When you are open, the divine can pour itself into you.
– Mother Meera
Q: Is formal meditation important?
MM: Yes, to meditate a half an hour or an hour is good. But if one becomes fanatical, wants to leave one’s job, live alone and meditate twenty-four hours a day, that is not good.
Q: What kind of meditation should we do?
MM: Close your eyes and sit in silence and do japa on any divine name.
Q: What is japa? Why is it so important?
MM: Japa is the repetition of the name of that in which we believe. Japa is essential. Japa is not simple words – each divine name is full of divine vibrations. These surround us and protect us and penetrate both our bodies and our whole inner being. Remembrance of the divine name gives immediate peace and happiness and turns us from the worldly to the divine. There is no special and limited time for japa. It is very good to do japa all day. If this is not possible then remember whenever it is possible. We can practice japa during all activities. It is easier to remember when we do physical work without mental work. This japa helps us to purify our consciousness and make our sadhana easy.
Q: How should we say japa?
MM: Simply. Just say it. In doing japa, one should not strain or try to achieve something specific. One should try to be sincere and to have love of God. The power immediately follows, whether you are aware of it or not.
Q: Would you explain the power of the name?
MM: Each syllable of a divine name – such as Krishna or Jesus – has vibrations which change the atmosphere. Any object that we think about repeatedly generates its own vibration. Even though mantras are strong and powerful, we may not feel the effects immediately but results will come. One can feel the differences in the vibrations of words. Using the word, one can make things change.
Q: Is it necessary to wait for a guru to give a mantra or may one find a mantra on one’s own?
MM: Whichever mantra comes to you easily and spontaneously is the one you should do. It should give a strong feeling and be like music flowing from the heart.
Q: I don’t have a fixed japa. At different times different forms of the divine – such as Shiva or Krishna – come into my mind, and I sing the appropriate mantra. Is doing this all right?
MM: Yes, whatever appeals at the moment is all right. One doesn’t have to have a fixed mantra.
Q: When I repeat your name is it necessary to say the mantra as given in The Mother, or can I just repeat Mother Meera or simply Meera?
MM: Either is sufficient.
Q: In meditation on a form of the divine, is it enough to just have the feeling of the divine, or must one say the mantra as well?
MM: It is enough to have the feeling. But it is good to mentally repeat the name of the divine as well, because doing this trains the mind and heart.
Q: What is the best technique of meditation?
MM: There are so many techniques. Generally they confuse people. Quite often they increase people’s spiritual pride instead of destroying it. The proud man is far from God. You have to be very careful. The best way is to remember the divine in everything and to offer everything to the divine.