Now, listen. I want all to observe silence on the 18th (May 1943) for twelve hours in such a way that it equals silence for one thousand two hundred days! This silence must be both within and without – internal as well as external. External silence is easy, but the internal is difficult.
Now, what do I mean by internal silence? It means you must silence your mind for twelve hours. When you speak with the tongue, it is speech. When the lips are sealed, it is external silence. Now, the mind, too, has a tongue of its own with which it talks. The continual working of the mind is like the mind continually talking. The very creation of a thought is like speaking internally. Hence the “lips” of the mind must be sealed.
Keeping the mind silent for twelve hours is equal to not thinking at all with the mind for twelve hours. But the mind does not stop thinking for even twelve seconds! If anyone can consciously keep the mind’s thoughts silent for even twelve seconds, he would achieve a very advanced spiritual state.
You feel blank at times for a moment or more, but that does not mean the mind’s working has stopped. To stop the mind from thinking, or to make it think and concentrate on one thought, are both equal. If the mind cannot be stopped from thinking, the best remedy is to try and engage it by concentrating on one particular object.
If you really from the bottom of your heart wish, as I want you to, to gain in August not only the experience but also the knowledge to work for me in the future, then do tomorrow and on the 18th as I tell you.
From seven in the morning to seven in the evening, observe silence externally. Each of you should sit at a distance of six to seven feet from one another, and try not to think of anything except what I will explain to you tonight on the chart. To drive away thoughts means not to entertain or encourage other irrelevant thoughts.
Just imagine that you are on a special watch duty to guard yourself against grave danger to your very life. This “guard” means watching over unexpected and sudden attacks from deadly enemies who are determined to kill you. During that time, you have to keep on reproducing in your mind all that I will tell and explain to you tonight. If during this process other thoughts, like enemies, intervene, you have to be on guard and because of these try to stop and eject them. It is no ordinary meditation during these twelve hours. Just imagine how alert you would have to be under these conditions. Keep yourself like this.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 8, p. 2875.