What India wants today, is the establishment of a strong Religious Machinery, operating in an extremely general wide and universal spirit, covering all grounds and all corners and all men and women of the country. However capacious and strong individual may be, they have to yield and break under the crushing weight of universally-spread evils and calamities. Universal evils can never be eradicated except by universal remedies, measures and machineries, and that too, under the merciful guidance of THE UNIVERSAL MERCIFUL ALMIGHTY PARENT.
Mai-ism has only six terms: (1) GOD AS MOTHER, (2) MOTHER OF ALL, (PROPITIABLE ON LIVING THE LIFE OF) (3) LOVE, (4) SERVICE (5) DEVOTION AND (6) UNCONDITIONAL CHEERFUL SELF-SURRENDER. Under MAI-ISM, the very belief in the existence of God is not indispensable, provided, one serves and loves all, to the best of one's capacity. Mother is the same Being as Father. Mother is the Mother of all Religious Founders, and a Mai-ist, in the sacred humble service of Mai Herself, is ten times the servant of any of the Mother's Illustrious Sons that have been the Recognised Incarnations, and the Founders of any Religion.
How very trivial and tiny nothing, it becomes to bring in together several threads and shades of Hinduism, on broadcasting the Mai-istic faith spirit and theory?? Even on the rebellious-ness side, what greater conception can you have, regarding your personal liberty, in the matter of Religion (to whatever religion you may belong by birth or otherwise), than under Mai-ism, with full knowledge about what the Founder definitely proclaims?? "
For all other religious questionings, my first and last answer is 'ASK YOUR MOTHER YOURSELF'" (Vide page 30 of MAI-SAHASRANAMA Vol.I, Part I).
In understanding Mai-ism, there are no frightful words of Brahma, Maya, Kali, Avatars, Shakti, Adwaitism, etc., which may be un-understandable, at any rate, often unacceptable, to the westernised Hindus, or to the followers of religions other than Hinduism, who may remain under the suspicion of "Proselytism".
If all religions are the creations of someone or another of all Mother's Sons, where is the need of your transferring your own coin from one of your own pockets to another one of your own pockets?? None worth the name is unaware, either about God, or about what "a Mother-and-child-relationship" is.
Mai-ism says "Establish that relationship of a Mother and child, between yourself and your God, by whatever name you call your God". There are no incomprehensible religious technicalities of Vedas, Upanishads, Brahmasootras, Prasthana Traya, Gita, Shad-Darshans, etc., in Mai-ism.
On the higher religious plane, Mai-ism lays highest stress on "Guru-Shishya-relationship". You can't proceed a single solid step after a certain stage, without the two chariot-wheels of (a) God's Grace and (b) Guru's grace. Let your Guru be, one whom you yourself select, who is nearest to and who is ever available to you, let him be only one step spiritually ahead of you. He must be one, who is heart and soul interested in your worldly and spiritual welfare. It is neither the Guru, nor the Shishya, but the Guru-Shishya relationship that is highest of the three elevating factors. If you succeed in establishing your unification full of Love, Service, Devotion and Self-surrender, with one Master, you have mastered the art of unifying yourself with the whole Universe. Without God's and Guru's grace, you have only endless repetitions of "makes and breaks", "advances and retreats", "virtues and vices", "pleasures and pains", "infatuation and disgust", "love and hate", and you are perpetually linked up in a never-stopping endless chain of "actions and reactions".
In the field of different Deities, philosophies, and superiority of one's own Guru to another's Guru, etc., Mai-ism asks you to drown all differences, with its first and foremost commandment "Love all ". Further, it says, everything has only a relative superiority or inferiority. Not only one man's meat another man's poison, but the meat itself of a man at one moment turns to be the poison of the very same man at another moment. Your quarrelsomeness over petty matters, out of sheer ignorance, can only result in inviting Satan, to make you almost shattered and miserable.
The highest power and highest happiness proceeds from "Loving all". Love is the final word of bliss and peace. The parent of Love is Mother. Don't lose your head and say "World does not exist at all", nor, in an idiotic manner try to usurp "Godship" ; but train your mind to see the temporariness, changefulness, deceitfulness and fruitlessness of worldliness, and with the raising up of the pictures of both past and future, simultaneously with the present, carry yourself to the conclusion, the world and its working is as unprofitable and worthless as not existing at all.
Take only an all-flinging bird's-eye view. Man is the enjoyer, woman is the centre, wealth is the means, and sense-pleasures are the different modifications during a man's effort to seek complete union. Happiness proceeds from union with the desired.
For the inferior man, the objects sought to be unified with, are inferior. A little higher-mind is the enjoyer, peace and happiness are the centres, concentration and consolidation are the means, and the development of various dormant occult powers are the modifications. The higher man has begun to realise at this stage, that happiness proceeds from neither woman nor wealth, but from the mind. Later, soul is the enjoyer, Mother or God is the centre; spirit is the means, and all universalistic and altruistic heart-yearnings and mental-activities of love, service, devotion and self-surrender, are the modifications.
Higher and higher, the aspirant has to go with his own exertions, under God's and Guru's Grace. Do not be cheated by your mind, like a cook that makes your mouth to water, with various descriptions of dainties, but, in the end, keeps you starved. Don't pass away your whole night, in the fastidiousness about the cot, the bed, the pillow and the bed sheet, till the cock crows, and you are no longer your master.
Begin with any spiritual exercise. Once you have secured God's and Guru's Grace, if you go wrong, atleast, God is there to remunerate your sincerity, humility and purity, and to guide you and to set you on right lines. The final stage is when the Soul and God are mutually the Enjoyer and the Enjoyed, with nothing between the two, till the Soul finally merges in Mother.
There should not be the slightest feeling of droopingness, on comparison of yourself with the highest saints, that have "realised". Judge your progress by how far and how much you have bettered yourself, and never, by how much still remains. There is no end to how much still remains, even for the highest of saints. The highest proof of the Mother's Mercifulness is, that for the smallest effort of any striving aspirant, he gets a permanent benefit, that helps him, not for one life alone, but for lives and lives.
In fact, true Religion is a science of not only improving your externals, but also and mainly, your own internal instruments and faculties, and transferring and sublimating your mind, heart and your own very Self. Further, the most secret point of a guiding principle, in the serial arrangement of events, circumstances and conditions in the chalked-out life for every being, has been that of alternate following of opposites. Without this, life would have been unbearable and all exertion for progress would have been discouraging and tiresome.
Pleasure and pain, success and failure, perspiring work and undisturbed peaceful rest, rise and fall, march and retreat, have been designedly made to fill up alternately the long decades of period of each and every human life.
There are extremely few cases of "no joy" and "misery" all alone at a long suicide-suggesting stretch. A little feasting has been always provided after every fasting.
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK : MAI-ISM [ PROLOGUE ]
AUTHOR : MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ WEST, MUMBAI 400054 INDIA