Maharaj Sawan Singh was once quoted as saying:
Go on steadily on the path, and once your simran becomes perfect you will find yourself endowed with the power of stopping a speeding train. There is so much power in simran.
With the Three Masters, Volume I
So let’s ask ourselves: What is perfect simran? How must our simran be to have the power to stop a moving train? The answer would probably be that we must have simran, and only simran, turning over in our mind at the eye focus.
When we sit in meditation and start the simran, is our mind quiet? If we’re honest, most of us would have to admit, “Of course not!” Even when we manage to achieve some quite intensive concentration, there still seem to be – somewhere in the background – the soft, almost imperceptible, whisperings of the mind. And slowly, as the attention gets drawn to these whisperings, they becomes louder, and before we know it the mind’s whisperings have become our dominant thoughts, with simran being relegated to a whispering in the background.
The aim to attain perfect simran must become of overwhelming importance to us. Our goal must be that even the softest whispering of the mind should be thrown out and what remains must be only the sacred names, being repeated over and over, lovingly and with complete absorption, leaving no space for anything else.
And once we attain that – and along with it the power to stop a speeding train – we will not be in the least interested in any such power because we will be on our way home, in our Master’s company.