant has to be very careful. Everyone sees so very clearly the smallest mole in the case of others, and especially in them, whom he dislikes, envies or competes with, but is so blind about huge blunders in his own life. He judges others instead of judging himself.He looks up for help, consolation and relief outside , instead of inside.He mistakes himself to be body instead of soul. He wants to seat in the centre instead of circumference.He sleeps where he ought to be awake and is minutely focusing his eyes , where he should use his eye-lids. He brings in Vedantism and Adwaitism when he should act with a sense of duty and strict observance of the fundamental requirements of morality.From Divine Knowledge , he picks up not long-sightedness, but lameness. From Devotion he squeezes out not the high pure and sanctified imaginativeness and poetic devotional flight of joy but dullness and blindness. He is theoretically aware of every shade of philosophy and Divine Knowledge and of every emotional spray of the highest Devotion , but he does not know the art of making the right use thereof , in practical life , by proper suitable adjustments . Further what he does for others is worth millions . What others do for him is not worth a single farthing.
You know a certain belief or understanding to be wrong but you stick to it because you have passed so many years with it. Your ability to overcome the continued habit is another thing, but the bigotry is the greater handicap to the spiritual progress . Passions from within prompt you and drag you to do things , which you to be wrong. Here and in all the cases above , repeated practice and creation of relishlessness alone can help.
Find ample leisure by accepting a plain-living simple life.Don't make a dustbin of your brains, by allowing all your neighbours to put the dirtiest refuse therein.Let your passion of being considered clever and up-to-date-informed go. Why are you so very anxious to be valued at much higher value than what you really are ? Think of the ancient wisdom, most impartially, most sympathetically. start with an assumption, where you differ, that you may be in wrong, being in-experienced. Where your mind conflicts with the said things , approach your Guru, place your doubts respectfully, humbly and servingly.
What is a man to gain by living in or leaving the world ? Or by an artificial creation of a disgust for Worldliness , Women or Wealth ? Let there be no misunderstanding about these three W-s for a Mai-ist. Each of them though generally condemned , by one and all who talk about Religion, is indispensable for the very betterment and spiritual progress itself.The secret of success and the wisdom lies in the most judicious use of theirs , and in being the master and not a slave to them. There are certain Universal never failing Divine Laws and Principles of Living, which can teach us the judicious use and the art of mastery.
Founder asks , Is there no intermediate attitude between infatuation and condemnation ? We get infatuated because of our greediness, lustfulness and ne-science . The infatuation makes us miserable and we vent out to our spite by condemnation. The condemnation again has its reaction. Condemnation results in antagonism, disquietude and starvation. Starvation leads to insatiable hunger.
Some saints - not the highest saints - would go on abusing wealth and their followers will raise to skies about their saint not touching coins , although people could see with their open eyes , that their disciples leave no opportunity to make every provision for the saint's comfort, properties and future requirements. Indirect utilization and direct disconnection ; internal infatuation and external condemnation , is a hypocrisy, about which, every spiritual aspirant should be extremely watchful.
A Mai-ist is extremely moderate. He is the follower of Mother who in virtue of Her conceptional sex is a woman. A Mai-ist is the worshipper of the Most Merciful Mother. Mai-ism advises," No Infatuation and No Condemnation ". Every thing has its best uses.Raise yourself, by making the best righteous moral and judicious use and develop the control of your mind , thought , desire and action, which gives you the mastery and proofness by Sadhana with Grace of God or Mother and Guru.
The Founder makes and insists on the sharpest distinction of wealth righteously and religiously earned and used and reverse. Simultaneously with the former, non-attachment should be developed. Inwardly there should be a practice , which gives you a preparedness for the throwing off wealth and materialistic happiness at any moment. At no time there should be a forgetfulness of the truth that the desire for materialistic happiness catches your throat after a long continued period of its enjoyment. You must determinedly and designedly manage some breaks in the continuation of comforts and happiness, even if they automatically come to you unexerted for and unsolicited.
The Founder is tender-hearted regarding even materialistic happiness, so cruelly condemned by all religionists. Says he ," What would be joy for sustenance of life for them, that have not been trained to, and have not tasted , the higher joys and happiness of emotional, mental, spiritual, and devotional nature ? Under the scorching fires of worldliness, why do you grudge and blame them for indulging in their own avenues of joy , so long as they don't leave their righteousness and harmlessness ? Don't forget they are incapable of enjoying higher joys and that joyfulness is indispensable for the sustenance of life ". Let every one be happy and have the joy of one's own natural worth stage and plane, righteously and religiously.
Act most constructively. Don't be a teacher whose highest efficiency proceeds only from sever caning. Train disciples, followers and people to seek joy and have the relishfulness of the higher sources. Spontaneity and Sadhana with patience and perseverance is the soul and secret word of Mai-istic improvement. Lay your highest stress and insistence on wealth being earned and used righteously and religiously, on charity and magnanimity and keeping virtue , humility, justice , truth, innocence , purity, harmlessness and helpful for all.
Teach the world to be seeking relief, from other than money purchasable sources of innocent joys and pleasures , which are so many and with which the world had pulled on for centuries before the advent of western materialism. Righteously and religiously earned and used wealth, with non-attachment and preparedness for the dispensability of money-purchasable pleasures is an extremely valuable asset by itself in the scale-pans of Mai-ism.
What we want now is agitation and action, shelving all theories and philosophies. Dynamos must be set up to dart forth currents after currents. A strong religious machinery with the most gigantic constitutional and consolidated and continued effort of religious universal-minded men in an original form, with all the necessary equipment of men. and money and material must be planted . Religious education with practical demonstrations in the lives themselves of the living great can do a lot.
Coming to the subject of the individual self-improvement, don't have the royalty of having the highest man as your Guru. Such Gurus will have hundreds of disciples like you. You can't have the benefit of individual attention. He must be a dullard who requires the highest London-degree-teacher for studying primer. What comes in his way is his swollen-headed egoism. Your Guru need not be perfect.You will never get one , nor will such one will accept you in the real sense of word. It is enough if he is spiritually superior to you and has your spiritual and temporal welfare at his heart, if you find that you can confide in him regarding your defects , weaknesses and secrets.
Let the mischievous notion of " No Guru and No Authority " go. Our life moves with faith. You continue under your home-roof while the rainy storms are there, because you have the faith that the Engineer has built it strong enough. You have never seen the Engineer nor gone to study his wall-beam and roof calculations. You take food prepared by your mother, because you have the faith she will never poison you. You take medicine from a doctor because you have a faith the doctor would not commit the blunder. You fly in aeroplane because you have faith in pilot. You can't move an inch without taking so many things as granted, with faith. What is this newly imported nonsense of "I don't believe things I have not seen" ? You pass your life in the belief that your name is so and so, you identify yourself with that name. Is that of your own independent making ?
You may qualify your faith if you like. It should not be a blind faith or a credulous faith or irrational faith. You must be free to change your Guru when you find you are in the wrong, but you can't proceed without your faith. Service , faith and love are important factors.
With ample leisure, with an unoccupied brain, with the vital energy of celibacy ( to the extent possible if you are married and to the full extent otherwise ), start on.Never think how much remain to be done. There is no end. Always keep in mind how you have progressed, to keep yourself cheerful.Every step that you rise makes you better man more fitted to claim and command happiness, not only for one life , but for lives and lives. A permanent and perpetual gain till you gain salvation. Although the path is long enough, it is this providential arrangement which keeps courage , patience and perseverance.A single step climbed or a single atom acquired in the religious progress is never lost.
Why so much cry against Guru-acceptance ? No doubt, there may some few cases of the confidence being being betrayed, but the main reason is absence of humility, over-estimate of one's self and greatest reluctance to pay the price in terms of love and service , devotion and surrender to Guru. When you associate with others, you have the pleasure of being worshipped if others are inferior to you. On the other hand, you have to be worshippers and therefor the superiority Guru pinches you. People lose their common sense when they enter the realm of religion. One of the Founder's intimate acquaintances, a high-class Government Officer , once told him, " I hate the very idea of seeing Gurus garlanded. It is cruel murdering the principle equality. My head turns at the idea, a disciple should garland a Guru.". Once that friend talked over to the Founder, on returning from a place of his long tour of several official visits . The in-charges of some places garlanded this hater of Guru-garlanding. He said to his friend," There are very few men of my staff who know what is gratefulness. Such few alone garlanded me during my tour and did their duty. Other people I hate. They never once thought where they would have been but for my raising them from pay to pay and post to post. Should they not even do such a simple nominal thing as garlanding their bread-giver when he goes to them for an official visit ?"
Is it not your experience in this experience in this world that a multi-millionaire sets right all wrongs with money, his own incapacities , vices, weakness etc ? As a multi-millionaire can do any thing with spiritual wealth, so the devotees with the spiritual wealth attained on practising devotion can do anything in the spiritual world.
Nothing is so powerful as the repetition of the sacred name of your deity, be it Mother, Rama, Krishna, Shiva, Shakti, Surya, Ganesh or Allah or Christ, whoever he be , getting the Mantra from your Guru. Fire on day and night, whenever and wherever you find leisure.One hour daily for about six months will assure you, there is an appreciable change in your outlook. Here much depends on the intrinsic value of your Guru, to put it in simplest language , the intensity of love between the Guru and the worshipped and the love between the Guru and the Shishya and the intrinsic worth of the Guru and the disciple.
Founder quotes an interesting instance. There was a Madrasi devotee whom the Founder met in a train. He was repeating Shodashakshari Mantra. He had decided to finish one lakh( 100,000) repetitions. His one lakh repetitions finished on Belgaum station. Founder also got in to the second class where that Madrasi devotee was the only passenger. Founder was in English dress and Madrasi with sacred ashes smeared all over his body. The devotee got suddenly an idea that the foretelling of his own Guru viz. that he will meet a great devotee on his finishing one lakh, was perhaps to be true in meeting this new man, the Founder. He tried to enter in religious conversation with the Founder , but the Founder curtly replied like an irreligious man who had no soft corner for religion itself.
On the next halting station, the devotee got down and changed his compartment. on the further stopping station, a man with a decent Rumal turban in coat and pant, collar and neck-tie , entered Founder's compartment and sat by Founder's side. Founder looked in his face and astonishingly asked him," Please excuse me . I think I have seen you somewhere." The man smiled and prostrated to him while saying," Yes, on the Belgaum station". Founder saw he was the same man and before he completely prostrated , lifted him up and embraced him most fervently. Said that man with a smile ," Bhaktaraj, Now at least you will talk with me heart to heart. i am no longer that fanatic orthodox Brahmin you thought me to be ". The Founder attaches small value to the ceremonial part. He thought of giving the devotee an additional experience and pleasure. He began to sing the very Shodashakshari Mantra in Khamacha tune. The gentleman got the proof. Both enjoyed spiritual ecstasy.
The point here to be emphasised, is that there is an inviolable connection between the completion of a certain numbers of japams ( mantra repetitions ), if done with devotion and single-mindedly , and some happening which immediately assures you about the efficiency of the Mantra repetition.If there is no result, take it, there is something wrong with you; continue till you have convincing proof.
When you reach this stage , you have a current account in an international Bank. You can move in any part of the world , with only a cheque book, taking care to see that you do not overdraw and you go on depositing.
Many think they have achieved the goal, on getting a good practice of Mantra repetitions. as a matter of fact this is only securing an equipage , for further journey. The aspirant has simply secured the Mother's Armour and Guru's Shield . The fight he has yet to be launched in. He has to fight a hard fight on the one hand and keep himself fully invigorated with Deity's devotion and Guru's service, on the other.
Jay Mai Jay Mai Jay Mai
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK : MAI-ISM
AUTHOR : MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
ABRIDGED BY : U.G.MENON
MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTACRUZ WEST, MUMBAI 400054 INDIA.
MAI OFFERS MAI-ISM TO MODERN HINDUS
JAY MAI JAY MAI JAY MAI
The Founder has expressed his views about what a true religion should be :
The task for a religious reformer is hard in a hundred ways.He has to make the world realise that it can not be happy without religion. He has to strengthen the belief both ways. Not only showing how religion has come to the aid of mankind, but how the highest civilisations not based on religion have been swept away, under the degenerating and decaying influence of time. For the modern age , a mere statement of his about truth is enough. He has to introduce the Universal outlook in every individual religion. He has to consolidate the wisdom of the past, extracting its essence to the irreducible minimum size. He has to establish proper values for essentials and non essentials of every religion. He has to minimise abuse and exploitation. He has to strengthen the cultural moral background. He has to lay down the best life routine. He has to interweave considerations of the world below and the world above. He has to open the World's eye to the same One life , animating one and all.
The religious ideal which can suit the modern world is one that can take the whole humanity in its embrace, which can respect and give a free play to Conscience, Reason, Experience and Science, which would allow every man to live well and teach letting others live well, which will ensure a perfect freedom for every soul to work out its own salvation in its own way, which will teach maintaining sense of proportion and proper evaluation of essentials and non-essentials of a religion, which would develop the faculty of judging all actions and actors, not by their positional values, but by the tests of the fundamental they satisfy, which would guide without intimidation and mental enslavement, which would make one free from the poison of the over-consciousness of superiority and inferiority of man to man, and lastly, which would develop the spirit of practical sisterhood and brotherhood in the daily routine of life.
A popular religion to suit the modern world should have the following characteristics :
(1 ) Religion must have a definite form and should not be an idealistic, incomprehensible, chaos-creating, airy and hazy something. Religion must provide for pruning from age to age.
(2) Religion should not be a source of superstition.
(3) Relation of man to man must be hundred times much better. Be we first a man, then a brother and there after alone, a religious man.
(4) Religion should be recognised to mean the essence and the experience of life lived.
(5) Every one should be, and should be considered under the direct protection and guidance of God.
(6) Preachers are to be Witness and not lawyers or professors.
(7) As few limitations as possible, should be set on the conception of God and on the innocent harmless and free latitude and living of men.
(8) All adornments and adjuncts should be gradually slackened and even removed, as soon as, at the stage when they are found to be obstructive , is reached.
(9) Religion should be accommodative, constructive and progressive. Religion must provide for pruning from age to age.
Mai-ism is the psychological religion for one and all of any religion or no religion without caste, creed or colour. With full reverence to and while following one's own religion, one can be a Mai-ist. Mai-ism is one's own personal religion to be adopted after the age of discretion and not merely one's ancestral religion of one's birth.
Mai ( Mother ) is not Maya or the illusion creator, nor Shakti or Power requiring a separate Controller, not Father's Wife, nor the Fifth Hindu Deity, not Mother Kali, not Mother Mary, not God's handmaid, not Demon's slayer, not Mother that is pleased with animal or human sacrifices, not Mother of thieves and dacoits, not Mother of rebels revolutionaries, not Mother of Black-Magicians, Ughra-Sadhaks , Ghat-Kanchuki Dev-dasis or Vamachars.
Mother is essentially the Ocean of Infinite Love and Mercy, Mother is human mother vested with Omnipresence, Omniscience and Omnipotence and raised to infinity and Godhood . Mai is to the Mai-ists what a human mother is to her child.
(A) Mai-ism is the psychological religion for one and all of any religion or no religion without caste, creed or colour. With full reverence to and while following one's own religion, one can be a Mai-ist. Mai-ism is one's own personal religion to be adopted after the age of discretion and not merely one's ancestral religion of one's birth.
( B ) Under Mai-ism, there is no place, by its very postulates, for the condemnation of Harijans as ' Untouchables, Woman's subjugation by Man or condemnation by routine religion as " Narakasya Dwaram "( Hell's Gate ) has no room, as every Mai-ist is expected to look upon every woman ( except his own wife ) as representative form of Mother and as under Mai-ism the co-operation of man and woman in the Mother worship is the highest spiritualising force. The spirit underlying the words " Heathen ", " Kafir ", " Mlechcha " " Durvan ", etc., has no existence under Mai-ism.
(C) One who does not believe in God, but who does believe in the common tie of humanity and practises service and extends Love to all, is a " Mai-ist ", because he is the follower of Mai in one of Her aspects as One Universal Soul, One Universal Consciousness or One Universal Cosmos, like unto the continuous string through rosary beads subjecting every one of the Universe to the slightest influence anywhere in the whole.
If the Universe is to be made hatredless happy home and if love, mercy and other qualities of heart, ( the bankruptcy of which has been so keenly felt in the present world ) are to reappear, Motherhood conception of God is the most favorable aspect and conception.
A universal evil need a universal remedy, and the Grace of Universally acknowledged common Parent of one and all. The Merciful-Mother-Parent. The Universal Mother.
A universal prayer offered to a universally-conceived, universally-acknowledged universal Almighty, has its own undreamt-of miraculous efficiency, which followers of individual delimited vision can never imagine.
A universal call alone can have a universal response.
The six tenets of Mai-ism are :-
1) God is more merciful when approached as Mother;
2) Mother is mother of all, without caste, creed or colour;
3) Mother smiles, on one's trying to love All, to one's best;
4) Mother saves, on one's trying to serve All, with one's best;
5) Mother shows (Her Grace) on one's devotion to Her
6) Mother serves, on one's living the life of universal Love and Service, with Devotion to Her and Unconditional, Cheerful, Self-Surrender to Mother's Divine Will.
Mai-ist's devotional ideal :
' Practice feeling that you are a child - a child whom Mother could not but accept, however wicked. You automatically get confidence, you regain your innocence, purity and sincerity and you raise yourself above world-wormness, sexuality and selfishness. You are off your cares, time is eternity for you and life is lightened. Be Mother's child and Her lap shall be thrilling and throbbing to have you on itself.'
BASIC BELIEFS OF A MAI-IST ARE : -
(1) Unity of all religions.
(2) Universal relation of all human beings as members of one family.
(3) No communalism. No provincialism. No nationalism and no racialism.
(4) For Mother's Love, Grace, Devotion and Mercy, the daily practice of universal sisterhood and brotherhood, an indispensable requirement.
(5) Every one to have the right of selecting one's own line of evolution.
(6) Precise evolution of essentials and non-essentials of one's religiosity, with test-stones of fundamental and eternal truths.
(7) Religion not to be permitted being made a cause for disunion, domination, prejudice, exploitation or superstition, and not to fail respecting science, reason, conscience, experience, human psychology and individual merits and demerits.
(8) One's own superiority to be least thought of, being trivial, transitory, circumstantial and not single-handedly earned.
(9) Not making most of little differences of high and low, which are often prejudicial and sometimes even imaginary.
(10) One's cheerfulness never to be lost as nothing is irreparable or unachievable under Mother's Grace.
(11) Be ever optimistic. The highest difference between man and a man is nothing compared to what Mother's Grace can make him in a moment.A sinner can be saint at the second moment and a saint may turn to be a devil after a day.
(12) Destruction is for re-construction, doubting for believing, evil for good, sinfulness for sinlessness.
(13) Rise above all superstitions.There is no 'choo-mantar'(magic) for a true Mai-ist except repetition of ' Jai Mai ' , Guru's Grace, Mother's Mercy, one's own highest exertion and world's sympathy.
(14) Mai-ist's highest initial grounding - Motherhood of God, Universality.
(15) Mai-ist's highest life-maxims - Love, Service, Devotion, unconditional and cheerful self- surrender to Mother's Divine Will.
(16) Mai-ist's highest sin - Loveless-ness and Harmfulness to another, by thought, word or deed.
(17) Mai-ist highest merit - Serving another onwards towards the spiritual goal or through temporal difficulties, in every moral, legal, legitimate and harmless manner.
Some of the practical measures for practical Mai-ists are : -
(1) Holding common prayers, Bhajans or Kirtans of God in any name or form and of any saints or devotees, holding classes, delivering lectures and undertaking tours for the general spiritual uplift.
(2) Introducing common prayers in Schools,Colleges and in masses.
(3) Holding Mother worship, personal or impersonal in any form, as may be agreed upon by one and all.
(4) Convening social of sisters or brothers or combined or of families, without caste, creed or colour.
(5) Promulgation of common religious and allied literature and encouragement of studies of all religions by individuals of different religions. Publication of extracts from sacred books of all religions.
(6) Helping poor or bereaved families, deserving students, orphanages, opening celibate Mai-ist Schools , starting widow-homes, offering medical aid to he needy, guiding wedded pairs to-wards spiritual matrimonial living, praying for the peace of the departing or departed souls etc.
(7) Promotion of immensely practical universal sisterhood and brotherhood in daily life.
(8) Abolition of racial , national, provincial, social and religious prejudices and intercession for bringing about honorable peace and equitable compromise.
(9) Constructing, opening or encouraging to open Mother's Lodges, temples, Homes and Colonies under any denomination religious, national or communal, of any people, in any place.
The process of evolution of Mother's followers on attainment of Guru's Grace and Mother's Mercy is as under : -
(1) Acquisition of merit ( Punya ) by doing religious acts , japa, worship, charity, services etc. which will lead in the first instance to the fulfillment of legitimate and moral desires, next to patience and proofness, and then to the appreciation of the virtuous, religious and saintly people and their ways of living.
(2) The actions and qualities of Love, Service, Devotion and Self surrender having fairly matured by practice, Mother will so bring about circumstances and opportunities that the follower will be lifted up from his routine and worldly life and will be ushered into the company of virtuous, religious, devotional and saintly people.
(3) Constant contact of religious people, and their Service, their Imitation and their Grace will create a good understanding of good and evil, truth and untruth, righteousness and unrighteousness etc. , and these will introduce one to godliness after sufficient practice and disciplinary training in goodness, virtue etc.
(4) This introduction to godliness will ultimately result in the great liking for godliness, virtuous, devotional, unselfish and higher living and finally in the germination of Love towards God.
(5) Devotion to and Love of God will perfect the true understanding about soul-knowledge and will bring the Supreme Self of God and the individual self of the follower much nearer, through faith and conviction strengthened by Mother, often through miraculous Grace.
(6) Love of God will result in the Love of God's creation.
(7) Feeling the finger and hand of God in all arrangements, getting the sight of God occasionally, feeling oneness with God on self-surrender and inward satisfaction of ' having been accepted '.
(8) Establishing a perpetual relation with God and helping God in all grand work with Power and Love which God is pleased to confer.
(9) Merging in Mother.
The Founder's greatest sorrowful observation is, there is no systematisation, although the richest substance of true religiosity is here in India. Right understanding in its absolute essence, sense and practice is hopelessly missing. Discretion and discrimination about the indispensable elements or significant and insignificant factors is conspicuous by its absence.
Hinduism is the most over fondled child of Mother. There is traditional story. There were two idlers ( brothers ) in the Ashram of Ramdass Swami , the Guru of Shivaji. They would be doing no duty, nothing whatsoever of the work of the Ashram. They would be simply sitting in front of Swami and go talking and praising, while worshipping , and doing all things that can be done without moving their limbs . Even during waving of the light , they won't stand up. All other disciples were getting wrathful and complaining to Swamiji. " These two never do even the smallest of the work and go on simply talking and eating. Swami tried his best to persuade other disciples , not to mind. But finally pressure was too great.They were asked to work but they won't. Finally , both of them were driven away with one day's bread.
They left the Ashram and sat under the nearest tree keeping their tiffin before them. Swamiji naturally inquired which place did they go. Disciples said," Where are they going ? They are just sitting under a tree with their tiffin before them. Just here outside our compound.They have not eaten their breads yet. "
Three days passed, the same story. Swami went there that night, all alone , with Kalyan, his best disciple and began to hear their talk unseen. Said one to another, " Today is the fourth day. I think Swamiji must come tonight to take care of us and take us back."The other said," You might be hungry , you take our tiffin and my share also. You are hungry for the past three days." " But then, why don't you take ? Let us eat together. " " No, No. I have a conviction, Swamiji might have no sleep for these three nights. Should I be so ungrateful ? It is only a matter of a favourable turn of our fate and a suitable adjustment , which must of course , take its own minimum time . Some day Swamiji will get angry with their same disciples, because of his having no sleep for nights together , Swamiji will be chaffing because disciples are right in their demand . So he can't scold them , but the merciful milky heart of Swamiji won't leave him at peace, till he hears either we are , gone out of sight, and therefore out of mind, or taken back. " The other said, " I think , anyway he must come here at least tonight." Ramdas Swami laughed outright and disclosed himself. All the disciples , not finding their Guru, had followed and they also laughed outright. Said Swami, " These two are nice teachers of what ideal Self-Surrender and invocation of mercifulness, going beyond dry and stern justice can be. If all of you have no objection, I may tale back to our Ashram as best specimens of self-surrender souls ". That is Hindu mind. It lives in Mercifulness of Mother.
Propitiate God as Mother, Mother of all,with love, service, devotion and self-surrender. Let things come and go, as mother desires. Be busy with whatever religion you have , revere it, follow it, preach it, make necessary sacrifice for it. Act exactly in the manner all spiritually wiser than you do; observe it. Don't raise a discordant note. Fight, flatter, do whatever the world requires you to do, but only as hireling. In your heart of hearts , although your routine religion is anything, let your true religion be the simplest and the shortest , safest and smallest, speediest and surest Mai-ism. If you want religion of a one word , it is that of Sharanagati ( Self-surrender ).
Mai-ism maintains the full integrity of Hinduism as any other religion. Mai-ism only adds , one further requirement viz., when higher issues of universal welfare are under consideration, the individual aspect of each religion must take a secondary place in requirements of the all-embracing and all's welfare aspiring religion of the Universal Mother
Mai-ism proposes to give the free-est latitude to all in social living, so long as the fundamental Divine Laws are not infringed.One must be extremely alert and watchful, about the ground on which one stands and the nature of material he handles. His valour lies in doing his best to confirm and strengthen the ground and in making the handled material, very tactfully better. Neither contempt nor compulsion, nor resentment, nor dead routine can help. Constructiveness and not condemnation can alone take us out of the whirl.
Wise man have to accommodate themselves to the times to survive the overwhelming dashful violent waves , knocking down and smashing the shorelines. Sometimes a little promptitude in granting a lenient view save situations. It is better to be a less religious than to be entirely irreligious. If a certain sacred fire which has been for centuries kept alive with sandalwood only, gets famished and faded because no sandalwood offering come forth, should that sacred fire be not maintained by permitting less costly and burning materials ? Should it be allowed to cool down to ashes? No. Keep the fire alive. It will again see the original glorious day of Sandal-wood burning. These are crucial and critical moments. Better to give in a little than loose all. If the religious charm is retained , though weak, better time s of original strength are sure to return.
We are again in the line with the point of original aim and object of this composition. The final facts are that The Founder resides at Mother's Lotus Feet, confined within the four walls of his Mai-Niwas on Saraswati Road in Santa Cruz , Bombay except when he goes to Ahmedabad or any other outside place. He is a huge correspondent and believes in teaching religiosity, through correspondence and personal discussion of the smallest details of life and living. People go to him for spiritual understanding and he deals with inquirers in sittings lasting sometimes for five or six hours at a stretch , preferably 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. If none turns up, he would be praying and communing with Mother for these hours. His personal routine has been reduced to minimum.He would be found praying or preaching or writing letters or hearing the distresses of people and giving them instructions as to the ways of removal of miseries
Although in the finality of things , he believes man's highest exertion does not result in anything substantial compared to what Mother's Grace can do , he dis-likes the parasitic mentality and is extremely emphatic on the point of self-reliance , self-help and self-exertion. Says Founder, granting that you honestly believe you are capable of doing nothing, remain grateful, be busy with Mother's Glorification. Be helping mother to keep Her Universe and children - folk happy, honest , virtuous, God-fearing and God-loving.
These are these things that are expected of you, if you honestly believe that you can do nothing. One thing is : Be absorbed in Her and constantly meditating on Her. If that can't be done, second thing is , be at least be busy with activities connected with Her. If that too can't be done , be at least dedicating some kind of service , even though it be mechanical, either of your physical body, your mental faculties or your financial favorable position. If that can't be done , be atleast glorifying Her name and expressing your gratefulness to Her. This much on the side of action and activity. On the side of your thinking be humility itself. When you have to exert, you escape by saying, " Who am I to do ? What at the bast can I do ? " You put all your burden on Mother. When it comes to the realisation, you say, " I did it " and claim the full ownership of the fruits, without dedicating even a smallest fraction thereof, neither the credit of action nor the ownership of the fruit to Mother. Mentally renounce the very idea of your authorship or actorship or ownership. Don't continue the contact, not even the memory thereof
Let these three ideas be fully developed : (1) I am doer of nothing. (2) Nothing belongs to me (3) I am capable of doing nothing.
Mother is prepared for any compromise, but we are hopelessly out and out bankrupt in every way. Not even the mental expression of gratitude .That is most despicable.
Founder says, " This ' neither here nor there ' class of half baked shards of earthen pots is most tiresome, troublesome to deal with; and that the average modern Hindu is ; he is neither a Westerner nor an Easterner.He is neither an theist nor a theist. He is neither fully fledged Gyani nor an all-renouncing devotee. He is neither worldly nor an world-renounced. He is what he likes to be , as suit him best to serve his own self. He is crude obnoxious mixture of everything He has a love for material enjoyments as a Westerner. When the question of exerting therefore comes up, he is an Easterner and says, " We shall eat less but let us earn with ease and live God-dedication living ".
I so anxiously wish , readers may understand my heart. It is not that I am feeling joy in belittling the present age . Just the reverse of it. I feel for the average modern men. They are ten percent what they make themselves to be . I am not faddist of religion. Religion is for man, more than that men are for religion. The ultimate aim of religion is to make man better and happier. Nor am I worrying about getting a world of flatterers and courtiers around my MOTHER. I am all the while raising clarion call to all of them , whom mother has gifted powers to do their little best to take up the necessary measures to unable this world of ours , being reinstalled , on lines that lead it to be better and happier.
People do want religious institutes and preachers and advisers. Only thing is, someone else should have the idea of supporting them. They are to be merely receivers of benefits. That is in a way most natural with the original Hindu ideals. Religiosity or sacred learning gets poisoned as soon as the idea of money-getting or money-losing poison touches it.
Founder says , "When in the highest fervor of devotion, any saint hands over his books to a devotee ( and truly devotional is mostly poor one ), how can he wipe out every work done , with the poison of demand of its price ? On the other hand , a rich man that goes to him as a religious friend , to quote an actual instance , on being treated according to his status with a lunch costing rupees three, come forth to pay a two -anna piece , the normal price of a pamphlet, which he presents him with.His face is glowing with the idea," I would not take a pamphlet copy free as others do. I will straight way pay it off ", A rich man would be expecting praises for having paid off his two annas for the copy, although possessing lacs. What was expected of him was," Send your printer's bill to me for your next pamphlet ", or a cheque of a substantial amount for other publications.
There are several points of wrong mentalities, which the Founder had come across and which have shocked him on being smitten with the contrast between the talked - over and the actual religiosity.
A demand of some return for some great relief received from Mother, on the Founder's exerting hard and the consequent removing of some unbearable hardship, to be used only for the furtherance of an institute , or for assisting a religious person in his religious work, is called begging.
The logic underlying the mentality has been explained above : " Religious help is to be always free." Because religious work is invaluable just like saving of a drowning man, therefore is expected to be rendered and valued as valueless. What is invaluable soon gets depreciated to be valueless, if the feeling gratitude dies.
Founder says : You save a rich man's son from being sentenced, you see that a discarded daughter is received in her husband's home, you avert a danger of any disappointed person prepared to commit suicide by your constant day and night praying to Mother for maintaining his equilibrium. do anything, even helping a rich man to get over an incurable disease, or speaking in terms of money itself, to get thousands. Die for them, but a word about contributing to the sacred cause of religious furtherance is called BEGGARY. This modern mentality must change.The religious belief, once so very genuine and the mentality of " the saints oblige us be accepting " has erelong disappeared.
Please don't think this to be an outflow of a personal injustice . I am striving hard for a change in the mentality of the whole modern religious world. Don't be dazzled by richness of few counted saints. Study the problem deeply. A question from one of the worshipped saint's life will open eyes, " People came to see me in crowds and asked for instruction. People came and made me talk for three days and nights , without giving me moment's rest. They did not even ask me whether I had eaten ".
It must be said, this is quite an honest mentality which some few and not simply an excuse for not giving. Surely there are some that give with an honest understanding, viz., that the saints need nothing but that they must support them for their own " Punyam " and future welfare.
I am only explaining the embarrassing situation in matter of finance , for the new entrant in the realm of religion , as a reformer. In India, the agreeability of circumstances for any religious reform is this belief. Those who are Gadipatis and like Maharajas of the Vaishnava sect, never think of the advancing times . It is no part of their duty to help the world to being more religious. At best, their duty is to continuously play the same part, to them from the times of their forefathers.
There is another class, which is for dittoing the past and playing the same old gramophone records, blankly refusing to see look at the changed conditions and burning questions of the day. They live in the ideal world of the Vedas, Gitas and Puranas and refuse to descend even one step to study the actual step of facts and try to solve the perplexing questions of the modern life . this class is fairly rich, but it prefers idealisms.
There is still another class of high religious souls, who believe in fearful awe-inspiring distance , silence and unapproachability. To have a darshan would be more than enough to make a man perfect - the breath-blowing class.
Inferior values we are not referring to. There is a class, which consists of some living on the superstitions and fears of human nature , some of the avariciousness , some on religious ignorance of the rich educated class that has left all contact with religious routine, some on the blind faith of the illiterates etc.
It has been often put forth as an argument that India is poor.This argument is simple nonsense. If we judge the charitableness on the basis of percentage , where is the question of poverty ? Do westernized Hindu not know that in America religious lectures are actually paid for ? Formerly, people and public loved to serve religion. There was an innocent pride of greatness in helping religion, there was a belief , charity would bring more money, peace and happiness. So, there , a change is required to be brought about.
Is the world going to stop its working, even if there is not a single man on earth who believe in God ? Don't worry on that score. Mother's Message of Mai-ism says on the very first page , " Mai-ism is one's own personal religion to be adopted after the age of discretion and not one's ancestral religion by birth. " [ PAGE 143 TO 145 ]
Late Bro. A.S. Mundkur who has translated " Founder's Psalms " had become a Mai-ist in an extremely interestingly way. The Founder and Mr. Mundkur were together for only an official duty, for five days.The Founder had gone to scrutinize his 'award' of acquired lands . They stayed in adjoining blocks the Nipani Travellers' bungalow. One Friday night Mr. M entered F's room and expressed his greatest surprise on finding him sitting before Mai's picture in worship. " What do I see ! Do you believe in Religion after so much learning and free thinking and contact with up-to-date things.? I hate religion.The greatest humbug that has worked horrors on the world." F was equally staggered at such a contempt.Both were pulled into a serious discussion . M let loose his contempt in never stopping mail trains about weakness and abuse points of Hinduism.He won't stop to hear a counter reply. After he had finished , Founder cool-mindedly told him," You are right in whatever imputations you have made but let me have my say. Is there any God or not ? " "Yes, but not.... ". " Do you think for smooth running of the world, there must be some law ? " " Surely but not such a foolish.... " " Suppose you are the legislator, what would you have laid down ?"" Nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing, only live without hurting others , with Love . Help others as best as you can with Service. Remember your Creator, who has created such a happy , beautiful and man-serving world and live always cheerfully , taking life as it comes ".
The F asked ," If the religion means this ? " M got wrathfully wild : " Don't try to pull me. I am not a child. I am fifty-two my friend . I have studied all religions and have had long discussions with Swamis, Moulvis and Reverends ". F smiled to bring M's wrathfulness down. But supposing some religion means what you say ". " I know there is none ". " Suppose such new religion comes forth ! " In a respectful but convinced manner, he began to leave the room saying with the highest emphasis, ' Impossible ' . F told him he had to go that night to Belgaum to conduct a worship. M was too generous and offered his car for a distance over 30 miles and back. He smiled and taunted F with a pleasant vengeance . " Please excuse me. I am impersonally telling you. That is my religion, to save your immense travelling trouble by giving you my car. ". He could not contain and repeated " That is my religion ". Not going to temple but sparing one's car for carrying a cooly fallen from scaffold in front of you to the hospital. " F smiled, " If you don't mind, will you please have a glance at this book of mine . " He accepted it and the Founder thanked him.
The F returned the next morning. As he entered the compound , forgetting his position as a collector , he came running and shouting , " JAY MAI JAY MARKAND MAI " and opened the motor-door like a brother. Founder was surprised. " What has happened to you ? " Said Mr. M , " Conversion in a night ' Universal ' !! No bitterness of individual religions !! Religion itself to mean Love and Service !! What what what do you so boldly say !! Even if a man does not believe in the very existence of God, you call such a man Religious if he lives the life of Love and Service !! Has any religion said so in such a explicit bold terms ? " Founder said with highest joy , " It is not this humble creature who can dare say that.It is Jay Mai that has shown condescension to the suffering world , out of Her mercifulness for Her children, in this new age. "
Founder says ," Let the patient in his last days eat whatever he likes. If he take these six Mother pills he will be saved." Founder in the most deplorable condition of religion and religiosity takes the attitude of an examiner, who asks, " Which chapter do you know best ? Which questions can you best answer ? You give me the questions I may examine you with, and answer them with your very text books before you. I don't want to lock up my University and Colleges . Tomorrow most brilliant scholars will come forth, if these survive ".
There should be no startling consternation, at a large number of sub - religions. India with so many sub-religions , each one strictly followed by its followers , would be many times much superior to India with an idealistic, hazy, indefinite, chaotic, one Major Religion in Name, neither in belief, nor in action, nor in life .
I do appreciate the practical hardship and difficulty. A man may think one way today and his view may change tommorow. The wisest foresight is to define your religion as broadly as you can.Don't be retreating step after step with the world's slaps. It is not merely a defeat but a source and cause of contempt and of mutual hatred between the blinder and the bound.
Mai-ism brings down six thousand six hundred and sixty six things to six things only. Six things are also reduced to three trios' (1) Humanity, Love and Service (2) Mother, Devotion and Self-surrender and (3) God, Guru and Disciple. Take up any trio and fire on. Mother speed you. No handicaps of what to dine, when to bath , whom not to touch, which temple, which river, which pilgrimage place, whom to marry, which priest, etc., etc.
Founder says, " For all matters , ask your Mother yourself, when in fully serious and devotional mood. Consult your Guru if have any and chalk out your line of action, in which you don't infringe your selected principles , with Love and Service , Devotion and Self-surrender; I have nothing else to lay down as a compulsory measure. "
I come back to the oldest of old truths. Your benefit is to be measured in terms of your oneness with your Guru , the intensity of your oneness, the intensity of your self-surrender, love, service and devotion to your Guru. The period of your contact ; the repetition of your Sadhana and time given for settlement and maturity. What Guru gives that much alone the Shishya gets. As many Rupees annas and pies the Shishya get. The rest is all delusion and consolation; the crucial-most truth for the modern world that hates the very idea of Guru.
My hearts throbs to declare . " All my labours on them that were not impregnated with the candid and ardent spirit and felling of a Shishya towards Guru are lost."
A mother asked her son to fetch water from a pipe. The boy goes with a vessel and shouts , " Mother I don't get water. " Mother looks. He has held vessel above the pipe. Mother shouts," You can't get even a drop unless you hold your vessel below the pipe. The son holds the vessel below the pipe. Again he shouts, " Mother I don't get water. " Mother looks. He has not held it exactly below the spray. Mother shouts, " You can't get it unless you are holding your vessel in the very same straight line." The son holds it in a straight line. Says he," Mother, I don't get water." Mother shouts ," don't hold your vessel inverted."
The Founder says," Don't expect a single drop, unless in the first place , you have a conviction , you are lower than the Guru. Your juggleries of sweet words , little small nominal services, your cheating with two oranges and three plantains , won't do."
Secondly you be in his straight line. Don't expect pipe to shift its mouth to be line with your vessel. Thirdly if you are already full of perversion , all teachings turn poisonous like the milk to a serpent. If you turn perverted later, one variety of which is treacherousness to the Guru himself , even then you can't continue to carry a single drop.
Every one can't be perfect from the first day. One has however a way out., " I will be wicked to the whole world but not to my Guru."I will be thinking and practising all impurities, but not during the moments I am in presence of my Guru. " This much accepted and observed , put the whims-hurt machine into vigorous action, till the smallest atom of a charge become tremendously huge charge.
Guru-Droha , treachery to the Guru, is the highest religious crime.The Guru teaches his disciples and allows him to learn everything and then the fellow turns to break and becomes a different man altogether , as if he had never has met his Guru. Their perverted mentality is this. They think they have an as good right to God or deity, and Guru is only an intermediary nuisance, just like a peon of an officer. He is simply to be kelp pleased with four-anna-piece. " Once we are admitted in , we know how to kick the Guru. " Such people think themselves within their minds to be much greater than the Guru. Such people have no idea of the Divine working. They rely too much on their intellect, and think they have the last card in their sleeve, of shedding two tears before God and Guru with a few word of repentance.
Persons believe that , once they have agreed to do a little something of a prayer or worship, not a single misery should befall them, as if Mother has enslaved Herself to them for a few crumbs of prayers. They rush on their Guru , get wrathful. Abandon all relations with God and Guru forgetting all life long benefits . When they again gets kicks and slaps they return to God and Guru.
Only few days back, one person came to the Founder, after a long disconnection.He most seriously said," I was determined not to come to Mother and to you but I finally decided. Let Mother be a Kumata ( wicked mother ) , but I should not be a Kuputra ( wicked son ).Of course he was seriously hurt in financial prospects and had a painful setback. But he would never bring in his former huge uplifts through Mother's Grace , or his unfitness, unfavorable circumstances , worldly enmity or Prarabdha etc.This is highest height of a perversion which the Founder had never dreamt during his whole life. Just the reverse of what we have learnt from centuries, taught by Shri Sankaracharya ." So many sons have become wicked but no mother has yet ever become wicked. "Please note, I am not talking of some villagers or uneducated or penniless people . My experience has been drawn from the society of the highest middle-class and highest education.
My labours are amply rewarded if I am leaving one lesson after me viz., the indispensability of a Guru ( be he whomever you select and change him whenever you decide ), and the strict disciplinary observance of the Guru-Shishya relationship. If you can't be true , good, just and faithful to one person out of millions around you , whom you select , where is there even a phantom of hopefulness for the results of a solid Sadhana ? By Sadhana, I mean the smallest effort for the achievement of the smallest thing about one's religious progress.
For spiritual progress, a time does arrive when you have to say goodbye to the world . We may or may not leave homes . One Mai-istic formula is Bhagjana, Bhulajana, Milajana and Mitjana ( run away, forget, live with Guru , wipe out individuality).
Create maximum leisure by reducing your outer wants and activities. Minimize your responsibilities and conserve your energies. Keep yourself in a company of a superman, for as many moments of your every day as you can. See that your desire do not pull you out from your hidden obscure corner shelter. Try to control yourself as much as you can. When you can't silently suffer , but don't seek remedy which would in turn bring up a forest of more formidable evils. Utilize the first opportunity of running away from the temptation again to your safe corner. Set all worldly considerations aside making their value a cipher , if thereby you escape a pitfall of your slipping in to the mouth of devilishness. Be prepared to be called a coward, a rough man, a rustic, an idiot or even a mad or a bad man , a vicious man, a faithless man or even an ungrateful man. People's good opinion or applause about you is nothing in contrast to your own moral degradation.
In life there are there are many calamities and trying situations. When one has to weigh the worldly benefits and considerations against one's spiritual elevation, or debasement , one must invariably decide in favor of spiritual elevation , foregoing all the worldly calculations and future prospects.
Come what may. Don't leave Mother's Lotus Feet.You have a right to the Mother's Feet and Lap. It is enough that you have tried your best not to be pulled out, and that you have again returned. You area again welcome to the safe corner of purity and rest and peace. Run back at the earliest opportunity. Your right living become so interwoven in your life , that whenever you make a departure, you are filled with unique uneasiness and confusion. You must be so guile-lessness-stamped in your face that even the dullest man of the world would detect you out and force you to be driven back to your corner with a little suffering. Develop your mind to be so sensitive that you yourself can't remain composed, till you have vomited out your wrong actions, intentions, sins, faults and follies.
I assure you from my personal experience . If you are a devotee, Mother saves you with only a slight reproach and a warning and a little loss. She changes the minds of people . How rarest thing it is to meet a man who make confessions with repentance and resolution not to repeat the folly ? Mother helps you in such cases most miraculously. It is the Divine arrangement that saints are harassed by the world , even on false accusations to make them more and more unattached to the world , and to be pulled toward the God.
Nip in the bud, a vicious thought, wish or action. Let the improvement of others be now, only a side activity of your life. Let that infatuation of duty go. A general high sense of duty must be uniform and of the same intensity and not restricted to wife and children only. Every man has his duty towards God, himself, Universe, parents, brothers and sisters and neighbors and posterity as well. Wife and children themselves, although fully mature and discrete, never think about the indispensability by your care and protection, as much as you are dancing about under the name of duty. You have to play your inevitable part alone, with the least attachment.
Every man who has worked hard and gone out of righteousness has a feeling of disgust at the end when he finds and discovers the real mentalities of them whom he looks upon as helpless dependents and dying without him and as ready for very sacrifice for him, when he sees things incompatible with his lifelong exertions and expectations.
Your living as a householder or a relinquisher of the family life is a matter of much less importance than the reality about how you live every moment of your life . You have to pay off your debts. As soon as you are nearing the mark automatically, all the circumstances of life will change, to create a position suited to your new requirements.
JAY MAI JAY MAI JAY MAI
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK : MAI-ISM
AUTHOR : MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
ABRIDGED BY : U.G. MENON
MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ WEST MUMBAI 400054 INDIA.
MAI : MAI'S 1ST MOTHER'S CHILD:
JAY MAI JAY MAI JAY MAI
The Founder came in close touch with the human worldly mind, in its most intricate natural varying forms and faces, after 1945 on his retirement.There is good deal of subtle interest to learn and enjoy in the childlike stage of a vexed soul in a grown up body.There is nothing new in the description of a surpriseful narration of a childlike mind , when it gets shocked on contact with the wickedness of the world.
Even today the Founder's eyes get wet on mere remembrance of the childlikeness of Blessed R.K. Paramahamsa.
The world has known righteousness and appreciated it.Some blessed have tried to acquire it.Some have played greater mischief under he delusion artificially created about their having possessed it. But there is something still higher than righteousness.Not even the divinity, not even the devotion. Something still beyond, and that is childlikeness.
The Founder states : " Words fail me. I am referring to that Divine childlikeness - that indescribable childlikeness . Many times much more sublime than righteousness , divinity or devotion. All these latter are drosses from which Divine Bliss has to be obtained on burning. You churn out some superb thing as bliss or ecstasy out of something else in the case of all these things, but Divine childlikeness, is like spontaneously lying scattered grains of the Divine Bliss itself , which has not known the touch of human effort. The majesticity, in whose realm, rebelliousness, discontented-ness, struggle and unrighteousness itself are impossibilities.
Religious teachers have taught us virtue, morality, righteousness, purity, divinity, devotion, but there is yet, one thing still higher . I am referring to that yet still something higher - The Divine Child-likeness.
A Mother's child asking anyone that comes near, be he of no worth, whether he will be cured of his foot-sore ! The Mother's child that seeks consolation from even sinners ( where does the child know what is sinfulness and what is sinlessness ) and gets joyfully quietened on hearing that, " Yes, it will be cured , don't worry. "That is Divine Childlikeness."
The Founder's highest joy is to be called Mother's child and Mother.One of his friends advised him when he was about fifty," Don't you think you should be wiser ? You can be cheated by thousands." The founder smiled and said, " Yes I like and love to be cheated. Am I not than one in thousands ? Am I not than a child ? " The logic in this case is that the loss on being cheated , the maximum that one can imagine is in a such a man's weighing , nothing compared to the joy of divinity and purity which would be lost to him, on his equipping himself to be the proof against any cheating. The latter loss of childhood is , in the eyes of Mother's child is , many times much greater than all the loss in aggregate on being cheated.
How much would I like to be absorbed in the sublimity of that childlikeness ; and wish others to be absorbed too ! There the difference of childhood and boyhood comes. I have to descend to the mortal plane and be a boy. It is extremely difficult to retain one's childhood. I have experienced childhood. I have described it in my pages.Where such a child falls unconscious even on the busiest traffic road, running motors automatically stop. They can not touch even the fringe of the protection circle drawn by Mother Herself around Her child.
There can be such a relationship between God and man. Where is the need of bringing in ether and its vibrations and so many aids of occult sciences of Yoga in the question of being able to move God to unable you to achieve certain unusual thing ?
If the world can't appreciate that Divine Childlikeness, let it not pollute that nectar by adding thereto the humbug of Leela, an artificial dissimulation , as a preservative of its Ideal's greatness. There is no Leela between the world and Mother's child. if there is any , it is between Mother and Mother's child. The childlikeness is itself the most spontaneous Leela. It is pure and simple Divine childlikeness which is born with some blessed one , out of millions of blesseds.
Practice feeling that you are a child. A child whom Mother could not but accept, however wicked.You automatically get confidence, you regain your innocence, purity and sincerity and you raise yourself above world-wormness, sexuality and selfishness. You are off your cares, time is eternity for you and life is lightened. Be Mother's child and Her lap shall be thrilling and throbbing to have you on itself.
We are speaking of , not righteousness, not virtuousness, not goodness , but Divine childlikeness, which is the essence of all these three together in a melting pot over the fire of devotion. A child is easily pulled towards righteous, virtuous and good persons and is terribly afraid of the reverse. In fact attraction of children is test of proximity to Divine Mother. It gets sickened in a foreign atmosphere and flies away therefrom. The child understands mind and the heart so very instinctively . Children believe everyone is speaking the truth and they can be very easily duped. They are not deeply selfish, although they may appear to be selfish sometimes superficially and temporarily. Mother to them is their everything and all powerful and they have every confidence in her. A child is innocent, pure and sincere . One great monster of mischief in life, viz., the sexual desire has not been born in the child's mind. They are attached to nothing except their mother. " Unless we be like little children, we shall not enter heaven ".
Founder read the life of Blessed Ramakrishna Paramahamsa for the first time in December 1949, having been presented with a copy by one of his Madras devotee while he celebrated Sisters' gathering on 1 -10 - 1949. He noticed a mention made about the highest joy of Paramahamsa in the morning of 23 - 12 - 1885 which was the year, date and time of Founder's own birth. The description reads thus most briefly , " On the morning of December 23 rd 1885, the Master was in a particularly happy mood. He said to Niranjan, " I will sit in your lap." Touching Kalipad's chest He said, " Be illumined ". Two women devotees also received blessings . He said to Mahindra , " My task of teaching is almost finished. I can no longer instruct people . I wish to reveal more. But I can't. "
Founder was born on Datta Jayanti day, in the Full moonlight at about 4.30 a.m., on 23rd December 1885.He asked to himself on 23rd December 1949, secretly within himself, " Was it not likely that Paramahamsa was immensely joyful, because Mother had then decided the further needful, regarding Her work, commenced through Paramahamsa , and Mother had created , brought forth, deputed or prepared another soul, for the development of the Paramount Ideal of a Universal Religion centred round GOD AS MOTHER ? A religion which had for its basis the relationship of Mother and child between God and devotee, which placed Universality as first commandment and which dispensed all less important issues and laid the highest emphasis on living the life of Love, Service , Devotion and Unconditional Cheerful Self - Surrender to the extent possible ? "
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa practically demonstrated through his life , what a mother's child can be and how blessed that child is ; how lovely, how all -powerful, how over powering and how very wonderful in transforming ordinary souls and how very spontaneous in the matter of simplifying the way to emancipation. None knows the element of child as mother, without even a communicating syllable.
A parrot-child confined in a cage has no idea and no feeling of joy or sorrow, on the cage of being iron, brass , silver or gold. It takes no notice whether that cage is cleaned or not. It is no matter of difference to the parrot-child, whether the fruits served are fresh or stale , relishful or corroded. It speaks nothing, answers nothing, learns nothing. It has only one idea which has permeated every atom of its heart mind and body. It is only waiting to send message to its mother. That message is , " Mother, I make no differences of the cage, its cleanliness or foodstuff. I do not even mind confinement. Thou , be just sitting on the opposite tree, so that with my vision of Thine, I may loose the very consciousness of myself , being absorbed in the ecstasy on being unified with Thee. ".
That is Mai-ism. Your circumstances, richness or poverty , intellect or dullness, literariness or illiteracy after all, in the end, nothing. Even your cleanliness, your supernatural powers , your knowledge , even the so much tom-tommed righteousness, goodness, virtuousness are nothing. What is the highest of these things before the infinite Source of Goodness , Righteousness and Antithesis of Evil ?
Your only salvation is your loosing yourself in the steady gaze , full of highest love , devotion and self surrender, if Grace is showered on you and Mother sits before you on the opposite tree. Either send your heart rendering shrill or your message to your Mother . She wants to be assured about your genuine single mindedness desire of being emancipated, that you want nothing else and that you have a conviction, on having failed after doing your every effort, that nothing can save you, except the Divine Grace of Mother.
Your exertions are required for the final conviction. A theoretical untried belief would not do. Do exert your best. You have to do what is ordained to be done , in order to learn that what you can do best is nothing in reality. You have to study all scriptures to arrive at the conclusion , that there is something higher than what all scriptures can teach you.
There have been different types of relationships. A father and a son, a Guru and a disciple , a master and a servant, a lender and a borrower, an elder brother and a younger brother, a husband and a wife , a lover and a beloved. One can't conceive of the innumerable relationships that can be there. Each relationship requires a certain deservedness. The Shishya or younger brother must be ready for austerities. A son must be obedient and illustrious. The servant must have humility in addition to perspiring service . A wife must be satisfactory in various aspects. A beloved must loose herself and have no individuality. Mother and child relationship needs the least deservedness. Mother has to be more active in that relationship than the child. I am at loss to find an expression about any idea of the duty of a child to the Mother.
The Founder had an inspirational illumination after communion with Mother on his recent birthday, 23 December 1949. He expressed certain beliefs of his regarding Paramahamsa as below :
The whole world needs Religion to be happy. That religion needs to be a universal one and as simple as it can be made with fewest observances and freest latitude., so far as innocent harmless living is scrupulously lived. The whole conception regarding religion needs a change , especially in this age. Let every thing made be made anew to give a new spirit, new enthusiasm. God who is neither a Father nor a mother, or Father as also Mother , decided to overhaul the whole religious fabric in view all changed circumstances.God till now, mostly worshipped as Father became Mother. Mother decided to finally rub out the old impressions which were already rubbed out by time , and start a new method of religionisation. Just when as a new thing has to be substituted, it becomes indispensable that the world be assured of the highest efficiency of the new element and a model has to be raised and installed before the world.With that same view Blessed Paramahamsa was sent to this world as Ideal of Mother's child. Mother Almighty took the most minute stock of the divine and devilish tendencies and working forces of the Universe. She saw that justice as a rule and mercy as an exception, won't work with the modern world . God must be the Merciful Parent. God further decided " Let the relationship of God and devotee be that of Mother and child." How will the world will believe in its efficacy ? Why should the world should accept this new belief , in addition to, or in lieu of, their own beliefs of other relationships ?
The new religionisation with God that has transformed Himself into Mother , wants the relationship of a mother and child , and places that relationship on the top of all the past known and practically time worn out relationships. How can God do that unless the world sees the greatness and the emancipating capacity of that relationship ? Mother managed to offer to the world Blessed Ramakrishna Paramahamsa as other's child to be with the world for full fifty years for any test and experimentations.
Founder states : Mother has further desired , through me to formulate Mother's Religion by Mai-ism. To be the Mother's instrument in founding a religion which has been revealed to me by God as Mother, which is based on the belief of the highest efficacy of the relationship of Mother and child between God and devotee.
Founder, during communion with Mother, felt as if the work which he had done quite independently, as a result of his own experiences and mediations , under the protective guidance of Mother's Grace , was the very continuation of the work Mother Herself had begun since long.
Paramahamsa was Mother's child, Mother Herself. I am not all alone . Mother Herself escorts me.
Suppose you are in the hands of a cruel-most police-man who is on the point of handcuffing you and taking you away to the dark cellar , where suspects are dealt with.He calls a carriage, and with tears you are made to get in it. When all of a sudden, by Mother's Grace, your College Principal motors in and shouts out his ," Hallo, where are you going ? " What a joy would you feel ! You are saved. What a blissful and peace-and-protection-showering joy !
This was in fact the experience of the Founder, in college in Poona [ Pune ]. He had been to the Railway station to see off someone at the 3 p.m.Express. He was then seized by a detective who called out the nearest police. The Founder was suspected to be a Bengali seditious youth. The boy pleaded innocence and offered worldly resistance to his being shoved in with force, into a carriage.He was shown a photograph, in which a young boy's face was quite similar. Just then, when the boy was on the point of being pushed into carriage , in came the motor of the Principal in the station yard. He stood guarantee and both returned to the students quarters. This is an instance of how Mother was, as it were , protecting Her child, wherever he went. The greater psychologically important experience was however this. At the gate of the quarters , he saw his college friend, who was, in a confused , anxious and hurried manner , making his way towards the station because he had a dream in the daytime nap, and saw the whole scene which took place at the Railway station and his friend in the clutches of the police.
Founder says God is giving us proofs and protections so often, but we are all hopeless and ungrateful idiots.
The Founder began to see things as one would see on several scattered square blocks at sixes and sevens being arranged properly to form a complete and perfectly beautiful toy picture. He felt thrills after thrills, the like of which he never had before . What was being manifested in him was the reappearance of the nectar flow. We often have some scattered facts appearing as a independent facts by themselves , with no continuity and lots of gaps and so many small connecting links missing . As time passes and things take greater shape and development , we begin to see the continuity.
Mother, in 1932, through the mouth-piece of the Founder of Mai-ism in an independent course , although towards the same end , declared more forcefully, the indispensable need of a religion for the whole world to be happy under changed circumstances. The full-fledged man, the brief-holder, does not beg through crying and creating pity, nor does he rest contended with expressing his desires softly and mildly, looking into the face of others and ascertaining their pleasure or displeasure . He is not for saying, " I atleast believe thus and like this. You go your way." The man with every emphasis that he can command comes forth, claims his right to be heard and further demands his legitimate place in the midst of others and his sisters and brothers :
" Well, we are all unhappy. We have tried every means. Believe my Mother's word. You can't be happy without religion. A religion to be most efficient requires to be UNIVERSAL and much more simplified and based on fundamental undeniable Universal truths alone. Here, Mother being moved with pity, offers to the world , a Universal religion of God as Mother, Mother of all, propitiable with living the life of Love, Service, Devotion and Self-Surrender . Ye that find this universal religion to be appealing to you, take it up. Mother is there to guide you, protect you, save you and emancipate you. "
The religious progress of the world is less than even an ant's pace and that is so because we altogether forget the opposing and the undoing forces. We have altogether wrong ideas and wrong similes.We think mechanically in a routine manner and that is why we wonder why so much of the highest exertions of all the supremely powerful religious souls have not apparently borne fruit. The most patent argument against religion coming from the most intelligent ( but not religious ) persons is ," So many have come on this world . The world has remained the very same conglomerate of all wickedness, selfishness, vice, pain, sorrow and misery. " The Founder's answer to all of them is : " The world would have been much worse than what you see now , were it not for the showers of God's Grace from time to time ". There is no end to wickedness.
Our basis to judge and weigh the results of religiosity improving exertions and Divine Grace is fallacious. We take this vast Universe as a consolidated concentrated indivisible unit, whereas , the results are to be seen in the amelioration and even salvation of individuals. The caravan of the world passes on, but individuals are saved.
There is something like a precise stage of maturity for the world to receive a certain truth to be able to appreciate it and imbibe it. And we are looking at the matter under reference with that point in view; the maturity and the convenience for an undertaking and the favourableness and easiness expected for the success of an undertaking.
Mother thought the highest work of presenting the religious ideal of Mother - and - child relationship before the world , was more than satisfactorily done through Paramahamsa , actually living that life . He had done more than enough, to be further entrusted with additional work.
Swami Vivekananda had to do a good deal of clearing the ground, full of misunderstandings, prejudices, superstitions, well-froggisms and so many antagonistic forces and factors before true religiosity could take root. He found the world to be still immature for launching a new moment with the stamping of a religion. Seriousness was not there, and on the contrary abuse was possible. " The sentimentality of the devotee was as its highest. Some would fall into partial trances accompanied with the contortions of the body, whenever there was any exiting cause, such as devotional music. Many of them practically gave up the exercise of their common sense and reasoning faculty and waited in suspense for some miraculous manifestation of Paramahamsa's divine power." Swami Vivekananda foresaw the baneful effect of such meaningless emotion and set himself to stem the tide. " People feigned a good deal. It was discovered that these effusions were , in some cases, feigned and the result of rehearsals at home. "
The first need of India had to be first served and perhaps, therefore the Motherhood of God was temporarily shelved and he preached Adwaitism.
Here I should make it clear, what I mean by a belief in the Motherhood of God and ' Mother's Child '. In general loose twist-able sense , everyone is Mother's child. I don't mean that , when I say Paramahamsa was Mother's child. Our being the Upasaka of Brahma and not minding Brahma being called Mother , just as we call Brahma a Father, a Friend, or a Saviour or a Guru, is not to be taken as the same thing as being a believer of Motherhood. Again the Upasana of God's Maya or Shakti is not to be taken as the Upasana of Motherhood. No jumbling and no winding up and closing up and snubbing down the controversial point with a hurried stamping of ' All the same '. No assumption of a part for the whole or vice versa. God's something is not the same thing as God. " God as Mother " in words with a picture before you, only about Creator-ship, Rulership and Disposership of the Universe or Universes , is not to be taken as " Belief in the Motherhood of God ."
The test is approach to God, as a child to Mother. You may have some reverence and worshipfulness for all the conceptions and Incarnations and all religions and religious Founders. All that is very nice But the question of question is," When you are in every hardship, with no hopes of your being saved , when you are on the last stage of drowning, -- why, to be expressly clear -- when you are inhaling and exhaling your last breath, what is your God and relationship at that moment ? In what form, of what conception, and of what relationship with you ? If your approach then is that of a child to Mother, then alone you are a believer of the Motherhood of God and you are a Mother's child. " As what ", do you shout during your hours of weeping and drowningness, ' as your last refuge ' - is the test.
So many religious thinkers have used the word ' Mother ' but the conceptions are different and unfortunately few have made their conception about ' Mother ' clear. In as much as I am directly concerned with ' Motherhood ', I can not keep haziness about ' Mother '. One who lives his life with Love, service, Devotion and Self Surrender is a Mai-ist. I am extremely overcautious against the creeping in of the old degeneration of this Mai-conception. Mother Sitha between Rama and Laksmana , without whose Grace and going away aside , Lakshman can not see the face of Rama, is not Mai of Mai-ism.No repetition of distant most chance of mistaking Mai as Maya or the wife of Brahma , Vishnu or Mahesh. No Vamacharas, no animal and human sacrifices, no Possessions and no Delphi oracles under Mai-ism. No misunderstandings again. Further,Mother Mai to Her child, is Love of Loves, and Mercy of Mercies [ not Terror of Terrors and Death of Deaths ]. A cat's holding of a kitten is quite different from that of rat. Who can escape in the cat - and - rat relationship of God and man ?
Let us see Swamiji's mind regarding Mother. Founder came across Swamiji's quotations, " Real well-being of India will commence from the day, the worship of the Divine Mother will truely begin ".
What can be the idea behind ' Commencement ', ' Worship of the Divine Mother ' and ' True beginning ' ? In India , where there are hundreds of Hindu Mother temples, at every square in every city and village and where their worship has come down to us from centuries ?? If people have deep sense, it was a prophecy, about the new conception of the Divine Mother , the new requirement of propitiating and the new method of worship , which were to truely begin under MAI-ISM, that was soon following.
Swami Vivekananda had written to one of his disciples ," To put the Hindu ideas into English and then make out of the dry philosophy and intricate mythology and queer starting psychology, a religion which shall be easy, simple, popular and at the same time meet the requirements of the higher minds . A task which only those who have attempted it can understand.The abstract Adwait must become a living practice, in every day life. Out of the hopelessly intricate mythology, must come forth concrete moral forms , and out of bewildering yogism, must come the most scientific and practical psychology. And all this must be put in a form, so that a child can grasp it. That is my task ".
Does this not look like an advance proclamation about the immediately following MAI-ISM - a religion by Mother's child and for Mother's children - an east and graspable religion, a Universal religion of Love and Service ? that was the task which was attempted.
Let it be clearly understood that the teachings of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda, on being religionised lead you to Mai-ism independently arrived at, by Divine Mother's Grace.
Mai-ism does not beg strength from Hindu scriptures or from Shri Paramahamsa or Swami Vivekananda. Till 23 - 12 - 1949, Paramahamsa and Vivekananda were nothing nearer to me than say, Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu and Shri Jagadguru Shankaracharya. Paramahamsa has approached Mother as Mother's child, Swamiji was for " Aham Brahma Asmi - I am God " , " Mother, thou art everything ".
Next we proceed to the question of the importance and the need of religionisation of highest principles of life and living.There are many people who would admit, " The elements of God as mother, though in a different form are there already with us.Devotion and self surrender we have in ample measure.But where is the need for striking a separate off-shoot ? " Here the most practical thing should be stated. If you want a certain portion of population to be trained and to be gaining a unique efficiency, in respect of certain truths, you can not do that without a special segregated grouping. If you want to add saffron to a rice and milk preparation , you can't succeed with pouring in the un-worked rough ingredients in the vessel containing maunds , and going on stirring the whole huge milk-rice-pot. You prepare the saffron liquid as best as you can, quite separately and then pour it in and then pour it in, in the huge vessel.
The Founder says, " I do recognise the right of every religion to amendments and even substantial and even complete transformations. But so long as any such solid acceptance , confirmation and undifferentiated assimilation is not there what Mai-ism religionises is Mai-ism,. Although all three are extremely allied.
Why do we need religionisation of certain truths and principles ? Only a diamond can cut a diamond. Religionization has its unique value. A mere opinion of however a great a superman, is after all, paper directions and declarations. Once you religionise certain beliefs , principles, truths and customs and ways of living, entwining them round a certain conception of God , you saw a seed. It may take an extremely long time to sprout and the seed may die as well. But if at all it grows , it grows most wonderfully with age and time and gets stronger and stronger and for ever. Any truth that has been religionised , has its back, a tremendous wonderful divine force and faith of millions of men and of centuries as the religion grows day by day and age by age.
In the finality of the things , beliefs, pious wishes and words of wisdom don't count. Without the life of God being breathed in an intellectual skeleton, and a statue, all ornamentations of theories, philosophies have little substantial value.They are only nicest things to praise. Entwinement round a superman has its own time limit , although of centuries. God is God.
It is living force that works and that force has to be developed, trained and regulated as per certain conceptions . Religion is the supernatural force which ha sits unfailing Source in the Infinite and Eternal. Decades and decades , ages after ages , a large number of persons live their life in conformity with certain beliefs. Every hour and moment, thousands are thinking in a particular way and at the same time .Most huge dynamos are at work, generating certain gigantic powers to uphold those beliefs and to withstand any attacks. It is that force of Religion that work wonders.
A religion gives an immense power of exerting and suffering. There is the God's strength, an immortal hope and a terrible fear behind every act described as good or bad under religion.This, no amount of preaching by way of an appeal from any man to the intellect, experience or heart of another man, can substitute. A religion is under the constant grace and watchfulness, care and anxiety of the eternal God round whom it is entwined.
Paramahamsa was Mother Herself.Swami Vivekananda was Mother's Lion and very likely Mai-ism's Founder is Markandeya , the sage who formulated the events of Mother's Love to mankind. This poor Mai Markand can only say at the top of his voice ," If you wish to be saved , your last remedy is to approach God as Mother, whom you should believe to be Mother of one and all, and whom you should propitiate with love and service, devotion and self surrender.
Jay Mai Jay Markand Mai.
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK : MAI-ISM
AUTHOR : MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
ABRIDGED BY : U.G. MENON
MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ WEST, MUMBAI 400054 INDIA
MAI THE FIRST-MOST AGITATOR & FINAL- MOST EMANCIPATOR
JAY MAI JAY MAI JAY MAI
To begin certain narratives, the Founder had an extremely intense daughterly love for a lady of a high family and education. She had so much devotion for the Founder that she did not mind the doctor's strict instructions not to move from her sick-bed and she accompanied her husband from Santa Cruz [ Mumbai ] to see the Founder off at Dadar [ Mumbai ] on his way to Hubli. It was raining hard and the train did not run. She was entreated by the Founder to return home , but she would not. Waiting from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Founder proposed to go to Sion [ Mumbai ] to another devotee and return to Dadar [ Mumbai ] .Founder went there with all. They were welcomed and immediately food was prepared. The dining place was dark; the electric lights remained " off " during day time. The lady expressed her obstinate child-like desire," I won't take meals in this dark room. If you want me to eat, it must be under those under those electric lights." Founder endearingly asked her not to be so resolute in a matter beyond human control. Said she," I know there is nothing beyond your control. I am extremely hungry. Every moment you are refusing us the light, you are paining me. " Said the Founder, " Mother , here is the foolish girl, but most dear to me. She has not cared for her health and illness. Let her be pleased as well, in Her obstinacy." As soon as these words were uttered, lights were there, till, the whole function was over. At the end, the Founder prayed and the light disappeared.
This lady [ Mrs. Sushila Desai ] had a friend in Baroda, a high officer who was severely demoted to a small assistant. The lady saw him at a saint's place and said," I will see you are restored to your original state . I am the daughter of Supreme Mother, in human form who can do anything and who can not refuse me anything." She returned from Baroda and was with the Founder, one night , eating away his brains , asking for a boon. Gradually she told the story. Founder did not yield till 3 a.m. and then promised," Alright Mother will see that he is re-instated within a month. " The whole question was re-opened after every hope was dead. He was reinstated.
The Founder had varied unprecedented experiences through this lady. Once, she told the Founder," You must learn Pranayama and Yoga ". Founder said," Have you lost your senses ? With so much experience, you can't understand the greatness of devotion ? " He went away leaving her house courteously. Some half and hour passed. The lady began to see everywhere in every room , every corner, every sofa, every chair, Mother, Mother and Mother. She got afraid ; she ran to the adjourning bungalow where Founder was residing, begged pardon and took him back to her place , to give him his favorite dish of pungent butter fried , bakery bread and mango pickles.
The lady would not do any worship, would not do any mantras, would not offer any offerings to Mother-picture. She would not wave the Arti. The only thing she had was the faith of the highest order. She remain practically in the constant presence of the Founder. She has been constantly hammering the idea, " You are yourself Mother ", and she is hypnotizing herself with the notion, " What he promises must be done . What was once promised by the Founder can never remain unfulfilled. ".
The lady one day asked , " You must raise my husband to be the manager of a concern and not merely an accountant as now." Of course the working in the worldly way was there. But he was able to start within three months a new concern which had as its telegraphic address " Mai-concern ".
The husband and son were both once in a trouble regarding the official management of an extremely serious order, though fully innocent. The lady exacted a promise and both were relieved of the embarrassing situation, all the destructive forces changing to be sympathetic.
Her husband was ill and staying at Juhu [ Mumbai ] in a rich bungalow. She would take the Founder from Tagore Road to Juhu and get his blessings on him and she would see him off at the station for Founder to catch his train to go to his office. Doctor said , he will take three months to recover. She told the Founder ," I can't tolerate this delay. You are cruel. If you heartily pray, the illness would disappear. " The Founder was made to promise that he would see that her husband attend office next Friday which meant less than a week. All said," If this proves true " they will be Mai-ists forever. Said Founder not knowing his powers ," Alright, I promise but don't blame me." On Friday he was ready and Founder took him to his office. It was wonder of wonders. The founder has been all along , dealt with like this, by the world, with a promise to be Mai-ist forever . His powers on believing such promise, grew supernatural. His ambition was to give wonderful experiences of Divine help through Mother's Grace and go on getting families after families praying to Mother. If she took up the Mai cause, that would be accelerated most speedily as she had rich relatives , was herself a cultured and educated lady and she had a moral courage and even boldness of an up-to-date England returned lady.
He however found the world to be too deceitful, selfish and ungrateful in general. Now, that he has the experience of the world full of cheating, he neither believes the promise, nor does he think himself justified in troubling Mother.
The knottiest point which baffled all attempts at solution was this : Here is a lady. She does not believe in worship and the usual things. She has only one qualification. She has a faith which has no parallel. She believes , " What Founder promises must fulfil." She does not serve him in any extra-ordinary way. She is doing only what any honorable host would do to an honorable guest. The only specialty is she remains practically in the constant presence of the Founder. What is the actual working ? For sometime he began to think about the Theory of Guru - Vakya -Sidhi. It means this ," If you have faith that your Guru is God and simply go on pleasing him , you need not have the same views and beliefs and living as he advises . You need not be obeying. Guru must be loving you and very generally wishing the desires be fulfilled without any special effort or concentration or prayer to Mother on the part of the disciple. Guru's promise and your faith that his promise would not go unfulfilled , are enough for any worldly success. " Founder felt there was some flow somewhere. The flaw was detected one day. It is this : The day, due to some reason or other, the idea of God-hood in Guru disappears , the whole fabric collapses ; and that is natural ; any Guru after all is human being.
Once she told Founder in a theoretical way of a mind : " Each one is a master of himself. Can I not do any thing in my own house ? Every one is God and God is within everyone of us. "
The most dangerous notion of every one being God is a senseless jargon for which Vedanta teaching is responsible.
At Madras ( Chennai ) in 1949 , an extremely strong Vedantist argued with me for three days ; he was so learned , he came with books and quotations. On the fourth day, I told him admitting defeat ," Tomorrow you come here with an agreement that you have transfer all your property to me. I am not different from you. There are no two souls. and this is only a question of transferring matter." He laughed outright. He said," That is quite apart. That is not relevant," that has nothing to do with philosophy." He stood and never turned up again.
Although the supremacy of " I am God " is not denied, the world will be happier by being taught ,' Thou art God '. That expression ' I am God ' is true in a particular sense only and at a particular finished perfect stage . If you are a true Adwaitist, with whom are you fighting , calling him a Dwaitist ? Adwaitism is an ideal though highest and not a fact to be exploited in your worldly dealings . According to Mai-ism , Adwaitism is a stage of consciousness which is superior to Dwaitism, but is no independent path by itself. It is a description of a certain consciousness and not a self-contained prescription to reach that stage. Adwaitism is continuation of Dwaitism. By experience one comes to a stage when the universe vanishes from the consciousness, when nothing remains except ' I am God ' ; later I vanishes , and even God conception vanishes . What remains is an indescribable Divine ecstasy and a perpetual blissful state.
Mai-ism says , " Nothing is unreal - Creation and Creator, happiness and misery , heaven and hell, deities and human beings , obedience or dis-obedience to the Divine law. So long as the soul has any relation with bodies and so long as one is affected even to the slightest extent , physically, mentally or spiritually , these differences do exist and are not unreal. Practically every one is a Dwaitist, so long as he has a body, mind , heart and soul.
Why not come to fundamentals ? What is the object you want to achieve by saying , " Everyone is God " ? Why not come straight to the requirement ? " You make no distinction between man and man, that will cause misery to any one and add misery in the world." " Love any other being and serve as your own self . Consider him to be like your own self. Try your best to forget every harmful difference between you and any other man. " All these teachings are sensible enough.
Mai-ism says the simplest thing ," You be good, loving and serving others because Mother Herself is pleased thereby and She will make you happy. For your own happiness, protection and escape from misery, you love and serve others."
First thing is the idea of Motherhood itself. It is the daily experience of everyone that a mother is pleased on serving her children. But the greater strength proceeds from the fact that love and service and universality, are the very first words of Mai-istic commandment, with highest importance given there to. That and Universality make the whole difference.
Why jump into a decision , ' World is unreal ' because there are a few men to whom it is unreal ? Why not consider the fact that even in the case of these blessed ones there was a period when they saw the universe as real. The universe or even individual soul is an unreal reality and a real unreality.
Mai-ism repeats," No mistaking of an ideal for a fact. " to the extent the difference remain to an Adwaitist, let him remove the incongruency by saying , " My idea has not reached the point of realization."
Don't be a curiosity seeker in the matter of mysteries beyond your limitations. Be ready to be taught, with the firmness of humility and duty , to walk in the Divine Path . Mother Herself will reveal to you as you advance , as much of the secret as is necessary for your further progress. Whom She selects that person alone can know and understand the secret, and that too only a fragment.
The mystery has to be learnt in the language of silence. You can rise above the imperfection of being troubled with doubtfulness and attain a stage , where the mind does not leave its bliss to invite uneasiness under doubts. That is the real stage. That is the real substance and the permanent work to be done. The meaning is , your mind reaches a stage when it neither raises any such worthless questions , nor does it care to know even If that worthless knowledge were imparted to you by any outside agency. I am not denying clairvoyance or telepathy or any powers of knowing past, present and future ; but for a Mai-ist, other things may be true but are not indispensable. To be knowing everything is no requisite qualification either for peace or bliss or salvation.
To the worldly man as also to the routine religious man, there is nothing worth thinking about in the divine arrangement in the relationship of any two persons. One moment , any two persons are pulling on well. Another moment they don't pull on. What is there to be thought about ? The subject is however is extremely deep , deeper than all the meanings of the known slokas of various scriptures. It is called YOGANUYOGA in religious language. Actual union or happening in obedience to the pre ordained union or happening. It is an unfathomable Divine arrangement that any two persons live together almost inseparable , so long as God desires them to learn certain lessons from each other. The moment the lessons are learnt, without any reason worth the name , the attraction sublimates and evaporates.
The highest teaching is through the Guru in the language of silence. The essence of the teaching is , ' ANNIHILATE THE MIND ITSELF. " At least , stop it from being perturbed with millions of thoughts . Acquire the perfect state of quietude where mind itself refuses to be disturbed from its absorption and dissolution in itself, Soul, Guru or God.
God and Guru both should be worshipped. Guru without God is nothing. God without Guru is nothing, though Guru is only an infinitesimal part of god.
To turn to the occult forces, it is love and hatred that rule the world and practically all the dealings of man to man. It is therefor that Mai-ism can afford to remain silent in the matter of the usual hundred of things mentioned in the name of Religion once the tendency of loving others is created . Love is attraction. It may be of any type. The world can surely make itself much happier by putting into practice the Mai-istic commandments of Love and Service.
During the Hubli period, there were other wonderful experiences. One lady came over to Hubli with her husband and daughter of twenty five , not getting a husband. They stayed for about five days. For one night , the daughter was made to lie on a mere carpet, before picture all alone. She was given certain Mantras to repeat. On their going home to Bombay [ Mumbai ], on the very same day, an England returned engineer made an offer to the girl, and the very letter which referred to their safe reaching at Bombay by the first post contained the gladdening news.
In 1942, Founder's Friend's wife lost her husband. The lady loved her husband so dearly that had it not been for the special religious treatment of Founder she would have committed suicide or turn lunatic. She would get dreams and visions of her husband. She [ This was Taramai A. Desai ] prayed to Founder to enable her to be with her husband by painless prompt death. She could not be consoled. Founder then used his higher powers ," Would you be satisfied if once only you see him ? You have take care of your children who are so young. " She insisted ," I will hear you only after you make me see him once. The promise was given : " You will see him during this week following Diwali." On Padva Day, she came to the Founder early in the morning. Founder said," I will begin my New Year with a forehead vermilion mark by you and then you go out."
She returned in the evening with great joy stating that she had seen her husband in Khar and he had blessed her with a smile from a distance and disappeared. She wanted a repetition but that was with great persuasion refused. " Do you wish to make him also unhappy " ?
When the Founder was transferred to Hubli in December 1942, she went to Bhagwan Raman Maharishi and Sri Arbind Ghosh and Swami Ramdas and finally came over to Mai in Hubli. There she was initiated into Mother worship and the whole Mother philosophy. She was given an independent room where she concentrated on her husband. She returned home after 3 or 4 days. For nearly three years it was continued process of an extremely scanty supply of oil to a lamp and constant care that the light does not extinguish. She was actually seeing and conversing with her husband . Founder was pressing that she had sufficient consolation with a sufficient period and that they must now separate. One night she did not come out of her room even up to half-past two. The Founder and her husband's friend were outside. The room was locked from inside. Founder broke it open. The lady was lying unconscious. She was brought to the main hall. At 4 a.m. , when she restored full consciousness , she told Founder with profuse weeping , her husband given her the last final good-bye. She tried and tried , but he would not come again.
The stage was something like tying bandages after a successful operation. The Founder made her believe , now she was acting inimically to his soul, by not permitting him to proceed further in his journey, as a free soul. Gradually the heart and mind began to restore a stage of maturity. She had reached a stage of evolution which made her a saintly soul . In worldly matters she restored a normality about all her duties.
The Founder accompanied her with two children of hers to Bhagwan Raman Maharishi , her own Guru. There her son fell seriously ill. Without letting the Founder know of it, lest he be offended, she went Maharishi and spoke about her son's illness. The son was getting worse and worse . At 11 p.m. of the night previous to the day when they had programme to start , she burst into violent tears and began to scold and taunt the Founder ," Being Mother, don't you feel ashamed ? Your heart is cruel." Founder asked ," What is the matter ? " She said, " What is the matter ! Have you no eyes ? This boy is dying here.". Founder said, " Why worry about it ? Tell me when you want him to get up and you sit me for Mother 's worship and Mantras. ". Founder took the medicine dose , sanctified it and both sat together to pray to Mother. Founder is extremely child - like ," Now tell me when do you want him to be alright. " She said, " What a joy it would be if we can keep up our programme of starting tomorrow morning ? It will be enough if the boy becomes removable by 5 a.m. " The dose was administered at 11.30; both sat out before Mother and repeated Mantras and at 11.50 , the boy shouted out, " Mother, I am free, I am normal ". There was nothing but joy. All returned to Hubli.
The lady had a further experience . Her daughter suffered from leg distortion. Many doctors were consulted. The girl who was devoted to Bhagwan , went there and stayed for months. No cure. One day she caught the Founder," Have you no pity over my daughter ? Her whole life will be spoiled ". Founder said , " I am seeing so many unhappy around me . Do you think I should go out of my way and say ," Come on , I will cure you ", to one and all ? Should they not be even approaching Mother with a humble request ? The curing process requires the faith of the patient to the effect that the Founder's word will not go in vain with Mother. Second thing is , the Founder's whole hearted desire that the patient be cured and third thing , the patient and the Founder to be most intensely praying . And all this , he is doing to spread the religion of his most beloved Mother. She must first have a belief. If she has that , I will cure her with mere earth. " The girl agreed to repeat the Mantra. The Foundations of Mai-Niwas was being excavated. The lady was asked to bring that earth and give a massage , repeating only " Jay Mai Jay Markand Mai ".The girl was cured in a fortnight.
What is the meaning of the preaching, " Rise above pain and pleasure, victory or defeat, benefits or loses " and so many allied teachings ? Some one asks, " Go on thinking ' Who I am '. " I have thought for full ten years. I am So and So, husband of So and So, father of So and So,. But I am where I was. Mai-ism says these teaching are not remedies in themselves. They are the most enchanting and deifying expressions and descriptions of high souls who have reached that stage. They are descriptions and not prescriptions.
" The remedy is something else " clarifies Mai-ism. It is Grace , Grace , Grace , Grace, Grace, Grace of God and Guru. Get the Grace and the rest will automatically follow. When a mother starts on a pilgrimage , does the child gets worried as to the food they will get and rivers and forest they shall have to cross ? You are not required to be knowing everything, for a Mai-ist, even anything . You are carried through every situation, provided you becomes Mother's child and that is Mai-ism. What can help you is the Grace and the easiest way of getting Grace is love, service, devotion and unconditional cheerful self surrender as Mai-ism teaches," Abhyasa " the practice , the repetition for times without number till the mastery is achieved is the most practical remedy. And Manan and Nidhidhyasan is the mental remedy.
One does not know when and where the mischievous she-monkey-mind will drag one and what she will make of him. This is a subject of deep study which helps the spiritual development by creating and overpowering conviction about the inconsistency and worthlessness of the world and by engendering a feeling of ' having absolutely nothing to do with the world ' . This feeling is what is usually described as Vairagyam ( disgust and dispassion ). It must be subtly appreciated that this feeling of Vairagyam , which on the face of it means something reverse of love , is in Mai-istic understanding, only the reverse side of Love - Love towards the eternal varieties . It is your love for permanence, constancy and changelessness, that make you tired of temporariness and everchangingness.
So many people who go to other saints for ' Shanti ' ( peace of mind )have finally gone to Mother for relief of miseries and hardships . Mai-ism says , most natural thing for man is that he wants to be supplied.Mai is giver of Salvation and also Enjoyment of moral and legitimate desires.
Nothing matters provided you have decided to be better through God's and Guru's Grace . Highest Gurus are hard to find, but your severe and intense prayer to your Mother is sure to get you your Guru , atleast for the particular stage you are in.
The difference between a Saint and a Guru must constantly be before mind of spiritual aspirant. A Guru is one who guides you in every detail of your living in the religious realm, one in whom you can confide , one to whom you surrender yourself withe confession of all the facts and defects of your life and living .
Hold on to your God and hold on to your Guru, with the tightest grip, come what may, start your spiritual improvement from the very first alphabet. Even go back if you find a single element of yours unripe. In the end the tortoise will beat the hare and will win the race.
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK : MAI-ISM
AUTHOR : MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
ABRIDGED BY : U.G. MENON
MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ WEST MUMBAI 400054 INDIA