Holy Mother gave a high place to japa and meditation. Japa purifies the mind, creates inner calmness, and leads to meditation.
"As wind removes a cloud, so does the name of God disperse the cloud of worldliness."
"No doubt you must do your duties. This keeps your mind in good condition. But it is also necessary to practise japa, meditation, and prayer. One must practise these at least in the morning and evening. When a man sits in the evening for prayer, he can reflect on the good and bad things he has done in the course of the day. Then he should compare his present mental state with that of the previous day. Next while performing japa, he should meditate on his Chosen Ideal. In meditation he should first think of the face of his Ideal, and then meditate on the entire body from the feet upward. Unless you practice meditation morning and evening, along with your work, how can you know whether you are doing the right thing or the wrong?"
Once again the Mother shows us the way. It is both simple and easy to understand. While some teachers would complicate matters and make distinction between japa and meditation the Mother does not. She goes straight to the heart of the matter.
And hear the gentle reminder She gives in the instructions, “Unless you practice meditation morning and evening, along with your work, how can you know whether you are doing the right thing or the wrong?"
There is gentleness in the Mother’s teachings yet nowhere does She compromise with the principles. Yet She gives each one of the confidence to do what She is asking us to do. What more can a child ask from his/her Mother?