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Kabbalah 401.10: The Tenth Word is the key to the first nine

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The Tenth and final Commandment is a reflection on the First Nine. What is the root of all sin? The answer: dissatisfaction.

You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, his manservant, his maidservant, his ox, his donkey, or whatever belongs to your neighbor.

The Word “Covet” is a little archaic. A more modern translation of the Hebrew Verbal root CHET MIM DALED Means “Desire”.

We can thus restate “Don’t desire your neighbor’s house, spouse, employees, livestock, or whatever belongs to your neighbor.”

If you were to follow this little rule, the rest comes quickly. If you can relinquish desire, then stealing, lying, and cheating are not even an option.

This Commandment is thus the Key to understanding the other Nine. This is very close to the Teachings of Siddharta Gautauma, the Buddha, about the Three Poisons, Desire, Anger and Delusion, which lead to evil.

Lao Tze taught something very similar to this Commandment:

44.1 Which is more important, your celebrity or your identity? Which is more valuable, your wealth or your health? Which is more self-destructive, winning or losing?
44.2 The greedy will spend the most. Hoarders will lose the most.
44.3 Be content, and you will not be ashamed. Know when to stop; you will be safe and live forever.

Are there really much difference between the Teachings of the Buddha, Lao Tse and Moses? The Metaphysician says “No”. There is something to be gleaned by studying all Three.

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