Progress in religion means diminution of selfishness.

The highest emphasis that the Founder has to lay upon is ” Nothing can be achieved or attained, unless you die for it.” Prefer being worn out, to being rusted. Even a failure or a defeat is more glorious than the lukewarm deadness and inactivity, expecting others to do what you can do or expected to do. The Founder is not pessimist or a fatalist. He is extremely optimistic and a believer of Mother’s Grace which can overturn the whole working of the world. Here too, there is a difference of belief and a reminding is necessary. God or Guru will help you. Without their Grace you can not move an inch, but it is you who have to lay brick over brick to construct your sheltering place.

Further the Founder is for steady and slow progress in quite a rationalistic way, just as you master any art and any science. He asks,” What sort of people  and of what stuff are we, if in order to be approaching  a high soul, who has mastered his mind , we need a fool’s impossible  and impracticable stories?” Mai-ism is rationalisation of religion and religionisation of rationalism.

All humbug in the name of ” Choo mantar ” should go. There is no higher supernatural power than one that can be attained  by repetition of pure and simple name  of ‘ JAY MAI ‘ day and night, while living the life of love, service, devotion and unconditional cheerful self-surrender.

He is doing for even a little, rather than doing nothing on one hand; and just reversely for doing nothing, rather than doing anything insincerely. He prefers a little religion to ‘no religion’ and irreligion to ‘sham religion ‘.

He gives greater importance to the inter-dealing between man and man, than man and God, “Be first a man, than, a brother, and thereafter alone a religious man.” He gives much greater importance to the formation of character than the versatility in sacred lore and Divine knowledge. He takes your practical life and living to be the deciding factor, as to the rung of the spiritual ladder on which you stand.

He recommends practice and practice of the smallest things under the guidance and Grace of the Guru and Mother’s Mercy. He quotes so many practical instances of himself wherein he has been a failure to do a certain most mechanical thing for which he has no practice.

 He is not for tomtomming the greatness of Vedas and Geeta or studying the various formulas by heart, he is for original impartial thinking in religion.

There are certain truths which are required to be hammered on the minds of genuine religious aspirants. You have the nail, you are putting it in the wall-hole, but you are not hammering it in. The nail must go deep, so much deep, that one cannot take it out. That action is absent. Hammering, practice, repetition, repetition after repetition, till mastery is attend, that is the thing which is hopelessly absent these days.

Why is it absent? Because Guru – Shishya relationship is gone and people have a rotten belief of ‘Choo – mantar’. All that rottenness must go. You got a Mahatma with some two plantains and three oranges. You expect that you are going there and making the offerings of things will give a Goa lottery. This mischief must go. It is there, because people do not want to approach God or Guru or Religion, unless they are materially benefited and that too, to an unimaginable degree. Most of them go for material benefits only.

More than these, are to be blamed the Gurus, the Saints, the Mahatmas. They never disillusion them. The very notion and popular notion of ‘religion ‘needs a change. Let Mai-ists begin with the simple definitions, “religion means selflessness “, “Progress in religion means diminution of selfishness.

There are many religious personages who simply live on the superstition of people and exploitation of their credulity, hopes and fears. Mai-ism condemns nothing so much as rumors of untrue mysticism, the devil of ‘Choo – Mantar’. Someone approached Founder and said,” I hear Mother is taking food with you actually sitting by your side, especially on Fridays after midnight. Is that true? “The Founder scoldingly said, “Are you a fool? Do you think Mother has no other business to do? I have actually seen Mother so often. To that extent people are right. She loves me. She would as far as possible never displease me setting aside my demand. She will do anything for me. But this talking of dining together is again the evil of the devilish ‘Choo-Mantar’ mentality of people.

The belief in happenings entirely out of proportion with reason is harmful in so many ways. First thing is it makes you indolent and indifferent. Second thing is it makes you less grateful. Third thing is,  a failure creates destructive reaction.  Fourth thing is, your ideal as also the evolutionary progress gets stuck up in materialistic mud. To explain this: When an incurable disease or a dangerous illness case is undertaken. Founder has seen even doctors themselves entirely out of proportion regarding the time required to cure. There was a doctor of good repute who was suffering from an alternate day fever, for years together. He came to Founder. In spite of his repeated telling about the said human blunder, he expressed his surprise because he had a fever after he left the Founder. He was then asked to keep a chart. He was cured within nine weeks.

There is a human tendency which values everything with reference to its cost price. If the cost-price is nothing, because people have no standard of weighing prices which are not in terms of rupees, people expect things to take place at the snip of fingers; they feel nothing like gratefulness; they get habitual to think most mechanically, that things must take place on doing certain things.

Religious path is only one-foot wide between a valley on one side and a steep hillock on the other with huge loose stones.Now, about the valley and the loose-stone hillock emergency experienced in my life . If we do not show the greatness of God and mercifulness of Mother , the world goes on degenerating at the most surprising speed. I though to myself, let us be stooping to meet half-way. Once or twice let people have the experience of Mother’s Mercy at the smallest approach and the faintest prayer. For some time it appeared as if that was right way to pull the world  from the materialistic infatuation . I put honey over the bread for the sick child, but the child liked away the honey and left the bread untouched. I have failed in this experiment , but any way, Sahara desert earth has been moistened with rains which have not gone in vain.

The world’s largest blunder is here. If water is to be pumped out from a well 60 feet deep and each stroke raise the water  by one foot, people make the blunder of considering all previous workers  that bring water to 59 feet as hopeless ones.The last man touches the pump and with one stroke , water falls out. People called the last man hero. During the time period between the two incarnate saints, there are so many saints of comparatively smaller capacities, but it is their work mainly that help the future saint to do his work the best.

It is not a small thing, people with absolutely no idea of God , Guru or Religion , get a conviction that there is some higher power, which can rule the destiny of the world and which on propitiation can help one out of  his calamities. Let them go to the Guru, only when they are under calamity and let them disappear as soon as it is over. A time will come when people will have sense enough to see,” We are always in some hardship or another; why not then have a continued relationship with Mother ? “

Remove all your muddle about religion and Guru. Under Mai-ism there should be no haziness and religion is a pure and simple thing , a science of Divine laws , more perfect, systematic , regular and effective and disciplinary than the medical science. Let there be no cloudiness – let it be a clear-cut notion . Religion is a science of mental cure and removing the soul disease, soul-weakness, soul-impurity. It is more than enough if you have  one-tenth of serenity and preparedness and honesty of purpose, that you have with a doctor when you fell ill, while you approach religion or your Guru.

Applying the smallest test, where an average man of today is in the realm of religiosity. Only yesterday a child about 5 or 6 years old came to me early morning and told me, ” Babaji, see, I have these four rupees, may I place them before Mother ?” A hot blast passed in my brain. ” How religious and charitable the parents of a child must have been.”. I was thinking whether I should accept the gift of the child , without informing the parent.The child was told,” You come with your papa and mommy “. The child said so very sweetly,” Daddy gives me the money like this to play, I can do anything and I like to give it to Mother. I am going to Mother and putting these four rupees there “. I was so very joyfully surprised  at such inborn religiosity of a charitable disposition. The child went there. I did not accompany. He place the four rupees and removed the silver Paduka worth rupees 30 . He had seen the Paduka previous night.  The modern child of an extremely fertile brain, found out a scheme in the night and came up as soon as it got up.

EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK MAI-ISM

AUTHOR : MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND

MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ WEST INDIA.

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Non practising advocate ( Bar Council of Maharashtra ). Servant of God as Universal Divine Mother Mai & Saint Shri Mai Swarup Mai Markand ; follower of Universal Religion of Mai-ism, Mai Niwas, Saraswati Road End, Santa Cruz (West), Mumbai 400054, India.

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