A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Udbodhan (Prayer Room):
Mother was seated on her cot and I was reading out her letters. Krishnalal Maharaj (Swami Dhirananda) was also present. Someone had written, "I cannot calm my mind and concentrate," and so on. Mother became agitated at these words and said. "It can be done if one repeats the name fifteen or twenty thousand times each day. I have actually seen it happen, Krishnalal. Let him do that first and talk afterwards, if it fails. One must put one's mind to it. But no, no one will do that. They will only complain, 'Why does nothing come of it?'"
A disciple had come in to bow at her feet and was questioning her about meditation and japa. Mother replied, "Repetition of the name, paying heed to the number, keeping count on one's hands, all this is only to bring concentration. The mind tends to wander, it may perchance be bound by these things. When after repeating the name one sees God and is lost in meditation, there is no longer any need for japa. If one can meditate, that's everything."
(to be continued....)