Tuesday, June 16, 2015

PROLOGUE [ FIRST PART ] OF MAI-ISM BOOK EDITIONS 1952 AND 2007

PROLOGUE

JAY MAI JAY MARKAND MAI


This writing was commenced on Mother's Day, Friday, the 6th day of Chaitra Navaratra, 24th March 1950, after communion with Mother , by the Founder, and for the specific  purpose of Her Glorification. It is a passing picture of certain events, facts and experiences, without the garmentation of exquisite emotions of poetic pleasant pedantry, scriptural quotations or philosophical controversies or religious technicalities. It is just a recapitulation, practical and brief, of a portion of what the Founder had gone through, in relationship with His Mother "MAI"- Mother and Mother's work of Mai-ism-spreading. During the writing, as also during the printing stages, there has been all along an implied sincere prayer, that Mother be pleased to confer Her choicest spiritual and temporal blessings and benefits on them that go through the contents of this book, with a religious faith and reverence, and those that are moved with an ardent desire to live their life as far as possible in full rhyming with whatever they find acceptable, useful and elevating in this Book. 

To start with, this compilation, being only a matter between the Founder and the Mother, was intended to be merely a scribbling or jotting down of a few pages, without any idea at the beginning about its publication in this form. Soon however thereafter, the idea of a simple remembrance of what had passed between both, developed itself to that of making, as it were, a triple-quinquennium-report of the "Mai-movement", which had a standing of nearly 18 years then (i.e. since 2nd September 1932 when the installation of MAI took place). The idea of a "Report" meant relaxation of the requirement of strict privacy, as it surely meant a reading thereof by all those that were sincerely interested.

The fish in the ocean began growing up larger and larger, by leaps and bounds. General worldly experiences, opinions, suggestions, primary and advanced teachings of all shades etc., made their way, gradually and stealthily, as intruders, in the selected solitary small place, meant for prayer, worship, meditation and communion. Finally, the idea forced itself on me (the under-signed is the writer and is the very same person referred to throughout the book in the first person as "I", with "me", "my" etc., and also in the third person as "the Founder") that atleast I should get my "tirade" typed and kept as a record.

Thanks to certain friends and devotees at Madras, who undertook the work, as a religious service, practically at no cost and with a rapid speed. The typing work went on at Madras simultaneously with my writing at "Mai-Nivas," Santa Cruz, Bombay. On 23rg December, 1950 (the Founder's birth-date), he had (in other words, I had) the full-fledged typed volume in the form of a book of 12 chapters and 575 pages of foolscap-size-paper typed matter. Till then, there was no idea of "publication". I had continued writing the book for Mother and myself, and just for a record, in case someone, in the future years, by some chance, misses his way from a mere money-making or pleasure-hunting-life, and with a leisure and curiosity, makes a peeping enquiry about "What is this Mai-ism, what does it mean, and what does it teach, and what are its opinions, beliefs and tenets."

The "Neither-here-nor-there"- nature and "Take-things-as-they-come"- attitude, in this writing, is sure to be immediately perceptible to any intelligent reader. The reader will so often find in the same page, in the same paragraph, sometimes even in the next sentence and so on, expressions such as "the Founder says", as also "I", "me" and "mine". As already stated, they refer to the writer, the undersigned, who is himself "the Founder" of "MAI-ISM", and who is also the author of this book. There is no observance of any rigid or particular principle behind the one expression or the other. It is only as the pen and the mood, fancied from time to time, or in what may be called "language of devotion", just as Mother was dictating. The whole writing has been done after communion, and while sitting before Mother, day after day, during the calm and quiet night-hours. "Dictation" is only a poor word, as the person dictated to has his own full consciousness and some discretion. This writing has been the petrol-pouring from the pump to the motor-tank through a mere unclean corroded and leaky hose-pipe.

It is supposed that the readers have atleast some religious experience and religious sense to understand the various expressions, and the required religious spirit and visual angle, with reference to the contents of this book. It is presumed that they have, in addition, serenity enough, not to leave their high plane during reading, to raise worldly-minded two-penny-worth silly questions of a dry, learned or literary critic.

The greatest idiotic blunder, that I am very much afraid of, and I am extremely nervous about, is that some of even the most broad-minded readers would likely slip into the error of thinking that the Founder has no great love or reverence for Hinduism, and for Hindu saints, because he is not for pampering and sky-raising. If I say "don't be sleeping and snoring, but unite, set up the strongest religious iron machinery, the enemy is dashing against and is breaking open your doors", fools (and I have found sometimes that the wisest men have been fools in this respect) are offended with my "imputation" (?), but they are unable to realise the burningness of my love for Hindus and Hinduism. I have simply to pity them for their blindness of religious self-pride and incapacity to realise the simplest truth, viz., that he is the best friend, nay, even a saviour, who speaks about the forth-coming calamity and who forewarns. I can only tell them one thing. Study me personally by contact, to know me really and well in the matter of my love and reverence to Hinduism and Hindu Saints.

The subject of religion is so very vast, and all-pervading like the atmosphere enveloping us, and yet so very subtle, that it is hard to set up limits of relevancies and chronologies, etc., or to secure a strictly logical sequential order and arrangement. There are many paragraphs and sentences which were inserted and were sometimes amplified during the later stages while the typed matter was received and read, and in a few cases, also while the printing work was proceeding. The smallest seeming relevancy was considered enough to ascertain new places for insertion of the later ideas and thoughts.

As regards the language, style, grammar and literary expressions, English language has been used by the Founder merely as the widest medium of expression, although any English Scholar may find the language and style rather crude and wholly unsatisfactory.

The FOunder is fond of writing at great length, and in involved and lengthy sentences, and of coining his own words, phrases and compound words for the purpose of expressing his ideas. He says "Language and words are only means to an end." He prefers prolixity to leaving any chance whatsoever for the possibility of a misinterpretation in such a subtle and life-long-affecting important subject as "Religion" and self-illumination. Pronouns often mislead.

Readers of religious literature must be above worldly shallowness, with infinite patience, a general faith in Divine matters, and an approach and attitude of reverence and eagerness to assimilate whatever is valued, with a feeling of sanctity and gratitude. After all, religious writings are not novels, stories or histories or books of literature. Their greatness lies in that any page or chapter can be read with advantage, without any knowledge of the contents of the previous or the subsequent pages. A mango fruit sucked up either from the top, or the bottom, or the sides fills up one's mouth with the juice of the fruit.

Even while the book is in the Press, while I am writing these lines, my patent idea is that I am getting my writing printed, for the only main-most reason that Mother may not have to pull Her eyes to read it. It is not an unusual thing that all the most important appeals, petitions or memorials addressed to Emperors, Kings, Viceroys, Governors and Royal Highnesses, have to be or are in print. My own mind on the question of how the world would receive the book, is extremely easy and ripples-less. Select what you (the reader) think best, reject that you are not interested in, or what you do not like; but, very subtly, succinctly and silently. As I have written this book principally for Mother and myself, no courtesies of thanks-givings to the helpers, or apologies to the readers are required, and they are not indispensable.


Early in May 1951, at my native place Petlad (in Gujerat), a certain amount of money (as my wife's) due from a certain gentleman for over 39 years raised its head, to play its destined part of partly financing the publication. The gentleman who owed the money became fairy rich, on selling his fertile lands. To my greatest surprise, I received word from him. With an extremely high liberality, in an interview which lasted only 20 minutes, this gentleman asked me "how much should I pay". I said "if you give me Rs.3500, that is my need of the moment, I will utilise that amount (which is a wind-fall to me) for the sacred cause of Religion in printing my last faddish production." Without a single word of higgle-haggle, he handed me over the cheque on the spot then and there.

I am not writing this book for them, whose outlook, in spite of an extremely keen intellect, has not matured itself to be truly religious. Where a devotional soul would be rolling on the ground in ecstasy, the worldly man will be ready to pounce, with a long list of questions. He calls them difficulties, with the usual religious hypocrisy, but sometimes he is carrying wounding bullets thereunder, though in a few cases, unconsciously. Goes the proverb, "A fool can ask a question, which forty wise men cannot answer." Some would be flared up or disgusted, on having to go through what they can neither realise nor imagine as a result of their inexperience, nor even, by way of a courtesy, appreciate. In the absence of a subtle religious insight, they would be seeing only superfluities, repetitions and incongruities. Right approach and righteous attitude cannot be too much emphasised.

Most fortunate, and most unfortunate, are they (as goes the repeated history), that are nearest the centres of religiosity. Mother help themMother save them and their victims!!

Who can imagine my joy and weeping in gratitude, on getting the substantial money-help, as aforesaid? Overnight in my terrace, while revelry and merrymaking of hundreds around a bride and a bridegroom was at its climax in the courtyard on the ground-floor, the bridegroom's father was shedding hottest tears, and rolling on the ground in his solitary sacred place on the third floor. WHat did he care to know or think of (?), except his Mother, in the midst of all worldly joys and pleasures for all others around him?? The 5% lingering intention of publication rose to be 95%. There is not a single step in the spiritual ascensionwhich is without a temptation and a testright up to the final salvation.

The Satan dropped his whisper : "have I any right over the money of my wife? Can I spend it over my fad?" (By the by, I have been always beset with the question "which devil is going to read or appreciate the book"). "Without the consent of my wife and children, in their already poor condition, have I any right to spend this money over my fad of printing and publishing this book?" Mother testsMother suggestsMother strengthensMother playsMother bless them allwhose money and labour and time go to such noblest religious purposes!!! Mother had however Her freaks. The cheque that I got was lost, in spite of care. I had lost the very consciousness that I had returned to Bombay "Mai-Nivas" with a cheque of what was no small amount for me. Mother pulled me up with every fright and anxiousness, for about a month till the intention of 95% rose to be a full cent per cent resolution. The cheque was stolen, and it was nothing but Mother's grace that I got cash on its duplicate before money was taken away on the lost cheque. I had quite a narrow escape. The mention of this event is neither for the irreligious, nor for the rich man who ridicules poverty. Religious experience is the greatest of God's gifts. Eyes don't change so long as, as a result of God's and Guru's grace, Mother's mysteries do not reveal themselves to the average worldly people.

Madras again came forward, to help me out with regard to typing and printing work, as I had now a substantial sum enough to meet a great portion of the initial cost of printing. In July 1951, the printing work was commenced by the Hind Press Ltd., whose Directors and Staff are good and godly people. Were it not for the said Press, its Directors and its Staff, and the all along responsible care and work with worry of an extremely staunch Mai-devotee (an advocate in Madras) who all took up, so to say, the charge of the printing work, going through the proofs etc., this book would not have seen the light of day in September 1952, exactly 14 months since the printing work commenced. (In my experience, principally, Gujerat is for Commerce and Charity, Deccan is for Art and Learning and Madras is for Originality and high Religiosity). Those who handled the printing and proofs in Madras, scrupulously avoided any correction of or alternation in my language of the writing- in their faith that the originality of "Mother's dictationshould be kept in tact.

My great point of disappointment, when I place this book in the hands of the public and my beloved readers, is that few and fewest realise that I have to say something which is not the very same "ditto-ing" that has come down to us since centuries!!! Absolute Truths can never change, but other subsidiary things can be greatly improved with an immense advantage, from time to time. I am neither irreligiousnorroutinely religious, Being not "in the same boat", and "a bird of the very same feather," I have been all along most indifferently and most unsympathetically dealt with, by at least the routine-religious world, AS A FOREIGNER.

The gist of the whole Mai-istic teaching, in fewest words, is that our religious outlook is extremely narrow, and that our preliminary religious grounding is extremely poor. Even the smallest Hindu child has heard everything of Religion. We have heard everything, understood nothing, exerted for a greater nothing, assimilated still greater nothing, and practised yet still greater nothing. Too much familiarity has only bred up contempt. We have suffered from overdoing externals and theories, and neglecting (with belittling) the internals. We are more for theory and quantity, than for practice and quality.

Our values for man-to-man relationship, love, service, sacrifice and morality, especially the business-morality, stand no proportion with our expressions of the same during religious talks, discourses, controversies, solitary or congregational studies, and scriptures-recommended religious undertakings for "Punyam". In the understanding of "Religion"- (cool-minded impartial and unfanatic)- psychological, rational and logical thinking is extremely rare. We want work to be done and gone through, for the attainment of true religiosity, to be shortened practically to the point of nothingness. Most of us have "penny-heaven-buying" desires, beliefs and mentalities. We have too great a belief of wonderful magic results in Saints' merely placing their hands over our heads. We have most of us a blind faith, mostly out of a fear. individualistic and restricted to self-serving, with almost a ridiculous expectation of someone placing, magically, morsels of ready-made food in our mouths.

Regarding the actual solid religious work, that can be undertaken, the present greatest difficulty is that religious and irreligious western-minded and eastern-minded elements have been huddled up together. Further, everybody's business has become nobody's business, and unlike other items of national progress, Religion has been left to take care of itself. Those that are capable of doing substantial work have run away either to sea-costs, mountains, or forests, or have merged themselves in forming their individual folds. There is nothing like a standing constitutional arrangement, which has for its aim and object, the efficient tackling and handling of religious questions in a practical, instructive and guiding manner, to preserve and promote the cause of the general religions, social and moral culture of the Nation, as a whole- as a whole comprehensive unit, that takes within its embrace all the differences, of all places, all communities, all deities and all philosophies.

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 nothingit becomes to bring in together several threads and shades of Hinduismon broadcasting the Mai-istic faith spirit and theory?? Even on the rebelliousness 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".

 ~ TO BE CONTINUED AND CONCLUDED IN SECOND PART OF THE NEXT POST OF PROLOGUE  ----->



EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK : MAI-ISM, AUTHOR : MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND  [ EDITIONS : 1952 & 2007 ], PRINTED & PUBLISHED BY UNIVERSAL MAIISM TRUST, MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ WEST, 400054 INDIA.

[ 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 Religion Federation which was started in Japan in 1955
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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 first 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 organisations. 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 as at the hand, as well as that a new age ( Aquarian ) is being ushered in taking 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 "- PAGE 40 - 41.


                    


   























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