Ten Commandments

I have heard one beautiful story — it happened in the beginning when God created the world. God came to earth to ask different races about the ten commandments, the ten rules of life. The Jews have given so much significance to those ten rules — Christians also, Mohammedans also. All these religions are Jewish, the source is the Jew, and the Jew is the perfect businessman.

So God came to ask, he came to the Hindus and asked, “Would you like to have ten commandments?” The Hindus said, “What is the first? We must have a sample. We don’t know what these ten commandments are.” God said, “Thou shalt not kill.”

The Hindus said, “It will be difficult. Life is complex, killing is involved. It is a great cosmic play: there is birth, death, fighting, competition. If all the competition is taken away the whole thing will become flat, dull. We don’t like these commandments — they will destroy the whole game.”

Then he went to the Mohammedans and said, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” He also gave them one example — they had also asked for a sample. The Mohammedans said, “This will be difficult… life will lose all beauty. At least four wives are needed. You call it adultery, but this is all that life can give, all that a virtuous man should have. Who knows of the other world? This is the world; you have given it to us to enjoy and now you have come with these ten commandments. This is contradictory.”

God went around and around. Then he came to Moses, leader of the Jews. Moses never asked for a sample, and God was afraid: if Moses said no, nobody was left; Moses was the last hope. When God asked Moses — the moment God said, “I have ten commandments” — what did Moses reply? He said, “How much do they cost?”

This is how a businessman thinks: the first thing he wants to know is the cost.

God said, “They cost nothing.” And Moses said, “Then I will have ten. If they cost nothing, there is no problem.”

That’s how the ten commandments were born.

Osho – “A Bird on the Wing”

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