Recently I’ve encountered several articles, websites and conversations discussing the universality of The Golden Rule, also referred to as the “ethics of reciprocity.” Whenever I get that kind of synchronicity I feel that it’s a prompt to pay attention and share the wisdom…. so here you go. Talk amongst yourselves.
“Every religion emphasizes human improvement, love, respect for others, sharing other people’s suffering. On these lines every religion had more or less the same viewpoint and the same goal.” The Dalai Lama
Versions of the Golden Rule from different Wisdom Traditions:
Buddhism – Hurt not others with that which pains yourself. Udanavarga 5.18.
Christianity – Always treat others as you would like them to treat you. Matthew 7:12.
Confucianism – Do not unto others what you would not they should do unto you. Analects 15.23.
Hinduism – This is the sum of duty: Do nothing to others which if done to you, would cause you pain. Mahabharata 5.15.17
Islam – No one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself. Traditions.
Jainism – In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and therefore should refrain from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves. Yogashastra 2.20.
Judaism – What is hurtful to yourself do not to your fellow man. That is the whole of the Torah and the remainder is but commentary. Go learn it. Talmud.
Sikhism – As you deem yourself so deem others. Then you will become a partner in partner to Heaven. Kabir.
Taoism – Regard your neighbor’s loss as your own loss. T’ai shang kan ying p’ien.