Why do people meditate?
Is it to experience a calm mind? To rest in peace? Is it an escape from the constant turmoil and stress that pervades our day? Is it to experience blissful mental states and profound happiness?
The reason people meditate varies, but all of them can be summarized as being of temporary or final benefit.
All of the teachings given by the Buddha were simply meant to accomplish the welfare of beings. This welfare of beings is considered to be two-fold: the temporary goal of the joys of this life, a better future and a higher rebirth; and the final goal of complete freedom and total omniscience.
Many people strive diligently for the aims of this life in hopes of securing happiness and a better future. Actually, looking around that is pretty much the mold we are all made from. Rare indeed is it to encounter those who honestly seek out complete freedom and profound insight into the human condition.
Meditation can help you accomplish both. In the beginning in brings you great joy, frees you from suffering and discontentment. In the middle you abandon chasing temporary and fleeting apparitions and you encounter a deep sense of freedom and insight. In the end, you tirelessly work to accomplish the welfare of beings. Just like the Buddha.
Why do you meditate?