golden rule

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Wikipedia.
Related to golden rule: Golden ratio

Golden Rule,

in the New Testament, saying of Jesus. In the Gospel of Matthew he says, "In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets." The Gospel of St. Luke has "Do to others as you would have them do to you." It is stated negatively in the Book of Tobit in the Arpocrypha.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

Golden Rule

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

"Do unto others what you would have them do unto you," a staple of most religious traditions, is a philosophy known as the golden rule.

Sometimes it is cast in the negative:

Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful (Udanavarga).

Confucianism: Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you (Analects 15:2).

Hinduism: Do naught unto others [that] which would cause you pain if done to you (Mahabharata 5:1517).

Judaism: That which is hateful unto you, do not impose on others (Talmud, Shabbat 31a).

Other times it is put in positive terms:

Christianity: As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them (Luke 6:13).

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

The Religion Book: Places, Prophets, Saints, and Seers © 2004 Visible Ink Press®. All rights reserved.

golden rule

1. any of a number of rules of fair conduct, such as Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them (Matthew 7:12) or thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (Leviticus 19:28)
2. another name for rule of three
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
References in periodicals archive ?
Critique: Thoughtful and thought-provoking, inspired and inspiring, "The Simple Little Rule: The Golden Rule Rediscovered" is an extraordinary and potentially life changing, quality-of-life enhancing read.
While the golden rule is so simple that a child can follow it, it is complicated, paradoxical and daunting for adults who are trying to manage large companies.
Thomas said that the Golden Rule applied equally to buyers, who should not pay less for something than it is worth.
The beauty of the Golden Rule is that it takes our own self-interest and extends it to everybody else.
A Golden Rule historical experience table shows monthly experience data for months from January 2013 through June 2014.
I'm not saying it's made me any money but it's my golden rule.
Accepting the Golden Rule is the wise choice that liberates us from the pernicious illusion that we can exempt ourselves from ethics.
Grayling for reminding us of George Bernard Shaw's apt swipe at the Golden Rule: "Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you.
Let this country, like the first, apply the golden rule, and so it ends with a market rate of interest higher than that of the first country.
The "Golden Rule" is one of the most pervasive essential message meta-narratives within interfaith discourse.
The Parliament of the World's Religions even made a Declaration Toward a Global Ethic and proclaimed the Golden Rule as the common principle for many religions.
"Four Seasons has always been guided by the Golden Rule -- treating others as we would like to be treated," says Kathleen Taylor, president and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.