"Show honor to your
parents and pay homage to them. This will cause blessings to descend upon
you from the clouds of the bounty of your Lord, the Exalted, the Great."
Faith Baha'u'llah in the Family
Life compilation, pp. 386-38
Those who wish to be born in [the Pure
Land] of Buddha... should act filially towards their parents and support
them, and should serve and respect their teachers and elders.
Buddhism Meditation on Buddha Amitayus 27
father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the
Lord your God
& Judaism Exodus 20.12
The gentleman works upon the
trunk. When that is firmly set up, the Way grows. And surely proper
behavior towards parents and elder
brothers is the trunk of Goodness.
Confucianism Analects 1.2
Now filial piety is
the root of all virtue, and the stem out of which grows all moral teaching...
Our bodies--to every hair and bit of skin--are
received by us from our parents, and we must not presume to injure
or wound them: this is the beginning of filial piety. When we have established
our character by the practice of the filial course, so as to make
our name famous in future ages, and thereby glorify our parents:
this is the end of filial piety. It commences with the service of parents;
it proceeds to the service of the ruler; it is completed by the establishment
of [good] character.
Classic on Filial Piety 1
Do not neglect the works due to the
gods and the fathers! Let your mother be to
you like unto a god! Let your father be to you like unto a god!
Hinduism aittiriyaka Upanishad
Thy Lord has decreed...
that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age
in your lifetime, do not say to them a word of contempt, nor repel them,
but address them in terms of honor. And, out of kindness, lower to them
the wing of humility, and say, "My Lord! bestow on them Thy mercy even
as they cherished me in childhood."
Islam Qur'an 17.23
One companion asked,
"O Apostle of God! Who is the person worthiest of my consideration?" He
replied, "Your mother." He asked again, "And second to my mother?" The
Prophet said, "Your mother." The companion insisted, "And then?" The Messenger
of God said, "After your mother, your father."
Islam Hadith of Bukhari
There are three partners
in man, God, father, and mother. When a man honors his father and mother,
God says, "I regard it as though I had dwelt among them and they had honored
Judaism Talmud, Kiddushin
Do not despise the breath
of your fathers,
But draw it into
That our roads may
reach to where the life-giving road of our sun father comes out,
That, clasping one
Holding one another
We may finish our
That this may be,
I add to your breath now.
To this end:
May my father bless
you with life;
May your road reach
to Dawn Lake,
May your road be
American Zuni Prayer
Attend strictly to the
commands of your parents and the instructions of your teachers. Serve your
leader with diligence; be upright of heart; eschew falsehood; and be diligent
in study; that you may conform to the wishes of the heavenly spirit.
Shinto Oracle of Temmangu
Son, why do you quarrel
with your father,
Due to him you have
grown to this age?
It is a sin to argue
Sikhism Adi Granth, Sarang,
M.4, p. 1200
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