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".
Take only an all-flinging bird's-eye view. Man is the enjoyer, woman is the centre, wealth is the means, and sense-pleasures are the different modifications during a man's effort to seek complete union. Happiness proceeds from union with the desired. For the inferior man, the objects sought to be unified with, are inferior. A little higher-mind is the enjoyer, peace and happiness are the centres, concentration and consolidation are the means, and the development of various dormant occult powers are the modifications. The higher man has begun to realise at this stage, that happiness proceeds from neither woman nor wealth, but from the mind. Later, soul is the enjoyer, Mother or God is the centre; spirit is the means, and all universalistic and altruistic heart-yearnings and mental-activities of love, service, devotion and self-surrender, are the modifications.
Higher and higher, the aspirant has to go with his own exertions, under God's and Guru's Grace. Do not be cheated by your mind, like a cook that makes your mouth to water, with various descriptions of dainties, but, in the end, keeps you starved. Don't pass away your whole night, in the fastidiousness about the cot, the bed, the pillow and the bed sheet, till the cock crows, and you are no longer your master. Begin with any spiritual exercise. Once you have secured God's and Guru's Grace, if you go wrong, atleast, God is there to remunerate your sincerity, humility and purity, and to guide you and to set you on right lines. The final stage is when the Soul and God are mutually the Enjoyer and the Enjoyed, with nothing between the two, till the Soul finally merges in Mother. There should not be the slightest feeling of droopingness, on comparison of yourself with the highest saints, that have "realised". Judge your progress by how far and how much you have bettered yourself, and never, by how much still remains. There is no end to how much still remains, even for the highest of saints. The highest proof of the Mother's Mercifulness is, that for the smallest effort of any striving aspirant, he gets a permanent benefit, that helps him, not for one life alone, but for lives and lives. In fact, true Religion is a science of not only improving your externals, but also and mainly, your own internal instruments and faculties, and transferring and sublimating your mind, heart and your own very Self. Further, the most secret point of a guiding principle, in the serial arrangement of events, circumstances and conditions in the chalked-out life for every being, has been that of alternate following of opposites. Without this, life would have been unbearable and all exertion for progress would have been discouraging and tiresome. Pleasure and pain, success and failure, perspiring work and undisturbed peaceful rest, rise and fall, march and retreat, have been designedly made to fill up alternately the long decades of period of each and every human life. There are extremely few cases of "no joy" and "misery" all alone at a long suicide-suggesting stretch. A little feasting has been always provided after every fasting.
The Founder buries the centuries-old quarrel of Dwaitism and Adwaitism, stating that on the strictest analysis, there is nothing intrinsically, and practically conflicting or contradictory between the two. Not only that, but Adwaitism is, as Founder believes, on strictest censorship, only the continuation and extension of Dwaitism. Mai-ism says, it is much safer to teach "Thou art God" than "I am God", when you have to select a teaching for millions of people of all places for all times. As a matter of fact, "I am God" is not really a teaching, but the most spontaneous expression of the fewest of the few blesseds, that have realised the final-most stage, and it is given to few to realise. Don't forget that, in your modern madness of equality. It is only a modesty and a pampering, when a high-placed man says "What one man can do, another can surely do". In fact, "one man may not be worthy even to tie the laces of the shoes of another".
The world is neither unreal, nor real. It is an unreal reality, and a real unreality. It is real at one stage, and temporarily a unreal at another stage, and again real at the final "Parabhakti-stage" of "Poorna-prema", when everything becomes Mother. The unreality of the world is not an absolute fact, but a hypothesis of unflinching faith for Adwaitists, which, on perfect training of the mind, permanently places them in undivided, undifferentiated, infallible, perfect unification with Almighty Mother.
Regarding the success of any religious movement, Mother alone knows the future; but this much is certain, that the hopes of every originator are in most cases ever immortal. He leaves nothing undone that he can, within his possibilities; and if the originators' hearts were possible of being fathomed, one would find there, pictures of perpetuities and infinities, which need no basis for their existence, of any actualities and possibilities. Any religious-movement's originator's soul does not get satisfied and peaceful, on leaving his work half-done, and he continues his work sometimes with much greater powerfulness and promptness, in the disembodies state. During the life-time of a worker, so many imperfections are there, with incongruencies, jealousies, enmities, adversities, poverties, obstructions, oppositions, etc. On the personal-prejudice-factors disappearing, on demise, the true worth of the spade-work done and the principles taught and laid down, gradually begin to advance, if both have their intrinsic worth, and if the foundations have been laid deep enough, beyond devastating time-effects. If the world continues to give a hearty response with nourishment and replenishment of men, money and material, solid work more and more follows. Every plant may grow, or die as well, with no fault attachable to the seed-sower. The growth of a religious movement is extremely slow and has to be measured in terms of decades, in the cases of small sub-religions, or sects or "Sampradayas", and quarters and higher fractions of centuries, in the case of religions, possessing the potential magnitude of the major religions prevalent in this world of ours. The calculation of probabilities is outside the pale of human imagination, as would be seen from the history of every religion, large or small, as there are innumerable, indeterminate factors that play their wonderful part both ways, in the present as well as in the future. Anyway, the proportion that the full stature bears to the inception, great for great movements, and small for small ones, is surely unimaginable. It is all only Mother's Will, and no one knows, what scenes are being arranged behind the curtains of the Unknown Future.
One surpriseful phenomenon, however, cannot escape the observation of serious and profound religious thinkers. If searching enquiries were made under solemnity of oaths, to form the exact idea of what certain people or a certain society thought about a certain saint or a certain movement, during his life-time, or in the commencement-period, strange revelations would meet our eyes and ears, sometimes under the brand-marks of madness and mischievousness. At least, the past history in this direction would amply justify the greatest claim to clemency, for the new workers, from time to time, if innocent ambition with life-long sacrifice in the cause of world's wholesale welfare is not a crime.
This is an extremely interesting subject by itself, and, quite impersonally, I cannot withstand the inner urge of recording my views, because I have a mad passionateness about the psychological true understanding of Religion, although that is least attractive for the average Hindu mind, which loves Devotion and Divine knowledge, many times much more than the psychological analysis and synthesis. I record my views and beliefs, for the truest, and therefor, most automatically profitable understanding, and greatly indulge in dealing with details. I believe you can't have a perfect mastery over a whole, unless you have the same over the smallest piece-atoms, of a complicated complex whole.
We often find very little, or practically nothing, during the lifetime of a saint; and later, their places become centers of vast pilgrimages and fairs and festivals !!! Names of certain saints, practically unknown during their lifetime, or even spoken with ridicule, disgust and blasphemy, are later in vogue as a sacred word for curing diseases and removing afflictions !!! Some saints had to pass days and days, without two happy meals, whereas their disciples got Rajahs and Kings to pull their cars. While Tukaram or Narasimh Mehta dies in poverty, and Meerabai in miseries, the stars and cinema-owners, showing them on curtains only, moved in Rolls-Royce cars. Persons that were condemned as "unable to break a straw" during their lifetime, were later made "Saviors". The heart breaks when the two contrasts stand vivid before a deep devotee's eyes, and the heart chokes up as he tries to speak in broken words to the nearest friend-devotees. "It is all Her greatness and Her play. The Mother's Sportivity !! As if the world cannot be brought round except through miraculousness !!". "As if there is the Divine Plan to make the contrast as amazing as possible". Who would not be surprised if there were no history to learn, how few followers Christ or Mohammed had during their lifetime? And, while the life of Christ was full of highest miraculous experiences given to so many aggrieved, how fewest were they, that bore him out during his lifetime? There, there, there, is a triple alliance of Mother's Will, Maya-delusion and World's wickedness.
The world is always wise after the fair. We know hating the deserters or blaming the saints' relations, friends or followers, generations after. In revering and sky-raising the dead, the world has least to lose, as the contradicting, belittling tendency and the proveability one way or the other goes less and less, with the times. The World cautiously enough opens its mouth, only after every safety is there, after a certain time lapses, which can also be utilised to make out an ideal saint, selecting only the suitable living facts round about the saint when he was in flesh and blood.
During the lifetime of a saint, even for honest appreciators, followers and disciples, the wickedness of the world prepares a hot bed, in the matter of an open declaration and a fearless free following. It looks, as if a Saint has not simply to make his life, a series of supreme virtues and sacrifices, but has also to win a victory over the world. And there, it is Mother's Will alone that decides the issue. Main most thing is the consideration of the whole future of man-kind, or of a certain nation, with its deservedness or its reverse. That consideration is supreme with Mother, in making final decisions.
But for Bhairavi Brahmini, who could have the most astonishing boldness of declaring Paramahamsa to be an Incarnation? Whose Incarnation? has not been clarified, as far as Founder's scanty knowledge goes. Mai-ism proclaims "He was UNIVERSAL MOTHER INCARNATE".
That is the secret of understanding the lives of saints. There is a superb supernatural courage, which God alone can give to such ones, as have lived their lives on the practically same plane as the saint. The worshipped is merely nothing without the worshippers ; and the world knows one Shakespeare, although creating hundreds. For persons of the usual ordinary religious stuff, or of the still inferior selfish worldly stuff, a mere conviction about saintliness is not enough. It requires a crushing-resistance-strength of sacrifice, to be siding with a new unknown unaccepted star or planet in the Religious Firmament.
How much is really claimable by man, in the coming forth of any new religious movement, or a sub-religion or a religion?? It is all the making of Mother alone. The miraculousness of "nothing during a saint's life", and "an amazing huge blaze" thereafter, is not simply a freak or fancy of Almighty. That too has a deep meaning. It is a proclamation of Man's nothingness, even the highest saint's nothingness, and a working out of an Inviolable Divine Law. "The seed shall have to perfectly perish". To the extent any crushing is incomplete, the growing tree will lose in lusciousness, lustre and longevity. There is nothing more complicated and incomprehensible, as the dealing of the World and Worldliness, with a Saint and his Saintliness.
The life and longevity of any religious movement depends on its Sacred Fire being kept up alive, by the further sacrifices of more and more high souls as disciples and faithful followers, and as the fire, light and spirit of the predecessors get dimmed, with the advent of times.
We know nothing. We see nothing. Who can understand the working of millions of waves, rising and falling every second, of every unimaginable and immeasurable variety, in the Infinite Ocean of Universal Consciousness, in the midst of which, and governing controlling and commanding every action thereof, stands the UNIVERSAL DIVINE MOTHER?? HERSELF!! ALL ALONE!!
Who is the Reader? And who is the Writer? Who is the Founder? And who is the Follower? Who is the Judge-of and who is the Judge? Everything is only Mother, Mother and Mother alone. Mother dictates, and Mother writes. Mother reads and Mother thinks. Mother blames and Mother praises. Mother worships Herself, and Mother plays with Herself.
Where are you and I?? Mere reflections of the Mother Moon !!! In the lake of Maya !!! Either when the lake dries up, or when Mother-moon wills it so !!!
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.