I know you can’t sum up a religion with one liners but here are some that show that none of us are really that different. The problems come when the church leaders and politicians start using ‘god’ to get everyone fired up… my god can beat up your god; my truth is thruthier than your truth. Until we can remove the shackles of organized religion, and racial & geographical pride we will never learn to live together. You know in your heart what is true. If you stand up for the truth then no one can impose their will on you or force you into wrong actions. The message of Jesus, Buddha, Krsna, Allah, Bill & Ted et al are all really the same when you boil it down to it’s essence. Religion is supposed to be a unifying system. But we have degraded it so much it has become more divisive than anything else in history. Whether you follow the Christian Ten Commandments or the Buddhist Eight Noble Truths you will end up at the same place. The journey may differ but the destination really doesn’t. When your path intersects with another there is no need for conflict. Help each if needed but at least do not impede anyone else’s journey.
It all seems so simple.
I know this list has been around in various forms over the years but I feel it is something we need constant reminders about.
“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” ~ Matthew 7:12
“No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” ~ Hadith of an-Nawawi 13
“What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor: that is the whole Torah; all the rest of it is commentary; go and learn.” ~ Talmud, Shabbat 31a
“Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.” ~ Udana-Varga
“This is the sum of duty; do naught to others that which if done to thee would cause pain.” ~ Mahabharata 5:1517
AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS
“One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts.” ~ Yoruba Proverb (Nigeria)
“And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbor that which thou chooses for thyself.” ~ Epistle to the Son of the Wolf , 30
“Precious like jewels are the minds of all. To hurt them is not at all good. If though desirest thy beloved, then, hurt thou not any one’s heart.” ~ Guru Arjan Dev Ji 259, Guru Granth Sahib
“Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others.” ~Shayast-na-Shayast 13:29
“An it harm none, do what thou wilt.” ~ Wiccan Rede
“A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated.” ~ Sutrakritanga 1.11.33
“Tsekung asked, Is there one word that can serve as a principle of conduct for life? Confucius replied, It is the word shu–reciprocity: Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you.” ~ Analects 15.23
“Do not do unto others what angers you if done to you by others.” ~ Isocrates (436-338 BCE)
“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
“We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent of all existence of which we are a part.” ~ Unitarian Principles
“Do not kill or injure your neighbor, for it is not him that you injure, you injure yourself. But do good to him, therefore add to his days of happiness as you add to your own. Do not wrong or hate your neighbor, for it is not him that you wrong, you wrong yourself. But love him, for The Great Spirit (Moneto) loves him also as he loves you.” ~ Shawnee Saying (via Daniel Boone)
BILL & TED
“Be excellent to each other and party on dudes!” ~ De Laurentiis Entertainment Group