This question comes from a good friend and meditation student of mine, Nate. I told him that I have done both when needing answers and direction. But I must say that even when you take the question inside at some point you should let go of the question and meditate on the mantra, sound and light within. If you can not meditate on the inner sound and light, then meditate on the mantra in the proper center. If anyone has questions on the method then go to my free meditation audio.
More… My teacher used to say to take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there. When you meditate or prior to meditation take the concerns and even questions on God’s mission for you to God and say this I leave with you. It is not my concern anymore. I will be open to whatever you bring my way, whether the answer or clues come from this meditation, a dream, or a situation in my outside world, I know my meditating and clearing my mind will take me there. Then from this point on meditate strictly for getting centered, attaining peace, being at one, or for the advanced contacting the Guru or contacting God. This will take you far and this will help you let go enough to contact your deeper self without all the concerns and worries that come along with finding your mission or how to carry it out. At the same time if you really practice and let go of needing things to be a certain way the answers and direction comes.