REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
Longing for Eden
May 24, 1959,
Former Church Headquarters
Father, please allow us to feel how You lamented over not having
had even one original person who could see the original world. Father,
please permit us to think about Your sorrow over not having had one day
in which You could rejoice with humanity, even though we have inherited
Your original nature. Please grant that we may experience Your sorrow
directly and personally in this hour. We ask this sincerely.
Please forgive the fault of the human ancestors who brought sorrowful
lamentation to You. With great ideals, You dreamed of the joyful
garden. We also sincerely ask You to forgive the sin of our ancestors,
who caused You to persevere through the historical course of pain and
hardship to recover that garden of hope.
We know and believe that You will remove the thousands of years
of painful resentment and victoriously fulfill Your ideal. Father, we
desire to offer everything we have for that purpose. Please rule that
mind and will in us, and guide us to be the sons and daughters who can
bring about that victorious standard.
If there was a time when we did not have an earnest heart toward Your
will, Your heart, and Your ideal during the past week, please forgive
us. Father, please forgive us for not having the unified standard,
even though we earnestly desire to be connected to Your heart.
We know Your heart experienced sorrow as You worked with our ancestors
in the historical course. Loving Father, we sincerely hope and ask
that You allow us to be the true sons and daughters who are willing to
take responsibility for the failures of our ancestors and humanity at
this time of the last days and who can comfort Your pain-filled heart.
Father, please have compassion upon us. We have knelt in front of You
to offer our bows, although we are unqualified and unfaithful.
If any of us hold an unrighteous and wrong view or concept in
Your presence, please eliminate it totally and allow no such thing. We
earnestly hope and desire that You create an inspired and grateful heart
in our minds and bodies at this time with which we can share and rejoice
together with Your heart. Please make the numerous saints and heavenly
angels rejoice together with us and return the glory of that happiness
We hope that this hour of our offering can be a time when we can
comfort and liberate You, the one who experienced the sorrow in that
original garden. Father, we wish to offer our inadequate prayers and
offerings. Father, please protect this hour from beginning to end with
Your shield of victory and Your flaming eyes, so that Satan may not
invade and You will totally subjugate us.
Please eliminate all unrighteous natures from our hearts and instill
instead the original heart that we may work with You and that this hour
may be one of happy offering. As we ask all these things, we pray in
the name of the Lord. Amen.
We feel in our bones that the history of toil by which humanity
must regain the land of Zion remains with us. This land has not become
a place where true people with original hearts live. You could not
establish the remnants of the original heart on this earth. Father,
please allow us to be Your children who can comfort Your sorrowful
heart of lonely battling on, as You longed for the original world.
Father! We cannot help having a fearful mind as we recall the course of
Your sorrowful history. We cannot help being overwhelmed every time we
face Your suffering, holy presence. Father, please raise these as Your
children who can offer their minds and bodies to You, who can lighten
the burden from Your shoulder and stop Your suffering.
You have been longing for the victorious day when You could rejoice
and sing the song of liberation from a state of happiness. We realize,
however, that You are not the one who must bring about the liberation.
We must do it, humanity, struggling in the realm of death.
Please forgive us as we struggle in the realm of death, not knowing
the value of standing in such an important position. Please stir in us
an earnest heart with which we can praise Your glorious heart, as we
raise a new banner for the restoration of the original heart. Please
make us into true sons and daughters with the original sung sang and
hyung sang so that we may sing of Your liberation.
We believe that You already know that is our greatest wish. Father,
we pray in front of You, bowing our heads, representing the agonizingly
miserable people of this nation. We know that the day of victory will
surely come. We sincerely hope and desire that You will guide us to one
standard and guide us to be an offering to Your great will which You
want to entrust to us.
Now as we are gathered before Your presence, please allow us to
dismantle all the situations of our minds and bodies. Please allow us
to comfort You with the earnest mind that emerges from a true heart.
Please move our hearts in this hour, so that we may bow our heads humbly
to You. Please stir in us an earnest mind that repents for our past,
reflects about our present reality, and admires Your holy grace. Please
personally direct our minds. Father, please make us realize in this hour
that we must be touched by a new feeling and take a new direction now.
Father, please allow us to gather our inadequate offerings and
prepare a living altar in this hour. We know that each of us must be a
victorious offering. Therefore, we ask You to eliminate anything that may
not be righteous to You and to exercise Your authority of new creation
by spreading Your powerful hands. Father, we sincerely hope and desire
that You grant us the sung sang and hyung sang of original re-creation
which can wipe out anything other than what is Yours.
Oh, Father! Please awaken the thirty million people who are still
asleep. Please guide the billions of people of the world, who are
struggling in misery, to Your original garden of goodness, Your ideal.
No matter what kind of persecution or difficulties we may face, we
earnestly ask that You quickly guide humanity into the midst of Your
Father, we know well that there is a responsibility human beings must
fulfill; Father, please command Your loving sons and daughters. Please
command them to recover the remaining land of evil and the people.
Father, we sincerely hope that this hour can be one in which You can
command us and send us out as heavenly soldiers and builders.
Father, please spread Your hands of glory and love to wherever
Your lonely sons and daughters are gathered and are pleading with You.
Allow them to feel Your touch, so that they may offer their hearts in
unison upon one altar in this hour. Please bless the many denominations
representing the people of this nation. We sincerely wish that the day
of victory will come and that this land can be the place where Your joy
Please subjugate everything of ours now. If there is anything that
is against Your will, we fear it will become a condition for Satan to
invade. Father! Please eliminate any condition that may allow Satan's
invasion, and please embrace everything with Your powerful grace.
Please give Your commands personally.
We ask earnestly that You have dominion over this hour from beginning
to end only with what is Yours. I pray all this in the name of the
Father, if anyone possessed a true mind and true body, he would surely
long for life in the original world. After the creation of heaven,
earth and all things, You felt so much happiness in seeing the first
original human beings, Adam and Eve! They could directly relate to You
before the fall. How precious was their position of glory, from which
our ancestors should have been able to relate to You! Please grant that
this hour be one of admiring the original world. We sincerely hope and
long for the heart of goodness which can cause a direct reaction from
Your heart. We hope and long for the form of original goodness which
can hold Your hands. We long for our original ancestors.
Even on earth, we know that there is no distance or limitation
of time or space in the world of the heart. Please allow us to long
for our original form, which is the form of our original ancestors,
born of the heart of infinite love. We are still asleep, struggling and
wandering aimlessly in the realm of death. Please allow us to shed tears
of longing for our original form. Allow us to struggle in search of You as
our Creator. Father, we earnestly ask You to grant us the experience of
beauty in our minds and bodies, which can harmonize with the atmosphere,
the environment, and all things of that original world.
All people of the world are proudly asserting themselves, yet they are
striving only to make themselves visible and higher without acquiring
the original form for which You long. Your words convey the message
that Your sorrow in facing humanity has penetrated heaven and earth.
Having lost their owner, all things remain in the realm of lamentation. We
realize this. Father, please do not permit us to become forgetful of our
responsibility to transcend this realm of lamentation and to liberate You.
Father, when we called You, we often called on You as the one who
had suffered in the course of fallen history. We did not call You as
the original Father who would rejoice in the garden of goodness without
the sorrow of the fall. We did not search after that kind of Father.
In believing in the true Savior, we believed in Jesus, who died on the
cross. Yet we did not believe in the possibility of Jesus appearing
as the lord of glory without the suffering of the cross, the pain,
and persecution. Please forgive us.
Father, please grant us an overflowing longing for the harmonious
world where we can live in the original state with the original ideology
and original goodness. My Father, we sincerely hope and ask that You
allow us the joyful position where we can call You "Father" with the
We know that the historical sorrow has been accumulating since
the day the first sin stained this earth through the six-thousand-year
history. This reality was caused by the mistake of our ancestors. Father,
You know our miserable situation well: that we must be liberated from
historical lamentation and sorrow. Please comfort us. Father, we know of
Your sorrowful situation, for You have to hold onto our feeble hands. You
must make victorious soldiers and an army out of fragile people. Please
admonish and scold us. We desperately ask that You shape us into the
capable workers and servants You can use, even if You have to whip us
for not heeding Your words of goodness and Your true heart.
Please allow us to understand the heart of Moses as he guided
the 600,000 Israelites who were wandering in Egypt. Moses related to
his people with a most sincere heart. We have the responsibility to
inform the Christians of the world (who should inherit the blessing of
the Second Israel) that the restoration of the blessed land of Canaan
lies with them. Father, we know of these responsibilities which must be
fulfilled today. Please grant the remnants of Your resentment, Your anger,
and Your mortification to penetrate into our bones and flesh.
Father, I sincerely ask that these people be Your loyal sons and
daughters who are determined to take revenge upon the Father's enemy, even
if they stumble a thousand times, even if they die a hundred times. We
know that the path of the cross remains with us as we carry out Your
commands. These are Your lonely sons and daughters who have volunteered
to walk the difficult path; please be a friend of the heart to them.
We know that we can resemble You with our minds and bodies and become
an unchanging, central people who can represent You when You become our
eternal center. Therefore, we earnestly ask You to personally take our
minds and bodies as Yours.
Father, we have already made the determination. Please allow us to be
Your sons and daughters who fight, live and die with that determination.
I wish to convey Your words, but what shall I speak to these lonely
members at this time? Please guide me to convey Your command as it is,
and allow them to become heavenly offerings which You can accept. I
sincerely ask this.
Please recognize our minds and bodies as Yours. Father, if there
is any sinful nature which prevents You from taking possession of us,
we sincerely ask You to eliminate it by the glory of the Trinity. We
also ask You to guide this hour and not permit any invasion of Satan.
Please make us return to the innocent mind of a child by clearing
out all of our thoughts and assertions. Please clarify our feelings and
experiences. We earnestly ask You to permit this hour to be one when
we can return to the heart of a child, so that we can be intoxicated
by admiration and a heart of longing, and be totally absorbed in Your
words. We ask all this in the name of the Lord. Amen.
I would like to talk to you on the topic of "Longing for Eden."
Human Beings Long for the Original World
When we think of the original garden before the fall, the Garden of
Eden, the first thing that comes to our mind is God. At the same time,
Adam and Eve, whom God created on the sixth day and blessed, come to our
mind. All things, which were not invaded by sin, come to mind, together
with our sinless original ancestors centering on God.
All things should exist for human beings; human beings should exist
for God. However, the reality is that the human beings did not center
themselves upon God, and all things could not center themselves upon the
human beings. This remains as the great sorrow, misery and lamentation
which captures our minds and bodies even today. No one can deny this
When we think seriously about our ancestors who lived in the original
world and original garden and God, who acted centering only upon the
goodness which governed our ancestors, we cannot deny that we are far
away from that situation. The more we have an earnest heart to make a
relationship with the highest goodness personified in You, the more we
agonize over the gap between ourselves and that highest goodness. If
there were indeed a person who set out to resolve that agony, he would
inevitably feel intense anger and enmity toward the traces of the fall
that blocked Adam and Eve from harmonizing with all things and the
original world centered on and glorifying only goodness.
Our mind is surely following the path that can connect us with the
heavenly heart without even being conscious of it, because we long for
that true, original world of goodness. We have the destiny to make an
eternal connection with that world and the heavenly heart, transcending
the limitations of time. However, our lamentation is that we do not have
the external environment or the internal situation which can connect us
to that heart.
From this perspective, we cannot deny that we are in a position
to resent the fallen Adam and Eve and the reality of our environment
today. If I am overwhelmed in this environment, can my mind and body
feel happiness? Impossible. We are in such a situation. Therefore, we
still have an unavoidable course of difficulty left to overcome this
We should remind ourselves again that we have been struggling until
now in search of something without knowing where it was. However,
now the time has come. The more I long to purify my conscience, to
develop an eternal relationship with God, the subject of conscience,
and to establish the standard of eternal happiness, the more I should
feel indignant toward this world in which I live. Moreover, we should
realize once again that there is no greater pain nor any greater problem
than this, because we cannot resolve this indignation within our reality.
If God exists, He would surely love us and visit us in our pain and
misery. We can recognize the existence of God by having a relationship of
respect and concern for each other. God has been toiling and following
the footsteps of fallen humanity, restraining His sorrowful heart,
from the day of the fall until now. You must feel this once again.
Eden Is Moved by God's Heart
We should confess that we are descendants of the fall before being
proud of ourselves. We should reveal our sinful nature and history,
which is stained with fallen nature, before we reveal anything.
Although we are in this situation, we have been evading this position.
As we see the enlightenment taking place more and more often, God must
resolve the sin-stained history and the resentment of the sin which is
transmitted through the blood-lineage.
God's longing and our wish are to resolve this resentment of sin. If
the day of enlightenment does not come, there will be no day of resolution
and liberation. If there is no day of resolution and liberation, there
will be no day when God's will is fulfilled. If the day of the fulfillment
of God's will does not come, there will be no day of glory for God who
has guided the dispensation or for humanity, who followed and supported
We should be able to feel with our mind, body and spirit, the holiness
in everything of nature. Our original nature should feel the touch of
God's heart. We should be able to feel the heavenly heart and love which
are experienced through our original essence, our original nature and
character in our body. If such a person exists, he would be the happiest
person on earth.
Before the fall, the ancestors of all humanity should have possessed
minds connected to God's heart. They should have established all things
as a glorious condition before God, as the symbolic, eternal objects of
happiness and beauty which can bring internal stimulation. They should
have proudly shown themselves as the substantiations of glory by the
internal stimulation which comes from all things. However, they did
not become such people. That is the greatest sorrow.
Eden is moved by God's heart. It is to harmonize with goodness,
to practice heavenly ideology in daily life, to symbolize goodness in
everything it sees, hears and feels, and to stimulate goodness in every
aspect. If you can harmonize with God's heart and gloriously call Him,
"Heavenly Father" from that place of goodness, that would be your greatest
happiness. If God could make a relationship with such a person, He would
make no further demands. We should know this.
If we trace the process of God's creation, He created all things in
five days to create the human ancestors, Adam and Eve, the true parents
of goodness who were to represent His true hyung sang. On the sixth day,
God created the central figures who could dominate all things. With what
kind of heart did God look forward to creating these central figures? I
hope this hour can be a time when You can call "Heavenly Father" within
your mind as you reflect upon this again.
We relate to all things every day; they give us visual stimulation.
However, we have related to them with the same old heart. Had the fall
not taken place, all things would have been related to by our original
nature, centering on goodness. We should think again how our ancestors
would have felt looking at nature; how God would have felt looking at
nature and at human beings.
The Mind which Feels God's Touch Even in a Patch of Grass
We should think that God's hands touch everywhere, even an
insignificant patch of grass growing in the field. When we look at a
growing tree, we should remind ourselves that God's infinite, internal
heart passed through that place. Not only plants, any animal, insect or
bird in nature is the same. We should feel once again that nothing was
created thoughtlessly; it was created thoroughly through God's internal
heart and by His substantial hands.
When we realize that God loves everything He created, we should
ponder: which does He love the most? Out of the grasses in the world,
which does He love the most? If you think about these things seriously
and earnestly, you will be able to connect with the love of God prior
to the creation of human beings.
We should rejoice over a blade of grass, holding it with a joyful heart
and experiencing that it has indeed passed through the hands of God. Such
a person would enter into the position of God's friend in the world of
the heart, even though he may be a fallen person. Wouldn't it be so?
Which grass would God love the most? Out of all the flowers, which
flower would God love the most? Out of all the trees, which tree would
He love the most? Even though all the birds, insects and animals were
created through God's heart, which one would God love the most? You
should think about this.
Among the persons who admire God's heart, long for God's ideology,
and have the true mind of seeking God's garden of restoration, there may
be many who try to exalt God and experience happiness from a glorious
and joyful position. However, there would be only a few who think about
the connection of God's internal heart that extends to the insignificant
trees, insects and the whole creation, and truly feel happy. If someone
made an insect, pouring out all of his energy and passion, there would
be nothing more satisfying to him than someone wanting to love that
insect with the whole of his mind and heart, with even greater effort
and intensity than himself.
What did Jesus struggle to find before trying to restore the people
of his nation to God two thousand years ago? For what did his heart look?
I know Jesus was surely holding his people, worried about them remaining
in the realm of lamentation. He prayed through the night, shedding tears
If Jesus had not felt sorrow and shed tears all through the night
when he looked at all things in the realm of lamentation, having lost
the relationship of the original heart because of the human fall, I would
venture to say he would not have become the Savior who could rule over and
save the whole cosmos. If all things were taken away from a human being,
he would not be able to sustain his life. For that reason, as long as he
feels his preciousness, he should become a mediator of happiness toward
all things which provide the elements for his essence. If he maintains
this heart, he will be able to maintain the right way with nature
everywhere he goes. He will be able to return glory to God under any
circumstances by standing in a position of righteousness and a position
of connection with all things.
When Jesus looked at nature, he would have wondered what grass God
loved most, what flower out of the many that God loved most, which tree,
which mountain. I ask all of you to reflect again upon the loving heart
How responsible a heart have you had in relation to all things God
created with His heart and love? Have you ever held a handful of soil
and thought about God's heart after He created it? If you have not,
you are a sinner who ignores the heart with which God established the
ideal of creation.
Human Civilization Cannot Be Thought of Apart From Nature
We understand that science is an area which attempts to explain
principles, laws, theories and formulas of the created world.
Literature would be an area of the deep, hidden sentiment in nature.
Art is a concrete expression of the visible or hidden beauty in
nature. Philosophy is an area that tries to explain the fundamental
reasons for nature. Religion is above all these levels.
What should true religion and true religious people try to explain? It
should be the clarification of the heartistic content which flows deep
within nature. Religion should bear that responsibility.
Human civilization cannot be thought of apart from nature. We cannot
talk about human civilization separated from nature. No matter how proudly
human beings showcase their power and authority, without nature nothing
Nature makes our life valuable; it is absolutely necessary for our
life. Therefore, if we do not feel the heart that flows in nature, we
cannot enjoy true happiness and cannot reach the glorious position of
having a relationship with God. You should realize this.
From now on, even when you look at a patch of grass or a flower, you
should be able to look at it from God's point of view, representing and
connected with God's heart. When you look at an insect, bird or animal,
you should attain the internal feeling which connects to God's heart. If
there were such a person, he would certainly be a great scientist, a
great poet, a great artist, a great philosopher, or a great religious
person. Even if he could not explain it with scientific logic, even if
he could not express that sentiment poetically, even if he could not
express that beauty artistically or philosophically, and lacked the
power to experience the love emotionally, he would still be great.
There have been many who were viewed as great figures of worldwide
prominence, great scholars who researched the cosmos on their own.
However, no one can be called a world figure without presenting the
ultimate solution to the problem of this cosmos and the beings within it.
In the World of Heart There is no Disparity
between the Subject and the Object
Progress would cease for a person who merely understood and perceived
the cosmos through existing scientific logic, theories and formulas.
He would need the heartistic sensitivity which is unconsciously connected
secretly to the cosmos. This is also true in the fields of literature,
art, philosophy and religion.
A world-famous scholar would have the sensitivity deep in his heart to
harmonize with the heart of nature. Having the sensitivity which can be
connected to nature, he would unexpectedly receive hints, inspirations
or dreams. These phenomena would occur only when he was intoxicated in
his research area.
History testifies that people of much love and emotion did great
things. If there is a religious person who can call out "God!" when he
looks at a patch of grass, harmonized with such an emotion, he would
indeed be a great religious person.
In Buddhism today, many people pray for blessing in front of a statue
of Buddha. The external difference between the subject and the object
in this instance would be enormous. However, in the world of heart,
there would be no difference. If they believe and connect to it as God
by the feelings inspired there, then God does not abandon such minds.
He fulfills their wishes. The phrase "a wish come true" originates
When we consider these things, our past and present life have been
overly insensitive and unsentimental. We have had a desolate cosmic
view. You should feel sorrow about this. If you become a person who does
feel sorrow about this situation, then you will be called "a new person"
in the new world and will be able to take responsibility for the new
age. I have confidence this is true.
We should become a people who can forget our own sad feelings by
the joy we feel from looking at growing grass, instead of frowning and
lamenting as we look at our environment and the problems of society.
If there is such a person, he would remain in the new age. If there is
a person who aspires to the ideal and heartistic world, he would indeed
try desperately to make a certain relationship with God.
Unification Church members! Please feel astonished when you look
at growing grass. The unlimited power of life and God are there. When
we look at a surging mountain peak, we feel a different emotion today
compared to yesterday. If I could sing of the different emotions my
heart feels with the changes of the four seasons, how elegant would
that be? That person would be able to harmonize with all of nature.
The original human being before the fall would certainly be such a person.
If there is a person who can sing and rejoice over the flowing stream,
the river which flows through a vast field, the surging mountains,
the rising morning sunshine, the moonlight shed from the east, and all
things, unmindful of time, then he would be the true original human being
of whom God dreamed and idealized as He created all things. This is the
one to whom He wanted to entrust all things. The person who visits all
the beautiful places would be the same. God wanted such human beings.
God Could Not Sing about Nature with Humankind
In the original garden of Eden, God could not have an hour of singing
about nature and of expressing feelings toward nature with Adam and
Eve. God must have desired to say, "Oh, my son, look at that mountain.
I created it in this and this way. Look at that forest. I created it in
such and such a way. All these I created for your happiness." Why could
God not do that? It was because Adam was still immature. However, you
should know that God had an earnest internal heart which He wanted to
express to Adam. We should understand that God could not express such
things to Adam because Adam was still emotionally and heartistically
If Adam had been mature enough for God to express His heart, then
God could have said, "Oh, Adam! Look at the flower in the garden. Look
at the mountains and streams." If our ancestors had lived that way,
humanity would not struggle today in the misery of the realm of death.
Therefore, you should long for the original Eden. You should long
for the world where God's infinite love exists, where the emotion of
eternal love can be harmonized, where all will be intoxicated in singing
for eternity. In that Eden, all will take responsibility and pour out
their effort, thinking that once they take responsibility, it will be of
eternal value. God's sorrow is not being able to find such a person. God,
who works through the dispensation on earth, must find such a person.
Among the songs we sing, there are songs which have the content of the
mountains, a stream and nature within. They exist to assist in raising our
emotions. Everything is like that. How wonderful it would have been had
the heart of Adam and Eve gone in the direction God's heart wanted to go!
Now you should have such a heart. The person who has such an abundant
mind and has experienced such a heart would be able to participate in
the new age as a citizen of the new ideal Kingdom of Heaven.
If you wish to hold the glorious hands of God after resolving the
agony of restoration and overcoming the sorrow of history, you should know
what kind of person God would hold. God would want to hold the person to
whom He can say, "Please enjoy all things in my place. Please experience
all things in my place. Please love all things in my place."
Have you ever longed to see a natural flower in an atmosphere of
mystery or grace? Have you ever related to it with as earnest an attitude
as you do your ancestors? Have you ever offered praise to God because
of the stimulation you felt from looking at a mountain stream? I would
conclude that if you have not, then you are not qualified to be the owner
of all things. No matter how wonderful the Garden of Eden may be, unless
it is a place where all things and human beings are connected in heart
and are able to move God, it is not a place for which we should long.
Until now we have prayed only for human beings. However, I do not
pray that way. We should pray not only for humankind, but for God
and Jesus. We should pay back the debt to Jesus, who prayed for us
throughout the night. We should then pray for God, who has toiled until
today, then we should pray for humanity. The person who lives with such
feeling and sensitivity is the person closest to God. I would say this
out of experience.
If you become tired on your way and sit down at some resting place
with such a feeling, then God will surely be with you. If you can be
that kind of person, then you would be able to sing of God's heart,
holding the root of an old tree, leaning against a large rock in the
shade as a resting place.
Fallen People Should Feel Both
Joy and Sorrow in Sight of All Things
We members of the Unification Church should have a kind of flower
which we like the most among all the flowers, just as God loves certain
things more than others among all of His creations. If we do not have
such a feeling, then we should be disqualified from the world of the
heart. You should be able to say which flower out of all the flowers,
which tree out of all the trees, which grass out of all the grasses you
like the most. Only then will you have a longing mind toward nature.
As one's life vibrates, the one who has a relationship of heart which
can embrace life and attract nature would be a person of dedicated will
and seriousness. The nature we are looking at, this land we are stepping
on, what kind of nature and what kind of land are they? Unfortunately, it
became fallen land, sorrowful land. You should feel this. When you look at
all things, you should feel the sorrowful situation of all things, as well
as joy and goodness, for they remain in the realm of lamentation. Fallen
humankind should feel unlimited sorrowful emotion and be able to connect
with God as they look at beautiful places and enjoy them.
We should be a people who can feel sad, who can cry, and who can sigh,
instead of feeling joy as we hold a blade of grass, look at a tree or
mountain, and all other things. We should know that this mind emerges out
of a longing for Eden. God is filled with such a heart. Humankind has
not escaped from that relationship of heart until now. The person with
such a heart would long for Eden as he looked at nature. When longing
for Eden, we should long not only for nature within it, but also for
the original person who can own all things there.
The True Person For Whom God and All Things Long
Jesus blessed his enemies. He blessed those who hammered the nails
into his hands and feet and who put the crown of thorns on his head.
He blessed the reckless enemy who pierced his side with the spear. Why
did he do that? He could bless them for he understood well that they are
human beings who were created as a result of the greatest investment
of God, through His earnest heart and a process of enormous toil. Can
Jesus came with God's inner situation. He was opposed by his enemies.
However, he had to bless them, for they were human beings whom God had
created with His whole heart and energy, His original heart.
Jesus had a perfect relationship with God in prayer, meditation
and imagination during his thirty-odd years of life on this earth.
Therefore, he was the original true person. He was the person for whom
all things and God longed.
A human being desires to finish his leftover work the next day, if
the work was not completed the day before. It is the same for God. If a
person entered into the world of God's heart and experienced how much
joy God felt after creating human beings, dancing for tens of years
would not suffice to express the experience.
God would not need human beings who were created with the value some
religious people describe. The value of the human being is enormous,
for he was created through absolute principles that have unlimited
flexibility and cannot be measured by any law. When God looks at such
a person, He feels His whole inner nature and the emotion of the whole
cosmos from him. God is infinitely joyful upon seeing him.
What happened to Adam and Eve, over whom God rejoiced, for whom God
longed, and who God hoped would become the owners of all things? What
happened to Adam and Eve for whom God and all things longed? Because of
the fall, the longing turned into resentment and cursing; happiness and
hope turned into lamentation and hopelessness; life turned into death,
and love turned into mourning.
Many of us still do not know from whence this miserable reality
came and how we are related to it, even though we are in a position to
lament the reality of having such regrettable ancestors. God is looking
for those who can sweep away the regret and resentment, who can go in
search of the original human heart and raise the sound of joy.
The human beings for whom God and all things have longed are in this
miserable state, and we deserve to be judged. That is the way I think.
"Father! If I desire to avoid the judgment, then I hope to be qualified
with respect to the heart. I want to be a victor who can avoid judgment
and sing by passing the test with respect to the heart of God when He
rejoiced after the creation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and
with respect to the heart of God longing to go and see them." We should
pray like this. God hopes we will do so.
I should become a person who longs for God's administration and who
longs for the people. You should think how great the grace of God is in
creating a son and a daughter to have us experience His heart.
Man and woman represent God's total nature and character. Therefore,
we should become a man who knows how to love a woman and a woman who knows
how to love a man. Humankind today does not know God's will. He desires to
turn the whole cosmos over to a man and a woman who possess the standard
of the heart which Adam and Eve wanted to achieve through God's heart.
Humankind is struggling with infinite longing in the world of the
heart, because they have defiled the law of the heart. The reality of
fallen humankind is constant struggle in an unsuccessful attempt to fill
that longing through hobbies, art, knowledge, and objects of love. This
is the historical tragedy and sorrow.
If such a longing is surging within your mind, you should become a
person who can long for that original garden together with all things,
and who can acquire the form of the original human being and long for
God. If you become that kind of person, then God cannot help holding
you with open arms, saying, "Oh! My son! My daughter!"
The Mission of Religion in Cultivating
the Person of Character Who Can Govern the Cosmos
If you wish to go in front of God by elevating your value, you should
listen to the words of the Lord. You should respond to God's longing
heart and possess a mind of longing for God by experiencing the value
of the original person in the original garden. How much joy God would
feel if such a person came forth.
Longing cannot occur without love. That love should be God's love,
which is the origin of eternal rest and eternal life, not human love.
Therefore, out of all the religions, Christianity tries to fulfill that
mission as the religion of love. The purpose of religion is to cultivate
a person of character who can utilize the laws of the world of the heart
and who has the authority to govern the emotions of life and all the
principles of the cosmos.
God has been accomplishing the dispensation by setting the standard
of heart which longs for us, humankind, while we have been like wooden
statues throughout the six thousand years. History has changed in all
kinds of ways; however, God has never lost that heart of constant longing
for humankind from the position of the Alpha and the Omega. If someone
has a gap between his and God's heart, then he would be a loser and a
failure in history. God's statement, "I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the before and the after, the beginning and the end," is a grateful
statement. We should realize that God longs for fallen people, His
longing intensified by His sorrow.
God has not forsaken the mind which longs, the insignificant body
of this fallen person who brought a wound to His original heart. He
continues to hold on. If there is a person who truly feels that God is
longing for fallen humanity, holding the scar of sorrow, he will surely
go to heaven. I once prayed like this: "Father, I wish to be a person
who can cry out with longing for my own hands." God would be hoping for
such a person. If God can hold my hand with His true love, I should be
a person who can cry, holding onto my hand.
We should be a people who can cry, holding the hands of the original
Adam who longed for God. Moreover, we should be a people who can cry
holding on to Adam and Eve. If we can be such a people, then we can step
over fallen history.
We try to elevate our value and raise ourselves as objects of
longing, even without being aware of it because we have the historical
responsibility to long for the original person, to show that value
proudly, and to offer it before God. That is natural because a human
being has that ideal innately. However, as we elevate our value, if we
allow in the value of the fallen world in the slightest, as we try to
establish ourselves as the object of longing, it can become the basis
for the fall by the slightest mistake.
Therefore, for fallen humanity, everything is denial. We have to give
up everything. It is because Adam and Eve fell from the position of not
having everything. Not having the authority to dominate all things is
the fall. Has Adam ever stood in the position to dominate all things? No,
he has not.
We should understand that we should give up everything and start
with tears, for the historical condition to long and look for that
original person remains. For that reason, we should look for a religion
that induces tears. In Christianity we hear, "Repent, for the Kingdom
of Heaven is near." Jesus came to this earth and said this. These are
words of wailing. They tell us to wail when I look at myself, wail for
my family, for my loved ones, for my people, my nation, and for this
whole earth. We should understand that this is because God's will to
re-establish the relationship of longing still remains with us.
The Problem of Life Can Be Solved Only through Religion
We should be able to long for all things and all people. Have you
longed for all people? Have you ever experienced the heart which is
connected to God's pure heart, which can enjoy giving without limit and
then forget? To induce such a heart, God worked the dispensation with
words like religion, the Savior, the bride and bridegroom. We should be
able to give our all to Him.
God is longing for the day when He will receive all things offered
with heart and longing. He longs to receive a family that is offered
with heart and longing. God is hoping that this nation, this people and
this world will be offered.
You should be able to stand in front of God with a longing heart and
say, "I only have this one cent, but please accept it." When you can
do this, that one cent can represent the cosmos. No matter how humble
the family, if they can say, "Please accept this unworthy family," that
family can inherit the heavenly task. When the Israelites, who wandered
miserably in the wilderness, asked with a longing heart toward God,
"Please accept this people as Yours," God tried to give the leading
authority of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth to those people.
It is the same for the nation and the world. If there is an idealism
or ideology for all of humanity, it should make us long for God
heartistically; otherwise it cannot resolve the fundamental problem of
life and the heavenly dispensation.
The fall was missing an hour of longing for God and for the original
garden in search of heartistic relationship. Therefore, my mission for
the restoration is to put my life on the line and achieve the world
where such a relationship is established.
God presides over the ideal realm of that heartistic and longing-filled
garden, and He searches for all things and humanity. If there is a person
who can call such a God "my Father" with the attitude that can comfort
God's mind and with a heart desperate to fulfill that mission, then
God cannot say He does not know him. If there is a person who wanders
in search of the original garden with such a heart, God cannot say He
does not know him. Humanity cannot deny him. The creation cannot deny
him. We should know that he is a true human being.
Therefore, all things which grow in that garden of longing, the human
beings who live there, and God who comes to that garden should not be
disconnected. Rather, centering on the human being, God is in the above
position and all things are in the below position. They form one happy
resting place in which all can harmonize. We should know the person
in that garden is the one whom God can love, whom humanity can love,
and whom all things can respect as their true owner.
Unless this work is completed, God's total will cannot be completed
and see the glory of victory. We will not be able to resolve the sorrow
of the fall and realize the dream. We should know clearly that we cannot
build the world of victorious glory unless this is fulfilled.
Father, we know that the course of restoration is almost endless. We
human beings run and run in circles without resolving our sorrow and
resentment. However, when we become connected to Your world of heart, we
can establish a relationship with the history of sorrow. Today's struggle
can become the foundation for the future, and we can ultimately build
the garden of unlimited hope, unlimited happiness, and unlimited longing.
Where are the mountains and streams to which You can bring Adam and
show them off proudly? Where are the blooming flowers, the growing trees,
the green fields, and running streams You wanted to show Adam proudly?
Adam, who could have stood in the position to accompany You in the
state of connected heart, fell and left You. We earnestly hope and ask
that we can become ones who can attend You and rejoice with all things,
all people, and the cosmos.
We realize that the bitterness of the cross cannot be connected to us
unless we reach it through our longing. The glorious position which You
left cannot be connected to us either, unless we have the mind to admire
the ideal garden with piercing longing. Father, please grant that we
may become Your sons and daughters who can relate to all things in the
original garden as original persons with the heart of longing. Let us
be able to victoriously receive Your blessing without any relationship
with the fall. Please guide us to be the true ancestors of humanity. We
earnestly ask this.
Father, we entrusted everything of this day to You. I ask earnestly
that You grant them the heart that experiences a new joy through the
offered words. I ask everything in the name of the Lord. Amen.