For the elucidation of those who desire to know more about Mai , Maiji, Mai-ists and Mai-ism , it is added and repeated here that Mai is the Universal Mother, the Motherhood conception of God Almighty, easily propitiable by living a life of Love, Service, Devotion and Unconditional Cheerful Self-Surrender, and by the recognition of the spiritual co-equal status of man and woman.
Any idol or image, symbol or emblem, picture or the sacrificial altar or any object, installed anywhere, either in a Church or a Temple or a Mosque or a Synagogue and worshipped by any people in any manner and any mode they decide, with any gospel or scriptures they prefer but based on the conception that it represents Universal God, whether Mother or even Father or Jointly as Mother & Father etc., easily propitiable on living the life on the lines of the above-sated tenets by itself, is MAI or the Universal Mother.
Similarly, any preceptor preaching or teaching or propagating or inculcating the doctrine of Universal Religion with Mai, the Universal Mother as its pivot and rallying focus and wedded to the said tenets, is MAIJI of that particular group or area or generation or even age.
The followers of the Universal Religion of Mai-ism, with the Universal Mother or Mai as the Universal God easily propitiable on living out the oft-repeated principles, whether they form individuals or groups or associates or multitudes or adherents or co-workers or devotees, are all MAI-ISTS. Mai-ists that have taken their oath of allegiance are U.R.M.s of the general or lifelong oath.
The doctrine of Universal Religion entwined round Mai the Universal Mother, with its said indispensable cardinal principles of love, service, devotion and unconditional cheerful self-surrender and recognition of the spiritual co-equal status of man and woman, is MAI-ISM.
These universal conceptions and interpretations represent the quintessence of the Universal Religion of Mai-ism and it is this, that has been meant to be conveyed whenever the terms MAI, MAIJI, MAI-ISTS and MAI-ISM are used under the universal religion of Mai-ism.
Well, then, let us come to practical measures. Maiji personally believes, that there is no sense in confining ourselves to the conception of any Universal religion, unless it is entwined round Universal God, as has been amply proved from all experiments for seventy years after 1893 when the first Parliament of All Religions was convened in Chicago, and which has practically shown no results except mere noisy and barren activities of having built mere castles in the air. It is high time, that if individual religions want to survive the onslaught of materialistic world, they must all unite and offer the consolidated resistance.
Universal Mai-ism lays down only six principles : (1) Universality; (2) Love; (3) Service; (4) Devotion; (5) Self-Surrender; and (6) Spiritual co-equal status of man and woman.
By Mai’s grace, a large consolidation of Universal Religionists has already been established. In the immediate future, it is very possible that groups of universal religionists, Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Jain, Zoroastrian Mai-ists may be formed. Such groups have their full independence and autonomous powers in all matters and details, except being out of rhyme with the above mentioned six principles. All such institutes can be as federations to the parental conception and Institute of Universal Mai-ism. Any such universalized group may have its own temple, god, gospel, worshipping modes, rules and regulations, places ( temples and monasteries ) and PROPERTIES, in respect of which none others can have any right of dabbling. The smallest pocket-size booklet of Mother’s Message will convince anyone of the Mai-istic truth on page 8.” A Universal Religion cannot be permitted being made a cause for disunion, domination, prejudice, exploitation or superstition ………”
NOTES: Mai-ism was represented at All Faiths’ Conference at Nasik in 1933 and the Indian Philosophical Congress at Poona [ Pune ] in 1934. Maiji was invited to JAPAN for the World Religious Congress in 1955. Maiji was the Sub-Councillor in Chief of the International Religious Federation which was started in JAPAN in 1955.
Maiji had been elected as VICE PRESIDENT and spiritual MINISTER for PEACEFUL HUMAN RELATIONSHIP & Universal Religious Alliance ( U.R.A. ) in Havana, Cuba for SIX YEARS FROM 1959 TO 1965.
The latest most appreciated representation of Mai-ism was at 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 had a standing of over five decades. In fact, it was one of the most important universal religions institutes. As stated in the Preliminary Report pertaining to the Congress held was on 23 October 1959, the complete attendance at the Congress was around 3800 persons 2184 of which integrated 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 organizations. Furthermore, 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 is at hand, as well as that a new age (Aquarian) is being ushered in taking the shape of brand new Spiritual Civilization. We recommend such sources of research. We recommend Mai-ism and Mai-Institute of Santa Cruz (West), Bombay [Mumbai] – 54, India. “
MAI TEMPLE: MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ (WEST), MUMBAI 400054 INDIA
[ Mai-ism scripture is simple. It consists of Six words only; Mother, Love to Mother and Her Children, Universality, Service, Devotion and Self Surrender. The first word “Mother” indirectly and implicitly includes the principle or the word of the spiritual co-equal status of man and woman.
Of course, practice will take time but at least the scripture is over. In practical life, the spirit of the spiritual co-equal status of man and woman in addition to the four concepts of love, service, devotion and self-surrender are also to be rigidly observed. In every thought, action and desire, keep these six words before you. If the practice is observed with full austerity; your life is crowned with success by Mai’s Grace resulting from your devotion to Her. Relief from misery, happiness and finally salvation are easily attained. Even if there is no conviction about God, Maiism has the broadest vision and the words of devotion and surrender should be applied to one’s master husband, employer, guardian. parents, patrons etc.
Just practice for a year and you will find you are transformed. Practice it at least one day (Mai days being Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and Sunday in order of importance ), or one day in a month say the full moon day, or once in a year, say your birthday or once in your life on your deathbed and mark the miraculous change.
As detailed in Mother and Mother’s Thousand Names (“Mai Sahsranama”), Mother’s day – FRIDAY – is a day of practice. Do not be wrathful on this day. Do not utter lies. Do not cheat. Do not assure or abuse superiority. Do not exploit helplessness, ignorance or misunderstanding. Do not refuse possible service to the needy. Do not indulge in pleasure. Do not behave haughtily. Do not seek luxury. Do not pervert the truth. Do not misconstrue, misinterpret or take an uncharitable view. Do not think or believe or harbour bad thoughts. Do nothing bad. Do not crush the poor and weak.
None needs being taught what should be done and what not. Be religious and truly religious on that day at least. Do fast to the extent your vitality permits. Keep silence as long as possible. What goes out of your mouth is often more dangerous than what goes inside through the mouth. All other days are again yours to lead a free life as your agitated mind chooses. Do what little you can. However little a good thing is done is much higher than however great the work but only intended or merely desired to be done but actually not done at all. For a Mai-ist a little is better than nothing and it is a matter of satisfaction for himself and encouragement to an example for others. Do not trust the next occasion or moment for beginning any good and meritorious work. Done is done in spite of any imperfection and incompletion. Not done is not done in spite of hundreds of justifications for not doing. Any good work once begun, increases in its goodness as time passes.
Temples are there, scriptures are there, worships by hundreds are there, pundits are there. What is not there is the altruistic, benevolent, devotional spirit, the understanding, the outlook, the sincerity, the faith, the service, the sacrifice and selflessness or in one word, the perseverance and practice of living a self-controlled righteous, and goodness-dedicated life. The said improvement of the mentality itself takes place and progresses with religious and spiritual purest thinking, virtuous living, moral environments, varied experiences, etc., although say with a snail or an ant’s speed. The miraculous unbelievable transformation, however, with an aeroplane speed has however only one source and remedy and that is only the most sincere surrender to God and Guru which as well governs the said avenues of improvement.
PHOTOGRAPH OF THE SAINT: MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND [ 1885 – 1966 ]
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK: THE CLARION CALL OF MAI-ISM
AUTHOR: MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
PUBLISHER: MAI ADHERENTS’ INSTITUTE [ UNIVERSAL MAI-ISM TRUST ], MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA CRUZ (WEST), MUMBAI 400054 INDIA. ]