I found this interesting article from the Times of India that is written by Swami Kriyananda who has meditated for 52 years. He first learned about meditation in 1948 from reading the book Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda. This book was one of the first books that I read that got me interested in meditation.
He was so inspired that he took the next bus from New York to Los Angeles where Yogananda’s headquarters are located. Yogananda accepted him immediately as a disciple and he became a monk of the great guru. Some of the highlights of the article are:
I began meditating 52 years ago. Since then I haven’t, to the best of my recollection, missed a single day of practice. No stern-minded self discipline was needed to keep me regularly at it. Meditation is simply the most meaningful activity in my life. I wonder how people live without it.
Meditation gives meaning to everything one does.
Inner peace is like lubricating oil: It enables the machinery of our lives to function smoothly. Without mental peace, our emotions and the various demands placed upon us in our lives grind together and create inner stress, leading eventually to a physical or nervous breakdown.
Meditation develops concentration, so essential for success in every activity. Often I have found, by meditation-induced concentration, that I can accomplish in an afternoon what others have taken days or even weeks to complete.
Inspiration, which many highly creative people consider out of their hands, can be summoned at will by one-pointed concentration, and by magnetizing the flow of thoughts and ideas in meditation. Physical fatigue can be banished also, by putting ourselves in tune with inner abundance, flowing to us from infinity. The deeper this attunement through meditation, the greater the abundance we experience in every aspect of our lives.