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Full text of "Sri Sai Baba`S:Charters And Sayings"

TWENTY-SEVENTH TALK         543

Of course, those are two sides of the same^ thing,
the passive and the active, as it were—passive, that
you shall do so hurt; active, that you shall do good.
People often say -(those who do not know them well)
that the Oriental religions are negative—that they
tell you not to do evil, but that they do not order any
particular action. It has been said that the idea
of service which we import into them is in reality a
Christian idea. Well, that is not so. It is true that,
in Christianity, that was expressed and emphasised
very strongly. It is not unfortunately so strongly
emphasised by the modem Christian. In the original
Christianity it stood out. u Let him that is greatest
among you be as he that doth serve." But you will
find the same» idea in the older religions too, if you
will only look for it.

Buddhism—people always speak of that as the
most negative of religions—certainly does give you
directions as to the things you must avoid. It has
its Five Commandments—though that is not a good
name—which tak^ the place of the Jewish Ten
Commandments; only the Jewish Commandments
are what their names implies; they say: ^Thou shall
not." The Buddhist religion does not say: "Thou
shall not/' though it asks its people to promise to
try to avoid certain things. To call them the Five
Commandments is quite wrong, there is no command
about them. The wording is; <( I observe the teach-
ing to refrain from doing so-and-so ... I observe