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 them, Mother 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 ascension, which is without a temptation and a test, right 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 tests, Mother suggests, Mother strengthens, Mother plays; Mother bless them all, whose 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 dictation" should 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 irreligious, nor, routinely 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 nothing, it becomes to bring in together several threads and shades of Hinduism, on broadcasting the Mai-istic faith spirit and theory?? Even on the 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 ----->
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.