Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
The following excerpt is from the Golden Rules for Peace poster presented to the United Nations in 2002. It contains the golden rule as expressed by 13 different religions from around the world.
THE GOLDEN RULES
Gathered for the Golden Rule poster by Paul McKenna
We are as much alive as we keep the Earth alive.
- Chief Dan George
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.
- Baha’u’llah, Gleanings
Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find
- The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.18
In everything, do to others as you would have them do to
you; for this is the law and the prophets.
- Jesus, Matthew 7:12
One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct. . .
loving kindness. Do not do to others what you do not want
done to yourself.
- Confucius, Analects 15.23
This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would
cause pain if done to you.
- Mahabharata 5:1517
Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what
you wish for yourself.
- The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Hadith
One should treat all creatures in the world
as one would like to be treated.
- Mahavira, Sutrakritanga
What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is
the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary.
- Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a
I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me.
Indeed, I am a friend to all.
- Guru Granth Sahib, pg. 1299
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, 213-218
We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web
of all existence, of which we are a part.
- Unitarian principle
Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.
- Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29
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GOLDEN RULES FOR A CULTURE OF PEACE
Presented to Mrs. Gillian Sorensen,
Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations,
on January 4, 2002
These Golden Rules, also known as the “law of reciprocity,” are evidence of a Global Ethic that transcends nations, civilizations, and religions. Yet no other statements so clearly summarize the simple practices of kindness and sustainable human conduct. In recent years, gatherings of religious and spiritual leaders have confirmed that “this ancient precept is found and has persisted in many religious and ethical traditions of humankind for thousands of years. . . [and] should be the irrevocable, unconditional norm for all areas of life, for families and communities, for races, nations, and religions”
(Toward a Global Ethic).