(As laid out by the Center for Sacred Sciences.)
The five fundamentals are a modern expression of the basic principles taught by the mystics of all the great religious traditions of the world. Although the mystics have expressed this Truth in various symbolic terms appropriate to their time and place, the fundamental principles expressed by all these teachings are the same. The five fundamentals are a modern expression of these same principles, appropriate to our time and place. Because the Truth they point to is ineffable, these fundamentals are merely fingers pointing to that Truth, and are not the Truth itself.