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The Golden Rule

5 September, 2006

Golden Rule Poster



This piece often floats around the Internet, but I thought of re-posting it because of it’s world-embracing feel. Also for me seeing the texts of different religious beliefs together is a great way of understanding their true essence, also it gives progressive revelation context.

Each faith follows teachings about the importance of respecting other people, faiths and cultures. These are central to the principles by which all followers of the religion decide to live their lives. Here is a selection of some of the ‘Golden Rules’:

Baha’i – Lay not on any soul which ye would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for any one the things ye would not desire for yourselves.This is My best counsel unto you, did ye but observe it. (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings, 128)

Buddhism – Just as a mother would protect her only child with her life, even so let one cultivate a boundless love towards all beings. (Khuddaka Patha, from the Metta Sutta)

Christianity – Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who ill-treat you. Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:28 & 6:31)

– This is the sum of duty: do nought to others which if done to thee would cause thee pain.(The Mahabharata)

Islam – No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. (Hadith)

Jainism – In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, regard all creatures as you would regard your own self. (Yoga-Sastra)

Judaism – What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man. (Talmud: Shabbat 31a)

Sikhism – One who performs selfless service, without thought or reward,
Shall attain his Lord and Master. (Guru Granth Sahib p.286)

Zoroastrianism – That nature only is good when it shall not do unto another whatever is not good for its own self. (Dadistan-I-Dinik 94.5)





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