Swami Brahmananda on Meditation

Prac­tice japa and med­i­ta­tion reg­u­lar­ly. Do not miss even one day. The mind is like a spoiled child—always rest­less. Try repeat­ed­ly to steady it by fix­ing it on the Cho­sen Ide­al, and at last you will become absorbed in him. If you con­tin­ue your prac­tice for two or three years, you will begin to feel an unspeak­able joy and the mind will become steady. In the begin­ning the prac­tice of japa and med­i­ta­tion seems dry. It is like tak­ing bit­ter med­i­cine. You must forcibly pour the thought of God into your mind; then as you per­sist, you will be flood­ed with joy. …

The effect of med­i­ta­tion is inevitable. You are bound to get results if you prac­tice japa with devo­tion, or even with­out it, for devo­tion will fol­low. Con­tin­ue your prac­tice reg­u­lar­ly for a lit­tle longer. You will find peace. One’s health also improves if one med­i­tates.

Med­i­ta­tion, in the pri­ma­ry stage, is like wag­ing a war with the mind. With effort the rest­less mind has to be brought under con­trol and placed at the feet of the Lord. But in the begin­ning, take care that you do not over­tax your brain. Go slow­ly, then grad­u­al­ly inten­si­fy your effort. Through reg­u­lar prac­tice, the mind will become steady, and med­i­ta­tion will be eas­i­er. You will no longer feel any strain even while sit­ting for long hours in con­tem­pla­tion.

Just as after deep sleep a man feels refreshed in body and mind, so will you feel refreshed after med­i­ta­tion, and there will fol­low an intense expe­ri­ence of hap­pi­ness.

—The Eter­nal Com­pan­ion