The Aphorisms of Summum and the Ten Commandments
When Moses received stone tablets on Mount Sinai inscribed with writings made by a divine being, he actually received two separate sets of tablets. 1
The first set of stone tablets was not inscribed with the Ten Commandments. Rather, they contained aphorisms of a Higher Law that held very profound and deep meanings. During his life, Moses had been initiated into an understanding of the inner, esoteric source of these aphorisms -- aphorisms that outlined principles underlying Creation and all of nature. 2
When Moses returned from Mount Sinai with the first set of tablets containing the aphorisms, he observed the immature behavior and attitude of the Israelites. Moses realized they were incapable of understanding the principles of Creation and were in no way ready for them. So Moses destroyed the stone tablets and revealed the aphorisms to a select few. 3 4
Moses returned to Mount Sinai and received a second set of tablets, tablets inscribed with lower laws that were more readily and easily understood by the Israelites. Upon those tablets were inscribed the Ten Commandments, basic laws that would provide a means for the Israelites to guide and develop themselves. 4
Today, just as then, many people are not ready to understand the aphorisms carved on those first tablets. The lower law of the Ten Commandments continues to provide a useful guide for those that understand them. Nevertheless, there are others who have developed to a point they are ready to examine and understand the aphorisms and principles of Creation. These aphorisms are the principles upon which the Summum philosophy is based. The aphorisms are the Principles of Summum and are the Principles of Creation.