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The Compassion of World Religions

A common theme throughout most world religions is compassion or treating others as you would be treated. Read these expressions of faith.

The Compassion of World Religions

A common theme throughout most world religions is compassion or treating others as you would be treated. Read these expressions of faith.


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We've all heard of the "golden rule" - treat others as you would be treated. But did you know that this is a common theme running through most world religions? Read the sayings of compassion from Baha'i to Zoroastrianism below. Reflect on how you can take these sayings and apply them to your actions.

 

Baha’I Faith: “Lay not on any soul a load that you would not with to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.” (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings)
 

Buddhism: “Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” (Udana-Varga 5.18)
 

Christianity: “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 ESV)
 

Confucianism: “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)
 

Hinduism: “This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.” (Mahabharata 5:1517)
 

Islam: “Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.”  (The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith)
 

Jainism: “One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.” (Mahavira, Sutrakritanga)
 

Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor.  This is the whole Torah; all the rest if commentary.”  (Hillel, Talmud, Shabbat 31a)
 

Native American Spirituality: “We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive.” (Chief Dan George)
 

Sikhism: “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)
 

Taoism: “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.  (T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien, 213-218)
 

Unitarianism: “We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." (Unitarian principle)
 

Zoroastrianism: “Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.” (Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29)

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