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Excerpted from Oneness: Great Principles Shared by All Religions by Jeffrey Moses. Copyright 1989 by Jeffrey Moses. Excerpted by permission of Fawcett Columbine Books, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.  HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.

"Serve and revere your parents. Heaven is spread beneath the feet of mothers everywhere."

Jeffrey Moses, Oneness, Part 4

Honor Thy Father and Mother

It would be difficult to repay our parents for the hours, days, and years they cared for us when we were young. Perhaps the only way to return some of that love is through caring for our own children, and for our parents as they grow older.

We should do our best to know our parents, for knowing them is the key to knowing ourselves. The day will come when we shall wish we had known them better.


My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your mother's teaching. Bind them upon your heart always; tie them about your neck. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.

- Judaism

For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother.

- Christianity

Honor thy Father and Mother. Forget not the favours thou hast received.

- Hinduism

Serve and revere your parents. Heaven is spread beneath the feet of mothers everywhere.

- Islam

To support Father and Mother,
To cherish Wife and Child,
To follow a peaceful calling,
This is the greatest blessing.

- Buddhism

If each man would love his parents and show due respect to his elders, the whole empire would enjoy tranquility.

- Confucianism

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