|A rule established within all known religions, yet not established by any one single religion.
I once rose skyward, flying ever higher until I landed softly upon a strong cloud. There I peaked down, looking in disbelief and amazement at the wonders I had found. Whirling winds through trees tainted pine, soft salted moisture a bliss to all who scents smell, with sounds of fall - en leaves crispy to each touch, as nature just seamlessly slithered elegantly onward as if without witness even though I were her single soul crowd. I pulled back slowly, placed my hands behind my neck whilst lying on me back and slowly inhaled a satisfactory amount of air by which then I blew outward all known intenseness, away with all known stress and toxicity, purging all that was at war with what I had just witnessed. THEN it happened. I quickly climbed up to peak over and down from the cloud I lay upon, and there I saw souls, dancing, merry, and frolicking among their mother au naturale' And then I saw a list, it was darkened, very of age, nearly looking of legend.
The list began with the most evil of wrongs, blackened in all sin, barely were they readable..... Sex, Lies, Riches, Gossip, Greed, Hate, Murder, Violence, Brutality, Material, Motherless-ness even a Casket made of Diamond. And it is then that I asked the question: "Why do we place such actions at such levels of imperative importance in our lives?" onward I asked, "Why is it that we ALL fight, and hate, and spite, then pray?" And then, suddenly, a massive amount of age old books fell unto me, around me, under and atop me. And I picked one such sacred writings up in both hands, and its cover read: "The Bible". The next book I gazed at had a cover of golden, and said, "The Koran".... and as I picked up each book, each began a unique journey unto its own, where I found many, many, many differences between them. Their teachings albethem somewhat similar in context, none seemed to appreciate or even wish to peer at the other. And I asked, "WHY - WHY THE SEPERATION?!?!" SEPERATION Coming from the one thing so ironic in all our lives, we take action towards our spiritual growth where we seek peace, love, grace and a higher empowerment of goodness from within.
It was during such an emersion into sublime spirituality that I soon grew weary, weak and tired and finally I asked a most empowering question of all such books that lied before me.... I asked, "What, if ANY, are the similarities amongst your books of agedness?" It would be months and months, even unto years that time would pass before I would find the answer to this most empowering quest of all..... and in fact there indeed exists one, single, sole similarity between them all.... now, I share such simple findings:
The Golden Rule
"13 Golden Rules from 13 Different Spiritually Religious Belief Systems"
Below you shall find a list of writings taken from far differing religions, spiritual belief systems, spirituality practices and sacred texts, yet each of them is similar in their very own common rule. The "Golden Rule". It is painful to see different religions and beliefs hurting one another, or speaking of how people of one belief system believe that ALL those outside of their own beliefs shall be cast unto hell. STOP. Stop for just a moment, focus, and be conscious of this common rule. Then, realize and embrace THE FACT that at the very root of all known beliefs lies a consistent, deeply caring, eternal, divine and life fulfilling message; The Golden Rule. Below you shall find the top 13 belief systems in the world, ranked in order according to their # of followers. It is here that individually you, your God, and I, must kneel in awe and surrender, and it is also here that WE must all together arise and forge forward in our rule, through Action, Acts of Common Golden Value. Scotte Bruno (10-2009)
"13 Golden Rules from 13 Differing Religious Beliefs"
*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.* ~ The Gospels of Matthew and Luke (Matt 7:12, Luke 6:31)
*No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.* ~ Hadith
*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
NATURISM / MATERIALISM
*Do not do unto others what angers you if done to you by others.* ~Isocrates 436-338 BCE
*This is the sum of duty; do naught to others that which if done to thee would cause pain.
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.
*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
Lastly, I found a quite interesting piece of writing concerning the differences between Christian and Muslim believers, click here to read more.