"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 religion.
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 way.
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 law works.
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 automatic.
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 deed.
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 choosing.
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.
Dr. Asoka Selvarajah is the author of "The 7 Golden Secrets To Knowing Your Higher Self" course. Asoka's work helps people achieve their full potential, deepen their understanding of mystical truth, and find joy in their true soul's purpose. He offers you a FREE 14-Day LifeBreakthrough e-mail course at: