Sunday, February 23, 2014

First Sisters' Social - 1932

On the third night after the installation of Mai and declaration of     " Mai-ism " on 2 SEPTEMBER 1932 at Poona ( Pune ), which was finally done  after Mai had fulfilled several conditions that Maiji had dictatingly placed before Mai ( Mai-ism page 32 ) to get an assurance that Mai was most unflinchingly determined to have the installation and declaration, Maiji had wonderful dream. He saw that in a vast open lawn, innumerable sisters of different religions  and communities had gathered together to pray to God and to develop religious sisterly relations with one another. Maiji interpreted his dream to mean that Mai desired to convene a Sister's Social in strict purdah , so that Muslim ladies should have no objection, for the welfare of the world in general and that of attending sisters with their families and relatives in particular.
The first Sisters' Social was convened in Poona ( Pune ) under the president ship of Mrs. E.T.Choudhry of Bengal on Dusserah day of  9 October 1932 within a short period of five weeks from the date of installation. In spite of all ridicules, obstructions and oppositions , the function was gloriously successful. 
Theosophists and Muslim sisters of the Aga Khan religion and Parsis of Poona Cantonment and Hindus of Poona City took up all responsibilities of  organisation.the meeting was unanimously believed to be a miraculous proof of Mai's intense approbation and greatest Grace to the holding of the Sisters' Social.To Maiji, it meant an additional proof for his conviction that he was spreading Mai-ism with the fullest patronisation and innermost prompting and working of God as Mother Mai. Maiji personally believes that Sisters' Social are being convened at Mai's Command and they are organised by Mai Herself through the human agencies,  prompted  and electrified by Mai Herself. 
In the said Sisters' Social, a rich Parsi lady of 81 years attended the function, being actually carried by her grand daughters. these grand daughters declared in the meeting that their grand mother had to be brought there, as she had a dream to the purport that attendance in the Sisters' Social meeting was the highest expiation of all sins for anyone belonging to any religion. the attendance was a little more than three hundred sisters of different religions and communities.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

About Sisters' Socials

MAI SWARUPA OR MAIJI BELIEVES THAT THE MOST PRACTICAL, EASY LIGHT AND EFFICIENT MEASURE to drown all hatred and vice , immorality and irreligion etc. is to increase  the sum total of the best elements that can happify the world. And that can be best done by raising the character, virtue, religiosity and reconciliatory universal mentality of the human mothers of different religions  and communities , meeting together in Sisters' Socials, where they would exchange thoughts, create sympathies, remove prejudices and be drawn together. This undertaking of Sisters' Socials can have best fruitfulness if to the human efforts, Divine Grace and spiritual force are all added, on making such Sisters' Socials to be purely religious functions under the blessings of the Divine Mother of all, the most merciful Mother Mai.
In this respect Mai-ism  states as under on page 35," If you make one brother religious or righteous, he is by himself alone. He may discontinue if there is displeasure at home. If you make a sister Righteous or religious, there follows an army of righteous and religious persons, and  relations in oneness and blood-bondage with her."
" The central pivot of any nation, for the development of its religiosity, righteousness, culture and civilization is its womenfolk in general, and Motherfolk in particular, ( Any mother being  herself a Divine Shakthi ).  Woman is the Maker and Dictator of man through her mysterious powers of infatuation, love and protection.Woman is love and service in human form.Wisest thing is to turn that accumulated Shakthi torrent in the direction of highest righteousness and truest religiosity. 
"In this connection, I am happiest to record my experience in Japan. Sisters there pressed me to have a special day to instruct them fully about Mai-ism, and Mai-worship  was held on Friday, 20 May, 1955 when amongst others there were 18 sisters  who heard me  for more than an hour. We than had Mai-worship and a photograph of the 18 prominent sisters round about me  and my companion solicitor, Dalal, was taken, as exclusively of sisters . The copies of the unique photograph, has been preserved in Mai Niwas, Japan Album.
 Having given a fair idea about Mai and mai-ism, as to its broadest principles, the life-mission of Mai Swarupa or Maiji, and the underlying ennobling and religionising and reconcilliatory object of advocating Sisters' Socials , we further proceed with the description of the Sisters' Socials. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Some of the specific distinguishing features of Mai-ism

Mai is the Hindi word for ' Mother '. Mai-ism is the Universal psychological rational religion round the  conception of the Motherhood of God as well, along with the Fatherhood of God mostly prevalent till now all over the world and even preferably for them that appreciate it more.Mai is the Universal Mother of all human beings without any distinction of religions, nations or communities etc. " Mai " under the preciseness of Mai-ism, further carries the notion that Mai is the Universal mother of all, who is most pleased on living the life of Universal Love and Service with Devotion, and unconditional cheerful Self-surrender to the Divine will.
Some of the specific distinguishing  features of Mai-ism are : -
(1) It Seeks the reconciliation and unification of all different individual religions. 
(2) It raises the status of Motherhood, Sisterhood, Daughterhood and Womanhood to be co-equal with the  Fatherhood, Brotherhood, Sonhood and Manhood.Mai-ism believes that in as much as  the whole world is pervaded with and works with the masculine and feminine elements , forming component parts as proved even by science, no religion and no progressive evolutionary process can be perfect without the acceptance of the co-equal status of man and woman.
(3) Requirement, theology and philosophy of a Universal Religion should be as simple and uncomplicated as can be selected  by way of truely conscientious practitioners. Simplicity is stated to be the 
" Charm " of Mai-ism. 
(4) For them that have a special attitude, Mother and Child relationship between God and man is extremely, efficient for all reliefs, and spiritual or religious progress.
(5) Everyone has one's own right in the matter of selecting one's own path for evolution or religious progress. 
(6) In all other matters, except universality, love, service, devotion and unconditional cheerful self-surrender, every one has one's own full freedom of choice of action, provided the action is harmless, moral, just, legitimate and religiously permissible.
The all-appealing attractivity of Mai-ism arises itself from its broad-based spontaneous simplicity.The reconcilliatory re-adjusting power of Mai-ism proceeds itself  from its religious recognition of all beings' divine right of demand and choice, in respect of freedom, peace and happiness. The subterranean  spring of Mai-ism for the perennial supply of surviving stamina and security sprays from the sublime supreme MOTHER-CHILD RELATIONSHIP.
There should be no misunderstanding about Mai-ism being something separate from any of the existing established religions . Mai-ism only a synthetic essence of all religions.
Mai-ism is Hinduism or Christianity or say any religion. BUT NOT THAT ALONE. A mother is the mother of each one of her children but yet not of  any child alone. Mai-ism is a larger circle which include all smaller circles without tackling or touching or disturbing the integrity of any smaller circles. it is a parental religion of the  most merciful parent. THE MOTHER which keeps reconciliation  of all individual religions. 


Sunday, February 16, 2014


(1) ' MAI-ISM ' is the Book written and published by the Revered Shri Mai Swarup Mai Markand, Founder of ' Mai-ism ' and President, ' Mother's Lodge'. The subject matter is divided into 3 Parts ( in all, 12 chapters covering 734 pages ) all in one handy neat volume, with a ' Prologue ' by the esteemed Author himself, and an ' Appreciation ' from the Honorable Mr Justice N.S. Lokur.
The said Book is a ' composition ' of the autobiography of the Founder of MAI-ISM and the gospel thereof, both interwoven together - in the Founder's words, his ' summation ' of the teachings under Mai-ism for the present day suffering world. Full of details, it is exhaustive and, at the same time, full of originality, and clarity fresh, intensely - spirited -  no vague and conventional old stereotyped expressions - so as to be complete in itself and invigorating, to any layman or woman, who knows English. His own personal experiences and anecdotes are very striking. 
(2) No question of  ' Proselytism ' at all. Anyone, even an atheist, can be a ' Mai-ist ' without interfering with one's birth-religion. ' MAI ' means ' Universal Supreme Divine Mother of the whole Humanity ' - GOD, conceived as Mother of all, propitiable on living the life of Love and Service to all, and on Devotion and Unconditional Cheerful Self - surrender. The nearest in the recent Indian History of a similar conception of ' Mother and Child ' attitude and the relationship was, perhaps, in Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa's life and sayings.
(3) Maiji ( as the Founder is popularly called ) is for the natural, spontaneous, gradual, spiritual advancement of oneself through ' Sadhana ' under God's and Guru's Grace. At whatever level one may be, he prescribes systematic practice, with dispassion, and non-attachment, in the midst of temptations - easily said - but a practice which is steady and sure, though slow. He is not for throwing away any worldly duties and responsibilities, or for running away from home, family and world, but for living above worldliness; and he advises the strongest preparations before entering the world. He attaches no special value whatever to one ' living the home 'and assuming ' Sanyasin - garb '.
(4) About ' Wealth ' he is not for renouncing the same in the present age ( Kali-yuga ), - barring rarest exceptions - but for making the most righteous and benevolent use thereof, remaining ever alert about ' entanglement and neck catching '. About ' Woman ' he is not for hating or shunning ( evading ) woman, but for developing the motherliness eye. I commend the perusal of Chapter XII  ( pages 651 to 663 ) to those who speak of ' Kanak and Kanta,'  or  ' Kanchana and Kamini ' under the traditional religious licence, and to those who condemn womankind sweepingly.
(5) Maiji's highest emphasis is in living one's life ( no matter, in what circumstances one is placed ) in universal minded manner, with love and service. The six tenets of Mai-ism lived out in every moment of life ( as far as possible ) are sufficiently powerful remedies against all miseries, and for the attainment of all spiritual grades, right up to ' Salvation '. He remarks that we have greatly neglected the ' preliminary grounding ' and a highly- developed character and that the practically - lived life and the honest work and service, are much below our talks and imagination. ' Self - dying', ' making your own mansion with your own hands ' under God's and Guru's Grace are indispensable  and are insisted on.' You can not succeed unless you yourself exert and die '. ( I quote from Maiji's sayings).  
(6) Here is one whom we call the 'New -Mother's Child- Messenger' of an entirely new and Universal Intense Faith; and for Hindus, of what can be termed ' Renovated Hinduism ', suited to the Modern Age, after the amalgamation of the Eastern and Western ideals. For the new world, with all its new circumstances and innumerable problems and miseries, here is a straight, direct, short and speedy approach to the Almighty.
(7) Maiji just looks and lives as an ordinary, simple worldly man; no insignia of a Saint or a Guru or Sadhu; he assumes no 'high-brow dignity'; very amiable and accessible to anyone and at all times; no formalities, no ceremonies, never tired of talking or writing and corresponding direct. But, he has the Prophets and Messenger's 'outlook' and has a Universal Mind; there is no question that he is a fully God-realised person or a God-man, a (motherly) Saint, a Perfect Master.His expositions of 'Annihilation of the Mind' ('Mano-Nasha') and of ' one pointed concentratedness in one's devotion and faith, as Sadhana', in such a marvellous and practically helpful modes, are admirable. Notwithstanding the general miseries in this world, if the nectar of Divine truth that flows through him from ABOVE being assimilated, and if the Infinite Resourcefulness of Universal Mother (Mai) be probed, the world would undoubtedly be a ' Heaven in itself ' at least for the select individuals. At a time, when the lights of all Religions appear to have dimmed, when every shadow portends  unforeseen inhuman calamities, the Founder, in the name of Mai, and under the inspiration, guidance, Divine Force of Authority and protection of Mai, has come forward to raise  the Clarion-call of Love, Service, Devotion and Self-surrender ' You will never be happy without Religion and God's Grace'. It is also the Founder's faith that Mai can and does if Mai so pleases and wills, disregard or overrule, in rare and exceptional cases, the Laws of Karma, Fate, Prarabdha, of Action and Reaction, of Evolution, of planetary influences, and can and does work miracles.
(8) He abhors showiness, shuns dead routinism, long ceremonies and everything that is not solid substantial work; he craves for a living spark in them that approach. Saints and Yogis are to be practical workers for bringing redress and relief to the suffering individuals and the aggrieved public. He is keenly intent upon a standing, constitutionally formed steady and strong Religious Iron-Machinery, with only the most general and broad notions around one Comprehensible Unit, its aim and object being retaining and rising of the all-pervading 'religiosity', before all the Saints' eyes. Maiji has fearlessly recorded his experiences, views and opinions, without mincing matters, whether they be palatable or not, being fully familiar also with the trends and subtleties of the modern life and thought. I quote him below, again : - 
' Believe me, when I say that the man who LOVES and SERVES others, who is DEVOUT, and who lives the life of SELF-SURRENDER, is many times much MORE POWERFUL even in altering his own circumstances, environments, tendencies etc.THAN the man who has learnt all the SCRIPTURES,  who has mortified himself by sitting in the midst of FIVE FIRES, who has mastered PRANAYAM ( breathing exercises ), who has shut himself up in the CAVES, who has awakened his KUNDALINI AND WHO HAS REPEATED MILLIONS OF DIFFERENT mantras million times  and who has performed most mysterious, expensive and elaborate CEREMONIES for the fulfilment of different specific DESIRES ' .
(9)  Though incapable of perception, at first sight, he is a ' Mystic ' of a very high ' order ' with ' continued communion ' with Universal Mother, and had his ' initiation '  direct from Divine Mother Herself. To quote an eminent person, he is veryly ' the Accredited Representative of Mai '. ' What he assures or promises or wishes, must fulfil. 'But, he has an extremely rational mind. keeps clear and separate ideas of Mysticism and Rationalism, Devotion and Divine Knowledge, Dwaitism and Adwaitism, Personal and Impersonal aspects of Almighty, and, on the mass-plane, of the Eastern and the Western mentalities, his mind and outlook are wide and universal; he has no prejudices ; he is an independent thinker and a reformer, but' in no sense, one who tries to upset customs, manners or traditions of any family, community, religion and country. He advocates no zigzags, or roundabout rambling, but direct approach to God, under the guidance of Guru, through the most natural, easily accessible and approachable, and most familiar relationship of ' Mother and child '. Who is to be 'Guru '? Anyone, although only a little superior to you. He is dead against all mischiefs under the name of Religion, and also what he, discouragingly calls ' Choo-mantars '. 
(10) Few, there are,  in this world who have no miseries or wants and who no need to request anything of the Almighty. Maiji is for each one asserting the claim of a child on a mother or all legitimate, reasonable, morally-justifiable demands, through intense prayers, worship, thanksgiving, sadhanas, meditation, and communion, etc. He plainly concedes that unless soul passes through' Sakama Bhakti ', ' Bhuktrupti ' ( satiation of all desires ), and  Personal God's perfected Grace, there can be no genuine ' Nishkam Bhakti ', or the worthiness of ' Mukti ', or the attainment of Impersonal God.
(11) One who finds the time and the inclination to go the pages of any chapter or any few pages or paragraphs of the book will notice how deeply Maiji has penetrated into the mysteries and diversities of human nature and of Religion. If asked to state which are the important Chapters, one can point to Chapters I, II, VIII, XI and XII. ' Religion ' he says, ' is much higher than logic or intellect '.' Religion ' is the unshakable conviction of the head and the heart, in perfect unison with the Supreme Will and Divine Laws. 'Religiosity is the practice of Religion and the attainment of the fruits and benefits through the practice '.
Mai-ism revers all religions, but principally, it is science and religious machinery of attaining true religiosity. 
(12) To Maiji, Religion is mostly ' Reunion '. Faith is only the sublimated stage of the heart that has once tasted the spiritual sweetness and has attained full conviction about the infallibility of the Divine Laws. He draws the very subtle distinction of the various gradations and requirements, from time to time, on the ladder of spirituality. He does not vainly believe in large fantastic golden promises, for example, of the world automatically getting better, and better, without our efforts. ' Unless there is an upward Divine push or pull, no drowning man has risen to the surface.'
(13) The world by itself  generally, as a whole, may go up or down, but millions of men and women have, nevertheless, each individually, so often collectively also, been saved through Religiosity, on constant contact  with Saints, Sat-purushas gurus and perfect Masters, and on each such individual living a religious life ' with religiosity '  of Universal Love, Service, Devotion and Unconditional Cheerful Self-surrender.
(14)  Many ' misconceptions have been sought to be removed; clear, explanatory and thought-provoking, are his impartial and considered expositions on all problems and subjects and  on the conflicting views in modern practical life ; there is, so-to-say, a fresh and a new, optimistic,  brighter and larger vision for tackling the modern day problems or questions. Mother bless us all! 
IN ALL HUMILITY MISS. S. MYTHILI, B.A., M.Ed. ( Servant and devotee of Maiji ).




Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The process of evolution for Mother's followers on attainment of Guru's Grace and Mother's Mercy

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. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Some of the practical measures for practical Mai-ists

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 socials 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 intersession 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. 

Monday, February 10, 2014


Mai-ist's religious ideals 
(1) Delimit God as little as possible.
(2) Get rid of all adornments and adjuncts at the stage when they are found to be obstructive.
(3) Every one of us is under the direct protection and guidance of God.
(4) 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.
(5) Religion should not be a source of superstition.
(6) Religion is to be essence and experience of the life lived.
(7) Preachers are to be Witness and not lawyers.
(8) Religion should be accommodative, constructive and progressive.
(9) 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. 
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.'

Sunday, February 9, 2014


(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 Harmful-ness 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.

Saturday, February 8, 2014


" The entire absence of joy or the continuous feeling of being miserable, for them that do not Thee or the imitative or delusive joy arising from the world-wormness and sense living of them that are in dark regarding Thee respectively. These two, as also the joy of truly wise and followers of truth, all proceed from Thee and are making of Thine and are aspects of Thine alone. "
Mother is the creator, nourisher & re-arranger  of universes.Mother is the holder of the universe with Her wonderful powers of desire, knowledge and action.Mother is the soul of  all sublimity, beauty, compassion and mercy.Mother is the master of Nature, Divine Law. Providence, Fate, Time, Primal Desire, Force, Evolution and what atheists call Chance. Mother is Guru (Master) and Mother is Kundalini or serpentine power. Mother is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. Mother is sportivity, beneficence and bliss. Mother is beyond being personal or impersonal, beyond being with or without qualities and powerful to do or undo and undo or do in the most wonderfully never-imagined manner.
Hindus have the first privilege  of originating the Mother conception.They have left no homage unpaid to Mother and they have addressed God first as Mother.Hindus have appreciated Mother's might in destroying evils which none else can eradicate.Mai-ism is fully indebted to Hinduism for Mother conception and yet the Hindu Mother's conception is not the same as Mai's. An average Hindu has before him the picture of an invincible Power, which if pleased enthrones one in heaven and if displeased buries him in hell.The ideal of Mother's Love to Her child, though not absent, has been extremely rare.Mother under Hinduism is a personification of Power and not the Mother who loves Her child.The popular conception about Mother has been that of a deity, though benign but yet of sternness, terror and distructivity. Adoration for Hindu Mother is an outcome of fear of Her displeasure and the easy procurability of one's desire through Her.
The Hindu ideal of Mother has awfully regenerated as times have rolled. Mai-ism aspires to re-install and rejuvenate Hindu Mother in Her True, Universal, Merciful and Motherly aspect.
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.
Universal Motherhood was conceived in 1932 and Mother was installed on 2 September 1932. In celebration of the installation, a sisters' social of over 300 sisters of different religions was convened in Poona ( Pune ) on 9 October 1932.  Mother has been worshipped  and Her sacred name ' Mai ' is being repeated by thousands. Miraculous instances of Mother's Grace have been innumerable. Mai's religious teachings  and worships have started in several cities and towns. Offerings in aggregate in the shape of over thirty crores  of written Mai-names JAY-MAI JAY MARKAND MAI  in writing have come forth at a finger's tip and with a continuous ever running flow till now.
Mai-ism was represented at the All Faiths' Conference, Nasik, in 1933 and at the ninth Indian Philosophical Congress in 1934, ( ' God as Mother '  speech, and ' Modern world and Motherhood of God 'Thesis, respectively ).
Mai-ism has been explained in full  details in two volumes of ' Mother and Mother's Thousand Names ', and ' Mai-ism ' , ( each covering more than seven hundred pages )


Friday, February 7, 2014


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 lead 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 attending on their spiritual welfare.
Make the wicked virtuous, make the virtuous successful in attending 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 one and all of us, enabled to enjoy the Best, what is Divine, Sublime and Good.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014


MAI-ISM has its origin in the Motherhood-conception of God Almighty. Mother is the very same God whom the world has worshipped till now, mainly as Father. Mother is sexless, and therefore, beyond He, She or It and is therefore, the very same as Father "MAI" is the Hindi word for "Mother", " Mai-ism " offers to the world, in these trying times, when the world needs highest mercy of Almighty, the conception of the Universal Mother, to be worshipped by one and all, who are universal minded, religious, God-fearing and God-loving.

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.

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.

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.

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 everyone of the Universe to the slightest influence anywhere in the whole.

A Mai-ists devotional ideal is :-
" 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 the burden of life is lightened. Be Mother's child and Her lap shall be thrilling and throbbing to have you on itself."


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Quintessence of the Universal Religion of Mai-ism

The Quintessence of the Universal Religion Mai-ism

Any idol or image, symbol or emblem, picture or the sacrificial altar or any object, installed anywhere, either in a Church, or a Temple, or a Mosque or Synagogue, and worshiped by any people in any manner and any mode they decide , with any gospel or scriptures  they prefer, but base on the conception that it represents Universal God. whether Mother or even Father or Jointly as Mother & Father etc., easily propitiable on living the life on the lines of the above stated tenets, by itself, is Mai or the Universal Mother..
Similarly any preceptor preaching or teaching or propagating or inculcating the doctrine of Universal Religion with Mai, the Universal Mother as its pivot and rallying focus and wedded to the said tenets, is Maiji of that particular group or area or generation or even age.
The followers of the Universal Religion of Mai - ism, with the Universal Mother or Mai as the Universal God, easily propitiable  on the living out the oft repeated principles, whether they form individuals or groups, associates or adherents or co-workers or devotees, are all Mai-ists. Mai-ists that have taken their oath of allegiance are U.R.M.s of general or life-long oath.
The doctrine of Universal Religion entwined round Mai the Universal Mother, with its said indispensable cardinal principles of love, service, devotion and unconditional cheerful self-surrender and recognition of the spiritual co-equal status of man and woman, is Mai-ism.
These universal conceptions and interpretations represent the quintessence of the Universal Religion of Mai-ism and it is this, that has been meant to be conveyed whenever the terms MAI, MAIJI, MAI-ISTS and MAI-ISM are used, under the universal religion of Mai-ism.
MAI ADHERENTS' OATH ( Edition 1965 - Page No.116 / 117 )
Note : Mai-ist should always remember that the word ' devotees ' , always means both sisters and brothers, women and men. It is only a great pity that with the traditional convention of centuries, Mai-ism has sometimes to treat the word ' devotees ' as of the masculine gender. To use the expression ' her and him 'or ' her and his ' so often makes the language most clumsy and harsh other.
It cannot be, however, too much emphasised that under Mai-ism, female devotees need not begin to think as men, or compose devotional poems as men and should mentally transform themselves to be men, to be considered eligible for devotion for Mother's Grace. In Mai-ism, man has no superiority over women, either from the point of evolution of the soul or worthiness to get Mother's Grace. Mother's Lodge is an institute of Sisters and Brothers and not that of brothers alone that have been liberal hearted enough to extend admission to sisters. Mai-ism means an equal religious recognition for both sexes.MARRIAGE UNION IN MOTHER WORSHIP IS THE HIGHEST SPIRITUALISING  AND FAMILY HAPPIFYING FORCE. 
NOTE : - Mai-ism was represented at All Faiths' Conference at Nasik ( India ) in 1933 and the Indian Philosophical Congress at Poona ( India ) in 1934. Maiji was invited to Japan for the World Religious Congress in 1955. Maiji was the Sub-Councillor-in-Chief of the International Religious Federation which was started in Japan in 1955.
Maiji had been elected as VICE PRESIDENT and spiritual MINISTER for PEACEFUL HUMAN RELATIONSHIP & Universal Religious Alliance ( U.R.A. ) in Havana, Cuba for SIX YEARS FROM 1959 TO 1965.
The most appreciated representation  of Mai-ism was at the Universal Religious Alliance World Congress held at Havana in Cuba from 23 October 1959 to 22 January 1960. Mai-ism was explained, discussed and commented upon in the World Congress by Revered Sister Duchesse Blanche Ledran, the Grand Chancellor of the Universal Religious Alliance. Mai-ism received the greatest approbation in this World Congress of the Universal Religious Alliance, which has a standing of over five decades. In fact it is one of the most important universal religious institutes. As stated in the Preliminary Report pertaining to the Congress held on 23 October 1959, the complete attendance at the Congress was around 3800 persons 2184 of which intergrated about 318 different official delegations, which came from 96 different countries. The representation was of 449 different sections  and sub-sections  of religious and various organizations. Further more, 43 countries had sent their official observers. Appreciation and truest understanding about  Mai-ism by the  said World  Congress would be evident from these words; " We have received valuable literature from all quarters of the world, which amply reveals  that the regeneration of man is at hand, as well as that a new age ( Aquarian )is being ushered in taking the shape of  a brand new Spiritual Civilisation. We recommend such sources of research. We recommend Mai-ism and the Mai Institute of Santa Cruz West, Bombay - 54, India". ~ Extract from MOTHER'S MESSAGE.

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Monday, February 3, 2014


MAI NIWAS is The Cosmic Center of Mai-ism. Built-in 1949 it remains the Sanctum Sanctorum for Mai-ism. It is situated at the westernmost end of Saraswati Road, Santacruz West, Mumbai- 400054, INDIA. It was here that the Great Saint and the Founder of the Universal Religion of Mai-ism Mai Swarup Mai Markandji endearingly called Maiji the only one and the great Motherly Saint spent about 17 years of His blessed life alone in deep meditation of Mother Mai. It is here that the Most Merciful Mother Mai, the Universal Divine Mother Mai, the Universal Divine Mother resides eternally with Her abiding smile ever ready to run to the succour of Her Devotees. It is here that the countless number of people were relieved of their miseries.
A word about Mai Niwas. At first, it consisted of a prayer hall admeasuring 28 feet X 16 Feet and two rooms besides a kitchen. Later on, one more room was added. At the instance of Maiji-IV, a self-contained two-room flat was constructed on the terrace. Later on, marble flooring was laid instead of the original floor tiles on the entire ground floor. This work has been completed under the supervision of Maiji-V.
Impelled by the sympathy for the suffering fellow- beings Maiji-IV opened a free dispensary at Mai Niwas. It has been functioning smoothly by the grace of Mai-Maiji under the able guidance of an eminent physician.
Most Merciful Mother is installed at the westernmost extremity of the prayer hall, facing the East.
Both Mai and Maiji are worshipped every day and on a large scale on Fridays and Saturdays in Mai Niwas when congregational prayers are invariably held at 7 pm onwards. A bronze statue of Maiji is installed at the Eastern end of the veranda at Mai Niwas under the supervision of the Maiji II with the donations raised by a few close devotees. Maiji is worshipped here also. The veranda is sacred because it is here that the Great Saint used to relax in the night repeating " Mai Markand Ardha Sahasranam "
Maiji was an incarnation of love and mercy. He worked very hard till 21-12-1966 when he returned to the Lotus Feet of Mother  Mai. He wrote his Magnum Opus " Mai-ism " in Mai Niwas. Several other books were also produced by him. If the walls of Mai Niwas could articulate they will tell that He had wiped the tears of thousands of misery stricken people and restored their happiness. Never He erred in misery relief. There has been no case of misery stricken person who contacted Maiji returning without relief or disappointed. Mother was at his back and call. He held regular communion with Her. He worked ceaselessly for outspread of the Universal Religion of Mai-ism. He established at the insistent and repeated behest of Mai for the happiness of the people at large. In Mai Niwas, he taught his chosen disciples how to propitiate Most Merciful Mother Mai. He loved His disciples with all His heart. ~ U.R.M.   U.G. MENON

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NOTE: - Mai-ism was represented at All Faiths' Conference at Nasik ( India ) in 1933 and the Indian Philosophical Congress at Poona ( India ) in 1934. Maiji was invited to Japan for the World Religious Congress in 1955. Maiji was the Sub-Councillor-in-Chief of the International Religious Federation which was started in Japan in 1955.
Maiji had been elected as VICE PRESIDENT and spiritual MINISTER for PEACEFUL HUMAN RELATIONSHIP & Universal Religious Alliance ( U.R.A. ) in Havana, Cuba for SIX YEARS FROM 1959 TO 1965.
The most appreciated representation of Mai-ism was at the Universal Religious Alliance World Congress held at Havana in Cuba from 23 October 1959 to 22 January 1960. Mai-ism was explained, discussed and commented upon in the World Congress by Revered Sister Duchesse Blanche Ledran, the Grand Chancellor of the Universal Religious Alliance. Mai-ism received the greatest approbation in this World Congress of the Universal Religious Alliance, which has a standing of over five decades. In fact, it is one of the most important universal religious institutes. As stated in the Preliminary Report pertaining to the Congress held on 23 October 1959, the complete attendance at the Congress was around 3800 persons 2184 of which integrated about 318 different official delegations, which came from 96 different countries. The representation was of 449 different sections and sub-sections of religious and various organisations. Furthermore, 43 countries had sent their official observers. Appreciation and truest understanding about  Mai-ism by the  said World  Congress would be evident from these words; " We have received valuable literature from all quarters of the world, which amply reveals  that the regeneration of man is at hand, as well as that a new age ( Aquarian )is being ushered in taking the shape of  a brand new Spiritual Civilisation. We recommend such sources of research. We recommend Mai-ism and the Mai Institute of Santa Cruz West, Bombay - 54, India". ~ Extract from MOTHER'S MESSAGE.

By Shalini Menon 

' MAI NIWAS' Mother Mai's Mansion
Let this be always your journey's destination

A humble structure to unknowing passers-by
But they are sure to feel an aura alive

Evil thoughts and base desires to which humans are prone
Will find it difficult  to enter this enchanted zone

Even the most wicked man with animal instincts
Will at the least become human within these precincts 

Discard notions of colour, sex and religion 
For in here you have no other identity, but as MAI MAIJI'S children

Fortunate are they who live in the vicinity
As they get to inhale air of such sanctity

This is an oasis where you can refresh yourself
When you are down and out in a world of power and pelf

Many are an estranged couple on praying here 
Have been recompensed with connubial bliss dear 

Dire sinners have returned home with their hearts lightened 
Tears of remorse  shed and vows of abstinence strengthened 

Youngsters have offered a heartfelt prayer
And have found their examination results more than fair

Devotees struggling to earn their daily bread 
Slowly the path to riches have tread

Barren women have of MAI MAIJI begged
And with a bonny baby been duly blessed

People in financial ruin and going bankrupt
Have been saved from the brink to their joy un-corrupt 

Those who crave the spiritual nectar 
Have found it to be more than abundant here

But remember that your desire's fructification
Depends on the intensity of prayer and your heart's liquefaction 

Your Prarabdha may sometimes not allow your desire's actualization
But rest assured you will soon experience MAI MAIJI'S benign consolation 

MAI NIWAS, Mother Mai's Mansion 
Let this always be your journey's destination



Jai Mai Jai Markand Mai

Every human activity is prompted by the desire for happiness. Happiness stems from love. Riches do not make a man happy if he is disliked and hated by people around him. On the other hand, if a man is liked and loved by his neighbors he will be happy, no matter how poor he is. Happiness is the child of love, a child that seldom leaves its parent. Where there is love there is happiness

Everyone likes to be thought well of by others; that is another way of saying everyone likes to be loved by others. The simplest way to gain other people's love is to love them. Love is reciprocal. If you love others, others will love you. Love begets love.

Love is an abstract concept. It can not be seen. It expresses itself in slervice. When you are in trouble er those who love you rush to you to help and serve you.

Service is the concrete expression of love.

Thus if you love and serve others you will be loved and served by others, and you become happy. Happiness has to be milked out by making others happy.

We are now in the space-age. One can go from one end of the globe to the other in a few hours.

The result is all human beings are neighbors to one another. Therefore 'Love your neighbor' means 'Love all'. Love must be universal. Universal love engenders Universal Service.

These two principles: Universal Love and Universal Service are the most important tenets of Mai-ism, the Universal religion declared in 1932 by Rev. Mai-Swarupa Mai Markand-Maiji to his disciples.

'' Some would raise their eye-brows and ask: 'Is that all? That is nothing new'. Mai-ism does not claim to have introduced any new idea. Nor for that matter has any new idea been introduced by any religion after the first. Hinduism is said to be the oldest religion. The famous eighteen puranas composed by Sage Veda Vyasa were summarized by a great Savant in a couplet: Ashtadasa Puraneshu Vyasasya Vachana Dwayam Paropakara Punyaya Papaya Parapeedanam

(अष्टादश पुराणेषू व्यासस्य वचनदवयँ परोपकार पुण्याय पापायः परपीडन)

The couplet means: Vyasa has said two things in eighteen Puranas and they are: Helping others is merit and sin consists in hurting others. The substance of all religions is more or less the same. Where then, was the need for another religion after Hinduism? Yet there are today twelve major religions in the world; So, it is irrelevant to say that Mai-ism has said nothing new.

Though new ideas are not introduced by Mai-ism it has done something that has not been done by any other religion. Mai-ism RELIGIONISES love and service. They are not mere recommendations or pieces of advice as in other religions. Let me elucidate the point. Why does a Hindu go to the Temple, a Christian to the Church and a Muslim to the Mosque? The answer is their religions have commanded them to do so.

Let us examine the actual working of the religious commandments. John, a very pious Christian is going in his car to the church to attend service on a Sunday. When the car is within a hundred yards of the Church, he sees a lorry striking down a man and speeding away without stopping. The road is deserted. The poor victim needs immediate medical attention and has to be removed to the nearest hospital which is five miles away. If John stops to help the man he is sure to miss his prayers. He cannot even think of missing his Sabbath. That is a religious offence. There is a fight between duty to man and duty to Church. The latter wins. You may put Abdul Khadir for John, Mosque for church and Jumaya for Sabbath. Or you can say Ramaswami was going to the temple to have darshan on Krishna Jayanti day. The result will not be different.

There may be honorable exceptions; but this talk is addressed to the common man and please remember that common people form more than ninety five percent of humanity. John, Abdul Khadir, and Ramaswamy are good people, but their religious ordinances have to have priority. Now the Mai-istic directive to the Mai-ist in such an incident is like this: "Forget your church, neglect your mosque, forsake your temple ignore the Lord, Allah or Krishna, ignore Mai-put the man in your car take him to the hospital at once" That is what is meant by religionization of Love and Service.

A principle must have the force of a religious commandment; then and then only is it obeyed by the common man. Once certain principles and beliefs are religionized and observed by millions of people a great force is created

Mai-ism places religiosity far above religion, Religiosity is not simply agreeing with certain beliefs or performing some rituals or repeating some prayers. Religiosity is to be seen in the life a man lives. One that does not believe in god but yet believes in the common tie of humanity and practices service and extends love to all to the best of his ability is a Mai-ist.

A poor sickly widow was living in a small thatched hut with her three children aged sixteen four and two. One day when the eldest boy had gone to the bazaar the house caught fire. The poor woman somehow crawled out. She was too weak to bring out the two sleeping children. She stood outside the solitary door holding on to the doorpost for support and cried out for help. Soon there was a crowd. None dared go inside. Smoke belched out; flames leaped up, any moment the roof might collapse. Just then the boy returned from the bazaar. His mother was at the door blocking entry, talking hoarsely and gesticulating wildly. The boy roughly and unceremoniously pushed her aside, dived in through the blinding smoke, came out with one child, rushed in a second time and brought out the other child, and fell down exhausted. The mother who had not stirred from where she had fallen on being pushed by her son wept for joy when she saw that all her children were safe. She never gave a thought to the rough way she had been pushed away. Just so, Universal Mother Mai does not care if you push Her away from your mind if you do so for helping Her children.

It was brotherly love that prompted that teen-ager to risk his life to save his little brother and sister. Now suppose the whole world is a family and all human beings are the children of the same mother; it would be quite natural for the children of the same mother to help one another. That principle - Mother-hood of God - is another tenet of Mai-ism. GOD IS MOTHER OF ALL including people of all nationalities religion or race. Father will be stern and will insist on discipline. Mother is forgiving and loving.

Motherhood of God also is not a new concept introduced by Mai-ism. It is well-known to Hindus and also followers of some other religions. Pope John XXIII who passed away in 1963 was reported to have repeated Mater Mea (Mother Mine) just before he breathed his last. The Budhists of China felt the need for a motherly God and created a Kwan-Yin Budha-a female Budha-a mother Budha when they wanted a merciful God. However Universal Mother Mai is different from all these conceptions because Mai is the mother of all religionists. The founder of Mai-ism once said Mother Mary of the Christians if Universalized in the Mai-istic sense is Mai.

There is one more important point to be borne in mind in connection with the motherhood of God in Maiism. It is the emphasis placed on Mother-child relationship that is required to be developed by the Mai-ists, the operative word in this context being child. A fifty-year-old person is apt to think himself or herself as the son or daughter of Mai. That is not what is needed. You have to imagine you are a small child in relation to Mai, a child who can play with Mai, coax Mai, demand things from Mai, just as an ordinary child will do with its mother. You must behave like a child towards Mai, living the life of Universal Love and Universal Service to the best of your ability. Nothing will be impossible to you then. This child-likeness is important.

A few direct results flowing from the Mother and child relationship may be noticed. In the first place you can dispense with priests in your approach to God. No child asks anybody else's permission to go to its mother.

Secondly purificatory baths and ablutions cease to have any meaning. A Hindu has to bathe, a Muslim has to at least wash his hands and face before doing prayers. Same is the case with all other religions. Mai-ism says bodily cleanliness is a matter of your personal hygiene and civic sense; it has nothing to with your prayer. A child playing in dust rushes to its mother regardless of its unclean state. Another point is nobody need despair in Mother's realm. Wicked and wayward devotees of other religions are often afraid of divine punishment. Mai-ism says a child is entitled to and always gets Mother's pardon.

Mai-ism fully agrees with the lofty idea that GOD has no form much less sex. However, that applies only to really advanced people. It is impossible for the common man to imagine himself to be the little reflection of a Supreme Being; such a conception is an achievement, not an evolutionary remedy. Bhagavat Geetha says (Chapter 12 verse 5) that it is a very difficult task to realize God for those who think that God has no form.

There have been very many incidents and instances which go to show that God would materialize on concentrated prayer. I may relate a very old story which is much to the point. Once there lived a scholarly brahmin who knew all vedas, performed religious rituals regularly, was noble, kind and courteous to all, everybody called him Rishi. Rishi had a pious illiterate servant Raju who admired, loved and served his master with a dog-like devotion. One day when Rishi was alone, Raju went to him timidly and said 'Master, Please show me God'. Amazed and amused at this strange request from an unexpected quarter, Rishi answered “How can you ask such a question Raju? God is everywhere. You see that buffalo there. God is in that beast". Raju appeared to be satisfied. He knew his master would not deceive anybody.

A month later Rishi and Raju were going to another village. They had to pass a narrow lane hedged on either side by a fence made of brambles. At one place, for a yard or two, the fences had caved in from both sides making that part of the lane so narrow that a man had to stand sideways and proceed cautiously to avoid damage to the skin and clothing. After carefully crossing the bottleneck Rishi looked back to see how Raju was faring. What he saw was un-understandably strange. Raju had straightened one bulging fence with his strong hands and was gently muttering: “Now, slowly, slowly, lower your horns a bit, now turn your head a little to the left; walk slowly. Ah. That is right ". The master thought that his servant had suddenly gone mad. He asked sharply: "What is the matter Raju? What has happened to you? Who are you talking to?" "Raju smiled with the happy relief of having survived a crisis and said, "Well, master, you see for yourself. God could not pass through that narrow space I was helping him" Rishi was beside himself with rage Controlling himself with effort he asked: "What God?

Where is God? Are you playing with me after all I have done for you?" Raju was hurt at the master's words. Like a stricken man he mumbled: "Did not master tell me that God was like a Buffalo? From that day every night I prayed and prayed till morning crying my eyes out to see God. After some days God came and has been with me ever since. I used to wash and feed God. And new master is angry. What can poor Raju do?". Rishi could not see any buffalo and said as much. Raju could not believe his ears. He was seeing the buffalo but the master said he was not seeing it. And the master would not lie. Rishi too was perplexed as he saw Raju was in earnest. He thought deeply for some time and then his great mind found out the solution. He came and stood by Raju, touched him and looked. Lo, there was the buffalo. To Raju, who was illiterate, God had manifested Himself in the form the devotee imagined; because of the unalloyed desire and concentration and love for God his servant had obtained actual vision of God while he with all his knowledge and performance of rituals had not. The master touched his servant's feet and hugged him. When I say that God can be supposed to have a form that does not mean the form, for example a picture or an idol, is God. It is only a symbolic representation of God. There is the fairly well known incident that happened several years ago between Swami Vivekananda and the ruler of a Native State. The ruler, a wise and good administrator happened, being a non-Hindu, to make a tactless remark slighting idol worship. Swami ji coughed once or twice and said "I seem to have developed a cold. I want to spit out phlegm. May I do it on that canvas on the wall?" His highness flared up and shouted: "How dare you Swami ji? That is my father". Vivekananda ji assumed surprise and said: "Your Highness's father? How can that be? It is a mere piece of canvas with no life" The princely host replied: "Though it is only a painting it represents my father. Every day I pay homage to the picture". Swami ji said sweetly: "So too the Hindu considers the idol not as God, but as representation of God”.

Thus, a Form can be attributed to God. If that is conceded, the best form is that of a parent. And when we imagine the whole world as one family and all human beings are the children of one parent, it can be easily seen that only a mother's love can keep the family together as an integrated and viable unit. Some children in the family may be wicked, some may be wayward, some may be dishonest and some idle. Only a mother can forgive the vices and weaknesses of her children and continue to love them.

Lastly there is no need for routine rituals. No doubt some routine worship is being done in Mai-istic congregations. That is considered necessary to enable the devotee to keep up a continual contact with the ideals of Mai-ism; Mai names are repeated at congregations and every time a Maiist repeats Jai Mai Jai Markand Mai vibrations are set up making the sub-conscious mind dwell on the ideals of Mai-ism. An interesting incident relevant to the point may be mentioned. Keshavalal Pandya a pious Sanatanist Hindu once approached Rev. Mai Swarupa expecting to hear a learned discourse on Geetha and Vedanta. All he heard from the Founder was sweet talk about Love and Service with emphasis on Universality. The visitor got disgusted and started to take leave and just before leaving he asked his host the best way to pray to Mai. Founder said "Do what you like, sing, dance, meditate, kneel or prostrate. Do whatever you like best. There is no particular method with Mai''.

Thus, it is seen that Mai-ism does not set much store on routine worship. Here are a few sentences from the General prayer of a Mai-ist. Oh, Mother, make the wicked virtuous, make the virtuous successful in attaining their peace of mind. May all be freed from dangers May all be living nobly. Mothers! make all happy free from all worries, diseases and calamities.

Besides Universality, Love, Service and Motherhood of God there are two more tenets for the advanced Mai-ists. They are Devotion and Unconditional Cheerful Self surrender to Mother's will. Any one who believes in God and leads a Mai-istic life of Universal love and service will develop devotion.

There is no limit to what a true devotee can do in this world. As the self-surrender mentioned, it is what is called Sharangathi or Prapathi and perhaps the most difficult to practice. Joseph Headley a reputed religionist of England once wrote in the World religion Congress Report (eighth report) thus: “Unconditional Cheerful Self-surrender mentioned by Mai – Swarupa signifies the necessity for every human being to merge his personal self hood within the Divine will and manifest the same in that greater conscious field of Universality".

Markand Ratanlal Dholakia who became Mai's Mercy Mai Swarupa Mai Markand after the declaration of Mai-ism was born of brahmin parents in Gujerat. After taking his diploma in Engineering from Poona Engineering College he entered Government service is 1913 and retired in 1945. From early boyhood he had several wonderful experiences of divine assistance and vision. At the insistent command of Mother Mai he declared Mai-ism on 2-9-1932 at Poona where he was then in service. The command was made directly to him and indirectly through messengers who received orders in dreams to pass the message. Three different persons unknown to one another living in such different places as Bombay, Calcutta and Shimoga (Mysore) received specific directions in dreams to proceed to Poona and deliver the message.

Vrajlal Parekh was a very staunch devotee of Mataji. One day he saw in a dream, a temple to which Hindus, Christians, Muslims and Parasis and others were going. He saw at the top of the temple a board bearing the inscription. "Mai Markand Mandir”. He also saw a written command to this effect "Go to Poona and tell my son to install me". Vrajlal knew the Founder and rightly understood that the message was meant to be conveyed to him. He promptly did so.

The messenger from Calcutta was also a religious man. One night when he was staying at Nagpur, he heard a Voice in his dream telling him: “Go to Poona and ask my son to install me". Without a moment's hesitation he went to Poona where after several unsuccessful attempts to get accommodation in various hotels and lodging houses finally he got a room in Guajarati Lodge. Weary, exhausted and almost beginning to doubt the wisdom of his hasty rush to Poona, he went to sleep. Immediately sleep overtook him, the Voice told him "Don't worry. I have brought you to the man. Peep through the holes in your door into the next room. There you will find the man you have come to see". The devotee jumped out of bed and peeped into the next room; a man was sitting there in a meditative trance. Not wanting to disturb a man in his meditation the 'messenger' made enquiries of the night-watchman of the lodge. The answer was “Can't tell you the gentleman's name. Everybody calls him Kaka. He is a Govt. Officer. He goes to bed very late. I have seen light burning in his room till 2 or 3 in the morning. He gets up only by 9 o'clock”.

The man from Calcutta had a friend living a few miles away. He thought of visiting the friend and coming back by the time Kaka काका got up. So he left by the early morning train to the nearest station. As ill luck would have it there was some disturbance in the locality the previous day and the police were rounding up all new  comers with the result that our man was arrested on alighting from the train. His protestations of innocence were of no avail. Frightened, he thought of Kaka काका and began to repeat काका बचाओ 'Kaka Bachao (Kaka save me). He was locked up for some time. The man was fervently and frantically repeating 'Kaka bachao' काका बचाओ.

In the evening the police, quite contrary to their usual procedure released him. Sad and unnerved, he went to sleep. The Voice, an Angry voice this time, asked him: "What, you did not have the time to do my bidding? Your repetition of Kaka bachao saved you. Go and pass my message at once". Early the next morning he went to Poona, met Kaka and delivered the message. The recipient of the message asked the man his name. The other answered "My name has nothing to do with it. Kaka Bachao" काका बचाओ .

M. R. Ananatayya of Shimoga was the third messenger who was ordered in a dream to go to Poona and deliver the same message. He also implicitly obeyed the command, went to Poona, managed to find out the Founder and gave the message.

Many of you will feel amazed at the role that dreams have played in Mai-ism. It will be interesting to recall an instance of how a devotee's dream at Madras was responsible for making the Sisters' Social here in 1949 a success. Rev. Maiji knew only four or five persons in Madras at that time though there were several devotees. When the Founder asked them to arrange a Sisters' Social they tried their best to get a suitable lady to preside over the function, but did not succeed. The Founder considered the idea of publishing a notice that Mother Mai would preside unless some of the ladies present voted one of them to the chair. However, a sister residing in Mambalam had a dream in which she was peremptorily asked to take an active interest in the coming social. The name of Smt. Ammanna Raja the then Deputy President of the Legislative Assembly was suggested for presidentship of the Social; the Mambalam sister told the sponsors about her dream and when at their request she approached Smt. Raja the latter agreed to preside.

Well, to proceed with the narrative, on receipt of the messages from Vrajlal, Anantayya and the repeater of Kaka Bachao the Founder laid down some impossible conditions on the happening of which he said he would declare Mai-ism and install Mai. All the conditions were fulfilled on 2-9-1932 at midnight. Then the Universal religion was formally declared. From that day he came to be known as Mai Swarupa Mai Markand. His disciples called him Maiji.

The important principles have been already described. The aim of MAI-ISM is to make man better and happier. With that end in view Mai-ism stands for the unification of all religions. Religious conflicts and intolerance have been a permanent stumbling block to all human progress, temporal and spiritual. Let us imagine God to be in the center of a circle and the followers of various religions on the circumference,

See figure I.

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H is Hindu C is Christian M is Muslim. Only three are shown for the sake of clarity and brevity. All of them are going God-ward, each in his own way. The distance separating the religionists from one another gets reduced as they try to converge on the center and their mutual distrust becomes more evident. The result is a centrifugal force is automatically produced, a force that drives them away from the center where God is.

Now see figure 2; -

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there, Universal Mai is at the center. Hindu, Christian and Muslim are her children. There is tolerance among the different religions and as they proceed Mai-ward a centripetal force, a force that draws them all to the center comes into existence,

Mai-ism is not one's birth religion. It is to be adopted by one after attaining the age of discretion, not necessarily abandoning the religion of one's birth. Thus now, there are Hindu Mai-ists, Christian Mai-ists, Parsi Mal-ists etc. Everyone is free to choose one's evolutionary path. As pointed out by Earnest w General Welfare. (Bullettin 1961 Trowbridge England) :

"Mai-Swarupa, Santa Cruz Bombay sponsors a movement recognizing the Motherhood of God to bring balance in our ideas of the deity, religions to retain their individuality but to be united in the universal worship of one God and creator”. Ernest Kirk an Englishman who spent his whole life in India on religious work has written a scholarly book entitled. “The World's Need and Mai ism" in which he says. “Mai-ism brings to all religions something in the heart of them all that is real and enduring".

Mai-ism received international recognition within a short time. In 1955 Rev. Mai Swarupa was invited to participate in the World Peace Round Table conference in Japan. His talk on Universal Mai-ism was so much appreciated there that within thirty days of the conference, The International Religious Federation (I. R. F.) took shape under the joint leadership of Him-self and Yonosuke Nakano the famous founder of Annai Kyo. The same year a Mai Sisters' Social was held in Shimuzil city with sister Yoshiko Nakano as the president.

Universal religious alliance (U. R. A.) functioning in the west invited the Founder to attend their conference at Havana in 1959. Due to various reasons He could not go, but He sent a thesis on universal religion. Rev. Duchesse Blanche Ledran the Grand Chancellor of the U. R. A. explained the principles of Mai-ism to the General Assembly. 3800 persons from 96 countries attended the conference which during its deliberations paid glowing tributes to Mai-ism couched in these words: "We have received valuable literature from all parts of the world. We particularly recommend Mai-ism and the Mai-institute of Santa Cruz West, Bombay". In the general elections that year Maiji was elected one of the Vice Presidents; He was given the portfolio of Peaceful Human Relations.

The issue of 'Steps unto Him' (Wiltshire, England) published in June 1960 carried the following item about Mai-ism: "Mai Swarupa Mai Markand, concerning whose work we wrote in a recent number has reminded us of the Raisen D'Etre of this movement which he prefers to call religion, not in the sense of a new form of Hierarchy. It has its object to bring nearer all religions into one harmonious whole. The idea is to provide a centre in the shape of a religion where that which unites could be shared and developed whilst each religion would retain its own forms and rituals. Mai-ism holds that there can be no such things as the last word. It welcomes and respects all that is best in every religion. It stands for the universality of God and keeps its doors open for changes of approach as the world evolves".

  1. H. Om Lind, Baron Von Blomberg and Colin Unwin of Australia are a few among other distinguished outsiders who have greatly admired Mai-ism.

Adherence to Mai-istic principles and repetition of Mai-istic prayers have saved thousands from miseries and calamities. Instances are legion of diseases being cured, of prosecutions being averted, of bankruptcy in business being warded off, of childless couple being blessed with children etc., by the Grace of Mai being obtained through Mai-istic methods of prayer. It would take volumes to recount the innumerable instances of Grace. I shall state only two instances of which I have personal knowledge.

Bro, Raman Menon a staunch Mai-ist was an officer in the bilingual state of Bombay. On May 1, 1960 the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat came into being. Hundreds of employees were transferred from Bombay to Ahamedabad from various departments. A list of persons to be transferred from Menon's office had been prepared. He felt sad that his name was in the list. He tried his best to see that he was not sent away from Bombay but the list had been finalized. Some of his friends advised him to approach Maiji, but he declined to do so. Thereupon the friends took up the matter with the Founder informing Him that Menon was unwilling to trouble Maiji on such a trivial matter as transfer. Maiji at once said "I want Raman here. He will not go". There was the usual delay in division of assets and liabilities between the two new states, Furniture, stock, cash, books and a hundred other items besides the personnel of various offices had to be divided. There was a dead line set up for completing the work of division. That was midnight of 30th April. At the stroke of twelve the two states would come into being. Lists of persons allotted to Gujarat had been prepared by the numerous offices in Bombay. Some lists had been mailed. A few lists including the one from Bro Menon's office had not been sent by post. Zero hour was approaching. It was decided to transmit the names by telephone. Each name would be read out into the telephone at Bombay and would be copied down by somebody at Ahmedabad. The list from Menon's office was the last

There were fifty names in the list. Menon's number was 49. 48 names were called. The time was eleven forty-five p. m. on 30th April. Five minutes to go and two names. There was ample time. But suddenly the phone stopped working. Before midnight the last two names could not be read out into the phone. And Menon continued in Bombay. Call it chance; call it luck; call it what you will. It was really the Vachan Siddhi of Rev. Mai Swarupa operating. Several other instances of Maiji's words coming true have happened.

Thirteen years ago an old lady of seventy-two developed two circular patches inside her cheeks, an inch in diameter and an eighth of an inch in thickness with a small depression in the middle. She could not eat food for severe pain. Her son took her to three good doctors. Each of them said it was most likely cancer and advised she should be taken to the Tata Memorial Hospital Bombay for treatment. The lady flatly refused to go to Bombay though there was another of her sons residing in Bombay who could very well look after her. Instead, she sought Maiji's blessings and advice. She carefully followed Maiji's instructions regarding repetitions of Mantra. In a few weeks she was completely cured. The lady lived for nine years more without any recurrence of the illness. I know every detail of the incident because she was my mother. It was I who took her to the three doctors.

Rev. Mai Swarupa merged in the Lotus Feet of Mai on 21 - 12 - 1966. But He has been and is with us guiding us consoling us and encouraging us. His spiritual successor the present Maiji has been doing the work of propagating Mai-ism and alleviating the misery of others with the guidance and blessings of the Founder in His discarnate state.

I appeal to you all, to take up Mai-ism seriously and live according to its simple tenets. I can assure you that you will be amply rewarded. Mai Maiji Bless you all.

Jai Mai Jai Markand Mai

Author: One Humble  Mai Devotee

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