REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
June 5, 1977
Belvedere, New York
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
It is human nature that everyone has the desire to be proud of
something about themselves and about their families. This desire has
no boundary and is the same in the East and the West, in the past and
the present and affects everyday lives as well as famous people. After
thinking about what kind of God exists, I concluded that God is the
same. God would want to be proud of Himself and His creation as well
as of His children. In other words, there are not a great many
different things which God wants to be proud of, but rather only
Himself and His family and what He created.
Since human nature works in the same fashion, we are the image of God.
Because God feels proud, we too experience that feeling. That same
nature affects families and nations. For example, Americans want to be
proud of America and of what it has accomplished in the world.
Americans who love their nation feel proud and inspired when they look
at their flag.
When Americans explain the meaning of the flag they always say that
the stripes represent the original thirteen colonies. If I were an
American I would answer this way instead: "The stripes represent
Jesus, the son of God, and his twelve disciples." Which answer do you
like better? Some day America is going to have a new God-centered
tradition and explanation for its flag, in which God comes first plus
Jesus and his disciples represented by the stripes, and the fifty
stars representing the first fifty truly Christian nations of the
world. The number fifty will increase to include more nations in the
future, reflecting the ongoing development of God's kingdom. At this
time we in the Unification Church are working toward 50, 70, to 120-to
all the nations. The internal meaning behind this can be derived from
the Bible; Jesus had 12 apostles and 70 disciples, and next would have
had 120 disciples in his own lifetime to spread the gospel all over
the world. The stars on the American flag would represent all of
Jesus' disciples as well as each nation.
If America became a nation of God, working toward the establishment of
God's kingdom, then the American people could have even more pride in
their nation and flag. Americans are proud of this nation's mighty
economic power, its pioneering heritage and democratic tradition. If
someone criticizes America then most Americans get upset. This is not
bad or wrong because it is the human nature God endowed us with, and
God Himself will feel the same way when His world comes. God wants to
be proud of the things He has and proud of the people He has, and He
wants the people in His kingdom to be proud of the ideal they have.
Sometimes people do things just in order to boast about them and get
attention. For example, some people wear fancy eyeglasses simply to
show off. They don't necessarily have bad sight, but they wear the
most stylish glasses. Why do women wear earrings? I am sure that some
woman in the past had very ugly ears and started that tradition of
wearing earrings because she wanted to improve her ears.
If you have very nice ears, you can be proud of them without wearing
ornaments. If you are self-conscious about having ugly ears then you
want to draw attention to an ornament and away from your ears.
Necklaces were probably originated by women who had ugly necks. A
woman who has a long neck has extra space which she wants to improve
by putting something beautiful on it. People wear all these things to
disguise certain deficiencies they may be conscious of, trying to
enhance their feeling of value.
Raise your hand if your nature is different. Not even a single hand.
Were people in the past any different? What about the people to come
in the future? This human nature is a cosmic thing; we are all in the
image of God and God gave His own nature to us.
One extraordinary aspect of Western culture is the effort made to make
bathrooms ornate and beautiful. In most Western homes the bathroom is
a very expensive area. Why? It is human nature to beautify even an
area where we are not doing the prettiest thing. God is just the same,
and we not only live in that fashion here on earth, but even after we
go to the spirit world.
All nature delights in seeing its characteristics reflected
You want to be proud of yourself, but it is important to understand
that you will suddenly realize how little you have to be proud of
about yourself if you are far from being in God's true image. What
kind of person should you be in order to be proud of yourself in
You must be a true, eternal, and unchanging person, not an imitation.
When your being reflects that standard, you are just that, true and
eternal. If you compare yourselves to that standard then you can
measure the degree of your genuineness. For example, there is a basic
standard for judging diamonds and a diamond must meet that standard
before it can be recognized as a good diamond. Genuine gold is soft
and has the quality of not rusting, as well as having an unchanging
color. All of these qualities are the standard of reference which
determine the genuineness of a particular thing.
There are many imitations today, but you don't feel as proud of an
imitation as you do of a real diamond or real gold. In the same way,
in the spirit world you want to be proud of yourself for being close
to the standard of perfection. God is the standard of perfection and
you can be proud of yourself when you are closest to the image of God.
Your original personality characteristics are molded after God's, and
in resembling Him you can be proud of yourself.
What kind of eyes might God have? How do you know God has two eyes;
have you seen Him? In order to love the nature God created and love
Him more deeply, God gave you two eyes to enjoy the universe with. It
is necessary to have two eyes to express your love, and since God
wants to express His love He needs two eyes also. It works both ways:
God reflects your image and you reflect His.
Parents also take great delight in their children, who most resemble
them in all the world, even though those children may be ugly. Suppose
beauty queens from all over the world were gathered together for some
pageant and among them was one ugly woman. If a group picture was
taken and copies given out, whose face will the parents of the ugly
woman look for when they get their copy? Inevitably they will look for
their ugly daughter in the midst of all the beauty queens.
Because their children most reflect their parents' characteristics
they will bring delight to the parents. Look at the elephant world.
Elephants are an incongruous shape and a gloomy color. When I saw an
elephant family one day they were all in the mud, playing and making
themselves completely dirty. The baby elephants were imitating what
their parents were doing and covering themselves with mud, but the
parents were smiling upon them and nudging them with their trunks and
enjoying them. Why should that be? Parents enjoy seeing their baby
doing the same things they do.
All of nature delights in seeing its own characteristics reflected. Is
it true that love can be communicated only in a most glorious palace?
Even in the mud there was an expression of love among the elephants.
During a fishing expedition yesterday at Barrytown everyone was
covered by the mud and sometimes you couldn't even see their eyes, yet
even under those circumstances there was much joy and excitement and
laughter; I thought that even in those circumstances we can
communicate more of trust and love.
Why did we take so much delight among ourselves in such a situation?
There was a common denominator of being covered with mud and each
person took great delight in the likeness. That principle works
precisely the same way in spirit world. No matter how handsome or
beautiful you think you are nobody will agree with you; only when you
resemble God will people recognize your true beauty. Then you have
become someone you can be proud of. Everybody's shape or form reflects
God. Even though there are differences between Westerners and
Orientals, all are a reflection of God.
How will God laugh? Most people naturally look up at the sky when they
laugh. Why? It is built-in human nature that when you have something
to really laugh about you don't want to laugh all by yourself but
together with God. The same is true whether you are Western or
Eastern. Then will God laugh up to the sky? I think that God must look
down toward us when He laughs because He wants to be joyful with us.
It is most logical. You will find out how true this is when you go to
the spirit world.
The subject today is "Our Pride." What is the pride of the Unification
Church? People have probably told you that you are brainwashed. Our
critics use that word with a negative meaning but we take it as having
a good meaning. You wash something to bring back its original beauty.
Even animals wash. The person who always wants to wash himself, his
clothes and his spirit is going to progress because that nature comes
from God. God gave that nature to man so that he could come closer to
God's original nature.
It is our pride to greet God even before the sun and the birds
One basic difference between primitive and advanced civilizations is
that most primitive peoples don't care about their surroundings while
more cultured people keep themselves and their environment clean.
Because of the fall, man's brain needs to be washed. God knows that
man went wrong so He has been thinking about how to wash the human
brain of impure thoughts. Therefore the original definition of
"brainwashing" is not bad. People who do not want to change their way
of life to resemble God are not on God's side, while those who welcome
God's brainwashing are on the side of heaven.
Another criticism we hear is that I am enslaving you young people.
People say I make you get up early for worship and then push you out
to work hard during the day. They say you come here early because you
are forced to. I don't think so. We feel spiritually uplifted by
getting up before the sun rises; you don't feel good when you sleep
late and get up in the middle of the morning, as though you were
defeated by the sun coming out first.
When you get up in the early morning and are busy and then the sun
rises with great dignity, it will say, "Did you arise first to welcome
me in the morning?" If you are up first to greet the birds then you
can feel that their singing is their praise of you. Most important of
all, when you get up early in the morning first call the name of God,
beginning the day with Him. How would God feel? He does not want to be
welcomed first by the birds or the using sun. God wants to be praised
first in the morning by His own children. You came up here early in
the morning solely for the purpose of God, welcoming Him and praising
Him and hearing His word. Is it hardship or joy and glory? This is a
precious life you are living.
Do you like to come to Belvedere? Some pragmatic people-and most
Americans are-would wonder why I have this many people travel all the
way to Belvedere each Sunday instead of having only one person travel
from East Garden to New York. Why don't I speak to you at the New
Yorker instead of making you get up so early? I know that the time you
spend traveling will awaken your enthusiasm to come in the right frame
of mind. I am also working early in the morning, earlier than you; you
are coming in anticipation of hearing me speak, and I have been
concentrating my thoughts on what God's message might be.
If there is a receiving aspect which is eager to respond plus a giving
aspect ready to give, then truly great inspiration will come. If you
only had to walk downstairs in the New Yorker on Sunday morning you
would sleep until five minutes before the speech, and even then get up
reluctantly. You would not be ready in that case.
Your preparation creates an atmosphere for the service, and your deep,
spiritual preparation will enable you to receive great blessing. Many
of you are still sleepy even after traveling all the way up here from
New York. Nobody could even get you up if I were to meet you in New
York. After three Sundays of such reluctant participation you would
think, "I wish Father would eliminate all these Sunday visits. "
That is just another side of fallen nature. However, in order to come
to Belvedere you have to make an effort, getting up several hours
earlier. Coming such a long distance builds the expectation and you
will get more out of my message. There are people sitting out on the
lawn, but if their motive is only to be comfortable, rather than
because there is no room up closer, then the spirit here is not
I think there must be a certain system for service here. Perhaps one
Sunday all the men would sit inside and next week all the women, to
give an equal chance to everyone. However, if on the Sunday the men
were supposed to be inside there was one sister who insisted she had
to be inside to hear me, then I would have something to remember her
for. Her firm desire would be one more thing for her to be proud of
People outside the Unification Church are saying not only that you are
brainwashed, but that you have been enslaved and your money taken away
so that I can live in mansions and high fashion. I know very well what
is being said about us. America enforced a slavery system only a
century ago. Comparing your life here to that forced slavery, could we
say that you are forced to be here? Have you heard that you are here
only because I control your mind? What makes you come here? Are you
here because I forced you, or is it your own desire and conviction to
This is a heavenly school and we have high standards
Put in simple terms, the Unification Church is a school and you are
the students who have come to learn. You are here to learn and school
begins at a certain hour. Would you prefer to get here just ten
seconds before class begins, or would you prefer to get here well in
advance and be ready for the teacher?
There are basically two kinds of teachers. There are many teachers
today who tell their students that they can take it easy and not work
so hard. Another kind of teacher gives his students a hard time and
insists that they do their assignments. Which one is truer to you? The
true teacher looks at your future and paints a dream and a vision for
you. With that goal ahead of you he will then discipline and inspire
you to do your best. If the teacher is pushing you and giving you a
hard time it is not for the sake of the present, but for the future.
There are also two kinds of parents. Some parents don't want to bother
either their children or themselves by giving discipline. The other
kind of parents are serious about their children becoming true men and
women and would ask their children's teachers to give them strong
guidance and strict standards. Which kind of parents are the most
The Unification Church fits into the pattern of the concerned school.
I do not need you to serve me or to support me or my family. That is
far from the truth. This is a school of heaven and we have high
standards because we have a vision of the future. All through human
history most people have tried to achieve selfish goals, and by
working on a selfish level they ultimately faced destruction. They
ruined not only themselves but their nations as well. Those who pursue
selfish goals can never accomplish true good.
Right now the entire world is continuing to pursue a selfish way and
everything of value is being lost. This is the lesson of history. It
is my observation that soon the world will hit a stone wall and find
that there is nowhere left to turn. This is why there must be a new
kind of education; the world must have a way to break through that
stone wall. To do that we must revolutionize the thinking and way of
life of the world, turning it around 180 degrees from the selfish way
of life to the unselfish way of life. The world has been ruined by the
selfish way of life, but there will again be hope for the future when
people are inspired to follow an unselfish way. If this thinking is
correct then certainly this ideology could change the world. We have
hope, because when the people of the world revolutionize their
thinking we will be able to go forward to great peace and prosperity.
What do we have that no one else has?
What is the greatness of our Unification Church? You may look like
slaves to our critics, and you may work even harder than slaves, but
unlike the slavery of the black people of the past, your hard work is
freely given for the sake of God. In this new way of life a revolution
of mankind will take place. This is why we have the gut conviction
that what we do is different from anything else in history. This is
If the locomotive pulling a train hits a stone wall then it cannot go
forward any further. However, for the train to back up another
locomotive must come from the rear and pull it in the other direction.
So far the world is being pulled straight towards that stone wall, but
you Moonies are the locomotive coming up from behind to pull the world
back into the right direction. Some people are convinced that your
eyes are glazed and that somehow you don't look normal. Is that true,
or are you looking at reality very clearly? There is so much adverse
publicity on that point that sometimes people hold up their fingers
like an optometrist to see where your eyes focus.
An amazing amount of attention is given to you because you are
Moonies. When you say you are a Moonie then everybody watches to see
how you behave. Even the ordinary things you do may suddenly seem
strange to them. Even though you dress normally, they think that
somehow Moonies wear a different kind of clothes. The important thing
is that these people are aware that we must have something that people
outside our Church do not have. If that something is the right thing
then we can really be proud of it. Our unique position is our pride
What do we have that is different? Simply this: We Moonies get up
earlier and work harder and go to bed later than anyone else, but not
for ourselves. Every moment of our day will be completely filled with
service to humanity and God. This is what we have and others don't
Mankind is one group of people; no matter how many billions of people
there may be they are all part of one family. This family of man is
going to be proud of people like the Moonies. At some point this
family of man needs someone to pioneer a new direction; otherwise all
will be ruined. The Unification Church is making that revolution a
reality by demonstrating that it can be done. We are the first group
to proclaim that an ideal world, the Kingdom of God on earth, is
Amazing things can become possible by applying a way of life different
from the rest of the world. Because we are different, persecution has
become our daily diet. Do you think that I am sick and tired of
persecution, or am I in a position to be proud of being persecuted? In
most cases people are ashamed and hurt by criticism and opposition,
but I am proud of going to jail and of being persecuted. I have lived
that kind of tribulation my entire life.
I am absolutely convinced that going to jail has an entirely different
purpose than people realize, and whether people realize this or not
does not matter. God knows the difference so people's opinions mean
little. Most people are put in jail because their actions were
selfishly motivated, but I am put in jail because the nation and world
cannot digest the revolutionary way of life I teach, that of
sacrificing myself for the sake of the world. Because today's world
has rarely seen such a man, people come to the point where they are
afraid of me and they would rather put me in jail.
At that moment jail is not a shameful place. All of America is upset,
trying to solve the controversy and return to its old ways. I am proud
to be the person who can do things that even the President of the
United States cannot do and which this nation doesn't know how to
digest and accept.
The Unification Seminary is a good example. When I created the
seminary only a couple of years ago it had only fifty students in the
first class. Externally speaking it is not an extraordinary place, but
many of the scholars who have come to lecture there have been
completely fascinated by our students and wanted to have some of them
in their own school. Why is that? Those professors supposedly came to
visit and to teach the students, but actually the professors
themselves were the ones who were taught, not just the students.
Instead of being influenced by the negativity, those professors
started to speak out; they are very conscientious of truth and once
they see the truth they will never back down.
At Barrytown those scholars could learn what the Unification Church
philosophy really is about and also see the fruits of it in the
students. The experience was so moving for them that they have been
setting off spiritual bombs when they speak in a positive way about
our church. Most people have heard only that you members are
brainwashed slaves, but these professors ask such people, "Have you
seen them and talked to them? I have, and I know they are not
Will the storm surrounding us blow over or intensify?
Already Americans are fighting among themselves over us in the
business world, the academic community, in the government and every
walk of life. This war will not end soon but will become more hectic
in the days to come. The pragmatic politicians may think that the
easiest way to end all the turmoil would be to simply ship me out of
this country. This is why they are searching for any reason to accuse
me of doing something illegal. The Immigration Department, the IRS,
the Justice Department, even Congress is trying to find some
With all this government involvement, many more people have become
interested in us and are looking more deeply into our movement. That
is when conscientious people will discover that I am not so bad after
all! Public opinion will begin to turn and condemn the deprogrammers
as brainwashers, rather than me. When the judge in San Francisco made
a questionable judgment in favor of the deprogrammers, the legal
community became divided and there were many harsh criticisms of the
Where will all the controversy end? Will everything soon come to a
climax and our work get easier, or is the storm going to build up and
up even more? When people come to take a deeper look at me and the
Unification Church they will discover the truth. Then they will become
different people because truth has the power to change the human
heart. After all, have I done anything wrong in, this country? Even
non-members ask that question.
Look at the organized crime in this country which thrives on
prostitution, gambling, and drugs; the government has been helpless to
deal with organized crime. Why then do they come to oppose me? In our
Church they see good looking young people who used to be drug addicts
or wanderers with no purpose, but who now completely have devoted
themselves to a new relationship with God. Only after realizing that
more than just a few young people are being changed do people fear
that I will become powerful and try to dominate the world.
One of the greatest miscalculations of those who oppose us is their
firm belief that I am an agent of the Korean government. That kind of
assumption begins with the thinking that nothing good can come out of
Korea. When the media mentions that I am a Korean evangelist there is
usually an undertone of scorn. Because Korea is a small country that
Americans never knew too much about and because Korea is indebted to
America, then a man from Korea is criticized for speaking out.
They want me to be quiet because I speak out about what is wrong with
America. I say unpopular things, that America will lose God's favor
and is destined to perish if it continues in its present direction. I
am not here to praise America and to ask for money, but to warn
America that it must return to a godly way of life.
Because I am Korean, Americans are jealous when their young people
listen to me. Do you think they would kidnap their own children if I
were another white man, even if I taught the same principles and
inspired the same conviction? No, they would not be as upset if I were
a white man. The amazing thing is, however, that not too many Asian
people follow me here in America. American young people are following
me here, and we are writing a new chapter of American history. Future
generations will think it was most extraordinary that no American
inspired the American people, but that a man from Asia came and
inspired the Americans to build a new America, making them realize the
truth of their destiny.
After this chapter is written there shall be no segregation or racial
discrimination because an Asian, one of a minority group in this
country, came and preached the gospel of love and equality of all men
and races. Here we are creating the new hope and future of America. I
am here to help this country get back on the right track, but if
America does not heed my advice then this nation will be further
entangled in difficulty. Racial unity is the key to the survival of
America. America has been the melting pot of all the world's people,
but if Americans persist in thinking in terms of races, nationalities
and religious groups, there will be tremendous difficulties ahead.
In an unseen way I am contributing more to American history than any
other individual. There has been no American leader for you who could
give honest hope to the young people of America. My purpose is not to
divide people; I want to be silent and keep doing my job, working to
bring harmony and understanding instead of inciting more fights. My
desire is to save America, to bring new hope to America through you.
Through you the extremes of America are being brought into one
The government is very powerful and I don't want to have it turned
against you. We are still a small minority in this country and we
still need to lay the foundation here. I am building a movement to
convert American youth into better God-centered American youth. Many
people think that I am trying to convert you into Korean youth, but
that is far, far from the truth!
When the Jews came to America they were a persecuted minority, but now
some prominent Jews are in turn denouncing me as being anti-Semitic.
There are millions of young people in this country, and eventually
this movement will spread because young people here have nowhere to
turn. Why then are the Jews treating us as enemies? This is a
universal movement and not confined to any race or religion; the time
will come when we are so big that people will not want to oppose us. I
don't want anyone to have caught themselves in that position in the
future. My attitude now is just to be patient.
Why are some Christians opposing me now? Do you think the Unification
Church will outgrow traditional Christianity or not? Many
congregations have mostly senior citizens; what will these churches be
like in another few decades? In contrast, many of you are young people
and by the time you become senior citizens those other churches will
all be gone.
Christian churches have already done incredible things against me. You
do not know the vicious and dirty things they did to slander the
Unification Church in Korea and Japan. Plots to kill me and harm my
family were made, and some Christians plotted to stop the weddings and
our other activities in the early years. Even now, in America as well,
some Christians are trying to disrupt our work. Can you find any worse
enemy than that?
How much more should we take? God has been patient with His rebellious
children for 6,000 years, however, and therefore I have never lifted
even one finger to take revenge for all that has been done against me.
All I have done is to pray for them. It is significant that those
negative forces have been themselves destroyed, one by one, even
though I have never retaliated. We have never lifted up a finger
against them but one after another they have destroyed themselves.
When we are free ourselves from satanic accusation, we have nothing to
fear from outside forces because those forces will eliminate
Are you ashamed when people ridicule you on the street? Today's world
may scorn you, but your deeds will be recorded for all of history to
read. God and all the spirit world, including all your ancestors, are
with us. If the FBI arrested me and put me in jail I wouldn't even
blink. The Bard College incident last month shows how determined some
people are to use trivial things to harass me. The whole world learned
through the news media that I was arrested, but I only smiled at the
whole thing and thought, "You foolish people. That's not the way you
can win over me."
The person who has not been persecuted has not much to be proud of
I have never done one single thing that is shameful to America. If I
have committed any crime it is that I raised up young people like you
and re-made them into children of God. If that is a sin then I have
definitely committed it. Since you are Americans too, you probably
agree with all the professors, ministers, parents and everyone else
who thinks I am evil. You don't agree? That is why people say you are
crazy! Amazingly enough, that is our pride.
We have something that people don't understand: our pride. The person
who has not been persecuted has not much to be proud of. I have
pioneered a new movement to receive persecution for the sake of good,
and as members you also become pioneers. Am I the only one who feels
good about doing this, or do you feel good about it also? Does America
feel good about it, or Korea?
Certainly this is for America's benefit. Few patriots could ever have
imagined doing for this nation what I have already done. Then how can
America mistreat me? All of you are the true patriots of America, and
the American people will some day be grateful enough to treat you
kindly. I want to see the day come soon when the American people
Because we are asking for donations for this work our fund raisers
many times are thrown in jail. You go fund raising not because you are
incapable of earning money or of holding a job-many of you could earn
tens of thousands of dollars if you held a regular job-but because we
chose this route for the sake of the movement. Are you asking for
donations so you can get rich? Absolutely not.
None of the real estate we purchased is for my sake. I will do things
for the sake of America and then go back to Korea. All these things
will remain here to be used for the sake of the world; I will not take
them back with me. This is my pride.
We bought 500 acres of land in Tarrytown and I announced that
eventually we wanted to build an international, God-centered
university there. The village of Tarrytown reacted by passing an
ordinance against building more educational institutions. They would
rather not have their peace disturbed. They are using other subtle
ways to try to move the Moonies out of Tarrytown, for example, by
deliberately designing a new zoning code for the purpose of keeping
the Moonies out. We are actually thankful to them because these things
will make American history more interesting, and as a result we have
more to be proud of. I have become so controversial that everything I
do gets a news article, but I am simply collecting more material for
We are going to harvest the blessings of the oceans
I have been going out to sea in a boat called New Hope. The public may
think I just go yachting for pleasure, but every day I am collecting
more material. God has hidden unlimited resources underneath the sea,
and the oceans will be the key to future development in the world.
I know very well that in the course of developing sea industries we
may sometimes suffer some sacrifice. Eventually we will have hundreds
of fishing boats, and some of them may be lost at sea. Even losing
husbands and brothers will not deter our pioneering zeal because that
business will be for the sake of humanity.
We want to become masters of the sea. The ocean surface is twice as
big as the surface of the land, and furthermore there are vast
resources beneath the sea. Any nation which can overcome the
difficulties will conquer the sea. We first teamed to have dominion on
the land, and with the same pioneering spirit we can conquer the sea
Our battle is now being waged on the land, and we must be victorious
here, being tested and seasoned by a hurricane of persecution. Then
when real storms come at sea we can welcome them. The Pilgrims who
came to America were pioneering people; otherwise they would not have
crossed the Atlantic Ocean, especially during the stormy months. They
realized that an uncertain destiny lay ahead of them, and that they
had no guarantee for their lives; few had ever safely arrived in the
New World, but they started anyway., They overcame by their hope and
faith in God. Now in the 20th century we also are forging ahead, like
a boat in a rough ocean, with faith in God. Whatever the persecution
and blowing winds, we have faith in God.
I look at the vast ocean resources as God's blessing waiting for the
Unification Church. I have promised to God, "Give me twenty years'
time and we will conquer the sea, taking dominion over it and
returning the glory to You." That is how I think everytime I go out.
Later we will establish a great foundation, and even the Ford or
Rockefeller Foundations will look like peanuts in comparison. That is
the way we must realistically feel.
Do you like going out to sea? You may like the sea but you don't like
riding in the boat do you? When the Unification Church women marry
sailors and fishermen, America will have hope. American men are
refusing to become sailors or fishermen because of women. Sailors are
gone at sea sometimes three or six months, and often their wives don't
wait faithfully for them. When the husband comes home there is no wife
there! After that he thinks, "No sir, I'm not going out to sea again.
I'm watching my wife!"
Women thus have the potential to destroy the opportunity for
developing the blessings of the oceans. I will definitely match the
most beautiful sisters with brothers who are sailors. By being loyal
and faithful to their husbands they will set a new example. If the
most outstanding women are hoping for husbands who are seamen, then
all our brothers will want to become sailors! Don't even think about
marrying one of our very outstanding members before you become a
One of the captains on my boat, the New Hope, is named Spiro. He is
from Greece and he is a very outstanding and good-looking man. I love
him very much, and when blessing time came I looked for a most
outstanding woman. I recommended one sister who has helped care for
Mother as a nurse-midwife. She is slender and beautiful and I never
hesitated to suggest her to Spiro. That sister, Leslie, has another
kind of blessing from God; as an inheritance from her grandparents she
receives a certain amount of money every month. Their home is already
guaranteed! Spiro couldn't ask for any better wife than her! But he
only got that blessing because he loves the ocean and above all he is
absolutely loyal in his work for the Church.
All these things are our pride in the Unification Church. The
fisherman's life is a hard, dirty, even crude life and fishermen have
to be very rugged. Furthermore, fishermen have always been known as
thieves and liars. Why should I have us get into the kind of business
which is known as a living hell? I go down to the bottom of hell and
by revolutionizing such a place and bringing heaven there then I can
hasten the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
Col. Pak's report:
The other day I read a letter to Father from a captain down in
Norfolk, Virginia. His name is Tony and he always told us, "You
Moonies are in the wrong business. You will never make it in fishing
because it is dirty and full of cheating and corruption." The
fishermen cannot bring their families to see their boats because there
is so much swearing and ugliness at the docks. In the last six months,
though, the atmosphere in Norfolk is changing; although the work on
the docks is really cruel the men have changed and there is no more
swearing and drinking going on. Now they love to bring their wives and
children to the dock and do so more and more frequently because they
want to have their children mingle with Reverend Moon's members.
Captain Tony has been fishing since he was 12 years old, for 30 years,
and he is a rugged individual who knows the sea. He met Father and
shook hands with him when Father first went down there. Our
competitors tried to ruin our fishing industry in Norfolk by giving us
a bad image, but Tony found that every time he took one of our members
out in his boat he got a big catch. He told me about an incident at
sea when his boat was sinking because of a sudden large leak. He asked
our brother to pray, and for the first time in his entire life he
prayed together with someone. The minute their prayer was over a Coast
Guard cutter appeared and soon a helicopter came with extra pumps
enabling the boat to be salvaged and safely escorted back to the dock.
Tony told me, "Without Reverend Moon I would have been dead!"
Last year brought the most severe winter Tony had experienced in his
thirty years of fishing, but he took in more fish than he had ever
caught in one season. His catch was the equivalent of ten boat loads.
I told him, "Do you know why you got so many fish last winter?
Reverend Moon is praying for you. He loves the sea and he deeply
meditated about setting up our business in Norfolk. He shook hands
with you and he knows your name. That's why you had such a big year
last winter." Tony asked me, "Would you kindly ask Reverend Moon to
keep praying for me?"
You members are not the only ones witnessing about Father. At sea the
captains talk by radio. I met another captain, named Oswald. He is
completely impressed by Father and our members working in Norfolk. One
day he came back and told one of our members, "I had a big fight today
at sea. Some other captain criticized Reverend Moon on the radio and I
had such a fight with him on the radio that I didn't even have much
chance to fish. But after the fight was over all of a sudden the
scallops started coming and we got a whole boat load!" His family
lives in North Carolina, but this summer he is bringing them to
Norfolk to meet our people and experience the love our members have.
He never thought that such love was possible.
Most of the time fishermen become dried up emotionally, working like
machines almost. But in Norfolk our members sometimes go out to wave
as the boats put out to sea. The fishermen want to come back with a
big load, not just because of the money, but because they don't want
to disappoint our members there.
One captain told me that he and his crew have recently been seeing
visions. He was awake on deck while going out to sea one night but the
crew was asleep. All of a sudden he saw a pure white rainbow arching
up from the ocean, something he had never seen in all his years at
sea. Usually these things appear to only one person, but when he woke
his crew up to look each one could see it! Another night he looked
into the water and saw his own image, and suddenly he saw a halo
around his head. He just couldn't believe it! When Captain Tony said,
"Tell Reverend Moon to pray for me," this man said, "Tell him to pray
for me too."
One time Father said that once a fisherman's heart is melted, he is a
person closest to God. Our members have seen how this is so true. Men
like Oswald and Tony are now bringing more boats to do business at our
dock. In the last two months they brought four new boats. One time
Oswald's boat had equipment trouble so he could not fish and he
radioed back that he had to come in. On the way back he saw another
boat with engine trouble; that ship had a tremendous catch of
scallops, but it couldn't move. Oswald volunteered to tow that boat
into our dock and they unloaded their catch there. That boat has
stayed with us ever since.
Many other wonderful things are happening in Norfolk. Father picked a
man named John Schmittke as our manager. He is just like our family
member and calls Reverend Moon "Father." He told his wife that for the
first time in many years he could leave the business at night with the
feeling that he doesn't have to check every inventory, every door and
every freezer. Previously there was so much theft by employees that
unless he was a watchdog they would steal from him. He told me he
knows one man with a fishing business in North Carolina, but that he
is only successful because his twelve sons are also in the company and
can keep checking everything. But John said he can trust our members.
There is a freezing company next door, where many people bring
merchandise. After our company rented space there the supervisor told
the employees, "Don't let anybody come in except the Unification
Church members because they are trustworthy. They can come in and go
anywhere they want, but not other people."
This morning Father has talked about a revolution among men,
particularly in the most dirty and impossible place like the hell in
the fishing industry. Tony kept saying that we would never make it
because we were so naive, but this time he told me, "I have high hopes
that Reverend Moon will revolutionize the entire fishing industry."
Everything I do is to lay a cornerstone of tradition
When I created Tong Il Industry in Korea, our machine shop, there was
never a day when I didn't visit that industry, sometimes even three
times. The entire time I was thinking that I was dealing with all the
engineers and machine specialists in the spirit world and that our
factory was a joint operation with them. In anything we do it is most
important that the spirit world recognize and acknowledge that I am
far ahead of what anyone else has ever done and that I certainly
deserve their support. That recognition from spirit world is most
In order to receive their cooperation I have to do things differently.
First of all they must clearly know that I did not create that factory
for my own sake but for the sake of the world. In setting up Tong Il,
I always felt that I was laying a foundation and cornerstone of
tradition for all future industry and for the world. Those concepts
will move the hearts of those in spirit world. I love that factory
more than anyone in history has ever loved that life, and in building
it I was always intensely interested in how to develop everything.
Once I touch something in the name of God I must create a powerhouse
which will progress to the world level; I must do my best, with total
Always a time will come bringing adverse situations and stormy
weather, and there have been many times when the factory was faced
with peril and crisis. We lost much money and there were different
kinds of setbacks, but each time I spurred myself on to a higher
level. It was a tremendous investment for our Church, and at that time
the leaders at headquarters did not like what I was doing; we invested
much money into Tong Il only to have the money vanish.
The more the people closest to me thought negatively, the more I gave
my heart. I showed my complete determination by giving my whole heart
and energy and soul under any circumstances and investing even more
money. Today Tong Il is the leader in the Korean machine industry. We
have a streamlined factory and have received government recognition
for the quality of work done there. It is the time now to establish
our industry all over the world.
I am always conscious of those in spirit world and always in
competition with them because I know that they must be in a position
to approve my actions. I always felt that unless someone could devote
himself with A his heart and soul and mind, more than I did to the
Tong Il industry, that no other person would be capable of running
that place. Even if government people took it over they could not make
it more successful because in the name of God I gave everything to it.
Sometimes even someone as close as Mother could not understand my
motives; I would get home early in the morning from the factory and
only wash and then turn around and go out again. At that time Hyo Jin
was only a young baby, but even then I always took him on every tap I
made, riding back and forth on the bumpy, rugged roads. Even Mother
does not know my prayer for him at those times.
Hyo Jin has a very adventurous character. When he rides a motorcycle
he doesn't do it in an ordinary way but rides on rugged roads and does
difficult stunts. Even as a boy, once he was determined to do
something he just hung on until it was done. He is just like I was in
my younger days. When I was young I came home many times so completely
tired out that I almost collapsed at the door. Hyo Jin is doing the
same thing now.
We bought much land at Chung Pyung, a beautiful mountain lakeside
area, and some day there will be an international training center for
the Unification Church. I went to that place often, sometimes two or
three times a day, even though each trip took three or four hours.
Once I set my mind on something then no one else can move it aside. I
know that no one can touch that land until it is developed for God's
purpose; because I gave all my heart and prayer to that place, no one
with a lesser motivation is worthy to claim it. Before we bought
Barrytown I went there seventeen times to look around and pray and
make a master plan, giving my whole heart to it. I wanted my heart for
Barrytown to exceed the vision and dream of the person who originally
There are many possible businesses to start in this country, but I
decided on the fishing industry. Therefore, rest assured that it will
be done, because I gave my heart and soul and total energy to it. Now
you can understand that I am giving my heart by going out to sea
earlier in the morning than anyone else and coming later.
Yesterday I was training the seminarians in net making and teaching
them about different fish. I never went to bed the night before and
last night I was also up very late. For the last three days I have had
almost no sleep. Knowing the consciousness of spirit world, I want to
exceed anyone who gave themselves for the fishing business. There are
many in spirit world who set records, and I want to exceed them in
giving all of my heart and soul. Once I lay the foundation, the spirit
world can begin to totally and overwhelmingly support us.
There are thousands of people who died at sea under miserable
circumstances, and in 1975 1 had a special ceremony and prayer,
calling all of them to forgive them, liberate them and send them into
a higher spirit world. By my going through the kind of ordeals they
experienced at sea, the value and dignity of the sea is elevated and
restored. Because all the people who died at sea are now vindicated,
the entire world has to help our efforts at sea.
You cannot expect a result without a cause. The cause may be invisible
but the result is physical. Sometimes I come back from the sea and
only have one meal, and then without even changing or taking a shower
I go out again. What matters is where my thought is.
All the things that are happening in Norfolk may seem to be miracles,
but all of them have a cause in spirit world. People have died in a
situation like Tony's, when his boat was sinking; the Coast Guard
pilot doesn't know why, but something pulled him to that area to pick
Tony up. These are the mysterious things that happen wherever we go in
the Unification Church. You must motivate the spirit world to help. It
is our pride that we can do that.
So far I have named three things the Unification Church can be proud
of. First, we're proud of the Unification Church; second, we are proud
of our tradition; third, we are proud of our people. But our pride
must not end there; it must go on. Elevating our pride to the level of
the nation, we must have this same pride in America, and furthermore,
in the world.
The time will come when the
public is proud of our establishments as their own
Eventually I would like to open all of our major facilities like
Belvedere and Barrytown to the public and let the public be proud of
our establishments as their own. I am still waiting for an opportune
time though, because there are still so many people who intend to
destroy our church and would set bombs. All kinds of things could
happen. The time will come, however.
I like the name "New Yorker," the original name of the World Mission
Center. The New Yorker belongs to New Yorkers. I would like that
particular building to be known not as a Unification Church building,
but as the New Yorker. The Tiffany Building is the News World Building
now, but New Yorkers should feel an attachment to it and think of it
as their own. The News World is a New York newspaper.
We must first be proud of all our establishments, like Belvedere and
East Garden, as American establishments. We are proud of them for the
sake of America and eventually we will be proud of these things for
the sake of the world. They do not belong just to the Moonies.
In order to make Belvedere and East Garden the property of the world,
the people who live there should be working day in and day out for the
sake of the world. You in New York are working day in and day out for
the sake of humanity, and I have the people at Belvedere and East
Garden also working for the sake of the world and humanity. In that
way they can become a world Belvedere, world East Garden and world New
We must make a Unification Church that belongs to the world, not just
to the Moonies. That means we are going to live our lives for the sake
of the world. Whether you are of the yellow, white or black race does
not make a difference; if you truly give your life for the sake of the
world you will say, "This is my church, my house."
If you are doing that then the Unification Church has a future, pride
and hope. Our way of life may be very humble and our food very coarse,
but that spark, that spirit is universal. You are universal men and
women who are living to achieve some benefit for mankind.
Those who lived rich lives before were not the people who were working
for the sake of the world. It is far more dramatic and beautiful to
God to bring yourself down to the humble way of life, having done
nothing but truly give for the sake of the world and humanity. The
more you suffer for the highest possible goal and bring yourself down
to the lowest position, the greater will be your honor and the greater
will be the divine purpose you accomplish. That is the pride of the
So what do we have? What we have is not for us but for God and for the
world. I do not think of Belvedere as my personal private property, or
even the Unification Church's private property. You must not think
that way either. It all belongs to God and to humanity. Then you can
be proud of it because it is God's property. If our Unification Church
members are living that way of life then we can truly be proud of one
another. We are here to restore all the things of creation back to
God, and in order to do that we restore money by using it for God.
It is your pride to be restoring the creation for God and purifying
yourself for God. When you feel that pride then a bag of peanuts or a
stick of chewing gum comes to have an entirely different kind of
value, becoming a priceless piece of God's property. Every penny you
collect goes to the Church to be sanctified for God and then used for
the world. We can be proud of that. The more you suffer for this noble
purpose, the greater will be your accomplishments. God recognizes you
more because you do so many things under the most unusual
You are going out to harvest God's own things and bring them to Him,
where they belong. Then God will say, "Go ahead and spend it for the
world." Even when God wants to spend money He will not spend it by
Himself but will ask you, "Do you think it should be spent for this
purpose? For America and other countries?" God will ask your
permission because you are the one who is actually harvesting it for
Him. In that sense everyone is elevating himself to an equal level and
participating in God's decision-making body. Fundraising is a noble
deed and through it we can share in God's decisions.
We will never perish as long as we go this route. We are the people
God is dependent upon and restoration of the economy is an important
task in this matter. I am looking forward to seeing who will be the
champions among you, who will emerge to do more for the sake of God
and His Kingdom. Because God loves the things He created, we too love
all these things.
God also wants to love the people, so we are the ones who love the
people enough to bring them back to God. That is the reason for
witnessing, and that is why witnessing is more intense than
fundraising. After all, men have a greater value in the sight of God
than the things of creation. It is not an easy task to pour out your
heart and soul to a person and guide him to becoming God-like.
Re-creating a man is a difficult task, but that is why it is our pride
to do it on a 24-hour basis.
It is your pride to embrace in love the extremes of the world
Would it be easier for me to lead the Korean disciples or the
Americans? It gives me greater pride to lead Americans because it is a
more difficult task: we have a different language, cultural
background, and even different faces. Actually the most difficult part
is that the Western thinking process is completely different; compared
to the age-old courtesies of the Orient, American customs are almost
I must lift you up step by step, re-shaping you in both external and
internal things. For one thing, you are sitting on the floor. It is
impossible for Americans to think of sitting for long hours in a
cramped room like this, but now you are ready to go anywhere with no
problem. Many times American leaders come for a conference and sit
with their legs sticking out in front of them toward me. In the Orient
that practice is unheard of; even 2-year-old boys and girls would
laugh, "That's amazing, how can they do that?" However, it becomes
your pride to start out that far down and then come up high. Then God
will be proud of you as His own objects.
You too, are proud of your loved ones, but you must try not to love
only familiar, similar things. You must love from extreme to extreme.
It is far more dramatic to see a black and a white or an Oriental and
a Westerner as a couple living happily together. Americans generally
don't think that way but God thinks differently. Do you want to
embrace such extremes? Because I pay more attention to an
international marriage, that becomes the tradition of the Unification
Generally, international couples experience scorn from the world for
being different, like a minority group, but the Unification Church
will be the champion for international couples. Eventually I will
fully establish this new tradition, and as people see God blessing
those international marriages there will be more and more of them
throughout the world. Through these marriages the national boundaries
and racial differences will automatically be broken, and some day
international marriages will be in the majority.
The world basically thinks of America as a white people's country.
When a black American wins a gold medal at the Olympic games, and the
national anthem is played as he receives his medal, many people react
by thinking, "He doesn't belong to America; he's not American."
America has failed to give an impression of racial unity yet. It still
conveys the sense of white people being supreme. Will that be the case
when there is a Unification Church nation? Would you white members
identify with one of our black brothers who won a gold medal? This
kind of ideology must become this country's ideology and the world's
When this very tall brother Gerhard goes with me as a guard, many
people look at him and they wonder, "Could that German really be loyal
to that Oriental man?" Whenever I travel in the Lincoln limousine,
Americans automatically think that some dignitary is arriving, like
the President or some official. First they look at the driver and when
they see our good-looking brother they assume that there must be an
even more good-looking man sitting behind him. When they look in the
back seat and see me their expression completely changes. First they
are smiling ear-to-ear and then suddenly they look shocked. After they
recover from the initial shock they think I must be a foreign minister
or ambassador from another country. I don't like to travel in that car
Many times people are very sarcastic and ask the driver, "You are one
of us. Why do you drive that man?" That kind of thinking shows that
Americans are not really ready to embrace the rest of the world.
Without some re-education America cannot become a world leader in the
We in the Unification Church are proud of our tradition, proud of our
love of unity, our love for the world and our love for one another. I
feel that the highest possible heaven will be reserved for the couples
who demonstrate their pride in embracing the extremes of interracial
We are truly transcending the national and racial barriers and God is
proud of this organization. Simply because God is with us this
organization cannot be destroyed. That is our pride. We are the only
group which can gather people for mass weddings. Many nationalities
are gathered together and joyfully participate in those weddings, with
husbands and wives giving their common pledge to God.
Your greatest legacy win be your tradition
If someone were to list my contributions to America then one of them
must be that I am the first one ever to come from Asia and introduce
the depths of the Oriental spirit in terms of God, making possible the
unity between East and West. I am the first to lay the foundation of
this unity between East and West; it is not by knowledge or by
anything else but love. This is a new tradition that America has never
had. It can be seen in your willing desire to marry someone of another
race, and together to serve God and humanity. Nobody forces you, but
you want to be an example of a truly happy family embracing two
extremes. A great deal of effort is needed to harmonize one extreme
with another, and that is why it becomes our added pride to do it.
A pious son is the one who overcomes the utmost difficulty for the
benefit of his parents. It is a rare thing to see in America now, but
loyal subjects or patriots are those who gave themselves totally,
under utmost difficulty, for the benefit of their king or nation. The
greatest of all saints are the sons and daughters of God who will
strive under incredible difficulties to achieve the purpose of God.
Indeed Jesus Christ did that.
We have much to be proud of in the Unification Church. The very things
that we are proud of are the very things that all mankind and also God
Himself wants to be proud of. On behalf of mankind and God we are fund
raising, witnessing and building revolutionary marriages. You can be
proud of that in itself.
Which kind of person will you be when you go to the spirit world? One
person will proudly say, "God, look at how great I am and how greatly
I lived, gathering knowledge and honors." God will kick such a person
out of heaven. The other person will say, "God, I am sorry. I have not
much to be proud of. I didn't bring many accomplishments, but at least
I can assure you that every moment of the day I thought about You and
mankind and did my best to serve. Everything I earned I wanted to
spend for the sake of humanity and I wanted to guide the people I met
to understand You. My effort is there." God will say, "You are my
child and you shall be with me for eternity."
If you live that way of life here on earth then you don't have to go
anywhere to see heaven; you will make this place heaven. Such a person
is already living in the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. You all must be
proud that you are doing that. I am concentrating my entire life to
accomplish certain goals; in the same way, when you concentrate all of
yourself on your mission for the very purpose of God and humanity then
you are becoming a man of heaven.
That tradition will be the truest asset we can leave behind; money,
knowledge, honor, even your own children--those are not your greatest
legacy. We are launching an extraordinary once-in-history crusade,
which is our greatest pride. Our pride is universal.
What we are doing is far greater than what the President of the United
States can pursue, and greater than anything the greatest American
ever thought. Even without being perfect, we can at least be sure that
this is the way to become a son of God or a daughter of God. And that
is the noblest of all titles you could receive. You can be heirs of
God and receive His entire inheritance and bequeath his Kingdom to
posterity. That is the position you are occupying today.
It is your pride to persevere so mankind can be saved
So far you probably never thought of your tradition in that way and
didn't have that pride. Usually you think mostly about physical
inconvenience, about how you get up early and work hard and whether
you are hungry. When people ask, "What church do you belong to?" your
answer just does not come out proudly. V,/hen people yell at you and
give you a hard time you usually want to shy away from them and feel
miserably defeated. You probably cry sometimes and blame me, "How come
Reverend Moon brought me into this misery?"
All my life I have thought about this, far more than you can imagine.
My first reaction is not to stand for persecution but to crush it in
an instant. My temper is so hot that I cannot stand such injustice,
but I always think about how people have spit at God so many millions
of times and how God endured it. By His enduring, God is giving people
a chance to be revived, and in the same way your endurance will enable
you to turn men and women from the satanic side to God's side. It is
your pride when you can exercise that kind of power.
You have nothing to be ashamed of, even if you are begging for food.
It is the person who would shame you who is the one that is shamed.
Sometimes go deliberately into a situation and by your presence stir
people up and let them give you a hard time. Though others around you
may ride in the best car available and you may walk, inside yourself
you must maintain the pride to think, "I am more precious in His sight
than all those people and positions put together." When you feel this
way then you will never be alone and even the birds and animals can
comfort you. Sometimes people just passing by will suddenly stop and
offer you assistance, and other amazing things will begin to happen
Do you feel ashamed when you go out fund raising? Did you have this
kind of logical understanding before, or somehow you just blindly
gathered the courage to overcome your fear? Now you have both the
courage and the reason to be proud. Those who accuse you and beat you
are the people who will be shamed, while those who assist you are the
people who will be elevated. You are helping to bring them blessing so
they and their forefathers can some day share in heaven.
When people spurn you, you can think, "All right, while you are
sleeping I will work and because of me you shall be liberated. I am a
mediator, and even though you misunderstand me today, I will pray for
you and work harder to prove to you how truthful we are. Some day you
When I was younger I could keep an intense schedule and go many nights
without sleep. But now my body bothers me and has certain limits.
Sometimes my legs suddenly get weak, but I curse them, "We have no
time to be weak! We have still farther to go!" Mother sometimes thinks
that I am made of iron, that God built my body in such a way that I do
not feel fatigue. Her nickname for me is "The Brass General."
Mother takes a little longer to get ready than 1, and many times I
have to wait for her. While waiting, many frustrations are going
through my mind. Then when she appears she mentions something to slow
us down more. But I calm my frustration, thinking, "Yes, in the name
of God I have the power to endure this also. What else?"
I know that the time will come when Mother will completely appreciate
what I am, and at the same time I know that she will absolutely follow
me. I know that without understanding the whole situation someone may
unintentionally do the wrong thing. When you understand then you do
the right thing because if you don't then your conscience hurts.
Nothing is driving me except my conscience. Unless I live up to my own
conscience I feel guilt-ridden and unhappy.
When I look in a mirror I see that I am no longer young. No one is
happy to see himself aging, but amazingly enough you Unification
Church members seem to take great delight at seeing this aging face.
It is God who inspires you that way. You do not deliberately try to
feel that way, but somehow God made you want to look at me and feel
fondness for me. God can say the same thing about me, that I want to
look at Him all the time and love Him. In order to be my God He had to
first capture my heart, which is why He inspires you to feel close to
In addition, God knows clearly that for me to fulfill the mission He
gave to me that He must create some spiritual tie between us. That is
why you are drawn to me without any conscious effort. Those who have
my picture, raise your hands. Who told you to have such pictures? You
robbers! Really, it is God who made you want a picture of me. Even
married people have pictures of Mother and me instead of their own
families. Did I ever enforce a regulation like that? That very love
between us is what you can be proud of.
God is a living God, so I am never alone or lonely. My relationship
with God is a living witness to you; I feel the presence of God every
day and if you live as I have lived then when you become old you too
will be respected and will be loved by the people. I can assure you
that in heaven you will be given absolute respect and admiration and
The tomb I will leave behind
When you pass by a cemetery you never see many people there visiting.
Perhaps once a year one of the family might remember and put flowers
on a grave, but that is probably all. I have thought about what will
happen when I die. I think about whether only my wife and children
will visit my grave or whether there will be line after line of people
coming to pay respect.
When you become a universal man of God then your impact and presence
is not just with your family but is universal. Every day at your tomb
there will be a new spiritual element present. Because you planted a
universal tradition, every person who goes there will receive
something different; one person who is despondent will be comforted,
and people facing tremendous difficulty will come just to be inspired,
remembering that in your life you had courage to overcome incredible
The tomb of such a universal person can give all kinds of answers and
comfort to people in despair and difficulty or in happiness and
excitement. I have thought about whether I can leave that kind of tomb
behind to this world. In order to leave that presence behind I must
live that kind of life. When there is despair I must be a person to
inspire, and when there are setbacks I must become a person to
I have not lived that kind of life for myself but for the purpose of
God and humanity. I have set that tradition yet that is not my
footprint but God's footprint. That living teaching will remain as
long as God remains. After my death I want to witness, even at my
grave. Tens of thousands of years in the future I will still be alive
I decided that I do not want to have everything fulfilled in my own
lifetime, but to have the ultimate fulfillment come in the future so
that even after my death I can continue to witness. I am already
preparing for that. The living God is our God, and until His goal is
fulfilled this deep desire and anxiety will not be treated idly. It
shall be reaped and fulfilled and God will definitely deliver His
promise. Until then the Unification Church and I will continue and
prosper. If this is a true church then we must embrace the will of God
as our own.
It is certainly your infinite pride to have Reverend Moon as your
teacher. In turn I want to be proud of you who want to succeed my
tradition and way of life. Having such people in my own lifetime in
this room is my pride. You know what is the pride of the Unification
Church and your own pride, what is God's pride and what is my pride.
What will you do now that you know? Do not give any excuses or
complain. The only words you can speak are, "We will go and we will do
There is not much time. Even when people attack you there is no time
to spend in arguing with them because you are too busy. No matter what
persecution comes there is too much to do to spend time defending
yourself. There is no time to fool around with these people. With that
kind of attitude I have already established missions in 120 countries.
No saint in history has ever done this.
I will risk everything for the things we are proud of in the
Unification Church. Are you already doing that or are you going to do
it? Up to now you may not have been that way, but now you can become
that kind of person. You may remember the shameful deeds you have done
here and there and have many things you want to hide, but are you now
going to be a different person? Without having done your utmost you
can't even talk about whether you deserve recognition from God or the
You must get down to work and achieve results. You do not even have to
ask me to come help or ask God to help; when you become an
indispensable person in the sight of God then He cannot afford to not
help you. I do not think about how much I have already done and how I
do not need to make any further effort. I am not dwelling on the past
or even on the present; I am looking at the future and seeing how much
work there is to do.
You must eliminate the idea that I am a different person than you are,
born for a different mission. Do not think that. You must feel that
you can be just like me and even outdo me because you have so many
other advantages. You are younger and Americans will accept you as
being one of them. I want you to have that kind of conviction. I want
to see members who think, "All right, Father and I are in competition.
Father is older than I am so he will get tired first but I will keep
going. Father, I will outlast you."
You should think, "I am young and I have a grand future. I will take
the entire world as my ministry. What Reverend Moon did here in
America I am going to do all over the world." I have said that our
next target is Moscow, which means Must Go. Do you really have the
feeling, "I must go"?
Even if I get hit by a communist bullet I do not want to be hit in my
arm or leg but right in my chest or head. Then when I go to God I can
say, "God, I have something to show. I never dodged the bullets." If a
bullet hits you somewhere else and you die, then when you go before
God you could say, "God, I wanted to be hit right here, but they
mis-aimed. Father, let me go down to earth once again and be hit again
the way I want." Almighty God will let you go again.
Are you really young men and women of courage and commitment? I am not
the only one watching you; God is looking down and the communists are
watching too. Can you pledge to be like I have been and even outdo me?
Those who can pledge that, raise your hands. Let us pray.