The experiences of the Founder in the hospital at Ahmedabad, and in Hubli for twelve days are instances of Ananya Bhakti.
Sadhana requires a strictly disciplined life. The Founder insists on celibacy, harmlessness, non-acceptance ( Aparigraha ) , truth and food purity. A Sadhaka should never be under the obligation of any other man.This Aparigraha is of the highest importance. He should always be a giver. Every evil thought , every lie and every injury done to others should be felt as a self-inflicted blow. Regarding food , never forget that each food element, that goes to form your body, head and heart, has not only a material quality but a mental, moral, religious and spiritual property, as well. At least let nothing go below your throat, which is not Mother dedicated.
Don’t remain under the old delusion about the results of mechanically done Mantras. It is Mother that grants success, on being pleased. The results of your prayers are dependent on how far you are righteous, pure and benevolent and how far your service and sacrifice for Mother’s children goes. All these count much more than your flowery language , correctness of pronunciation, richness of offerings and observance of spiritual details.
Highest devotion means simply talking to Mother , just as you talk to your mother in the kitchen on your way to your room with your friend to the purport that the friend is to dine with you.
If the definition of Religion as made by Mai-ism be popularly accepted , viz., that Religion means selflessness and love and service to all, the world will be much more happy than by knowing how the universe was created, how many hells and heavens there are. Similar questions do not go a bit to help the average man. Mai-ism says, leave all that to be taught to you by Mother. Your ignorance about these questions is no handicap to your progress or happiness.
The secret of Mai – Sadhana. Associating a certain Divine thought and interviewing the same with Mother’s name representing that ideal, there must be repetitions of sublime most emotions till big bee-hives are formed in your heart and brain. The bees so formed by your untiring exertions will bite the inimical evil desires and thoughts. Start with an atom of faith, even though only as an experiment.
Another problem is , although we wish we may love and serve others, yet something prevent us. Then comes the realization of your enslavement to the six enemies within you. [ Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Mada and Matsar. ] Then comes the determination to overpower them. There after comes the tiringness of the constant struggle . Here come the higher joys and powerful divine spiritual help of the deities to their devotees. Then comes the question how to keep the deities pleased. Then comes the self – control and self – denial.
Enrich your bank balance of merit and Mother’s Grace by repetition of ” jay Mai Jay Markand Mai “.
Just when I am writing these lines, I receive a letter from a devotee ( 20 May 1950 , Kocharb, Ahmedabad , he call himself Mai Swarup Mugdha Shishu [ Mute child of Mai – Swarup ) : ” On the night of 25 April this weakling of yours , after dangerously suffering from high temperatures, had difficult breathing with most complete symptoms of imminent death. All kith and kin expected what was inevitable. Only this mute child of yours was adamantine to refuse all help from without and kept on mentally chanting ” Jay Markand Rupa Markand Mai , Marak Tarak Eka Mai ” with the result he personally writes this thanksgiving . ”
People like to be considered and called religious without being religious. People want proofs of God’s Grace . When authentic instances are quoted , they will belittle those happenings or they themselves quote more miraculous cock and bull stories . They would never take the trouble of investigation and enquiry, and on the top of everything , persons concerned in the description of a certain experience , will not bear out the man who works hard at getting such instances.
During a calamity, a man is not himself, he becomes lamb-like, God-fearing and humble . God, Guru, Divine Law all look standing ready. The calamity over, he returns to his original self and wonders how , so very lion hearted , he had become lamb-like. It is only the good luck of few blessed to have a conviction about which stage was really superior. What a tremendous power , Maya holds over man ! But , all the same Mai-ism is very optimistic.
What is wanted is hundreds of repetitions and any man becomes surely much better than before, with pains, patience and perseverance . The higher the spiritual, and religious and moral stage and living of a man , the greater is the peace of mind , happiness and cessation of misery.
Pray, Pray. Concentrate. Be attracted to Mother. You will have attractivity in return. Make your environment happy by Love and Service. Make your inner self purer by Devotion and Surrender. You are many times much better. You will make yourself and all around you happy.
Jay Mai Jay Mai Jay Mai
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK : MAI-ISM ; WRITTEN BY SANIT SHRI MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND [ EDITIONS 1952 AND 2007 ] & PRINTED / PUBLISHED BY UNIVERSAL MAI-ISM TRUST, MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ WEST, MUMBAI 400054, INDIA