SEVENTEENTH TALK 337 decently. I cannot let my mind go wandering all over the place. I must keep it together, keep it occupied." The Master says : Do not let your mind be idle, but keep good thoughts always in the background of it, ready to come forward the moment it is free. That is very fine advice. I hope that most of you are doing that. That is one of the purposes of your meditation. The fact that we set apart a certain time for meditation has, as one of its many objects, that we shall be in a state of constant meditation— that thoughts of the Master shall be always present in the background of our minds, so that they come forward when the active part of it is not occupied by other work. « Of course other people have quite other thoughts which are also good. If you have been to India,-you will find people who are constantly muttering to themselves as they stand waiting for a train at the station, or walking along the road, and if you listen closely, you will sometimes find they are saying a name over and over again. Generally it is,ct Rama, Rama, Rama," or ct Sita Rama," the names of Sita and Rama, the perpetual repetition of these names, which, remember, to them are holy names. One of the special points which missionaries have always made against the heathen is thatc< they are given to vain repetitions," quoting a text. But I may say that the repetitions are by no means always 22 .