Founder says," I pity mu ignorance of first hand information. I have no idea, as to what Swami Vivekananda thought about Motherhood of God , whether he too was a Mother's Child or not. But, any way, the first need of India had to be first served and perhaps, therefore, the motherhood of God was temporarily shelved, and he preached Adwaitism and established Adwaist Ashrams . This is my impression.Further I find this Adwaitism to be of a different new variety.I may be wrong."
Here I should make it clear , what I mean by a belief in the "Motherhood of God" and "Mother's Child".In a general loose twist-able sense, every one is Mother's child.I don't mean that when I say Paramahamsa was Mother's Child. Our being the Upaasaka OF Brahma, and not minding Brahma being called Mother, just as we can call Brahma a Father, a Friend or a Saviour or a Guru, it is not to be taken as the same thing as being the believer of Motherhood. Again the Upaasanaa of God's Maayaa or Shakti or any of the well known Hindu aspect of Mother , as Kaali, Tripurasundari etc.is not be taken as Upaasanaa of Motherhood. No jumbling and no winding up and closing up and snubbing down the controversial point , with a hurried stamping of "All the same" . No assumption of a part for the whole , and vice versa.God's something is not the same thing as God. "God as Mother", in words, with a picture before you, only about the Creator-ship Rulership and Destroyer-ship of the Universe or Universes , is not to be taken as "Belief in the Motherhood of God."
The test is : the approach top God, as a child to Mother. You may have same reverence and worshipfulness for all the different conceptions and all Incarnations and all religions and religious Founders .All that is very nice as courtesy , goodness, tolerance , magnanimity , heart-broadness, etc. But the question of question is" When you are in every hardship, with no hope of your being saved , when you are on the last stage of drowning ,(Why ? to be expressly clear), when you are inhaling and exhaling your last breath , what is your God and relationship at that moment ? In what form, of what conception, and of what relationship with you ?? If your approach then is that of a child to Mother, then alone, you are believer of the Motherhood of God and you are a Mother's child. "As what?" do you shout during your hours of weeping and drowningness," as your last refugee"?? - is the test.
A little subtler intricacy, although I don.t insist thereon , as a necessary belief for a believer of Motherhood of God.I am only placing on record my own personal belief. I am afraid , I may not be able to give a clear expression.
"Brahma is an Infinity Reservoir, from which emanates God as Mother, Rama, Krishna , Christ, Buddha an all.Although the conception of God as Mother may be superior , it is only the pedigree as all others." Not that. Not simply that" God as Mother is the most important aspect of so many aspects of Brahma."
But that, Brahman itself is Mother, as soon as the very idea of " I am alone. I can not feel joyful. Let me procreate " originates. All aspects are are different aspects after Brahma's Aspect as Mother and originating from " God as Mother".Whether you call them aspect of Brahma or God as motehr, is immaterial.
To make myself more clear, Brahma is the river and God as Mother is the Waterworks of Reservoir. All the pipes big or small in the whole city , run from the reservoir itself. It is NOT , that some are from that reservoir , some though passing through the reservoir are from the river itself or some are directly from the river without having to pass through the reservoir.
This what I mean , when I say Mother is Personal God or personal Brahma or when I use Sanskrit nae "Brahma-Swarupini".I am only recording my belief.So many religious thinkers have used the word "Mother", but the conceptions are different and unfortunately few have made their conception about "Mother"clear. In as much as I am directly concerned with "Motherhood", I can not keep haziness and mistiness about "Mother".I have to commit myself with a clarity and definiteness even though may be wrong, or considered to be wrong and may not be agreed with. ( Pages 1 to 5 MAI SAHASRANAMA ).Let "Mother's " conception be anything.One who lives his life Love, Service, Devotion and Self-surrender is a Mai-ist. I am extremely over cautious against creeping in of the old degeneration of this Mai Conception.Often illustrations are give.Mother Seetaa between Rama and Lakshman , without whose Grace and going away aside Lakshaman can not see the face of Rama, is Maya and not MAI of Mai-ism. Similarly in some other instance, a cloth merchant's wife immediately supplies a certain requirement of their Guru , then and there , with her own powers , while he could not get the same from the husband himself , for days together.Here I would not agree to the association of this illustration with Mai talks. I am extremely afraid of misunderstandings in the minds of people. No repetition of the distant most chance of mistaking Mai as Maya or the wife of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. No Vaamaachaaras, no animal and human sacrifices .No Deva-dasis. No Ghat-Kanchukis. No black-magics,No possession and no Delphi oracles, under Mai-ism.No misunderstandings again. Further, Mother, Mai to Her Child , is Love of Loves, Mercy of Mercies ( Not Terror of Terrors and Death of Deaths ). A cat's holding of her kitten is quite different from that of rat. Who can escape , in the cat- and- rat relationship of God and man ??
506. Anyway, whatever Swamiji was to Mother , whether he had a soft corner in his heart of hearts for Mother and Motherhood (of course I hold my belief , he had), or was only a dry sordid Adwaitist , Mother got the best out of him and his gigantic intellectual powers , to clear all weeds. Hindus began to think seriously about their religion and began to feel highest joy with pride , at least on the raising up of Hinduism in the estimation of the world and of the West. Both these highly illustrious souls have been deified. There is no Hindu home where these two Avataric Incarnation souls (of Universal Mother and Shiva) are not venerated , atleast through their pictures on walls , beside in the worship rooms.
In this modern age , physical conquest depends mostly on money and religious conquest mostly on intellect. An intellectual conquest had to be won before the world would be returning to religion , and that conquest was so admirably and wonderfully won by Swami Vivekanand, through what he called "Adwaitism" and "Practical Vedanta "
507. Founder says : Getting into an analysis of wheels within wheels, just after the departure of Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekanand perhaps also foresaw the possibility of an abuse of continuing the newly flowing Mother-Current of the most divine form, which originated from Paramahamsa. In a word, the world was not mature enough for deep diving and discovering and possessing the deepmost lying pearl of true religiosity. Perhaps Swamiji thought " Let people enjoy the sea-breezes encamping on its shore." Universal intellect-satisfying Adwaitism was best suited for the mass of an easy-going routine-living, which was more than three-fourth dipped in materialism.
Adwaitism dispenses with routine and ritualism and all the preliminary stages enjoined under Dwaitism. It would be extremely hard to discern a pukka atheist, with speech-cleverness and distinguish him from a true Adwaitist, from any of his external ways of living. Who knows, what is there finally in the vacuum created, after " No No No " about everything? It may be either the Immeasurable Divine Knowledge and Truth and Bliss of the biggest " Yes," or it may be only a vacuum with the supreme-most " No " and " Nothing." The highest and the lowest stages have almost an exchangeable external aspect and appearance. Only the true recognisers can recognise the contents of the last and highest " Vacuum ".
Who would not be enamoured of a religion of " perfect freedom"?? " You are free" ?? Who would not feel elated, on being himself called a God ?? Who would not like being pampered with " You are no sinner "?? Who would not crave for a prerogative of exemption as " Actions don't bind you "? and " sins don't touch you"? One out of hundred alone can get the truly Adwaistic outlook, and can emancipate himself with this highest philosophy. For the rest, it is an escape and a recess from the routine and religious discipline. customs and beliefs.
Adwaitism as preached by Swami Vivekanand was an eye-opener for the West and westernised East. It has laid down a clear way for posterity if it decides to follow, just on the lines, and in the manner of so many best of the brains and hearts, that followed Swamiji in his own lifetime, then and there-after.
Dwaitism, without Adwaitistic principles accepted whenever necessary, is like a wax or camphor doll. Adwaitism without necessary Dwaitism principles is a road metal piece or a glass piece. A sincere true religious aspirant needs both. When a nation or an individual is drooping under the crushing consciousness of its weaknesses, it requires a cheering stimulant. It has however to be seen that an overdoze of the stimulant does not bring in violence and wildness. the balance has to be maintained.
Founder says : I am led to believe, he found the world to be still immature for launching a new movement with the stamping of a religion, because of the few lines that I read at the end of Paramahamsa's life. That seriousness was not there ; and on the contrary, abuse was possible.
508. Here are few lines referring to the point :
" Many devotees fell a victim to the most serious blunder. due to their lack of comprehension of the significance of the Paramahamsa's life."
" His marvellous austerities and self-abnegations had been performed long before their advent, and they failed to see the adamantine foundations of his extraordinary manifestations of emotion. Girish Chandra Ghosh, who believed the master to be an Incarnation of God, publicly announced his conviction ; and his invitation to everyone to accept hi Ideal and follow in his footsteps, proved to be disastrous. With none of his sincerity, some went about declaring that they had given Sri. Ramakrishna, the power-of-attorney for themselves, and had therefore, no need of spiritual discipline."
" Some spread the theory that Sri Krishna, Sri Gauranga and Sri Ramakrishna were identical, and some busied themselves with tracing the identity of the Master's devotees with those of other Incarnations. Those who developed the greatest symptoms of sentimentality were worthy of the highest place."
" The matter reached its climax, when Goswami declared that while he was meditating in his room, Sri Paramahamsa had appeared before him in flesh and blood, and that he had actually been able to feel him. The sentimentality of the devotees was at its highest. Some would fall into partial trances accompanied with contortions of body, whenever there was any exiting cause, such as, devotional music. Many of them practically gave up the exercise of their common sense and reasoning faculty, and waited in suspense for some miraculous manifestation of Sri Paramahamsa's divine power."
509. " Swami Vivekanand foresaw the baneful effect of such meaningless emotion and set himself to stem the tide. He said that those physiological changes were the result of mere nervous excitation. People feigned a good deal. It was discovered that these effusions were in some cases feigned and the result of rehearsals at home."
510. This description so very clearly shows that the world was too immature then for a change. Swami Vivekananda must have surely seen, that the change from irreligion to religion was a good thing, but a religion of superstitious abuse and exploitation was nothing good, if not worse.
511. From these facts, Founder says, it is not at all unlikely that Swami Vivekanand might have had at his heart extremely tender feeling about Motherhood of God, and yet he would have liked to give no significance to the Motherhood of God, although he knew it was the main most characteristic and salvation-conferring secret of his Guru.
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.