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Yogi Bhajan Lecture: The Aquarian Concept of Prayer

Many of us have old understandings of prayer. We imagine sitting and begging a distant deity or saint for acknowledgment or to fill a need. In this way we were taught to wish, ask and plead rather than communicate heart to heart, recognize our Infinite, and confirm our consciousness.

The Aquarian approach is different. We feel no separation between the Infinite, God, and our Self. That means the task of prayer is understood in a new way. To understand and apply this Aquarian perspective, we may have to recognize our old images of prayer and adjust them to learn it in this new way.

Another old concept is that you are a sinner, and you must redeem yourself. If I am made in the image of God, what is my sin? How can the image be sin? And what way can sin be in me? I am very sinful when my Unknown is not with me. I am weak. I am feeble and I go through temptation. I just want to get away with things; I play politics with myself.

But that does not mean that I'm sinning. Simply, when I am not connected with my Unknown, and I do not tap my own power of the Unknown, at that time, I am weak. My weakness is not from somebody else making me weak.

Nobody can make me strong and nobody can make me weak. I make myself strong and I make myself weak. When I connect to my Unknown with my own prayer, I am very strong. And when I am not connected, I am very weak. It's that simple.

I know you cannot believe it because you have been told something different all these years and you believed it. Now just try to believe this. What you believed before didn't work. If you believe this, it will work.

Excerpts from a lecture published in KRI International Teacher Training Manual Level 2 Conscious Communication 

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