The Founder of Mai-ism Mai Swarup Mai Markand was once a famine supervisor in Baroda State. There was a laid-down standard of the quantity of excavation and the daily wage in proportion to the work. The maximum rate was 4 annas a day which would help to just keep the body and soul together. After his appointment, he soon saw in about a week’s time that more than 80% could not be entitled to minimum-meal wages. By starvation, the coolies became weaker and weaker and doing still less work. The vicious circle started. He was moved with pity. He became extremely liberal in his measurements and saw that everyone got the minimum so as not to starve. The shortage of work of 3000 persons was gradually increasing; he hoped it will be made up, but that day never came. A complaint had already reached the head office that he was too liberal and it was ordered that a sub-engineer should give a surprise visit and check measurements and the total amount paid. The Founder had handled over his fate in the hands of dearest Mother, after profound sorrow on hearing the report.
During this period of this suspense, His Highness visited the place. The technicalities of the work were inspected (not the finance). His Highness was quite pleased, but the Founder was trembling within his heart; “all this satisfaction will disappear on sub-engineer’s report.” But there was Mother at his beck and call, ever protecting him. Three days later, Her Highness came over. She expressed great satisfaction at the healthy glow joyfulness and the minimum number of deaths and illness, etc. in the Founder’s famine relief camp. She called him at her royal tents. This was the conversation. Her Highness said, “I find your famine work arrangement has shown the best condition of preservation in the whole of the State. What do you wish me to do for you?”.”I propose distributing clothes to all your work people”. The Founder said, “They will be praying for God’s blessings on your Highness more and more for the bounty. They are already more than grateful for their very lives being saved.” The queen saw there was some deep meaning. She abruptly said, in fewest majestic words “Be plain.” Founder said, “I have been very liberal, too liberal, in measurements.” “That ought to be, is it not? The object in view is to see that poor people survive.” Her Highness guessed more than half things, on looking deep into the Founder’s face.
The chief engineer then, all of a sudden, came over to the queen, to pay his respects, with the executive engineer. The queen simply laughed, while interviewing them and said, “I was just talking to your supervisor; he told me he was very liberal in measurements. I said to him that he ought to be, for the object in view for which famine works have been started.” When was the executive engineer to have another chance like this? He picked up the opportunity, “Your Highness, I have been constantly visiting the work and I have found him working best and I have already strongly reported recommending him to our chief Engineer Saheb here.” The Chief Engineer took not a second to shake his head with an artificial smile, as if to convey he had received the report and had already issues orders which had promoted him. Said the kind-hearted queen, “That is the way of the best officers and departmental heads. No Head of a department could be happy without a truly contented staff and no discontented servant would be efficiently working,” etc. Needless to say, the Executive Engineer sent a memo to the sub-engineer to cancel the inspection and the checking of measurements. Mother saved the Founder. “Be serving Mother‘s children. Mother is at your beck and call “.
His Highness would be seeing “efficiency “. Her Highness would be seeing the preservation and the well–feeding of the subjects. That is the difference of God as Father, and God as Mother. What does it matter on the whole, if out of 100 of the religious code rules only 10 are strictly observed? If men are for religion, is not religion for men as well?? Is not preservation of the religion a more vital issue than the strictest adherence to Law‘s orders and the things stated in the Scriptures?, and laid down centuries before??
Extract from the book : Mai-ism