BASICS OF MEDITATION
Time and Place for Meditation
There is a proper time and proper place for performing one’s different duties.
It is best to find a designated space dedicated only to meditation. This way the mind will be trained to naturally condition itself to be calm and relaxed every time that space is entered. The best times to meditate are: from the earliest hour of dawn, 4 am to 6 am; noontime from 10 am to 1 pm; evening from 5 to 8 pm; and night time from 10 pm to 1 am. The magnetic cosmic laws of attraction and repulsion that affect the body are more harmoniously equilibrated during the above four periods.
There is most ether in the atmosphere between 4 am and 6 am in the morning.
The yogi should meditate on a firm seat, one that is clean—untainted by dirt or unspiritual vibrations of others. The thought or life force emanating from an individual saturates the objects he uses and his dwelling.
Lotus posture is best recommended for meditation, but a more simple cross-legged position or sitting position would also do fine. No one should try to meditate in the lotus posture unless he is at ease in that position. To meditate in a strained posture keeps the mind on the discomfort of the body. Meditation should ordinarily be practiced in a sitting position. Obviously, in a standing posture (unless one is advanced) he may fall down when the mind becomes interiorized. Neither should the yogi meditate lying down, for he might resort to the “practiced” state of slumber.
If anyone, even twice daily, during the hours of dawn and in the depth of night, worships God in the temple of meditation for fifteen minutes to one hour, he will find the spiritual habit of peace diminishing his worry-producing material habits.