is an echo. What we send out, we get back. It is in loving
that we are being loved; it is in sharing that we receive. When we bring out the best in others,
we bring out
the best in us.
think of our relationship with others, the Golden Rule comes to mind: "Do
unto others what you would have others do unto you. The
great Chinese thinker and philosopher, Confucius often lectured to his students on the theme of "benevolence",
preaching the importance of loving others. It is in knowing the principle
of the echo that we can fully understand the meaning of the Golden Rule. Let's learn
from the story that follows.
As the story goes, a
man and his son are walking in the forest. Suddenly, the boy trips and feeling
a sharp pain, he screams, "Ahhhhh!" Surprised, he hears a voice
coming from the mountain, "Ahhhhh!"
screams, "Who are you? but the only answer he receives is, "Who are
you?" This makes him angry, so he screams, "You are a coward! and the
voice answeers, "You are a coward!"
looks at his father, asking, "Dad, what is going on?"
the man replies, "pay attention!" Then he screams, "I
voice answers, "I admire you!"
shouts, "You are wonderful!" and the voice answers, "You are wonderful!" The boy
is surprised, but still can't understand what is going on.
Then the father explains, "People call this 'ECHO', but truly, it is
'LIFE'! Life always gives us back what we give out! Life is a mirror of
our actions. If we want more love, we give more love! If we want
more kindness, we give more kindness! If we want understanding and
respect, we give understanding and respect! If we want people to be patient and
respectful to us, we give patience and respect! This rule of nature applies to
every aspect of our lives." Life always gives us back what we give out. Our
life is not a coincidence, but a mirror of our own doings.
THE GOLDEN RULE
The Golden Rule or the ethic of reciprocity is found in the scriptures of nearly
every religion. It is often regarded as the most concise and general principle
of ethics. It is a condensation in one principle of all longer lists of
ordinances. The Golden Rule is present in hundreds of cultures. Some of them are
listed below. This rule does not included revenge. That would be treating 'others'
somewhat less noble.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Judaism and
Christinaity, Bible, Leviticus 19.18
Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. Christianity.
Bible, Matthew 7.12
Not one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what
he loves for himself. Islam, Forty Hadotj pf an-Nawawe
A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself
would be treated. Jainism. Sutrakritanga 1.11.33
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.
Confucianism. Mencius VILA.4
One should not behave towards others in a way which is
disagreeable to oneself. This is the essence of morality. All other activities
are due to selfish desire.
Anusasana Parve 113.8
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." Confucianism.
"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"
Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first
commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets."
Christianity. Bible, Matthew 22.36-40
Comparing oneself to others in such terms as "Just as I am
so are they, just as they are so am I," he should neither kill nor cause
others to kill. Buddhism. Sutta Nipata 705
One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should
first try it on himself to feel how it hurts. African Traditional Religious.
Yoruba Proverb (Nigeria)
One who you think should be hit is none else but you. One who
you think should be governed is none else but you. One who you think should be
tortured is none else but you. One who you think should be enslaved is none else
but you. One who you think should be killed is none else but you. A sage is
ingenuous and leads his life after comprehending the parity of the killed and
the killer. Therefore, neither does he cause violence to others nor does he make
others do so. Jainism. Acarangasutra 5.101-2
The Ariyan disciple thus reflects, Here am I, fond of my life,
not wanting to die, fond of pleasure and averse from pain. Suppose someone
should rob me of my life... it would not be a thing pleasing and delightful to
me. If I, in my turn, should rob of his life one fond of his life, not wanting
to die, one fond of pleasure and averse from pain, it would not be a thing
pleasing or delightful to him. For a state that is not pleasant or delightful to
me must also be to him also; and a state that is not pleasing or delightful to
me, how could I inflict that upon another? As a result of such reflection he himself abstains from taking the life of
creatures and he encourages others so to abstain, and speaks in praise of so
Buddhism. Samyutta Nikaya v. 353
A certain heathen came to Shammai and said to him, "Make
me a proselyte, on condition that you teach me the whole Torah while I stand on
one foot." Thereupon he repulsed him with the rod which was in his hand.
When he went to Hillel, he said to him, "What is hateful to you, do not do
to your neighbor: that is the whole Torah; all the rest of it is commentary; go
Judaism. Talmud, Shabbat 2la
"That nature alone is
good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for
"Hurt not others in ways
that you yourself would find hurtful." Buddha(563-483
"Is there one maxim which
ought to be acted upon throughout one's whole life? Surely it is the maxim of
loving-kindness: Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto
you." Confucius(551-479 BC)
hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor: that is the whole Torah; all the
rest of it is commentary" Hillel (70 BC-10 AD)
"Do to others whatever you
would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets." (Matthew
7:12) Jesus(6 BC-29 AD)
"This is the sum
of duty: do naught to others which if done to thee would cause thee pain." The Mahabharata
By Tim Pedrosa
life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn
another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place
my touch will be felt. ~Frederick Buechner~