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Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Golden Rule

This is the Golden Rule from various traditions. We will be using this liturgy tonight at the United Religions Initiative Thanksgiving Dinner. We are diverse, yet at our core are one.

From everywhere on Earth
In all languages and faiths,
We hear wisdom.

Hinduism:
This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.[i]

Baha’i:
Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.[ii]

Islam:
Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.[iii]

Buddhism:
Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.[iv]

Judaism:
What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary.[v]

Jainism:
One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.[vi]

Zoroastrianism:
Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.[vii]

Unitarianism:
We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.[viii]

Christianity:
In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.[ix]

Sikhism:
I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all.[x]

Taoism:
Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.[xi]

Confucianism:
One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct…lovingkindness. Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.[xii]

Native Spirituality:
We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive.[xiii]

We have heard the wisdom of the Golden Rule.
May we do as we have heard.



[i] Mahabharata 5:1517
[ii] Baha’u’llah, Gleanings
[iii] The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith
[iv] Udana-Varga 5.18
[v] Hillel, Talmud
[vi] Mahavina, Sutrakritanga
[vii] Shayast-ni-Shayast 13.29
[viii] Unitarian Principle
[ix] Jesus, Matthew 7:12
[x] Guru Granth Sahib, pg. 1299
[xi] T’ai Shang Kan Ning P’ien, 213-218
[xii] Confucius, Analects 15.23
[xiii] Chief Dan George

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