Spiritual commandments – Emma Hardinge Britten

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I.-Thou shalt search for truth in every department of being-test, prove, and try if what thou findest is truth, and then accept it as the Word of God.

II.-Thou shalt continue the search for truth all thy life, and never cease to test, prove, and try all that thou deemest to be truth.

III.-Thou shalt search by every possible means for the laws that underlie all life and being; thou shalt strive to comprehend these laws, live in harmony with them, and make them the laws of thine own life, thy rule and guide in all thine actions.

IV.-Thou shalt not follow the example of any man or set of men, nor obey any teaching or accept of any theory as thy rule of life that is not in strict accordance with thy highest sense of right.

V.-Thou shalt remember that a wrong done to the least of thy fellow-creatures is a wrong done to all; and thou shalt never do a wrong wilfully and consciously to any of thy fellow-men, nor connive at wrong-doing by others without striving to prevent or protesting against it.

VI.-Thou shalt acknowledge all men’s rights to do, think, or speak, to be exactly equal to thine own; and all rights whatsoever that thou dost demand, thou shalt ever accord to others.

VII.-Thou shalt not hold thyself bound to love, or associate with those that are distasteful or repulsive to thee; but thou shalt be held bound to treat such objects of dislike with gentleness, courtesy, and justice, and never suffer thy antipathies to make thee ungentle or unjust to any living creature.

VIII.-Thou shalt ever regard the rights, interests,’ and welfare of the many as superior to those of the one or the few; and in cases where thy welfare, or that of thy friend, is to be balanced against that of society, thou shalt sacrifice thyself or friend to the welfare of the many.

IX .-Thou shalt be obedient to the laws of the land in which thou dost reside, in all things which do not conflict with thy highest sense of right.

X.-Thy first and last duty upon earth, and all through thy life, shall be to seek for the principles of right, and to live them out to the utmost of thy power; and whatever creed, precept, or example conflicts with those principles, thou shalt shun and reject, ever” remembering that the laws of right are-in morals, JUSTICE; in science, HARMONY; in religion, THE FATHERHOOD OF GOD, THE BROTHERHOOD OF MAN, the immortality of the human soul, and compensation and retribution for the good or evil done on earth.

The Ten Laws of Right

I.-TEMPERANCE in all things, whether physical. mental, moral, affectional, or religious.

II.-JUSTICE to all creatures that be-justice being the exercise of precisely the same rules of life, ~onduct, thought, or speech that we would desire others to obey.

IlI.-GENTLENESS in speech and act-never needlessly wounding the feelings of others by harsh words or deeds; never hurting or destroying aught that breathes, save for the purposes of sustenance or self-defence.

IV .-TRUTH in every word or thought spoken or acted; but reservation of harsh or unpleasing truths where they would needlessly wound the feelings of others.

V.-CHARITY-charity in thought, striving to excuse the failings of others; charity in speech, veiling the failings of others; charity in deeds, wherever, whenever, and to whomsoever the oppor- tunity offers.

VI.-ALMSGIVING-visiting the sick and com- forting the afflicted in every shape that our means admit of, and the necessities of our fellow-creatures demand.

VII.-SELF-SACRIFICE, wherever the interests of others are to be benefited by our endurance.

VIII.-TEMPERATE yet firm defence of our views of right, and protest against wrong, whether to ourselves or others.

IX.-INDUSTRY in following any calling we may be· engaged in, or in devoting some portion of our time, when otherwise not obliged to do so, to the service and benefit of others.

X.-LOVE.-Above and beyond all, seeking to cultivate in our own families, kindred, friends, and amongst all mankind generally, the spirit of that true and tender love which can think, speak, and act no wrong to any creature living; remembering always that, where love is, all the other principles of right are fulfilled beneath its influence and embodied in its monitions.

We should ever hold the above-stated principles of right to be obligatory upon all men, as they are the deductions evolved from the laws of being; and, therefore, in strict harmony with the divine order of creation. All views of science are dependent on human intelligence and the unfoldments of intellectual knowledge. All views of theology are dependent upon intuitive perceptions, faith, or testimpny arising from varying sources-hence, man’s opinions concerning science and theology are subject to change, and dependent on the circumstances of nationality, intellectual training, or incidents peculiar to personal experiences ; but the religion of right, morality, and love, and the commandments of life-duty, originating from the fundamental principles inherent in life and being, can never change until man ceases to be, or the harmonies of the universe are themselves changed or annihilated.

NOTE : These commandments would later be refined and condensed into the 7 Principles of Spiritualism. Excerpt taken from ‘ On the road or the spiritual investigator’ – EHB 1878