Friday, September 7, 2018

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Chapter 8 of Abridged Maiism




ABRIDGED MAI-ISM
CHAPTER VIII
MAI: MAI’S FIRST MOTHER’S CHILD: RAMAKRISHNA PARAMAHAMSA


The mystery has to be learnt in the language of silence. You can rise above the imperfection of being troubled with doubtfulness and attain a stage, where the mind does not leave its bliss to invite uneasiness under doubts. That is the real stage. That is the real substance and the permanent work to be done. The meaning is, your mind reaches a stage when it neither raises any such worthless questions nor does it care to know even If that worthless knowledge were imparted to you by any outside agency. I am not denying clairvoyance or telepathy or any powers of knowing past, present and future; but for a Mai-ist, other things may be true but are not indispensable. To be knowing everything is no requisite qualification either for peace or bliss or salvation.
To the worldly man as also to the routine religious man, there is nothing worth thinking about in the divine arrangement in the relationship of any two persons. One moment, any two persons are pulling on well. Another moment they don't pull on. What is there to be thought about? The subject is, however, is extremely deep, deeper than all the meanings of the known slokas of various scriptures. It is called YOGANUYOGA  in religious language. Actual union or happening in obedience to the pre-ordained union or happening. It is an unfathomable Divine arrangement that any two persons live together almost inseparable, so long as God desires them to learn certain lessons from each other. The moment the lessons are learnt, without any reason worth the name, the attraction sublimates and evaporates.
The highest teaching is through the Guru in the language of silence. The essence of the teaching is, ' ANNIHILATE THE MIND ITSELF. " At least, stop it from being perturbed with millions of thoughts. Acquire the perfect state of quietude where mind itself refuses to be disturbed by its absorption and dissolution in itself, Soul, Guru or God.
God and Guru both should be worshipped.   Guru without God is nothing. God without Guru is nothing, though Guru is only an infinitesimal part of God.
To turn to the occult forces, it is love and hatred that rule the world and practically all the dealings of man to man. It is therefore that Mai-ism can afford to remain silent in the matter of the usual hundred things mentioned in the name of Religion once the tendency of loving others is created. Love is an attraction. It may be of any type. The world can surely make itself much happier by putting into practice the Mai-istic commandments of Love and Service.
During the Hubli period, there were other wonderful experiences. One lady came over to Hubli with her husband and daughter of twenty-five, not getting a husband. They stayed for about five days. For one night, the daughter was made to lie on a mere carpet, before picture all alone. She was given certain Mantras to repeat.  On their going home to Bombay [ Mumbai ], on the very same day, an England returned engineer made an offer to the girl, and the very letter which referred to their safe reaching at Bombay by the first post contained the gladdening news.
In 1942, Founder's Friend's wife lost her husband. The lady loved her husband so dearly that had it not been for the special religious treatment of Founder she would have committed suicide or turn lunatic. She would get dreams and visions of her husband. She [ This was Taramai A. Desai ] prayed to Founder to enable her to be with her husband by painless prompt death. She could not be consoled. Founder then used his higher powers," Would you be satisfied if once only you see him?  You have take care of your children who are so young. "  She insisted," I will hear you only after you make me see him once. The promise was given: " You will see him during this week following Diwali." On Padva Day, she came to the Founder early in the morning. The Founder said," I will begin my New Year with a forehead vermilion mark by you and then you go out."
She returned in the evening with great joy stating that she had seen her husband in Khar and he had blessed her with a smile from distance and disappeared. She wanted a repetition  but that was with great persuasion refused. " Do you wish  to make him  also unhappy " ?
When the Founder was transferred to Hubli in December 1942, she went to Bhagwan Raman Maharishi and Sri Arbind Ghosh and Swami Ramdas and finally came over to Mai in Hubli. There she was initiated into Mother worship and the whole Mother philosophy. She was given an independent room where she concentrated on her husband.    She returned home after 3 or 4 days. For nearly three years it was continued process of an extremely scanty supply of oil to a lamp and constant care that the light does not extinguish. She was actually seeing and conversing with her husband . Founder was pressing that  she had sufficient consolation  with a sufficient period and that they must now separate.  One night she did not  come out of her room even up to half-past two. The Founder and her husband's friend  were outside. The room was locked from the inside.  Founder broke it open. The lady was lying unconscious.  She was brought to the main hall. At 4 a.m. , when she restored full consciousness , she told Founder with profuse weeping , her husband given her the last  final good-bye. She tried and tried , but he would not come again.
The stage was something like tying bandages after a successful operation. The Founder made her believe , now she was acting inimically  to his soul, by not permitting  him  to proceed further in his journey, as a free soul. Gradually the heart and mind began to restore  a stage of maturity.  She had reached a stage of evolution  which made her a saintly soul . In worldly matters  she restored a normality about all her duties.
The Founder accompanied her with two children of hers to Bhagwan Raman Maharishi , her own Guru. There her son fell seriously ill. Without letting the Founder know of it, lest he be offended, she went Maharishi   and spoke about her son's illness. The son was getting worse and worse . At 11 p.m. of the night previous to the day  when they had a programme to start , she burst into violent tears and began to scold and taunt the Founder ," Being Mother, don't you feel ashamed ? Your heart is cruel." Founder asked ," What is the matter ? "  She said, " What is the matter ! Have you no eyes ? This boy is dying here.".  Founder said, " Why worry about it ? Tell me when you want him to get up and you sit me for Mother 's worship and Mantras. ". Founder took the medicine dose , sanctified it  and both  sat together to pray to Mother. Founder is extremely child - like ," Now tell me when do you want him to be alright. " She said, " What a joy it would be  if we can keep up our programme  of starting tomorrow morning ? It will be enough if the boy becomes removable by 5 a.m. " The dose was administered at 11.30; both sat out before Mother and repeated Mantras   and at 11.50 , the boy shouted out, " Mother,  I am free,  I am normal ". There was nothing but joy. All returned to Hubli.
The lady had a further experience . Her daughter suffered from leg distortion. Many doctors were consulted. The girl who was devoted to Bhagwan , went there and stayed for months. No cure. One day she caught the Founder," Have you no pity over my daughter ? Her whole life will be spoiled ". Founder said , " I am seeing so many unhappy around me . Do you think  I should go out of my way and say ," Come on , I will cure you ", to one and all ? Should they not be even  approaching Mother with a humble request ? The curing process requires the faith of the patient to the effect that the Founder's word will not go in vain with Mother. Second thing is , the Founder's whole hearted desire that the patient be cured  and the third thing , the patient and the Founder to be most intensely praying . And all this , he is doing to spread the religion  of his most beloved Mother. She must first have a belief. If she has that , I will cure her with mere earth. " The girl agreed to repeat the Mantra. The Foundations of Mai-Niwas was being excavated. The lady was asked to bring that earth and give a massage , repeating only " Jay Mai Jay Markand Mai ".The girl was cured in a fortnight.
What is the meaning of the preaching, " Rise above pain and pleasure, victory or defeat, benefits or loses " and so many allied teachings ? Some one asks, " Go on thinking ' Who I am '. " I have thought for full ten years. I am So and So, husband of So and So, father of So and So,. But I am where I was. Mai-ism says these teaching are not remedies in themselves. They are the most enchanting and deifying expressions  and descriptions of high souls who have reached that stage. They are descriptions and not prescriptions.
" The remedy is something else " clarifies Mai-ism.  It is Grace , Grace , Grace , Grace, Grace, Grace of God and Guru. Get the Grace and the rest will automatically follow. When a mother starts on a  pilgrimage , does the child gets worried  as to the food  they will get and the rivers and forest they shall have to cross ? You are not required to be knowing everything, for a Mai-ist, even anything . You are carried through every situation, provided you becomes Mother's child and that is Mai-ism. What can help you is the  Grace  and the easiest way of getting Grace is love, service, devotion and unconditional cheerful self surrender as Mai-ism teaches," Abhyasa " the practice , the repetition for times without number till the mastery is achieved is the most practical remedy. And Manan and Nidhidhyasan  is the mental remedy.
One does not know when and where the mischievous she-monkey-mind will drag one and what she will make of him. This is a subject of deep study which helps the spiritual development by creating and overpowering conviction about the inconsistency and worthlessness of the world and by engendering a feeling of ' having absolutely nothing to do with the world ' . This feeling is what is usually described as Vairagyam  ( disgust and dispassion ). It must be subtly appreciated that this feeling of Vairagyam , which on the face of it means something reverse of love , is in Mai-istic understanding, only the reverse side of Love  - Love towards the eternal varieties . It is your love for permanence, constancy and changelessness, that make you tired of temporariness and everchangingness.
So many people who go to other saints for ' Shanti ' ( peace of mind )have finally gone to Mother for the relief of miseries and hardships . Mai-ism says , most natural thing for a man is that he wants to be supplied. Mai is the giver of Salvation and also Enjoyment of moral and legitimate desires.
Nothing matters provided you have decided to be better through God's and Guru's Grace . Highest Gurus are hard to find, but your severe and intense prayer to your Mother is sure to get you your Guru , atleast for the particular stage you are in.
The difference between a Saint and a Guru must constantly be before the mind of the spiritual aspirant. A Guru is one who guides you in every detail of your living in the religious realm, one in whom you can confide , one to whom you surrender yourself withe confession of all the facts and defects of your life and living .
Hold on to your God and hold on to your Guru, with  the tightest grip, come what may, start your spiritual improvement from the very first alphabet. Even go back if you find a single element of yours unripe . In the end, the tortoise will beat the hare and will win the race.
Suppose you are in the hands of a cruel-most police-man who is on the point of handcuffing you and taking you away to the dark cellar , where suspects are dealt with. He calls a carriage, and with tears, you are made to get in it. When all of a sudden, by Mother's Grace, your College Principal motors in and shouts out his ," Hallo, where are you going ? " What a joy would you feel ! You are saved. What a blissful and peace-and-protection-showering joy !
This was in fact the experience of the Founder, in college in Poona [ Pune ]. He had been to the Railway station to see off someone at the 3 p.m.Express. He was then seized by a detective who called out the nearest police. The Founder was suspected to be a Bengali seditious youth. The boy pleaded innocence and offered worldly resistance  to his being shoved in with force, into a carriage. He was shown a photograph, in which a young boy's face was quite similar. Just then, when the boy was on the point of being pushed into the carriage , in came the motor of the Principal in the station yard. He stood guarantee and both returned to the students quarters. This is an instance of how Mother was, as it were , protecting Her child, wherever he went. The greater psychologically important experience  was however this. At the gate of the quarters , he saw his college friend, who was, in a confused , anxious and hurried manner , making his way towards the station because he had a dream in the daytime nap, and saw the whole scene which took place at the Railway station  and his friend in the clutches of  the police.
Founder says God is giving us proofs and protections so often, but we are all hopeless and ungrateful idiots.
The Founder began to see things as one would see on  several scattered square blocks at sixes and sevens being arranged properly to form a complete and perfectly beautiful toy picture. He felt thrills after thrills, the like of which he never had before . What was being manifested in him was the reappearance of the nectar flow. We often have some scattered facts appearing as a independent facts by themselves , with no continuity and lots of gaps and so many small connecting links missing . As time passes and things take greater shape and development , we begin to see the continuity.
Mother, in through the mouth-piece of  the Founder of Mai-ism in an independent course , although towards the same end , declared more forcefully, the indispensable need of a religion for the whole world to be happy under changed circumstances. The full-fledged man, the brief-holder, does not beg through crying and creating pity, nor does he rest contended with expressing his desires softly and mildly, looking into the face of others and ascertaining their pleasure or displeasure . He is not for saying, " I atleast believe thus and like this. You go your way." The man with every emphasis that he can command  comes forth, claims his right to be heard  and further demands  his legitimate place in the midst of others and his sisters and brothers :
" Well, we are all unhappy. We have tried every means. Believe my Mother's word. You can't be happy without religion. A religion to be most efficient requires to be UNIVERSAL and much more simplified and based on fundamental undeniable Universal truths alone. Here, Mother being moved with pity, offers to the world , a Universal religion of God as Mother, Mother of all, propitiable with living the life of Love, Service, Devotion and Self-Surrender . Ye that find this universal religion to be appealing to you, take it up. Mother is there to guide you, protect you, save you and emancipate you. "
The religious progress of the world is less than even  an ant's pace and that is so because we altogether forget the opposing and the undoing forces. We have altogether the wrong ideas and wrong similes. We think mechanically in a routine manner and that is why we wonder why so much of the highest exertions  of all the supremely powerful religious souls  have not apparently borne fruit. The most patent argument against religion coming from the most intelligent  ( but not religious ) persons is ,"  So many have come on this world . The world has remained the very same conglomerate  of all wickedness, selfishness, vice, pain, sorrow and misery. " The Founder's answer to all of them is : " The world would have been much worse  than what you see now , were it not for the showers of God's Grace from time to time ". There is no end to wickedness.
Our basis to judge and weigh the results of  religiosity improving exertions  and Divine Grace is fallacious. We take this vast Universe  as a consolidated concentrated indivisible unit, whereas , the results are to be seen in the amelioration and even salvation of individuals. The caravan of the world passes on, but individuals are saved.
There is something like a  precise stage of maturity for the world to receive  a certain truth to be able to  appreciate it and imbibe it. And we are looking at the matter under reference with that point in view; the maturity and the convenience for an undertaking and the favourableness and easiness expected for the success of an undertaking.
Mother thought the highest work of presenting the religious ideal of the Mother - and - child relationship before the world , was more than satisfactorily done through Paramahamsa , actually living that life . He had done more than enough, to be further entrusted with additional work.
Swami Vivekananda had to do  a good deal of clearing the ground, full of misunderstandings, prejudices, superstitions, well-froggisms  and so many antagonistic forces and factors before true religiosity could take root. He found the world to be still immature for launching a new moment with the stamping of a religion. Seriousness was not there, and on the contrary, abuse was possible. " The sentimentality of the devotee was as its highest. Some would fall into partial trances accompanied with the contortions of the 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 Paramahamsa's divine power." Swami Vivekananda foresaw the baneful effect of such meaningless emotion and set himself to stem the tide. " People feigned a good deal. It was discovered that these effusions were , in some cases, feigned and the result of rehearsals at home. "
The first need of India had to be first served and perhaps, therefore the Motherhood of God was temporarily shelved and he preached Adwaitism.
Here I should make it clear, what I mean by a belief in the Motherhood of God and ' Mother's Child '. In general loose twist-able sense , everyone is Mother's child. I don't mean that , when I say Paramahamsa was Mother's child. Our being the Upasaka of Brahma and not minding Brahma being called Mother , just as we call Brahma a Father, a Friend, or a Saviour or a Guru, is not to be taken as  the same thing as being a believer of Motherhood. Again the Upasana  of God's Maya or Shakti is not to be taken as the Upasana 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 or vice versa. God's something is not the same thing as God. " God as Mother " in words with a picture before you, only about Creator-ship, Rulership and Disposership of the Universe or Universes , is not to be taken as " Belief in the Motherhood of God ."
A test is an approach to God, as a child to Mother. You may have some reverence  and worshipfulness for all the conceptions  and Incarnations  and all religions and religious Founders. All that is very nice  But the question of question is," When you are in every hardship, with no hopes 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 a 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 refuge ' - is the test.
So many religious thinkers have used the word '  ' but the conceptions are different and unfortunately few have made their conception of ' Mother ' clear. In as much as I am directly concerned with ' Motherhood ', I can not keep haziness about ' Mother '. One who lives his life with Love, service, Devotion and Self Surrender is a Mai-ist. I am extremely overcautious against the creeping in of the old degeneration of this Mai-conception. Mother Sitha between Rama and Laksmana , without whose Grace and going away aside , Lakshman can not see the face of Rama, is not Mai of Mai-ism.No repetition of distant most chance of mistaking Mai as Maya or the wife of Brahma , Vishnu or Mahesh. No Vamacharas, no animal and human sacrifices, no Possessions and no Delphi oracles under Mai-ism. No misunderstandings again. Further, Mother Mai to Her child, is Love of Loves, and Mercy of Mercies [ not Terror of Terrors and Death of Deaths ]. A cat's holding of a kitten is quite different from that of a rat. Who can escape in the cat - and - rat relationship of God and man ?
Let us see Swamiji's mind regarding Mother. Founder came across Swamiji's quotations, " Real well-being of India will commence from the day, the worship of the Divine Mother will truely begin ".
What can be the idea behind ' Commencement ', ' Worship of the Divine Mother ' and ' True beginning ' ?  In India , where there are hundreds of Hindu Mother temples, at every square in every city and village and where their worship has come down to us from centuries ?? If people have a deep sense, it was a prophecy, about the new conception of the Divine Mother , the new requirement of propitiating and the new method of worship , which were to truely begin under MAI-ISM that was soon following.
Swami Vivekananda had written to one of his disciples ," To put the Hindu ideas into English and then make out of the dry philosophy and intricate mythology and queer starting psychology, a religion which shall be easy, simple, popular and at the same time  meet the requirements of the higher minds . A task which only those who have attempted it can understand.The abstract Adwait must become a living practice, in every day life. Out of the hopelessly intricate mythology, must come forth concrete moral forms , and out of bewildering yogism, must come to the most scientific and practical psychology. And all this must be put in a form, so that a child can grasp it. That is my task ".
Does this not look like an advance proclamation about the immediately following child and for Mother's children - an east and graspable religion, a Universal religion of Love and Service ? that was the task which was attempted.
Let it be clearly understood that the teachings of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda, on being religionised lead you to Mai-ism independently arrived at, by Divine Mother's Grace.
Mai-ism does not beg strength from Hindu scriptures or from Shri Paramahamsa or Swami Vivekananda. Till 23 - 12 - 1949, Paramahamsa and Vivekananda were nothing nearer to me than say, Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu and Shri Jagadguru Shankaracharya. Paramahamsa has approached Mother as Mother's child, Swamiji was for " Aham Brahma Asmi - I am God  " , " Mother, thou art everything ".
Next we proceed to the question of the importance and the need of religionisation of highest principles of life and living.There are many people who would admit, " The elements of God as mother, though in a different form are there already with us.Devotion and self surrender we have in ample measure.But where is the need for striking a separate off-shoot ? "  Here the most practical thing should be stated. If you want a certain portion of population to be trained and to be gaining a unique efficiency, in respect of certain truths, you can not do that without a special segregated grouping. If you want to add saffron to a rice and milk preparation , you can't succeed with pouring in the un-worked rough ingredients in the vessel containing  maunds , and going on stirring the whole huge milk-rice-pot. You prepare the saffron liquid as best as you can, quite separately and then pour it in  and then pour it in, in the huge vessel.
The Founder says, " I do recognise the right of every religion to amendments  and even substantial and even complete transformations. But so long as any such solid acceptance , confirmation and undifferentiated assimilation is not there what Mai-ism religionises is  Mai-ism,. Although all three are extremely allied.
Why do we need religionisation of certain truths and principles ? Only a diamond can cut a diamond. Religionization has its unique value. A mere opinion of however a great a superman, is after all, paper directions and declarations. Once you religionise certain beliefs , principles, truths and customs and ways of living, entwining them round  a certain conception of God , you saw a seed. It may take an extremely long time to sprout and the seed may die as well. But if at all it grows , it grows most wonderfully with age and time and gets stronger and stronger and for ever. Any truth that has been religionised , has its back, a tremendous wonderful divine force and faith of millions of men and of centuries  as the religion grows day by day and age by age.
In the finality of the things , beliefs, pious wishes and words of wisdom don't count. Without the life of God being breathed in an intellectual skeleton, and a statue, all ornamentations of theories, philosophies have little substantial value.They are only nicest things to praise. Entwinement round a superman has its own  time limit , although of centuries. God is God.
It is living force that works and that force has to be developed, trained and regulated as per certain conceptions . Religion is the supernatural force  which ha sits unfailing Source in the Infinite and Eternal.  Decades and decades , ages after ages , a large number of persons live their life in conformity with certain beliefs. Every hour and moment, thousands are thinking in a particular way and at the same time .Most huge dynamos are at work, generating certain gigantic powers to uphold those beliefs and to withstand any attacks. It is that force of Religion that work wonders.
A religion gives an immense power of exerting and suffering. There is the God's strength, an immortal hope and a terrible fear behind every act described as good or bad under religion.This, no amount of preaching by way of an appeal from any man to the intellect, experience or heart of another man, can substitute. A religion is under the constant grace and watchfulness, care and anxiety of the eternal God round whom it is entwined.
Paramahamsa was Mother Herself.Swami Vivekananda was Mother's Lion and very likely Mai-ism's Founder is Markandeya , the sage who formulated the events of Mother's Love to mankind. This poor Mai Markand can only say at the top of his voice ," If you wish to be saved , your last remedy is to approach God as Mother, whom you should believe to be Mother of one and all, and whom you should propitiate with love and service, devotion and self surrender.
Jay Mai Jay Markand Mai.

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