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Mantram practice was given to Indians to help stop thought from wandering, just as Koan practice was given to Japanese to help stop thought from dominating. The Koan method crippled or even paralysed the intellect; but this was only in its approach to the spiritual goal, not in its worldly business.

-- Notebooks Category 4: Elementary Meditation > Chapter 6: Mantrams, Affirmations > # 69

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