Most of us,more or less, hear everything, understand nothing, practise still greater nothing and realise yet still greater nothing. How than can there be anything like relishfulness or illumination about the minutest and finest fibres of the weaving ? The relish - bliss - possessed however find it impossible to remain silent. They do not mind other looking blanks at them.
There is something unusual and even reverse of what we ordinarily believe and what has been passed on to us from the past.
194. The Founder states : Our usual notion about making spiritual progress is perhaps wrong. The idea of a gradual evolution ( the Western Evolutionary theory ) is too much us.We have been generally thinking and believing, we have to struggle with world's temptations , remove our weaknesses, one after another and go ahead. We have to go on becoming better and better, less and less worldly. and more and more Godly and Divine . Our only poor idea is that of a continued labour and struggle as if a religious progress were work of filling some reservoir with pouring of buckets of water therein from a river nearby.Our notion is that of hard-sweating and suffering, and the religious progress being some arduous work , as of a boring a tunnel or excavating a mountain.
The illumination and the joy proceeded from these " cart before horse " expression of Paramahamsa, in as much as they lead me to one corroboration." Beyond this well-known usually and commonly known routine, there is an exceptional royal route as well " .Paramahamsa is telling you something superb and extraordinary, not the very same thing, which so many have said in the past , - some thing much more than what the man with " every thing is the same " can see.
The joy proceeds from realisation and still further on the corroboration of the realisation. The difference of parrot like knowledge and realisation is there. There, there,there the difference comes in, which I so hammeringly talking about; and yet few understand me.Two friend disciples go to a guru.The Guru in his usual talks speaks out a certain truth along so many others. One disciple on hearing the same gets so very ecstatic and stands up and begin to dance and revolve himself, being unable to contain his joy, without bodily -relieving moments . The other one has heard the same words, but is looking with a surprise and annoyance at the mad out-of-control joy expression of the other disciple.Says he," What, what, what, such an extra-ordinarily thing did Guru say ? He is tailing the same thing almost daily; and not to him alone; but just see, there are so many of us here ; I don't dance , some many others of us don't dance. What has happened now to this fool ?? "
The Founder feebly tries to explain. The difference is this. To all men, it is," This" in midst of thousands of " Thats", some of which are even contradictory to " This "."This" in midst of thousands of "Thats", not unsaid, not unheard, not unknown, not unfamiliar, in cases of all men.In the case of the other man- that particular man- it is "THIS AND THIS ALONE, NOTHING ELSE, NOTHING BUT THIS , NOT THAT , NOT YON, NOT YONDER ".
When a certain truth stands only by itself, and takes the full possession , when in perfect compatibility of what little-most experience of one already has , one feels a conviction about the said truth, when not a single one atom of that truth out of say hundred atoms there of remains over shadowed with the smallest doubtfulness, then there is the ecstatic joy of an unprecedented illumination. That inability of the nerves both mental and physical to contain that joy results in almost a boisterous joy-madness, which others around are looking at an astonishment and annoyance.
Illumination is one thing. Conviction is the next higher thing. Realisation is still higher thing. And corroboration after realisation is yet a still higher thing.No realisation gives a perfect joy without corroboration. You may dispense with a Guru upto the last end , if you are vehemently against having a Guru , but at that last stage of corroboration, the Guru is indispensable.
The Founder explains " conviction " thus.
We talk of Mother as " Patita Pavani " ( Purifier of the lowest downfallen ) or of God as " Adhama Uddharana ( the Saviour of the most wicked ). Even a child repeated these names. The question of questions is this. a stronger man comes and threatens you with " Is this true ? ". You shiver, you tremble, you get perplexed , you say," We only hear so "," So many have said so in the past "You seek out a way from his clutches, you back out with a weak platitude ." " When so many have said, it is very likely it can not be wrong. God alone knows if it is otherwise ". You hasten your escape ; you get fumbled ; you turn away your eyes from his, you find pretext to be away; you wish to be relieved , you yourself are overpowered with doubts and suspicious . You ask yourself," Am I really right ? or -is it only a parrot-like repetition because so many have said so ? In the end , it may as well be , that you have a sorrowful consciousness of your having accepted a certain statement as truth, just with only the usual " heard mentality " mechanically doing and believing what others before you have done and believed.
On the other hand, the realised man stands firm as a rock.He has an adamantine courage or realisation, the conviction of any mother that would boldly say out, with respect to an altogether face-changed son of hers after years. "Yes, he is my son". That conviction is there because the son is piece and parcel of hers. A certain truth must have similarly formed a piece and parcel of realisation of the realised. That conviction is there , because there is immense suffering ( as in the case of mother ) as the originator of that conviction.A realised man is a steady batsman. Let any ball come , he has his over-boundary.( If there were no unbearable painfulness in bearing a child , no mother would have loved child . strange expression but true.).
What I am making a cheerful offering of my soul to Paramahamsa for, and what I explain here , is what you have already known and what I have too already known and written so often about. But the conviction, realisation and corroboration !!! These are certainly superb things. How to explain !!!
Corroboration !!! With greatest exertions of yourself, you have reached Mother's Mansion. You have been sitting on the very steps of the Mansion. You say about the Palace " This must be the Palace ." But yet it is " must be ".You require some higher and one ahead of you to say," Yes, you are right . This is the Mother's mansion." Till then, the realisation is not perfect.I asked the question and Paramahamsa answers it by saying," Yes, yes, first devotion, first God's Grace -securing, and then the world." Paramahamsa speaks with an emphasis and a boldness of which there is no preceding parallel. He speaks with the deepest conviction of , an actual realisation of ," Asked, and as soon as asked, granted " - mercifulness of Mother. This emphatic assertion is in greatest rhyming with Mai-ism. Paramahamsa asserts , if not differently, at least more distinctly and definitely than any other " isms " or any other preceding religious teachers.
The Founder states," What an astounding revelation ?? So to say, Paramahamsa dismisses the indispensability ( though welcoming and recognising the usefulness of so many religious requirements and qualifications ), of exertion, exercise, progress, development and all the paraphernalia , which every religion so gloriously speaks about, provided you have Mother's Grace. He has no diffidence or doubt. He does not imagine a single case of failure. To him, there are no qualifications which are indispensable for an aspirant , provided he has an unfathomable love for Mother.
The Founder sums up thus : The point-blank question is this , which is required to be answered without fumbling, without conditions imposed , without escape of defense, without provisos and without hundreds of "Ifs" and "buts". The question is " I have no other qualification. I know only how to die, out of love for my Mother". " Shall I be saved ?". Paramahamsa says ," Yes ". Mai-Swarup says," Yes ". Mai-ism says," Yes ". Paramahamsa's " Yes " is entirely unqualified. Paramahamsa's answer is " Look at Me "; " No inferences, but eye-to-eye proof ". The witness who has actually seen and lived in a certain Palace with a certain Mai-Queen, stands as a rock, about Mother and Mother's Grace , against all cross currents and cross-questions. Someone asks Paramahamsa " I don't know Yoga , will that do ?" " I don't know Atma-Parmatma-subtleties, will that do ? " " I have no Sandhya, no temple-going etc., will tat do ?" Paramahamsa gives the boldest answer" Yes, Mother's Grace on your love to die for Her, to die without Her, can dispense with everything ".AND THAT IS MAI-ISM. " If you love Her; you serve Her , you surrender yourself to Her, everything including salvation, is yours." THAT IS MAI-ISM. " Salvation is only a poor-hearted man's goal."
So many have said so in the past, the same thing, but only in a hotch-potch manner , not in the unqualified manner , not without hundreds of " ifs" and "buts " and not without hundreds of diluting and weakening elements about the supreme most Truth. Paramahamsa soars much higher than than the routinism of all religions. He advises" placing the cart before the horse."
The routine is this :" I study engineering. I often fail; but I finally pass. I get happy. I apply for a job and I get a job."I get it because I have passed and have the degree.I get it because I have a more qualifications than other candidates. All that s well and good !! I also agree and appreciate that must be the routine way of the world.
Paramahamsa however, in addition to the routine way , refers to the exceptional way. He illuminates the world about the existence of an underground passage , right from the Royal Palace Harem to the Ganges Ghat , unseen and unknown and it must be admitted , unavailable to one and all. Paramahamsa and in his foot-steps , Mai-Swarup and Mai-ism confirm, declare and reveal the existence of the underground passage.
Says Paramahamsa : " There is some thing much higher than the usual spiritual aspirants'gradual going, step by step, rung by rung , systematically steadily and slowly." " Get Mother's Grace first, and then , go to the world and live. First get the appointment order, as the Executive Engineer of a certain district, by Mother's Grace , by dying for Her; learn your engineering thereafter. Go straight to the office , take over your charge , take your chair most graciously, all the while as Mother's and with the confidence of one who is Mother's. The assistants will manage the whole office most efficiently for you , even if you do not know the spelling of the word " Engineering " , with every loving reverence and infatuated obedience to you. ; by Mother's Will and Command , you are the fittest Engineer, none touches your single hair, in matter of your efficiency , safety, repute and peaceful smooth working. " Learn up your engineering after you are anointed appointed and authorised and declared , by Mother's Supreme-most High Command.
How bold !1 How true !! Although so very exceptional !!! Not the common grass feeding , but nectar-serving !!!
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK : MAI-ISM EDITION 1952 AUTHOR : MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND , MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ WEST, MUMBAI 400054 INDIA
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.