To build world harmony we must find common ground and a set of shared values that unite us.
The values enshrined in the World Harmony Pledge help individuals to be good global citizens. Global citizens will in turn make companies and nations put human interest ahead of corporate and national interest and help us build a non-violent world with access to education, health care, technology and equity for all.
The values enshrined in the World Harmony Pledge can also be found at the core of all the major faiths and religions of the world.
The sections below show how these values are so beautifully represented across the major faiths and religions.
This unity gives us all hope that in the heart of every human being is goodness- enough to embrace us all with respect and compassion.
“Our mission is to build World harmony”
Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.
- Zoroaster, Shayast-na-Shayast 13:29
Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.
- The Prophet Muhammad, Hadiths of Nawawi, 13
Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.
- The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.18
What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Go and learn it.
- Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a
In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets
- Jesus, Matthew 7:12
Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.
- Lao T’zu, T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien 213-218
This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.
- Mahabharata 5:1517
Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.
- Baha’u’llah, Gleanings
One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.
- Mahavira, Sutrakrtanga
One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct…loving-kindness. Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.
- Confucious, Analects 15:23
I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all.
- Guru Granth Sahib 1299
Compassion is the finest weapon and best defense. If you would establish harmony, compassion must surround you like a fortress.
- Tao Te Ching 68
Do good simply because it is good.
- The Counsels of Adhurbâdh 2:37
…knowledge alone does not feed the starving man, nor can the poor be warmed by knowledge or words in the bitter winter; we must give the practical help of Loving-kindness.
- Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London 60
He has cast away ill-will; he dwells with a heart free from ill-will; cherishing love and compassion toward all living beings, he cleanses his heart from ill-will.
- Bhddha, the Word (The Eightfold Path)
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.
- Colossians 3:12
Mencius said, “Benevolence means man. When these two are conjoined, the result is the Way.”
- Mencius VII.B.16
What sort of religion can it be without compassion? You need to show compassion to all living beings. Compassion is the root of all religious faith.
- Basavanna, Vachana 247
The Prophet said, “All [human] creatures are God’s household, and those dearest to God are those who treat His household kindly.”
- Hadith of Baihaqi
Have benevolence toward all living beings, joy at the sight of the virtuous, compassion and sympathy for the afflicted, and tolerance toward the indolent and ill-behaved.
- Tattvarthasutra 7.11
The heart’s intention is the measure of all things.
- Maimonides, Letter to Hasdai HaLevi
The superior man tends to forgive wrongs and deals leniently with crimes.
- I Ching 40: Release
A religious student who retains what he has learned, who finds pleasure in the fulfillment of the law, who keeps the rules of studentship, who is upright and forgiving, attains perfection.
- Apastambra Prasna 1.2.5
Whoever denies God, His angels, His books, His apostles, and the Day of Judgement, has gone far, far astray.
- Qur’an 4.136
Without faith there is no knowledge, without knowledge there is no virtuous conduct, without virtues there is no deliverance, and without deliverance there is no perfection.
- Uttaradhyayana Sutra 28.30
Through faith man experiences the meaning of the world; through action he is to give it meaning.
- Rabbi Leo Baeck
Through faith the mind attains concentration and advances toward enlightenment.
- M1, Guru Granth Sahib 3
Be single-minded so that you may be faithful.
- The Counsels of Adhurbâdh 73
The essence of faith is fewness of words and abundance of deeds; those whose words exceed their deeds, know verily their death is better than their life.
- Tablets of Baha’u’llah 156
By faith you shall be free and go beyond the world of death.
- Sutta Nipata 1146
For by the grace given to me, I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgemenent, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
- Romans 12:3
He who does not understand the will of Heaven cannot be regarded as a gentleman.
- Analects 20.3.1
Every man’s faith conforms with his inborn nature, Arjuna. Faith is a person’s core; whatever his faith is, he is.
- Bhagavad-Gita 17.3
O people of the world, ye are all the fruit of one tree and the leaves of one branch. Walk with perfect charity, concord, affection and agreement.
- Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks 101
With his mind free from the inflow of thoughts and from restlessness, by abandoning both good and evil, an alert man knows no fear.
- Dhammapada 3:30
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.
- 1 John 4:18
Confucius said, “…a man who has benevolence is sure to have courage. A man who has courage is not sure to have benevolence.”
- Analects 14.5
Against the devouring demons who, in the night of the full moon, have arisen in throngs, may Agni, the strong, the slayer of the sorcerers, give us courage!
- Atharva Veda 3:1, 16.1
Whosoever submits his will to Allah, while doing good, his wage is with his Lord, and no fear shall be upon him, neither shall he sorrow.
- Qur’an 2.112
Yehuda ben Taima said, “Be bold as a leopard, light as an eagle, swift as a deer, and strong as a lion to do the will of your Father in Heaven.”
- Pirke Avot 5:23
O Nanak, those are brave warriors who conquer and subdue their vicious inner egos.
- M3, Guru Garanth Sahib 86
Because of deep love, one is courageous.
- Tao Te Ching 67
…Courage divorced from wisdom is (very) death in a man’s body…
- The Counsels of Adhurbâdh 2.52
In the world of existence there is indeed no greater power than the power of love.
- Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks 179
Let one live in loving-kindness; let one be adept in one’s duties; then joyfully one will see the end of sorrow.
- Dhammapada 25:376
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
- Matthew 19:19
Confucius said, “Only the man of humanity knows how to love people and hate people. If you set your mind on humanity, you will be free of evil.”
- Analects 4:3, 4
To see that universal and all-pervading Spirit of Truth face-to-face one must be able to love the meanest of creation as oneself.
- Mohandas Gandhi, An Autobiography
It may be that God will ordain love between you and those whom you hold as enemies. For God has power over all things: and God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
- Qur’an 60.7
Any love which is dependent on something, when the something ceases, the love ceases. Any love which is not dependent on anything will never cease…
- Pirke Avot 5:19
True lovers are those who are absorbed in divine love; all others are caught in worldly confusion.
- M2, Guru Granth Sahib 474
The sage has no fixed [personal] ideas. He regards the people’s ideas as his own. I treat those who are good with goodness, and I also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained…
- Tao Te Ching 49
It should be known that love of one’s fellow men proceeds from a balanced mind.
- The Counsels of Adhurbâdh 150
O people of the world, ye are all the fruit of one tree and the leaves of one branch. Walk with perfect charity, concord, affection, and agreement.
- Abdu’l-Baha, A Traveler’s Narrative 42
The one I call holy calls nothing one’s own, whether it be in front, behind, or between, is poor and free from attachment.
- Dhammapada 26:421
How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?
- John 1, 3:17
Tzu-kung asked, “Is there one word that can express the essence of right conduct in life?” K’ung replied, “It is the word reciprocity: Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you.”
- Analects 15:23
A man once asked the Prophet what was the best thing in Islam, and the latter replied, “It is to feed the hungry and to give the greeting of peace both to those one knows and to those one does not know.”
- Hadith of Bukhari
Charity – to be moved at the sight of the thirsty, the hungry, and the miserable and to offer relief to them out of pity – is the spring of virtue.
- Kundakunda, Pancastikaya 137
Who occupies himself with the needs of the community is as though he occupies himself with Torah.
- Talmud Yerushalmi, Berakhot
Those who earn by hard work, and share their earnings in charity, Nanak, have found the way to God.
- M1, Guru Garanth Sahib 1245
Relieve people in distress as speedily as you must release a fish from a dry rill [lest he die]…Respect the old and help the poor.
- Tract of the Quiet Way
The kingdom of Ahura’s heaven is for him who helps the poor.
- Yatha Ahu Vairyo