Monday, February 25, 2013

My Neighbour

The Standard Golden Rule "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and body" and "you shall love your neighbor as yourself." If you take a look at this and  believe it is Christianity, then think again. In all religious views in the world, we have the same golden rule.
In Christianity, the Golden Rule is expressed by Jesus in these words: "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets" (Matthew 7:12).
In Judaism, we find the Golden Rule expressed in these words: "What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary" (Talmud, Shabbat 31a).
Brahmanism is a form of Hinduism , "This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you" (Mahabharata 5:5157).
In Buddhism, the Golden Rule is expressed this way: "Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful" (Udana-Varga 5:18). Again, this version of the Golden Rule is not telling us to do good to others, but only not to hurt others.
The Golden Rule is Islam is expressed as, "No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself" (Sunnah).
The Golden Rule in Confucianism is expressed as, "Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you" (Analects 15:23).
The Golden Rule in Taoism is expressed as, "Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss" (T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien).
In Zoroastrianism, the Golden Rule is expressed as, "That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself" (Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5).
The Baha'i version of the golden rule is, "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."

How do you treat your neighbour? Do you even know who your neighbour is? Their name?
Can you readily say that in times of distress, you can call them up?


  1. Nice, very enlightening!

  2. We often forget that God comes from the love we have in us. God just reminded us of who he made us to be.