The Golden Rule
The Golden Rule is endorsed by all of the world’s spiritual traditions. If one is asked to recite its meaning, the response would be… “Treat everyone the way that you would expect to be treated.” Therefore, if you act a certain way toward one person, let’s say in kindness, then the rule often depicts that kindness will come to you. In the same token, if you act in a way that is offensive, you should not be surprised if the same treatment is given to you.
The founder of the Humanitarian Resource Institute, Stephen M. Apatow, has appealed to leaders of all faiths to focus on the Golden Rule and its meaning as one avenue to world peace.
Here is an excerpt from A Call to Action by Stephen M. Apatow, President and Founder of Humanitarian Resource Institute. Copyright © 1994-2010 Humanitarian Resource Institute. All rights reserved.
The Golden Rule Principle:
Baha’i: “Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.” — Baha’u’llah Gleanings
Buddhism: “Treat not others in ways that yourself would find hurtful.” — Udana-Varga 5.18
Confucianism: “One word which sums up the basis for all good conduct…loving kindness. Do not do to others what you would not want done to yourself.” — Confucius Analects 15:23
Christianity: “So in everything, do to others, what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets” — New Testament: MT 7:12 NIV
Druid: Each of us must take responsibility for acting in the best manner we can in every situation. There is no outside force imposing rules on us; no one else can tell you what your truth is, but you know it just the same. You know when you act from the same inner place where your divine Self reigns. And you know when you go against it: in those cases, you feel your ethics being trammeled, your conscience becoming numb, or the flow of your life being pushed out of its channel.
(Truth of Sovereignty — Truth reigns supreme) — Sutton & Mann Druid Magic: The Practice of Celtic Wisdom, pg 206.
Hinduism: “This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.” — Mahabharata 5:1517
Islam: “Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.” — The Prophet Mohammed, Hadith
Jainism: “One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.” — Mahavira, Sutravitanga
Judaism: “What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole torah; all the rest is commentary.” — Hillel, Talmad, Shabbat 31a
Native Spirituality: “We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive.” — Chief Dan George
Sikhism: “I am no stranger to no one; an no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all.” — Guru Granth Sahib, pg.1299
Taoism: “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbors loss as your own loss.” — T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien, 213-218
Unitarianism: “We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent of all existence of which we are a part.” — Unitarian principle
Wicca: “An it harm none, do what ye will.” — Wiccan Rede (Doreen Valiente 1964)
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Zoroastrianism: “Do not unto others what is injurious to yourself.” — Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29