REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
UNTITLED ADDRESS TO
CONFERENCE OF U.S. AND
September 20, 1976
Tarrytown, New York
Translator - Col. Bo Hi Pak
This morning I'm sure you can almost fly. You have been very heavily
burdened, and now all the burden has been lifted. I think everyone must
be on cloud nine, so be sure to land safely when you come back to earth.
Let us together extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to God,
our Heavenly Father, for the victory at Washington Monument! And to all
of you who made this victory possible, congratulations from the depths
of my heart. Let us thank God, thank one another, and thank all those
hundreds of thousands of citizens who participated in this rally.
I hereby proclaim that, culminating with the victory at Washington
Monument, the first phase of the ministry that I initiated when I came
to America in 1972 has been successfully concluded. The target has
been reached. The goal has been won. This I proclaim and declare.
As I look back three and a half years ago to my arrival in Washington
on December 18, 1971, to begin this crusade, I recall that at that time
nobody knew my plan, but my heart was truly trembling with God's great
command, His scheme and His instructions. At that time there was already
a master plan and strategy for this crusade in America. God has called me
to proclaim the great truth which He was unable to proclaim 2,000 years
ago in the Roman Empire. Today the United States holds a world position
similar to that of Rome in those days. And so now when I look back,
I see just how momentous an occasion this victory in Washington really is.
The American news media and many narrow-minded American people rose up
against me and against our movement. They scorned us and persecuted us.
Yet even under such adverse conditions our movement forged ahead and won
a tremendous victory. It is clear that our Heavenly Father, the living
God, is with us.
In Washington when we held the first meeting of all the American
members, do you know how many there were? Seventy-two! And to those 72
members gathered from all around the nation I revealed plans to speak in
every major city, to form the IOWC, and to hold huge rallies at Madison
Square Garden, Yankee Stadium and the Washington Monument. Among our
members absolutely no one could believe it, so how could we expect the
American people and the media to believe it?
Back in 1972 the American people didn't pay any attention to
Reverend Moon. I was just a stranger from Asia, another yellow man who
came to America. But what they saw at that time was only horizontal,
whereas I was looking vertically, two very different views. All my
life I have clung to that vertical reality, when often from a horizontal
perspective things looked so poor, so impossible. Yet I always upheld
the vertical as being the reality, and my conviction never diminished.
the unchanging eternal truth, represented by this vertical line,
cannot be bent, undermined or altered by any power or persecution.
From the very beginning our movement had this vertical axis, and
although initially we had no foundation, no ground upon which to stand,
it has been our job to create that ground, to build that foundation.
This is what we have been doing. Each time we elevate ourselves to a
new level there is always additional attack, additional persecution.
It is inevitable, and without it we cannot progress. But it has always
been my attitude and my strategy never to bend even one iota. I have
struggled all alone to keep that vertical trunk line strong and solid.
That has been my policy for the last three and a half years, although
I knew from the very beginning that until after the Washington Monument
Rally there would be a most heated battle.
Our victory in 1974 at Madison Square Garden laid our first substantial
foundation, and it was an eye-opener for the American people. For the
first time the American public paid some attention to Reverend Moon.
On September 17th at our Waldorf-Astoria Day of Hope Banquet, Mike Wallace
from CBS News stuck a microphone in front of my face and asked if I were
confident I could fill Madison Square Garden. "Yes," I said immediately,
"100 percent." He couldn't believe what he had heard, but the very
next day my prediction was proved true. It is a well-known fact that
our most influential newspapers, including the New York Times, tend to
have a certain bias in their expectations, and so they all predicted
that Reverend Moon could not fill Madison Square Garden, that it would
be empty. They did not just hint at this but stated it blatantly in the
headlines. But my prediction was different, based upon information from
God's computer, and God's computer proved to be superior to theirs.
After Madison Square Garden I emerged as a powerful and almost fearful
or somehow threatening leader, and so the mass media collectively took
the offensive to attack me and our movement. And after the Watergate
crisis when we pleaded with Americans to "Forgive, love and unite,"
they twisted my words, and my message and used them as further ammunition
against me. But through their attack I was able to fulfill my God-given
responsibility to become known not only in America but throughout the
Free World during the past three years.
With the coming of the new year of 1976, the real showdown battle
between God and Satan commenced with the opening of the Yankee Stadium
campaign. Here in this room again and again we pledged a great historical
victory for Heavenly Father at Yankee Stadium. Yet nature intervened,
and because of the rain every member of the Unification Church felt
anguish and heartbreak over Yankee Stadium. But I felt differently.
I knew God had a better and longer-range strategy aiming at victory
at Washington Monument. Stop and think for a minute: if we had won a
spectacular victory at Yankee Stadium, wouldn't you have been proud,
perhaps a little boastful? Relaxed? Less desperate about the Washington
Monument campaign? That kind of feeling would creep in unconsciously.
It's human nature. Then what would have happened? It means that we would
not be having this joyful and liberating victory celebration here today.
It could never have happened. But because of what happened at Yankee
Stadium,. every member of the Unification Church got something stuck
so deeply in his heart that he was able to really give himself totally
to bring about the more important victory in Washington.
These last several months since Yankee Stadium have been a test period
for the Unification Church. Many members have doubted God, wondering how
this could have happened, if God is really with us. Many of the leaders
assembled in this room today begged me desperately for one more chance and
pledged to do their absolute best to win victory for Heavenly Father at
Washington Monument, and our members in every echelon of the Unification
Church were united with them in that determination. With that heart
we immediately plunged into the Washington campaign, shooting forward
like bullets, without first taking time to evaluate or review anything.
Then eventually the leaders met with me and we analyzed what went wrong
at Yankee Stadium. We realized we had not placed enough emphasis on
individual contact, so this time I instructed person-to-person, heart
to-heart contact. That and the bus method of mobilization were the keys
to the success of the Washington Monument Rally.
I was determined from the very beginning of the campaign for us to
break all past records for attendance at an evangelistic religious meeting
in Washington, D.C. I knew very well how awesome the consequences would
be, based on our success or failure. The impact, whichever it might be,
would be truly fearful. If we were to fail with the Washington Monument
Rally, people might conclude that God does not dwell in the Unification
Church, and nothing we could say would convince them otherwise. There
would be no way we could refute or explain, no excuse. Our critics
could say, "Reverend Moon claims God is with him and the Unification
Church, but he failed. Obviously he is wrong." And to this allegation
there could be no satisfactory answer. Moreover, should we fail, there
would be a great and terrible impact upon the spiritual state of every
Unification Church member throughout the world, and nothing, no power,
could lift that burden. The consequences would be immeasurably serious.
If we had failed, I would have unveiled a strategy today which we would
have followed from now on, but there would have been no way to execute
God's plan, with Reverend Moon and the Unification Church standing in
such a miserable position. So the destiny of the Unification Church
depended upon the Washington Monument Rally. With success there would
be new hope, new horizons, but with failure, on the contrary, we would
move down into the dungeons of hell.
I determined that if white people refused to respond, that was fine;
I would mobilize all the black people. At the time of Jesus Christ
a black man, Simon of Cyrene, carried the heavy cross to the Mount of
Calvary for Jesus, so I knew that black people were destined to play a
most important role in this final day dispensation. That expectation
was fulfilled at the Washington Monument Rally, and I now know that the
black community is going to play a most important role in the future of
the Unification Church.
I proclaim to you that the Washington Monument Rally was an unqualified
victory. It is a victory for God and a victory for the providence,
and it is a fact. It has been recorded as truth in heaven and earth.
I confess I feel light as a feather. I feel like I can fly. I have
borne a tremendous burden of responsibility, but with the victory at
Washington Monument I feel like I have been liberated from that weight.
I can now walk as a free man. I can hold my head up before heaven and
earth, and I can now proceed with the original strategy. So I say to
you again that with the Washington Monument Rally we, the Unification
Church, won the victory. It is the truth, recorded by history.
Then what shall we do from now on? This is a most important and
critical question. Washington Monument has been our goal until this
time, but after that beautiful victory, in what direction should we be
moving? This is the most important purpose of this meeting. First of
all, let us decide: shall we retreat or move on? (MOVE ON!) Once we
have decided to move on, we must decide in what direction. We can move
on a horizontal level, or at a 45 degree angle, or even at 90 degrees
straight up, which one? We must look straight upward, yet our two feet
must be steadily and soundly planted on the ground. Don't lie down
and look up! Unless your feet are securely planted on the ground, when
you look up like this, just a little push can cause you to fall down.
A normal person walking along looking straight ahead would not be thrown
off balance by a little push or a kick, but the person looking straight
up is in a way vulnerable. We must decide to look both straight up and
down at the ground, up and down. Your body should not lean backwards at
a 45 degree angle, nor should you wiggle and sway and twist. You must
be solid like a statue, like a rock. Stand firm, and then move ahead.
This way if some powerful force kicks you, you will not be affected
by it. What kind of facial expression would you be wearing, show me.
Would you look tired out? Or would your smile reflect confidence and
power and peace? (CONFIDENCE!) You answer well, don't you? From today on,
I make one policy: I trust your words 100 percent.
You have seen me in action, working, time after time. You know
that when I tackle something, sooner or later I always achieve it.
From this time on you can be 100 percent confident that whatever we plan,
we can accomplish.
Let me ask you a question: are you superior to me or inferior, better
or worse? You say worse, but I think you are better. You speak better
English, your faces are white, and you are young. In all those things
you have the advantage. You are model young American citizens, so you
are superior in every respect. Also, most of you are a little taller
than I am, and your eyes are deep and large. In so many respects your
qualifications are superior to my own. Moreover, I have had to work on
faith alone, without any living example to follow, but you can follow me.
I have shown you the way. You have been eye-witnesses to what I have
been doing during these last three years, isn't that true? I want you
to feel confident that if you do the same things and follow my example,
you can win the same victories. Only then can this movement forge
ahead. Otherwise we will stagnate and decline. You must be convinced
that, "I can do better than Reverend Moon, because he has shown me the
way. Reverend Moon didn't have an example to follow, but I have him
and by following his example I can accomplish more than he did." The
time is ripe. After the Washington Monument victory I concluded that
I must inspire you with the conviction, power and confidence that you
can exceed even that victory, because I have shown you how. That kind
of confidence has to be planted in your heart.
This morning after our victory you probably expected me to say only
rosy, sweet and glorious things in my speech, but this is not the way
it's going to be. The weather is good outside, but you are going to
have to face something tough inside. You don't mind, do you? So are you
going to achieve more than Reverend Moon? Can you do it? Only one-third
of you answered. What about the other two-thirds? Think of it: I came
to America three and a half years ago, and in those short three and
a half years this victory has been won. Let's say that each one of
you in this room determines right now to be another Sun Myung Moon.
That means in another three and a half years there will be thousands
more Sun Myung Moons, soon hundreds of thousands around the world, all
working for God's providence. We can shatter the sin of this world,
transform it, turn it upside down. Can you picture it?
From today on, we are different people. You must walk differently,
to save even one extra second and get there faster. Normally in the
past you would look this way and that as you walked, and take a certain
amount of time, but from now on your every moment and every action must be
done double-time, even triple-time: walk faster, look around faster, read
faster, grasp everything faster. Do not be limited by the old standard.
Your hair should be cut even slightly shorter than in the past, instead
of growing longer, and you women with tong and polished fingernails must
cut them short like your toenails. Everything must change. You are a
different being from this morning on. You move in the opposite direction,
towards heaven and God. Even normal breathing is no good anymore.
You must save up air, and inhale and exhale in a different way with the
heart of God, with a different meaning. You have no time to exercise,
so you can exercise simultaneously while you are sleeping. You must
determine to visit mountains and jungles no man has ever visited.
Then you will become an entirely different person. Your attitude, your
outlook and your way of thinking must all change. Nobody will have to
tell you to climb, because you will have already taken off straight up.
World unification is a tremendously huge task, yet success is
determined by an accumulation of little things. Gigantic accomplishments
are composed of success in millions of little tasks. Thus you must be a
most thorough person in everything you do, When you go to a meeting, for
example, you must be the first one to show up and the last one to leave,
not going out until you have taken care of the last person, straightened
up the room and turned out the lights. What makes news? If the meeting
starts at 9:00 a.m. but the person arrives at 8:00 o'clock, he creates
one hour's worth of news, because the meeting isn't until 9:00 o'clock.
But suppose he comes at 6:00 a.m.? He creates three hours' worth of news.
Unexpected situations happen all the time in our lives. We never know
what to expect. Heavenly Father might suddenly decide one morning that
He will give His most cherished prize to the person who shows up at
6:00 o'clock for the meeting scheduled for 9:00. Then that person is
the winner, because he expected the unexpected.
Imagine this situation: the meeting is to start at 9:00 a.m. but the
person comes at 9:00 a.m. one day early. He creates news for 24 hours.
They ask, "Are you crazy? The meeting is tomorrow morning. Why did you
show up at 9:00 o'clock today?" He will be abused and criticized, treated
almost like a criminal, and in a way his whole day is spent in hell.
But the greater the degree to which you are crazy, the greater your prize
will be in the sight of God. God measures that way. He doesn't look at
things from our normal perspective. In the past the patriots and saints
and great men who accomplished something in history were all thought
to be crazy by the people of their day, but were they? They were crazy
about something, some value or dream they clung to and never released,
sometimes even at the cost of their lives.
For 2,000 years Christians have been crazy people, in this sense,
because they've been waiting for the return of Jesus Christ. There
was no sign or anything, yet still they have waited for 2,000 years.
Thus from a worldly viewpoint Christianity can be said to be 2,000 years
of crazy people. But the important thing is not how the people in the
world look at you, but how Heavenly Father's heart looks at you. If
what you do is seen as crazy by the people but it moves God to exclaim,
"What faith! What commitment! What dedication!" then as Creator of all,
God can arrange things to make the impossible happen. Do you understand?
We of the Unification Church are crazy people, too. Our Washington
Monument Rally was a crazy act. And after the rally was over we did
still another crazy thing: that very night we cleaned up all the debris
and refuse on the monument grounds, and we took down all our posters
throughout the city. We did that while everyone else was at home asleep.
We have done all these crazy things, but in the sight of God that's the
way history is made.
And even among the Unification Church members we compete to see who
can be craziest. In depostering and cleaning up the monument grounds,
the person who remains longer than anyone else, walking around several
additional hours picking up more things, taking down more posters,
that person is even crazier than the rest of you. Then that person is
the winner, right? Other people say, "Well, tomorrow is another day.
We can clean up tomorrow," but we don't think that way. We live life
like there is no tomorrow. We want to do everything today.
Show me your hands. When you walk, what do you do with your
hands? Maybe you haven't ever thought about it. From now on, decide
to do some crazy thing no other people do, even secretly-perhaps you
stretch out one finger like this when you walk, whatever. You are a
new person. You must say to yourself, "From today on, I am different.
I am not the same person I was yesterday. I look at things differently,
and hear things differently, and different things are attractive to me
now." Do you understand?
Why should we be that way? It is because the victory that is coming
to us from this time on will come faster and faster. The blessings we
have received so far are peanuts, compared to the blessings to come.
I am telling you these things so that you can make yourself ready to
deserve those extraordinary blessings that are coming to you. You must
prepare yourself in every aspect of your life-at home, working, eating,
sleeping, washing, in virtually every mode of your life.
How different should you be? Let me draw an analogy. When a single
man marries, do you think that man's way of life becomes different
from that moment on? When you are a bachelor, you tend to be careless.
You can eat or brush your teeth when you feel like it, throw things on
the bed or stack dirty dishes on the floor, and nobody cares. But once
you have a wife, you have to behave differently, don't you? By the same
token, we must become that different. You must change yourself more
than a single person does when he marries.
From this time on, you don't need my presence. Each one of you can go
on and achieve greater victories than I have achieved. When the mature
son gets married he doesn't come nagging to his father, "Daddy, do this
for me," "Daddy, give me an allowance," "Daddy, solve my problem." Nag,
nag, nag. That is not the way of a good and loyal son. The mature and
pious son instead becomes independent and takes over the father's role.
By the same token, you must do the same in the Unification Church. Do you
love me? Then you must become a person who deserves the Heavenly Father's
love more than Reverend Moon does, by accomplishing more. Then you
can come to me with your love and I'll accept it. Until then, I won't.
Do you understand? Only if you are truly a God-centered person, and God
dwells with you, can you come and profess your love to the True Parents.
Only then is your love worthy to be received. Until then nobody is
worthy of love.
From this day on we move to a new plateau, a new stage of our
movement. I want you to remember that from today on you are different.
How different? You are becoming a true representative of Heavenly Father
and of the True Parents.
We won a victory at the Washington Monument, but do not be boastful or
vain or arrogant. This is the worst thing you can do. Thus far we have
fought together in a collective battle, but from now on each individual
will fight his own battle to show how worthy he is, so an even greater
battle is ahead for each of you. In the collective public crusade we
won a great victory, but unless each of you shows himself individually
worthy and deserving of God's blessing, unless each of you is individually
victorious, your foundation of our public victory is going to be in vain.
The era for the collective unified campaign has passed, and from this
time on will be the era of individual achievement, in which you must
prove your worth in the sight of God. It doesn't matter what city or
state you work in. You must emerge as a champion on the universal level
and win in that final battle. The blessings from heaven are all packed
up and ready to be shipped; now is the era for distribution. You are the
ones who must be worthy to receive the package from heaven to distribute.
Those of you who have confidence and can pledge yourselves unquestionably
as sons and daughters of God, raise your hands. Look at your hands,
and at the same time examine your hearts to see whether or not they show
the same thing. Thank you
What about me, am I a son of God or a son of Satan? (GOD!) From a
worldly viewpoint I may look like a son of Satan. What makes me a son
of God? It is because everything I do is 180 degrees opposite of what
Satan would do. What Satan likes, I hate. I am 100 percent, 180 degrees
absolutely different. That's why I am the son of God.
I am not afraid of arousing controversy or comments. I have stirred
up controversy on a universal scale, in both the physical and spiritual
worlds, in all of heaven and earth. People not only in this world and in
the good spiritual world are talking about Reverend Moon, but also those
souls suffering down in the dungeons of hell, in the unquenchable fire.
I want to be so controversial that even the damned forget their own pain
and want to hear more about Reverend Moon.
Yesterday our Korean leader, Mr. Moon, told me that when he introduces
himself as Mr. Moon in his travels around the world, everyone looks at
him with interest and wants to know if he is Reverend Moon, or related
to Reverend Moon, so it seems that Reverend Moon is known throughout
the world. Is it because I am a gangster, or a bank robber, or was
involved in the notorious sex scandals in Washington'? Not at all.
Am I famous because I kidnap young people? I am blamed for that, and
people say I brainwash young people like yourselves. Some people seem
to think that at the Barrytown Training Center Reverend Moon comes
out with a big needle and injects something-maybe ginseng juice-into
your bloodstream, and that converts you. You laugh, because you know
that it was the truth of the Divine Principle which converted you, as
it converted me. You know that it is God's power dwelling in you, so
you can laugh at their accusations. The things they say about us on the
radio and television and in the newspapers are like autumn leaves. Winter
will come, and they will all blow away.
The news media are trying to brand Reverend Moon and our movement
as political, and again we have to laugh. We are not interested in
any worldly power or sovereignty, or in moving into the White House or
any such thing. Not at all. When you call someone political, it means
they are ambitious to take over the government or some public office,
but that is not my goal. Our crusade is not political; our crusade
is one of education. We seek to educate the leaders of this country,
one by one, to become God-centered, God-oriented.
Would you rather I became president of the Republic of South Korea,
or that I remain a spiritual leader to the whole world? You would much
rather I became a teacher of the heads of state, preaching Godism and a
God-centered way of life, wouldn't you? That's the way I feel, and that's
why my job is one of education. The American leaders, for example, have
become corrupted in many ways. They are asleep and do not recognize the
menace of Communism. We must shake them awake, and inspire them with the
conviction and confidence to lead this world into becoming a God-centered
world. That is why Reverend Moon's job is one of education, not politics.
People criticize me for making slaves of you, because you work harder
than anybody else, but that is not enslavement, because you work of your
own free will. You want to do still more and more, and even that is
not enough. You know that I am working harder than anybody else, and
you have seen our European and Japanese and Korean Church leaders come
to America and work very hard. How could you conscientious, patriotic,
God-loving young people work any less hard? That is what motivates you.
You are driven not by force but by your own willing desire to join this
crusade and give your lives and sweat and labor for the purpose of God.
I could never force you to work like this. You are working hard because
you want to preserve your dignity as Americans; your conscience would not
let you do otherwise. This movement is absolutely and totally voluntary,
and this is our strong point, compared to any other ideology. Go ahead
and speak out. Tell them, "We are working hard to save this nation, to
preserve the dignity and pride of the American people. America has too
much to be ashamed of; we cannot let her fall still farther. That is why
we are working so hard." If the Japanese brothers and sisters come here
and work 15 hours a day for America, can you work only 12'? That's the
way you will become enslaved, not by Reverend Moon but by the Japanese.
You must rise up and work hard to maintain the dignity of America.
Many people criticize me and say that I make you slaves to earn money
for myself and for Korea, but like the autumn leaves, those criticisms
will fall down and blow away, because they are absolutely untrue. I am
not going to cam money through you for Korea or for myself, to make the
remainder of my life a materially comfortable one. No, absolutely not;
this is absurd. I am rather giving myself and everything I possess for
the sake of America, not taking from her. No matter what they say, you
know that I came to America to teach young people, to create a new breed
of leaders who can save this country in the future. If I am successful,
then my contribution to this country will be immeasurable.
You are for the most part young Americans in your 20s. When I was 20
1 had absolutely nothing, and on that foundation I started this movement.
You, on the contrary, have all the foundation you need, so there is no
reason why you cannot do far better than I have done. You have materials
and experience and confidence, and my example to follow. I have worked
like a slave myself for the past 30 years. I enslaved myself in the
sight of God, yet I did not look upon myself as a slave. I saw myself
as a champion, a pioneer 6f the kingdom of God. I suffered in prison,
literally in chains, for the millions of people, both here on earth and in
the spirit world, who are in chains and crying out at this very moment.
But the important point is this: I worked like a slave and I suffered
in chains in the prison camp, not as a slave but as the son of God.
In that capacity, as a son of God, I took the role of the lowest slave.
History will show that when you whip a slave the consequences are this
small, but when you whip a son of God and treat him as a slave without
realizing he is a son of God, the consequences will be grave and history
will judge you severely.
You are sons and daughters of God, even though you are working
like slaves. Do not be discouraged. This is a most normal and sacred
responsibility. Hold onto your dignity inside yourself. Many people
were enslaved and suffered in the past, but without any meaning. But you
are suffering as the sons and daughters of God, and the heart of Heavenly
Father is with you. In that dedication and commitment you are suffering,
and your suffering thus has a different meaning. The suffering you
endure on this earth sets a condition to establish God's kingdom for all
eternity, and each pain you suffer sets a condition for God to praise you.
As a slave your suffering would have no meaning, but as a son of God,
the more severe your suffering, the more glory you earn from God.
Which route shall we take then? We must take the latter one, suffering
as the sons of God.
God knows how I have suffered all these years, and asks me if I
don't want to sit back and relax for a while, but I reject His offer.
I will run even faster and harder than ever before. And do you think
Heavenly Father will criticize or reject me for this? I am 57 years old,
and I expect that generally we can work for God up to the age of 70, so do
you suppose I want to rest for the next 13 years, then go to heaven? No,
I would never take that route. I want to fill the remaining 13 years
with even greater achievement, greater suffering, greater hardship, to
bring even more extraordinary impact in heaven and earth. Then God will
give me my blessing to take and enjoy, but I will tell Him to give it
instead to the members of the Unification Church. Do you think He would
curse me? It will touch Heavenly Father's heart more than anything else,
and He will pour down limitless abundance and blessings for thousands
of years upon our movement and upon all mankind.
I will never retire. The only thing you can do to stop me is to leave
no work for me to do. Do you think that if you do, I would hit you with
a baseball bat and tell you to go away, stop blocking my way? Suppose I
were to hit you with the baseball bat to stop you, bloodying your ear
and breaking a bone or two, yet still you insisted on doing more work
for Father. Imagine that scene and put yourself in Father's position.
You would think, "Boy, that's an impossible son. I surrender." And God
will surrender before you in the same way. That's the only way you can
have God surrender. Then God will call loudly to Satan, "Come here and
look at this man. Don't you think he deserves my help?" And Satan has
no choice but to answer, "Yes, Heavenly Father, that man deserves Your
love." Satan has to surrender and admit that kind of man deserves to be
called the son of God for eternity. Satan will have to approve your
claim and testify to it. Today, in that frame of mind, let us begin
our new work.
We know that all men eventually die, physically. And we know that
God is just like a person in that He, too, has emotions. Now when He
sees the deeds of an absolutely pious son, like Jesus Christ was 2,000
years ago, His heart is melted. If you demonstrate that kind of loyalty
you can have God as a complete prisoner of your heart. That's why God
resurrected Jesus and initiated Christianity on that foundation. So no
matter what happens, never complain or blame anyone. Don't seek revenge.
God knows very well what you have endured, and Satan knows too. When you
die you stand right in between God and Satan, and your own deeds during
your earthly lifetime determine to which side you belong. In order to
subjugate Satan, you have to demonstrate absolute loyalty as the son
of God. You must walk side by side with God every step of the way.
In that manner you can eliminate Satan's role on earth, because he is
left with no human connection through which to work.
We now know that yesterday and today are totally different. Today we
are new people. Give yourself for this cause as a son of God and you
will leave behind such a great legacy and tradition that your deeds will
be remembered and praised for all eternity.
I would like to share something important with you. I have had many
experiences in which I was misunderstood, yet I remained absolutely silent
without protesting and stood quietly on the side of God, giving Him my
utmost loyalty and knowing that He was on my side. There is no death
anymore, and if I were to suddenly die I would continue to work in the
same way in the spirit world. That is why I don't protest, even though
the world curses and criticizes me and is scornful to me. After my death
millions of people in the spirit world and here on earth will testify
to my deeds, and to what f have done in history. This may not come in
my own lifetime, but in eternity I know that my deeds will shine.
Moreover, I will have opened the way to help those who suffer most,
after I go to spirit world. I can be in a position to assist those who
are suffering here on earth, because by my suffering I will have set the
condition. You see, in the spirit world those in history who suffered the
most in the name of God occupy the central positions, so I intend to outdo
or surpass the suffering of all the past saints, so as to not only dwell
among them but rise up above them, so that together we can more quickly
liberate the suffering souls of the world. Do you understand? It's all a
part of heavenly strategy. Even though I have suffered, and will suffer
still more, and I will be misunderstood and accused even more, by taking
this treatment without protest I continuously nurture this tradition,
and eventually our way of life and our truth will prevail. I know it.
The work will never stop, whether I am here on earth or up in heaven.
Thus it is immaterial whether or not I can unify the world within my
lifetime, for this work will go on and on, and I will continue to lead
it, whether I am here on earth or in the spirit world. This ideology,
this philosophy, this tradition and this heart will inevitably unify the
world. Even after my death, as a spirit man I will constantly appear
and lead you into the same tradition, the same way of life, until we
have achieved the complete kingdom of God here on earth. This is the
principle under which I am operating. I do not expect this to happen
in ten years or even in my lifetime, but in eternity.
I know the spirit world so well. I know its system and organization
inside out. At present that world is invisible to you, but the assault
of the spirit world upon the physical world is almost like a hurricane
or a typhoon. Soon the new heaven and earth will open up in front of you.
I know that timetable so clearly. It is coming, and it will bring a new
world and a new way of life. When an extreme high pressure point and an
extreme low pressure point confront, the impact is great and the result
is new form. We might say that an historical typhoon has come to blow in
front of the Unification Church, and the high and low pressures will clash
and explode, opening up the way for us. That time is not very far away.
The spirit world and the physical world are getting closer and closer,
and I must lead you and this movement in the right direction.
But no matter what the mass media may say about the Unification Church,
it won't hurt us one bit. Nobody can touch us anymore. And the harsh
treatment and persecution and scorn Reverend Moon receives from America
and from all of the world in his lifetime is actually a blessing for the
Unification Church. Even if it were to be prolonged for 2,000 years,
I would receive it and digest it, in order to pay the indemnity for
the future in the shortest possible time, to make the future rosy and
prosperous. Do you understand?
This is a tremendous and extraordinary contribution to history.
Many people say, "Reverend Moon, why can't you slow down a little bit? Why
can't you be diplomatic and present yourself more acceptably?" They
don't know anything about it. That is definitely Satan's recommendation,
For you, though, the days are rosy and your opportunity is great.
You don't have to suffer and be tortured for three years in a Communist
prison camp. All you have to do is pour yourself into your work.
The Washington Post said we drew 50,000 people at Washington Monument.
I sometimes wonder why they didn't say 5,000 or even 500. If they are
going to tell a lie, why not a bigger one? I wish they had said 5,000,
because eventually the truth is going to be revealed, and I want it to
be as dramatic as possible. That time will come, and soon. We have
film and videotape of the rally which will be shown on television, and
how dramatic it would be if while the announcer was saying, "Here you
see what the Washington Post called a 'crowd of 50,000,' " the camera
panned the crowd, showing a sea of faces as far as the eye could see.
I would actually prefer they had said 500, but I know that Satan is too
clever to give us such a dramatic victory. He wants it to look like
just an adequate victory, nothing spectacular. So don't be heartsick
because of the Washington Post and the Washington Star. Have pity upon
them, because when we show our film and videotape the people can see
for themselves the size of the crowd, and no word of explanation will
This morning Bo Hi Pak came running to tell me he had the most
wonderful news, that Korea's leading newspaper reported a crowd of
200,000 to 300,000 people at Reverend Moon's Washington Monument Rally,
and that it was an absolute success. I looked at his ecstatically joyful
face and I had to smile. Do you understand?
Right now there is a kind of war between the East and the West,
the Orient and the Occident. It's a struggle in every way, just like
the struggle between the white and black races. And who can mediate
between them? Can the media do it? Can a white man or a black man? Only
one person can bring about a reconciliation between white and black,
between East and West, and that is Reverend Sun Myung Moon, through the
Divine Principle revelation. In that respect the Washington Monument
Rally was a most historical event.
Then let me draw the conclusion. Ask yourself, "Where am I going? What
am I going to do? What kind of person am I?" Today you must set your
respective individual goals and pledge your life to bring victory to
Heavenly Father. Today is the day to plan your own campaign, your own
Washington Rally. Follow in my footsteps, in the tradition I have set,
but resolve to move even faster, to go even farther. That should be your
determination. Think ahead to 1980, to the end of the third seven-year
course, and what kind of victory you will have won by that year.
By then the Unification Church will stand upon an invincible foundation.
Visualize that day. From now on you don't have to walk each step but
can race forward, progressing by leaps and bounds. That's the way our
movement will grow from this time on.
So from today you are the representative of God and the representative
of the True Parents. You are another Sun Myung Moon. With that dignity
and that confidence and that sense of responsibility you can forge
ahead, no matter what the difficulties and hardships, knowing there is
nothing you cannot shatter and that you will move on to the final glory,
the ultimate victory. In my youth I could not win such a victory,
because we had no yet prepared the foundation. I could not rejoice
as you can today, because we had not yet prepared the environment for
such a victory. But the time is ripe for you to win similar victories,
if you harbor that same ambition. That you can escape the suffering I
endured at your young age gives so much comfort to your True Father.
This is a universal conference, with leaders assembled here from the
United States, Europe, Japan and Korea, and I want to say to you that
we must all be different together on a worldwide scale. We must all
become different people and begin anew.
The main theme of my Washington Monument address was the necessity
for the unification of religions, particularly the central religions of
Judaism, Christianity and the Unification Church. Before world unity
can come about, there must be religious unity, and we of the Unification
Church are going to undertake that role. History has reflected the
struggle and gap between Cain and Abel, and much blood has been shed.
We are going to bring the universal historical Cain and Abel together
into one unity.
Israel, the United States and Korea each represent the base of one
important central religion in history, namely Judaism, Christianity
and the Unification Church, and all three are being persecuted by the
Communist world and in world public opinion. There are dispensational
reasons why they are being pushed into a corner and chastised at the
United Nations. Therefore, these three must unite and rise up together.
Then, and only then, is there hope for mankind. Think of it: if the
three religions united together and understood each other, we would
have the power together to save the world, isn't this true? But if this
unity doesn't come in the foreseeable future, then all the blessings
accumulated by Judaism, Christianity and the Unification Church will
be lost to the Communists. So in order to avoid that sad and tragic
destiny, the three nations and the three religions must be united and
must demonstrate one common principle of God: unselfishness. In a totally
unselfish, sacrificial, public-minded spirit, they must elevate the most
impoverished and miserable nations, one by one, creating the kingdom of
God in each one. Is it possible? Yes, and it is absolutely essential.
And before that, I want to build the kingdom of God for you. I would
like to buy houses by the thousands for black people, white people and
yellow people, and then you, in turn, could go out and buy thousands of
houses for Africans, Americans and Asians. Some day those who know the
truth will do that very thing.
The history of restoration is the history of persecution and
oppression. Then who is going to bear that burden? Those who know,
those to whom the revelation was given. Can you disagree? No, that's
God's dispensation and God's will. The more the Unification Church
membership grows, the more our wealth and power will grow, and I am
going to mobilize them, not for our own selfish glory but unselfishly
to expand God's kingdom.
Suppose the State Department and the American government listened
to my advice and followed that principle? Within seven years the world
would become an entirely different place. But they don't understand yet,
so we must pioneer and educate them as quickly as we can. I proclaimed
all these things in my address at the Washington Monument Rally. I said
something which I had never before proclaimed in public: I proclaimed
the Divine Principle as the Completed Testament, God's final declaration.
We successfully consummated that rally, that proclamation, and now
history has moved on to another chapter. So from this time on I want
you to know that you are my representatives. Each of you is another
Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Go out, win the world. Forge ahead to the
ultimate goal, giving your life as your investment. God bless you all!