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Monday, October 21, 2013

Five or Fourteen Quotes on the Golden Rule...


I find this amazing...that the Golden Rule (or the Original Truth), which of course is a blueprint on how we as humans should treat one another, is said across the board in every religion, faith, and non-faith. While the actual words that are said may change, these all still say the same thing...be nice to one another! This is so easy but also so difficult. Such a simple task but we still don't seem to grasp it, at least not entirely (I speak for myself here). Anyhow, this is by no means a a complete list--just a few that stood out to me--and they are in no particular order.

Christianity

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7:12

Love your neighbor as yourself.
Matthew 39

Judaism

Love your neighbor as yourself.
Leviticus 19:18

What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow men. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.
The Talmud

Hinduism

This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.
Mahabharata 5:1517

Islam

None of you has faith until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.
Number 13 of Imam "Al-Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths."

Native American

Do not wrong or hate your neighbor. For it is not he who you wrong, but yourself.
Pima proverb

Taoism

Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.
T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien.

The sage does not dwell on his own problems. He is aware of the needs of others.
Tao Teh Ching, Chapter 49

Zoroastrianism

Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others.
Shayast-na-Shayast 13:29

Jainism

A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated.
Sutrakritanga 1.11.33

Buddhism

Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.
Udana-Varga 5:18

Confucianism

Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you.
Analects 15:23

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

More Five Quotes.
Urban Simplicity.




2 comments:

lagatta à montréal said...

That was lovely. Although I'm not a vegan, or even a vegetarian (though I don't eat a meat-heavy diet) I loved the Jain quote. It is very important that we think of all creatures and act on their behalf. Didn't Saint Francis and the Buddha say the same?

Joe George said...

Lagatta...thank you, and I'm not sure what they said regarding this, but i would imagine that both St. Francis and the Buddha were vegetarians if not vegans. I myself eat a very meat-light diet and go through periods where I don't eat any (not vegan as I still consume dairy, eggs, and cheese), but I haven't consumed actual meat in a couple months which is odd because I have to cook it for others on a daily basis.