217. The Founder's views , whatever they are , are recorded here from a letter, dated 26 - 1 - 1950 , to a Mai Devotee.
The modern man's religious sense is like an apricot (koth) which elephants chew and eat away and pass out.It is again unbroken whole apricot , but with no substance therein except the outer hard and uncracked whole casing . His going to saint is very little more religious than going for a Kashmir or a Goa trip or to a cheap sanatorium.
Some saintly soul born on earth, deputed to serve as potassium permanganate tablet of a dirty cesspool, where frogs live on mosquitoes and mosquitoes live eon frogs. Being too good, philanthropic, idealistic and worldliness-interests-indifferent he soon proves to be an unfit house holder.The world's prevalent practice is that every earner should be looting the world too enrich his family and he is just the reverse . He not only sacrifices himself but he makes indirectly his wife and children to suffer , which they do of love and duty.Mostly, there comes time ,as the saint goes on being more and more engrossed in public good and religious raising, when the last drop of the duty evaporates under the tremendous sacrifice that family-members are called upon to make.Another misfortune is that his ways of thinking being contradictory to the world's ways , the saintly man fails to give the least satisfaction to his family , unless they too are of the same clay.So, gradually, the isolation from the family life comes forth,as an inevitable result.
Any saint however Gyaani , and however talking and even feeling the unreality of the Universe ( I am not talking of such Himalayan saints ) is after all a living man, not a machine or a pillar or a post of iron and steel; He naturally has a soft corner for all that have suffered for him. He is however destined and been booked for a different type of work.He loves Religion, he loves Religious men, he loves religious activity. His life is a religion. In course of time so many moths crowd around the light. The whole working round about a saint in course of time, is like that of the creation of a small state or kingdom with currents and undercurrents of mischiefs, worldly tactics and stealthily and cautiously carried out (all types of ) departures from the strict morality , righteousness and straight conduct. A hillock is formed round the saint. The hillock is made up of all types of people , but it has its own name and fame , because it has the saint as its central soul , just as the man's soul illuminates and gives life to its body.The soul gone , everything collapses. The saint himself does not wish a hillock be formed around him.Not only that, but it is not that he is in touch with or in deep sympathy with every stone that goes to make the hillock. The hillock is an automatic formation by people themselves for each one's own particular purpose and self-interest. It is something which is sometimes so often chocking and air rarifying for the saint.There are actually some instances where the saints have run away from their own formidable mountains formed around them.
The world is too strong for the saint, when the world decides to construct a hillock or a mountain around him.The world has proved too strong even for incarnations ; what then , of a poor saint ? I mean a real saint. i am not referring to them that know the art of befooling and mastering the world, and to the world's greatest tacticians and diplomats , that have laid their hand on their Religion.
The saint has to deal with so many varieties of people (a) The class of them that actually love and serve him (b) The class that is really desirous of a religious , mass progress (c) The class of practical worldly workers for the religious Institutes (d) The class of solid supporters of Institute or Ashram (e) The outside world tom-tommers busy with tall talking and increasing their Guru's importance ( and their own way ); etc. In many cases he proves too weak with his natural goodness and lovingness to manage matters smoothly. He can't go away. He can't manage the hillock round him. The hillock itself is made up of warring heterogeneous elements.His only way out is to transfer over that whole unbearable head load with all the soul harrowing anxiety and worry to someone who is the master of worldly arts and volunteers himself. Here, the strongest man , expert in all tactics of worldly trickeries , and possessing the knack to set the worst world straight and aright and bent on knees, in a word, the most masterly hand from amongst the adherents, has the highest chance of usurping the master-ship, not only of the hillock , but of the saint himself.The saint ahs to be a bird of saintliness in the golden cage made up by the hillock-master. It is the later's own advantage that the name and fame of the hillock and the saint is spread world over and raised to skies. The hillock master sees that saint is happiest in his comfort and physical requirements , but he has to live as he directs , and chalks out steps in the dust on the ground into which saint has to place his steps , one after another.
In the world itself,the saint was a square bolt in a round nut. He escaped it by accepting the saint's life.Now the worldly family has been substituted by the religious hillock family.The intimidating and nagging wife of the henpecked husband in the worldly life has been substituted by the prisoner warder , the hillock master.Which is now the next place for escape ?? Various complaints go the saint and his only answer is " If the hillock master asks me to leave this place, I will leave this place without a single word of protest or murmur ." Each Paramahamsa has his own Hridaya . He fears him, he trembles at the very idea , his any action will offend him.If he has to deal with anyone whom the hillock master does not like , he has to do that as if he were doing a criminal act.
The hillock and the saint , however by their very existence, purify, sanctify, elevate, religionise and deify some fortunate people . Such hillock formation is also Mother's making for the Religious few. Such few and countable souls , as draw the sharpest distinction between the saint and hillock , the hillock Master, and the hillock residents. The hillock has mines of gems and from place to place, lacks of nectar, but for few and the fewest. It is a living heaven for the heaven lovers who are single mindedly bent on seeing nothing else except the heaven closing their to everything else. Before their eyes , they only keep the saint, and not the hillock, while maintaining every worldly wisdom to keep the obstructive outer casings, surrounding the saint fully lubricated and sweetened.They, such few , few means not more than 5 in 1000 at the most , reap the highest benefit of the Divinity's Grace of sending over the saint to this world. The shower which Mother pours over millions is really for allying the thirst of a few peacocks of the devotees. For the rest, the hillock blaze and it's glowing and growing areas and the high peaks afford a nice subject, costing nothing to talk over , during leisure hours when nothing else regarding the worldly work or thinking about earning etc. remain to be done or when the world drives them into a corner of despair and disappointment, agony and grief.
The hillock estate in course of time for all others becomes a magnanimous lavishly laden huge dining charity house, or the Panjarpole ( Jain religious free-feeding houses for maimed animals. And then the world is busy , with the problem about how to take the best monetary advantage of the hillock formed , after the soul flies away.
People may curse me when I am saying unpleasant things, but these are truths without any exaggerations. One Swami Omkar writes in 1950,<" A sudden black conspiracy sprang up to gobble my whole Ashram." Here the bone of contention raises several frontier quarreling tribes , unfortunately so often before the saint is old enough to go on. The hillock-Master says, he is selected to be the manager by the Bhagwan himself. ( A saint whom he would not allow a single thing to do against his own wish is " Bhagwan ",, when he talks to others ). The person whom the saint loved most sets in his claim, as one who has received the highest spiritual inheritance by virtue of the Divine Law of natural inheritance through the most wonderful powers of Love . Those who have served the Saint day and night would murmur " While lovers only loved him and merely talked sweetly, what did they cost to them ? It was we that have sweated ".The public ( mostly headed by them that sacrificed little ) says," ," This is public money." " Let the public decide whom they want to follow and revere and accept , as the successor." The class of those that are religiously actually more-fitted, shouts," Is this private worldly man's property ? It is a religious work and an Institute brought to this exceptionally commendable stage. Shall we allowed it to be ground-dusted ? Let the religiously fitted man who can conduct this Institute in the manner and with the religious principles desired and inculcated by the saint himself , take up the reins. You must have a religiously ( and not a worldly ) capacious man as the Head." In another corner, rich persons are shouting as the patrons who made monumental charities. they would be saying," Were it not for us and our charities , which devil of the world was knowing your Blessed Saint ? Where had you all gone , before we came in , for so many years. ? " the last and most to be pitied in the cry of the family brothers, sisters , wife , sons and daughters, whose hearts burn to flame, on having absolutely nothing to do and no right to have a word in the matter of the largest monumental thing brought into being, by their own son, brother , husband or father. With tears and wrathful hearts they say," We gave over our god-man of our family to serve the world, and the world, has proved to be so ungrateful, that not even a sparrow welcomes us or looks at us , in the very hillock constructed by our own man whom we reared up, fed, nourished and made the fit for the world's service , by our own life-long sacrifice. ".
The saint sees all the currents and under-currents around him. He is disgusted. He feels, the only escape an early peaceful death. Says he,"Oh Mother !! I never craved for hillock. I never considered the hillock as my own or as of my making. I never identified myself therewith.At least save me now. Let people cut each other's throats , or break heads and make blood ooze out after my death, but atleast let me die a peaceful death."
Mother !! save me from being known as Great. I would simply and individually and silently serving and passing on the spark of Thy devotion from the reservoir of Thy Grace , if Thou placest that in my charge for distribution, but only as per Thy permits.
[ 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.