REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
THE HEART OF REUNION
September 11, 1977
Belvedere, New York
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
I am very happy to see all of you again after being away for 70 days.
When you are separated from someone, you long for them the most if there
is a common purpose or goal between you. Then you both yearn to see each
other and look forward to the day of reunion. I am Korean and you are
Americans and we come from the opposite ends of the world. There must
be a providential purpose linking the two extremes of East and West;
otherwise, you would not miss me and I would not miss you and we would
not look forward to meeting each other again.
To the ordinary person it may seem as if the vast ocean is one
stationary body of water. Actually the ocean is continually in motion,
with cold currents and warm currents running their separate courses and
colliding at certain points. All kinds of movement can be found in the
ocean. The tides come in and go out twice a day and tidal flows all over
the globe are linked together.
Beneath the ocean's surface are a great variety of fish, which are
influenced by the currents and the tidal waters. Very often many fish
gather where the warm and cold currents collide, creating certain areas
famous for fishing such as the northern part of the US. near Boston and
northern Europe. Different types of fish live in fresh or salt water,
but at spawning time certain species go to an estuary, where the fresh
water and salt water flow together, to lay their eggs.
It is very intriguing and even mystical to see how the places and
times of meeting and coming together are very important to all forms
of life. For instance, the ancient cultures such as developed in Greece
and Rome without exception began to grow at places where land and water
meet. No early human civilization could prosper apart from a river or
It is universal power that pushes
two extremes together for a greater purpose
When the distance between two parts is extreme there is always greater
joy, emotion and drama involved in their reunion than if they had not
experienced such extreme separation. I came from a land on the other
side of the globe, a land that many Americans drink of as being a remote
country. In their minds they still envision Korea as being ravaged by
war. It is as if the U.S. was on the pinnacle of a mountain while Korea
was in the depths of a valley. That is why many people cannot understand
how a man from Korea can attract such attention in a nation which stands
at the pinnacle of modern-day culture.
In the vast ocean a tremendous variety of things happen when the
warm and cold currents meet. When we gather together we are like five
kinds of ocean currents flowing into the same area and extraordinary
things can happen as a result. It is not my will or your will but some
providential will that makes this so. There must be a universal power
that pushes two extremes to unite for a greater purpose.
Exciting music is not made with just one or two tones, but with tones
which range from high to low and with a variety of instruments. That
blending of extremes makes exciting music. At the same time, one
instrument alone cannot create excitement. In order to make the drums
exciting the drummer has to combine many motions and gestures as well
as rhythms. The violin combines different extremes, using thin strings
to create very feminine, beautiful sounds. The beauty of the violin is
that even though it has only a few strings, it is possible to produce
extreme variation in sound.
The union of people from the East and West can be compared to playing
the violin; Westerners are like the low notes of a violin while Asians
are like the high notes. Americans walk with a long, swinging stride,
like King Kong, but the Japanese walk lightly, taking small steps.
More excitement is created when the two extremes unite to make one
harmonized picture. We do not use the word harmony to describe primarily
the unity of similar things. The most moving, beautiful harmony is created
when extremes come together. The value of harmony lies in this unity.
What color flowers do you like? Everyone has a different preference.
If everyone liked only the color yellow, however, then everything in the
entire world would soon be yellow, with yellow clothes and even yellow
lipstick. The result would be a mad, mad world of yellow! The blending
together of all kinds of colors can be interpreted and understood in
many different ways; it is a universal mystery. When you can see your
feelings reflected in different ways you never tire of such beauty.
In just one person you can see many different colors; Bo Hi Pak, for
instance, has black hair and a tanned forehead and a gray suit. Women
always wear ornaments to enhance their appearance, but they don't wear
everything of the same color. When they wear red they want to wear some
jewelry that matches, something of a different color that harmonizes.
Would everyone without exception like to have blue eyes? How about
having a blue tongue or blue skin and teeth? Why did God give blue eyes
to some people? The people who have white skin, high noses and blonde
hair need some contrast, so God gave them blue eyes, like two little
ponds. Because American noses are so high their eyes are very deep;
you have to peer in several miles to see their eyes! If they had black
eyes at the bottom of such deep wells they would look fearful, almost
evil in a way. Having lighter color eyes creates beauty and harmony in
a much more dramatic way.
Imagine a person laughing whose teeth were all black. He would look
like a monster ! When you examine the creation you know that God is
really an artist, and that no better harmony could have been created.
Everything is interestingly blended, with people having precisely the
features which would harmonize with a certain color face.
One action may have two entirely different meanings. Imagine a person
whose mouth was always open. You would usually think that something was
wrong with that person, that he was out of his mind. But that person
might be intoxicated by some magnificent emotion or some tremendous
shock. Laughing and crying change your features in similar ways, but
one expresses joy and the other sorrow.
Light is always created at the boundary when two things meet
in harmony. Why should people from one culture follow someone from
an extremely different culture? Why have you Americans come to the
Unification Church, which was founded by a man from Asia? You are here to
unite the universal beauty of the two extremes of East and West together
into one harmonized culture. When two great cultures meet to form harmony,
turmoil is inevitable at first. When a flowing stream hits the rocks in
its path disturbances are created. It goes through many convolutions,
splashing over rocks and churning at the bottom of a waterfall, but that
does not alter its destiny. All streams eventually join the mainstream
which flows to the oceans. All water is connected to the same source
and flows to the same destination. In the same way many parents are
currently opposing the Unification Church, but the day will come when
they will join the mainstream, just as all running water eventually does.
There is tremendous variety and purity of creation in the mountains,
and the water from mountain streams is also very healthy. Mountain water
absorbs essences from the varieties of creation found there, but rivers
which run through the plains and flat lands, like the Mississippi or Nile,
have no clean taste or special characteristics. Every pebble on the
bottom of a mountain creek, every weed and every leaf play an important
part in harmonizing the entire environment. When looked at from this
viewpoint everything becomes more beautiful. The running streams which
start in the depths of the mountains will never make you sick, no matter
how much you drink. Mountain animals drink the pure water and breathe
clean air all the time so they are strong and healthy.
Everything that I am speaking of comes down to one simple word:
harmony. The ideal world is not a world of uniformity and regimentation
but a world of harmony in which each person plays a distinctive role. It
is not one species alone which creates the grandeur of the mountains. They
are made beautiful in part by the infinite variety of the trees, some
gigantic, some crooked, and of all different shades and hues.
Cultures must partake of both
the pinnacle and the valley
Why do we meet here? Why do we need to create harmony? I have a reason
for selecting the topic of today's sermon as "The Heart of Reunion."
External unity itself has shallow meaning, and I want you to appreciate
the fact that there must be deep meaning and love in our gathering
together. There are all kinds of subjects to study in our world, but I
think the study of harmony is the most important. After being educated
in the "Department of Harmony" would you want to marry within your own
cultural and racial background?
White and black people live together here in America but have they
created perfect harmony in this land? Who is responsible for that lack
of harmony, white people or black people? Be honest and frank. I agree
with your answer that basically white people have been responsible for
that. Even though God meant for harmony to exist when he put two extremes
together, there is little harmony among the races here in America. The
white people must take primary responsibility for the lack of harmony
in this country,
At high noon the sun is bright but even at that moment the sun is
moving towards the opposite extreme of midnight. In living you must be
willing to go through the darkness of midnight to arrive at the high noon
of the next day. The Western culture is primarily a white culture, and
in general white people think of themselves as superior to the black and
yellow people. Westerners think of their culture as being self-sufficient,
but that is comparable to refusing to go through midnight; the sun cannot
always remain at high noon. The Western culture will never see broad
daylight again unless there is unity. When Westerners can be broadened
by absorbing elements from other cultures, a new day will dawn and there
will be the glorious prosperity of another high noon.
The cultures which can go from the pinnacle to the valley and vice
versa are closer to perfect harmony than those which never change their
positions. The Greek and Roman empires thought they could stay on the
pinnacle forever. They had no intuition that they would be destroyed, but
now their civilizations are gone. Today the Western culture is enjoying
being on the pinnacle, but this civilization will also terminate unless
it seeks the valley. This is a universal law and no one can escape it.
The key to the continuing prosperity of the cultures is harmony
but a harmonizer is needed, someone who can bring unity between two
extremes. That unity cannot be accomplished all at once, but will
require time. It is logical that a yellow man would be the mediator
between black and white. Because God needed such a mediator He asked
me to come to America to heal the rift between white and black. It is
the white people who have been rejecting me while the black people have
embraced me. That does not mean that God is showing special favor to
the blacks alone, however. That phenomenon will help to save the white
people by giving them another chance to transcend the barrier of race.
White people feel threatened by two things primarily: the power of
communism and the increasing power of the yellow race. When Western
leaders look at me and at our movement they wonder whether I am a
communist or the leader of some yellow menace and they easily feel
suspicious. But an even more formidable enemy would be the yellow race
mobilized by the communist influence. America is obviously fearful of
Red China, and the American government policy makers are in effect trying
to charm the Chinese leaders.
Why should America, only 200 years old but the mightiest nation on
earth, be so intimidated by Red China, whose present form of government
is less than 30 years old? Anyone who is aware of world affairs can
sense a threat to the Western world from the Asian communist powers.
I may be from Asia but the position I take is opposite the communist
stand. The Asian communists say that there is no God, but I proclaim
that there is a God and that He is our Father. Instead of supporting
communism I have come to the West to educate the young people about
God. The communist Chinese declare that the yellow race has unjustly
suffered because of the white race and that the oppressed people of the
world should now unite under communism to conquer the world. I declare
that we cannot allow that to happen and that our solution instead is to
unite all the races together under one common parent, God; that will be
the governing power of the world.
Two powers within the yellow race are confronting each other in a
fierce battle. One, the Asian communists, wants to swallow up the West,
while the other, our Unification Church forces, wants to defend the
West from that menace. I have come to this country for a purpose which
is like filling a container with everything necessary to accomplish
that mission. Once everything necessary is gathered, that container
will overflow and then nothing will be able to stop us from defending
the West. The power that is gathered will certainly not be for yellow
people alone but for the salvation of the Western culture and all races
of mankind, coming together as one gigantic river more powerful than
Niagara Falls. We are building up that stream, starting out like a small
creek and building into a big river.
The seasons of history
In what direction should the Unification Church go? We must move to
the extremes. If we are in a high place we must head toward the lowest
place and work there. If we are in the lowest position we must head toward
the highest position. In America, the Unification Church is in the lowest
position. We should be ready to aim as high as possible and move America
back to God. It is realistically beginning to happen this year. Eventually
we will not be on the bottom but will find ourselves way on top.
Where should we go after that? To Moscow! The tropical waters of the
earth are slowly fuming toward the North Pole, while at the same time
the waters of the northern areas are heading toward the warm areas.
The ancient cultures were found in semi-tropical climates-for instance,
Egypt by the Nile River and Greece by the Mediterranean. The present
nations leading the free world are found in the temperate climates,
however. The trend of history is inclining toward the cold weather zone,
with a northern power like. the Soviet Union determined to dominate the
world and cover it like a blizzard.
The garden of Eden was located in the tropical zone, which can be
compared to spring. Human civilization eventually spread to cooler
climates comparable to autumn, and now has penetrated the coldest,
most winter-like areas. History has entered the autumn, and just as
winter's winds blow the last leaves from the trees, the cold wind of
communism is being felt in this autumn culture. But at the same time,
autumn represents the harvest when new seeds enfold the promise of a
new generation. Now the leaves of the old culture are falling, but at
the same time we are harvesting the seeds of a new culture.
I want you to know that this trend of human civilization precisely
parallels the patterns of restoration. The seed is protected by its hull
and cannot be destroyed by weather. It is protected until the new day
arrives. Who will greet spring when it arrives? The seed is the only
element that can go through the hard cold winter to start new life in
the spring. This is not my theory at all but an historical principle.
The new way of life will not be contaminated by either the communist
ideology or democracy. In other words, the seed will not be affected
by any of the four seasons. Where can we find the ideology which can
be that seed? The Unification Church has the ideology, and you will be
the seeds that shall survive the severest weather to meet the spring.
Have you ever before thought about yourself as being a seed?
You are just starting to dank that way. If you are absolutely convinced
that you can cultivate that seed then this is an historical event. This
concept is so gigantic and the reality is so soaring that once you
deeply realize your position, you would feel as if you have been struck
by lightening. I know you have never imagined that such gigantic things
Like seeds forming, you must absorb
elements from all races and cultures
Today's Western culture is equivalent to the autumn season. No
matter how much you may want to delay winter's arrival, its coming is
inevitable. Even now winter is knocking at the door and in order to be
a fruitful seed, the Unification Church needs a shell of discipline
and training that will enable it to survive under any circumstances.
In the summertime people go to cool places on their vacation and in the
wintertime they go to warm places like Miami Beach, trying to escape the
cold weather. But Unification Church members do the opposite; we meet the
seasons head on and conquer them. That is our way of life. Your living
that way is a manifestation of formidable spiritual power. The degree
to which the American people say you are brainwashed is a measure of
You know you will go through winter but you must also envision
spring's coming. Your job is to make yourself a solid seed so that
when the spring comes God will cast you on very fertile ground and you
will be fruitful. Are you ready to be tested by the cold weather of
communism? Could you withstand torture by people who want you to recant
your faith? If you are that strong, the fallen world will call you a
problem child because no one will be able to bend you; but in studying
the trends of history it is obvious that people like us must inevitably
appear. The existence of the Unification Church is not an accident but
the fruit of history.
We are thankful to be chosen for this job because we have the hope
that after the cold weather of communism passes a new world will be
born and spring will come. That is the day our hope shall be realized.
The winter is never permanent. By gathering together people from all
races and cultures we are trying to exchange each other's indestructible
elements in order to arm ourselves to overcome any circumstance. We can
never be destroyed if we are trained for survival.
In order to become one solid seed, you must draw energy and nutrients
from all elements: the soil, water and sun's rays. All year round a
seed is gathering the elements it needs. Do you white people still
have some feeling of separateness from black or yellow people? Do you
black people feel resentment towards whites, even after learning the
Principle? Unless each of you can draw good elements from the others
you cannot survive to grow in the springtime. The whole point is how
to create one indestructible seed. When the spring culture of the ideal
world comes I would like to name it "choon wha," which means "one central
harmony" or "central peace." Are you ready to become the essence of the
Our contribution is to knit all mankind together with the love of God
History is advancing toward one spring culture of the Kingdom of God
on earth. That is the ultimate goal of human history. You are supposed
to be the seed that will grow in that springtime, but where does a
seed come from? God is the ultimate origin or root from which each seed
grows. You are the seeds of God, created through the process of love,
and two gigantic loves are essential for your life and must be harmonized
within you-love of humanity and the love of God.
Love must always freely move into the center and then back out to the
world. Love is not stationary but flowing all the time. The center of that
circling movement is the Messiah; in occupying that position he channels
the heavenly love so that you can transmit it on a horizontal level.
Throughout history man has thought that the ideal society with perfect
love between man and God and man and man was only a dream, but the Messiah
shall make the dream a reality. The Unification Church is born for that
purpose and we can attain that goal. The greatest contribution we can
make to the world is to knit all of mankind together with the love of
God. Throughout history there has always been conflict between North
and South, East and West, not just between nations but within families
and on every level of society. Historically unity has proved to be an
impossible task but I am striving for that today.
Even on the small peninsula of Korea the Southerners and Northerners
have a sense of different identity and have had animosity toward each
other throughout their history. Even in our church, when a southern man
and a northern woman were blessed together they were like two knights
ready for battle. When they initially confronted each other with animosity
their families were also hostile, but as their relationship became happier
their joy naturally influenced their surroundings and their relatives. Now
their hearts have been melted and they are united as one family.
Initially there was a great deal of criticism of our mass weddings
in Korea, but now many Korean young people anticipate becoming part
of one such wedding. Even non-members feel a great deal of excitement.
There was also violent opposition in Japan when our members were married
apart from the usual traditions, but now the parents have seen how happy
their sons and daughters are and how beautiful they are together. Parents
have even said there must some magic to those mass weddings to make
those people so happy.
Americans think you are just foolish young people but wider acceptance
of our movement will come when people see the fruit of the Principle.
The quickest way to unite mankind into one family is by intermarriage
of the different races. The movement which can elevate such marriages
will inevitably bring harmony and unity to the world, without war or
conflict. In the future more and more Americans will seek international
marriages uniting the different nations and races; these will bring
honor not shame.
To accomplish this gigantic historical task, you must discover the
extraordinary power of love, love that does not become the circumstantial
victim of society. Supreme love transcends every national, racial and
cultural barrier. People have always talked about love but human love
alone will never accomplish the task of universal unity. Therefore,
the Unification Church rallies around one love, the love and heart of
God. We are the first group in history to talk about the heart of God.
If it is really true that we know the heart of God then we are like
the sun rising in the morning and no one can ever stop us. Furthermore,
the brightness of that morning sun shall brighten the entire world. There
will be one center of heart here on earth, linking all mankind to the
heart of God, spreading all over the world and constantly pulsing through
the action of give and take, unable to stay in just one place.
Love is the best of everything
in all the universe
Your whole purpose for reaching the center is to meet the heart of
God. That experience is so overwhelming and exciting that you cannot
disappear there forever, but must emerge again to embrace your family,
society, nation and world. As you touch each of those areas you will
always leave a bit of the Kingdom of Heaven.
This is the joy in the heart of reunion. The East and West are meeting
here today, not merely because we want to see each other for personal
reasons but because the heart of God is linking us together into one.
Words cannot describe that heart too well for it is beyond words.
Intuitively you can understand; that something is what warmed your hearts
and brought you here today.
If the heart of God is not moving within your heart then you feel
empty, even though you may be a member of the Unification Church. Once
the invisible but powerful axis of the heart of God is moved out of you,
everything becomes empty. Once the heart of God dwells within you, no
matter how lonely you may be you will be filled and the universe will
be filled. A person who is completely filled is a joyful person because
he lacks nothing.
Once you have felt the heart of God you feel that you cannot survive
if it should ever leave you, and until you are reunited with God's heart
you feel lifeless. Often a child will dearly love his mother and want to
be home just to be with her. If he runs home one day and finds all his
brothers and sisters home but his mother gone, then he will grumble and
say, "Nobody is home." Everyone else may be there, but if his mother is
gone then to him it seems that nobody is home.
If there is a center of love then you can give love unselfishly and
without limit and you can become a subject of love. When you give out
of the fullness of this love, you multiply love and can realize the
ideal. Love transcends distance and time.
The speed of light is nothing compared to the speed of love; you
have no idea how fast love travels. Love is fastest, brightest, fullest
and sweetest. Love is the best of everything in all the universe. Only
through the power of love can this miracle occur, not through bullets or
threats. The Unification Church's philosophy and conviction are connected
to the center of the universe &-the heart of God. We shall become the
shining examples of that love and heart. I want you to realize that each
of you can possess the highest thing, the brightest thing, the sweetest
thing and the fullest thing.
What kind of mood were you in when you carne here this morning? Did
you want to get here quickly or did you grumble that you needed more
sleep? Why did you miss my ugly face? I didn't bring you any gifts
You came because you can feel a special power of love when you are
around me and you want to receive it. But you can manifest and give that
love too, right? Love cannot be seen but it can be felt. When the True
Parents are not present it feels as if nobody is home, doesn't it? As
soon as I walk into a room, the room is filled. Although I am the same
kind of person as you, this is true because I devote my entire life to
receiving the heart of God.
Anyone who is strongly connected to God can become a life-giving
object, even though that life is not visible to the human eye. You may not
become a sun, but you can at least become a lighthouse in the dark. When
you first started selling newspapers I'm sure you were scoffed at, but
now if you don't appear in your area each day there are people who miss
you. You have become a lighthouse already.
You must have the faith and conviction that you are a lighthouse
lighting a dark world. The lighthouse will shine forth even in the
worst kind of weather because that is the time ships need the lighthouse
most. When you are surrounded by the thickest fog you must shine forth
all the more. The more adversity, the greater must be your light.
I have now set the fishing tradition
I have become a legend in the Gloucester area; the newspaper
there wrote several articles about our fishing and we were a topic of
conversation for the whole town. Hundreds of boats come every year from
all over to fish in that particular area; when the New Hope put out
to sea and dropped anchor then often many other boats would follow and
anchor in the vicinity. When we had a tuna strike then other fishermen
would bring out their binoculars to watch what I was doing. At first
the negative people would want the tuna to break loose and escape,
but after a few days of successful catches they began to change their
thinking and the rumor began that I have something good working for me.
I was always the first one out to sea. Some of the seasoned
professional fishermen would go out early to outdo me but no matter
how early they got out the New Hope was already there. The fishermen
were not only inspired by this but when they tried to compete with me
they had to work so hard that they had no time for their usual drinking
or laziness. By the end of the summer a rumor was going around that
declining town that I am the only one who can save Gloucester.
Without any exception I got up every day at 3 a.m. The New Hope went
out in the moonlight and in many cases returned home with the stars and
moon shining. Do you like to get up early in the morning? The staff
members working on the boat were never told what time to get up but
since I arose at 3 they followed me, no matter how sleepy they were.
This has been my tradition for four years in America. It is not easy
to follow me because no one can outwork me. My crew knows what I would
do, and if I tell them to be out by 1: 30 on the Atlantic they get up
and go out with no grumbling. I have even set the tradition of staying
out and working all night. all night.
This summer I did not earn much in terms of money, but in terms
of tradition, I earned billions of dollars worth. By following that
tradition, the fishing industry in our movement will blossom and
contribute much to America's entire fishing industry in days to come.
Because I have now set the fishing tradition, no one will hesitate to
go out to sea, even the women. If I were a coward then no one would go
seriously but now people will be eager to go. There is a record of when
and where I caught each fish and how big it was. In the future fishermen
will be trying to challenge that record.
Even though fishing is incredibly hard work, I wanted to give myself
without any reservation to set the tradition for the posterity of the
Unification Church. That has been my work for the last 70 days. What would
you do if I were to go out selling the News World 24 hours a day? Would
you be selling 24 hours a day also? I might bring the victory if you
You don't know how hard I worked in witnessing. For seven years in
the early days in Korea I slept only two hours a night and day after
day I spent preaching the word of God and teaching the Principle myself.
Sometimes members would become drowsy and sleepy and then all of a sudden
be chastised by an angel saying, "How can you sleep like this when he
is working so hard day in and day out?"
I'm sure this is the first time you have heard these things. The
things I ask you to do I have already done many times in the past. Now
I am asking you to do the same. You have no cause to complain.
Throughout my entire life I have accumulated a wealth of experience and
spiritual power and now I am bringing it all to America. When visitors
come to America they usually try to take something back to their home
country, but I am doing the opposite. Everything I have accumulated I
want to freely give to the American people, but instead of welcoming me,
America is rejecting me.
If you were not here giving me love and listening to me then I would
have no more interest in America and I would leave this country. You are
the ones holding me in America and you represent 240 million people. You
are the hope of this country; without you America will be lost. While you
are alive and strong you must let 240 million American people know that
the Unification Church is a movement of reunion centering upon the word
of God. Once you harness the power of the heart of God, you will have the
energy to be a lightning bolt, lighting up all of America. The important
thing is whether you have that explosive power in your hearts. You are
now like living bombs, just waiting to be ignited and then explode,
not for destruction but for salvation.
Today is a new day of reunion and this is the reunion place for
the East and West and heaven and earth. The implications of this unity
are vast; with this kind of heart New York is much too small to be our
stage. When you reach out you must feel that New York is not large enough
to hold you. Have you felt, "I am the harmonizer of heavenly culture
and earthly culture. I am the focal point of love. I am a messenger of
the love of God, having the infinite energy that will bring springtime
to this nation."
When you live with the heart of reunion, with the heart of God and
the heart of parents, constructive and creative power is generated. By
having this nation as our center and all coming together as one we can
truly become dynamos to create a new world culture.
There must be purpose for having reunion because otherwise no
one would want to meet a second time. We must be ready to meet again
after creating some achievement. This morning you should be different,
making a new beginning with your heart of reunion and marching forward
to the ultimate fulfillment of your goal. Those who can be different
this morning, raise your hands. God bless you. Let us pray.