The ten commandments

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Osho says, “That which is unnatural cannot be moral.”

Ten commandments marble slab

I have heard an ancient story…

God had made the world. On the sixth day everything was complete, just one thing was missing – a moral code. So he went around to the Babylonians, the Egyptians, the people who lived on the drowned continent of Atlantis, and he asked them, “Do you want a commandment?”

Everybody asked, “What is a commandment?” Somebody said, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

The Egyptians said, “Then what shall we do? The whole life will lose interest! We don’t want any such commandment.”

God was getting tired when he found Moses. He asked, “Do you want a commandment?”

Just like a fundamentalist Jew, Moses asked, “How much?”

God said, “Free!”

He said, “Then I will have ten.”

Those ten commandments are torturing Jews, Mohammedans, Christians. Although these people are not criminals, Moses or Jesus, they are sources of certain criminality. For example, all the religious leaders of the world have made celibacy one of the most moral acts. And it is one of the most immoral acts because it it unnatural.

That which is unnatural cannot be moral.

Osho, Hari Om Tat Sat, Ch 14, Q 1 (excerpt)

Note by Osho News: The image shows three views of the Ten Commandments marble slab (Heritage Auctions). This tablet was likely inscribed in Samaritan during the late Roman or Byzantine era between 300 and 800 CE.

Series compiled by Shanti
All excerpts of this series can be found in: 1001 Tales

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