This is an extract from the book 'Autobiography of a Yogi' by Paramahamsa Yoganandaji.It is from the chapter - Luther Burbank, A Saint Amid the Roses.
"The secret of improved plant breeding, apart from scientific knowledge, is love." Luther Burbank uttered this wisdom as I (Yoganandaji) walked beside him in his garden in Santa Rosa, California. We halted near a bed of edible cactus.
" While I was conducting experiments to make 'spine-less' cactus," he continued,"I often talked to the plants to create a vibration of love. 'You have nothing to fear,' I would tell them. 'You don't need your defensive thorns.I will protect you.' Gradually the useful plant of the desert emerged in a thorn less variety."
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