Ten Commandments as VEDA
by Al Drucker
Prashanti Nilayam, Aug '88
3. Remember and keep the
holy Sabbath day. Six days you can labor but on the seventh day you must
rest and keep the day holy.
As indicated in the previous section, our principal mission on
Earth is to make our lives a message of purity and godliness, just as His
life, when He incarnates as man, is a message of purity and perfection. By
filling our lives with devotion and dedication, and by engaging in
activities that create new order and harmony around us, we are naturally
led step by step, to the realization of the Unity. Then as our exemplar
spreads to others in the society we will find a steady gravitation towards
that ideal universal condition which is called the Brotherhood of Man and
the Fatherhood of God. This is the Unity which becomes our personal and
collective goal. But, this Unity cannot be realized as long as we know
ourselves only as body and mind, rather than as Spirit.
When man knows himself as Spirit, he realizes that sharing and
giving is the condition of growth. Spiritual riches increase in the using;
they don't perish. Even as they are given away they multiply in our hands.
Even as they are shared they are more fully possessed. Therefore the
feeling of Unity encompassing all life, must have its roots in Spirit.
There are two laws for the Soul's evolution. One concerns its temporary
clothing, the body and mind, and the other concerns the Spirit. The law
for the material body is the law of action and reaction, or the Law of
Karma, in which every action gives rise to a reaction. By these
interactions the coarser part of our being evolves. Therefore, the body
thrives by wisely-directed activity. In the same way the Spirit within
these outer bodies and minds, lives and thrives by sacrifice. This is the
second law, the law of renunciation. Sacrifice yourself and live. Give and
you will receive.
Being in step with the law of life means working hard and well in
the world, creating order and harmony by our activity, serving life
everywhere, and dedicating the fruit of our labors to God. Being in step
with the law of Spirit is to renounce worldly activities and attachments
and devote ourselves to holy communion with God. One foot in the world,
the other in the Spirit; on the one hand hard work, on the other hand
surrender and faith in God; the Bible teaches us this two-part path of the
Soul's evolution towards perfection and Unity.
are enjoined to engage ourselves fully and meaningfully in hard work for
six days, and then rest on the seventh day, devoting that day in
thanksgiving to the Lord. It is not necessary to take the commandment
literally, rather it is the underlying sentiment that counts... we are to
spend most of our available time actively involved in the world and
renounce the fruit of our actions and dedicate them to the Lord; but in
addition to and separate from our work, we must also regularly set aside a
given time when we completely withdraw from worldly activity and devote
ourselves with full absorption in God alone. That is the meaning of this
third commandment. It can refer to a daily spiritual practice consisting
of meditation, prayer, devotional singing, or mantra, as well as a weekly
day of rest and devotion as would be taken from the literal meaning.
This, of course, is directly in line with Sai Baba's directions and
the ancient wisdom teachings, that mother and father are to be considered
divine, and to be loved and honored and respected. This is but a token
repayment in gratitude for the sacrifice they have undergone in bringing
us into the world, and lovingly nurturing us and raising us, while denying
themselves many of their own interests and comforts. Here is a
straight-forward statement of the Law of Karma... love your parents and
you will be loved as a parent... love your parents, and through your
loving attention help them to achieve a long and fulfilling life, then you
too will reach a long and prosperous life.
5. You shall not kill.
This is a short, simple statement, but this commandment may be
responsible, more than any other pronouncement ever made, for the small
but nevertheless significant changes in social attitudes that have come
about in the Western world in the past 3500 years, and which have given
rise to the slow but steady elevation of the world conscience. This is a
social and ethical injunction. It commands us to adjudicate our quarrels
and differences by turning to law rather than resorting to the sword. In effect it says, 'Keep your anger and your passions in
check. Be patient and cool and equanimous; think before you act.
Live as civilized, self-regulated and disciplined human beings. If
you willfully, needlessly or wantonly destroy life, then you will darken
your discrimination, heap sin upon yourself and thereby further separate
yourself from yourself and God. Even
within your own being you will become a stranger in a strange land,
remaining tightly bound-up by chains of your own making.' In its broadest
context this is a statement of Ahimsa; it is a commandment to honor and
respect all life. For the evolving soul the truth given in this
commandment is to cherish all life, for all are manifestations of the One