You may say that you have done so much of japa or so much of work; but nothing will avail. Nobody can achieve anything unless Mahamaya clears the way. Oh, my children, take refuge, just take refuge. Then alone she will clear the way out of her mercy. … Once in summer at Kamarpukur, a heavy shower had filled up the fields, and water overflowed from the ponds. The Master was wading through water when proceeding by the side of the sweeper colony. As the catfish came out of the ponds, the people around began to beat and catch them. One of the fish kept swimming near about the Master’s feet. So he said, “Don’t you kill this one. See how it seeks my protection and plays round. It will be so good if one of you carries it to the Haldarpukur.” Then he himself took it up and released it in the pond. Returning home he said, “Ah, if anyone seeks protection in this way, one is saved.”
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Repeating the Name of God a fixed number of times, telling the rosary or counting on fingers, is calculated to direct the mind to God. The natural tendency of the mind is to run this way and that way. Through these means it is attracted to God. While repeating the name of God, if one sees his form and becomes absorbed in him, one’s japa stops. One gets everything when one succeeds in meditation.
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True it is that there is no hard and fast rule about the time of japa, yet morning and evening are the favorable periods. Whatever the time be, you must do japa every day. It is not good to forgo it any day.