Explained to mankind by Abd-ru-shin

The book “The Ten Commandments of God and The Lord's Prayer - Explained to Mankind by Abd-ru-shin” was published for the first time in Autumn 1929. With his explanations based on the knowledge about the workings of the laws of creation – such as mediated by him in the Grail Message – Abd-ru-shin opens for humanity of the present time a new access to the understanding of these ancient writings, which in religious thought even today are still bestowed a deep significance. The attentive reader will recognise the concrete and immeasurable help these texts hold for him, provided that he makes the effort to recognise the intention for which they were given to mankind.

Abd-ru-shin writes with regard to the “Ten Commandments”:

“Who takes the trouble to experience a Commandment thoroughly with his intuition. When one sees how thoughtlessly children and adults habitually treat the Commandments of their God, every serious-minded person could and should be horrified.

The Commandments are learned and superficially discussed at school. A person is happy if he has taken in the words, and can to some extent give answers concerning them, so long as there is any danger of his being questioned about them. When he leaves school to enter public life these words too are soon forgotten, and with them also the meaning. The best proof of the fact that he was not really interested at all in what his Lord and God demands of him.

But He does not even demand anything, but gives in love to all men what they really need! From the Light it was indeed perceived how far human beings were going astray. So, like a teacher, God faithfully showed them the way that leads them to Eternal Life in the Luminous Realm of the Spirit, thus to their happiness. Whereas disobedience must lead to misery and ruin for mankind!

Just for that reason it is not really correct to speak of Commandments. Rather they are very well-meant advice, pointing out the right way through the World of Matter, with which the human spirits themselves wished to become acquainted.
(from the chapter : “The Third Commandment”)

“You see that all the Commandments are only the best friends for men, to protect them faithfully from evil and from suffering! Therefore love them and respect them as a treasure, the guarding of which brings you only joy! –”
(from the chapter : “The Fifth Commandment”)




He who is able to read these words aright will doubtless already see in them the sentence for many who do not observe this most exalted of all the Commandments.

“Thou shalt have no other gods!”

Many a man reads far too little into these words. He has made it too easy for himself! In the first place he probably thinks of idolaters only as those people who kneel before a row of wooden figures, each one of which represents a particular god; perhaps thinks also of demon-worshippers and others similarly gone astray, at best calling them to mind with pity, hut he does not include himself among them.

Just take a look at yourselves calmly for once, and examine yourselves as to whether perchance you belong to them after all!

One has a child who really means more to him than anything, for whom he could make any sacrifice, forgetting all else. Another sets earthly pleasure far above everything, and with the best volition would in the end be absolutely incapable of renouncing this pleasure for anything, if he were faced with such a challenge as afforded him a voluntary decision. A third again loves money, a fourth power, a fifth a woman, - another earthly distinction, and again in all these things they all ultimately love only ... themselves!

That is idolatry in the truest sense. The First Commandment warns against it! Forbids it! And woe to him who does not obey it to the letter!

This infringement avenges itself immediately, for such a person must always remain earthbound when he passes over into the Ethereal Realm. In reality however he has only bound himself to the earth through the propensity for something which is upon earth! He is thus held back from further ascent, loses the time given to him for it, and runs the risk of not emerging from the Ethereal Realm in time to rise therefrom to the Luminous Realm of the free spirits.

He will then he swept along into the inevitable disintegration of all material substance, which serves to purify it for its resurrection and its new formation. But for the human soul this is spiritual death to all the personal consciousness it had developed, and therewith also the destruction of its form and its name for eternity!

Obedience to this Commandment is meant to give protection from this terrible fate! It is one of the most exalted Commandments, because it remains the one most necessary to man! Unfortunately, he is all too apt to yield to some propensity which finally enslaves him! But whatever he allows to become a propensity he therewith makes into a golden calf, which he sets in the highest place, and thereby also as a false deity or idol beside his God, very often even above Him!

Unfortunately there are only too many “propensities” which man has created for himself, and which with the utmost thoughtlessness he readily adopts! A propensity is the predilection for something earthly, as I have already pointed out. Naturally there are still many more of them.

But he who acquires a propensity is “caught”, as the word correctly indicates. Thereby he is caught by the gross material when he enters the beyond for his further development, and cannot easily detach himself again from it; he is thus retarded, held back! It can indeed also he called a curse that is a perpetual burden to him. The process is the same, no matter how it is expressed in words.

If in his life on earth, however, he puts God above all else, not only in his imagination or merely in words, hut in his intuitive perceiving, thus truly and genuinely, in reverential love that hinds him as if to a propensity, then through the binding he will at once strive upwards through the same effect when he enters the beyond; for he takes with him the reverence and love for God; it supports him and finally bears him into Paradise, the abode of the pure spirits who have become free from all burdens, and whose binding leads only to God's Luminous Truth!

Therefore pay strict attention to the keeping of this Commandment. You will he protected thereby from many unfavourable threads of fate.


The first commandment: I am the Lord Thy God!
You shalt have no other Gods but Me!
The second commandment: Thou shalt not take the Name
of the Lord Thy God in vain!
The third commandment: Thou shalt keep the Sabbath Day Holy!
The fourth commandment: Thou shalt honour Father and Mother!
The fifth commandment: Thou shalt not kill!
The sixth commandment: Thou shalt not commit adultery!
The seventh commandment: Thou shalt not steal!
The eighth commandment: Thou shalt not bear false witness
against Thy neighbour!
The nineth commandment: Do not let Thyself lust after
Thy neighbour's wife!
The tenth commandment: Thou shalt not covet Thy neighbour's
house, nor his farm, nor his cattle,
nor anything that is his!
The Lord's prayer