REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
THE PATH, ITS PURPOSE AND ITS VALUE
September 29, 1957
Chung Pa Dong Church
Father of love! We know that today is the day that all must come
before You and cleanse their every aspect. We know that in the past
week there were many things about us that were wrong in Your eyes.
Therefore, Father of love, we sincerely wish that during this hour You
will forgive all our inadequacies and allow us to have repentful
hearts. By doing so, please guide this to be a moment when we can
cleanse all of our wrong doings of the past week and unveil before You
all the things that we have committed during our life course.
Father, please allow us to first feel the joy and bliss of having
found the Father in this hour. Next, please allow us to give thanks
for the Father's grace. You made it possible for us to find our
previously lost selves and to return the joy and glory of having found
the Father. Beloved Father, we beseech You from the depths of our
hearts to guide this hour to be a moment when we can sincerely rejoice
and be grateful over the grace of the Father, who has led us to find
the original self that the Father too has sought.
Before we seek and attend the Father within our hearts, there is no
way we can realize the goal of our life or obtain the element of power
with which we can fight against Satan. Therefore, Father, we sincerely
wish that You can allow our center to be connected to You. Allow us to
be the sons and daughters who can exert all of our strength for the
sake of the will while our center remains unmoved.
Father, please look upon this nation with compassion. Please give
blessing upon the countless altars which are gathered on behalf of
these people. Since there are many children who are appealing to You
out of desperation, Father, please be their friend and consoler.
Beloved Father, we sincerely wish and desire for You to be the leader
of all, to let them share in the eternal ideology of life, and for You
to allow this to be a time when we can discuss the ideology of love.
Father, the sons and daughters who have gathered here prostrate
themselves before the Father having unveiled themselves wholly. Please
seek us with a loving and parental heart, and allow us to be equipped
with the center of the eternally unchanging character. By achieving
this, let us experience the Father's heart and be the ones who can
take responsibility for the will in the Father's place. Beloved
Father, we sincerely wish for You to allow us to become the children
who can receive orders from the Father.
We have entrusted this hour only to You, so please govern it from
beginning to end. Hoping that only the glory of victory will be
allowed to descend upon all of our heads, beloved Father, we offer all
these words in the name of the Lord. Amen.
The title of the speech I want to share with you is "The Path, its
Purpose and its Value." I will speak to you briefly upon this topic.
Not only human beings, but all created things that exist on this earth
have been seeking the one path. All of the created things we see have
been working ceaselessly to realize their individual purposes. Human
beings have been unconsciously seeking some central path during the
long period of history. Accordingly, if the path you are walking at
present is different from that central path, then you must find that
The Reason Fallen Men Could
Not Comprehend the Purpose of Life
For human beings, there is a path we must walk as individuals. At the
same time, we also must walk a path as a group, a society, a nation
and the world. Furthermore, you have to clearly understand that there
is one path we must walk through the heavenly principles.
You might feel that you are living in this kind of reality today, and
that even if you are the only one, this one self must walk toward the
will of the original heavenly principles. Yet you will learn that
while you proceed on that path, it is difficult to manage your
responsibilities on your own.
If human beings can break out of this kind of situation, take
responsibility for themselves for eternity and walk the path of which
they can be eternally proud, then they will able to feel many new
ideas and facts that others in history could not feel on the earth
until now. However, you today probably feel that you are groping in
the dark without knowing the destination of the path you are about to
take. Similarly, from the fall until now, human beings have been
wandering unaware on a path that does not have a purpose.
Seeking the one path, which has been pursued from the time of our
ancestors in the past, did not come to a culmination with an
individual. Individuals gathered to form families, families joined to
form a society, societies came together to form nations, and nations
came together to form a world. That world has also come together in
search of a certain path it must take. You probably witness this
clearly in your living environment.
When one of you tries to pursue an ideology of life, you will
certainly have to pass through a path. That path is headed toward a
certain point of conclusion which can connect you with the whole.
Similarly, you will not be able to deny the fact that, until now, some
people of the past have walked a complex path of conflict while
heading toward the ideology of unification, which is the concluding
point of that conflict.
On the day that the purpose of the conflict is fulfilled, as we become
inseparable from that purpose, from a position of immutability, we
will find the one great value that can penetrate from one to the
whole. We can then finally arrive at the destination of the path
humankind is walking on today.
Nonetheless, although each of you is pursuing this kind of universal
value of the whole today, because there is no environment that will
allow your mind and body to become one with it, conflicts are taking
place in many directions. Therefore, only when our minds and bodies
can develop a relationship of eternal oneness with the path which
heads toward the heavenly principles can we behold that purpose and
enjoy our present life. We can then cherish that value and rejoice
within the ideology of life. Thus, you who are living in the
environment of the end of the century today must reflect on your own
initiative about the purpose of the path you are seeking and the
distance which lies between you and that path.
Yet that path will come in many different forms. There will be paths
that rely on religion; there will be paths that rely on science. In
each field in which you find yourselves, politics, economics,
philosophy, etc., there will be a different path each of you walk.
Even if these paths are different from the eternal path of the whole,
when their convergent destinations come together toward the unity that
everyone can welcome, a desirable new path will emerge.
When you reflect upon whether you have found the eternal value that
will allow you to embark upon a new path from the position you are in
today, you will find that no one has yet found that kind of value and
purpose. In other words, in religion, science, culture or any other
field, we were not able to find the universal value that could
establish our new ideology of life and form the power of new life. We
were not able to set the one standard that can operate as the
universal purpose itself.
Why are human beings still in a position of ignorance toward that kind
of purpose and direction, not even aware of the purpose itself? The
reason is that our minds and bodies have not been able to set the one
standard that can bring them into oneness with the heavenly
principles. In other words, before we human beings can set the one
standard that can unite our minds and bodies with the heavenly
principles, we cannot be in a relationship with the new ideology
linked to the universal purpose. Moreover, no matter how much our mind
and body become one, we cannot establish a place where we can rest in
peace eternally and experience the ideology of unification.
You must be the ones who can connect themselves with the three-
dimensional value of the one purpose. When you can center your minds
and bodies on the one center that emerges as the ideology of the whole
and as the power of life and you move centering on the spirit, you can
finally fathom the whole value of God.
This course, which we are traveling through based on our minds and
bodies today, is not merely the destination of some ideology. When it
can transcend the mind and body to connect with the one subject who is
dominating the eternal and all-encompassing value of the heavenly
principles, our minds can finally find a resting place. Our bodies can
dwell in it also.
Consequently, we human beings today have been seeking this kind of
path through religion in an attempt to link the mind, body and the
universal principles that stand divided. Furthermore, God has been
seeking us through this path to save fallen humanity.
The History of Humanity Moving
Toward the Point of Unity
Has scientific or religious truth pointed out the ultimate path that
human beings were to travel originally? They have not been able to
point the way. Until now, human beings have not been able to establish
the one standard that can bring unity between mind and body and enable
them to become one with the eternal heavenly principles or the
absolute Deity, the Creator.
Therefore, you probably do not know with certainty yet which direction
you are traveling toward and in which position you find yourself. You
must understand that even if the Creator and the created things have
some ideology, they have no relationship whatsoever apart from you.
Therefore, you must prepare the one standard based upon which the
highest ideology of the Creator and the creation can be manifested
through you. Where the purpose of this ideology is realized, you can
forget everything and rejoice. If you cannot prepare this kind of
standard, you will not be able to break through the secular
environment in your practical life. Therefore, in the course of your
life, you must find the one being of purpose who can introduce this
Many people today are prophesying that the present era is the Last
Days. We also are well aware of this fact. We have arrived at the
ultimate concluding era of history. Moreover, you must understand that
all kinds of social customs and environments, natural phenomena like
the weather and the seasons, etc. are being mobilized for the sake of
fulfilling this one purpose.
Today, you will feel that you can never accomplish that purpose
without the ideology that puts you in harmony with human principles.
Moreover, you will also feel that you can never realize the value and
purpose of the whole by relying on same processes on which countless
people and many sages have relied until now.
If then there is something required of those of us who must stand firm
in this kind of environment and position, what could that be? We have
to free ourselves from the human principles of the past and reveal the
one path which can link us eternally with the heavenly principles
during this concluding period of human history. If you cannot achieve
this, then your life course will begin and end in despair.
Because the purpose of history is to accomplish this kind of task,
this immense universe began from an individual and is moving toward
the purpose of the whole. In other words, it is moving toward the
point of unity. This point of unity will surely appear in the
concluding era of history. Because this point of unity cannot forge an
eternal bond outside the one center, it will transcend humanistic
standards and appear as the purpose of all power in connection with
the heavenly principles or the purpose of the whole. This is the new
revolution that will emerge during the concluding period of history.
The Fundamental Problem of Human Beings
and the Solution
If we can set the conditions for the new revolution in the twentieth
century cultural sphere in which we live or in each field you are in,
then that condition can connect the human principles and the heavenly
principles. Accordingly, if in your life course you cannot set this
kind of revolutionary condition as the central purpose of your life,
then you will not be able to forge bonds with the whole purpose of
Consequently, everything has come to the end today. Politics,
philosophy and religion have all come to the very end. Until now
religions have been struggling to fulfill their missions, but they
have not yet been able to introduce the one standard they should have
ultimately established. This is also true for politics, philosophy and
for any cultural course of history.
Nonetheless, now is the time that the whole universe must operate
centering on the ideology of unification connected to the one purpose.
As long as the Creator of the universe still exists, this will remain
as the inevitable task. Until the connection is made with the ideology
of the Creator, there is no way to make a breakthrough in any of the
problems with the beliefs held until now. No cultural conditions
revered until now can achieve it.
To put it another way, through the long historical course until now,
human beings have tried to solve problems centering on their
consciences and their bodies, but they could not completely solve
them. In other words, solving this fundamental problem of human beings
can never be accomplished with religion, philosophy or science, either
those of the past or of the present.
Therefore, even modern people who are proud of the twentieth century
scientific culture have to seek some new science that can discover a
new religious ideology. In regard to philosophy, they must seek a
philosophy of a new ideology that is not limited to philosophy itself.
As for religion, they must seek a religion that possesses a new idea
that all the religions hitherto have not possessed. That time will
arrive at your doorstep without fail.
Consequently, no matter what field you are working in, your heart will
not find peace even for a moment. Moreover, you have not set the
conditions in your living environment upon which basis you can
confidently claim that you have lived for the sake of the whole
purpose, the conditions of pride with which you can confidently go
before God. This is the reason God did not have any other choice but
to lament over people who have been leading this kind of life. This is
the reason the course of history had to pass through a miserable
course of conflict.
Because you have not arrived at your destination in the reality in
which you are living, you have to battle everywhere you dwell.
However, you have not been able to win victory in that environment of
conflict to proudly step before the Father and other people, as well
as before all things of creation. If you cannot deny that you are
living amid lamentation, sorrow and grudges, then you should realize
that before you remains a path through which you must still travel.
If God exists and He carries on the dispensation by putting forth
heavenly principles, there must be one destination that can serve as
both the purposes of God and humanity. There must be a point of unity
where our minds and bodies can become one on earth. You must seek
You probably have certain desires, but those desires will not be
limited to the individual. Those desires want to transcend the
individual and the world to reach a place we cannot even imagine. When
we ask the question whether that desire, revealed through our minds
today, has any relationship with an ideology, the answer is that it
does. The present living environment has formed a relationship with
the ideology of the universe.
You probably feel that you cannot live fully content just centering on
your individual self, based on the habits you have developed until now
within the sphere of your awareness. This is not the original intent
for human beings, and it is not the ideal purpose of pursuing the laws
of human principles. Until now humans have transcended the laws of
human principles and the laws of heavenly principles and have been
demanding the one central figure who rules over all created things
with the unifying ideology. Having arrived at today, this is how our
mind-set and lifestyle are and how all the things are that we behold
in our path. If your individual life ends on the individual level,
then you will not be able to manifest your value before the whole.
This is because although human beings are living in practical reality,
it is the desire of the original mind that they not live alone but
that the whole will live together. Moreover, although human beings
have desires, they must not be only for their own sake, but for the
sake of the whole.
The Unifying Ideology and the Hero
Who must Reach the Purpose of Life
What are you walking toward today? Are you walking for your own
individual sake? Are you walking to link with society? Are you walking
to link with the nation? Or are you walking to link with the world?
You must walk the steps which can be connected with the world.
For this reason, in the Last Days, which usher in the concluding
period of history, everything must move in the direction where they
can be linked to the world ideology. This is true for the business
that we make plans for, for our lives and for our ideology.
However, the lives we have lived until now could not link with and
introduce that kind of ideology. This kind of environment was not
created in the reality in which we live. Furthermore, even if we
possess what we consider to be most precious, we do not stand in the
position to satisfy our eternal ideals. Therefore, we must understand
that, for us today, there remains more course that we must cross.
Countless people who have examined this era with a historical
perspective say that these are the Last Days. If, in these Last Days,
humanistic demands come to an end, humans will lapse into despair.
Accordingly, at such times, humanistic demands must forge a
relationship with human history and there must emerge one center that
can introduce the one purpose. When this is fulfilled, when that
center emerges after linking with each of you and connecting with the
new heavenly principles and new universal history, the ideology which
will enable you to take a new path will finally be found.
Now you must re-examine the environment in which you live. You must
reflect upon your environment. Are there people among you who are
doing academic research? You are not to limit yourself to academics.
Are there any who are researching religion? You are not to limit
yourself to religion. You are to transcend them and endlessly pursue
greater things on a new level.
This must be able to bond with everything from any direction. From any
direction it must be able to emerge as the one with public value. In
any direction it must be able to operate as the center of life or
ideology. In this way it must be able to manifest direct power in the
sphere of actual life. If it cannot manifest this kind of power, there
is no way to recognize that there is a being who provides guidance to
the all-encompassing destination of life for which humans long and
When it rains according to natural phenomena, that rain flows down
until it reaches the ocean. It passes through rivers to enter the
ocean. The water that entered the ocean becomes one there and produces
a new work of harmony. Ocean water evaporates and then descends upon
the earth again as rain. It then allows all plants and trees to grow.
Similarly, it is the law of Heaven that any thing unites with the
whole by passing through a certain path. It does not remain stagnant;
it transcends itself to move in search of a new value.
The Accomplishment of the Whole Purpose
and Individual Efforts
When we look back upon the history of humanity, we find that
individuals have joined to form a whole. They gathered centering on
one doctrine. We can understand that now two streams are surfacing.
However, when the two streams join as one, we are not to feel content
only in that joining. We should move toward some unifying destination.
We should manifest something that can reach the whole by forming the
environment of new value that is different from the old shape of the
Therefore, even if you have the highest skills in your own field
today, you must not stop at just having those skills. Because you are
in the process of seeking the whole purpose, you are to step over that
and rise higher to make another step.
Consequently, no matter what you do, based on science now, you cannot
produce the works of harmony which can link with the laws of the
heavenly principles. Based on any philosophy of the past or present,
you cannot produce a new work of harmony or create a world in which
all things can rejoice and be grateful. Yet because human beings are
in a position to pursue the center of the universal purpose, we must
bring this world together with something that we can call the best. We
must establish the new religious ideology that can forge relations
with the universe.
Philosophers should understand that not everything can be brought to a
conclusion with philosophy. Although human principles have been
developed based on philosophy until now, because this is not enough,
you must seek a religion that can coalesce with the heavenly
principles. The same thing is true for science. Because science today
cannot work for the sake of peace for humanity or bring happiness in
place of the whole purpose, science must also forge a bond with the
one purpose of the whole. If those relations are not formed, then this
world cannot be united as one. In other words, if one cannot find and
connect to the center that seeks to form one world, the whole purpose
of this universe, then the value of that purpose will not have
anything to do with that person.
Moreover, if everything ends in such a position, we will not be able
to show that God exists. This is because if God exists, then He should
be able to replace that purpose of whole value with an ideology on the
world level in every field. He should be able to prove the purpose
that each individual is pursuing. Therefore, when some great
scientists, philosophers or religious men all center on this whole
purpose, they will begin to come together.
However, these kinds of problems cannot be solved with the religions
and philosophies of the present or the past. Human beings can act on
behalf of the whole purpose, no matter who they are. They must one day
receive the one center that can represent the value of the whole. Only
then can the one standard, which can link with the heavenly principles
through each person's mind and body, emerge as the purpose of a
certain path on the world level. It will be able to acknowledge the
relative value. Through the rise of new laws of harmony in the path
that human beings are traveling with respect to purpose and value, the
glory of God will begin to be revealed.
Originally, when God was creating Adam and Eve, He created them with
this kind of ideology. God who is infinite and absolute created Adam
and Eve so they could experience and enjoy that infiniteness and
absoluteness in every aspect of their lives.
Therefore, we human beings today must feel the infinite and absolute
God through the course of restoration. In the practical realm of
finiteness we must establish the infinite and absolute value that we
felt in the world of the heart as the element of ideal power. When we
do that, the harmony of Heaven and earth can finally begin to take
place. When our minds and bodies dwell before the infinite and
absolute God and live with Him, we can feel the purpose of the Creator
as our own. When we feel joy in the place of dwelling, its value will
emerge not relatively but in three dimensions. We must understand that
the glory of God finally begins there.
Nonetheless, human beings today are not able to overcome this problem.
Instead, they are filled with lamentation, despair and fear. When
philosophy, religion and science exceed that limit, they will all sink
into pitch darkness. Therefore, in that position, one must without
fail build a relationship with some eternal and absolute force. The
same holds true for philosophy, religion and science. Therefore, you
must understand that all things are moving toward the point of unity.
You have to understand that this trend does not just include the
history leading up to the present; it also includes all things that
exist in this world.
The Place Where God's Glory Begins
We have to find the one base of relationship wherein the path we are
traveling will not just stop with human principles, but will make a
connection with the laws of the heavenly principles. Even if you might
think that you are walking toward the purpose of the world, you are
probably demanding to link not only with your own mind but with some
absolute mind. You are probably wishing that you could feel the
highest universal Being that transcends human relations.
This is the reason that people today say religion is precious.
Religion is not just to remain in a certain state of mind that
connects only with one's own mind. It recognizes the real existence of
a Deity who has transcended this and is pursuing the unlimited and
absolute value that exists inside the Deity. Therefore, when our minds
form a relationship with this infinite heart of heavenly principles,
amazing value will surface.
What then should you do today, in the days that countless people
prophesy are the Last Days? When you have pioneered the path that can
represent the world ideology there, you can absorb everything of the
past and put it forth before all things. Moreover, you are to
establish your environment as the environment that can manifest itself
as the substitute for the value of the whole.
How can you accomplish these tasks? You cannot do this with any of the
academic fields, religions or philosophies of the past or present.
This can be determined only through our hearts. Through each one's
heart and through the heart of God, this culminating point must
manifest itself as the unified purpose. When it manifests itself, it
must establish the value of life. You must keep in mind that when this
is done, the glory of God can finally be revealed.
What then have human beings been laboriously seeking until now? They
have been struggling to find the heart of the heavenly principles that
can replace the human principles and connect our minds to that heart
in oneness. Because the minds that have become one have secured a
relationship with the absolute Heart, no one can carve that heart
away. Therefore, in this way we have been searching until now for this
Heart that cannot be invaded by any kind of ideology or assertion.
Therefore, if you cannot find this, you will not be able to escape
from sorrow and sadness.
You have to understand that such a forked path lies before us today.
In accordance with the will of the dispensation that must find this,
your mind must pursue the heart of a higher realm. By doing so, we
must be able to demonstrate this as the eternal purpose in the sphere
of our lives, the eternal purpose of all created things, and the
substantial embodiment of eternal value. Furthermore, you should be
able to show that you yourselves are the ones who possess this kind of
value. You should be able to prove that you are the embodiment of the
historical value. God's glory will begin to reveal itself from the
moment you become one and come out of a state of division.
Accordingly, in the same way that all created things, centered on God,
move as one and not two purposes, your minds must not be limited to
rejoicing in your own self during moments of happiness. You have to
make the connection to have the value of the whole so that the whole
can rejoice and be glad.
Similarly, you have to understand that you must walk the path which
seeks to bring everyone's hearts into oneness centering on your own
heart. In other words, the right path is the one in which everyone can
be in harmony and rejoice by making the connections with each other's
The Value of the Person Who Possesses True Love
Until now, human beings have transcended history and possessed the
laws of the unchanging heart. In other words, the original mind of
humankind transcends time and remains unchanged both in the past and
in the present. However, human beings have not been able to find the
precious path on which people with unchanging hearts can travel.
Nonetheless, because my mind and your minds have become one today and
established bonds with the universal whole value, you must, without
fail, find the one point of unity that can link you with the heart of
the heavenly principles. You have to understand that if you cannot
find this, no matter what kind of idealism exists on the earth, it
will be shattered.
Consequently, until now people have been searching for religion in an
attempt to find this. Christianity emerged to take charge of this
task. When Jesus, the center of Christianity, appeared on this earth,
what did he bring with him? He came centering on love. You have to
clearly realize how amazing a grace and gospel it is that Jesus
established love as the uniting point that can bring together the
hearts of humankind, unify humanity, and even unify the heavenly
Consequently, this love which your hearts can enjoy and can move your
hearts must, in these Last Days, passes through daily life and the
world. Furthermore, it must reach the standard of manifesting itself
as the one relationship of love with the heart of the heavenly
principles. Moreover, if a religion has presented this kind of purpose
in each field and has been gathering strength to make the move in that
direction, then it will certainly require this kind of love.
What must you have to find that kind of love? It cannot be
accomplished with the lifestyle, concepts, mindset and ideology we
have had until now. You are to liquidate all of this and reflect about
whether the heart of the heavenly principles exists within your minds.
By doing so, you must liberate your heart and move it without
limitation. You have to possess that kind of living environment. If
you cannot do this, then you will never be able to possess the heart
that can link with the heart of the heavenly principles.
If there is a person who can reach this state, though he is just an
individual, as the person who has value connected with the whole
universe, he will be able to stand as the central being who can digest
all kinds of things any time. He will be able to easily manage that
kind of mission. Accordingly, we have been leading our life of faith
with this as our purpose.
However, if you cannot find this ultimate destination today, then for
eternity you will not be able to free yourself from the eternal
conflict on this earth, or from the history of lament, or from the
history of sorrow. You have to keep this in mind.