In one of the Navaratra holidays,a relative of the Founder went out with a small daughter(8 years)and lost her in the Bhadrakali temple.The girl did not know the address of her house.She was sitting on the nearest otta weeping hard and people in hundreds were doing their," Jay Jay Bhadrakali Mataki Jay " in loudest shouts. Not a single man took pity on her.One however proved to be an exception. There was the greatest sorrow in the house due to the girl being lost. Th philanthropic man brought her home .He was gratefully thanked thanked by the Founder's sister , who explained to him the ideal of Mai-ism. The man , excusing himself, while leaving said," I have lost the camel while going to save the goat.On this last ninth day, I have broken my vow of having the daily Bhadrakali Darshan." Just then the Founder returned after searching for the girl in all disappointment . He saw the girl there.Founder's sister told the whole story, as also man's regret. The Founder was in his spirits.and said," You have absolutely no idea of Mother's Mercy .You only talk so very very wisely. Go home cheerfully.If you could not go to Mother , because you were engaged in serving helpless child of Mother , Mother will come to you to give you Darshan in the night, in the dream."The next day, the man ran down to the Founder to express his bliss,as he actually had the beautiful dream in which Bhadrakali blessed him.
334.The first requirement for the attainment of Mercy or Grace is " SERVICE WITH LOVE ". The service may be physical, mental or financial. Your giving to your Guru the benefit of your company at a nice dinner at his or an other's place, is no service, Your composing some few songs and in midst of praises , singing them before God and Guru, is no service. Your giving your hand or shoulder to your Guru while coming out of his car, is no service. As a matter of fact , you would liked to be photographed in all these postures !!.
Service by a disciple means a physical or mental activity, exertion and worry, with the mentality and humility of a household servant to his lifelong Master.Physical serving of the disciple is that action, which he would not have done in the usual walk of life , neither for any pother person nor even for himself, and which few others would do. Guru's service means King's son collecting faggots, or a princess preparing herself without any one's help a dainty dish for her Guru.King Ambarish used to fetch water and grind grains for his Deity. That is service and such service alone can move Mother or guru. The psychological working must be there.Your service must be solid, unique and emergent. It must give "thrusts" to your Guru and like the head thrusts of a calf must make the cow to milk. You Guru should be pained to watch and observe the degree of humility , honesty , naturalness, selflessness and painstakingness. He should feel he should never allow the same service to be repeated again. Your Guru should feel indebted as man to man and should be anxiously waiting, when you make a demand , when he would be able to free himself of the obligation, how he should make the return , what should be best thing to be done for your welfare . Your service should be valuable deposit in the guru's mind. That is service and it is such loving service alone that are blessed with handsome wonderful returns.
335. Once a man has the above full meaning of service required to attain Mercy or Grace , he is able to see that the financial service is the lowest type ( just the reverse of what modern people think) in the spiritual scales.The consideration with that outlook is not usefulness of money to the Guru to meet his own requirements or for God's religious work, but the psychological one regarding the disciple. while you send a few chips to your Guru , you do not hand yourself to him. You have no humility, you have no benefit of the surrounding elevating atmosphere , You have no actual contact with the Guru. . Your eyes do not meet those of your Guru. You do not get the benefit of a personal blessing with a Divine Touch on your head.
You are doing a thing, which anyone of your surroundings would have compelled you to do. A rupee by itself, without the accompanying love and service, is nothing more than what a cobbler or a tailor or an extravagant wife or a luxurious son or a daughter or discontented cook or a servant or an oppressive relative or a cheating friend or a clever pick-pocket, can so very easily deprive of you.
The financial service is therefore, in its ultimate above sense , the lowest of the three varieties. People most miserably fail even there. If they can not make up their mind and train it to feel satisfaction or consolation with the idea of " as if it were lost ", or " as if I had paid so much more to some one ", what other types of service and other things of spiritual development they are capable of , Mother alone knows!!
The Founder says," You are welcome to catch my throat , but I assure you, the very idea of any service rendered to any suffering person having quite a straight and direct bearing with the pleasing of God,is not there. Service does not stand religionised . If , imagine, a Divine Mandate is issued, say, Chitragupta or the writer of the acts of every person has been issued instructions to note nothing about anyone except what he does by way of service to mankind, and if the world followed that religion , what a heavenly earth ours would be !!!It is not there. Why do you run me down so cruelly with blindfolded religious pried ??? Mother's Ideal is Religionisation of service. I again repeat. It is not religionised.
"I am not referring to what Hindu religion says or what Hindus have actually surely showed by their living in the past; i am sure the modern world ( after 1914, 1938 and 1947) has shown a quite contradictory belief. The only escape of defense of the defenders is dismissing quoted instances, as of exceptional people already irreligious or hypocrite. I find the Hindu world getting degenerated to a hell.It may be only my experience . My ruthless and rustic way of saying things is that I have experienced this world to be heavenly up to 1914; from 1914 to 1938 it was a man's world ; from 1938 to 1947 it was animal world , but from 1947 it is the world of satans. The world may be heaven tomorrow. I do not deny. nor do I claim. I am recording only my honest conviction. It is my experience and conclusion.My observations after 1947, after the most impartial study of one and all of my daily experiences of things , are sated here.
" Take any dealing with any person; there is no sweetness, but, pure and simple, often open and shameless, swallowingness, unless you are too strong or unless you both are in the temporary swimming bath of some artificial imaginary poetic or pleasure world. The world is not satisfied till the last drop of your goodness or sweetness is squeezed out from you and you are brought to the running usual animal-world-level. The very conception of mercifulness or gratefulness, has disappeared. Mercy and goodness can be felt if there is any sense of justice in fundamental beliefs. Where is any question of gratefulness?, if whatever the benefactor does, falls much below the expectations??
"The average brain has lost all its anchors, standards and limits of justice, righteousness, straightforwardness, etc., and is in a speedy revolving whirl. If, as soon as anyone approaches you, you have to stand up with all your arms ready for an offensive or defensive, if even without any action there is a play of poison-gas from both the storage centres of virulent poisons, where can you hope to find a single atom of innocent joy ?? Be innocent like a lamb, and you soon have the fate of a lamb, under the knife.!!
"To be failing in exploiting or squeezing out any man, likely to receive any advantage whatsoever from your any act or thought word or deed, is in itself the highest loss in the eyes of this modern age. People want to make out money or serve their selfishness for every moment that they live and for every act that proceeds from them or can be interpreted as having proceeded from them. People come with loud declarations to serve religion, but they have either the desire of making the show of serving, while actually doing nothing, or to be the master of the situation, and of the Guru or Saint, himself. Disinterested service to Religion is a matter of past. I am not speaking of the spiritual, mental or other world's future interest; but here and here alone, of the material gain of this world alone. People that come forth to serve religion, take away many times much more of the material gain than what they can get from any other ordinary man of the world. The world is passing from the stage of "service" and "absence of service," to "exploitation of religiosity in the name of service." Mother save the world." !!
336. What a rotten and wicked world, our land of Saints and Rishis has turned to be !! Not only has the degree of meanness, vice and wickedness largely increased during the last thirty years, but that has practically contaminated the whole Indian world. Almost everyone, more or less, has been of the same degenerated mentality. The only difference is due to the rich or poor circumstances, standards and realms of roguery and jugglery. For the same degree of wickedness, the world becomes many times more miserable, when the world of ten wickeds in a hundred, in one way and one field only, degenerates itself to be a world of ninety wickeds and that in every way and in every field. This uniform downward degeneration is the most dangerous thing, because the degradation on account of its uniformity is neither visible nor provable.
A certain type of devilishness is a devilishness, so long as it does not become universal. Later the very sense of devilishness vanishes. They that do not resort to it, get soon out of date and suffer and are resentfully efforted to be wiped out, being no longer required in the new society and satanic kingdom.
One way of judging degeneration is to observe how an average man acts with another, when he is in the highest or the lowest position, in favourable or unfavourable conditions, and with powerfulness or powerlessness; how he acts in the exchanged positions, and to note the difference.
Just imagine the multiplier of misery, when almost every one sets the highest value to everything of his own, and the lowest value to those of others, and when he is determined to have the maximum benefit, and give the minimum return, in every possible way. It makes the world a living hell.
There is nothing like a market-value for anything and any work. The value thereof is what one can squeeze out. Details are contemptuously evaded. The price is for the satisfaction that a certain thing is " after all " done. Any work, however small, is pictured to be a Himalayan task and the need thereof a calamity, from which an " angel " saves the "distressed". Creating imaginary scares and scarcities, dependence, helplessness, and monopolisation is the nine-tenth part of any work, or a business tact. Any money that falls in the hands (either as an advance or a loan or as in trust) is without the smallest conscience-prick utilised as money earned. On the top of the theoretical market-value, people want heavy remunerations, praise for character and spiritual merit, for not swindling, absconding and quarrelling.
Some few people may remain contented in the poorest manner if they love peace and rest, most harmlessly. But how can they evade the very mental rottenness, all around them?? Take the smallest dealing, there is no straight working, and it is turned out to be the thin end of a wedge and exploited for possession-taking, mastery, spinning out, and pulling out.
Good harmless and non-resisting people are taught to be thanking their God every time they leave some dealing with others. If by chance some one shows some goodness, immediately a right is established. If that is not recognised, a quarrel is raised up. If he gives, that giving also must go up being greater and greater. The world makes him repent and condemn himself for the smallest atom of goodness that God has inflicted him with. The world does not leave him till the last lingering atom of goodness is annihilated.
The most unfortunate fact is that this is not a temporary war-madness-money-making mentality, but a cool-minded settled permanently accepted systematised greed, born of a wicked, irreligious and immoral mentality. It is very very difficult to hope, that it would change its downward course without a none-and-nothing sparing whip from the rulers or the Ruler.
337. Returning to our main subject-matter of achieving religious or spiritual progress, we shall resume our observation. Without the actual Purushartha (exertion) of passing through a particular achievement, without not only devoting certain time money and energy but also temporarily considering that achievement to be your only goal for the time being, and without a determination and discrimination (which the Hindu deity of Ganapati represents), you can't progress even an inch. The Guru's Grace and Mother's Mercy will then alone help and bless you.
Whether you like it or not, it is a ruling of the Railway Company, that you can't go to the platform without a ticket. It is similarly a ruling that you can't enter a riyal palace without pass. It is not a matter of your liking. You have to die yourself; some one else dying for you will not do; nor can you have an entry without a platform ticket or a pass. You require the recommendation note of your Guru. It is matter of the Will of the Highest Authority that manages the whole world.
338. These things are then there for the efficient working.- Your relation to the world, your relation to yourself, ditto to your Guru, ditto to your God, and your own exertions, how far you are crooked or straight, honest or dishonest, industrious or idle, prompt or sluggish, proud or humble, grateful or ungrateful, virtuous or vicious, ready for repetitions or averse to, etc.
Your success, benefit and status is dependent on the concomitant and accumulative outcome of all these forces put together and their working, just as a student passes or fails in an examination of so many subjects. It is a pure and perfect scientific process based on Divine Laws.
Founder continues: Your relations with the world should be those of love, service, devotion and surrender, of course to the extent possible with you. Any way, the consciousness about the powerful influence of these factors must be there. Your desires should not be much beyond your true worth, nor immoral, illegitimate and illegal, irreligious and harmful.
Your relations with yourself must be judged on the basis of your internal purity, how far you are self-controlled, how far you are not dragged away by sense-pleasures and enjoyment-desires, how far you are dispassionate and relishless (Vairagyavan).
Your relations with your Guru should be that of love and service, devotion and surrender. As a matter of fact, you have to practise on a miniature scale the very same thing as you are later required to do with God. It is just like young girls playing household-managing, marriages, guest-treatment, husband's house-going, etc., or like college students' debates over political situations in their small room, as a preparation for an actual similar part in life.
339. The first thing is Love and Service. You must serve the cause that is dearest to you, viz., that of spreading your faith or cult. Next, your personal service, and more than that, your personal love.
Don't entertain the modern foolish notion of " no hypocrisy ". It is best to have true gold, but imitation gold is better than no gold. In the commencement, let there be no sincerity, let there be exaggeration, let there be even flattery. The Guru understands all that, but blesses you with " Let that imitation gold be one day true gold "; and imitation gold does one day turn to be true gold.
Love towards saint is always heightened by mere trivial things, because he does not want worldly things. He wants your heart and sometimes body, neither the head nor your purse (except for the barest needs). They wish, you love them with heart and serve them with body. The cleverest and wisest man is he, who never discusses but obeys who does not foolishly create any obstruction in the passing of the nectar, spray of love and grace from the Guru to himself, either for permanent progress, or for a particular worldly benefit sought.
With full knowledge about your insincerity, exaggeration, and show, the Guru loves you for all that, as you are on the line, and therefore are sure to reach your destination some day. He has a mercifulness which is above all imagination. He makes every allowance for your weakness, misunderstanding, circumstances, poor brains, illiteracy ignorance, selfishness, etc.
340. Founder says: There is some indescribable wonderful force and influence in the matter of contact itself (of course, of really great minds) and a faith in the efficacy of that contact. The faith as fact, that a certain person is, and you believe is, with you. In olden times, I once observed in my young age, there was an old neighbouring dame, who without a break of a single day would be quarrelling with my mother. When she died, my mother wept the most, saying "who will now quarrel with me?"
Founder says here: We are all along talking about a saint with a motherly heart. We are talking about Mother's Religion. Tolerable hypocrisy, insincerity and even a little falsehood free from vice and wickedness and ungratefulness won't be useful in the Fatherly disciplinary school, unless Father himself acts as Mother. And that He often does. Father in few cases does act as Mother, and Mother has sometimes to act as Father. Let there be a clear-cut understanding and definition. God as Father, or God as Mother, means God that deals with us in a fatherly manner, or motherly manner. In life, we find so many fathers that act mother-like and so many mothers acting father-like. That is however exceptional and unnatural.
Next, coming to Mother Herself. She wants Love Service Devotion and Surrender of a much higher order. Service is, as stated before, of three types- bodily, mental and monetary.
Mother expects you to be worshipping Her, repeating the mantras that Guru gives you and helping Her cause by money-dedications in proportion to what your status actually is financially, or what benefits you derive through Her Grace.
Founder says: " Service represents the English paper of the matric class several decades ago say, in 1900. Students will be first examined in English. If they pass therein, then alone, other papers will be examined. Seventy percent of the paper is passed, ill luck of failure in other subjects would be only 5 to 10 percent."
Founder says : " If bodily and mental service is not practicable, just as in our living we make up for every vice and folly of ours, our wife's and children's, by filling up the gap with money, so also people can partly make up in religion. People however do not maintain the same mentality when they deal with religion. Here, the expectations are extremely low compared with that of the worldly ones and yet people most miserably fail."
A wrong and rotten mentality on this matter is the greatest handicap to the success. The worldly rich man is ready to shampoo the Guru's feet, perform Artis Prasads and Mantras three hours a day, wave the light and sing hymns for full one hour; he would call his Guru, even a God in human form; but in this matter of money, his standard won't reach even a quarter percent of his net earning or net saving. People going to God's Darshan in their own motors and offering a pice, and that too with a hole in the centre, (not the full copper quantity), are no exceptions.
Here, the worldly man is the most hopeless failure. And yet, God is so very merciful, God especially as Mother, Her one name being BINDUTARPANA SANTUSHTA, She is satisfied with a drop of offering. The same has been stated regarding God in Geeta (shloka 26 of the 9th Discourse) who is stated to be satisfied with a flower or a leaf, a fruit or even an offering of simple water.
To be continued in the next post
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.