235. One more thing which added to the glory of Mai-ism was the publication of a long article in " Sunday Times " of Madras, dated 2-12-1945, " MAI-ISM, A NEW FAITH " written by a " Pilgrim " who had personally seen the Founder at Hubli with a critical eye, just as Rev. Kaushikram of Ahmedabad had seen. What the pilgrim found in the Founder can be best described in his own words incorporated in the article. The main difference between the two severe was that one was for a small selected personal group to be taking advantage of the Founder, whereas the other for informing about the saint to the whole paper-reading world.
236. This is the summary of the article :-
" Orthodoxy and custom have sanctioned for religion certain seals and labels which have a powerful hold on our minds. When we think of a saint, the picture of one in saffron robes with a tonsured head comes into our minds. The picture of a devotee is that of melancholy looks and tearful eyes and murmuring rosaries. Orthodoxy sets its face against any departure from rigid rules relating to even such externals as dress and behaviour. But cropped heads, collars and ties and pants and boots have come to stay in modern life and if religion cannot be admitted to be capable of existing with them, it is religion that has to depart.
" But, how long? A spiritual and moral blight comes of a lack of faith. Humanity cannot be happy without religion and true religion has always been proclaimed to be above externals. To exemplify this truth the present times have seen somewhat of a compromise in the Ashrams of Shree Aurobindo and Shree Ramana Maharshi and in the cosmopolitan worship of Sree Sai Baba.
237. " Some time ago, I heard reports of a new saint in Hubli and his miraculous powers.
On the night I reached Hubli, I saw a telegram which had just come saying, " Child safe, Mother's Grace is unfathomable." Evidently there was a frantic appeal from the parents to this live-wire of Infinite Love and Sympathy for help with the result the telegram indicated.
" My stay with him was a unique experience to me. "Mother was only an artist's picture. There were no rituals. It was all simple and what is already known to most of us. But, what a world of difference in the atmosphere of sincerity, and genuine Love and devotion ! We have all heard of the ecstasy of Sree Chaitanya and Sree Ramakrishna, but one could actually see it now. We all went out for a walk and that was an occasion to see the Universal Love that this apostle of the Mother could radiate all round wherever he went. Young or old, high or low, rich or poor, everyone without any distinction whatever, received affectionate attention from him as we passed.
238. " His theology is simple. He realises Love as the Supreme force in the Universe and God as Mai or Mother, not in the aspect of a consort or Sakti, but as the Ultimate Source and Repository of All Things. It is this " Mother-and-child-relationship" that is the speciality of his faith. He considers that this mother-child relationship was already there in Hinduism, but was revived and received emphatic expression in the modern age through the Blessed Shree Ramakrishna. " Mai-ism " he writes, " is Hinduism but not Hinduism alone"; Mai-ism, according to him, is the Universal Religion or Mai-ism can at least take under its wings followers of any religion, without submitting them to the charge of apostasy to their own.
239. "For the propagation of this message, a Mai Samaj or Mother's Lodge has been started of which he is the Founder and President. The Lodge is still in its beginnings, still it has hundreds of followers in all principal towns of Gujerat and also in the South. But the " Lodge " office has been but a " snail house" for the Founder which he carries on his back wherever he goes". It is now at Hubli.
240. " Let me warn the reader, that if he expects to find a saint in saffron robes living in august and mystic aloofness, he will be disappointed. For, instead, he will meet a person wearing collar and tie and pants living like any modern educated man with rather irregular habits, familiar with everybody, and looking like a challenge to old orthodoxy. I say of irregular habits, not that he is capricious, but that he lives so little for himself and so much for propagating the Love of Mai, that if any one goes to him, say at 8 p.m. to talk of God and Godly love, he would go on till even the small hours of the morning, and only after the visitor leaves him satisfied, he would think of taking his cold meals.
241. "The vulgar crowd, proverbially stupid, cannot know a saint, unless he is accompanied with the external insignia of sainthood familiar to it, and hence the vulgar crowd has not spotted him yet and begun to own him, making approach to him difficult, if not impossible.
242. "But luckily, this is an advantage to the honest seeker, for he can now get closest to him, live in his presence, discuss with him, open the innermost recesses of his heart to him and benefit by his example and intercession.
243. "Since writing the above, Rao Saheb Mai-Markand Dholakia, who is the saintly personage referred to in the above article, has retired from Government service and is now in Santa Cruz, Bombay. At the request and with the financial help of his friends and admirers, who are of course Mai-ists, a Mother's Lodge is sought to be established as a central Home for the propagation of the new message for the benefit of the suffering world."
244. This " pilgrim " is a retired Government officer, who has been studying lives of saints and is a writer on Sanskrit religious matters. He was so much enthusiastic about declaring the Founder to the public, that he did not agree to the Founder's request of dropping the idea of publication in the Press. He had written the article with still greater details and with the aim of introducing the Founder to the public. Founder, however, wrote to him " My joy lies in the propagation of Mai and Mai-ism and not in my little personal things." The article was redrafted. The heading itself was changed and personal reference to the Founder was subordinated to the explanation of Mai-ism.
Printed reprints of this article were most zealously distributed by a devotee of Mai and a second reprint was pulled out by a Zorastrian Mai-ist of Nagpur.
245. The fact of the purchase of a plot at Santa Cruz was communicated to all Mai-ists interested therein and Madrasis were the first people, few though they were, that came forth each with a handsome donation of one-third of his or her pay. One lady with a poor pay of Rs. 55 all told, came forth with a personal donation of Rs. 25.
Jay Mai, Jay Mai, Jay Mai, Jay Mai.
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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