When and Where to Meditate
Practise meditation in Brahmamuhurta. This is the best period for meditation. Always choose that part of the day or night when your mind is clear and when you are least likely to be disturbed. You can have a sitting just before retiring to bed. The mind will be calm at this time. You can have good meditation on Sundays, because it is a holiday and the mind is free. Do vigorous meditation on Sundays. You can have very good concentration when you live on milk and fruits alone, or when you fast. Use your common-sense always and try to bring good outturn in meditation.
Meditate at night. A second sitting is necessary. If you have not got sufficient leisure you can meditate even for a few minutes, say 10 or 15 minutes at night. You will have no bad dreams at night. The divine thoughts will be carried during sleep also. The good impressions will be there.
An aspirant who meditates in a solitary upstair room in a town will have as much quiet there as in a forest. But he will not have the congenial spiritual vibrations there as in Rishikesh, Uttarakasi or Gangotri. Vibrations play a vital part in the elevation of mind and in producing Ekagrata of mind. In these holy places the vibrations of Rishis are lodged in the ethereal space and the aspirants are highly benefited by these vibrations. Vairagya, Sattvic Bhava and the meditative mood come by themselves without effort or struggle in these holy places. Some ladies got down from the train at the Rishikesh station. The moment they saw the Himalayas they uttered: "Who is son? Who is father? Everything is Maya. Everything is false!" Such is the powerful influence of vibrations on the mind. It is only sages and Yogis who can know at once the nature of vibrations of a place for meditation.
You have been given a key to unlock many of the secrets of life. That key is meditation. Meditate regularly in the morning between 4 and 7 a.m. and attain eternal bliss and immortality.
The banks of the Ganga or Narmada, Himalayan sceneries, lovely flower-gardens and sacred temples are the places which elevate the mind in concentration and meditation. Have recourse to them.
A solitary place where the climate is cool with spiritual vibratory conditions is best suited for concentration of mind.
You will have a clear and calm mind in the early morning hours. There is a spiritual influence and mysterious silence then. All saints and Yogis practise meditation at this period and send their spiritual vibrations to the whole world. You will be highly benefited by their vibrations if you start your prayer, Japa and meditation at this period. You need not exert. The meditative state of mind will come of itself.