Did you know that the oldest religion in the world is called Animism?
It basically teaches that all things: animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather systems, even spoken words, buildings and other artifacts; are experienced as animate and alive.
As religions evolved they all started differing slightly from one another.
However, each religion holds within a universal truth, which is the same truth for all other religions.
Each religion is like a finger on a hand. We might only see the ‘fingertips’ at first, but if we go deeper in any one of them we’ll eventually realize that they are caused by fingers that unite into one hand. Each religion unites into one universal truth.
That truth is love!
And every religion has one universal primary teaching!
This is the primary teaching of every religion:
Buddhism: “Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” (Udana-Varga 5.18)
Christianity: “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)
Taoism: “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.” (T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien, 213-218)
Islam: “Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.” (The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith)
Hinduism: “This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.” (Mahabharata 5:1517)
Janism: “One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.” (Mahavira, Sutrakritanga)
Zoroastrianism: “Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.” (Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29)
Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary.” (Hillel, Talmud, Shabbat 31a)
Sikhism: “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, p. 1299)