“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” A famous
person said that, and you doubtless know who it is. Often called
the Golden Rule, it forms the cornerstone of every major
Does it sound like nice advice, if you had the spare time, or if
you are planning to be a saint? If so, it may astonish you to
discover that, not only does this make sense from a spiritual and
altruistic viewpoint, it is also good advice if you are acting
from purely self-serving motives. It actually makes sound
business sense too, although very few businesses operate that
The reason for this is that the universe operates according to
strict law, and not according to chance or luck. One of those
laws is that of Karma, also known as the law of Cause and Effect.
In the material world, it has its equivalent, and this is
enshrined in one of Newton’s laws of motion; namely, “To every
action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”.
Thus, the Golden Rule is not just nice advice, if you can find
the time and energy to get around to it. It is actually essential
to your long-term success, spiritually, mentally, emotionally,
and materially. Let us examine why this is, and how exactly the
You may have heard of Karma, and believed that it only deals with
reincarnation and past lives. Actually, it has a much more direct
application here and now, and that is what the Golden Rule is
really all about.
At its essence, the universe is pure energy; the energy of
creative intelligence. Moreover, YOU are a thinking center, and
can form thoughts that radiate out into this creative ocean of
intelligence. You are like a magnet, drawing to yourself whatever
circumstances and people are in harmony with the vibration of
your dominant thoughts. Your mind is like a broadcasting and
receiving station for thought waves; of specific vibrational
frequencies that you are free to choose. It is much the same as
tuning your radio to a specific channel.
Now you can better understand why it is that what you put out
into the universe must come back on you in the end. That is the
“selfish” basis of the Golden Rule. It’s not just about “being
nice”. It’s got a hard-edged reality about it. You see, WHATEVER
you put out – for good or ill – comes back on you eventually by
infallible law. That is one excellent reason why you definitely
want to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Let’s take a practical example. Let’s say you are angry with
someone, either at home or at work. According to this rule, you
would do best to treat that person with kindness and forgiveness,
and NOT engage in retaliation, back-biting criticism, revenge or
character assassination. The reason for this is twofold.
First, even if the person is wrong, and is fully aware of the
fact, no one takes kindly to being attacked. No one lies down and
plays dead. Hence, your own attack, however justified, will only
provoke a similar or greater reaction. If you speak ill of this
other person, you can bet that person will find something bad to
say about you, even if it is a lie. From the Golden Rule
viewpoint, what you put out on that person will directly and
pragmatically return to you.
Second, consider the effect such behavior has upon you. In truth,
regardless of external consequences, whatever you put out comes
back on you directly via your internal psyche. Every thought you
think modifies your psyche, and hence your essential character,
for good or ill. You have a choice between a base response or one
that is noble and high-minded. Whichever you choose will modify
YOU accordingly. The next time you meet other such situations,
you will be more likely to react in the same way. It will happen
more naturally and more swiftly until it eventually becomes
These are the reasons you must do unto others as you would have
them do unto you. In a very literal sense, you ARE doing unto
yourself whatever you are doing unto others in thought, word and
If you react negatively, you modify your inner psyche in a
negative manner. This sets up negative vibration in your
thoughts. If you do this often enough, the negative vibration
becomes coherent, laser-beam focused, and begins to attract into
your life other things, people and circumstances of harmonious
vibration to itself. Karma does its work.
Conversely, reacting in a positive manner, as dictated by the
Golden Rule, sets up a positive vibration within you, and this
attracts other positive vibrations into your life. So, in a
sense, you could say it is good, practical, SELFISH advice.
This explains another matter that often confuses people. They
expect that if they help another person, a positive return should
result from THAT person. No. That is not how it works at all. You
may get nothing back from that specific individual. However, you
do modify your own psychic vibration in a positive manner, which
in turn attracts other vibrations of similar frequency. In turn,
that manifests from the universe many circumstances and events of
like vibration. You benefit, but not necessarily from the one
whom you benefited.
In other words, the good you will receive is guaranteed. However,
the Infinite Intelligence will deliver it from a source of its
Hopefully, this has helped you to see that the Golden Rule is not
some sort of naive, wishful thinking theory. It is an essential
and key secret to life. Imagine what the world would be like if
nations could practice this attitude, as well as individuals.
In truth, the Golden Rule is the fundamental spiritual law by
which the universe works. If you live in accordance with it, you
will manifest all the good that you desire, now and forever.
Copyright 2003. Asoka Selvarajah. All Rights Reserved.
Asoka Selvarajah is a writer on personal growth and spirituality, and the author of “The 7 Golden Secrets To Knowing Your Higher Self”. His work helps people achieve their full potential, deepen their understanding of mystical truth, and discover their soul’s purpose. You can subscribe to his FREE ezine, and get his FREE ebook “Inner Light Outer Wealth” at:
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