Should one deliberate on the meaning of the Mantra during the Jap?

Q.7. Should one deliberate on the meaning of the Mantra during the Jap ?

Ans. As regards contemplation on the meaning of Mantra during the Jap, it is recommended that one should only meditate on the deity during Jap. The practical difficulty in thinking about meaning of Mantra at the time of Jap is that it takes time to form imaginary pictures in accordance with the meaning of every word and during this time Jap cannot be interrupted. Jap should be continuous, uninterrupted and non-stop like the flow of oil. Of course, the meaning of Gayatri Mantra should be thoroughly understood. If it is sought to form imaginary pictures of the meanings of different words, this can conveniently be done at some other time but not with Jap.