The Golden Rule Across the World’s Religions
Thirteen Sacred Texts – English Version

symbol_bahaiBahá’í Faith

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.

Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings

symbol_buddhismBuddhism

Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.

The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.18

symbol_christianChristianity

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

symbol_confucianismConfucianism

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

symbol_hinduismHinduism

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

Mahabharata 5:1517

symbol_islamIslam

Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others
what you wish for yourself.

The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith

symbol_jainismJainism

One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.

Mahavira, Sutrakritanga 1.11.33

symbol_judaismJudaism

What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Go and learn it.

Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a

symbol_nativeNative Spirituality

We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive.

Chief Dan George

symbol_sikhismSikhism

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, p.1299

symbol_taoismTaoism

Regard your neighbour’s gain as your own gain and your neighbour’s loss as your own loss.

Lao Tzu, T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien, 213-218

symbol_unitarianUnitarianism

We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Unitarian principle

symbol_zoroastrianZoroastrianism

Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.

Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29

 

Acknowledgements: This original English version was prepared by Paul McKenna.

Published by Scarboro Missions (Toronto, Canada)

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