On the battlefield with terrorists, in wars perpetrated over religious differences, and even in school hallways where children shoot their classmates, human beings are taking the lives of others. What person doesn't hear a little voice within asking, 'How can this be happening?'
At some point we begin to realize that violence begets violence, and that the human race is in a vicious cycle of aggression, often unable to find a way out. Yet we must, if we are to achieve what every true human being yearns for: peace.
But peace among neighbors, in families and across national and religious borders requires more than our ceasing to kill the physical body of another human being. Abd-ru-shin, in an essay from, The Ten Commandments of God & The Lord's Prayer, written in the 1930s, reminds us that 'life' is more than mere physical existence: it includes the human spirit. 'Thou Shalt Not Kill!' is directed toward protecting both the body and spirit in ourselves and in others.
The Fifth Commandment: Thou shalt not kill!
Yes, beat your chest, O man, and loudly give praise that you are no murderer! For to kill is surely to murder, and according to your conviction you have never transgressed this Commandment of the Lord. Proudly you can step before Him, and without fear and anxiety look hopefully forward to the opening of this particular page in your Book of Life.
But in this connection have you ever considered that for you there is also a deadening, and that to deaden means the same as to kill? There is no difference between them. You make it solely in your manner of expression, in your language; for the Commandment does not one-sidedly say: Thou shalt kill no gross material earth-life! But in a great, comprehensive, brief way: Thou shalt not kill!
For example, a father had a son. Petty ambition drove the father to insist that his son should study, at all costs. But this son possessed gifts that urged him to do something else, for which studying would be of no use to him at all.
So it was quite natural that inwardly the son felt no inclination for these enforced studies, nor was he able joyfully to summon up the energy. But the father demanded obedience, and the son obeyed. At the expense of his health he exerted himself to comply with his father's will. But since it was against the son's nature, against the gifts he bore within him, it was quite natural that his body also suffered under it.
Thou Shalt Not Kill A Divine Talent
I will not pursue the case here any further; it is so often repeated in life. But it is irrefutable that through his ambition or obduracy the father here sought to deaden something in this son which was given to the son to be developed on earth! In many cases it turns out that it is actually deadened, since its development in later life is then scarcely still possible, because the healthy main strength for it has been broken down in its prime, wantonly dissipated on things alien to the boy's nature.
Now the father thereby committed a severe offence against the Commandment: Thou shalt not kill! Quite apart from the fact that by his action he deprived men of something which could perhaps have been of great benefit to them through the boy! However, he must consider that although the boy is or can be spiritually related to him or to the mother, nevertheless before the Creator he remains a personality of his own, whose duty it is to develop for his own benefit the gifts he received on coming to earth.
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Perhaps through the Grace of God it was thereby also granted to the boy to redeem a heavy karma, in that he was meant to invent something which in a certain sense would bring great benefit to mankind!
This guilt of prevention weighs all the more heavily upon the father or upon the mother who set their petty earthly views above the great threads of fate, and thereby abused their parental power.
It is no different when parents are capable of allowing the paltry earthly calculations of their intellect to predominate in connection with their children's marriages. How often is a most noble intuitive perception of their child ruthlessly stifled thereby, when the child may indeed be given freedom from earthly cares, but with it a distress of soul which remains more incisive for the existence of the child than all the money and earthly possessions.
Thou Shalt Not Kill Hopes and Dreams
Naturally the parents should not indulge every dream or wish of a child. That would not be fulfilling their parental duty. But serious examination is demanded, which must never be one-sided in the earthly sense! Just this examination in a selfless way, however, is seldom or never applied by parents.
Yet the child can also stifle hopes of its parents which are justified! If it does not develop the gifts within as is necessary in order to achieve great things, once the parents have helpfully allowed the child to choose the path it asked for. Then, too, noble intuitive perceptions are destroyed in its parents, and it has grossly transgressed the Commandment!
Also when a man in some way disappoints the true friendship or confidence that someone gives him. He therewith kills and injures in the other person something which really harbors life!
You see that all the Commandments are only the best friends for men, to protect them faithfully from evil and suffering! Therefore love them and respect them as a treasure, the guarding of which brings you only joy!
In The Light of Truth: The Grail Message (Volume 1)
by Abd-ru-shin (Oskar Ernst Bernhardt).
In the Light of Truth: The Grail Message is a classic work that offers clear and perceptive answers to questions which challenge every human being. Written between the years 1923 - 1938, it is a collection of 168 essays addressing all spheres of life ranging from God and the Universe to the Laws in Creation, the meaning of life, responsibility, free will, intuition and the intellect, the ethereal world and the beyond, justice and love. It answers eternal questions such as what does it mean to be human, what is the purpose of life on Earth, and what happens to "me" when I die. In the Light of Truth: The Grail Message explains the causes and significance of the unprecedented crises facing humanity, and our responsibilities to the future.
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Author Oskar Ernst Bernhardt, wrote under the name Abd-ru-shin (1875-1941). His writings are translated into 17 languages and available in 85 countries around the world. In his essays, he explains the causes and significance of the unprecedented crises facing humanity, and our responsibilities to the future. 'Grail Foundation Press' is a branch of 'Stiftung Gralsbotschaft Publishing Company,' Stuttgart, Germany (copyright owner to all of Abd-ru-shin's writings.) Grail Foundation Press is a non-profit, non-denominational publisher whose titles support the spiritual development of the individual, while promoting international understanding. Grail Foundation Press, P.O. Box 45, Gambier, OH 43022. Phone: 740-392-3333 or 800-427-9217