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 transferred 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.
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK : MAI-ISM , WRITTEN BY MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ WEST, MUMBAI 400054 INDIA
The secret of Mother’s Doctrine is that there is no sin which Mother’s Mercy cannot burn away, and even the most wicked son in course of the time who accepts Mother and Her most wicked sons’ relation to Her and develops it, does in course of time attain realization of Unity with Mother through the Guru who has practically attained identity with Mother.
If a devotee recites one of the names narrated in this little work even once, he should be known as most dear to Mother and Mother will grant him all that he desires. If he always recites these names to please Mother, he will obtain, undoubtedly all his moral and legitimate desires by Mother’s Grace.
With him who worships Mother by repeating Maai, and meditating on Her through Sreechakra, the Ruler on the lion throne (Simhaasaneshvari) at once becomes pleased.
Shri Chakra is a magical figure for meditation, compromising small figures of squares, circles and triangles, straight lines, certain points, and apexes whereof are for contemplation of the different manifestations and descriptive names of Mother.
These names represent most universally acceptable different attributes of Mother as protecting, power-conferring, uplifting and perfecting Mother, etc.
At the commencement and the end of worship, the worshipper should make the Japa of simple name “Mai’. In worshipping Mother, he may repeat hymns (Stotras) which he likes, in the best manner he can select as most suited for single minded devotion.
There is no particular ritual for Mother’s devotion; there are no indispensable elements in Mother’s worship, regarding time, place, direction, bathing, parentage, particular religion, food, materials, etc. The indispensable things are sincerity, purity, faith, single-mindedness, selflessness, etc.
A Mai-ist should repeat Mother’s names preferably on every Friday (preferably at the mid-night hour) and practice meditation of Shree Chakra on full moon day.
As far as possible he should perform the Japa daily. And the Japa should be performed repeatedly by a devotee whenever he finds leisurely moments while walking, sleeping, talking, etc.
A time will arrive after long practice when, even while your mind is engaged in the routine discharge of the duties of life, a portion there of is unconsciously doing the Japa work and is, so to say, dedicated away to Mother.
Singers would change, tunes would change, but one note is there from the commencement to the end of the sitting during a music program. In a marriage house all eat, drink and dance, but one responsible person is constantly watching lest, while all house members are of their guard and off their senses, the treasury itself is not stolen away.
On meditation of the Shreechakra the devotee is in contact with the Vaasnaa body of Mother, which is the mental form and said to be the third and supreme body of Mother. The first body is the physical body visible to the eyes and the second body is the ethereal body in which Mother appears as a result of the greatest intensity of Japa. When one meditates on Shreechakra, the universe is drawn into him through Mother’s and Guru’s Grace.
Mother sports with endless universes like ours co-existing and in succession and each universe its own Ishvar (God) and powers for its creation, preservation and destruction.
When the Founder of Mai-ism [ Saint Mai Swarup ] went to Gadag in 1932, soon after that he convened the Sisters’ Social of over three hundred sisters of different religions in strict purdah at Poona on 9th October1932 on Mother’s Command in celebration of Her installation on 2nd September 1932 (Friday), one of the many visitors was a great devotee of Lord Krishna. When the Founder said that Mother was mother of even Lord Krishna, the visitor very courteously challenged him to prove that. Subtlest arguments and authorities failed and the Founder told him to pray to the Lord and the Mother to enlighten him about the truth. The same night on returning home he prayed very devoutly and as a result of his sincere longing, he saw a dream.
There was an infinite ocean and on the shore thereof there was a most beautiful female figure, who was sporting by scattering some grains with pearl luster in the ocean. Every time she scattered a fistful, three big shining tortoises of different colors would come to the surface, twinkle, plat, eat the grains and disappear. This happened so frequently that the half waking, half dreaming mind got curiosity-stricken and strove to look deep into the forms of tortoises, the luster of the female figure being too strong to dare looking at Her. On the back of the three tortoises he read Brahma; Vishnu and Mahesh. He got the conviction. Mother was the Mother of millions of the Trinity deities, Mother of the protective deity Vishnu, one of the ten incarnations of whom is Lord Krishna.
The devotee could not sleep any more. He ran to the Founder in the Koshtagi Chawl, woke him up, embraced him and wept like a child, placing his head in the lap of the Founder. This riddle is thus explained. Krishna as the player of Vrindaavan, as the son of Devaki and Yashodaa is a child of Mother, whereas Krishna as Parabrahma is the same as Mother. The question is which Krishna is meant. There should be no confusing of the two conceptions.
There are multitude of deities, multitudes of saintly souls and multitudes of self-realized and Mother-realized souls, that are anxious to encourage, uplift, instruct, guide, protect and apotheosize those that are sincerely desirous of Mother’s Grace. These are known as Divyaugha, Maanavaugha, and Siddhaugha or Paramgurus , Paraapargurus, and Apara Gurus respectively.
Before repeating these names, the preliminary meditation should be practiced as under.
The Guru should be meditated upon as residing in the head. The lustrous equimindedness with knowledge and light which is above seeing different tinges of superiority and inferiority, should be meditated upon as residing in the eyes, Mother’s sacred name as the Goddess of speech should be meditated upon as residing in the tongue, the Mother as residing in the heart and Mother’s Grace arising from the Beeja (seed) “Aim” in the deep navel. Readiness for humblest service to Mother and Mother’s children should be meditated upon as an armor of Mother’s Grace shielding both mind and body.
Thus in a word, Guru in head, equimindedness in eyes, sacred name in mouth, Mother in heart, Mother’s grace in navel and universal service with love all over the body.
EXTRACT FROM : MOTHER & MOTHER'S THOUSAND NAMES
AUTHOR: MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTACRUZ WEST, MUMBAI 400054 INDIA