Swamiji met my mother when he came to Berkeley in 1979. They liked each other very much. At that time she was giving up driving due to vision problems, so she loaned her car to Swamiji to use while he was in the Bay Area. During the 1980's. In 1992 my mother died. I came to the Ashram after that and Swamiji did a beautiful Puja for her. There were two Italian ladies there and a few others. It was a lovely afternoon ritual that warmed my heart.
Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.
Meditation may be used with the aim of reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, and increasing peace, perception, self-concept and well-being. Focused methods include paying attention to the breath, to an idea or feeling such as loving-kindness, or to a mantra.