Once, Buddha was asked, “Why don’t you teach your people to pray?” It was an obvious question–religion without prayer is simply inconceivable to many people. And the answer Buddha gave is as fresh today as it was 25 centuries ago. He said “I don’t teach my people to pray because their prayers will harm them. Right now they are not conscious enough to ask for anything, and whatever they ask will be wrong. First let them become conscious enough. I teach them how to become more conscious, and then it is up to them. When they are fully conscious, if they want to pray, they are free. They are not my slaves. But I can say one thing: that anybody who is fully conscious has nothing to ask for. He already has everything that one can ever ask for.”