"This is the sum of all true righteousness: deal with others as thou wouldst thyself be dealt by. Do nothing to thy neighbor which thou wouldst not have him do to thee hereafter."
The Mahabharata
Hindu epic poem, circa 800 BCE
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 -- Manu, Bagalkot      
While the sentiment is nice, the detail is backwards (as it is in the "Golden Rule" too)... better is to "do unto others as they would have you do unto them"...
 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    Too bad all relgions can't just leave it at that.
     -- Bob, Eugene, OR     
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    Confucianism states the Golden Rule in a reverse fashion from that of Christianity and maybe another religion or two, but this one actually states the Rule both ways. It is the only one to do that.
     -- Dick, Fort Worth     
    It is so simple yet so elusive... If practiced by the world it would be our second giant leap. Also, this means all things not just human
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
    It is interesting to note the Common Law was based on this saying (and others like it): " Do all you have agreed to do, and do not encroach on other persons or their property." It makes civilization possible. We used to have a government of common law. Now it is just political law. Read "Whatever Happened to Justice" by Richard Maybury.
     -- Kathy, Pennsylvania     
    it is basically about don't do to others what you do not want doing back to you
     -- louise, austria     
    How eloquent
     -- Seth, Ft. Worth     
    Exact meaning of DHARMA
     -- Balasooryan, Kerala.     
    "do unto others as they would have you do unto them"... This is not possible bcoz u can never know waht "would have you do unto them" You can only know "what you would have them do unto you"
     -- Anonymous, Kolkata     
    Bob, Eugene Oregon, you said it well.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor. 1st works. You can leave the word religion out Bob, and just go with everybody.
     -- watchman 13, USA     
     -- Mike, Norwalk      
     -- Al, DC      
    Good point, Dick. The first sentence is the Golden Rule, the second is upon which Law is based. Switch the first to Law and the second to merely a Rule and you have tyranny.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    This is basic human thinking if you want to fulfill your purpose on earth. Happiness, Freedom and Peace of mind it is said, can only be attained by giving same to others. In other words selflessness is the passage to nirvana.
     -- Dalton, Trinidad & Tobago     
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    The essence of this is to be kind to people, and also animals. And Bob, Eugene Oregon, is still right .
     -- jim k, Austin     
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    Interesting distinction, but as I know how I would like to be treated, I do not necessarily know what others would like.  So I start there.  And if how another would like to be treated also follows the same Golden Rule, then OK.  But what about when others tell you how you MUST treat them, no matter what, then sorry, NO.  It doesn't work that way.  Does the other person ever have to consider what I would like, or must I always acquiesce to others? 
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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