It transcends all religions. Everyone who has allowed him/herself to deeply commune with Spirit knows it is true. It is the Universal Truth that overrides all of the tales of war, revenge, hatred, curses, cruelty and sacrifice that can be found in most religious texts.
I believe that Source (I also refer to it as Spirit or God.) has pretty much that one law and none other. God does not care what foods you eat or what colors you wear or who you choose to love. Those rules came from men. That’s why different religions have different taboos related to food and practices. If they came from God, then wouldn’t all religions have received the same instructions?
As I said, there is one law that is found in every religion. What is this law?
Nowadays we hear it called “The Golden Rule.” Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It’s so basic, so simple, so logical that many people overlook it.
When you come to understand the Oneness of all that is, you understand that anything you do to someone else you are doing to yourself.
Here are the ways this wonderful Universal Law is expressed in various religions over the eons.
Brahmanism: “This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.”: Hindu Mahabharata 5:1517
Christianity: “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” Christian Bible, Matthew 7:12
Hinduism: “One should not behave towards others in a way which is disagreeable to oneself.” (Mencius Vii.A.4)
Islam: “Not one of you is a believer until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.” (Fourth Hadith of an-Nawawi 13)
“No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” (Sunnah)
Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways that your yourself would find hurtful.” (Udana-Varga 5.18)
“A state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another?” (Samyutta Nikaya v. 353)
Jainism: “One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.” (Mahavira, Sutrakritamga)
“Therefore, neither does he [, a sage,] cause violence to others nor does he make others do so.” (Acarangasutra 5.101-2)
“In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.” (Lord Mahavira, 24th Tirthankara)
Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowmen. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.”
Talmud, Shabbat 31:a
Confucianism: “Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others that you would not have them do unto you.” Analects 15:23
Shintoism: “The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form.”
Sikhism: “Don’t create enmity with anyone as God is within everyone.” (Guru Granth Sahib, pg. 1299; Guru Arjan Devji 259)
“Compassion-mercy and religion are the support of the entire world.” (Guru Japji Sahib)
Sufism: “The basis of Sufism is consideration of the hearts and feelings of others. If you haven’t the will to gladden someone’s heart, then at least beware lest you hurt someone’s heart, for on our path, no sin exists but this.” (Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order)
Taoism: “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain and regard your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.” (Tai Shang kan Ying P’ien, 213 – 218)
“I am good to the man who is good to me, likewise, I am also good to the bad man.” (Tao Te Ching)
Zoroastrianism: “Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.” (Shayast-na-Shayast, 13.29)
“That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself.” (Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5)
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