Principle of Harmony of Mutual Respect

Principle of Harmony of Mutual Respect

I respect myself.  I respect you.  You respect yourself.  You respect me.

These are the four corners of mutual respect. When all four corners are present between two people or two groups, only then does mutual respect exist between them.  Mutual respect is the foundation of global peace, genuine tolerance and the success of the global knowledge civilization.

The Four Corners Of Mutual Respect


I Respect My Self    –     I Respect You

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You Respect Yourself — You Respect Me


Notice that mutual respect begins with self respect. You can be responsible for respecting yourself and respecting the other person or group. Although you cannot be responsible for the other’s respect, you can make it easier, by being worthy of respect and by encouraging the other to respect himself or herself. Be a fountain of mutual respect. If you respect yourself, it will help you with the other three corners of mutual respect.

Respect someone, and add a moment of peace in the world.  Mutual respect is the foundation for a successful, peaceful global knowledge civilization. Do your part.


Buddhism: Mutual Respect

It is good to have friends when friendship is mutual.  Good deeds are friends at the time of death.  But best of all is going beyond sorrow.

Dhammapada, 23: 331, Easwaran, p. 176


Him I call a Brahmin who does not hurt others with unkind acts, words or thoughts.  His body and mind obey him.

Dhammapada, 26: 391, Easwaran, p. 196

Him I call a Brahmin who has put aside all weapons and renounced violence toward all creatures.  He neither kills nor helps others kill.

Dhammapada, 26: 405, Easwaran, p. 197


Christianity: Mutual Respect

“Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12: 28-31 (NIV)


Confucianism: Mutual Respect

Jan Yung asked about Manhood-At-Its-Best.

“When away from home act as respectfully as you would toward an important guest; handle the people as respectfully as you would a grand sacrifice.  Do not do to others what you would not desire yourself.  Then you will have no enemies either in the state or in your own home.”

Sayings of Confucius XII: 2

“Great Man develops virtues in others, but not their vices.  Petty Man does just the opposite.” Sayings of Confucius XII: 16


Hinduism: Mutual Respect

When a person responds to the joys and sorrows of others as if they were his own, he has attained the highest state of spiritual union.      Gita 6: 32



Islam: Mutual Respect

Render to the kinsman his due and the needy and the wayfarer, and squander not thy substance extravagantly, for the extravagant fall into evil company and misuse the bounties of their Lord.  On occasions when thou must turn away from any of those who should be the objects of thy benevolence, while seeking thy Lord=s mercy for which thou hopest, then speak kindly to them.  Do not hold back altogether out of miserliness and render thyself blameworthy, nor spend without restraint and exhaust thy substance, thus becoming thyself an object of charity.  Thy Lord enlarges His provision for whom He wills.  He is well aware of all that relates to His servants and sees it all.

Qur’an 17: 27-31


Judaism: Mutual Respect

You are not to take-vengeance, you are not to retain-anger against the sons of your kinspeople-

but be loving to your neighbor (as one) like yourself,

I am YHWH!      Leviticus 19: 18 (Fox)

A disciple asked Rabbi Shmelke, We are commanded to love our neighbor as ourself.  How can I do this if my neighbor has wronged me?

The Rabbi answered. “You must understand these words correctly.  Love your neighbor like something which you yourself are.  For all souls are one.  Each spark from the original soul, and this soul is wholly inherent in all souls, just as your soul is in all members of your body.  It may happen that your hand makes a mistake and hits you.  But would you then take a stick and punish your hand because it lacked understanding, and so increase your pain?  It is the same if your neighbor, who is of one soil with you, wrongs you because he does not understand.  If you punish him, you only hurt yourself.”

Rabbi Shemlke of Nikolsburg, The Enlightened Mind, Mitchell, p. 156.


Naturalism: Mutual Respect

When our young men grow angry at some wrong, real or imagined, they make their faces ugly with black paint.  Then their hearts are ugly and black.  They are hard and their cruelty knows no limits.  And our old men cannot restrain them.

Let us hope that wars between the red man and his white brothers will never come again.  We would have everything to lose and nothing to gain.  Young men view revenge as gain, even when they lose their own lives.  But the old men who stay behind in time of war, mothers with sons to lose – they know better

Chief Seattle, in The Enlightened Mind, Mitchell, p. 173-174



Taoism:   Mutual Respect

Whoever is planted in the Tao

will not be rooted up.

Whoever embraces the Tao

will not slip away.

Her name will be held in honor

from generation to generation.


Let the Tao be present in your life

and you will become genuine.

Let it be present in your family

and your family will flourish.

Let it be present in your country

and your country will be an example

to all countries in the world.

Let it be present in the universe

and the universe will sing.


How do I know this is true?

By looking inside myself.


Tao Te Ching No. 54

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