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The distinction of the Old Ten Commandments and the New Spiritual Ten Commandments was introduced in 1997 in Puerto Rico by Dr. Francisco Coll, and during his tour in the U.S. continuing that year. Recently, these were shared again by Dr. Sandra Adler and Dorinda Fox for the benefit of people who may not have seen them; and they were read aloud as a basis for meditation with attendees during the monthly PCCI Fellowship Teleconference. Responses to the contrast between the Old and New commandments show their profound feeling impact on people.
The significance of the Spiritual Commandments contains a powerful message of freedom and inner direction. Spiritual Commandments are affirmative qualities or ways of being that are not proscriptive as in the Historical Ten Commandments. In other words, within the Spiritual Commandments, there is no "thou shall not" or "don't" for the conscious or subconscious mind to rebel against.
"Free will" as a spiritual basis for growth in consciousness is acknowledged. Inherent in the Spiritual Ten Commandments is the recognition of the Creator in all (God within); they are aspirations toward loyalty and respect for self and others on planet earth. The Spiritual Commandments are timeless ideals that can be unfolded to a deeper extent throughout an individual's lifetime(s).
Historical Ten Commandments
New Ten Commandments
|Thou shalt have no other gods before me||Sincerity: candor, earnestness, frankness, honesty, openness|
|Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven images||Loyalty: allegiance, constancy, devotion, faithfulness, fidelity|
|Thou shalt not take the name of the lord thy god in vain||Self-respect: admiration, esteem, consideration, reverence, regard|
|Remember the sabath day to keep it holy||Kindness to myself: benevolence, courtesy, generosity, tenderness, thoughtfulness|
|Honor thy father and mother||Reverence: tribute, veneration, adoration, honor, homage|
|Thou shalt not kill||Immortality: eternal, everlasting, timeless, endless, indestructible|
|Thou shalt not committ adultery||Magnanimity: goodwill, kindness, beneficence, charity, humanity|
|Thou shalt not steal||Generosity: altruism, benevolence, compassion, love, service|
|Thou shalt not bear false witness||Genuine: authentic, bonafide, valid, natural, sincere|
|Thou shlat not covet thy neighbor's goods||Contentment: gratification, peace, happiness, satisfaction, serenity|