According to Mai-ism, Adwaitism is a stage of consciousness which is superior to Dwaitism, but is no independent path by itself. In Founder's words, it is a description of a certain consciousness and not self-contained prescription to reach that stage.
By experience, one comes to a stage, when the Universe vanishes from the consciousness, when nothing remains except " I am God "; later " I " vanishes, and even " God "- conception vanishes. What remains is an indescribable Divine ecstasy and a perpetual blissful state.
Once a blessed man has a peep into that stage, for a few minutes or hours, it is only a mathematical induction to believe, that the alternate position of entering that stage for some few hours, and returning to the normal waking and body-running stage, can be so raised that the blessed man can live even in the waking state as during the said blissful Samadhi stage.
The followers of the two schools of Dwaitism and Adwaitism have been at variance, because there is no threadbare analytical treatment of both teachings. If that is done, a revelation will come forth to show that both schools practically differ at extremely few points, and there are innumerable common points. Let both schools try to make up a clear-cut statement of primary issues, which show.
(a) In these matters, you don't believe, but we believe, and
(b) in these matters, you believe, but we don't believe.
And there again, make sure that those are real North-Pole and South-Pole differences. A mere change of expression or a change in the order of precedence, or a little more or less emphasis, or a little variety in externals, does not justify contradictory denominations,
Founder says : Two friends are enjoying the same dish. One of them says it is relishful, another says it is health-giving. Neither the one has the relish, nor the other the health, without the very same dish. Neither it is, that the relish-seeking does not get health, and the health-seeking does not get relish. What is then all quarreling for ???. In a lake dried up, there are no fishes, no alligators, no moss, no slipperiness, no water-shrubs and no waterfowls. In a cloth burnt up, there are no designs no red, white and black colours. A document paper containing the purport of an inheritance or a great gift, wetted under rains, shows no words, not even the colour of the ink, speaks no right, no details of the property, and gives no right. So far, it is right, but the Universal Blunder (most pitiably, Universal), in spite of so many preachers and scriptures, is there, when Adwaitism is explained by saying, "Lakes are without waters, they have no fishes, any difference of a mud-fish or a silver fish is an unreality and a delusion."
Mai-ism makes here a clear distinction of a fact and an Ideal. It says, there does come a time when the lake dries up. And, there is one who is the Witness. There comes a time when the lake dries up, cloth burns away and the document soaks to a pulp. There is a stage above that drying-up, burning away and soaking etc. There is something beyond all stages of drying, burning and soaking- the stage of the Witness. You try your best to acquire that stage of consciousness. Adwaitism is an Ideal. Don't jumble up, and don't be confusing an Ideal and a fact. Adwaitism is a supreme conception, Ideal or belief which can be utilised to the best advantage for one's spiritual uplift and end. Surely it is a stage which should be the goal of every religious aspirant who wants perpetual cessation of all pains and miseries during births and deaths.
Here, to the credit of Adwaitism, goes the discovery, that such a state does exist, is attainable, and has been attained by so many in the past. That is the pinnacle point, where Adwaitism stands all alone in its unparalleled glory of a particular type of brilliancy, with none to claim its equality. Here too, a subtle point is to be observed. It may not be at all impossible that the Dwaitists, the highest advanced of them, had the cognition of such a stage and experience. Only thing might be, they did not put it as a part of the curriculum laid down for the followers. They loved to line on the last floor more than in the terrace, surely ever accessible to them.
I repeat, Adwaitism is an Ideal. It is only at that stage when bliss is experienced at all hours and in all states, that the Universe becomes unreal, and that too for that rare perfected soul. For him alone, and him in that state alone, the Universe stands vanished. For Surdass who has reached the highest stages of one-ness with his beloved, the night is the day, the carcass is a barge and the snake is a rope. Otherwise, a night is a night, a carcass is a carcass, and a snake is a snake.
Regarding the question of reality and unreality, the Universe is unreal to the man who has reached that stage. Why not stop there? Why do you want to jump into a decision, " the world is unreal because there are few men ro whom it is unreal ??" Why not consider the fact that it is real to all except to all those blessed ones, and call the Universe to be real ?? Why? even in the case of those blessed ones themselves, there was a period when they saw the Universe as real. Mai-ism does not want to go beyond saying that the Universe, and even the individual soul, is an unreal reality and a real unreality.
The Founder says. Further again, in greater details I explain this Dwaitistic and Adwaitistic chaos in my own villager's childlike way. I am fully satisfied with it. No scriptures no religious books and no teachers have satisfied me and I want to approach none. This much is more than enough for me. No frightening with scriptural authorities and plunging in deep waters, where one's highest human intellect ceases to go forward with a rationalistic mind.
Delhi to Bombay is nearly 850 miles. In Bombay itself, there is the Bombay Central, where all trains stop. But beyond Bombay, there are five small stations, each one mile away. That latter local part is Adwaitism. It has the unique qualification of taking advanced souls who have reached their goal of going to the Celestial Bombay, much deeper and much interior in Bombay. Adwaitism is the continuation of Dwaitism, just as Bombay Central to Churchgate is a continuation of the whole long path from Delhi to Bombay.
Why should you embarrass a poor passenger intending to go some few four miles from Delhi with all your detailed sublimities of the local electric trains in Bombay from Central to Churchgate ?? Let the passenger be bothered about the local trains only after he has reached Central.
And even in reality, just go over the scriptures with the minutest eye and you will see that there is a restriction. Speak about it, only after the Central is reached, and if at all he is anxious to go in the interior of Bombay.
Mai-ism again repeats; no mistaking of an "Ideal" for a "fact." If you commit that mistake, your lower nature will not permit you to stand on the higher plane, and will not fail to overtopple you and to put you in pitfalls.
An Adwaitist went as a guest, quite a religious and a yellow-robed and clean head-tonsured. He said "I am above thirst and hunger." The host said "Thank God, I am relieved of all bothers about your meals." The Swamiji says "No-No-No-. It only means, any meals will do." The home-life happy talks go on. Says the host " My son and the neighbour's wife are dying for each other. Should I permit my son to run away with her?". The Adwaitist startles and wrathfully says "No-No-No. Are you not ashamed of talking about such immorality?" The host after a few other matter says " My Guru has recently been most indifferent to me and has taken a fancy to a new disciple. Should I kick him out from my bungalow where he has been residing for the past eight years?" The Adwaitist says " No-No-No. It is Guru Droha, faithlessness to the Master." A little after, the host says, "Let everything go. I have got an expert who can manufacture currency notes. That is only dealing with matter. Should I make you some Bhet (gift) of those currency notes?" The Sanyasin vociferated "What!! do you want to send me to prison?".
The host asked " Where is then your unreality and oneness? of Adwaitism ?? "Your non-difference"? "Your delusion theory"? You want me to make the difference between a hungry man and a royally fed guest, morality and immorality, a faithful and a faithless disciple, one type of dead matter as a paper of one kind and another, my ownership and another's ownership, and your own fat-fed Asram and a prison??".
Why bring in another complication of a " Vyavaharik Satta " and " Paramarthik Satta ", which Adwaitists have to thrust in, for their defense?
The son (representing a modern-world young man) who was overhearing, wrote to his beloved neighbour's wife (with the hypocritical " Brahma " had come, but this time the credulous " Religious Ghost " within Papa got vexed and did not dance so expensively as before". Is there nothing really laughable round about us, for the modern youngsters?.
Call it an Ideal. Mai-ism says: " If you want to be above painfulness and misery, you begin developing and training your mind to think, believe and live in a particular manner. Advaitism is an Ideal which, on being perfectly mastered and made to be permeated in every atom of yours, will carry you beyond all pains and miseries.
It is a mentality to be developed. To the extent the differences remain to an Adwaitist, let him remove the incongruency by saying : My Ideal has not reached the point of realisation." Regarding the conflicting questions in respect of the dealings with people, Mai-ism advises, let him say : " The Universe, the morality, the justice, the truth, the righteousness, the virtue, and the religious requirements are not only true for you, but even for me, till I have reached the perfect stage." " I have no right to dabble and upset the established laws of Divinity for the smooth and happy running of the Universe."
Mai-ism says: make your definitions extremely precise, and you will find, in reality, by an acid test, every so-called Adwaitist except the " the Perfected Ones " is a Dwaitist, a dualist. The dualities, at a certain stage, gradually and automatically drop down one by one like the dried leaves of a sapless life-gone tree.
Training your mind, to view whatever you have to deal with, with the convictions about the fruitlessness, nothingness and non-permanence of anything and everything, and any condition, is the highest achievement. Everything loses its sting, its bitingness, its cheerfulness-dryingness. An indescribable relief is realisable after experience. You simply laugh, when others would be weeping. Miseries cease to touch you and desires die away. Even the Universe itself gets enriched with such highly developed illustrious souls, whose eyes and outlook are Adwaitistic.
There is no meaning in saying " Matter or different individual souls - is a delusion, but don't steal my property." So long as the badness of " stealing " is there, the difference of " you " and " I " is there, and the attachment to the property is there; it is only a meaningless jargon just for intellectual display.
The Mai-istic approach to this naughtiest point that has harassed and inimically splitted Hindus for centuries is, " Don't be fighting over reality and unreality. Neither call such a vast universe a big void or Cipher, nor pounce upon poor God, to usurp His God-ship. Practise and follow and respect all that the Dwaitistic religions teach, but on the top of that practise developing your mind and mental vision and outlook to reach the convictions of the nothingness, fruitlessness, temporariness and delusiveness, about anything and everything of the Universe, including you yourself. As you advance in experience and beliefs, you will find both mentalities can go together without the confusion of a conflict or any contradiction."
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK : MAI-ISM [ 777 NOTES, 734 PAGES ]
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.