Regarding the general cry of great injustice to womankind, let us not forget, ours are only inferences, and they are mostly based on exaggerated, distorted and sometimes only exceptional, events and facts. Modern outlook and mentality is entirely different from the past. In the past, protection and maintenance had the greatest practical value, just as we have courtesy, chivalry in our own times, for etiquette, liberty, freedom, and independence. All the same, judging from what our mentality is today, it must be conceded, that speaking generally, injustice towards women has long and largely prevailed. Woman, generally till now has been subjected to more or less subordination, injustice, docility, humility and humiliation; and it is therefore, that Mai – ism intercedes on woman’s behalf, in upholding their cause, under entirely changed conditions. On the other hand, if at all, any time, woman becomes hot – headed, selfish, proud, and possessive, certainly, Mai-ism shall have to be taking up with the same force, the next just cause of the man – world, as well. That is so, because, to Mai and Maiji, both females and males, daughters and sons, are equally dear.
What Mai – ism has so often most emphatically taught, is that all satanism of the notion of inferiority of woman and superiority of man, should go. Much though the male would deny, there has been all over the world, at least, the most universally established psychological inherited abnormal mentality, viz that of the woman’s inferiority. Who would deny even today ? that the birth of a girl is not greeted as happily, as that of a son ? It is a recorded fact, that the birth of a girl in some countries, was once, a day of lamentation. Religions have also, set too high a value to the masculine superiority. Maiji says, that from times immemorial, this was accepted, most likely, because of the superiority of man’s physical prowess, in an age when physical, military, and brute strength was indispensable for the safety, especially of women, and of the families, communities, and countries. On the other hand, we cannot ignore certain facts, when the modern woman resentfully raises the issues of injustice, inferiority, inequality and in fewest cases, even inhumanity. Religiously, Eve has been depicted only as an appendage to Adam, and woman has been stated to have been created from one of the ribs of man. Under the Old Testament, a husband could divorce his wife, by merely signing a document. For the man it was quite enough, if he took full custody of the children, and promised maintenance to the woman. Socially, the custom of polygamy lowered the status of woman, and here too religion made most about the sonless or childless persons’ life beyond. The harems of Muslims reduced the status of women, by keeping them in self – development – preventing solitary seclusion. Taking at least the modern secular view, it must be regretfully stated that Hindus, so very enthusiastic, in blowing their own trumpets, had in the past, customs of forced widowhood in higher communities, and several instances of self-burning satees, which drove many women, and especially the queens, sometimes against their own will, to ascend the funeral pyre of their most beloved king husbands. As unwelcome babies, involving economic ruin, some communities had the practice of immersing newly born girls in milk, till death. All these, although, superficial facts of past, do, forcefully drive all impartial men and women to admit the imputation, under consideration, viz in respect of the pre-domination of the superiority of the masculine element. At least in the Past. Surely, these details are not for creating a feeling of vengeance. Past is the past. Let man and woman be wiser from today, at least those, that are Mai-ists. Let me remind, the molding forces of whole humanity, originate from God and Religion, alone.
Maiji wants you to take the most considerate, noblest view, viz., that there might have been, or even now, there may be hundreds of reasons and justifications for the superiority of man in certain societies; but yet, at least principally, the general fact remains, that man’s superiority and women’s inferiority have been there since centuries, actually in vogue.
As stated by the advocates of woman franchise, there are recorded facts, which go to show that repeated demands for equality of all men never included any consideration whatever of the feminine rights. Woman’s problems were never given an independent, individual thought based on justice and fairness. Woman remained and lived, as “included in man”. Even in the United States, as, Maiji has read, females were barred from franchise until 1920. And in England itself, it was only in 1918, that women were first admitted to the franchise. Even now, it is not impossible to find in some countries, the treatment meted out to women, being reminiscent of the past periods of slavery.
However, Maiji calls upon you, sisters and daughters, not to pull the world to be reduced to be still worse, from the frying pan into the fire. Please, for Mai’s and Maiji’s sake, fully understand what Mai-ism and Maiji teaches. Maiji wants you to refer to the “ Woman’s Status ‘ in ” Mai Sahasranama” Vol. I, page 21.
Mai – ism is for increasing the spirit of Love, Service, Devotion and Cheerful Self- surrender of each other, as between a wife and husband. Neither imitation, competition, non-co-operation, nor distrust rivalry discontent and disunion. Neither woman nor man should be a mere morsel of food, merely, to satisfy sexual hunger. We do not want the sexual lust to predominate, and temporary unification out of helplessness and physical indispensable need. We do not want faddish woman – absorbed poets, who would make women their finalmost goddesses, and of whom they would remain only quite unworthy useless worshippers. We do not want villains, who pamper and placate women with praises and finally ruin them. Mai – ism does not approve modern western psychologists’ emphasis on women’s role in life, only as a sexual object. That sort of mentality is most harmful to both man and woman, as it reduces woman’s spiritual, and religious status, dignity and divinity. Mai -ism does not want men that are beauty – hunters, nor women that are gold-diggers.
Similarly, we do not want women to assume the role of goddesses, expecting or encouraging and receiving attention and worship from romantic poets, or uxorious or domineered intimidated husbands. Neither do we want women to their innate, infatuating powers, over victims of sensuousness for gratification of their voluptuous cravings or for enjoyment of well pleasures. We do not want experienced cunning men and white to tempt or entice or subjugate innocent inexperienced women and men. Mai – ism is entirely displeased with the living of an enchantress, who entices men for gratification of physical cravings Mai -ism never expects women to turn tyrannical and strike terror in the minds of men, and reduce their lives to abject misery of refined civilized slavery. Mai – ism does not want either men to enslave women, or women to enslave men. In one word,
What Mai-ism enunciates is the spiritual co-equal status of both men and women, by a happy blending of the apparently paradoxical rights of both. Mai – ism does not approve of any injustice, that might have been meted out to women in the past. At the same time. Mai ism does not expect women to avenge, for the past. While Mai.ism appeals to women to forgive and forget and nurse no more any ill – will against men for the past injustice, it calls upon men to deviate from the trodden path of subjugating women, and to recognize and inculcate the spiritual co-equal status of man, and woman. Mai ism wants man and woman to bury the past, start afresh with new values of unselfishness, and unpossessiveness, on each requirement of each one’s duties and obligations, which are quite different from the past undesirable and misunderstood standards. Let each one’s living be guided and enlightened, on the basic belief of the universal dictum, which the Universal Religion of Mai – ism has laid down, viz., the spiritual co-equal status of both man and woman, under which neither man nor woman is superior or inferior to the other, along with the said principal tenets of love and service. Mother Mai is pleased with such of the male and female Mai devotees, as remain entirely faithful to their respective family duties, disciplines and traditional sacred customs and conventions.
As is fully known to all Mai’s names repeaters – devotees, Mother is Suvaasinyarchanapreetaa and Lokayaatraa Vidhaayini, as also Kuloddhaarini.
Suvaasini – Archana : Under the name “Suvaasini…”, Mother’s name ( No. 711), the comment to be read on page 9 of part IV of Mother’s Thousand Names, Vol. Il runs as under:
Mother’s female devotees must be carriers and creators of happiness. To all, they should live like the most beautiful and fragrant flowers, that spread their fragrance of hilarity, purity and divinity, all around them.
Mother is most pleased with those female devotees, that give maximum happiness to others, as daughter, wife, mother, or family member woman, neighbor, hostess, kind mistress to servants, patroness, donoress, etc.
Their above said noblest fulfilment is in itself, and by itself, accepted as quite a satisfactory worship ( archana ), by Mai, and as much superior to any mere routine ceremonious temple or image worship. Woman has the inherent quality of bringing happiness and hence, Mother is most pleased with such female devotees, as by their very presence, sweet speech and service, make all miseries forgotten, and with them, that spread the fragrance of their silent virtue and self – sacrifice.
Lokayaatraa : The name ” Lokayâtrâ (No. 285)” has been referred to on page 183 of Mother’s Thousand Names, Part II, Vol. I. It conveys Mother’s promise of dexterously managing the worldly relations, duties and maintenance, and smooth running of the worldly life, etc., of all Her devotees, by various unseen and unknown and mysterious external and internal adjustments. This is evidently true, about all devotees – males and females, or man and woman. Of course, as explained above, under Suvaasini…. The credit and responsibility of individual or family or household happiness, falls to the share of female devotees.
Kuloddhaarini : Further consideration brings us to the conception of a family. Man and woman, in course of time. th eternal divine process of the former – stated mutual sex-attraction to be husband and wife, and later, become and are termed fathe mother, on having the progeny of children – sons and daughters. The group or set consisting of the father, mother and children makes up a family, spoken of as “ Kula, ” under Mai – ism literature.
Mother Mai, with reference to a Kula or a family, on Mai being accepted and installed as the family goddess, that is surrendered to, worshipped, prostrated to, with names – repetitions, introspection, Guru- contact, etc., and on the preliminary advanced plane, specially propitiated through mutual worship* by husbands and wives in the family, and finally through a sexual un-contaminated mutual mental and heart worship, becomes Kuloddhaarini – the saviour of the family, in all aspects of misery – removals and happiness and grace – showers, of both, principally of this world, as also in other worlds, beyond and after this life.
This process is so very beautifully described in Mai – names with words in one couplet as:
Kuladevi Kulaanganaa Kulaantasthaa, Kulayogini Kulottirnnaa, Kulataarini, Kuloddhaarini.
Once Mai is accepted as the family goddess (kula.devi), first thing She does, is to sublimate the women ( anganaa ) individualities of the Kula, i.e. family, (kulaanganaa), as that is the most solid foundation of the family and its happiness. Next, Mai always stands firm ( sthaa ) with the family, whenever in (anta ) i.e. calamities and critical situations. (Kulaantasthaa). Next, Mai works as the best unifier (kula – yogini), as the reconciler, not only of the various members of the family itself, but also as the affiliator, in respect of most agreeable and worthy outside families, to be closely connected, through friends or relatives or new relations through marriages etc. Further, Mai sees that the family gets passed through (kulo-ttirnaaa ), all examinations and tests, ‘as the summum bonum of all Mai’s grace, in every detailed working and management. The accumulative result, is that the whole family as one unit, gets raised and raised, in all respects ( kula – taarini), and finally all the members of the family, that have accepted Mai as family goddess, and are devoted and surrendered to Mai, soon have the experience of visualising Mai, with experience, as their final most Saviour, (Kuloddhaarini).
For an extremely clear devotional understanding, as to how, Mai makes the devotees’ heart Her own home, how She accompanies them wherever they are, or they go, and how finally, Mai begins, actually residing in the family house, or temple etc., of Her devotees, please read Phala Shruti (recollection of benefits and be beginning from Page 135, Vol. II, Part IV:
As male and female Mai-ists repeat during Mai worshine mutual worships, there is the most powerful auto – suggestion to her in respect of their perfect unification, through the repetition of the following mantra:
Pati Patni, Shiva Shakti, Maai – Kripayad, Eka Eka. Husband ( and ) wife, be they like Shiva and Shakti, by Mai’s Grace. one one.
Be They Like Shiva Shakti, by Mai’s Grace, One, One.
As explained on Page 46 of Part 1 of Vol. 1 of Mothers Thousand Names, Mai is the finalmost God, element or entity, that is divisible into two halves, viz., passivity and activity, or ieve and power, or to use the Hinduism personified phraseology, Shiva and Shakti respectively. The happiest condition arises, when Mai is conceived as final – most one alone, being the Mother of (1) Shiva, who has who has Shakti in His heart and ( 2 ) Shakti, who has Shiva in Her heart. Shiva is absorbed in meditation of Shakti, and Shakti is restlessly active, for the purposes of burying Shiva in the joy of pleasures of Her making. Mai – ism establishes between the husband and wife, through mutual worship, the divine relationship of the worshiper and the worshipped, alternately,
Mai-ism wants Mai-ists, both females and males, to ever bear it in mind, that the woman is a greater slayer or a greater savior of man (through mind, heart and soul) than the man is of the woman off by common spiritual religious or moral working of both together, say ten thousand units of advancement are achievable, they should be utilized to the benefit of the lesser developed consort soul that is found weaker in any particular aspect, so that the difference of the two planes be minimised. As it is, such commonly – achieved high-planed differences minimisation gives peace and happiness to both, and the whole family.
It most silently trains up the younger ones, as they mould themselves and march, in parents’ footsteps, being most silent and keen observant and automatically parents – imitating children and babies, most nobly.
It is this psychological truth of truths viz. that the final peace and happiness of any nation, country, community or Family depends on woman’s greatness, virtue, morality, religiosity and spirituality, that Mai-ism has so very emphatically and preferentially advocated the cause of woman, to train them to be much superior saviors, of at least their families. The modern world, with its new materialistic civilization, has seen a little of the sparkling exterior of the said truth, but the all – told outlook being of the selfish individualistic materialistic and godless irreligious nature, the world has been marching forward on the ruinous paths of believing sameness of man & woman, regarding their inherent natures, their education, ways of living thinking and feeling, resulting in worst competition, bitterness, divorce, non-co-operation, class war – burning, substitution of the divine connubial love by mere body and flesh lust etc. However, after all, We can take consolation under the idea that the world is progressing ahead. Unfortunately, the world is so very obstinate, that it never accepts any new truth, explained in advance, unless it has stumbled, fallen and bruised its nose, and until it has gone through the furnace-heat of innumerable, unbearable bitter-most experiences. Mai – ism fully recognizes the co-equal status, but does not ignore the basic fundamental fact of their inherent separate natures, designed by Almighty, for the purposes of each one helping the other, as the complementary part, to attain human perfection.
Mai-ism wants all women to eradicate completely, all consciousness of any injustice (if at all), that might have been done to them in the past. We know nothing about the reasons, conditions, justifications and the actual internal reverences and valuable services in return, which males might have rendered, to deserving females. We have no idea of, how far men were obliging, and obedient, behind the curtains.
Anyway, let bygones be bygones. First, let us accept and Mai-ism, the spiritual co-equal status of man and woman. not either man or woman forget to abide by the noblest Mai-istic dictum of spiritual co – equal status of man and woman. Mai-ism enjoins, maintaining ever awake, the most clear conception, that the fields of activities and capacities of both man and woman an practically quite separate as head and heart. There is nothing more foolish than to draw comparisons, as between an expert of literature and of science, or as between a saint and a politician. Let each man and woman fully study the inherent nature of each other and be a good deal much more blind and more kind, in respect of each other’s weaknesses and in-capacities. Mai – ism does not approve woman’s new craving to be man-like, under the new spirit of rebellious independence. In fact, that is only a civilized servility and tempting flattery. Mai – ism would like women to develop their sublime feminine qualities, virtues, capacities, and to achieve feminine masteries subtleties and sublimities. Man has to evaluate woman through the tests of women’s subjects alone. Similarly, woman has to evaluate man, on the basis of men’s own subjects. Each one has to judge best and form an estimation of another, in the legitimate region of spontaneity and naturalness.
The final requirement Mai – ism most emphatically lays every stress upon, is the mutual worship with Love, Service, Devotion and Cheerful Self – Surrender to each other. Remember, Mai’s Grace smoothens all misery, on generating the bearing power and patience, and on minimizing suffering, through hopefulness and mental absorption and spiritual strength. It is only Mai’s grace, that does and can create and transform poison injection into poison proofness. Once all the weaknesses and vices are conquered by any individual, as stated in Mai – ism, the last straw that breaks the camel’s back is the sexual, most natural attraction. Sexual attraction is the most merciful Mai’s un-fathomed mystery, which deifies man or woman, through the grace of God and Guru. The most terror – striking most envious or possessive wife or husband, puts the other into a fire of purification, in which all lingering lurking desires of sexual impulses are completely burnt away. This is not true for one and all. Bad things may become worse as well. And therefore for this, Mai’s mercy and Maiji’s grace, or God’s mercy and Guru’s grace are indispensable. The flesh-born sex – impulse is sublimated into the spiritual love – impulse, only through the grace of the Guru and mercy of God. Thus, man and woman become fully unified and their perfect unification in the Lotus Feet of Mai or Maiji, not only paves the way, but also opens out an avenue, for permanent peace, prosperity, and happiness
Maiji implicitly believes, and emphatically asserts, that Mai conception of God is most supreme; most exalted, and most sublime and unparalleled. In ultimate words, Father is law, light and justice. Mother is love, mercy and protection. And “Mai” conception includes the other two conceptions of “Mother-Father” and “Father Mother”, both, as well. Thus, Mai-ism completely solves the conflict, which in its simplest form, is only a mere man-made paradoxical tangle of two conceptions. Both ideologies of Father and Mother stand harmonized in the one unique parental whole ideology of Mai, under Universal Mai-ism.
One of the mystic Christian prophesies states the inviolable truth: “The reign of the Holy Spirit (Mother) is at hand. The reign of the father is past and the reign of the son is passing.”
Mai-ism, being entwined round the most merciful parent, has its greatest appropriateness in this age of bomb-war fare, cruel capitalism, lawless labor, godless communism, national wolfish-ness, racial ruthlessness and enslaving passion.
Mai-ism feels, the universe is changing from God’s one aspect to another. With an outright change, in the approach aspect of God, from fatherhood to motherhood, Mai-ism is sure about the gushing forth of the new creative tremendous forces, of new enthusiasm, ardor, zeal, vigor, and vitality, from the innermost hearts of really religious souls, who are at present paralyzed under the chaotic conditions of individual religions, with amplest justification for a general nausea against “religion”.
Nothing is more obvious, than that with the change of ruler-ship, the whole mentality of the ruled immediately transforms itself. With the change in the most prevalent mentality, the ways of believing and living, also change. The rules and regulations change, and even religion changes. As a corollary, its summarisation, codification, interpretation, and comment changes. The final outcome is that, the whole outlook on life most automatically and quite imperceptibly changes enormously. Were not Muslims and Britishers looked upon and revered, so many times more worthy than during other normal periods, when India was under the ruler-ship of the Moghals and the rule of the Britishers? Womankind is sure to receive a great uplift, on the conception of the motherhood of God gaining more and more ground. Mother, being equally the mother of Her sons and daughters, of both sexes, asserts and ensures the Mai-ism common-plane truth, viz., that of the spiritual and religious co-equal status of man and woman.
Anyone who, without self-infatuation and prejudice reads Mai-ism, will at once see, that there is nothing like bad blood being in the hearts of Mai-ists, against any other religionists, or, say Fai-ists. And that is so because religiously, and also practically, Mai-ists believe, “There is nothing like one God as a father, and second one, as a mother.” The very same one Almighty is believed by and appears to some as “Father” and to some as “Mother”. In fact, the quarrel originates not from the differences of beliefs, but from the worldly and selfish interests of the representatives of each belief, and here therefore it becomes necessary to mention practically truly guiding principles and facts about Mai-ism.
Mai-ism does not lay any claim for any Nobel Prize for any research in religion. It does not aspire to be the possessor of a patent. It welcomes any new Founder of a Universal Fai-ism. As Mai-Swarupa, the Founder has so often stated all abroad, the aim and object of Mai-ism is the consolidation of all truly universal religionists. under one common banner of a Universal God. Man-ism is for the federation of all individual religions: Mai-ism is for maintaining the full integrity of every individual religion, with the very same powers and possessions, of the heads of each religion: Mai-ism is for establishing religious universal training universities; Mai-ism is for the principle of democracy, but not for demonocracy with its hypocrisies, falsehoods, abuses and exploitations.
Mai-ism is for arriving at any decisions, after full consultation and deliberation, of not one-sided but all-sided views, beliefs, experiences, opinions and propositions Mai-ism appreciates the common sharing principle, but not restricted only to a limited portion of humanity and not without the full consideration of the actual worth and indispensable need and worth of each individual, and surely not without a natural acceptance of non-violence, value of human life as being much higher than mere herds, and not under the stark ignorance of other worlds and without the idea of everyone’s answerability for one’s desires, thoughts and actions, to some higher power that governs the universe. In one word, Mai-ism places all conceivable and possible stress on conscience-prick, against violence, in-jury to human life and against rebellious godlessness.
Saint Mai Swarup Mai Markand