International Golden Rule Day
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Today is the third observance of International Golden Rule day. This day was founded by Ambassador Mussie Hailu in Ethiopia. It is endorsed by the United Nations and celebrated by various groups around the globe.
One of those groups, of which I am a member, is The Charter for Compassion. The Charter bases its ideology on the Golden Rule, which each culture around the world has a version of in their sacred writing or teaching.
What is the Golden Rule? The First Peoples of the Americas have passed the following down to us.
"Respect for all life is the foundation." The Great Law of Peace
"All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One." Black Elk
The following are other versions of this truth listed in alphabetical order.
"And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself." Epistle to the Son of the Wolf.
"Hurt not others with that which pains yourself." Udana-Varga 5:18
"This is the sum of Dharma [duty]: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you." Mahabharata, 5:1517
"Tzi-Kung asked, 'Is there one principle upon which one's whole life may proceed?'
The Master replied, 'Is not Reciprocity such a principle?-what you do not yourself desire, do not put before others.'" Doctrine of the Mean 13.3
"This is the sum of all true righteousness - Treat others, as thou wouldst thyself be treated. Do nothing to thy neighbor, which hereafter thou wouldst not have thy neighbor do to thee." Mahabharata 5:1517
"Do unto all men as you would wish to have done unto you; and reject for others what you would reject for yourself." Mishcat Ul Masabih
"In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self." Lord Mahavira, 24th Tirthankara
"What is hurtful to yourself do not to your fellow man. That is the whole of the Torah and the remainder is but commentary." Talmud, Shabbat 31a
"Do what you will as long as it harms none." The Wiccan Rede
If we are all saying the same thing, why is it so difficult to do?
Moses, Jeffrey. Oneness: Great Principles Shared by all Religions. Fawcett Columbine Publishers: New York. 1989