Prayer and Meditation
What is prayer? In simple terms, prayer is our inner dialogue, the term that is used to describe asking for divine help from God. Most commonly, prayers are for the higher good of yourself, your loved ones or others who need help, guidance or protection.
The companion to prayer is meditation. What is meditation? Meditation is the term used for the act of being still and quieting the endless chatter inside our heads so that divine answers and/or inspiration from God can reach us.
Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
The Golden Rule
Here are many faiths that teach the golden rule:
BAHAIISM: If thou lookest toward justice, choose then for others what thou choosest for thyself. Blessed is he who prefers his brother before himself.
BRAHMANISM: This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.
BUDDHISM: In five ways should a clansman minister to his friends and familiars: By generosity, courtesy and benevolence, treating them as he treats himself and by being as good as his word.
CHRISTIANITY: All things whatsover you would that men should do to you, do you even to them: For this is the law and the prophets.
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. (Luke 6:31)
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)
CONFUCIANISM: Is there one word which may serve as a rule to practice for all one's life? The Master said, "Is not reciprocity (sympathy, consideration) such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not unto others."
HINDUISM: The lifegiving breaths of other creatures are as dear to them as the breaths of one's own self. Men gifted with intelligence and purified souls should always treat others as they themselves wish to be treated.
JAINISM: Indifferent to worldly objects, a man should wander about, treating all creatures in the world as he himself would be treated.
JUDAISM: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
MOHAMMEDANISM: No one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.
SIKHISM: As thou deemest thyself, so deem others; then shalt thou become a partner in Heaven.
SHINTOISM: Irrespective of their nationality, language, manners and culture, men should give mutual aid, and enjoy reciprocal, peaceful pleasure by showing in their conduct that they are brethren.
TAOISM: Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain, and regard your neighbor's loss as your own loss.
ZOROASTRIANISM: That nature alone is good which refrains from
doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself.
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