The Golden Rule, in its simplest form, states that we should treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves and it can be found in the Writings of all religions. Tom Price once said that the golden rule has four flavors.

  1. Do unto others what you want them to do unto you.
  2. Do not do unto others, what you do not want them to do unto you.
  3. Not wish for others what you do not wish for yourself.
  4. Should wish for others what you wish for yourself.

These flavours of the Golden Rule are also in the Bahai Writings, but I wonder if there is not one more flavour in the Bahai Writings – wish for others more or better than you wish for yourself. Here are some examples from the Writings that convey the essence of the Golden Rule.

“Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not. This is my command unto thee, do thou observe it.” [Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic # 29]

“Hear no evil, and see no evil, abase not thyself, neither sigh nor weep. Speak no evil, that thou mayest not hear it spoken unto thee, and magnify not the faults of others that thine own faults may not appear great; and wish not the abasement of anyone, that thine own abasement be not exposed.” [Bahá’u’lláh Hidden Words, Persian #44]

He should not wish for others that which he doth not wish for himself, nor promise that which he doth not fulfil. [Bahá’u’lláh, Kitab-i-Iqan page 194]

“Lay not on any soul a load which ye would not wish to be laid on you, and desire not for any one the things ye would not desire for yourselves.” [Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings LXVI]

“Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.” [Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 71]

Wish not for others what ye wish not for yourselves” [Bahá’u’lláh, Kitab-i-Aqdas verse 148]

” And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose for thy neighbor that which thou choosest for thyself.” [Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 30]

You must love your friend better than yourself; yes, be willing to sacrifice yourself. [‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Promulgation of Universal Peace page 218]