Swami Vishwananda with Mahavatar Babaji Murthi
Swami Vishwananda: Once a student went to his Guru and said: “Master, I am troubled.” The master stood right in front of him and came as near to his face as this microphone through which I am speaking, and said: “Why do you hang on illusion? You know that whatever is in the mind is an illusion; why do you hang on that? You know very well that deep inside of you only God resides. Why don´t you find joy inside of this?”
Then the master said to his student: “My dear child recite nonstop for 24 hours your Guru mantra, and meditate intensely for 4 hours, and you will conquer the mind.” Of course the grace of the Guru was there.The same thing is true for you, as the grace of God is with you. Chant the name of God for 24 hours. You may say, “What if I sleep?” How can we chant when we are sleeping? But that is the secret of mantra japa. Train yourself to chant the name of God throughout the day. The more you train yourself to recite continuously, and in every action to remember the Divine, the more it will become automatic. Even when you sleep you will carry on chanting and singing the Divine names.
Mountain Hare Krishna by Krishna Das and Sting