Compassion with Service to others 1

IMG_8462-low-resTradition of all religions hold common ground in the belief of basic truth.  One of the most prevalent is the agreement in the importance of the virtue compassion, service to others, paying it forward, being concerned with not only self interest but the welfare of others.  The proverbial golden rule is shared by comparative religions.  Find comparative religion quotes reflecting these common pursuits among all cultures, countries and races:

“He should not wish for others that which he doth not wish for himself, nor promise that which he doth not fulfill.”   Gleanings from the writings of Bahha’u’llah, page 266, Bahai Faith

“Hurt not others in ways you find hurtful.”  Tripitaka, Udnana-varga 5.18,  Buddhism

“Therefore all things whatsoever you desire that men should do to you, do you evenso unto  them; for this is the Law and the Prophets.”   Matthew 7:12,   Christianity

“Tzu-Kung asked: “Is there one principle upon which one’s whole life may proceed?”  The Master replied, “Is not Reciprocity such a principle? …what you do not yourself desire, do not put before others.”   Analects of Confucius, Book XV, Chapter XXIII (Legge Translation 1861)  Confucianism

“Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence.”  Mencius VII.A.4                      Confucianism

“This is the sum of the Dharma:  Do not unto others that which would cause pain if done to you.”  Mahabharata 5:1517

“Not one of you is a believer unless he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.”  Forty Hadith of an-Nawawi 13,   Islam

“What is hurtful to yourself do not to another man.  That is the whole of the Torah and the remainder is but commentary.”  Talmud, Shabbat, 31a  Juddaism

“A man should wander about treating all creatures as himself would be treated.”  Sukrakritanga 1.11.33   Jainism

“All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves.  All is really One.”   Black Elk ,  Native American

“The sage has no interest of his own, but takes the interest of the people as his own.  He is kind to the kind, he is also kind to the unkind: for Virtue is kind.  He is faithful to the faithful, he is faithful to the unfaithful: for Virtue if faithful.”  Tao Teh Ching,  Chapter 49, translated by John C.H. Wu     Taosim

“An it harms none, do as ‘ye will.”       Wiccan

“That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself.”  Zend Avesta, Dadistan-i-diinik, 94-5   Zorastrian

It is interesting that most of these teachings speak to the natural state of man, imploring all to step out of their natural instincts to take care of self or “us four and no more,”  a quote reflecting confinement to family interests.  We are asked to step into “Christ Consciousness,” Buddha Consciousness,” Allah Consciousness,” “Great Spirit Consciousness,” etc. because human nature is survival of the fittest, being number one, winning, having the most, power, position, money, which leave our fellow brethren in the dust.

Please find a wonderful story about Chief Yuma,  I knew Derek Johnson when he was a baby through 7 years.  He comes from a wonderful family who model service to others, the true path of peace, harmony and happiness.  I am proud to call them my friends.  I hope you are as inspired by this story as I am.  Good news is the best news…enjoy!

Meet Chief Yuma.

When he was born Grover Cleveland was president of the United States. Henry Ford completed the first usable gas motor. New Zealand became the first country to grant women the right to vote, and Gandhi committed his very first act of civil disobedience.

By the time much of the world was tearing itself apart during World War I, Chief Yuma had already married and begun raising his family. When Hitler marched his troops into Poland, sparking World War II, Chief Yuma was playing with his grandchildren. In 1956, the year of Chief Yuma’s retirement, Martin Luther King Jr. was addressing the NAACP in San Francisco saying, “I believe that a day will come when all God’s children from bass black to treble white will be significant on the constitution’s keyboard.”

That’s right. Chief Yuma is believed to be 120 years old.

For nearly a century, Chief Yuma lived in the vibrant world of sound, able to connect with all that surrounded him. Born in a small tribal village in northern Ghana, he carved out a life as medicine man, tribal leader, husband, father to 20 children, and grandfather and great-grandfather to countless others.

He bore witness as his own country experienced the fall of Ashanti rule to British colonialism, drafted its first constitution, attained independence from England, and rose to one of the most politically and economically stable nations in Africa. As the world around him swirled with changes that touched three centuries, Chief Yuma grew older, wiser and ultimately in his late 90s, started losing his hearing and his ability to connect with the world he had known for so long.

As his hearing loss worsened, his family began resorting to shouting at him to communicate, as he struggled to read their lips. Over the next 20+ years, Chief Yuma was forced to settle into his new world of silence, stoically accepting his fate as he became increasingly disconnected from his family and the community around him.

When Starkey Hearing Foundation heard Chief Yuma’s story, we were inspired and wanted to do whatever possible to connect him back to life and the world he has known for so long. Team member Derek Johnson was conducting follow up work in Ghana from our mission in the fall, so we worked with our Ghanaian partners to ensure that Chief Yuma, accompanied by his great grandson, made it safely to the Tamale ENT Clinic.

Fitting the Chief was a challenge, but we are always up for a challenge! His hearing loss was so profound that the behind-the-ear style hearing aids we typically fit on missions were not enough. He had to be fit with a more powerful body aid instead. In addition, Chief Yuma’s exceptionally large ear canals made creating his ear molds and ensuring a proper fit, especially difficult. Undeterred, we worked patiently with Chief Yuma for more than four hours.


Then it happened…Chief Yuma heard!

And when he finally heard his first sounds in more than 20 years, he let out a victory cry louder than anything his great grandson had ever heard from him. A cry that let the world know, Chief Yuma has returned.



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