After this weekend, I have so many thoughts streaming through my head, it is hard now to decompress. The entire weekend’s teachings, or rather, re-learning is this: “To attain heaven on earth, actively love and serve your enemies as if they were you.” This single concept has been stated over and over again in different ways by teachers throughout history.

Buddhism — “Hatreds never cease through hatred in this world; through love alone they cease. This eternal law conquers anger with love. Conquer evil with goodness.”

~ Buddha (in the Dhammapada 5 & 223)

Christianity — “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

~ Paul (in Romans 12:21)

Confucianism — “He whose heart is in the smallest degree set upon goodness will dislike no one.” ~ Confucius (in Analects 4:3-4)

Hinduism — “One should never harm the wicked … or even criminals traditionally meriting death. A noble soul will ever exercise compassion, even towards those who enjoy injuring others … even to those of cruel deeds while they are actually committing them.”

~ Ramayana (in Yuddha Kanda 115)

Islam — “God will ordain love between you and those whom you hold as enemies.  For God has power over all things; and God is most merciful.”

~ Muhammad (in the Qur’an 60:7)

Jainism — “Have benevolence towards all living beings, joy at the sight of the virtuous, compassion for the afflicted, and kindness towards the indolent and ill-behaved.”

~ Unknown (in Tattvarthasutra 7:11)

Judaism — “Aid an enemy before you aid a friend.”

~ Tosefta (in Baba Metzia 2:26)

Mormonism — “They had rather sacrifice their lives than even to take the life of their enemy; and they have buried their weapons of war deep in the earth, because of their love towards their brethren.”

~ Book of Mormon (in Alma 26:32)

 Sikhism — “Those who beat you with fists, do not pay them in the same coin.  But go to their houses and kiss their feet.”

~ Unknown (in Adi Granth, Shalok Farid pg. 1378)

Taoism — “I treat those who are good with goodness, and I also treat those who are not good with goodness.  Thus goodness is attained … Do good to him who has done you an injury.”

~ Lao Tsu (in the Tao Te Ching verse 49 & 63)

 Zoroastrianism — “May love triumph over contempt.”

~ Unknown (in Yasna 60:5)