The Real Ten Commandments
Thursday, April 20, 2017
The ten commandments have for a long time felt like an outdated set of rules of which many seem obvious and therefore largely uninspiring. No matter what our background, most of us know we’re not supposed to steal or kill or commit adultery. However what if there were deeper meanings to these age old set of rules? Kevin Niv Farrow has deciphered what he believes are the real hidden meanings of the ten commandments, which have inspiring and useful applications to our daily lives.
The second commandment associated with the energy centre chochma is ‘Thou shalt have no graven images.’ The esoteric meaning of this is very similar to
the famous Zen Buddhist anecdote of ‘If you meet the Buddha on the path – kill him.’ The deeper meaning of this means killing our idea of worshipping
someone or something outside of ourselves, rather than being a prohibition against statues and paintings. It is also an instruction against having
false imaginings of ourselves. Apart from the obvious point in worshipping false ideas, there is also the psychological problem that exists when we
look up to someone. Invariably we balance this by looking down on someone else. This is linked with chochma, because as the highest centre of the (energetic)
male pole, the energy of chochma is associated with going out, rather than going in. The famous Kabbalist Rebbe Nachman (1772 –1810), taught that
each of us should search for the righteous person within himself. When we project our search for ourselves outward onto others, even supposedly saintly
ones, then we leave the state of blessing, the state of oneness. In the Tao te Ching, this concept is stated simply as; ‘Not to honour men of worth
will keep the people from contention.’
The commandment associated with the energy centre tipereth is the sixth, ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ The esoteric meaning of this is to keep our hearts open. There is an old story about an English knight in the crusades, who met a Saracen knight in battle. The Saracen tipped him off his horse and was about to kill him when the English knight spat on him. At this gesture, the Saracen turned and walked away. The English knight, puzzled at the behaviour, got to his feet and ran after him. He asked why the Saracen had not killed him, particularly after he was spat upon. The Saracen, who was a Sufi, replied, ‘It is against my faith to kill when I am angry.’ The Englishman became the first English Sufi. A friend of mine who was a Buddhist Abbot, once explained the Chinese Buddhist understanding of killing. He said, ‘When you are going to kill cockroaches and other things, don’t do it with aversion and distaste. Keep your heart open and wish them a higher birth next time.’ The karma in this situation is what we do to ourselves and this is from how we do these things. Aversion contracts our hearts and minds. This is the real inner meaning of ‘Thou shalt not kill.’
The eighth commandment associated with the energy centre hod is ‘Thou shalt not steal.’ In an exoteric sense, this is a prohibition about moving things
from place to place. However, its inner meaning is about our deceit of ourselves. When we act from a lack of honour, we lose something essential.
The tenth commandment associated with malkhuth is ‘Thou shalt not covet.’ This commandment relates to the inner meaning of seeking anything outside of
ourselves. In seeking objects, we just begin the spiral of desire that will lead to unhappiness. Lao Tzu says in the Tao te Ching, ‘Not to honour men
of worth will keep the people from contention. Not to value goods which are hard to come by will keep them from theft, not to display what is desirable
will keep them from being unsettled of mind.’
The energy in our body is extremely sensitive. It responds instantaneously to our attitudes and thoughts. When we are angry, worried or sad, the energy
moves in a ‘contracting’ cycle. This is where the energy literally starts to contract and in doing so, specific organs and parts of our body are affected.
The energy cannot flow freely in these areas the way it should, so these parts of the body become compromised. Organs can’t perform their jobs properly,
we don’t feel happy and well, wounds won’t heal and pain and symptoms can start to appear.
Kevin is the Founder and Director of AcuEnergetics® as well as a Master AcuEnergetics® Practitioner and Teacher of AcuEnergetics®. Kevin has practised and studied meditation and the energetic system since 1974. He has taught since 2000 and his published writings, meditation CD’s and teachings have brought him worldwide recognition as a unique and practical meditation teacher and an expert in the field of energy medicine. He currently teaches in Australia, USA, India, Asia and Europe. For more information about Kevin, visit Kevin's full biography.