Meditation is your true nature now. You call it meditation because other thoughts distract you. When these thoughts are dispelled, you remain in the state of meditation, free from thoughts. When the practice becomes firm, your real nature shows itself as true meditation. When meditation is well-established, it cannot be given up. It will go on automatically, even when you are engaged in work or play. It will persist in sleep, too. Meditation must become so deep-rooted that it will be natural to one.
—Sri Ramana Maharshi