Tuesday, November 4, 2014

THE GOLDEN RULE from multifaith perspectives

PfLAUM Publishing Group
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Scarboro Missions - A Canadian Catholic Community of priests and lay people
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Quoted from poster: clockwise from upper left, and back around to upper left

Baha'i Faith
Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.
Baha'u'llah, Gleanings

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

Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.
The Buddha Udana-Varga 5.18

One word that 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

Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain, and your neighbor's loss as your own loss.
Lao Tzu, T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien, 213-218

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

In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.
Jesus, Matthew 7:12

We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Unitarian principle

Native Spirituality
We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive.
Chief Dan George

Do not do onto others whatever is injurious to yourself.
Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29

One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.
Mahavira, Sutrakritanga

What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah: all the rest is commentary.
Hillel, Talmud, Shabbat 31a

Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.
The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith

Monday, November 3, 2014


Friendship salad with crucial ingredients:
Relaxed companionship imbedded
In long-term knowledge of each other;
Foundation of enough-in-common values
Yielding fluid and win-win decisions;
Animated conversations explore
360 degrees of interests and creativity.

Serious problem-solver, dedicated conversationalist,
Even with complete and utter strangers, inserting
Her version and vision of the world, loaded with 
Heaps and gobs of data, weaving facts and information
Gleaned during world travels, voracious reading, 
TV documentaries, radio, DVDs, books on tape.

Observant humor that leaves me 
Leaning against convenient buildings,
Doubled over in peals and delights of laughter.

Recent whimsical perceptions and observations:

Re: train breakfast: Quite a massive portion--
Glaciers of oatmeal!

Re multitude of options: So many horses in the field.

Within descriptive fantasy paragraph about road conditions
While riding in a horse-drawn surrey: Non-macadamized roads.

Her: It's Saturday; we can do anything we want.
Me: We can do anything we want all the time, if we only knew that.
Her: Well, you have to stay with logical limits of the situation.

My balance is not as good as it used to be--I haven't played hockey for some time.

Most narratives finalized by quiet, 
Self-reflective inner glance, accompanied
By slight nod and affirming "uh huh,"
Assuring current summation or conclusion.

Loss of weekly church service connections
Morphed into longer mini-vacations:
Ashland's Shakespeare Festival or
Train trip to Portland's outdoor market,
Equally satisfying and enriching for the company.

My chosen Big Sis offers rich assets.
That's what friends are really for!

Ann Beth Blake
(c) October  30, 2014