Living by the Golden Rule may be easier said than done, but it’s good to know that virtually every spiritual tradition spells it out one way or another:
All things whatsoever yo would that men should so to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the Law and the Prophets.
No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.
What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man. That is the entire Law; All the rest is commentary.
Talmud, Shabbet, 31a
This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.
Mahabarata, 51 1517
Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful
Surely it is the maxim of loving kindness: Do not unto others that you would not have them do unto you.
Regard your neighbour’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbour’s loss as your own loss.
T’ai Shang Kan Ying Pien
That nature alone is good which refrains from doing another whatsoever is not good for itself.
Here’s something I bet you haven’t talked about down at the coffee shop:
This webpage explores fractal aspects of Hindu temple architecture, examining multiple archetypes and geometry of recursion. It is primarily about architectural design, religious symbolism and imagination. It concerns religious imagination involved in some of the ideas and plans used in Hindu temples. It is not intended to speak to issues of social justice, or economic questions. It is not intended to imply that all temples are the same, or that all temples are perfect institutions. Other studies exist which treat those topics. This short study can offer only a cursory suggestion of the intricacies of the symbol system, the modes of measuring units and proportions, and the reflection of the whole in some of the parts.
“The whole in some of the parts” — ah, yes. That’s how it works, behind the drama.
Now I have something to talk about at Traveller’s Cafe here in Boulder, when they’re not asking if I want a fresh cookie.
I’ve been a blogger for just over two years, complaining and pontificating at Spontaneous Arising. Most of the material there has been socio-political in nature, with the occasional spiritual content thrown in to relax my conscience.
The following question has arisen of late: “If everything sucks, if everything is a conspiracy — if everyone is treating everyone else horribly, taking advantage of their fellow human beings without a thought — what would you propose to do about it?”
Do I have a better idea?
How would I fix things?
I do have an idea or two, and they are related to the process of turning within, following some sort of spiritual practice, and/or adopting a different way of relating to the world — a way based on the inner, as opposed to addressing everything “out there.”
So, I’m starting up this blog to focus solely on The Solution, and I’m leaving the ranting to my other blog.
There are further possibilities for this blog that I’m not yet prepared to talk about, at least not here — though you’ll be among the first to know. For the time being, I’ll be working on the template here, adding links and figuring out the wonderful features that WordPress offers, as opposed to Blogger where I’ve been for the past couple years.