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The Ten Commandments: List of Moral & Ethical principles for Good conduct

The Ten commandments are the set of Ethical Principles mentioned in the Bible, applicable even today to everyone. These commandments are followed by good people of faith; both in Christianity and Judaism.

The Ten Commandments

1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me

Worshipping of demi-gods, higher entities (both good and bad; angels and demons) or other powerful astral beings is beneficial, but still it is very limiting. One should worship 'the one and only' supreme God. Also sacrificing, worshipping idols for gifts is not good. One should love God for the sake of Love.

2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image

Any image or statue of God represents God, but people get attached to those images and fail to comprehend the reality of the omniscient God who pervades everywhere, and is not confined to any form.

3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain

Using God's name lightly is not just wrong, but affects negatively. It is same as losing faith in values that God represents; Using the Lord's name with reverence gives wisdom, where as loosely using Lord's name (or any other higher aspect for that matter) does not grant one the stillness one needs in his spiritual quest. Using 'Jesus Christ!', 'God damnit' in every other sentence only shows the shallowness of the mind which speaks. One should call God, Jesus and saints when they really mean. It gives more power to our call when we really mean it.

4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy

All Holy days must be observed with devotion and silence. One should think of holy things, greatness of the Lord and his saints, so that we too grow spiritually to be able to receive God's grace.

5. Honour thy father and thy mother

Parents' Love towards their offspring is one of the highest forms Love. Parents are sent by God to give us the glimpses of his true Love. So that we learn to appreciate his Love and try to seek his Love, which is True Love; The purest and the most satisfying.

6. Thou shalt not kill

Killing anyone for one's own benefit is a wrong act. Even the intentions of killing are wrong. One should clear one's mind of evil thoughts of harming others, one should not even kill or harm animals and plants unnecessarily. Only then can one reflect the Love of God.

7. Thou shalt not commit adultery

One should not have sexual desires outside of marriage. Talking to other women/ men with unwholesome intentions, or even looking at other women/ men with lust is not suitable for one made in the image of God. One should be satisfied with what gives him. Satisfaction is one of the prerequisites for a spiritual seeker.

8. Thou shalt not steal

Possession is a wrong thing already, wanting to possess which belongs to someone else is socially and spiritually degrading. One should strive to get what one wants using the strength God has given. And one should be happy with what one has as long as they fulfil necessities.

9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour

One should 'Love one's neighbour', falsely testifying against somebody out of jealously, greed, anger is not an act befitting the children of the all virtuous one.

10. Thou shalt not covet

One should not yearn to possess that which belongs to others rightfully. Yearning for wrong objects causes greed, anger, disappointments. One who desires to live with devotion to Lord, and with moral and spiritual values that lead to true happiness should not covet.


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