Buddha, Zoroaster and Mohamed on Workers

391px-Spring_Temple_Buddha_picturing_Vairocana,_in_Lushan_County,_Henan,_China
Picture of Buddha at Spring Temple, China (from Wikipedia)

Golden sayings about workers/employees by great religious leaders are given below:
Lord Buddha says in Sigalovada suttanta:

“ In five ways does an Aryan master helps his servants and employees
1.By assigning them work according to their strength
2.By supplying them with food and wages
3.By tending them in sickness
4.By sharing with them unusual delicacies
5.By granting leave periodically.

In these ways ministered to by their master, servants and employees love their master in five ways—
1.They rise before him
2.They lie down to rest after him
3.They are content with what is given to them
4.They do their work well
5.And they carry about his praise and good fame”.

Parsees (Religion: Zoroastrianism)
Zoroastrian Prayer gives better guarantee than Marxism against apprehension of injustice or inequality :
“The thought well thought
The word well spoken
The deed well done”
(Humata, Hukhata, Hvershta)
And directive to the followers of the way of the Wise Lord to be pure in thoughts and deeds, charitable to those in need, kind to all useful animals, and industrious in tilling the soil, growing trees, raising cattle or doing other profitable and useful labour
(Humata ,Hukhata, Hvershta= Hindus say Mano, Vak, Kaya)

Islam
Mohamed says, “ Your servants are your brothers. God has placed them under your charge; whosoever has then a brother under his charge, let him feed him what he eats himself, and let him clothe him out of with what he clothes himself, and compel them not to do a work which will overpower them.”

Marxism
Thus, though attentive to the material needs of the peoples, all religions and their leaders differ from Marxism in that:
1).None of them subscribes to naked materialism
2).None of them treats man as a mere economic being; and
3).None of them relies upon external coercion as an instrument for reformation of men and matters.
Source: The Perspective by D.B. Thengadi, Trade Unionist.

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