D: Is a set meditation necessary for strengthening the mind?
Sri Ramana Maharshi: Not if you keep the idea always before you that it is not your work. At first, an effort is needed to remind yourself of it, but later on, it becomes natural and continuous. The work will go on of its own accord, and your peace will remain undisturbed.
Meditation is your true nature. You call it meditation now because there are other thoughts distracting you. When these thoughts are dispelled, you remain alone — that is, in the state of meditation free from thoughts; and that is your real nature, which you are now trying to gain by keeping away other thoughts. Such keeping away of other thoughts is now called meditation. But when the practice becomes firm, the real nature shows itself as true meditation.
- Maharshi's Gospel