In a world rife with violence there is something that calls us to do better, to respect one another, build relationships and create community where peace will flourish. And that call comes to us from the heart of all the world’s great spiritual and faith traditions.
The Art of Living a Meaningful Life
Dr. Joel Vos, PhD, CPsy
The Charter for Compassion
The Golden Rule in Different Faiths/Beliefs/Spirituality
"And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself." Epistle to the Son of the Wolf. 1
"This is the sum of Dharma [duty]: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you". Mahabharata, 5:1517 "
"One should seek for others the happiness one desires for oneself."
"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." Luke 6:31, King James Version.
Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you" Doctrine of the Mean
He also expressed the Golden Rule in its positive form:
"Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence." Mencius VII.A.4
"This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you." Mahabharata 5:1517
The religion of the Incas:
"Do not to another what you would not yourself experience." Manco Capoc, founder of the empire of Peru.
"None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself." Number 13 of Imam "Al-Nawawi's Forty Hadiths." 3
A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated. "Sutrakritanga 1.11.33
"...thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.", Hebrew Scriptures (a.k.a. Old Testament) Leviticus 19:18
Native American Spirituality:
"All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One." Black Elk
Roman Pagan Religion:
"The law imprinted on the hearts of all men is to love the members of society as themselves."
"The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form" Munetada Kurozumi
"Compassion-mercy and religion are the support of the entire world". Japji Sahib
Sufism, the inner mystical dimension of Islam:
" If you haven't the will to gladden someone's heart, then at least beware lest you hurt someone's heart, for on our path, no sin exists but this." Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order.
"To those who are good to me, I am good; to those who are not good to me, I am also good. Thus all get to be good."
Unitarian Universalism (referred to as Unitarianism in some countries):
"The inherent worth and dignity of every person;"
"We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part."
Wicca: A modern Neo-pagan religion derived largely from Celtic sources. Their Wiccan Rede states:
"An it harm no one, do what thou wilt" (i.e. do what ever you will, as long as it harms nobody, including yourself).
"One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts."
"Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others." Shayast-na-Shayast 13:29
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