It was made clear to me by God that He had indeed revealed the ten commandments to Moses. These were the only ethics that He has imparted to people outside of the land of India. It therefore needs special attention and should be incorporated into all religions that wish to worship God in various ways. The ten commandments are not all very clear so require interpretation. I will attempt to do so within the context of what I personally know about God and the ethics that I have learnt through my association with Him.
The Ten commandments given to Moses were:
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me 2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image 3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain 4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy 5. Honour thy father and thy mother 6. Thou shalt not kill 7. Thou shalt not commit adultery 8. Thou shalt not steal 9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour 10. Thou shalt not covet (neighbour’s house; neighbour’s wife; neighbour’s servants, animals, or anything else).
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. There are only the lower gods of the guna-consciousness triangle possible: millions from each of the points of the Trimurti triangle with Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva at the three corners to drive the sattvic (divine), rajasic (semi-divine) and tamasic (evil) characteristics of humanity, and worshipping them attaches oneself to the attributes of these gods, instead of that of Sri Krishna. All these gods are devas or asuras that do exist to drive the individual in their own directions. God is making that clear that He alone is above these gods and can override their powers. So it is not worth worshipping these gods.
2. Thou shalt not make any representation of me in your mind as to what I am as God, that is engrave God in one’s mind. It means that we need to live our lives free of Him pursuing our own living strategies instead of trying to find out what He is like. It is very difficult to know God except through the kind of detailed examination that I have undertaken. He can be anything. He is saying in effect that He will not come to reveal Himself to just any person. It has to be a very special person who can get to know Him. For the general public He is to be known from the teachings that we know have come from Him.
This commandment does not mean that idol worship is prohibited, for one can make idols and pictures of God Sri Krishna as well as any of the other lower gods of the guna-consciousness for worship or simply representation in a visible form.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain. He is saying that there is no point in taking His name for He is aloof and above the normal day to day functioning of humanity which is manifested through the gods of the guna-consciousness. There is no point in singing His praises or praying to Him for benefits.
4. Keep one day of the week holy. This is to say that He is in overcall control of the world no matter what the scientists say so do not go astray that material welfare is the only thing that will give you peace of mind and a satisfying life. So Sunday is recommended as a special day for spiritual pursuits such as meditation or yoga or worshipping the gods of the guna-consciousness or ones guru.
5. In honour thy father and they mother, God is saying that we must cherish the family life and obey our parents.
6. Thou shalt not kill. This needs to be qualified. Ahimsa (non violence/killing) is param (ultimate) dharma: but killing to protect dharma (for justice) is an even higher level of dharma as elaborated by Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Again the sanctity of marriage and family life is being emphasised.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. The importance of truthfulness and honesty is being emphasised.
10. Thou shalt not covet emphasises the need to curb ones desires of other people’s possessions.