Contrary to common perception, the key requirement of a religion is not God but beliefs and practices, which must be followed by its people. Many religions like Buddhism and Sikhism have no belief in a deity, but no religion has beliefs and practices. Practices are often called rituals in religion, as they are mostly mechanically followed without understanding it. It is often a question of challenging these practices very severely. These practices are treated in a sacrosanct way and must be observed at any price by their followers. Beliefs are usually in the nature of faith or trust in a supreme reality called God or Spirit.
An example of these beliefs and practices are the Ten Commandments that occupied the main place in the three great monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. These commandments are
1. You will not have any other god before me.
2. Do not make a carved image
3. Do not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.
4. Remember the day of Saturday to keep you holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You will not kill.
7. Do not commit adultery.
8. Do not steal.
9. You will not have to make false testimonies against your neighbor.
10. Do not overwhelm the house, the woman, the servants or the property of your neighbor
Hinduism also has ten decrees that are prescribed as doing and not (nyam and niyam) in the yoga system. They are nonviolence (in speech, thoughts and mind), truthfulness, not wishing for the richness of others, the non-accumulation of material possessions, abstinence, cleansing (from body, mind, 39; soul), satisfaction, meditation, personal study and sacrifice.
Buddhism also provides five commandments that are:
1. Refrain from taking life. (no violence towards sensitive ways of life)
2. Refrain from taking what is not given. (do not commit theft)
3. Refrain from sensual misconduct. (the abstinence of immoral sexual behavior)
4. Refrain from lying. (always talking about the truth)
5. Refrain from intoxicants
Therefore, each religion prescribes some practices that are sacred to its followers. These practices, if followed from infancy, are gradually internalized by the person and become their second nature. A person who does not internalize these commandments may not experience the spiritual happiness of religion.
What is common in all the commandments?
Commandments can be different in each religion and also different from each other, but they have a common theme. What is the common theme or the essence of all the commandments?
All commandments seem to have only one goal, that is, abstain or, at least, control the desire of the body and the senses and develop the faith. The orders provide indications that are quite contrary to the natural reaction or the basic instinct of the man. The goal of all commandments is to discipline the body and mind.
For example, the orders ask the person who does not steal or seek the wealth of another person. This means that you will have to resist the will to take the strength of another person. People who do not commit adultery are asked to learn to control their sexual desires. You are asked to be true and not lie, which means controlling the illegal and immoral actions, as they are punishable and punishment can be avoided telling lies. In the same way, the accumulation of wealth is prohibited to Hinduism in order to ensure that the person does not enjoy much sensual pleasure and physical comforts of the material possession. Respect for the elderly is demanded because it is not a natural instinct, while love for the child is a basic instinct that is present in all animals.
The other parts of the commandments ask people to develop trust or faith or believe in an entity that is not seen and unknown, that is, beyond the conception of the body and the senses, that is, of God. The physical representation of God in any way is also prohibited because a man can not idolize God for the senses.
Thus, we can see that all the orders ask people to rise above the body and the senses by means of the help to follow these beliefs and practices. What is the real objective of these commandments, which first analyze the attempt to torture the body and mind?
Discipline of the body
All religions believe that all living things are created from the synthesis of the body and soul. The soul is the part of the Spirit or the universal soul or God while the body is the part of the material world that has the components of the world. Therefore, it is believed that the body is the reflection of the soul in the material world.
According to Indian philosophy, all living beings are in the different stages of evolution. While plants are in the body stage, animals have evolved to the stage of the body and mind. Humans are at the highest level of evolution, that is, the evolution of the body, mind and soul. The fate of evolution is to achieve the state of the Spirit or of God when the person achieves salvation, that is, his soul becomes God and releases the cycle of life and death.
Christ said that man should not only live for bread. It is because the destiny of the man is not living only as an animal and he does not feel happy or satisfied only by the satisfaction of the senses and the body. Animals can spend their whole life just eating and surviving. Live to eat But the man needs a lot more. Search for spiritual development and its destiny is to achieve the spirit. It only eats to live.
Nevertheless, the spiritual growth always is limited by the desire of the body that always influences in the body and the mind to fulfill its physical needs. However, physical needs are such that it can not be fulfilled even if it acquires the world's realm. Therefore, human beings have a natural desire to evolve towards the next stage of spiritual evolution, that is, to move from body to soul. However, spiritual evolution is not possible if man can not restrict the body, the senses, and the mind. This mystery explains to Gita (VI 6) in the next verse
The man who has won the self (being physical, that is, the mind and the body) with the help of his self (superior self, that is, soul or spirit), his soul is self-friend . If not, the soul of the man behaves like the enemy of the self.
Thus, the key to the spiritual growth of a person lies in the discipline of the body and mind, following the prescribed commandments of religions, which helps the man to control his body and his mind.
Internalize the commandments
The mechanical observance of the commandments does not always lead to spiritual goals unless the spirit of these commandments is internalized by the person. Almost all the learning processes of human beings are based on physical action or rituals. You must start by following certain "predefined" steps until you can internalize them. When learning driving, first learn all the rules, but gradually internalize these rules to the extent that you do not even have to think before putting the brakes or pressing the accelerator. Your desire is directly converted into the desired movement of the vehicle.
The same goes for other things in life, whether you are learning a piano, like maths or swimming or walking. Start with some "standard" steps and, little by little, you will learn the essence or soul of your own self (soul).
In the same way, the commandments are the "standard" steps of spiritual growth. You can initiate these steps initially without understanding correctly and simply following it mechanically. But, gradually, it begins to internalize them. Soon these actions become their natural reactions. Once internalized, these steps can be followed naturally and instinctively. Thus, a spiritually evolved person is not distracted by the wealth of another person, since he loses the desire for accumulation of wealth. He does not have the desire to greed his wife or commit adultery. The spiritual evolution is complete when all the commandments are so interiorised by the person that all actions flow naturally.
Why be spiritual?
For a normal person, spiritually it can represent a boring and boring life without any emotion and pleasure. Most people can question the need to be spiritual. What do we gain to become spiritual?
The fact is that you have no choice. All men and women are destined to evolve in the direction of the spirit. Spiritualism is the natural destiny of man rather than a matter of choice. Man suffers from life because he ignores his spirit and hears his body. All crimes and pain in this world only exist for this reason. The man's desire to relinquish body comfort and sensual pleasure brings him to the level of animals he has evolved. Evolution is a process in a way and can not go back in time, just as man can not be a child again or an old man can not be young again.
Therefore, unlike another animal, man does not achieve happiness even after obtaining everything he wants. His destiny is to become one with God and with all his creature. He can not avoid the suffering of the pain that exists in the body of others, since all beings have the same spirit. He can not help feeling sad when he sees the pain, injustice and suffering in this world. This desire is not there in animals, it is even more natural even in the lowest and humble of the man. A tiger can happily kill an unhappy animal without pain or fault and eat it, but a man feels the pain even seeing this cruelty in this world.
The journey to evolution towards the spirit goes through the stage of the soul. Here the person finds the truth "inside" and not "without". This is also known as the stage of enlightenment, since the person is able to discover his true self or his soul. He is able to understand the whole world from the knowledge of the self. At this stage, the person can jump to the final stage of the evolution, that is, of the Spirit when his identity is immersed in God or in the Spirit .
The importance of ten commandments
The ten beginnings of Judaism, Christianity and Islam or the commandments of other religions are, therefore, the means to achieve the illustrations, that is, the knowledge of the self and evolve as a soul . The commandments are not the end by itself, but simply a means of spiritual evolution. Therefore, the real meaning of the commandments can only be known if the person performs this journey of spiritual evolution and achieves enlightenment. One who only feels and reflects on it by logic and reason can not find any meaning. A famous Indian Sufi Suf Kabir has said correctly
Jin Dhodha Tin Payiya, Gahare Pani Paith,
Main Modhak dekhat Bhaya, Raha Kinare Baith
One who sought, he found the God, when he was submerged in the deep waters (or spirit)
I like a silly thing that I only saw next, because I could not dare to fall to the water