15 Great Principles Shared by all religions
The world’s religions all seem to ask that their followers seek different paths to enlightenment. Yet beneath the seeming differences lies a pool of universal truth.
These 15 great principles shared by all religions strips away the superficial differences between faiths by showing that the great religious principles are expressed almost word for word in every religion.
The Golden Rule / Law of Reciprocity – The cornerstone of religious understanding. “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.” – Christianity
Honor Thy Father and Mother – Knowing them is the key to knowing ourselves. The day will come when we shall wish we had known them better.
Speak the Truth – “Sincerity is the way of heaven, and to think how to be sincere is the way of a man.” – Confucius
It’s More Blessed to Give than to Receive – Generosity, charity and kindness will open an individual to an unbounded reservoir of riches.
Heaven is Within – “Even as the scent dwells within the flower, so God within thine own heart forever abides.” – Sikhism
Love Thy Neighbor / Conquer With Love / All You Need is Love– Acts of faith, prayer, and deep meditation provide us with the strength that allows love for our fellow man to become an abiding part of our lives. Love is a unifying force.
Blessed Are the Peacemakers – When people live in the awareness that there is a close kinship between all individuals and nations, peace is the natural result.
You Reap What You Sow – This is the great mystery of human life. Aware or unaware, all are ruled by this inevitable law of nature.
Man Does Not Live by Bread Alone – The blessings of life are deeper than what can be appreciated by the senses.
Do No Harm – If someone tries to hurt another, it means that she is perceiving that person as something separate and foreign from herself.
Forgiveness – The most beautiful thing a man can do is to forgive wrong. – Judaism
Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged – This principle is an expression of the underlying truth that mankind is one great family, and that we all spring from a common source.
Be Slow to Anger – Anger clouds the mind in the very moments that clarity and objectivity are needed most. “He who holds back rising anger like a rolling chariot, him I call a real driver; others only hold the reins.” – Buddha
There is But One God / God is Love – Nature, Being, The Absolute. Whatever name man chooses, there is but one God. All people and all things are of one essence.
Follow the Spirit of the Scriptures, Not the Words – “Study the words, no doubt, but look behind them to the thought they indicate; And having found it, throw the words away, as chaff when you have sifted out the grain.” – Hinduism
Regardless of what we religion we honor, these 15 great principles have commonality between them. Perhaps rather than completely denying other faiths, we can get a glimpse of enlightenment from them.
Even those who have chosen not to include religion in their life can benefit from these great principles without compromising their beliefs.
These 15 great principles are basic, simple and obvious. It’s no wonder that they are shared by all the worlds religions. They can be honored by all people regardless of religious faith. Even if that faith is nonexistent.