The Oneness of the Human Family: The Golden Rule

Courtesy, The Temple of Understanding, A Global Interfaith Association; headquarters, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY.

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

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

Christianity: "All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." — Matthew 7:12

Confucianism: "Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you." — Analects 15:23

Hinduism: "This is the sum of duty: do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you." — Mahabharata 5:1517

Islam: "No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself." — Sunnab

Jainism: "In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self." — Lord Mahavir 24th Tirthankara

Judaism: "What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. That is the law: all the rest is commentary." — Talmud, Shabbat 31a

Native American: "Respect for all life is the foundation." — The Great Law of Peace

Sikhism: "Don't create enmity with anyone as God is within everyone." — Guru Arjan Devji 259. Guru Granth Sahib

Zoroastrianism: "That nature only is good when it shall not do unto another whatever is not good for its own self." — Dadistan-i-Dinik, 94:5

(From Sunrise magazine, October/November 1993)

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