Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Golden Rule

Living in a world that is literally infatuated with wars, all kinds of discriminations and violation of human rights makes the following words appealing to me:

The Golden Rule

Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways you yourself would find hurtful.” Udana-Varga, 5:18

Bahai’i: “And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou chooses for thyself.” Lawh’I ‘Ibn’I ‘Dhib, “Epistle to the Son of the Wolf” 30

Christianity: “ In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” Mathew, 7.12

Confucianism: “Do not unto others what you do no want them to do to you.” Analects, 15.13

Hinduism: “This is the sum of duty: do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.” The Mahabharata, 5:1517

Islam: “Not one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” Fortieth Hadith of an-Nawawi, 13

Jainism: “A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated.” Sutrakritanga, 1.11.33

Judaism, “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor: that is the whole of the Torah; all the rest of it is commentary.” Talmud, Shabbat, 31a

Native American: “Respect for all life is the foundation.” The Great Law of Peace

Sikhism: “Treat others as though wouldst be treated thyself.” Adi Granth

Taoism: “Regards your neighbor’s gain as our own gain and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.” T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien

Zoroastrianism: “That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself.” Dadistan-I-Dinik, 94:5

from: Tanenbaum Center for Interreligous Understanding


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