The Golden Rule, or the Golden Rule of Love, may be considered the simplest creed for living. It compliments the second commandment – to love thy neighbor as thyself.
The Golden Rule is “golden words” to live by. Moreover, it is The Golden Rule of Love and Wisdom.
It is one of the best and simplest guidelines that we can live by. Moreover, if we teach our children to live by the Golden Rule, we will have left an estate of incalculable value.
The Golden Rule is the simplest wisdom to help bring in the Golden Age of Aquarius or the Golden Age of Love. All the major world’s religions have some type of Golden Rule of Love, and these Golden Rules of Love are given in the following list.
The Golden Rule as taught by the seven major world’s religions:
Therefore all things whatsoever ye desire that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.Or: In everything, do unto others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.
(Jesus, Book of Matthew 7:12. See also Luke 6:31, Gal. 5:14, Tim. 1:5)
Questions to ask ourselves:
Do I do unto others as I would have them to do unto me? In the past, have I done unto others as I would have them do to me? If not, can I ask for forgiveness or in some way make amends? Have others done to me things that I would have not done to myself? If so, can I forgive them, or in some way try to resolve the situation? Another way of practicing the Golden Rule is to ask ourselves, whenever we are not sure what to do: What would Jesus do? or Jesus, what would you do? And then listen to hear his answer.
“What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. That is the entire Law, all the rest is commentary.”or:
What is hateful to you, do not to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah: all the rest is commentary. (Hillel, Talmud, Shabbat 31a)
Questions to ask ourselves: Have I done to my fellow man or neighbor something that would be hateful or unkind to me? If so, can I ask for forgiveness or in some way try to make amends?Has someone done to me something that is hateful or unkind? Can I forgive them or in someway try to resolve this situation?
Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.or:
Hurt not others in ways that you find hurtful.
(The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.18)
This is the sum of duty: do not do unto 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, Hadith) or:
No one is a believer until he desires for his brother that which de desires for himself.
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) or:
Surely it is the maxim of loving kindness, do not do unto others that which you would not have them do unto you.
(Analects, Lun-yu XV, 23)
Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.
(Lao Tzu, T’ai Shang Kang-Ying P’ien, 213-218)
The Golden Rule as Taught by other Religions or Paths
Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.
(Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29) or
That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself.
(Avesta, Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5)
We obtain salvation by loving our fellow man and God.
(Granth, Jopji XXI) or:
As thou deemest thyself, so deem others. Then shalt thou become a partner in heaven.
(Source unknown) or:
Do not cause any being to suffer, and you shall go to your true home with honor.
(Guru Granth Sahib, The Sikh Holy Book, 322-10,M 5)
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.
One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.
(Mahavira, Sutrakritanga) or:
One should treat all beings as he himself would we treated.
(Agamas, Sutrakritanga! 10, 1-3)
Be charitable to all beings, love is the representative of God.
We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive. (Chief Dan George) or:
All life is sacred; treat all beings with respect.
(One of the Native American 10 Commandments. Author unknown)
The Golden Rule for Mother Earth
Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees ...
(Revelation 7:3) or:
Love Mother Earth, and she will return to you her abundance.
The Golden Rule as Taught by Various Individuals
Do not to others that which would anger you if others did it to you.
Treat your inferiors as you would be treated by your superiors.
(Epistle XLVII, 11)
Mark Prophet: "Ours must be a message of infinite love and we must demonstrate that love to the world."
Teachings from the Golden Rule Society, Austin, Texas
The Golden Rule is not religion.
The Golden Rule is the ultimate expression of True Religion.
The Golden Rule is the Law of Cause and Effect in action.
Eastern Philosophy calls this Spiritual Law, Karma.
Note by William Star: The goal of life is that all of society follow the Golden Rule and become a Golden Age Society.
A Child’s Golden Rule Prayer
To do to others as I would
That they should do to me,
Will make me gentle, kind, and good,
As children ought to be.
A New Golden Rule for the Golden Age of Aquarius
For thousands of years people have found inspiration and a guide for their lives from the Golden Rule. For the Golden Age of Aquarius, there is progressive revelation, and we may have a new Golden Rule:
As above, I AM that Presence of Love,
so below, I AM that love everywhere I go,
And as I AM that love everywhere I go,
I will reap the love that I sow.
And to compliment this Golden Rule of Love,
we can affirm:
I AM God-love,
I AM pure love,
I AM all love,
I AM in love,
I do love you.
And whenever we meet someone, we can say, at least in our hearts, and especially to children:
I love you, and God loves you.
The Golden Rule Is for Every School
This Golden Rule is a rule for every school, and should be placed as many places as reasonable in every school, and should be taught in every reasonable way. And not only is the Golden Rule for every school, but for every business, every organization, every form of government, etc.
This Golden Rule is a law of interaction for all people – it is to help people to “interact” better.
A Teaching Through Elizabeth Clare Prophet
of The Summit Lighthouse
“Those who are qualified to lead the youth by reason of superior education and experience must continue to strive to make the world a better place in which to live by applying golden-age teachings by the golden-rule standard.”
A Teaching through David Lewis of The Hearts Center
“Love is the requirement of the hour -- love in many manifestations, dear hearts. For there must be the expression of love through the particular flame that you are and that you bear, if earth is to see a Golden Age. When the golden rule is embodied and practiced fully by a majority of earth's evolutions, you will see the dawn of eternal joy. And God's joy will be reflected through the aperture of self of you as you become God through oneness, through acceptance and through that love that springs eternal as the flame within.”
however, there is no end to the practice
of The Golden Rule of Love
As above,I AM that Presence of Love,
So, below,I AM that love everywhere I go.
God Bless You.