The fact that there is another commandment which says “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife” plainly shows how little the interpretation commonly given to this sixth commandment by mundane law, corresponds to its real and true meaning.
It says “Thou shalt not commit adultery”. The words should rightly be: “Thou shalt not destroy, undermine or vitiate conjugal peace.” Peace naturally includes harmony.
Peace and harmony are the conditions of a true marriage, but where they are missing there is nothing to destroy or disturb, in which case the commandment has no validity, for it refers to what God wills and does not apply to what man understands or prescribes.
As a matter of course, a true marriage is only possible where peace and harmony reign, where the one partner only lives for the other's sake, seeking to gladden his life, where disloyalty (often the result of dull and irksome tedium), is from the beginning, once and for all, out of the question.
Other evils that undermine and destroy happiness are the dangerous craving for distraction or pleasure and the craze of not being understood. Just these evils can never exist in a real marriage where one lives for the other. The longing for pleasure and the craze of not being understood are the attributes characteristic of pronounced selfishness, of those who seek to live for themselves alone, not for others.
Where two souls are united in true love, self-sacrifice will be reciprocal and it would be impossible for one party to be at a disadvantage, always presupposing that the cleft in their respective breeding and education is not too wide. It is the attraction of the homogeneous (the Cosmic Law) that makes this condition of true and complete happiness.
A union where peace and harmony are missing does not deserve to be called marriage, nor is it true marriage but only a mundane contract which has no value in the sight of God and consequently is not blessed in the same way as a true marriage may expect to be.
The sixth commandment only refers to true wedlock after God's Will. That it should be so, is a strict condition, no other sort of marriage is protected by this law.
But woe unto him who dares, in any way, to disturb a true marriage! The triumph that he thinks is his in this world, awaits him in the ethereal world in quite a different shape and he would fain flee in terror when he goes over to where he will have to face it.
Taken in its widest sense, it is trespassing against this commandment when parents try to separate two who are attached to each other in true love. Parents often do this in cases where some accompanying circumstance does not agree with their worldly interests. And again woe unto the woman, woe unto the man, be they young or old, who sow discontent, in the minds of such a couple or make mischief between them either from motives of envy or merely in play without serious intent. Pure love between two human beings shall be holy to every one, shall inspire every man with reverence and respect but not envy! For this love stands under the protection of God's Will.
Should the impure feeling of envy try to assert itself in a man's breast, let him turn aside and carefully look among men for an individual who has not entered into a true union with another soul.
Should such a man seek seriously and patiently he will surely find a soul that harmonises with his as God wills and with whom he can be happy without burdening himself with guilt which can never make him happy.
The great fault of these trespassers is that they give way to a feeling, at first but vague, to which they cling and nourish, till this artificial product of their imagination grows to be a great power tormenting and impelling them to sin.
If they would let themselves be guided by discretion and prudence from the very beginning, thousands of souls would not be lost, for where not prompted by selfish and mercenary calculations their proceeding is but foolish dallying unworthy of human beings. This again originates in the pernicious practices customary in modern families and more especially in modern society. Very often the latter is simply a marriage market no better than the slave markets of the East, veritable breeding places for adultery.
Have a care, parents, that you do not, for worldly reasons, undermine and vitiate the happiness of your children, and thus make yourselves guilty of trespassing against this commandment. Parents do this in innumerable cases and they will find it hard to atone for their wrong-doing. And you children be careful you do not undermine and destroy your parents' peace and happiness! Otherwise you will also be guilty of this sin. You will be making yourselves enemies of God and no such will escape the torments of disintegration when the end comes. It will not be necessary for God to move a finger. You must never sow discord between two people! Drum that principle well into your minds that is may ever be a constant warning to your soul!