There is no “between the lines”

Do unto others

Do not read between the lines

It’s no mystery

Haiku Horizons - prompt BETWEEN

Haiku Horizons – prompt BETWEEN

The Golden Rule originates in a well-known Torah verse (Hebrew: “ואהבת לרעך כמוך”):

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your kinsfolk. Love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. —Leviticus 19:18

Baha’i:  Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship . . . So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth. Baha’u’llah, Teachings on Spiritual Reality

Christianity: All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.  Matthew 7:12

Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowmen. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary. Talmud, Shabbat 31:a

Hinduism: This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you. Mahabharata 5:1517

Islam: No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. Sunnah

Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. Udana Varga 5:18

Confucianism: Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others that you would not have them do unto you. Analects 15:23

Zoroastrianism: That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself. (Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5).

Jainism: Killing a living being is killing one’s own self; showing compassion to a living being is showing compassion to oneself. He who desires his own good, should avoid causing any harm to a living being. Suman Suttam , verse 151

With Liberty and Justice for All

images-4One of the things I continually give thanks for is having been born in The United States of America.  Today, watching the peaceful exchange of power, the hallmark and legacy of every United States of America Presidential inauguration, was moving.  Listening to the President’s words reinforced many of my beliefs.  The following passage to me was the heart:

That is our generation’s task — to make these words, these rights, these values — of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness — real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time — but it does require us to act in our time.” President Barack Obama, Inaugural  Address, 2013,

Action for me is the heart.  And to pump blood through the heart of action, no matter our 15226939-medical-abstract-backgrounds-with-human-3d-rendered-heartcountry of birth, political persuasion, belief, color or creed, each and every human on this earth need base their actions on The Golden Rule.  It’s that simple:

“The Golden Rule”

The Golden Rule originates in a well-known Torah verse (Hebrew: “ואהבת לרעך כמוך”):

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your kinsfolk. Love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. —Leviticus 19:18

Baha’i:  Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship . . . So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth. Baha’u’llah, Teachings on Spiritual Reality

ChristianityAll things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.  Matthew 7:12

Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowmen. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary. Talmud, Shabbat 31:a 

Hinduism: This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you. Mahabharata 5:1517 

Islam: No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. Sunnah 

Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. Udana Varga 5:18

Confucianism: Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others that you would not have them do unto you. Analects 15:23 

Zoroastrianism: That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself. (Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5).


Jainism: Killing a living being is killing one’s own self; showing compassion to a living being is showing compassion to oneself. He who desires his own good, should avoid causing any harm to a living being. Suman Suttam , verse 151

 

All Creatures Great and Small

“How great are Your works, O God! You made them all with wisdom, the earth is full of Your creatures.” Psalms 104:24 

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It rained today.  Actually more like a heavy mist that gently moistened the air and wet the ground.  In Southern California that qualifies as rain.  When it’s anything a bit heavier it’s called a storm . .. A parade of ants appeared in my bathroom.  Well it was a bit more than a “parade” . . . an infestation of hundreds, probably trying to escape their water laden home.

 “A man is not a great man because he is a warrior and kills other men; but because he hurts not any living being he in truth is called a great man.”Dhammapada (Buddhism)

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Clients frequently come to see me for Interactive Guided Imagery(sm) or hypnosis because of a chronic medical condition which usually involves pain.
There are lots of things I will teach them but one of my favorites is a simple meditation I made up:
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Close your eyes and focus on all the parts of your body that are not crying out for attention. No need to deny the parts that are hurting, the parts crying out for attention.  Just let them be . . . while you  shift your attention to tiny little places that are silent – like an earlobe, an eyebrow, an inside organ even your belly button or a toenail  .. . you’ll know where to find them in their silence .. . they’re always there … and share your gratitude in any way you choose . . . from head to toe,  inside  and out . . . gratitude to the thousand of cells that are silently doing just what they were created to do.”
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When I read this  fascinating article written by “my man”, Robert Krulwich (I love his reporting) I flashed to that easy meditation I’ve probably shared hundreds of time.  I also flashed to the ants – the fact that I pay more attention to the large things that pass through my awareness:  The red-tailed hawk that swoops by, a tree, an elephant . . . and only pay attention to the tiny things when they invade my space (like the hoard of ants in my bathroom yesterday) . . . or bite me.
 Ok, back to “My Man’s” article: I am in awe of the bio diversity of this planet that is our home
It’s mind-boggling!

And mind-rattling about our ignorance, often propelled by our search for quantity over quality, our greed, our sense of superiority when we ignorantly eradicate  the tiny creatures we pay little attention to . . . when they are causing “problems”. 

I do feel a bit guilty about killing the ants.  I just didn’t know how to lead them outside.

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Read this article,  you’ll better understand my reaction.  It’s short, has pictures and won’t take you but a minute.

” . . . the growth and development of the vegetable world is impossible without the existence of the animal kingdom, and the maintenance of animal life is inconceivable without the co-operation of the vegetable kingdom. Of like kind are the relationships that exist among all created things.”Bahá’u’lláh, Baha’i