Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ten Commandments (Principles of Aryasamaj)

1. THE SOURCE OF TRUTH: The first (efficient) cause of all true knowledge and all that is known through knowledge is Parmeshvara ( the Highest Lord, i.e God)
                                       "Him who is our Protector, Progenitor, ordainer,
                                         Him who knows all places and beings,
                                         Him who is one Assigner of names to all entities-
                                         Aye, Him all else that is, points to-
                                         As the One Enquired about."
                                                                                                      -Rig Veda, X. 82. 3.

2. THE ONE ADORABLE: Ishvara (God) is existent, intelligent, and blissful. He is formless, omniscient, just, merciful, unborn, endless, unchangeable, beginning-less, unequaled, the support of all, the master of all, omnipresent, immanent, unaging, immortal, fearless, eternal and holy, and the maker of all. He alone is worthy of being worshiped.

3. THE SCRIPTURE OF TRUTH: Vedas are the scripture of true knowledge. It is the first duty of the Aryas (well being) to read them, teach them, recite them, and hear them being read.

4. BELIEF IN TRUTH: One should always be ready to accept the truth and give up untruth.

5. PRACTICE OF TRUTH: One should do everything according to the dictates of dharma, i.e., after due reflection over right and wrong.

6.THE IDEAL OF UNIVERSAL GOD: Doing good to the whole world is the primary object of this Society, i.e, to look to its physical, spiritual, and social welfare.

7. THE DUTY OF LOVE: Let the dealings with all be regulated by love and justice, in accordance with the dictates of dharma.

8. VIDYA AND AVIDYA: One should promote Vidya (realization of subject and object) and dispel Avidya (illusion).

9. SELF- GREATER AND SMALLER: One should not be content with one's own welfare alone, but should look for one's own welfare in the welfare of all.

10. DUTY AND LIBERTY: One should regard one's self under restriction to follow altruistic rulings of society, while in followin rules of individual welfare all should be free.

These ten principles has been taken from a book by Shri Chamupati M.A., a scholar. The book is 'Ten Commandments- Principles of Aryasamaj'.