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  • Writer's pictureCraig Riddell


One thought behind awakening is the realization that you are "Not"....Not Important, and Not unimportant! Your thoughts, prayers, hopes, emotions, and dreams are uniquely, not unique. In other words, we share all of these things without realizing it. Its this realization that for some can help them understand the closeness of each of us to each other. We are really just part of same whole. i.e. “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matt. 7:12), why because as you do onto others you are doing onto yourself! What you inflict, impose, heap, praise onto your brother has an equal impact upon your own being.

This is nearly a universal concept in many religions, here are a few examples found throughout history:


Buddhism: 560 BC, From the Udanavarga 5:18- "Hurt not others with that which pains yourself."


Ancient Egypt

A Late Period (c. 664–323 BC) papyrus contains an early negative affirmation of the Golden Rule: "That which you hate to be done to you, do not do to another.


Tamil traditio

In Chapter 32 in the Part on Virtue of the Tirukkuṛaḷ (c. 200 BC – c. 500 AD), Tiruvalluvar says: "Do not do to others what you know has hurt yourself"


Ancient Greece

The Golden Rule in its prohibitive (negative) form was a common principle in ancient Greek philosophy. Examples of the general concept include:

"Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing." 


Ancient Persia

The Pahlavi Texts of Zoroastrianism (c. 300 BC–1000 AD) were an early source for the Golden Rule: "That nature alone is good which refrains from doing to another whatsoever is not good for itself." Dadisten-I-dinik, 94,5, and "Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others." Shayast-na-Shayast 13:21


Ancient Rome

Seneca the Younger (c. 4 BC–65 AD), a practitioner of Stoicism (c. 300 BC–200 AD) expressed the Golden Rule in his essay regarding the treatment of slaves: "Treat your inferior as you would wish your superior to treat you.


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