REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
HOW TO WITNESS:
TO STATE LEADERS
April 1, 1977
Gracemere (East Garden), New York
Translator - Sang Kil Han
I have been answering your questions about witnessing little by little
in many speeches. To summarize, however, you must mobilize spirit
world. I witness without speaking any words. While I was in prison I
could witness to many people without speaking because spirit world
testified to them about me and people came on their own.
You may have noticed by now that some people witness very easily while
others cannot witness effectively and have great difficulty. It is a
spiritual law that an individual must have a personal foundation of
indemnity in order to effectively witness to others. Two people may be
faced with the same difficult situation yet one of them does not
accomplish much, while the other easily brings results. The difference
is mainly that the ancestors of the successful person are qualified to
help him. Anyone who is witnessing has to be able to arouse a person's
interest toward God, toward the Church, and toward himself. How can
this be done?
In approaching individuals on the highest levels and in meeting the
public in general our approaches are parallel. If you just witness to
someone without having some personal foundation of your own they will
not respond. You must consider how each of you is going to create your
You may notice soon, if you have not already, that people seek to
advance their lives by getting the attention of or taking advantage of
other people. Our members' motives for joining the Unification Church
are quite varied, often being selfish and intertwined with personal
objectives. For example, many people are searching for spiritual
insight and when they discover that the Unification Church can give
them spiritual enlightenment then they join. However, some people are
pursuing materialistic goals and they speculate that since the
Unification Church will expand in the future they have a better future
here than in any other place. Of course it is very true that if we
were to lose by being in the Unification Church, either spiritually or
in any other way, then we would not remain here very long. Not only
spiritually-oriented people but many other types will join the
Our purchase of the New Yorker Hotel and Tiffany Building are changing
people's attitudes. Creating a university and building a newspaper
company are extremely difficult, requiring much money, but once these
are established they will be vehicles to reach people in a substantial
way. This is the logical course for us to follow. People have many
varied opinions about me, not just those with superficial concepts
they picked up from the media, but people who are deeply concerned
about the Unification Church and who have taken a real interest in me.
Do you think they will ultimately respect me or despise me? I see
clearly that in my lifetime many people in every field of learning
will study and write articles about me; there is abundant material for
them to study.
People have a tendency to respect millionaires because they know how
difficult it is to make money in this society. Establishing and
operating one university is so difficult that even state governments
cannot afford to do that. Because they are continuously under pressure
to keep up with expenses, if one individual creates a top university
from nothing then knowledgeable people will be amazed. The same is
true in creating a newspaper.
There are so many events that testify to our Church. I never
encouraged the Korean members to fund raise. Only 15 years ago we did
not own any property other than a small cottage with a total area of
half this room. Yet all I talked about was saving the world, and I
emphasized that only God would be able to raise the funds we needed.
Many people said that I was an idealist and really out of my mind. Now
when I talk of those same things almost everyone believes me.
Let me discuss the situation in Korea. All Koreans, from the top
officials and the President down to the grass roots are very sensitive
about me. This is very strange when you think about it, yet not only
Koreans but also the Japanese know that I am not just a passing
phenomenon. They are all ears when they hear of something I have done
You alone can accomplish your dreams
Most people are determined to remain unchanged throughout their lives.
With this most formidable characteristic what will they be like ten
years from now? Do you even visualize how you will be ten years from
now? If you took a random sample of 23-year-olds in this country, what
qualifications would they have to change this society? But look at
this brother-he has vision and determination that are unusual to see
in a young person. Ten years from now when he is only 33, what kind of
formidable person will he be? During those years he will continue to
improve and he will experience many new things that the average man
does not experience in a lifetime. In just five years we give our
members a whole life-time of experience. What a triumph!
Americans are a high level people, having heart as well as
intelligence, yet one Oriental man has been able to transform these
young Americans, giving them a real conversion experience. This is one
of the world's greatest happenings. From now on your progress will
accelerate. Because opposition to us is so unfounded, the time will
soon come when people will change their negative opinions about us and
we will really begin to gather momentum. Each one of you will share in
this experience. Do you have some dream inside you? You must do
everything in seeking to achieve that dream. You must not think that
perhaps I will accomplish this dream for you. A vague wish and hope
are good temporarily, but do not ever have the attitude that the
Unification Church will become big enough to help you. No, instead you
must realize your own dreams by helping the Unification Church, and
then God will certainly assist you.
You should feel, "It is not so good if someone must help me accomplish
my dream because then I must pay the price for all I receive." Always
imagine that with your own hands you will nurture 100 people, even
1,000 people, in your own state. Unless we totally dedicate ourselves,
making the necessary effort with tears and suffering while we are
young we cannot experience joy when we get old. The worldly way and
the heavenly way are very much the same in this respect. Once you
yourself fulfill your responsibility then other people will come to
help, but if you first search for help then you will not accomplish
what you need to do.
When you are the leader of a state then the minimum attention you must
give it is to go around and see what is there for you to pay attention
to and love. You must make a complete tour around your state at least
one time. When I initially came to America in 1965 the first thing I
did was go around the United States at the fastest possible speed. I
just kept moving, not sleeping in a motel and not eating in
Today one of you brought up a good point. This brother had come to his
saturation point, his limit, but then when he pushed forward God
started working. We have to keep pushing past that point. Never worry
when some difficulty comes to you; just pay attention to the next
step. The difficulty could defeat you or it could resurrect you to the
highest possible level under the circumstances. You must remain
confident that as long as you are one with God He will never abandon
you. Your situation may seem bad, and it may be bad, but the moment
that you can go over the difficulty then it will benefit the side of
goodness to an equivalent degree.
When the opposition is fiercest then I am the most intensely
interested in what will happen next, and what reward or what lesson
will follow. Your lives are like walking a tightrope and balancing
with a pole. As you are crossing that rope you could fall either to
the left or right, into heaven or hell, but in any case you keep
balancing yourself and continue the length of the rope. We are all
really living at the edge of a tense situation. If you make a serious
error-perhaps a deprogrammer grabs you and persuades you to
leave-there might even be eternal consequences. In the usual day to
day living it does not matter so much if you slip one way or another.
But in our course you must be prepared to even give up your life in
order to hold fast. If you do not go this way what is there for you?
Jesus was asked by many average Jews, as well as by the high priests
and Pilate whether he was the King of the Jews. In ordinary times he
had instructed all of his disciples to not speak of this to other
people, but when the moment came he did not contradict them. If he
had, there would have been serious consequences.
You can imagine that the fortune of America does not go in a straight
line but up and down. This is a natural phenomenon in everything.
Water, for instance, does not flow on level ground. There are always
ups and downs because nothing can stay in one place. Spiritually
America is now on the decline, and should the present pattern become
deeply established then it will be very difficult to reverse. Unless
some force can reverse this direction soon, America will just plunge
As you know, if an object is falling very quickly but some force can
change its direction, then its original momentum will send it back up
very fast. This has been true throughout history. The time when
everything is corrupted and declining is exactly the moment that God
will reveal a new way to elevate the situation. There is no exception
in this pattern of history. The world is situated at such a point now
and the work of restoration is exactly what we are doing. In doing
this are we going to be confined to America? No, in that case we would
only fall again after a while. The only way to survive is to
continuously expand until we are working on the world level. This is
what God desires. If we go this way then God will lift us up even
My strong advice: never be comfortable
The strong advice that I want to give you is to never be comfortable.
Go out and witness to someone who is negative or give a lecture to a
new type of person. But keep fighting the battle and allow yourself to
get hit. If you are complacent then even try to have a deep feeling of
resentment. With that unrest you will then be able to overcome.
When you really do not know what to do with yourself then stir up some
controversy; go pick a fight with a multitude, and let them really
knock you out. Be grateful when you are beaten and take advantage of
that moment. If you really understand this then you will see why I
actually do not mind opposition so much. In fact, I welcome it. When
you are beaten without cause then naturally you become indignant, and
then you have inspiration to fight again. Whenever we determine our
goal we have to aim at total victory because with that heart we will
always be victorious. A champion is ready to fight at any time. If he
wants to be a champion for ten years then he has to keep fighting and
winning for ten years; that is the only way to guarantee that he will
remain the champion. Muhammed Ali once said, "I will become greater
than Reverend Moon."
When I compare my opponents of ten years ago to my opponents of today
I can predict what our opponents will be like ten years from now. We
will be grappling with communism. Ten years ago our opposition was
coming from the small country of Korea, while today we are opposed by
America. Actually, in comparison, the difference is not really that
great. However, suppose the whole communist world united against us.
We must prepare for that day, and not just be concerned about our
present opposition in America.
We have to take our pattern from God. God is a champion of many
thousands of years. He has never been beaten but has always been
challenged. This has been the pattern of His dispensation and God just
keeps on fighting. I know that opposition to us will just continue on
and on until finally one day there is no more left. Are you going to
be the champion in your own state? If even greater opposition comes
will you pack up and leave? If no one opposes you then you should go
argue with the state governor. If you fight at all, do not confront a
weak opponent, a servant of servants. Challenge the greatest opponent,
and even if you do not win on the first try the record of your attempt
If we cannot achieve 1-1-1, can we still say that we will bear the
historical responsibility? Think deeply about this. If you had as
intense a sense of responsibility and emergency as I do then you would
witness even 1-1-10. Have you ever really burst into tears outside in
the street while witnessing to the people? Have you ever had a
sleepless night in prayer? I have prayed to God in such a demanding
and intense way that my heavy clothing became soaking wet. This has
happened on many occasions. Except for that, what is the difference
between us? We all eat the same amount of food and we live in 24 hour
As witnessers, you must have such a deep heart of concern that you
burst into tears when you pray for the people. You must strive to make
yourselves that way, but without my experience for comparison you will
not progress too far. Suppose one of your hardwon members goes
somewhere and does not return by the middle of the night. Would you
really stay awake and cry for him, praying for his return? If you do
that and he does come back the next day, he will tell you that he also
had a sleepless night.
What you are doing is simply living a religious life; it must be
accompanied by tears, and must be connected securely with the spirit
world. If you have not experienced this then your religious life must
be improved. When you pray, do you often feel cold, with no deep
emotion welling up from within you? When you are in that state you are
like a flower which cannot attract a bee to drink its nectar. People
will come, desiring to have their lives connected to your life when
they feel that God is present with you. You have to feel God's
presence in your centers.
When you maintain this spiritually then people will come and rest in
you. Each day, without thinking, you will know who will come to visit
and what kind of events will occur. When you can develop such a heart,
then imagine how interesting witnessing will become. For this reason I
am telling you that you must have deep and intense prayer.
The period in my life when I prayed most intensely was when I
witnessed for the lives of others. I prayed in an area that was 9
square feet and that area was always soaking wet with my tears. Man's
departure from God took place in the midst of tears, and now as man is
being restored back to God, we must meet God in a tearful position.
Even though I do not pray in that way now, you must go through this
experience. The one who knows me best is Mother because she is the
only one who watches over me 24 hours a day. Mother respects me
because she has seen that I act first and then speak. Whenever I speak
Mother always knows that it matches my actions. Mother is in a
position to be with me on this level. She already leads a difficult
life. I have to really give her credit because she simply does not
have time to pray much and keep up with the children as well.
When you pray you must have the sense that God's spirit is really
close. After such a prayer you will feel relief at having been
spiritually victorious. I can tell you to do this, but most important
is for you to feel the necessity of prayer on your own. When you are
hungry you want to eat; in the same way you must feel the need to
pray, feeling unsettled if you do not. With that urge and need to pray
often you can experience meaningful prayer.
Sometimes you may sense that something important will happen and you
are unable to keep your mind on anything for more than a few minutes.
In that case you must first pray to get some sense of direction, and
determine what you should do. Generally when you have that kind of
feeling something important is about to happen. We are going a course
of restoration by indemnity and we should expect to pay an equivalent
condition of indemnity for anything important that happens. We must be
prepared to go over any initial difficulty in prayer, and never be
defeated by it.
You can identify the person who prays by his appearance. He may be
thin and not so handsome but his eyes are shining, and his lean body
is emitting light. You need to have strength always ready within
yourself. It is better to have a small spring which constantly bubbles
up to fill the space within you than to have a large pool of stored
water without a source or spring. Such a pool will soon be gone but a
small bubbling spring within will continue to flow, no matter how much
you use. Through prayer you can continually be filled.
Please do not be a person who must come to hear me talk in order to be
revitalized, because you will only need to return again and again.
Rather try to find that supply within yourself. If you can do that
then I will begin to appear spiritually and teach you directly. Many
people say that Onni Durst is good at witnessing, but the only
difference between you and her is that she sees me often in dreams.
She can tell how many people are going to join by how frequently I
appear in her dreams. When I appear many times then she knows that
many people are coming in. If I appear only occasionally then only a
few people are coming in. This can happen while you are sleeping but
best of all is a vision that you receive during prayer.
Have many of you had experiences of my appearing and teaching you?
After many such experiences you will be able to receive guidance and
insight even without closing your eyes. You can have an intense prayer
and deep spiritual connection even with your eyes open. With this
ability you can tell immediately who is a good person and who is not.
Your spiritual eyes are miraculous, and with them you can see
anything. Wouldn't each one of you like to be like that?
To achieve that you have to pay indemnity, especially in prayer. The
best place to pray is in nature, for instance on a mountain. I have
prayed outdoors in the middle of winter, sitting in the snow with only
a blanket on my shoulders. I prayed intensely, knowing that I would
freeze to death if I fell asleep. This has been my course but there
are many Unification Church members nowadays who just tag along
instead of trying very hard to also have such precious experiences.
Probably you vaguely realize that this is valuable but still do not
understand it deeply. When you return to your center after the
conference the first thing you must do is pray.
Not only you must pray but there must always be prayer in your center.
Again I want to tell you to have constant 24 hour prayer in your
centers, and if there are not enough people to do this, then record
somebody's prayer and play it back. Prayer is that essential. Prayer
is like rain, washing everything, giving moisture to the land so that
life might come forth.
When I am confronted with difficult situations then the spiritual
surroundings are pitch black, without even one small opening, and I
wonder how we are going to solve all the problems. At those times I
pray most intensely, even forgetting my own life, and as I pray a way
gradually opens through which I can reach out. At times such as these
you must always distinguish between which solution belongs to heaven,
which belongs to you, and which belongs to earth. Always distinguish
between these three ways.
This enthusiasm marks
the difference between you and me
When you open your eyes in the morning, the first thing you should
think about is offering greetings to heaven. Report to God about what
you are going to do that day. When you can accomplish during the day
all the things that you promised in the morning then you will feel a
great sense of victory. Only through experience can you deeply
When you experience the pleasure that comes from this victory, you
really do not want anything else in life. This is what will keep you
going even when you are tired and overworked. If you are so tired from
your efforts that you just do not bother to take your clothes off but
fall into bed for a few hours of sleep, then when you wake up you will
feel more refreshed than if you had slept all night. That kind of life
should not tire you in any way, and the longer you continue it the
more you want of it. God will also find joy in continuing to help you.
I have had many sleepless nights, particularly in the 1950s. How could
I humanly continue to do that? My sense of joy and happiness was so
great that in talking to new members around me I wanted to continue
hour after hour, even until 3 O'clock in the morning. If one of them
had to leave because he had something to do in the morning I felt
really sorry to see him go, wishing that he could stay longer. You
must experience these feelings also. When I missed him that much I
knew that he would return in the shortest possible time because he
could not bear the separation either.
This enthusiasm marks the difference between you and me. You must
understand this clearly because once you become like this then you
will have nothing to envy. No other wish or desire or ambition will
push you and happiness will be yours as long as you continue. If you
always intensely desire to work closely with the spirit world, then
you will not have to think about it all the time, but it will
automatically happen. I am raising Hyo Jin in this way. He hears
beautiful music spiritually and I told him that this is a natural
We offer our prayers in order to bring spiritual benefits. Prayer is
like a spiritual meal which you have to eat every day. I am now so
expert in prayer that I can direct myself in a certain way and after a
few seconds receive the results of intense prayer. After a few moments
of intense thought I can sense the atmosphere of a meeting that I am
going to, whether the people have made some internal foundation, and
also whether the men or women are more prepared. The person who has a
dedicated heart stands out, even in the midst of thousands of people.
When the spiritual energy among the people is strong, then a fire is
kindled that burns throughout the auditorium. Once you discover how to
do this then sleepless nights are not a problem and the spirit world
is always close to you. I can continue with this talk, but if you
become too intensely involved in it you will start to feel some deep
emptiness. Such an emphasis on prayer may seem to contradict your busy
working schedule, but nevertheless you should practice these things.
Since we are all going to spirit world at some point it is important
to have some understanding of it.
Where shall you begin in order to have such love?
If a person has deeply loved someone other than God, then after
joining the Unification Church he has to overturn that standard and
build a deeper sense of love for God and the True Parents. This deep
feeling of love is the shortest route to receiving assistance from the
spirit world. You can communicate with spiritual world instantly when
you are consumed by a love for me which is so intense that you cannot
help but have tears running down your face. Sisters especially may
have this experience. If you have that experience three or four times,
then the spirit world will immediately open to you.
Since your goal is to come as close as possible to God, then you need
to deeply long to be with me. You must be able to overcome any number
of sleepless nights and hungry days in your desire to see me. When you
have conquered your physical body then the spirit world will be right
there to assist you. Sometimes in meditation or prayer a person may
suddenly realize the significance of my life, how I came after many
thousands of years with such an arduous distance to conquer. That
person may have an intense desire to buy me the best clothing in the
world, although he has no means to do that. Then later while he is
dozing off I will appear in the finest clothing and tell him, "Don't
worry. You have just given these to me. I am wearing your gift." This
is an important experience. This correlation between your deep desires
and your experiences always exists. Have you ever experienced such a
Where shall you begin in order to reach that level? It is actually not
too difficult. When you encounter any man on earth, you must value him
in the realization that I have come just to save that man. You must
feel that love and closeness for the most insignificant man, let alone
for the great man whom you can easily appreciate. You must love the
least important man because I have come to save him. Train yourself to
feel that closeness for another person. When a member joins, no matter
how shabby he may look you must remember that I came for him, and
value him just as much as you value me. You need to feel the intense
closeness and vitality of such love.
You need to experience how glad I must be to meet that person for the
first time in 6,000 years and learn to develop that heart for all the
people you come into contact with. Gradually you have to deepen the
intensity of your feeling for them so that when you see them for the
tenth time you are as happy as you were when you first met them. If
you can associate me with them in your mind then such deep love for
them will eventually come naturally to you.
Your own yearning to be with me wherever I go can be immediately
transmitted to others. I am limited to having only one-way relations
with members. You, however, stand in a more advantageous position
since you can relate in so many different ways with people,
envisioning them as my brother or sister or parent, and treating them
accordingly. In this way you are in a better position than I.
When you feel that deeply about some person, if he does not come for a
few days you will not be able to control yourself in your urgency to
see him. When you pray from your deepest heart, "I must see him; I
cannot live without him," then he will be drawn to come by a warm
feeling. Once such a bond is established then even if you kick him
out, he will not leave you. Do you understand this? Many people are
presently coming into the Church but many members are also leaving. We
can easily diagnose why: instead of giving respect and love to them
their leaders have been treating them in an opposite way. If you only
want them to love and respect you then your relationship with them
will not last too long.
It is stated in the Bible that if you treat a man as a righteous man
then you will receive the reward of a righteous man. However much you
can give yourself to your members equals what God will be able to give
you. Onni is different from others in that she wants so much to feed
her children that she will look everywhere in search of spiritual food
to give them. Any person can feel such persistent love. This is the
most basic and important knowledge in witnessing.
Your feelings are reflected in the spirit world, and then felt by
other people. If you really love the person you witness to, then he
has no place on this wide earth he wants to go except to where that
love is. Once you can feel these things then your spiritual door is
open to communication. You have to train yourselves to relate to
others in this way. It is not possible to cheat in spiritual things as
it is in worldly matters. Anger, for example, brings much disturbance
to the spirit world.
When you develop this intense prayer then those who are the objects of
your prayers will come to where you are in spite of themselves, even
going to the train station to get to their spiritual home. Have you
ever experienced this yourselves? Have you been able to love another
in such a way that you can save him, and he will follow you wherever
you go? That is the perfect savior, isn't it? When you share this
beautiful love with another it will probably be the first such
experience in that person's life. Since it is the first, he will
cherish the memory of it as long as he lives. You have to have that
intense feeling of love toward the people you witness to. When you
love a person like that, he will be drawn to you.
If that love becomes your spiritual environment then you will have the
qualification to govern in the world, and when you go to spirit world
you will find yourself in the highest realm. The first step in
witnessing is to think, "I myself must become perfect." Then you will
be able to give goodness to other people. In preparing to give a
sermon you have to really feel fearful of erring just the one inch
that might damage the souls that you are responsible for. When you
feel that you cannot afford to make the slightest mistake then your
sense of responsibility becomes acute. You have to pray with great
intensity, "Just help me get through these few hours. I must speak to
them according to Your will." When you speak with this sense of
responsibility then you can deeply move those who listen.
If you want to give life to other people and save them then you
yourself must be alive. If you would have others shed tears, then you
must have experienced tears first. If you feel tears as you give a
sermon, then those who hear you will also weep. You must first have
these qualifications if you would lead a church. That is why your
responsibility is difficult.
Please remain humble. If you are not arrogant then you can easily
begin this way of life. Even though you are in a leadership position
you should feel that you are the most miserable, unworthy being in the
whole history of man. This can be compared to the different kinds of
wire which can conduct electricity. Copper is a good conductor but
pure gold is even better, while iron and other metals are inferior
conductors. Presently you are like the poorest conductors, but as you
are refined, you will become like pure gold.
Your situation is such that even though you are unworthy you have been
given the privilege of loving God, the highest being on earth. You
will be the happiest people if you are able to drown in His love for
you, and feel Him embracing you. The moments when God loves you are
the moments of complete happiness, the happiest times you will ever
experience. Like pure gold you will have no resistance and all of
God's love will be drawn to you.
All of these experiences are actual sensations and not just your
imagination. Because of the experiences I have shared with God it is
easy for me to be a natural person once I step down from my official
position. After addressing the public I step down from the platform
into the position of an everyday person. I never want to take an
arrogant position over anybody, in any way. At first you may have felt
that you could do anything with me and you felt confident of
yourselves, but soon enough you discovered that this was not so. I am
not so easily accessible. This authority comes naturally from my
having shed tears for God.
When you return to your states then witness and pray as I have taught
you. Because God lives that way then He has control over everything
through religion. God loves man so much. What is heaven? Heaven starts
by loving another human being the way God does. Once you exercise this
and condition yourself step by step then I expect that many people
will come to you in a month. When you truly have the experiences I
speak of then you can experience the heart of Jesus as he washed his
own disciples' feet. Why would he have done that? He did that to
tangibly establish the standard of love, the law of love.
If you as a leader do not experience these spiritual things then
something is not complete. Once your mind reaches that level but you
do not have people who are close to you that you can share deeply
with, then you can talk to a tree and the tree will talk back to you.
You will witness that a tree actually talks, as expressively as if it
were dancing. This is not imaginary. The tree can actually be company
for you. It is so natural that heaven is in you and in us; heaven
depends on man.
A summary of my life would say that I really tried more than anyone to
understand people. All my life I have been trying to understand my
position and relationship to other people. This is how I can lead the
Unification Church. Since God has watched all this and helped me do
everything, step by step, God cannot help but assist whatever I do.
This is one reason why I am assured of God's help.
At home when I hear the sound of someone dropping apiece of china, I
immediately feel, "Oh, I broke that, not her." If that person breaks a
piece once, then twice and even three times, still I do not say
anything. That person feels very ashamed, and in passing me our eyes
do not meet, and she wants to go somewhere else. That sensitivity is a
beautiful aspect of human beings; both that person and I know what she
is feeling. That kind of awareness is absolutely necessary in becoming
Heavenly law dictates that if you are persecuted and attacked by
others, even though you are not at fault, then much blessing will come
to you. Since God knows your true situation, when the time of
persecution is over He will be free to give all the blessings of your
opponents to you. If your conscience is clear then persecution will
never bother you. No matter what is said about me my conscience is
clear and I am not bothered by it. In my work here in America nothing
has been done out of selfishness, but out of a determination to save
America for God. The fault does not lie on my side but on the side of
those who oppose me.
What can we do about that? Under the circumstances the best God can do
is to support our side. He will not punish our persecutors but will
stay perfectly on my side. I know that the Unification Church will
never fail or perish because God cannot perish. Even though you may be
treated as a sinner and persecuted when there is no fault within you,
it is necessary to stimulate yourself to go out and witness. Taking a
beating from other people is better than staying quiet.
You must believe that persecution is a beautiful way of going through
many things. We each are filled with our own individual sin, but when
you are persecuted unjustly by other people and can persevere instead
of fighting back, then you have discovered the quickest way to have
your sinfulness forgiven by God. In the midst of the worst
persecution, not only your own sins are forgiven, but also the sins of
the person who persecutes you may be forgiven in a certain way, and
you can further receive blessing for that. This principle is
universal; being persecuted brings all manner of results everywhere.
Throughout the ages of the primitive religions people were ignorant of
all this. Modem religion has consistently taught man to do good deeds,
but without explaining why they should endure persecution with
forgiveness. I am explaining the law of indemnity for the first time
in history. This understanding is the perfection of religion; all
throughout history man has known that he should try to be good, but
without understanding why. If you develop your life as I have
described then you can go to exactly the same spirit world as I do.
The key to leadership is your concern for others
This has been a detailed explanation of how to witness. Whenever I
went to some village, I was always prepared to go out at any time with
a hoe in my hands, or to become the friend of the most miserable
person in the village. I was ready to talk all through the night at
anytime that I felt it would do some good. The easiest way to love
another is to care for him. That person may have never had a friend in
all the world, but you can become his best friend. It is a rather
simple rule, but this embraces everything.
I always felt especially close to children and got along so well with
them, although now my circumstances do not allow me to love my own
children as much as I love you. I used to love to tell stories to
other children. Once I would start telling a tale I would create it as
I went along, and spirit world would help me. I could make a group of
children laugh and cry. There were many times in Sunday school when I
opened my heart to the children and they cried, but I could never stay
as long as I wanted because I had to run home after my mother. How can
you bring others to tears? Only by shedding tears first; nothing else
can bring that experience to them. I always felt the necessity of this
and want you to feel this also.
With this attitude I always found myself looked to as a leader. When I
was a dock laborer I quickly united with the men and they soon treated
me as their leader, and responded to my direction. Hyo Jin is like
this; children willingly follow him even after knowing him for only a
few days. He has inherited my foundation and this happens to him even
without his trying. The key to being respected as a leader is your
concern for others. If you hate others then you can achieve nothing.
You must take a humble position; one way of doing this is to regard
everybody as your teacher. Then you can learn many things from other
people which will in turn improve you. If you have witnessed to many
people and have been raising many members in your church you will have
experienced the fact that each person is different. When you meet a
person you may sense that he has a certain type of personality that
resembles someone you know. Then you can use your past experience in
relating to him. A pine tree in Korea and a pine tree in America are
very different but at the same time they are similar. In the same way,
almost 90% of you resemble one of the thousands of people whom I have
already nurtured and poured love into. Maybe you have differently set
eyes, or a larger nose, but the pattern of your character is the same
and you are not strangers to me.
People often possess similar natures, even expressing themselves in
the same way. In order to recognize the similar qualities in people
you have to pay loving attention to them. Then you will come to love
their characteristics and see how God also resembles them. God loves a
man not just for himself, but for his godly character.
Now you know to witness with tears. What is the gateway that makes
this possible? Love opens the door to the spirit world. How much love?
You must become able to love more than anyone else has loved You, even
your father or mother, and more than you have ever previously loved
anyone. The beginning of love in the spirit world is the feeling of
deepest love for the True Parents and then for other men. If you love
below God's standard then you are in the realm of love that Satan
enjoys. God will never accept your love if it has not been separated
What has been the religious way? Many men of religion teach that you
should love God and heavenly things more than the greatest love you
have ever experienced, without exception or compromise. If you do not
love to that degree, then you will simply remain in the satanic world.
Have you ever experienced watching over the members as they slept and
found yourself shedding tears just to see them? In their lives your
members realized that there is no place of goodness in this wide world
that can be relied upon, and they continued wandering like children
until they finally found rest in your home. Have you felt such a
realization about them? In your heart you can be really grateful to
them because they came and settled in you, and out of gratitude you
would bow to them for their trust in you. Can you understand this?
That kind of heart is necessary because you are responsible for their
Because I am consumed with these feelings someone can come and speak
certain words to me and my tears will just flow down my face. In that
world of heart God can come down and make immediate connection with
the fallen world. Have you ever missed a person who went away, and
become so frantic to find him that you did not even put your shirt on
correctly but just started running? Have you ever experienced that
kind of insane desperation? If you have not experienced that yet, then
is your attitude of mind anywhere close? Have you ever intensely
desired to improve? Sometimes when I go out and see a sunset and a
quiet scene, I want to start crying because I feel such heaviness that
young men and women must suffer so much for me and my work. I feel so
sorry for you young people, and I cannot even sit because I am so
uncomfortable and agonized for you. I just cannot help but cry out.
Because I am this way others cannot curse me, and you who are doing
God's work with me cannot have a feeling of anger toward me. My basic
philosophy is to never be indebted to any living soul. I will always
at least be even, or if possible return more than is given to me, but
I will never be indebted. I do not like to receive something from a
person without also returning something. In that way my own children
are not in such a fortunate position; I automatically treat them as
though I do not have to sympathize with them since they are already
part of me.
I always think that you have been looking for a leader such as myself.
In this respect all of your members would like to have you be for them
what I am for you. From this moment on you should realize your
situation and repent, thinking, "I haven't been that way; I haven't
been a true messiah but a false one." Start over again from this
point. Even after your members are asleep at night, pray over them and
then they will grow and mature. I began this tradition even before you
were born. This is the relationship between father and child. You must
always be aware of your members, soaking your clothing and your rugs
with your tears.
If you live that way but your situation never improves then you can
hold me responsible. Likewise know that I do all this for you. If for
some unhappy reason you do not respond, then I still do not lose what
I have invested. It is collected, like heavenly earnings, and saved to
build a heavenly foundation. It is never lost. In the same manner,
when an individual tries very hard, pouring out his heart toward other
people, then what he has invested will never be lost, but remains with
him as a record. Heaven sees to it that you never lose this. Seeing
this accumulation, you can understand why heaven is so grateful to us,
and in turn we must be so absolutely thankful to God.
This time, when you go back to your assignment, start living this kind
of life and follow this way in witnessing. Once you are successful in
this America will be quickly covered. By practicing and improving in
this way you will deepen your hearts and even evoke God's tears. That
standard of heart which makes God cry remains eternally in spirit
world. Respect and like others as much as you love God, in the same
way I have done.
It does not matter how many times another deceives you or betrays your
expectations. Do not give up because you will not lose. I was actually
betrayed many times and know that I will continue to be betrayed, but
I am secure in my way and I go on. I have never found that my position
gets worse; instead it is always improving. That is the heavenly
We have had a crude foundation so far in the Unification Church in
America, and I realize that it is urgent that we reform ourselves. Our
personal reformation is due now. Do you understand? You are going to
do a lot of work from now on, which means that you are going to do a
lot of loving from now on.