Mar Mani Khaila once said, “When in proper meditation we enter through a door that permits us to experience a deeper spirituality that is beyond human understanding, and a stronger connection with the Divine. It can be cleansing to the soul — removing the dross of day to day life, and purifying to the mind. Meditation is a gateway of Light. Meditate daily.”
Mar Mani Khaila said that “proper meditation” means “not permitting the mind to wander, or become distracted by random thoughts or by external surroundings.” This is important, especially if we live in an area where traffic can be heard even through closed windows, or people laughing and talking loud. We must be able to tune such noises out, in order to enter that “gateway of Light” which Mar Mani spoke of. For some, this might require going out into the wilderness, if it is a safe alternative.
We read in the Epistle of Mar Mani to Mar Ammo, “Likewise, in this era of darkness, the purest among the denavars should vouchsafe his rest in pious meditation and collect merit on a regular basis.” (2:3) A denavar is one whose piety is deeply rooted in purity, serious devotion and whose thoughts are always upon God and walking in righteousness as far as possible within a human body. A marginal note in the Holy Book says that the term “rest” indicates that a person secures his spiritual rest by sitting, and means sitting down and being quiet by removing the mind from distractions.
He also recently referred to the Chaplet of Light as “a daily instrument that can lead one upon the path of Light into the presence of the Divine if used appropriately. Truly the Chaplet of Light, which is a gift from the Living Spirit, is a gateway of Light for your meditation and contemplation.”
Additionally, we read in the Teaching of Mir Izgadda, “Do not neglect the practice of repentance, prayer, meditation, contemplation and study. These, my children, will lead you to perfection.” (79:3)