Ancients in India advised consciously making meditation the first task of the day, an hour or two before sunrise.
It is called the “Brahma mahurata” - the time of God.
It is considered the time divine, when ‘That’ which is “It” comes into “action” as if. At this very time the sages and sadhus get up, and start their prayers. It is the time when the yogis and the “thirsty” seekers start meditating.
One could say, it’s the time when all the spiritual activities start.
At least in the traditional mystic circles, here in India, the hour or two before sunrise is considered the best of times. For the best of the best start their prayers and meditations thence. The sincerest of the sincere, unable to stay in slumber anymore, perforce as if, awaken. And pay their obeisance to That Which Is. At this time.
‘Brahma mahurata’ is the prayer time from times immemorial, in India.
Therefore, only a fool would lets go such a divine opportunity. Of starting meditation at this “fixed’ time - somewhere between 3.00 a.m. to 4.30 a.m. - to gain the maximum spiritual benefits.
For, the mind is at its freshest then. No deep troubles or silly fancies have taken hold of one this early. Hopefully! Then there’s also that “vibration” thing, of millions of people praying and meditating - as the sages and seers afore in ancient India did, and yet do - at the very same time.
There is a certain unsaid holy synchronicity going on at Brahma-mahurata.
Why not make use of it? After all, a seeker needs all the help he or she can find, especially in the beginning stages of one’s spiritual journey. Even otherwise!
Frankly, perhaps consciously, having read about it I think, or unconsciously, I started my spiritual practices at the above-said time; when I came about the Way, in 1990.
Still get up at 3 a.m. everyday, since the last 25 years or so.
But it needs be said that every moment is the best time for meditation.
On a personal note, I was meditating all the while. Every moment of every day, back then. Crying for it, begging for it, howling for it.
Till the time I got “It”. In 1993–94.
However, it must be firmly grasped, and that factually understood, that the Ultimate or the Absolute does not have a particular “holy” time to “awaken” you!
“It” - the Ultimate Truth - is a timeless, limitless infinity.
It’s an unending eternity. A indivisible unity of all that is, beyond entities! No rules bind it, no messiahs find it, no gods stand in “It”.
This “god particle” - of Enlightenment and Self-Realization, of Awakening - “rises up” from somnolence whenever the seeker is ready to “receive” it, spiritually, metaphysically and karmically.
The ultimate “happening” took place, for me, at 4.30 to 5.30 p.m. or so. I think. In the spring of 1993. But then, the last doubt was “removed” as if, for me, at the Brahma-mahurata time, in the early hours of the morning, on 17th March, 1994.
Hence, not time but sincerity matters. In meditation. And in seeking.
Therefore, pray and meditate any time you want, or can. Bu do! Keep at it, as if the devil himself is after you! Relentlessly, religiously, reverently! And leave the rest to That Which Is.
In simple words, do your dharma, and let karma complete the process.
But it is advised that a seeker abstain from non-vegetarian food, and only intake pure “satvic” diet, if one really wants ‘It’.
Mind you, I was a non-vegetarian till the end of 1989, and an egg-vegetarian till 1990, before giving it all up and becoming a pure vegetarian by that year end. Then, there was rapid progress in the metaphysical realm.
A vegetarian diet does 50% of the job, in spirituality!
It took me barely 3 more years to get ‘It’ finally, in 1993–1994. I do not think I would’ve “got” what I did had I not turned a vegetarian. It changes something deep inside you, to the very core of your being. It did me!
For, eventually, at the End it’s found that “All is One”. Therefore, hurting others - especially the “lower” animals, for food - is hurting your very own-self.
Without a vegetarian diet, all prayers and meditations are futile.
Sans it, that which is “It” - the All of the Whole - comes not. Any time.