Universality of the Golden Rule The moral principle, treat others as you want them to treat you, is a universal idea. If you look at world religious and philosophical literature, you will see structurally similar teachings of the Golden Rule.
The Sikh tradition was founded by Guru Nanak in the late 15th century C.E. in the Punjab region of what are today India and Pakistan. According to Sikh beliefs, the same revelatory spirit inhabited Guru Nanak and his nine successors. Today, this spirit can be found in the teachings of the Guru Granth Sahib, the foundational scripture of the Sikh tradition.