Devotee: Maiyaji, What should a sadhak abandon?
Devotee: What should a sadhak adapt?
Maiya : Bhakti(devotion for God).
Devotee: Maiya, is doing Mala Japa(japa on a beed string) for the whole day, called Sadhna?
Maiya: No. Being careful or alert is Sadhna. You do only 10 mala japa once a day but must go into the depth of your Guru Mantra(mantra given by Spiritual Master), that you don’t have the idea of happenings around you. It should not happen that you are just moving your fingers on mala for the whole day, but your mind and heart are roaming somewhere else. Whatever you do , do wholeheartedly.
Devotee: Maa, why do we need a mala for japa? Why can’t we do it without mala?
Maiya : If one has the capacity to do japa without mala, its good. But our chitta (heart) is always so restless, that it needs to be tied down with something. Moreover, if you will do japa without mala then you will be surrounded by sleep. Our chitta needs some base to be tied with. Therefore, it is necessary to do japa with a mala.