Balance-Harmony -The Golden Rule
The universe and all of creation exists and flows with a wonderful balance and equal exchange. For every action there is a reaction, for every cause there is an effect. It has been said that this balance is what allowed creation to be created out of chaos. Throughout the ages, mystery schools and master teachers have taught the law of balance and compensation in words that were appropriate to the times in which they served. The Golden Rule is at the core of this fundamental law and it transcends culture, religion, ethnicity, race and sexuality. It applies to everyone, no exceptions, and it can be called one of the major principals of spirituality. There is an exact balance to this principal; literally, you will be treated in exact proportion to the way you treat others. What ever actions you take will create an equal reaction, which will in time, return to you with interest, be that good or ill.
Below are just some of the different places you will find The Golden rule mentioned in ancient texts and faiths … For thousands of years this aspect has been at the core of countless belief systems … binding us together and uniting our foundations regardless of the structures that evolved beyond the core.
The Golden rule
Bahá’í Faith: founded in Iran 1844
“Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not
have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not.” “Blessed
is he who preferreth his brother before himself.”
Baha’u’llah founder of the Bahá’í Faith
“And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for
thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself.” Epistle to
the Son of the Wolf
Brahmanism: founded 3500 BCE
“This is the sum of Dharma [duty]: Do naught unto others which would
cause you pain if done to you”. Mahabharata, 5:1517 ”
Buddhism: founded 5th century BCE
“…a state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I
inflict that upon another?” Samyutta NIkaya v. 353
Hurt not others in ways
that you yourself would find hurtful.” Udana-Varga 5:18
Christian: founded 33 AD
“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, King James Version.
“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to
them likewise.” Luke 6:31, King James Version.
“…and don’t do what you hate…”, Gospel of Thomas 6. The Gospel of Thomas is one of about 40 gospels that were widely accepted among early Christians, but which never made it into the Christian Scriptures (New Testament).
Confucianism: founded 5th or 6th century BCE
“Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to
you” Analects 15:23
“Tse-kung 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 impose on others what you yourself do not desire.’” Doctrine
of the Mean 13.3
“Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated
yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to
benevolence.” Mencius VII.A.4
Egyptian: founded 3,000 BCE
“He sought for others the good he desired for himself. Let him pass on.”
“Do for one who may do for you, that you may cause him thus
to do.” The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant, 109 – 110 Translated
by R.B. Parkinson. The original dates to 1970 to 1640
BCE and may be the earliest version ever
Hinduism: founded 2000BCE
“This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others what you would not have them do unto you.” Mahabharata 5, 1517
Humanism: 15th century in Europe
“(5) Humanists acknowledge human interdependence, the need for
mutual respect and the kinship of all humanity.”
“(11) Humanists affirm that individual and social problems can
only be resolved by means of human reason, intelligent effort,
critical thinking joined with compassion and a spirit of empathy for
all living beings. ”
“Don’t do things you wouldn’t want to have done to you,
British Humanist Society.
Islam: founded 622 BCE
“None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for
his brother what he wishes for himself.” Number 13 of Imam “Al-Nawawi’s
Jainism: founded 6th century BCE
“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
“A man should wander about treating all creatures as he
himself would be treated. “Sutrakritanga 1.11.33
Judaism: founded 3500 years ago
“…thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”,
“What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. This is the
law: all the rest is commentary.” Talmud, Shabbat 31a.
“And what you hate, do not do to any one.” Tobit 4:15
Native American Spirituality: Judaism:
“…thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”,
“What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. This is the
law: all the rest is commentary.” Talmud, Shabbat 31a.
“And what you hate, do not do to any one.” Tobit 4:15
Native American Spirituality:
“Respect for all life is the
foundation.” The Great Law of Peace. “All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do
to ourselves. All is really One.” Black Elk
“Do not wrong or hate your neighbor. For it is not he who you
wrong, but yourself.” Pima proverb.
Roman Pagan Religion: around 500 BCE
“The law imprinted on the hearts of all
men is to love the members of society as themselves.”
“The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there
your own form”
“Be charitable to all beings, love is the representative of God.”
Ko-ji-ki Hachiman Kasuga
Scientology: founded December 1953
“20: Try to treat others as you would want them to treat you.”
Seneca: founded first century AD
“Treat your inferiors as you would be treated by your superiors,” Epistle 47:11 (Rome; 1st century CE)
Shinto: founded 500 BCE
“The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form” Munetada Kurozumi
“Be charitable to all beings, love is the representative of God.” Ko-ji-ki Hachiman Kasuga
Sikhism: founded 1450 CE
Compassion-mercy and religion are the support of the entire
world”. Japji Sahib
“Don’t create enmity with anyone as God is within
everyone.” Guru Arjan Devji 259
“No one is my enemy, none a stranger and everyone is my
friend.” Guru Arjan Dev : AG 1299
Sufism: founded 675 CE
“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.
faithful; he is also faithful to the unfaithful: for Virtue is faithful.” Tao Teh Ching, Chapter 49.
Taoism: founded 550 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.
“The sage has no interest of his own, but takes the interests
of the people as his own. He is kind to the kind; he is also kind to
the unkind: for Virtue is kind. He is faithful to the faithful; he is
also faithful to the unfaithful: for Virtue is faithful.” Tao Teh
Ching, Chapter 49
Unitarian: 16th century CE
“The inherent worth and dignity of every person;”
“Justice, equity and compassion in human relations…. ”
“The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;”
“We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Unitarianprinciples.
wicca – There is no exhaustive or authoritative source that traces Wicca back through ancient times. Wicca is mainly a 20th century manifestation of ancient nature worship systems based out of northern Europe that existed thousands of years ago.
“An it harm no one, do what thou wilt” (i.e. do what
ever you will, as long as it harms nobody, including yourself). One’s will is to
be carefully thought out in advance of action. This is called the
Yoruba: the Yorùbá are/were exquisite statesmen who spread across the globe in an unprecedented fashion; the reach of their culture is largely due to migration. Some of this movement occurred during periods that pre-date the Egyptian dynasties;
(Nigeria): “One going to take a pointed stick to pinch
a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts.
Zoroastrianism: founded 6th century BCE
“That nature alone is good which refrains from doing to another whatsoever is not good for itself.” Dadisten-I-dinik, 94, 5
“That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto
another whatsoever is not good for itself”. Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5
“Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others.”
Statements from philosophers:
Epictetus: “What you would avoid suffering yourself, seek
not to impose on others.” (circa 100 CE)
Kant: “Act as if the maxim of thy action were to become by thy
will a universal law of nature.”
Plato: “May I do to others as I would that they should do
unto me.” (Greece; 4th century BCE)
Socrates: “Do not do to others that which would anger you
if others did it to you.” (Greece; 5th century
Seneca: “Treat your inferiors as you would be treated by
your superiors,” Epistle 47:11 (Rome; 1st century
Examples from moral/ethical systems are:
Humanism: “…critical intelligence, infused by a sense of
human caring, is the best method that humanity has for resolving problems.
Reason should be balanced with compassion and empathy and the whole person
fulfilled.” Humanist Manifesto II; Ethics section.
Scientology: “20: Try to treat others as you would want them to treat you.
It has in many circles been called the foundation for “Divine Law”, taking it out of the religious venue lets call it the foundation for one’s spiritual journey and the beginning of the understanding of how one steps into the spiritual journey and begins to manifest the understanding into their reality.
The Law of cause and effect –
The law of cause and effect teaches that for every action there is an equal reaction.
You can use this law to your benefit if you understand what actions produce positive results.
By having such knowledge you will only cause positive effects in your life.
When people complain that their life is unhappy, this is because they caused such life. The cause was their negative state of mind.
There are broad and small causes to every effect. Everything starts with your mind therefore you can say that every effect was partially or completely caused by your state of mind.
For every specific effect there is a specific cause. For example, if your business is not profitable, it means that you did not provide enough value. You are paid equally for the value you create. If you hold something back and do not give everything you can, some profits will be held back from you too.
Some people want to be successful but they refuse to give everything they can to succeed. They refuse to get into good habits, learn new skills and create value. That is surely not going to bring them success.
You cannot get anything for free, everything comes with price.
If you think you are doing everything right but you still don’t see positive effects, it could be because you are outgrowing your past mistakes.
Maybe in the past you were negative and now you are still suffering negative effects that you caused. With time those negative effects will disappear and you will be left only with good effects.
The law of cause and effect also explains that you should never do something to others that you do not want to experience yourself. Because if you treat others unfairly, others will treat you exactly the same way. “What goes around comes around.”
It is easy to tell which causes will bring good results, and which will bring negative ones. Every good cause will produce positive results. If you put all your heart into your work, you will be paid abundantly for that. If you try to find shortcuts or produce poor results because of your attitude, then you will be poorly paid.
Some people misunderstand the law of cause and effect and cannot realize why they are not successful although they work hard. This is because working hard does not produce any value. It only drains your energy and makes you struggle. That, in turn, produces poor results.
Working hard is the worst way to work. You should enjoy your work and put your heart into it, produce value with love. This is exactly opposite to the hard work and struggle. The more enjoyment, energy and heart you will put into your work, the more successful you will become.
That is why pursuing passion is the best way to live. You will effortlessly create value if you are doing what you love.
Also, if you want to be very successful, you should try to cause positive effects that many people will benefit from. The more people you can benefit from what you create, the more successful you will become.
You will notice that whenever you create something “to the highest good for ill”, the fewer obstacles you will experience. It will be as though you are completely in the flow and everyone is there to help you.
The law of cause and effect is especially clearly seen in money matters. Whenever you spend your money with the scarcity in mind, you will receive money slower or no money at all. Whenever you spend money with faith that more is coming in, the quicker you will receive even more than you spent.
If you donate money with the hope that your donation will improve someone’s life, you will be returned much more than you have donated.
If someone is treating you unfairly, but you always respond fairly, you will only be rewarded. Maybe not instantly, but later on something will happen in your life that will compensate you for your fairness.
Whereas the person that wronged you will be wronged at some point too. The law of cause and effect makes no exceptions.
Whenever you are about to take some action, try to quickly assess if that action will bring positive or negative effect to your life.
Therefore if you are about to undertake some project, but you feel lazy, you can ask yourself if, working in such state of mind, will produce positive results. This will save you from poor performance.
The more positive actions you take, the more successful your will become. It is better to take less action, but to make every single action perfect.
If you take many mediocre actions it will result in poor results and no success. The law of cause and effect never fails.
The law of cause and effect can change your life dramatically only if you understand the effects your actions will bring. It is easy to understand which causes will produce good results because every positive cause will always bring positive effect.
You should not worry if you still get negative results although you take only positive actions. These are only consequences of your past mistakes. You will gradually eliminate such causes and only positive results will be evident in your life.
Another view –
The Law of Cause and Effect states that whatever you send into the universe comes back. Action – re-action are equal and opposite.
Every cause has its effect; every effect, its cause. There is no such thing as chance.
The French philosopher Voltaire said that words like luck, chance and coincidence were invented to express the known effects of the unknown causes.
There is no such thing as luck or chance. Everything happens according to the Law of cause and effect.
By focusing on the Cause the Effect will automatically take care of itself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson called this Law – The Law of Laws. It is powerful. You get back what you put out. It is like a boomerang. You throw it out and it comes back.
If you put a negative out, you will get a negative back. Also, when you put a positive out you will get a positive back, maybe not straight away, but it will come. It is the Law and the Laws of the Universe never err once.
The Law of Cause and Effect is often referred to as Karma. In Indian religions Karma is the concept of “action” or “deed”, understood as that which causes the entire cycle of cause and effect
It is the same as the New Testament expresses with the thought:
“Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”
The Law of Cause and Effect is inescapable. You get back what you send out. It delivers back to you, the results of whatever you give to it. Hence, the choices/decisions you make will set in motion a chain of reactions and give you back a result corresponding to whatever that decision triggered.
And Another –
Law of Cause and Effect
Nothing happens by chance or outside the Universal Laws. Every Action has a reaction or consequence “We reap what we sow”. Ralph Waldo Emerson said the Law of Cause and Effect is the “law of laws”. The most important lesson involving human conduct and interaction is seen in the Cosmic Law of Cause and Effect. “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. Every human thought, word and deed is a Cause that sets off a wave of energy throughout the universe which in turn creates the effect whether desirable or undesirable. The law states the effect must to physical manifestation. This is why good thoughts, words, emotions, and deeds are essential for a better world for the all create good effects.
With every thought of intention, action and emotion that is transmitted from you, a person sets into motion unseen chain of effects which vibrate from the mental plane thought the entire cellular structure of body out into the environment and finally into the Cosmos. Eventually the vibratory energy returns to the original source upon the swing of the pendulum.
The law of cause and effect states that every cause has an effect and every effect becomes the cause of something else. This law suggests that the universe is always in motion and progressed from a chain of events.
If you want to look at this law from a philosophical point of view, every cause and effect had its worldly purpose to what we are experiencing today.
According to the nature of your actions, the Infinite omniscient consciousness.
The Law of Attraction – what they didn’t tell you
The law of attraction flows quite naturally from the law of cause and effect. Most of us are very familiar with the book and the videos out about this topic. When you take a spiritual law and commercialize it, most of the wisdom is lost, as the one sharing is focused upon profit and gain. The “positive” behind books like The Secret, is that they did turn the focus of most to the more spiritual side of life and started people thinking. The “negative” is that they watered down the power and the application down to a point that they trivialized the law and made it a bit of a joke.
While visualization and focus are important in ones life, that’s not all there is to manifestation. Wishing just doesn’t make it so. Understanding your wishes and desires is a good thing, understanding the ways of the universe …even better. Very often what we “want” is not really what we “need”. We are spirits here living a human experience, here to experience situations so that our spirits can evolve. Staring at a vision board or repeating mantras over and over will not make things happen in your life. Shifting your perception, changing how you act towards your environment and those around you, incorporating a more loving attitude towards everyone and everyone will draw to you what is most need and life will be richer (spiritually) and there is overflow into the physical reality as well. We need to grow into the abundance we seek, we need to shift consciousness and be worthy of the changes and then we draw to ourselves further enrichment.
The Law of Attraction is a spiritual law, or a spiritual pathway …it is not a way to assemble a long list of toys or physical trophies. When applies to the spiritual journey, asking for what can help you to live a more loving and abundant life, and being willing to participate in the process …it works like a charm.
Another interesting aspect –
The more and more each is impelled by that which is intuitive, or the relying upon the soul force within, the greater, the farther, the deeper, the broader, the more constructive may be the result.” Edgar Cayce
Intuition is defined as ‘a thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning.’ The word ‘intuition’ comes from the Latin word “intueri”, which means to see within.
Intuition has been referred to in many different ways including sixth sense, following your heart, guidance, inspiration and inner wisdom. However we may choose to refer to it, the Law of Attraction explains that everyone is an extension of source energy and has access to infinite intelligence within them. Also, as everyone is unique with unique intentions and desires, everyone’s guidance from infinite intelligence is unique to them.
Guidance or intuition can come in many different forms including feelings, dreams, visions, hearing the same thing several times in a short period of time and synchronicities. However, whilst it can come in different ways some of which are outer signs you can know the significance of it by how it feels. There are also different reasons as to why you receive guidance, often it is to lead you in a particular direction, whilst at other times it is to reassure you that things are working out for you and that there is a loving universe that is aware of and assisting you.
It has been that said that guidance takes into account an infinite number of factors from a higher perspective and that usually we are not aware of all of these factors as if we were, we would be overloaded with unnecessary information when all we need is the guidance about what to do or what to think. In relation to this sometimes the guidance doesn’t seem logical, however the more people begin to pay attention to it, the more they usually see that it is assisting them. For instance as guidance is operating in a non-linear framework, someone’s guidance might tell them to meet a friend on Saturday afternoon but logically they know they can’t because they have a client on Saturday afternoon, however their infinite intelligence is taking into account the fact that the client is going to reschedule their appointment. Another interesting aspect of guidance is that usually you are not given guidance for the whole of your journey but rather moment by moment guidance for the next step.
A key part of living the Law of Attraction is developing an increased awareness of and relationship with your intuition. People are sometimes taught to listen to others, rather than to follow what feels right to them, however as they begin to increasingly follow their own guidance, they become more of their own authority in their life and to know that their unique guidance matters. Following your own guidance also leads to life being easier and more of an exciting adventure.
It can be best to begin to follow your guidance on things that are more inconsequential such as which way to walk or drive. The more you listen to and follow your guidance the more you will then having an increasing ability to discern what is guidance and what isn’t and you will gain more and more confidence and trust in your own guidance and how it is benefiting you.
Whilst guidance is always available there are several things that you can do to open yourself to receive it more. One powerful way is to firstly begin to pay attention to it and to appreciate it when you do receive it, as this will keep you in a receptive mode to allow more guidance to flow.