On 3-10-1931, the case was entirely serious. Three eminent doctors declared she would die within an hour or so. The worst news was broken by the husband to his friend who was trying to strengthen his courage to meet the calamity. The husband vociferated, " What a coward's talk? I am sure, if you heartily pray, she will atleast leave longer and give me sufficient time to prepare for the worst ". The Founder had very little of confidence in the efficacy of his prayers for the almost impossible change., but he had to follow him upstairs . He prayed with his whole heart and devotion standing near the pillow of the lady in the midst of nearly twenty weeping relatives. The pulse, speech and vision had left the body. On prayer, the Founder's tears fell in her mouth, the pulse speedily went up, vision and speech returned and the eyes opened. Her words were, " How can I like to leave this world leaving behind me the un-cared- for children.? I see Mataji standing before me. She says if you fast for a day she will give me a week's extension. Will you not promise doing that for me? ". The promise was given hand in hand and the improvement began with most unimaginable speed.. Just half and hour after, she asked for milk, fruit-juice etc. It was an unprecedented family joy.
Some believed, and some did not, in God's hand in all these. But almost everyone including the husband thought she was saved permanently. On the 7th day, the temperature however rose up from the morning. The husband was too shrewd to remain any longer delusion. The whole story looked true. She was to go that day. He had a hysteric fit from which he was made to recover to composure after consolation by his friend. At 3 p.m., there was a phone from the Secretariat asking husband to send certain confidential office files under lock and key. He could not possibly leave her. The Founder was given keys and the motor driver was ordered to drive fast and the Founder was given strict orders not to waste a single minute in the office. On reaching office, the head-clerk informed him that the lady expired as soon as he had placed his feet outside the bungalow.
Here was a continued episode which baffled all human solutions.
She was a great devotee of Mataji. She actually heard the Mantra which the Founder was simply mentally chanting. The prophecy of the Pandharpur saint and its fulfilment were wonders. She saw Mother and heard Her words. A fast of a particular devotee earned the Mother's Grace of the boon of a weeks life extension. All these happenings began revolving in Founder's mind, finally resulting in an overpowering sense of his ingratitude to Mother.
" God as Mother, Mother of all, propitiable with universal love service, devotion and unconditional cheerful self-surrender ". These six words and expressions he would often hear in the air and would read written on walls and on the ceiling between joist-gaps and on closed doors and windows. He pleaded his full unworthiness for such an innovation. The more he tried to evade. the more did Mother sit on his heart and head till the sweet talk became artificially embittered and wrathful. "What do you prefer ? Installing me as Mai with the dictated 6 tenets or life-long present semi-lunacy ? "
The Founder finally gave the promise to Mother, and so to say escaped,on giving promise, in order to avert semi-lunacy. His recovery was marvellously quick after promise and he returned to Poona and rejoined his service. He had a word of reminders from Mother almost every week.But he was too conscious of the crushing responsibility, to so easily yield. He went on procrastinating.
Two persons one in Calcutta and the other in Mysore ( Shemoga ) were given command in dreams to go over to the city of Poona and deliver Her Message of Installing Mother.
The Mysore devotee ( The man was M.R.Ananta Ayya ) who carried the message happened to come to the hotel as a casual visitor. The Founder by chance went to the dinning floor at the time man was dinning. As soon as that man saw the Founder returning to his place , he suddenly left his half meal and ran after the Founder. Most abruptly he talked, " Are you a devotee of Devi ? " Founder also made no delay : " Yes, not only a devotee, but a passionate, most uneasy devotee." Still more abruptly, the man said, " I come from Mysore. I have a message to hand over to you from Mother. " The Founder got dumb-founded. " Yes, please come up to my room." The man followed; the message was communicated. Said the man, " I have come so far. Would you not favour me with a spark of love for Mother ? I have enough of Divine Knowledge for my purpose"( this was only his modesty). Said the Founder, " Are you prepared? Would you sit with me on the bench of the Sheikh Sulla bridge during night hours? " He agreed. The Founder was sitting with him from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. on a wooden bench. The man went to his place. He was at the highest pitch of desire that he may have a vision of Mother atleast in the dream. He had a dream on sleeping. Mother appeared and said, " You are now longing for my Darshan. Who was talking to you for hours on the bridge? That was myself. You have not only seen me but talked with me ." The man narrated the event to the Founder at early dawn.
The Founder had no go and with a sorrowful laughter he sat down to stipulate terms with Mother, as he had done before , when he had begun hundred repetitions of Saptashati. He made a Sankalpa ( a resolution ) pouring sacred water-offering to the Mother, " If there is entirely new building of which the first indweller is myself, if I enter it on a Friday, if by evening there is a dazzling light, if there is a basket of ' mithai ' and fruits received that day, if three girls and two men knock my door at 9.30 p.m. , if they press me to install Thee, if at 10 p.m. , I find Mother's picture in any shop, if at 11 p.m., I find some shop open wherefrom I can purchase worshiping materials and lastly if at 11.30 p.m. some ' Mali ' ( garland hawker) brings me a most beautiful garland befitting Thee and the occasion ,then I shall not hesitate and I shall not fail to install Thee and declare Thee and Thy Religion. "
is necessarily the devotion of Mother's children. I am a changed religious man from this moment. " Said the Founder, " I install Mai today. I declare Mai-ism today. Let it be known to one and all of my friends. Let the world if so minded now commence the work of ridiculing, defaming, censuring, suppressing, harassing and crushing me and the Mai movement. "
News spread around. The nearest people were Theosophists and Harijans. Some educated Harijans had the most reverential regard for the Founder, the man who was Love and Mercy himself with innocent childlikeness and who was happily blessed with the most intense devotion. People began calling him ' second Ramakrishna ' , ' Mother's child ', ' Mother ' or ' Mataji ' actually addressing as ' Mother ' or ' Mataji ' .
EXTRACTS FROM THE BOOK : MAI-ISM
FIRST PUBLICATION : 27 MARCH 1952
PUBLISHER : UNIVERSAL MAI-ISM TRUST
ADDRESS : MAI NIWAS, SARASWATI ROAD END, SANTA-CRUZ ( WEST ) , MUMBAI 400054. INDIA
LAND LINE PHONE NO :- 022 2660 4170