Let's start with the basics, shall we?

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The GOLDEN RULE can be found in ALL the major world religions. Here is a small random sampling:

  • Hinduism... "This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done unto you." - Mahabharata 5:1517

  • Judaism... "That which is hateful unto you, do not impose on others." - Talmud, Shabbat 31a

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

  • Christianity... "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise" - Luke 6:31

  • Zoroastrianism... "That nature only is good when it refrains from doing unto another whatever is not good for its own self" - Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5

  • Sikhism... "The minds of all are like precious jewels; to harm them is not good at all." - Shri Guru Granth Sahib, Section 41 - Shaloks Of Shaykh Fareed Jee

  • Islam... "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."

  • 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.

  • Baha'i Faith... "Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself." - Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah,71

In my opinion, this common thread alone should tell us that there is an intrinsic and essential truth to them all which then really begs the question - Why is it so difficult to believe that maybe they all came from God? What do you think? (I realize that this is my first post and I am probably not going to get any responses, but you gotta start somewhere right?)


Anonymous said...

Om Shanti darling! excellent thread! I was wondering if you have ever read/studied any Joseph Campbell? He also talks about the "similarities" across religion (although he uses the terminology myth) you might enjoy looking at the symbolism - for instance many/most religions have a flood story....interesting stuff.

lokah samastha sukhino bhavanthu

Justin Johnson said...

Hey Aminda! I haven't read Joseph Campbell, but I would definitely be interested to read some of his stuff. Thanks for the heads up! Just recently I had been turned on to the whole "mythos" and "logos" thing by Karen Armstrong and I ordered her brand new book that came out - "A Case for God". It looks fascinating.

Justin Johnson said...

And I have to say I love your closing mantra...I did not know what it meant so I looked it up! - "let all the people in the world be happy" - I love it. Now I am going to have to use that all the time.

And thanks for commenting on my blog! You made my night! Miss you and hope to see you again someday!

The Peddicord Post said...

I find it very interesting the similarities between the various quotes.

Justin Johnson said...

Thanks for posting Peddicord! I have always thought it was really meaningful, unless of course you want to say that they all stole from the oldest religion (in this list) which is Hinduism). LOL! ;-)

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