Speech On Good Seed Is Wasted

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Good seed is wasted when planted in the midst of weeds, and good thoughts are wasted in a consciousness of need, or greed. This is why it is so important to prepare the soil (soul), before sowing the seed (of thought). Yet, amazingly, when people get no results from their prayers, they pray all the more! When desperate, even the devout ignore what Jesus taught about prayer: “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” [Mt. 6:7] Repetitious prayers, such as the repetition of affirmations, and chanting, or going through the steps of a ritual, may change one’s conscious state, however, they are ill-suited to changing one 's consciousness. Planting seeds does not uproot weeds; and, affirming universal Truths never enlightened the mind of one who thinks the worst about himself or others. Effective prayer requires the expression of one’s consciousness, not the contradiction of it. Making statements that do not express, but, instead, contradict one 's consciousness is hypocrisy. Jesus recommended that, before we pray at the altar, we first make peace with our brother. He also recommended the practice of forgiveness, fasting, non-judgment, repentance, and giving freely. Praying prior to preparing our soul is like sowing seeds before cultivating the soil; both are ineffective. We cannot afford to pray in vain: thinking we 're doing something and yet accomplishing nothing. When we pray in a way

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