Brahmamuhurta is the morning period between 3:30 a.m and 5:30 a.m. It is suitable for meditation. After a good night sleep, the mind is refreshed, calm and serene. There is the prepondarence of Sattva and Purity in the mind at this time, as well as in the atmosphere.
The mind is like a blank sheet of paper, free from wordly samsakaras or impressions. Raga-dvesha currents have not yet deeply entered the mind. The mind can be moulded easily. You can infuse it with divine thoughts.
Yogis, Paramahansas, Sannyasins, aspirants and rishis starts their meditation during the brahmamuhurta, sending their vibrations throughout the world, benefiting all. Meditation will come by itself without any effort.
In the winters it is not necessary that you should take a cold bath. A mantle bath will suffice. Imagine and feel, " I am taking a bath in the sacred Triveni at Prayag and Ganges at Haridwar." Remember the pure Atman. Repeat the formulla, " I am the ever pure soul." This is the most powerful wisdom bath in Jnana Ganga. This is highly purifying. It burns all sins. Answer the calls of nature quickly. Clean your teeth. Do not waste much time in morning ablutions. The brahmamuhurta will pass quickly. You must utilise this precious time in Japa and meditation. Sit in Siddha, Padma or Sukh Asana. Try to climb the supreme hight of brahmn, the peak of divine glory and splendour.
If you are not in the habit of getting up early, use an alarm timepiece. Once the habit is established, there will be no difficulty. The subconscious mind will become your willing and obedient servant to wake up at the particular time.
If you suffer chronic constipation, you can drink a glass or two of cold water or luke worm water as soon as you get up after cleansing the teeth. This is Ushapana treatment in the science of Hathayoga.
Cultivate the habit of answering the calls of nature as soon as you get up from the bed. If you suffer from constipation do meditation as soon as you get up. You can answer the calls of nature after finishing your morning meditation with the help of a cup of hot milk.
As soon as you get up from the bed, do japa and meditation. This is important. After finishing your Japa and meditation you can take to the practice of Asana, Pranayama and study of Geeta and other religious books.
Every Sandhya time, or dusk is also favaourable for meditation. During brahmamuhurta or dusk, the Sushmuna Nadi flows readily. You will enter in to deep meditation and Samadhi without much effort when Sushmuna Nadi flows. That is the reason why Rishis, Yogis and Scriptures speak very highly of these two periods of time. When the breath flows throughout both nostrils, know that the Sushmuna is working. Whenever the Sushmuna functions, sit for meditation and enjoy the peace of Atma and soul.
Repeat some divine stotras, hymns or guru stotras or chant 'Om' twelve times, or do kirtan for five minutes before you start your Japa and meditation. This will quickly elevate your mind and drive off laziness and sleepiness. Do Sirshasana or Sarvangasana or any other Asana for five minutes. Do Pranayama for five minutes. This also make you quite fit for the practice of meditation and remove laziness and sleepy conditions.
It is brahmamuhurta now. Do not snore. Do not roll in the bed. Throw away the blanket. Get up, start your meditation vigorously, and enjoy the eternal bliss of the innerself.