VI. Thou shalt not kill.
VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
VIII. Thou shalt not steal.
IX. Thou shalt not give false evidence against thy neighbour.
X. Thou shalt not set thy heart on thy neighbour’s house. Thou shalt not set thy heart on… any of thy neighbour’s possessions.
- Firstly, allow me to apologise for the omission of the entire list in the Tenth Commandment; the last line sums it all up.
- Secondly, Commandments VII, VIII and X are practically all the same. The act of adultery is the coveting or setting of “one’s heart on” or desire to have that which is not already yours in pleasure. Lust is the sin of the Seventh Commandment – a lack of contentment of sensual desire already satisfied and the lack of discipline toward current and further sensory desire.The Eighth Commandment is outright Avarice – to steal is to seek to have that which is another’s and claim it for thyself. In this way, our desire to have that which we do not already have – the lack of contentment and impulse control for the sensory is the same as the Seventh.
In the Tenth, it capitalises on the Seventh and Eight. It tells us that not only is the ACT of stealing and adultery wrong, but merely the setting of “one’s heart” on the desired object is a sin.
- Truthfully, I realised, it is the desire that gets us in trouble. Because I desire something so, I shall make it happen. If I desire a man dead, I shall cause it so, and so forth.CONCLUSION:
It is not enough that we simply restrain ourselves from the act by a stifling suppression of our true inner desire(s), which will in time erupt like a volcano and cause a more catastrophic event, but rather, we must learn to stay the very desire to do the act.
While, I am not saying this is easy for the common man, it does provide a clear way:
- Step 1: Restrain from the Act.
- Step 2: Surrender the burden of the Act and of the desire unto God (in accordance with the First and Second Commandments.
- Step 3: Through constant practice of devotion and concentration, through the realisation of the impermanence of this world, be rid of the desire.
- God knows this is difficult but, “where there is a will, there is a way.”
Blessings of Light & Love!