Thursday, October 8, 2015

MAI-ISM NOTES 519 TO 523

MAI-ISM

PART III

CHAPTER IX

Mai offers to Modern Hindus seeking a Revised Revived Renovated Neo-Hinduism

Jay Mai Jay Mai Jay Mai

519.We are now entering the conclusion part. The Founder has expressed his own views about what a true religion should be and what are religious reformer has to be busy about.He has dealt at full length about this in his two volumes of Mai Sahasranama. He is so very extremely anxious to know , how many of the so very innumerable persons blessings the world with their choicest benedictions , have made a detailed study of where we were , and where we are and what should be done to set the religious world on right lines.Let God be in heavens , we shall agree to intern Him there , if the world determined , but how many eyes are opened enough to see. We have already become animals , and are on our way to be enslaved by Satan, more and more as each day passes.The world has seen getting more and more drowned in miseries and calamities. Can we do anything ourselves? Let God's part be left to be played  at His own sweet Will, but what about them that have been so graciously gifted by God, to think about things themselves ?? Let there be failure , the most humiliating failure, but them and the world have the satisfaction, that they have done their best. Even God's help to the men that have tried their sweating best , is many times much greater , than to them that have been sitting hand folded , asking God to do everything  for them and the world.
People that have no eyes to mark the degeneration , physical, moral, social, religious, spiritual, will refuse to see things even when their eye-lids are pulled.If the pupils themselves have got inverted what can the poor eye-lid-puller do ?? But, in a word, it is high time , all religious highly intellectual and originality gifted souls should unite and put their heads together, to find out some easy way.Each one's Ashram or math can not continue to be taken as one's whole world. There must be inter communications and sympathetic exchanges , and some eleventh thing must come forth, out of the ten ablest things.
The task today for a religious reformer ( as stated by the Founder in Mai Sahasranama ) is hard in hundred ways.The first and foremost work is that he has to make the world realise that it can not be happy without religion. He has to strengthen the belief both ways.  Not only showing how Religion has come to the aid of mankind , but how highest civilisations not based on Religion have been swept away, under the degenerating and decaying influences of Time.For the modern age , a mere statement of his about a Truth is not enough.He has to introduce the Universal outlook in every individual Region. He has to consolidate the wisdom of the past , extracting its essence to the irreducible minimum size .He has to sift out the gold dust and establish proper values for essentials and non essentials of every Religion. He has to break monopolies.He has to minimize abuse and exploitation. He has to raise the general level  of spiritual understanding, divine knowledge , plain living and high thinking.  He has to strengthen the cultural moral background.He has to root out all mischiefs in the name of Religion.He has to lay down the best and efficacious life routine.  He has to think out best solutions of all new burning questions that crop up as times advance. He has to consider various thirsts and hungers .He has to introduce  a safety valves and breaks , for the good governance of the society and family life. He has to sublimate the energies the various passions. He has to suggest methods of  equalisation, to fill in the voids below a certain minimum living standard. He has to lay down certain standards for every gradation in life, to prevent enormous increases and the very disappearance of any standard whatsoever , which results in turbulent discontent and rebelliousness and disparity, and the rushing in of degeneration. He has to interweave consideration  of this world below  and the other above. He has to create the recognition of the sameness of The Creator, The Created and The Creation. He has to open the world's Eye to the same One Life , animating one and all.

520.The religious ideal which can suit the modern world is one that can take the whole humanity in its embrace, which can respect and give a free play to Conscience, Reason, Experience and Science, which would allow every man to live well and teach letting others live well, which will ensure a perfect freedom for every soul to work out its own salvation in its own way, which will teach maintaining sense of proportion and proper evaluation of essentials and non-essentials of a religion, which would develop the faculty of judging all actions and actors, not by their positional values, but by the tests of the fundamental they satisfy, which would guide without intimidation and mental enslavement, which would make one free from the poison of the over-consciousness of superiority and inferiority of man to man, and lastly, which would develop the spirit of practical sisterhood and brotherhood in the daily routine of life.


521.A popular religion to suit the modern world should have the following characteristics :
(1 ) Religion must have a definite form and should not be an idealistic, incomprehensible, chaos-creating, airy and hazy something. Religion must provide for pruning from age to age. 
(2) Religion should not be a source of superstition.
 (3) Relation of man to man must be hundred times much better. Be we first a man, then a brother and there after alone, a religious man.

(4) Religion should be recognised to mean the essence and the experience of life lived.

(5) Every one should be, and should be considered under the direct protection and guidance of God.
(6) Preachers are to be Witness and not lawyers or professors.
(7)  As few limitations as possible, should be set on the conception of God and on the innocent harmless and free latitude  and living of men.
(8) All adornments and adjuncts should be gradually slackened and even removed, as soon as,  at the stage when they are found to be obstructive , is reached.
(9) Religion should be accommodative, constructive and progressive. Religion must provide for pruning from age to age.
 522 . (A) Mai-ism is the psychological religion for one and all of any religion or no religion without caste, creed or colour. With full reverence to and while following one's own religion, one can be a Mai-ist. Mai-ism is one's own personal religion to be adopted after the age of discretion and not merely one's ancestral religion of one's birth.
( B ) Under Mai-ism, there is no place, by its very postulates, for the condemnation of Harijans as ' Untouchables, Woman's subjugation by Man or condemnation by routine religion as " Narakasya Dwaram "( Hell's Gate ) has no room, as every Mai-ist is expected to look upon every woman ( except his own wife )  as representative form of Mother and as under Mai-ism the co-operation of man and woman in the Mother worship is the highest spiritualising force. The spirit underlying the words " Heathen ", " Kafir ", " Mlechcha " " Durvan ", etc., has no existence under Mai-ism.
(C) One who does not believe in God, but who does believe in the common tie of humanity and practises service and extends Love to all, is a " Mai-ist ",
(D) The six tenets of Mai-ism are :-
1) God is more merciful when approached as Mother;
2) Mother is mother of all, without caste, creed or colour;
3) Mother smiles, on one's trying to love All, to one's best;
4) Mother saves, on one's trying to serve All, with one's best;
5) Mother shows (Her Grace) on one's devotion to Her
6) Mother serves, on one's living the life of universal Love and Service, with Devotion to Her and Unconditional, Cheerful, Self-Surrender to Mother's Divine Will.
(E) BASIC BELIEFS OF A MAI-IST ARE : - 
(1) Unity of all religions.
(2) Universal relation of all human beings as members of one family.
(3) No communalism. No provincialism. No nationalism and no racialism.
(4) For Mother's Love, Grace, Devotion and Mercy, the daily practice of universal sisterhood  and brotherhood, an indispensable requirement.
(5) Every one to have the right of selecting one's own line of evolution.
(6) Precise evolution of essentials and non-essentials of one's religiosity, with test-stones of fundamental and eternal truths.
(7) Religion not to be permitted being made a cause for disunion, domination, prejudice, exploitation or superstition, and not to fail respecting science, reason, conscience, experience, human psychology and individual merits and demerits.
(8) One's own superiority to be least thought of, being trivial, transitory, circumstantial and not single-handedly earned.
(9) Not making most of little differences of high and low, which are often prejudicial and sometimes even imaginary.
(10) One's cheerfulness never to be lost as nothing is irreparable or unachievable under Mother's Grace.
(11) Be ever optimistic. The highest difference between man and a man is nothing compared to what Mother's Grace can make him in a moment.A sinner can be saint at the second moment and a saint may turn to be a devil after a day.
(12) Destruction is for re-construction, doubting for believing, evil for good,  sinfulness for sinlessness.
(13) Rise above all superstitions.There is no 'choo-mantar'(magic) for a true Mai-ist except repetition of  ' Jai Mai ' , Guru's Grace, Mother's Mercy, one's own highest exertion and world's sympathy.
(14) Mai-ist's highest initial grounding - Motherhood of God, Universality.
Mai-ist's highest life-maxims - Love, Service, Devotion, unconditional and cheerful self- surrender to Mother's Divine Will.
Some of the practical measures for practical Mai-ists are : - 
(1) Holding common prayers, Bhajans or Kirtans of God in any name or form and of any saints or devotees, holding classes, delivering lectures and undertaking tours for the general spiritual uplift.
(2) Introducing common prayers in Schools,Colleges and in masses.
(3) Holding Mother worship, personal or impersonal in any form, as may be agreed upon by one and all.
(4) Convening social of sisters or brothers or combined or of families, without caste, creed or colour.
(5) Promulgation of common religious and allied literature and encouragement of studies of all religions by individuals of different religions. Publication of extracts from sacred books of all religions.
(6) Helping poor or bereaved families, deserving students, orphanages, opening celibate Mai-ist Schools , starting widow-homes, offering medical aid to he needy, guiding wedded pairs to-wards spiritual matrimonial living, praying for the peace of the departing or departed souls etc.
(7) Promotion of immensely practical universal  sisterhood and brotherhood in daily life.
(8) Abolition of racial , national, provincial, social and religious prejudices and intercession for bringing about  honorable peace and equitable compromise.
(9)  Constructing, opening or encouraging to open Mother's Lodges, temples, Homes and Colonies under any denomination religious, national or communal, of any people, in any place.
The process of evolution of Mother's followers on attainment of Guru's Grace and Mother's Mercy is as under : - 
(1) Acquisition of merit ( Punya ) by doing religious acts , japa, worship, charity, services etc. which will lead in the first instance to the fulfillment of legitimate and moral desires, next to patience and proofness, and then to the appreciation of the virtuous, religious and saintly people and their ways of living.
(2)  The actions and qualities of Love, Service, Devotion and Self surrender having fairly matured by practice, Mother will so bring about circumstances and opportunities that the follower will be lifted up from his routine and worldly life and will be ushered into the company of virtuous, religious, devotional and saintly people.
(3) Constant contact of religious people, and their Service, their Imitation and their Grace will create a good understanding of good and evil, truth and untruth, righteousness and unrighteousness etc. , and these will introduce one to godliness after sufficient practice and disciplinary training in goodness, virtue etc.
(4) This introduction to godliness will ultimately result in the great liking for godliness, virtuous, devotional, unselfish and higher living and finally in the germination of Love towards God.
(5) Devotion to and Love of God will perfect the true understanding about soul-knowledge and will bring the Supreme Self of God and the individual self of the follower much nearer, through faith and conviction strengthened by Mother, often through miraculous Grace.
(6) Love of God will result in the Love of God's creation.
(7) Feeling the finger and hand of  God in all arrangements, getting the sight of God occasionally, feeling oneness with God on self-surrender and inward satisfaction of  ' having been accepted '.
(8) Establishing a perpetual relation with God  and helping God in all grand work with Power and Love which God is pleased to confer.
(9) Merging in Mother.

523.The Founder's greatest point of sorrowful observation is , there is no systematization, although the richest substance of true religiosity is here in India and with Hindus, in profuse abundance. Right understanding in its absolute essence and practise is hopelessly missing.missing. Discretion and discrimination about the dispensable and indispensable elements or significant or insignificant factors is conspicuous by its absence.   


EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK : MAI-ISM [ 777 NOTES, 734 PAGES ]

AUTHOR : MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND [ EDITIONS : 1952 & 2007 ]
PUBLISHED AND PRINTED BY  : UNIVERSAL MAI-ISM TRUST, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ [ WEST ], MUMBAI 400054 INDIA.


[ 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
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Maiji had been elected as VICE PRESIDENT and spiritual MINISTER for PEACEFUL HUMAN RELATIONSHIP & Universal Religious Alliance ( U.R.A.) in Havana, Cuba for SIX YEARS FROM 1959 TO 1965.

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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