In meditation one tries to make himself pure and humble so as to be open to something higher and divine. We may well wonder for what purpose so many people, from varying cultures and religions would want to disassociate themselves from their senses and fix their full awareness on one object, one thought or feeling.
In higher states of meditation what each person experiences is basically the same despite wide differences that may exist in cultural backgrounds and expectations. If there is ever to be unity amongst our religions, it may just be that meditation will bridge the gap between all faiths.
Meditation will never become a religion, nor a replacement for religion, but it will be commonly practiced by people of all religions and for basically the same purpose. There will be greater acceptance and understanding, and rather than the emphasis being on differences, the similarities will be stressed.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati