300. To have an idea about the personal nature of the Founder, the following two descriptions , one being the observation by an interviewer when the Founder was sin silent serious hours with his associates and the other when he was sin his evening easy-going mood , may be read with interest.
The silent meeting interviewer first saw him at his temporary residence on Tagore Road in Santa Cruz, Bombay [Mumbai] at about 8 p.m. on a Tuesday in 1940. He describes his interview as under :
I had interviewed the Master in 1940 on a Tuesday at his own place , when I accompanied one of my literary and devotional friends who was not new to the meeting. The Master's programme on Friday nights is quite different from that of silent meetings on Tuesdays, when only the nearest people gathered around him."
The Master was simultaneously dealing with around twelve persons when I entered the place , sisters and brothers Here was a silent sitting , without a single person knowing or trying to know what was passing in other's mind or between the Master and each one of them. , in the most powerful and unambiguous authoritative language of silence. In the midst of a big hall, there was a swing on which the Master was lying with pillows under the head and sides , with a hanging leg with which at long intervals, after fifteen to twenty minutes, he was giving a slight motion to the swing. He wore a malmal shirt and a loosely tied dhoti.The shirt which was never buttoned up and never symmetrically put up ( and I heard later, was more often than not, put up reversely ), immediately assured even the most unmindful observer about the absolutely trivial value the wearer had for the external appearance , not only of garments, but of everything which did not go immediately and directly to go to help anyone in then matter of increasing one's religiosity or hastening the evolution of one's soul. The consciousness itself which would see the difference of nudity, saffron robe or whatever was wrapped round the body, rich or poor , new or old , torn or just stitched, was not there.Each one that came in , entered with pin-drop silence, prostrated; and on receiving blessings took a suitable seat wherefrom the face of the Master could be seen. . The blessings differed with every person.
" Some prostrators , he would at once rise with a jerk, some gradually and slowly , some he will allow to continue prostrating for over five minutes. Regarding some , he would smoothly moves his hand over the prostrating back, some he would rise up with the catching and lifting up the chin , some by petting strokes, some by contacting their heads with with pointed ad forcefully placed pressing fingers . Some he would raise up by a snip of fingers, some by slowly moving the hand over the forehead. No two persons were blessed in the same manner , which made it clear to any one practically stepping into the steep silent path, that the blessing method indicated very generally ( for others), the rung on which the blessed person stood with reference to God Guru and one's self. By the subtle most observation of the change in the face colour before prostration , and after the blessing , one became struck with the notion of certainty , that the prostrator had fully received certain individualistic instruction which the Master had carried home right into the heart of the disciple.
" Between the arrival and departure , and the prostrations and blessings, there was nothing but a silent pause and exchange of eyes and the look and the respectful, obedient and amiable demeanour. The spirit imbibing sublime process began for each disciple with an earnest deeply profound staring at the luminous figure of the Master and keeping the eyes closed with a single-minded or blank meditation , except at long intervals , when the eyes are opened for few seconds again to close. They opened up, as if the spiritual stuff they had carried through their eyes into their very soul had been assimilated consumed and exhausted and as if they had opened up to take up a new additional nectar-sip from the Master's heart and soul. In the Master's heart was seated the Universal Mother Mai, erect on Her Lion Throne. In the Master's Pierceful yet lovely eyes was seated the encouraging and admonishing , watching, guiding and mending Guru, as if at the helm of so many small barges of different souls of the disciples , swimming in the Infinite ocean of the Merciful Universal Mother in Her Impersonal Aspect.
"The raising by a sudden jerk conveyed this idea to the prostrator ," You have come too early". Gradually and slowly raised prostrators were conveyed that Mother's Grace on them was slow but steady and that they should continue with faith and patience. Continued prostration without the touch meant , the prostrator must severely repent for his certain wrong acts or behaviour before he can be entitled to Mother's Grace as before the wrong conduct.
" The Master's hand-contact by inverted finger red-nail strokes after a long bending, meant " he was forgiven, but was warned not to repeat the wrong."Smooth moving of the hand on the back meant full sympathy in the bereavements for which the prostrator was not responsible.The lifting by the chin meant the Master or Mother or both loved the prostrator like a child, although there was enough of folly.Contact on head meant Master's sympathy in efforts to understand analyse and set right the mental disquietude. The snip of a fingers meant cautioning against the very likely slip. Touching the forehead meant substitution of sublime thoughts for routine and rotten thoughts.
" New visitors coming for the first time , as I was one, were looked upon by the Master by a visible turn of his deep reading eyes, from the toe to the top.It was a sit were to decide to which class a certain visitor belonged and which were the points of strength and weakness in him.
"My heart was getting nervous, while I entered. How I was treated was a test of mine , not to be made known to me.In as much as I had accompanied one familiar with the Faster. I had nothing of importance on the visible plane except that I very positively felt I was handed over a token, destined and desired by the Master to see him again. He made no reference to me , nor was there any inquiry about me.I very silently prostrated and set with my companion after he had prostrated.
" Some new visitors had the more courteous equal-planed treatment by the master who bowed down to them with joined hands , practically to make it awkward for the incoming to prostrate. If they still attempted, he would raise them up erect before they would bend to prostrate.
This really meant the visitor had not developed the humility necessary for approaching a saint, if spiritual benefit was sought. On the superficial side , it meant the visitor was accepted as a passing friend only and not a follower. Superficial people were pleased at the attitude , for they thought, it meant great honour with which they were received.
" If the Master saw that the new visitor was proud of his wealth. knowledge or devotion, he would make place for him on the swing, crouching himself and request him to sit by his side on the swing . That would be the only occasion, when the Master would be breaking the silence of the meeting, by a loud welcoming and honoring word. That practically meant interruption for all silently meditating, to be as it were, on their caution and cease meditating.
"The Master would pamper to their vanity and dispose them off quickly. To the wealth proud , he would say" it is nice to talk about religion and philosophy and to boast about Jnana and Bhakti , but the wealth possessor is the real Vishnu on the earth.It is to him that big Swamijis and Bhaktas go for food and Ashram funds." To the Jnana proud the Master would say" Mere devotion is blind Real thing is Gnana , which you have so proficiently acquired .Even Shankaracharya says,"Without Gnana there is no Mukti even after hundred lives " To the devotion proud he would say,"You have your Ishta Devataa in your fist. Where is then any need for you , to be roaming here and there, prostrating to this saint and that saint ? What a small creature am I , for you to have comedown all your way?"
"Sometimes it would happen that some new visitor had only nervously by way of sheer obedience seated by his side and he would be feeling shame as if he had been discourteous, he would feel he was only a savager in a savant's society. The Master would understand his feelings and after a talk of few words with an endearing smile , point out the place in the midst of sitters. And the visitor thanking the Master with in his heart for the permission granted , would be sitting in an obscure corner on the floor with a mentality which felt and showed his inferiority complex.
" After one hour , the meeting silently dispersed, but my companion continued to sit. There was, however , even then. no enquiry about me. The Master looked deep in my eyes and began his universal broken language and talk.
" At Belgaum in 1932, I went for an interview of a Mahatmaa. In spite of my solicitations for over ten minutes, he did not permit me to touch his feet . There was a tug and tussel , till the saint in an authoritative loud tone told me," Don't snatch other's powers. If you have not enough, acquire it by your own self-mortification and austerity."
" There was a long pause. I could not decide , whether the Master tried to explain why he was paying the undeserving worldly people , in their own coins, or whether ha meant, I would take away his austerity by greater contact and therefor he refrained from having anything to do with me. I tried as it were to seek the solution from he Master's eyes. I had a flash." How quickly mind mind raises me to be capacious enough to snatch his austerity !!! I laughed in my kind and got again the same former idea viz., Master wants and promises that I see him but after sometime. In a word my humility, sincerity or ardancy was not up to the mark set up by the Master.
This was the only talk. We got up to go. The Master looked at me , and strangely enough said," Will you please place those white shoes of mine in that corner outside in the lobby ?" I obeyed. I placed them outside in one corner. He was viewing me , as it were , was after me; said he," Not there , in the opposite corner". Be fore I move towards the other corner , he said," Better put them near the distant staircase outside where other shoes lie." Before I moved he asked," Are there any people there ?Just where there shoes have been placed. "
" I had no courage to make sound. I used my respectful head to say , there were. We left for our home.
" Nine years after, the heading of a para in " The Indian Express " dated 21-9-1949 at Madras [ Chennai ] shivered me to the quick, with horripilation. It was " Sri mai Swarup Mai Markand ". Some how I bean to feel, this was the same highly devotional soul, as I had interviewed at Bombay [ Mumbai ]. On my personal enquiry , it was found to be true.I introduced myself and gave a little inkling as to the person whom I had accompanied. Said Maiji ( Founder )," So we have met again, as you rightly interpreted then . He added ," You have well preserved the token ", the very word ( of bank's language ) I had nine years before, ringing in my mind. He said these words with a cheerful smile , in which I could also read his fresh remembrance about the trying shoe service that I had rendered , as also his filled up sense of satisfaction; as also his speechless suggestion ' you require a bit more humility.'
AUTHOR : MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND [ EDITIONS : 1952 & 2007 ]
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.
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