197. To return to the continuation of our narration, the Founder declared his " Do or Die " decision to all his nearest friends, admirers , relations,and Mai-ists and they all hailed up the idea of selecting a place where he would be staying alone , with visitors of and on.The Founder laughs to himself when he remembers , with what credulity and optimistic buoyancy he then believed in people's encouraging words and took them at their word.
198. In actuality, he had lived separate from his family since he began the moment in 1932. In Poona [ Pune ] itself two rooms , one for himself and another for Mother were detached from the rest of the house, where the family stayed.He had enough experience , and with his devotional activity , it was impossible for him to be living with his family. Some visitors may be honest, some cheats. The family would be harassed as in a hell, if he were to stay with the family. Anyone in the distress would come to him at any odd hour.
199.Once at one A.M. in the night in 1932 , the Founder's door was knocked by a man of a reputation whom the Founder knew. He explained his calamity.Someone was dragging him into a criminal court with a nasty woman-entangled accusation.He had come up for a loan of Rs. 500 at that odd hour.The Founder was never rich. He said," I have no money, but I can move Mother to change your enemy's mind to be merciful." He agreed. He was made to lie on merely a carpet , repeating certain Mantras at the Lotus Feet of Mother, that night.He was made to fast for three continuous days and subjected to confinement in the owner's place - not going out at all.One of then man's intimate friends who was informed of his having gone to the Founder kept a watch over the further developments and informed the Founder and the man, at Founder's place.Soon a well known pleader was engaged, as the next day suit was sure to be filed.first day gone. The friend brought the news in the evening that the filing of the suit was detained as the antagonist had the high fever. Founder himself bold to send word through the friend to the antagonist. " Your accused has surrendered himself to Mother and is in my charge. You will not get free from the fever , unless you change your mind to be merciful." The man simply laughed away.Three days passed. The fourth day happened to be the day when the Founder was ordered by the Head of the department to proceed to Dharwar [ Dharwad ], for things to be kept ready fro him fro a meeting.He had promised the man in distress, that he would do his best to take him out of the calamity and had practically taken over the charge.
The reader can imagine the double difficulty.The Founder wept before Mother." Why do you bring such a distressed souls , if Thou canst do nothing ? "
It was a dilemma. At 8 p.m. ( the train was leaving at about 9 p.m.) , the founder's door was knocked. In came a young man with fever just down , his very beautiful wife and his wickedness-incarnate mother. Founder adopted the sweetest tone , welcomed them and with the speech of Mother , asked them all to be wise.The distressed was keeping his head low.The wife said," I have also to say something ." Founder told her," I have no time. I have to catch the mail. I am already late. Is it anything more than a little evil eye , some joke or some little external departure from strict morality?
But should that have brought him to such a stage of suffering by your retaliation ? " He made a summary trial; said he to the distressed ," Prostrate to Thy mother here ," and ' You mother forgive him . Now he is your son."," Forgo, forgive and forget so the Almighty Mother Mai may make you happy." He was obeyed and the bitterness was buried. Founder immediately got up , took out 25 Rs. from his own pocket, gave that sum to the lady as Mother's Prasad to be happy and did everything so hurriedly and flew away to the station.
He was late, but the train too was late in starting, seeing a large gathering and Founder coming with Mother's picture being reverentially carried by the Founder and held up in his hands , the mail-guard opened out an entirely unoccupied second class compartment ( 1932 ). He travelled all alone upto Dharwar having the best time to be talking with his Mother in the fine night breezes till at Belgaum , the worship previously referred to , was conducted.
200.To live with the family was impossible. Further his religion belief did not permit him to throw away the family burden,as by a Sannyas. He had to retain his responsibility with the minimum attention and occupation but with a full financial responsibility.The Founder had not had the advantage of being a Hindu popular -recognised saint, or devotee, whose family matters would be taken up by the Hindu public with Bhets ( presents ) from which he can manage from a long distance in quite an unattached manner, to keep the wolf from the door of the family.
201.The Founder was a householder , a "Grihastaha". He had neither a advantage of a Hindu Saint nor of a Sannyasin, in the matter of public approbation, approach and acclamation. Each of the two types of life , that of a Hindu saint or Sannyasin, an a householder, has its own advantages and disadvantages. if a Sannyasin goes to a Hindu family, even a child understands he has to take his meals there and has to be given atleast ticket money for his next destination .If he is a recognised saint, his blessings of " Narayan Narayan " are always to be answered with an envelope containing some currency notes.In a word there is ample provision for them.Any saint or Sannyasin stating that he is coming from Rameshwaram or Haridwar can collect a crowd around him, more especially if he has the art of changing a pebble into sugar-candy piece, and with a great surge which deluge the whole city, he can go away with ten or twenty thousand rupees from a place like Bombay [ Mumbai ] or Ahmedabad , so very easily.
202. On the other hand , all the disadvantages of being a house-holder were there.His case was a peculiar case and may best be compared with the life of a devotees in the past who had all disadvantages of a family-life and the harassment of the public without the handsome finance of a professional saint, and without the inheritance of Hindu religious reverence and an authority of commanding followers.His religious ideal was to serve the public and not to be worshipped and served.
203.He was not rich enough with his own earning. he had spent already a good deal for Mother, without any moment making any difference about the expenses made for the family or himself or Mother. It was enough that he had money in his hand to undertake any work of Mother. To him the expenses of a son's marriage were nothing of as greater importance than a Mother's function,if not of much less importance.His pension had been decided to be Rs. 114 p.m.hardly enough for himself and the family in these days after 1945.
204.The problem was a taxing one.But the more unhopeful the problem presented itself to be, the more determined he became to have his " Mai Niwas " for himself and his Mother alone and in all solitude.
205.With tears in his eyes, the Founder would thus talk to Mother," Mother ? shalt Thou not condescend to live longer than myself ? for world's welfare ? well, if that be Thy cruel wish, we shall die together simultaneously and be burnt together , but we shall live alone together for few years of my life ".
People burnt The with Paramahamsa . Few understood him.He was Mother's Child. He was Thee Thyself. Mother herself. The world could not appreciate that inferior epithet of " Mother's Child ". with the Adwaitistic fascination, they thought, they honoured him more by calling him Paramahamsa."
" People did not preserve even relics of Thy ashes after Paramahamsa . If That was Thy lot and Thy wish, with such a mighty prodigy of highest spirituality, how is this poor wretch is to fare ?"
And he would faint as if the very soul had left him. On composure , he would continue with hand-folded and lips-shivering," Do you think, I don't know my worthiness ? I am satisfied if the saints and custodians of Hinduism and the religious public rise to the sense of overhauling , revising and reviving their religion. Thou art already there , but with innumerable clouds of misunderstandings, exploitation and mischiefs. Mai-ism is essentially Revised Hinduism or protestant Hinduism , or Neo-Hinduism or She-ism ".
If Hindus do not rise to counteract the inward torrent of degeneration and its concomitant calamity, the terrible Vaamaachaar is sure to take possession of the Hindu Religious world in this Kali-age.Why not accept then Thy Sattwik Merciful Mother's conception ? simplified and made suitable for the age , with free-est latitude in all personal matters., except where one would be violating the six tenets or the principles or the beliefs of Mai-ism ?? "
[ 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.
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.