REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
THE CENTRAL FIGURE AND
THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD
March 7, 1976
Chung-pa Dong Headquarters Church
Translator -- Il Hyon Kim
Father! Today is March 7, 1976. It is the first Sunday morning of this
month. Please let the whole universe be filled with Your glory, mercy and
Born to life in the fleeting course of history, each human being
holds himself in high esteem and promises Heaven that he will reap victory
during his lifetime. But in reality all people lead a life of continuous
sighing, revealing in their own personal lives the accumulated failure
of humankind. Please allow them to have compassion on themselves for this
Human beings do not have answers to such questions as: where they began,
what kind of courses they must go through, and where they are heading.
Father, You know the direction of their past, present and future. I realize
that without Your compassionate loving mind, no one could do anything about
this heart-rending state of affairs and see Your highness and nobleness and
the hope-filled world of victory. We have already seen that none of man's
own associations or relationships or anything of like nature can introduce the
human ideal. The experiment to prove the validity of this has been completed.
For that reason, only when people transcend the human and come to know
and worship You as the Absolute Being can they transcend the realities of
life and start a beacon fire for future pioneering. That is the only hope
left to humanity.
Father! Since You founded the Unification Church in such a confused world,
please don't let us stop breathlessly running toward the apex of Your hope,
even if our path is treacherous. I earnestly pray that You will allow us
to become the true, historical, heavenly children who can surmount anyone's
persecution, anyone's interruptions, and the interference of any country or
Father! Please feel concern about the shape of things in Korea. Please
watch over the path the people of the world should take, Father. I know that
they must not perish. Humankind should not meet with destruction. Yet I know
that their salvation is possible only under Your guidance. All that results
from humanistic relationships will end up in despair and sorrow. When I think
of this, I know that someone has to carry out the mission to newly connect
with You. I know that doing that would be taking charge of part of the mission
history wishes to be carried out. All religious people of the world today
must take charge of this mission and allotment of responsibility. They must
go over to the world of final victory by contriving heartistic relationships
that transcend nationalism. Although the mission to shoulder the long
fostered final hope of dissolving and resolving the bitter resentment and
limitations of humankind is left to the religious people, since numerous
religious people do not know this, Father, please look at them with compassion.
I know that all religions move toward one concluding point. I think of
all religious people as pitiable people who offer their minds, bodies and
all that they have, trying to subjugate everything before the subject of
their faith. They seek to attain what will be of value in the future. I know
that the people who go the path of faith are those who follow, promising
to lead lives of trials and conquest by denying themselves and surmounting
the environment. They look forward only to the hope of the future and break
fresh ground. Please have a compassionate mind toward them, and allow them
to become the ones who can stop the phases of human misery that are ruining
humankind. Based on such a viewpoint, I feel that the responsibility of the
Unification Church today is so great.
Please take a kindly interest in Your children gathered here this
morning. Such questions as "For whom have I gathered here? What am I
seeking? What am I going to find? What am I going to leave behind in my
heart that is of value in my life?" are very important. Therefore, Father,
please grant us the grace from Heaven that can fill up the questioning minds
with Your compassion this morning. I sincerely wish and desire this.
Not long from now, on June 1, 1976, we are planning to have a Rally
at Yankee Stadium in New York, America. Since the children of Unification
scattered around the world are funneling their devotion in one direction,
Father, please listen to all of their prayerful cheering. By remembering
the day of victory, please allow this to be a day the memory of which You
can praise. I pray this from the bottom of my heart.
Since today is the first Sunday of this month, I pray sincerely that
Your limitless blessing will be with all who gather in Your name -- all
religious organizations and all of Your children. I earnestly wish and
desire that You will encourage them to do more than promise to accomplish the
responsibility left to the righteous religious people as standard-bearers of
world liberation. Please let Your limitless love be with us in the remaining
time. I pray in the name of True Parents. Amen.
Why Human Beings Seek to
Become Beings of Higher
It is true that the people who live in this world wish to see improvement
around them. They cherish a certain hope, even if they are not consciously
aware of it. It is true that they seek to become beings of a higher level
of value in the future than they are now.
Such a human proclivity will continue as history flows. It was the case
in the past, it is the case in the present, and it will be the case in the
future. When you think of this matter, you come face to face with the very
important question of when the ideal world we seek will come.
We know that there were thoughtful people in the past. However, the
environment or the society, the state or the world in which they lived could
not satisfy their desire. When we think of this, we can deduce that there
were people throughout the periods of history who gave a lot of thought to
surmounting their environment and developing it into a higher dimension,
a future world of hope.
It is the same now and it will be the same in the future. Why are we
so? Why must we seek to attain the ideal of the future like this? It is because
human beings did not have an ideal start from the very beginning. Because
human beings could not start from an ideal position, they cannot but go
toward the ideal. That is the natural conclusion.
Why couldn't we start from the ideal position? If we had become more
valuable beings than our original state, then we would have started from
an ideal position. Why, then, couldn't we begin ideally? What was the
reason? All the people of the past, present and future picture the ideal in
their minds. If God created human beings with love, He should have enabled
them to go from an ideal starting position to a place of better and higher
happiness, yet He didn't. What was the reason? Considering these matters,
we cannot help but think that there is some aspect of failure here.
From this point of view, if God existed as the center of an absolute ideal,
He would have wanted to help human beings become thus. Human beings were not
to assume such a position right from birth. If human beings came to be in such
a position after a process, even though they are not that way from the start,
we can accept God as good. If, on the contrary, human beings were left in a
position where they were forever yearning for this ideal yet never got past the
start, then we cannot help but conclude that God cannot be our ideal center.
Human beings are in a position to yearn for such things as goodness,
ideals and happiness because, while they go through the prescribed process,
they have not yet been able to emerge from it. In this sense, we cannot but
recognize such terminology as the Fall, which religious people use. When
we apply such a term as the Fall and acknowledge that it occurred, then we
understand these matters. Why is it so? It is because people are in the
Our human ancestors fell right at the place where they could have
made an ideal start, having already gone over a certain period. They were
facing the time of the ideal. Yet because they fell from that state, none of
their descendants could surmount and rise above that standard. Therefore,
the original standard which we must go over with hope for the future still
remains to be achieved. The action of our conscience, that is, our original
nature, is moving toward that original standard at all times, even when we
are not aware of it.
For instance, let's take the case of a magnet. The strongly positive
magnetic force of one magnet orients itself unconsciously toward the negative
magnetic force of another magnet. The same type of action takes place in
our minds or in the constitution of our original nature.
Without the Cosmic Level Transitional Period,
Cannot Receive the Ideal World
Human beings who fell, committed wrong and remained in a state of
immaturity. We still wish to reach the state of maturity and attain a higher
level of value within ourselves. This has been human history. What is needed
here is a transitional period. In order to go beyond an environment, an
individual level transitional period is required, a family level transitional
period is required, a national and worldwide level transitional period
is required. If there is Heaven and Earth, a transitional period in which
the Heavens and the Earth make an about-face will be required. Otherwise,
no matter how we human beings seek to attain the ideal home, we won't be
able to achieve it. When we perform a turn-about, we must do it through
the guidance of a central figure. We cannot execute the turn haphazardly.
What is it we seek? If we talk about a family, there has to be a central
figure. Even if the family has been suffering destitution, if the central
figure of that family takes the step of making a complete about-face and
from there starts accomplishing, then the standard of hope for a renewed
family will come about. The same principle applies to the clan, the tribe,
and the nation, as well as to the white-robed race and to Korea. If this
Korean nation is fated in the realm of the Fall to perform a turn-about
in the course of history, then the national level transitional period will
definitely have to come to pass.
When you look at the whole of Asia, there are peoples of various
nations. The less-developed Asian countries can eventually lift themselves
up to be newly-advanced, ideal countries only when each of the constituent
countries receives in common the transitional period for Asia. For this to
happen, there will definitely have to come a whole Asian level transitional
period. Going further, a worldwide level transitional period will have to come.
As you know, the world you are looking at now is in confusion. Some say
that this is the period of downfall in the sense of value -- a period of
breakaway from ideology. When we face such a reality, we cannot fail to see
that people are moaning in despair. Thus, we realize that we need a worldwide
level transitional period by either successfully dealing with this world or
by rising above it. This applies not only to the Korean people but to the
American people, who are guiding the democratic world. Even the Soviet Union,
guiding communism, suffers internally from such pains. Without distinctions
of the individual, a nation or a country all are looking forward to the
rapid progress of the morrow without knowing it. Since all of us are in such
a fate, we wish to see the transitional period for the whole world come.
Then what is the problem now? The point of transition for the individual
is facing the north, the point of transition for the nation is facing the
south, the point of transition for the world is facing the east, and the
point of transition for Heaven and Earth is facing the west. Is it then
possible to make a complete about-face while each part of the whole faces
a different direction? If that is to happen, even if an individual level
turn-about or a national level one or a worldwide level or even a Heaven
and Earth level turn-about occurs, they cannot be linked together.
The world is made up of many individuals called "I." Korea is composed
of the expansion of an individual, and humanity is also made up of combined
peoples, which is the integration of linked individuals. Therefore, there
absolutely has to be a transitional period in which the individual direction,
the familial direction, the societal direction, the national direction and
the worldwide direction are brought conclusively into a common direction. Has
this ever happened successfully in history? Has there emerged in the course
of human history a distinguishable path after the direction is brought into
line? No, there hasn't.
Confused as they were, people have come through the individual level
period, the family level period, the tribal, the society and the national level
periods and finally have arrived at the worldwide level period. While they
try to perform a turn-about after arriving at this worldwide level period,
if they would have made an about-face centering around this democratic world
and the communist world and then been able to leap over to the ideal world,
that would have been fine. That was not the case. As far as the world is
concerned, it should be established on the grounds of having the individual and
familial foundations, as well as the foundations of the nations. Since all
those must be connected to one another, even if this is the period of the
worldwide level, the transitional period appears after synthesizing all at
one point. Unless the cosmic level transitional period in which individuals,
families, nations and the world can get connected and brought in line with one
direction, we won't be able to have the ideal world we all wish for. We come
to that conclusion. In that sense, "The Central Figure and the Transitional
Period" is very significant.
We Should Become a Central Figure
Who is the Center
of One and
the Center of the Whole at the Same Time
Now let us come back and think about ourselves. Am I really my own
master? There are Mr. Kims, Mr. Parks, and so on. Under each surname,
each one insists upon his own ideas. If ever one gets mistreated a little
bit by another party, he wishes to return accusation full force. Each one
holds himself in high esteem. But is one really his own master? That is the
problem. Do you have mastery? No matter how much I insist upon my own ideas,
I do not have mastery over myself. Throughout the periods of youth, middle
age and old age, their whole lives, people wander about without a sense of
direction. The path that leads to happiness does not lie there. Happiness
should be eternal and absolute. Am I ready to be happy? In other words,
have I found the self who can be my master forever? That is the question.
Rather than saying Mr. So and So is the master of the country or
of the world, the problem is whether you know the master who can say,
"Regardless of whether I represent the country, the world or Heaven and
Earth, I am the master of myself and that position is secure." What human
beings need to attain is mastery on the individual level, mastery on the
family level, mastery on the tribal level, mastery on the national level,
and worldwide level mastery. The position of mastery is one and the same.
That means everything is all connected. [Father speaks while writing on the
board.] That is, the master is the center. When we talk about being a center,
we mean that it concurrently becomes the individual level center, the family
level center, the country level center, the worldwide level center, and the
center of Heaven and Earth.
Ladies and gentlemen, you know the toothed wheel that controls the speed
of the balance spring in a wristwatch, don't you? It has a shaft that looks
like this, swinging back and forth. This can be extended any length. It
is a straight line. Do you agree? It could go to the end of the sky, but
the end is one point. [Father draws a diagram on the board.] Similarly,
this side is thicker, and this side is like an individual. When there is
some little mistake made here, then the whole will have a problem. As long
as this exists and operates, there should be a center that can operate as
the support to this extension while remaining plumb to it.
We cannot say that a small center is not a center just because it is
small. A small thing can be the center of a big thing. Do you understand
what I mean? Although the center is small, it becomes the center of one as
well as the center of the whole. The whole relies on the one center. The
matter of the center is the issue.
Looking at ourselves from such a perspective, do we want to contend with
each other? No, we don't want to contend with each other, confronting one
another. Though I am standing here, I want to contend with the universe. I
have the thought that if I move, the universe moves. Aren't you the same
way? You fight at the risk of your life, feeling angry when someone makes
light of you. You try to combat them. What is the reason for this? It is
the human desire to set the values of ourselves up against the universe and
contend with the Supreme Being, if there is such. Don't you agree? There
is no one who is not like that. It is human desire not to confine my own
individual standard of value to that of the individual, to try to set it up
in a position where it can be the center as well as the subject of the value
of the whole -- where it can mutually give and receive relative value when
dealing with the whole.
This Is the Final Period in History
Without a Central
Where is the place of the master, where the center of an individual can
get connected to the center of the family, the center of the family can get
connected to the center of the nation, and the center of the nation can get
connected to the center of the world, and so on to the center of Heaven and
Earth? This is the problem. Is there really a master inside of you? Suppose
that your mind is the master. Can you trust your mind? There is a saying
that human nature is fickle, isn't there? Yes, there is a saying that while
human nature is changeable, the mountains are the same for all ages. How
miserable is it that we live relying on our mind that keeps changing many
times a day according to the changes of the environment?
Even if this extension moves back and forth, if the center is kept in
balance, harmony can be achieved. But if this part falls away and the rest
tries to work without the support, it is an extremely dangerous affair. Looking
at today's individuals, we can picture the toothed wheel of a watch without
the support, rolling about here and there as it pleases. Moving back and
forth, rolling over and over -- if it were rolling over and over in this
fashion on the streets of this global village, think of how everything would
collide and thus break. That is exactly what is happening.
That being the case, what is the problem now? A righteous center and
righteous master must set up. This has to become the support to the center
of the whole. This should be able to point the direction and operate for
the common ideal and guide it all to progress toward a certain goal. But
where is such a central diameter, central direction, central hometown,
and central plumb of value? This is the most significant matter for concern.
Jesus said, "The Kingdom of Heaven is in your mind." What kind of mind
did he mean? Which mind was set up as the standard? Did he mean the mind
of a disciple who had the mind to either sell off or forsake Jesus at any
time? No, he did not mean that kind of mind. He meant the conscientious
mind that can go directly toward the one direction forever, without fail --
the mind that has been transformed before the eternally immutable standard
of the original nature. The Kingdom of Heaven exists in the middle of the
ground of such a mind. Whose mind is this? The one that is centered on God's
mind is such a mind.
Where is the Kingdom of Heaven? If you say it is in the mind of God and
in the mind of the person who has a mind that resembles the mind of God,
then that sounds all right. But if you say that the Kingdom of Heaven is
in continent mind, that does not sound right. We talk about things or even
criticize things based on a certain central point. Only after we set up a
certain standard called a goal can we distinguish progress and regression,
front and rear, right and left, based on that standard.
What on Earth is the central being of this world today? That is the
question. Is there a master of your mind in your own selves? This master of
your mind should not say, "Let's go this way while I'm young." You have to
go straight from the moment of birth until the time of death, throughout your
lifetime, without distinction of youth or age. If there is a path I must go,
I should be able to say, "This is a path not only I must go, but all people
must go." We must reach the standard where we can discover our own selves,
the selves who can determine the central direction for all people of the
past, present and future. Only when people reach the standard where they
can determine such a central direction and their own selves can they become
their own master for the first time. It makes sense when you say, "I advance
with this conscience, with which I can be the master of the standard." If
you mumble about, running around as you please without a direction and goal,
then it is very dangerous. It will quickly result in more and more destruction
and self-ruin rather than happiness as you approach the final day. You must
know this fact.
When you think of such an aspect on the individual level, you naturally
come to the conclusion that such a miserable final day will come to humanity,
for it will be reflected on the national and worldwide levels. The final
period is dangerous to this world of humanity, which has not yet found the
image of and does not have the central being.
When will such a time come? Right now is such a time. People with wealth
worry because they have it. People without wealth worry because they don't
have it. Big countries worry because they are big. Small countries worry
because they are small. All kinds of problems exist. Where there are problems,
there cannot be happiness. A nation or a world that looks at resolving
problems as a hobby could be a happy nation or world. But when the problems
are brain-wracking, they are miserable. In other words, a healthy man who
digests everything and anything eats without hesitation and is happy. For
a weak person, on the other hand, who suffers from stomach trouble and is
sick and cannot digest everything, eating can become a bitter thing.
The Center Should Be Immutable
What is necessary to human beings? Some say what we need is money.
Can money solve the fundamental problems of human beings, who have been seeking
throughout history to attain all ideals? Far from it. That is impossible. What
about power? That, too, is impossible. What about knowledge? That, too, is
impossible. What should be the center? What should be the central being? Should
it be the body or the mind? If the mind changes less than the body, then
the mind becomes the center. The thing that changes more becomes external.
What is it that changes less among human beings? Only after setting
up these kinds of essential qualities that change less should we seek to
attain them. Things of a changeable nature will not do. Only after setting
up the unchanging original nature within ourselves should we seek to attain
unchanging value within ourselves. What is more valuable which does not change?
In relation to human beings, there are two things we can count. One is
life and the other is love. Life has a direct bearing on us, and love is
formed when you have a relationship with a reciprocating partner. That is
why you set much value upon yourselves and hold your lives in great regard.
If you look into the hundreds of surnames of your ancestors, you find
much differentiation. We cannot say all our ancestors were good. There might
have been some bad ones. Our ancestry might be variegated. From the paternal
line, some might be good, while they may not be good at all from the maternal
line. They were the result of being gathered up from all over the world and
then spread throughout the east and west, where they were freely blended.
If your ancestors' sphere of goodness throughout history is analyzed, it
may be seen that there is a great diversity in degrees of good and bad, similar
to the mountains and mountain ranges of this global village. Some ranges of
mountains stretch straight and are of worldwide repute, while others do not
stretch because they are cut into pieces in an unimaginable fashion, creating
hollow places and leaving various configurations of the ground. Like a water
hole closeted in the deepest valley, a human being might express his desire,
saying, "Oh, I would really like to be a mountain top." Yet it is not going
to happen. We are leashed to the string of fate that we cannot do anything
about and about which we do not know. This applies to Korea, too. Korea
is tied fast to the string of a fate that is not known. Picture the scene
where that string of fate goes up and down, dances, and moves left and right.
There is some kind of standard line in the middle of this universe that
gives direction as to how the being called "I" should go. The directions are
similar to: "Going over to the right is good; going over the top is also good;
going over to the left is bad; going down below is also bad." It cannot be
that both ways are good. It cannot be that this side as well as that side are
good. There is such a saying that the right side indicates good luck, the left
side indicates bad luck, up is lucky and down is unlucky. On either side of
the middle on a straight line, if there are more things on the right, that
means there are more good things; if there are more things on the left, that
means more bad things. Either way is possible. [Father writes on the board.]
Where is the being called "I" standing? Where do "I" stand? Without
knowing where they stand, people say, "Human beings are equal." That is
not the case, however. Are all branches of a tree equal? They look equal,
don't they? But the amount of sap that goes to each branch is different. Do
you agree? They all receive the sap from the same position, but the amount
varies. When a certain branch receives lots of sap through the trunk of the
tree, it will thicken.
The same principle applies to human beings. If lots of good people come
out and are in the position where they can absorb the sap of the root well,
if the branch gets strong, the stalk will survive, even if the stalk until
now has grown crooked. It is the same way trees grow. Watching things like
these, whatever can we set down as the standard? It has to be an immutable
thing. It must be straight.
You say something like, "This man has his mind straight," don't you? Where
do you attach importance when you say a man's mind is straight? When we say
something is straight, we mean that in two ways. One is to mean horizontally
straight, where its straightness parallels a standard straight line on a
horizontal plane, and the other is vertically straight, when its straightness
makes a right angle (90 degrees) in relation to the horizontal plane. Without
the mention of verticality and horizontality, it is difficult to talk about
When we talk about straightness, which standard is it based on? We cannot
just obscurely say, "Straight." That is a self-centered remark. Have you become
the vertical line of the universe? Originally, you should stand in a position
where your mind should form an ideal right angle before an ideal horizontal
standard. Only after that can you complain about your discontent, insist upon
your presence, insist that you shouldn't be infringed upon, etcetera. Since
that isn't the case, all arguments for and against are nonsense.
This thing called the standard, this horizontal line, must transcend
time and place. It must transcend the past, present and future. If it is
horizontal today but is changed tomorrow, then it is no good. The horizon
remains horizontal wherever you see it. Think of the surface of the sea. Is
there a difference between the American horizon and the Korean horizon? It
is common everywhere that water keeps its surface level. That is why when
people build a Korean house, they use a level also, so that the house won't
collapse. There may be differences in height and differences in standard,
but the fact of having to maintain horizontality remains absolutely universal.
In this sense, the matter for concern for us is what to do with the
fundamental problems. Speaking of human beings, if their mind and body become
completely one, forming a right angle to each other, they are not aware of
The Being of Value We Are All Inclined
Become the Center
Think of water that circulates. If I put this object in the water,
it will circulate, keeping a uniform form and shape. But if this object is
crooked, it will create some irregularities. (Father spoke while writing on
the board.) What does this mean? While in motion, if the angle is completely
correct, the action of turning will not be interrupted. A problem occurs
only when a slight difference in angle comes into being. Even with something
like a high speed lathe, if the angle is correct, it accelerates faster as
it turns. But if the angle is incorrect, it gets into trouble the moment it
starts, making a thumping noise. By the same principle, human beings also
should maintain a correct angle in terms of horizontality and verticality. The
horizontal line should cut the vertical line at right angles. In that sense,
we come to notice yet another transmutation in our own selves. Even though
the term "transmutation" sounds a little awkward, it comes into being as
a strange, distinct acting entity because mind and body are on a separate
plane. Isn't that right? If they maintain right angles to each other and
stand on the 180 degree standard, they would be able to turn without feeling
any percussion or impediment. But if one maintains five degrees and the other
maintains ninety degrees in relation to the other, noisy friction is created.
Wherever can we set up the central point that old people, youth,
Orientals and Westerners, without distinction of ancient and modern times,
and even Communists would like -- and not only human beings but God also
would like? What can that be? That is the problem.
When I see things, for whom am I seeing? You are looking at things,
blinking your eyes. What are you looking at? You are looking at none
other than your object partner. Then do my eyes exist for me or to see the
object partner? For whom do they exist? To see the object partner or to see
myself? They don't exist to see myself. There is no need to see myself. The
eyes exist to see not myself but the object partner. How sorry we are to
hear that! (Laughter) But it is true.
For whom do the ears exist? Do they exist to listen to my own words?
To listen to whose words do my ears exist? (The object partner's) They
all exist for the sake of the opposite. To touch whom and for whom do my
hands exist? Why is the strength in me spent? For what purpose do I do this
action? For myself? Self-centered action is a waste. Get active for your
own sake for ten minutes; you will find yourselves not liking it. Then for
whom do you try to go into action? For the sake of the opposite, the object
partner. Viewed from that standpoint, then do we decide the value of human
beings based on how they relate to their opposite or based on themselves?
This is a problem.
The Ideal Home of Man Cannot
Come About Without
With priority given to life itself, is the life of the male most important
or the life of the female most important? Which is first? Females would say
females were first, and males would say males were first. Which is first,
the chicken or the egg? It doesn't matter much. It is all right not to know
the answer to that question. What matters is that they both need something
so much that they cannot live without it. Once they have that, they would
not care much about which one is first and which one is last. They would not
care which one is the subject and which one is the object. Neither would
mind being either. If there were something eternal and immutable that all
people like, that would be an ideal thing.
If you look into it, you will find that ideal thing is not life. Even life
is not the ideal thing. What is it? [Love.] Yes, love is that ideal thing! I
am not sure whether you mean permitted love or illicit love, but nevertheless,
love is the ideal thing. Do you like love? Do you like sarang? Love in
Korean is sarang. One of the Chinese characters which reads sa has a
meaning of death, and one of the Chinese characters which reads rang
has a meaning of one's husband. (Laughter) I don't mean that kind of love.
Considering these kinds of matters, we can conclude that without love, we
cannot attain the ideal home all human beings pine for. You cannot accomplish
the ideal home without love. If there is a path that can lead straight toward
the ideal state, what kind of path will that be? It will not be a path of
struggle as in communism. It is the path of love. You must realize that.
What does religion pursue? Philosophy today seeks to answer the question,
"What is the meaning of existence?" Why do we need to know that? Rather
than seeking to know the cause, what is the reason? Why do we exist? It is
necessary to know the cause, but knowing the reason is more necessary. Don't
you think so?
Why do I exist? Why do I have eyes such as I have -- why do I have a
mouth? Why have I ended up being like this? When you investigate these kinds
of questions, you will come to know that you don't exist for yourselves. You
come to the conclusion that you exist for the sake of the universe, for the
sake of something bigger.
What is the nucleus that an existence itself, having a point of safe
settlement, can forever long for, the common ideal, of its own accord? For
that, we have to bring out love. Philosophy does not know love. Centering
on the question of what existence means, theories of existence have become a
big issue and pose problems in thinking, while logic attaches importance to
the question of how human beings feel value. Love is on a far different plane.
In contrast, religion deals with love. What kind of love? God's love. God's
love is an immutable love. If you took love out of novels today, what
would be left? Lies of lies that crazy people engage themselves in. What
are poems? What are poets? All of them are intoxicated by futile argument or
vagrant fancy and argue pointlessly about love. The same criticism applies
to the religious life also. Once you take out the heartistic tie of the
religious life, nothing remains in it. The central being must give priority
to something people in general can value. This leads us to the conclusion that
an individual has to attach importance not to life but to love, by all means.
Where would God, if He exists, put the origin of the creation of the
universe? Would He put it in life or love? For God, His own life is the most
precious thing. However, one's life cannot exist only as a self. It is
impossible for one's own life to be aware of itself. By mutually giving
and receiving with a being called an object partner, one will be able to
obtain a guide as to the presence of difference, balance, or big differences.
That is why something that is central in a reciprocal relationship, rather
than life itself, must certainly be set up. In that sense, God Himself also
has to set up love.
Only God's Eternal, Immutable,
Ideal Love Can Save
What kind of love are we to stress? What kind of life are we thinking
of? We are thinking of a life centering on love. Satanic love? No. Then are
we talking about the humanistic, secular, personal level, Mr. So and So's
level of love? No, not that either. That cannot be the standard. Can you be
the standard? Say you are someone who can say, "I have sons and daughters in
my family who have graduated from various colleges; some have a Bachelor's
degree, some have even their Master's degree. Because of my sons and daughters,
wherever I go in Korea, people receive me with respect and call me 'the father
of Dr. So and So' with their heads bowed down. Then I show my dignity." Are
we talking about that kind of love? That kind of thing might be a priority
at a certain time, in a family or for a generation. However, it cannot be
of foremost importance forever.
Love is eternal and unchanging, unique and ideal. Ideal love! Even if it
is not there, only when we set it up even as false logic can we find a way
to save humanity today. That is why, even if it is not there, we must make
it. Even if there is no God, if it is possible to set up an imaginary being,
that imaginary being still can play the role until it is proven whether
God exists or not. Now is that kind of time. How nice would it be if God
exists? How nice? Which would be nicer -- the communists disappearing from
the Earth or the love of God, which we had assumed did not exist, actually
turning out to exist? Which one would please us more? (The latter) Yes,
the latter. From the position of dealing with the issue of God's existence,
from the position of accepting the existence of God, all can be resolved by
bringing out God's love.
Can we solve everything with love? Problems are solved by people who
center on love. When we say people, do we mean men or women? We mean men
and women. If a man and a woman unite centering on God's love, would there
be happiness or unhappiness? This applies even to fallen people. Don't you
think so? Think of the universe. Why were a man and a woman created? Imagine
if only a man had been created. Why has the universe ended up being the way
it is? Some say it all happened according to the law of natural selection,
but there are males and females in birds, fish, horses, cats, dragonflies,
ants and even in microbes. Why did it happen this way? Anyone who says it
all happened by chance is crazy. It couldn't happen without a cause.
What is the cause of the occurrence of male and female? It is not logical
to say that although the cause is not known the result is what happened. Why
were those males and females created? To do what? To fight? Look at human
history. It is full of fights. Human beings are said to continue to exist
through their intrinsic qualities of conflict. Listen to the theory of
Well! Do a male and a female exist to fight? Do they exist to fight or to
be united? By what? (By love) What would happen if there were no love? Needless
to say, they would have fought with each other most of all. Without love,
the fight between man and woman would have been fierce. Why? Because the
grain of seed is different between the two. Since the woman has a different
grain of seed, why would the man have left her alone? He would have cleaned
them out. Once the woman had gone, would the man still survive? He would
disappear also. Why is that? Why is it necessarily so?
They exist for love. Because of love, human beings are higher than
animals. They are on a different plane. I told Sang Hun Lee (Dr. Sang Hun
Lee) about this yesterday. We hear some people say that they would die for
the sake of humanity, that they would die for the sake of their country. Why
do they do that? Do animals do that? Have you ever heard a horse saying,
"Ah! I am going to die for the sake of the horse's world"? Did you ever see
that kind of thing? Or a cat saying, "I am going to die for the sake of
the world of cats"? Can you imagine a pig saying, "I am going to die for
the sake of the pig's world"? Human beings have a different coefficient.
When they say things like "Sacrifice for the sake of your fellow countrymen,"
and "Let's sacrifice our lives for the sake of humanity," they not only say
it but also put it into practice. Did you know that?
Why does this Mr. Moon go to America and bother to spend even a
cent? Why? Since every single penny I spend was earned by shedding blood
and sweat, why do I do that? Until now I have exerted much influence on many
organizations in Korea and spent much money on them. For what reason? I had
saved the money by not eating food and not wearing nice clothes. Why would
I spend that money that has the value of my blood and sweat? I often starved
myself, hesitating to go to the coffee shops and spend money for a cup of tea,
refraining from going to noodle shops to buy and eat a bowl of noodles. Yet,
for a good cause, I have never hesitated to write checks for tens or hundreds
of millions of won. Why would I do that? Why? Please don't get the wrong
idea, saying, "Ah, since the teacher said that he was giving away as much as
hundreds of millions of won, he may give some money to me also." (Laughter)
That can happen only when you and I are bound by predestined relation, when
you and I have justifiable reasons for it and when the value of the purpose
of doing that is glorious. It is not going to happen solely for your own sake.
Human beings are different. They move from this position to that.
Even after having a nice meal, they think of better foods. Animals, after a
good meal, say, "Ah, I am so content," and then they sleep soundly and roll
about. When you look at baby pheasants under a small pine tree with thick
branches, they are so content, tumbling about and falling asleep. That's all
they want. What about you? Once you are full, is there anything more that you
want? You say, "Well, earning my graduation certificate from Seoul National
University is my hope..." and you go ahead and earn it. Yet after you earn
it, are you content and do you stop wanting anything more, saying, "Well,
I am happy"? Once you earn your Bachelor's degree and Master's degree, do
you stop wanting more? Human beings have great greed. That is the difference.
Human beings have that special quality other animals don't have.
There are professors who insist upon the theory of evolution, who assert
that human beings are the result of evolution and developed from lower animals.
Do professors like the idea of having a common ancestor with monkeys-being
relatives of monkeys? Even professors don't like that.
Man and Woman Centered on True Love Are
Standard of Hope Humanity Wishes For
What kind of being is God? God is a being who has a relationship with
human beings. If God were different from human beings, would He be able to
form a relationship with them? If human beings try to go up, God tries to come
down. That's the way it should be. It should be that way for unification. If
God also tries to go up when human beings try to go up, they cannot meet. That
is why human beings try to go up and God tries to come down.
That is the reason people say that God will descend to this Earth or
that the Messiah will descend to this Earth. Instead of saying they will
ascend, they say they will descend. God wishes to come down. When He does
that, since He is an honorable being, He cannot make a fruitless call
on the Earth. Therefore, there has to be a proper time for His descent.
There will be a right time for His coming. It involves His dignity, so it
cannot be done imprudently.
When we make an appointment to meet at a certain time -- at 5 o'clock,
for instance -- we must be at the appointed place at the appointed time in
good faith. Only then will the opposite party say, "Yes, you are a punctual
gentleman." If you arrive five minutes early, that five minutes will be
wasted time. It is not economical. Don't you agree? If you are late even
one minute, it is no good. If you show up on the fifth chime of the clock,
it is not right. Only when you show up on the third chime is it ideal. The
advent of God will occur likewise at a proper time, in such a fashion.
God will wait for the right time for His descent.
If God exists, what would God and human beings center on? They are
not beings who center on money, knowledge, or power. Only the one who has
unchanging eternal love, only the ones who center on unchanging eternal love
can transcend all steps of the social ladder. When the individual likes this
love, the family dislikes it. Correct? When the family likes it, the clan
dislikes it. Correct? Love looks unrefined, like an unattractive-looking
fish called ho chi. One feels scared of seeing it in one's dreams,
but the taste of its love is wonderful. When this becomes reality so that
everyone, including the grandparents, the clan, the society, the nation,
the world and God come to say, "I like it," all of us will come to join
it. When that happens, the world will revolve around that one center.
The act of revolving is done with purpose. Centering on one direction,
it is done in all directions. Just as there is a line of magnetic force
on the Earth, that one direction carries out the eternally unchanging
activity of giving and receiving. The Earth is not dead. It is active and
alive. Because its line of magnetic force is in action, it is alive. Being
in a living state is nothing unusual. Things in motion are alive.
When we think of a human being, we think of a man and a woman. Only a
man and a woman who become completely united into one can become the cosmic
central beings, human beings with value based on unchanging love. If that
man and woman were in a country, that man would become the president of that
country and that woman his wife. In the world, they would be the president
and wife of that world.
What does the being center on? The dimension of the central being
will differentiate according to how much impact on the realm of love the
comparative standard of value the man and woman centering on love have,
and how much power they have to be able to assume the responsibility in a
subject partner's position. The conclusion is that the true man and the true
woman who center on love are the standard of hope humanity wishes for.
Human civilization has come through many complicated wars, a series of
conflicts. Nevertheless, this history of conflicts can be overcome all at
once in the future and can be changed over to the ideal world. When that
happens, what would be required? It won't be money, power or knowledge. This
universe would like to revolve based on a true man and woman who center
around perfectly true human love. Do you understand? Would you like to
revolve around yourselves also? (Yes) Would the college professors like to
revolve around too? Why do college professors need love? They should just
become study-bugs. Professor Choi, do you like love? (Yes) (Laughter) What
would our grandfathers have been like? Would they have liked love? (Yes)
I know you like it, but what about your descendants? (They will like it,
too) Can you revolutionize it? When there are beings called men and women,
and they are seeking true love, can you revolutionize this? Can you make
them forget about this through education? Can you educate them by saying,
"Hey, you two, man and woman! Since I am teaching you after having made
a strenuous effort for the past thousand years, you should not love each
other"? Is that an education? They will say, "We don't need that kind
of education. Even if you cut our throats, you cannot stop us. Nothing
will." When you speak like this, you feel good, don't you?
Since God is mathematical, He has to conclude, "In the final days, a man
and woman centering on True Love have to be found." This is the conclusion
about the world of the future, after all this fleeting history. Otherwise,
God is no more than an ideal. He is a nonsensical and vain God.
Seen from this viewpoint, where can we form the ideal conclusion?
Are we going to bring this matter to a close at the relationship between
professors and their pupils in a college? No. Then where? At the highest
position in politics? Are we going to settle this in the living room of the
world's richest couple? No. None of these are the right answer. God must
bring the cosmic final days as well as the history of human civilization to a
conclusion through the central persons of unchanging love, centering on one
man and one woman who keep one love, who can embrace the universe and more,
whom the universe needs and can care for.
Happiness is to Give When You Wish to Give
When You Wish to Receive
The man and woman must know love. Why let them know love? What
are they going to do after knowing it? Are they going to fight and have
their relationship break off? No, not at all. They will stick fast to one
another. Even if they are told not to be united, they will become united. I
remember seeing some things on your wedding day. Although in Korean thought
there is the notion of the predominance of men over women, in the case of Bo
Hi Pak, when his petite bride said, "Please come," he followed her very well,
saying, "Yes, yes." (Laughter) When she handed over a basket to her groom,
saying, "This is heavy," he took it without complaining and followed her well.
Seeing that, I was thinking to myself, "It is a magical, unique harmony. What
caused me to think so? Isn't something strange? That proves that when it
comes to love, everyone likes it, with his or her mouth watering. In that
sense, love is the absolutely primary factor.
Now, think of an oily-faced, fleshy man with a fat belly eating a nice
dinner. Would he be happy when he eats, mouth watering, all alone? Of course,
he would be. But how much happier would a male general and a woman general
feel when they eat dinner together, with their mouths watering? It would be a
sight to see. There is an attraction. If one person was eating there alone,
people would look at the person once and move on, thinking that one person
reciprocating with him or herself is an unlucky thing. But if there are
two people reciprocating, the more the people see them, the more they would
enjoy seeing them. They would enjoy watching them laugh, they would enjoy
watching them reciprocate; they would enjoy everything about them.
Where does happiness come from? It comes from the position where one
can give whenever one wishes to give, forever, and one can receive wherever
one wishes to receive, forever and wherever, including inside and outside
of myself. That is, happiness is possible only where there is true, real love.
On Cheju Island these days, when maidens get married and receive an estate
from their parents, it is said that they register the estate under their own
name. The reason is said to be that they must assert themselves in case they
are ever separated from their husband. Are they real, ideal couples? When
handling money, the women might grab some smooth and crisp bills and say,
"This is my money! The wrinkled bills are my husband's money!" (Laughter) Is
that a right thing to do? That is not love. Think of this case. The woman
breaks open the secret money packet and, finding all the money gone, asks,
"What happened?" The man answers, "Oh, I spent it." The woman says, "Well,
you spent it well. I don't mind your spending the money at all." This is
the way it should be. But what if, on the contrary, with lips trembling
with anger, the woman says, "Oh, my goodness! You spent the money again!
What, again?" (Laughter) We should be able to open the secret packet and
offer help, always. These days, some men try to lend their wife a bank's
money at interest. One who is like that is like a flunkey.
You feel happiness when you can give limitlessly, always, and when you are
able to give and receive freely, night and day, deep and low. You are unhappy
when you are unable to give and receive when you want to. When the husband
gives his wife the eye, then the wife is to receive it furtively. When the
husband slips a word to his wife, then the wife is to take it quietly. When
given something, without delay, you should be able to receive one hundred
percent of it. If the husband moans in his dream, the wife is to wake him
up, saying, "Honey, what is the matter? You were dreaming, weren't you? What
happened, honey?" What if instead she says, "Oh, that useless headache! There
he goes again, going senile!"
God Is Present Where Giving
and Receiving Take
What is happiness? It is being able to give whenever there is a wish to
give and to receive whenever there is a wish to receive, limitlessly. It is
not happiness if you only give or if you only receive. If human beings today
could give when they want to give and receive when they want to receive,
they would be happy.
Can you give for the sake of the world? When this Mr. Moon says to the
youth of the world and the people who follow the Unification Church with
absolute faith, "Here! I will give this to you," they all then extend their
hands, saying, "Yes! Please give it to us." When I say, "Go and fetch,"
they all then bring all they have, saying, "Yes." When that happens, Teacher
Moon is not unhappy. Do you understand that? When you get into the action of
giving and receiving, you are not causing any waste. You become the plus. Can
you imagine how nice it is? Why do you become the plus? Because God is
present where you get into the action of giving and receiving. A third
person joins where the action is, according to the heavenly principles.
That is the principle of the Unification Church.
When two people get into the action of giving and receiving, even the
third person at their side feels good. There is a saying that you don't go
and live in a room next to newlyweds who have been married less that three
months. The newlyweds talk in whispers all night long. If the groom ever
says, "Oh, please honey! Let me sleep ..." that man is a flunkey. Instead,
the man should say, "Oh, really? Tell me all about it." How joyful would that
be? God feels the same way. He likes talking in whispers about joyous things.
The master, the Lord, enjoys it more than the people concerned.
Once I met an old woman matchmaker. One particular match she had made
worked out well. After the wedding, she would come and visit this couple
once a week and observe the pleasure of the man and the woman. She was able
to tell how much she was appreciated. If the man had kept a sullen silence,
that would have meant there was trouble. There was a very famous matchmaker
in Pyongahn Bukdo province who was my aunt on my mother's side. She arranged
about 500 couples' matchings, which is less than the number I have. (Laughter)
If you listened to her about the secret of her success, she said she
would find out whether the newlyweds were getting along well or not by
testing the couple. She would approach the wife and ask in whisper, "Are
you alright"? If the wife smiled a welcome to her, she would then know that
everything was fine. Next, when she met the husband working in a rice paddy,
she would ask him, "Is everything all right"? Then he would come running with
a long step out of the rice paddy and express joy, looking happier to see her
than to see his own mother. He would say with his wife standing next to her,
"Oh, you've come. Please stay." (Laughter) At this time, this matchmaker
lady turned to me and said, "Matchmaking is such a nice experience."
While going round the land of Korea, if she ran out of money, she would
simply go and visit one of the families which she had helped through her
matchmaking. According to her list of couples, they are graded 1, 2, 3. She
would visit them and stay overnight at their place. The next day, she would
simply say, "I wish to leave." Then the car fare would be ready. Even if
her own son was very pious, he would not have been able to accompany her
through her rounds, paying her fare. That is why there is happiness when
one can give when one wishes to give, and one can receive when one wishes
to receive. What do you think? (That is right)
When feeling happy, which object partner and which subject partner would
be happier? The higher the subjectivity you have, the happier you feel. While
living in Korea, some people who are living in a small village find happiness
in maintaining a friendly relationship with the chief of that village. Next,
if they get to be friendly with the county headman, they find happiness. If
they have a friendly relationship with the governor of the province, they
find happiness there. If they have a friendly relationship with the Korean
president, they feel national level happiness. With the American president,
they would feel happiness on the level of the democratic world.
Which is better, the higher or the lower? (The higher) Surely, the
higher is better. How about reciprocating with God, if the Supreme God
exists? (That's great) Yes, that will be great.
Ladies and gentleman, when you feel happy, do you enjoy the moment with
your eyes closed or open? (Closed) If you enjoyed it with your eyes open,
that's false happiness. (Laughter) Why do you think you close your eyes when
you are happy? It means I am putting everything out of the way and putting
myself in complete unification. It means unification of the whole. This
may sound amusing, but it is true. Well, it feels good when we have an
interesting talk in the morning, it is true.
Is love first or life first? (Love is) Why is it first? We have a problem
here. According to modern scientists' view of the universe, power exists in
the universe, and the power is like the power of life to human beings, and
this universe came into being by this power. This is a different view from
what you say. Which is first? Love or life? (Love) Why? Are you telling
me that the Earth came to life from God's original entity of life and began
because of life? Therefore, life is first. Is that it? (No).