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The following article is excerpted from
ENLIGHTENMENT 101:
  A GUIDE TO GOD-REALIZATION AND HIGHER HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

a work in progress, and has been reproduced here with the kind permission of John White.
John White is the author of Pole Shift and other books including  THE MEETING
OF SCIENCE AND SPIRIT

THE GOLDEN RULE:

A UNIVERSAL GUIDE FOR ENLIGHTENED BEHAVIOR


The Golden Rule is perhaps the oldest ethical proposition of distinctly universal character.  This ethic of reciprocity is found in the Scriptures of nearly all religions.  It is widely regarded as the most concise and general principle of ethics.  It is, for me, also a demonstration the unity of sacred traditions with regard to their views of human nature.  I have compiled these variants of the Golden Rule from secondary sources, and would welcome additional examples and more specific references from readers.

African Traditional Religions
One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts.   - Yoruba Proverb (Nigeria)

Bah'ai
Lay not on any soul a load which ye would not wish to be laid upon you and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.- Baha'u'llah, Nineteenth Century A.D.

Buddhism
Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. - Udana-Varga, 5:18, Sixth Century B.C.

Christianity
Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them. - Jesus Christ, First Century A.D. (Matthew 7:12; see also Luke 6:31)

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.   - Jesus Christ (Matthew 22:39)

Classical Paganism
May I do to others as I would they should do unto me. - Plato, Fourth Century B.C.

Confucianism
Tsekung asked, "Is there one word that can serve as a principle of conduct for life?"  Confucius replied, "It is the word shu-reciprocity:  Do not unto others what you would not have them do to you".  - Analects, 15:23, Sixth Century B.C.

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.

Hinduism
Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you. - Mahabharata 5:1517, Third Century B.C.

One should not behave toward others in a way which is disagreeable to oneself.  This is the essence of morality.  All other activities are due to selfish desire.  - Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva 113.8

Islam
No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother what he desires for himself.  - Muhammad, Sixth Century A.D., Sunnab

Jainism
In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves. - Lord Mahavir, Fifth Century, B.C., 24th Tirthankara

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

Judaism
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.   - The Torah (Leviticus 19:18)

What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man; that is the whole Torah; all the rest of it is commentary; go and learn.   - Rabbi Hillel, First Century A.D. citing Talmud, Shabbat 31a

Native American
Do not condemn your brother until you have walked a mile in his moccasins. -
[Source, date?]

Sikhism
Treat others as thou wouldst be treated thyself. - [Guru Nanak?], Sixteenth
Century A.D.

Don't create enmity with anyone as God is within everyone.  - Guru Arjan Devji 259, Guru Granth Sahib

Taoism
Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and regard your neighbor's loss as your own loss. -[Source, date?]

Zoroastrianism
Do not do unto others all that which is not well for oneself. - Dadistan-i-Dinik, 94:5, Fifth Century B.C.

PEOPLE IN THE SECULAR WORLD HAVE DISCOVERED THE SAME GREAT TRUTH

He that does good to another does good also to himself, not only in the consequence but in the very act.  For the consciousness of well-doing is in itself ample reward. - Seneca [First Century A.D.]

The duty of man.is plain and simple, and consists of but two points-his duty to God, which every man must feel; and, with respect to his neighbor, to do as he would be done by.  - Thomas Paine

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.   - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

The author, John White, compiled these variants of The Golden Rule from secondary sources, and would welcome additional examples and more specific references from readers.  He may be reached at jwhite8011@aol.com
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