REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
THE ONES WHO CAN
RECEIVE GOD'S LOVE
October 1, 1977
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
Los Angeles is a very lovely city, a wonderland for living, with
many things here to attract the attention of young people in particular.
California's intriguing qualities draw people from all over the country
and many young people who come to California join the Unification Church.
Why is California so attractive? You could say the reason is mostly
historical, since California has always been a meeting ground between the
cultures of the East and West, but the simplest answer is the wonderful
weather here. The open spaces and a clear blue sky match the spirit of
young people. The state of California radiates a beautifully free and
optimistic feeling, with the sun out and smiling back at you all the
time. Young people have enthusiasm and hopeful vision, and would like to
become as the sun beaming on all the world. They want to freely interact
with the whole world.
A thunder storm is a vivid demonstration of the power of heaven,
seeming to reveal an angry god. Lightning and thunder have a fearful,
threatening quality that makes the world tremble. No one looks forward
to it, but on the other hand, everyone welcomes the sun each morning.
The sun shining in the blue and endless sky symbolizes hope, giving
out warmth and light. Young people are poetically minded, thinking in
dramatic and romantic ways, and when they see the sun in the blue sky
shining on a green world their inspiration is stimulated. The singing
of birds and the harmony of animals and nature all inspire the feeling
that they are involved with the entire universe, echoing its heartbeat.
I didn't come to lecture about literature or poetry this morning,
but I can't help it today. I love the weather and the sun. Usually older
people are so entangled with worldly affairs that they don't have time
to appreciate the sun and the sky, but I am like you young people,
with a mind of admiration and appreciation for nature.
Usually when people hear my name they associate it with government
investigations and think I must be miserable after becoming so
controversial. On the contrary, I am the happiest person, enjoying nature
and beauty, warmth and love and light. I can understand why young people
come to visit here and I love to visit California just like you do. You
want to look up at the sky and embrace the beauty of nature, singing out
your renewed sense of hope and vision. That's the way I see myself and
this must be the reason why so many young people around the world come
to follow me.
Some of you may think I love California only because I don't live
here; you may be bored to death with blue skies and dry weather and think
you like the rainy weather and seasons up north. If that is the case,
you don't know all my different sides.
I would like to dwell on this thought a little more before I start
my main topic. I spent many, many hours at sea this summer. When I went
to sea I saw nothing but blue all around-the blue sea, the blue sky and
the dark blue of land on the horizon. I speculated about why everything
is so blue and who it all resembles. I wondered whether the sea was blue
because it was looking at the sky, or the sky was trying to be blue like
the sea. Which one carne first?
I came to the conclusion that because the sky is blue, everything
dwelling on the earth wants to be like the sky. The sky, or heaven,
is the subject and everything else wants to take after it. When I say
this, some Western young ladies should smile broadly because their eyes
are blue too, but I don't see any of you smiling. Your lack of response
must mean your poetic or romantic capacity is near zero!
Anyone with blue eyes can think, "My eyes are blue because the sky is
blue; the dwelling place of God is blue." Everything seems very poetic
when you think that your eyes are all blue, but solid eyes would be
monotonous. At the center of your eyes are black dots that break up the
monotony. How awful it would be to have an eyeball that was nothing but
blue with no center. Because that black dot lends depth and mystery,
blue eyes never become tiresome to look at.
I have analyzed the eyes of white people very much. After looking at
you once I would never be stimulated to look at you again, but the black
dot in the center gives you such mysterious depth and profound feeling
that I never get bored. It's just like the sun which contrasts with the
blue sky. The sun shines on all things, giving light, and your eye is the
center which can perceive and analyze and understand your surroundings.
Why am I speaking like this today? Every time you come to a conference
you hear basically the same things and afterwards you go back and forget
them all, but now at least you'll remember this new thing-the meaning
behind having blue eyes.
Now I have spoken with you for a short time and the ice is already
broken. We have harmonized our hearts and have become one. That shows
the beauty and goodness of the word, but at the same time it is fearfully
powerful. After years of meeting people I can spot the newcomers when I
look around because they are completely stiff and frozen! I gave you a
relaxing message at the beginning because when you are at ease you can
experience a flow of emotion; you can go up and be inspired and go down
and be determined. When you are stiff, nothing can take place! Envision
how the ocean waves always move up and down, up and down, and how a big
log in the water can be a disturbing factor by interfering with their
free flowing motion. In the same way, the free flow of emotion will
disappear when you are nervous. Just be natural.
If your roots are deep
then you will be invincible
Let's go to the main subject now. Some of you have come here with
questions on your minds that you really want answered, but please put
them aside and get ready to listen.
Do you like sweetness or bitterness? Most people would prefer
sweetness, but if you experience only sweet things then you easily become
bored, forgetting and never understanding the sweetness. The person who
understands bitterness can truly appreciate sweetness. The truth has
both extremes, which harmonize together to compose meaning.
American young people are not receptive to much besides good things,
preferring only to go up and pursue sweetness. They have no balance and
don't understand where they are. Americans forget to be grateful for a
full stomach and they take food for granted. Most of you have become
totally insensitive to the beauty of having a place to dwell and you
never even appreciate having parents. American young people have become
nomads who are numb to beauty, numb to sweetness. You need the discipline
If God really loves this nation of America then He must prepare some
way to balance your lives. The Unification Church, therefore, has been
given a mandate by God to train American young people to appreciate
beauty and sweetness by bringing them back to suffering and hard work,
back to the taste of labor and sweat. By doing so they can become people
of depth and appreciation, people who can understand experiences from
one extreme to another.
Many people come to America trying to find the ideal world but instead
they find that everything here is floating because there are no roots.
Nothing is settled and unchanging. When a big tree becomes taller and
taller it needs deeper and deeper roots underground. When I carne to
America I thought that if I could help Americans understand the necessity
of roots which grow deeply into the soil, then I could give them the
power to help the world.
Many of my critics think that I have some really good ideas and they
accept the ideology of the Unification Church, but at the same time
they think that I enslave you young people. They see that I am pushing
you in a direction completely opposite to your previous way of life,
compelling you to dig your roots deep into the ground. The important
thing is not to break, but to drive your roots deep into the ground
and firmly secure yourself. If your roots are deep in the soil then
you will be invincible. I myself live this life and I will be second
to none in pursuing the highest ideals. My goals are the highest and
I pursue the highest state of goodness, yet at the same time I am not
floating around in the air; I am realistically rooted in the ground,
working and sweating to help society. This is my way of life.
If you are sending your roots down in rocky soil, are you going to have
shallow roots with many small branches or are you going to penetrate
down deep, like a drill? How much have I suffered in my life? If I
revealed the extent of my suffering, every one of you would break down
in tears. If you heard the full testimony of my life you could not stay
still. But do I seem tired out or helpless, or am I fresh with love and
humor and fighting spirit?
I am the one who has really suffered. The nation of Korea tried
to crush me but my deep root was not cut. Later Japan tried, and now
America is trying, but this will not bother me. Even the President of
the United States left office after just 1½ years of opposition.
The world has been trying to uproot me and the Unification Church, but
it has failed and now is realizing that this root is giving out leaves
and flowers and life. Soon they will find hope in us. Even while America
opposed me I have been putting down roots in American society.
The whole world is trying to force you into changing, but instead of
being crushed, send your roots down deeper and deeper. As long as you
survive to come back strong then nothing can curtail you. Americans have
vehemently opposed me and tried to get me out of the country, but what
they have done instead is to make me very famous. No one can deny that I
have had impact on American society. The more people try to push me away,
the stronger I will become and the more they will be amazed.
I have been driving during my whole trip around the continental United
States but next time I will need a new mode of transportation. Maybe I
will buy helicopters and airplanes. Undoubtedly the media will accuse
me of using you to buy airplanes for myself but the important thing is
the purpose behind it. If there is a genuine need and purpose then it
doesn't matter what the public says.
The 747s can carry 360 people. If I were going to Europe and 20
people were going with me I would tell the public that anyone who wanted
to could fly with me to Europe free. What do you think would happen?
There would be a long, long waiting list. What would we do for seven
hours on the flight over? There would be a good meal and then we would
have good entertainment. Sunburst and the New Hope Singers would perform,
one of our films would be shown and a Divine Principle lecture given! The
waiting list to accompany us would be so long that if we took everyone
it would take ten years to get them all to Europe.
What I need is a big plane so that more people can come and I will be
the pilot myself. Think of what tough competition that would be for the
other airlines. Certainly no one else can afford to fly people to Europe
for free. The airlines will demonstrate against me, but what about the
people who want to go? Do you think this is a good idea? I have decided
that we really need to buy a jumbo jet.
You must be able to harmonize your ideas,
bitter experiences and the suffering ahead
I will drive you into the earth like stakes. You may hit rock farther
down but still I must drive you in. Will you complain? No? Then the
meeting is over now. Let me go. If you are so determined to do everything,
then what else would I need to tell you? My power comes from the fact
that no matter what I start to do, I just hang on tenaciously until the
end. Nothing can stop me, not even the curses and persecution of the whole
world. I want to take the worst and the best. Having only the in-between
is not good enough for me. If I hang on long enough I will be victorious.
The task that I face from now on is a rugged one. Are you willing
to follow such a leader? To be candid, let me say that following me
is not easy. You must be born for your mission because otherwise it's
too difficult. You should pack up quickly and leave if you're not ready
to go all the way because the person who will be merely halfhearted and
mediocre is better off not even starting. Why do you persist in following
me? Your own parents are trying to crush me and if you weren't here they
would stop. Do you still want to come? Will you totally give yourself
up for three years? What if you don't even get the chance to be married?
I want to ask a question of the newcomers here who have never seen me
before. Have you made up your minds that you are determined to follow
with all your heart and soul, no matter what happens? We are going to
lead history and to do that we must be capable of enduring any kind
of hardship. I am tough and flexible and strong and I can withstand
anything; even though I often seem to be at the breaking point I never
break. Sometimes people think they have pushed me to the brink but then
when they let go I bounce back. On one side I am very human and warm,
but then sometimes you see me get a little angry. You haven't really
seen me angry yet, though. When I really stand up to fight then nothing
can stop me. I am a born fighter, period.
I want you to be like me and become real fighters. Would you women
like being married to men like me? Could you be wives who would support
and follow husbands like that? It is not easy to give encouragement
and support to such a man. Mother is very tired after traveling several
thousand miles in a car. This morning she asked to stay in the room to
say a little prayer for me while I came down to speak, but I told her
to come down because everyone would want to see her.
If you really want to have an ideal husband you must be able to
carry burdens and suffering yourself. First become a person of high
caliber yourself, because otherwise you are not worthy to marry a man
of high caliber.
Do you think that everything is guaranteed now and that our way will
be easier from now on? Now more than ever we need strong determination
to give our whole selves and voluntarily take any amount of suffering.
There is suffering ahead of such degree that it cannot be described in
words but only understood heart to heart. You must go in and out of that
level of suffering many times in order to be perfected. Don't be naive
and think only about your ideals. You must be able to harmonize your
ideals with the bitter experiences and the incredible suffering that
lie ahead. In this way you will become a true man or woman.
People are drawn to see the awesome power of Niagara Falls more
than they are to see the smoothly flowing Amazon or Mississippi Rivers.
Niagara Falls is much smaller but people are fascinated by the incredible
activity of the water there. God is just the same. He is like a tourist
looking down at the earth, seeing many rivers of men which resemble the
Amazon or Mississippi, but being drawn to the person who is like Niagara
Falls. I don't want to be like a smooth river. In order to attract God
I want my activity and power and gusto to be even greater than Niagara
A normal river doesn't have a Niagara Falls. Should the Unification
Church be like other churches? The fact that we are not is the greatness
of our Church and the greatness of our challenge. Things happen to us
that never happen to other churches, with your own parents even trying
to kidnap you and persecution coming on all sides. Do you still want
to go ahead under those circumstances? If you do then you will create
something even greater than Niagara Falls in the sight of God. In living
that way of life you are writing the greatest poem and creating the
greatest masterpiece of art. We are becoming the creators of great things.
Expensive trees are the ones which have developed unusual shapes
or symmetry in the course of their rugged lives. The human race can be
evaluated according to the same principle. For example, the Korean people
have gone through all kinds of suffering and struggle throughout their
history and in the sight of God they have something to be appreciated. My
own life has been a focal point of such suffering. I am not controversial
only in Korea, however; we are seeing the same pattern emerge in Japan
and America. People who closely analyze our Church think that it is
fragile and insist that it cannot last more than six months, yet we will
not only endure but continually prosper. The source of our strength is
the secret beauty that gives the Unification Church true value.
If you never lose sight of your ultimate goal when you are falsely
slandered and criticized then that will become your ultimate value.
When you do not lose sight of your own king then you are a loyal subject,
and when you do not lose sight of God then you are a saint. Outside of
such devotion there is no real value and nothing really precious existing
in the world. Having such a heart gives us the most precious value we
Did you ever think that you
are the bone of this country?
If you were asked if you would rather be flesh or bone, what would
you answer? Maybe some of the women would want to be flesh in order
to be seen and appreciated. A bone is ugly looking and very tough and
if it is struck it makes a sound, but thinking people who appreciate
value would want to be bone, not flesh. Bone forms the framework, the
structure. Bone is like the principle out of which everything starts.
Without a frame nothing else can stand.
What actually makes a man handsome? Bone is subject and flesh is
object, yet no one thinks of that essential bone. When people say you
are handsome they are noticing your face and body. No one says that your
bones are very handsome. American culture centers on the physical things
instead of pursuing the foundation or framework of things. The bones of
American culture are rotting; its bones of love and morals, of social
behavior and ethics are crumbling into dust. However, the "good life"
of fleshly gratification will not last long. It is like morning dew and
will vanish tomorrow.
We recently experienced a 24-hour blackout in New York City and the
jungle-like turmoil that resulted clearly demonstrated that America is
dangerously close to crumbling. Who is going to save New York? No amount
of flesh can save New York. Only bone is adequate and we are intent
on becoming the bones of society. I am going to create one bone after
another and link them to every facet of society, After we have put new
bones in American society we are going to create a whole new America.
Are you becoming solid bone? The life of a bone is very different from
the life of the flesh and you must know very clearly what the difference
is. You could live a luxurious life on earth for less than a hundred years
and be a dictator who can command anything to be done, but in the end
your flesh will decay and what will remain? Nothing. In educating people
about dais, the Unification Church is fulfilling a most critical role.
Some of you have been in the Unification Church for many years. Did
you ever think that you are the bone of this country, a bone which
nothing will tarnish or bend? Have you ever thought that you would be
the Rocky Mountains of this country which would stand firm? Have you
state leaders ever thought that you are the solid bone of your state'?
If a bone becomes soft and rots then everything else will die. Your bones
must be tough yet flexible so that they cannot be broken. You must not
allow yourself to be broken.
I did not come to compliment the American culture or to make money.
No, I came to train some people to be extensions of the heavenly
movement, to put the missing bones into Western culture. The situation
of Christianity today is something like a new baby, which after nine
months in its mother's womb is trying to be born, but which is having
difficulty in the delivery. It is supposed to come forth as a newborn
baby, but who is going to safely deliver it? I have come to make that
delivery possible in America. This movement shall take the role of
delivering the princes of the New Age in America.
You have truth, but do you have conviction?
There is one word that is very critical in our movement: the truth.
Everything is true and everything is real. That is why we have True
Parents, true sons, true daughters. How do we become different from
others? We don't just react emotionally; when something happens we
analyze and appreciate it.
What I have been teaching you this morning shall remain at the center
of your heart, even if you come to think it's too difficult to follow and
you pack up and leave. No one can erase this teaching from your heart
because it is true. If you leave the Unification Church and go out to
live your own life then still you will teach your children what I have
taught you this morning. Even though you may not mention the name of the
Unification Church, no one can remove this teaching from you because it
is like the bone.
I have left my footprint in America's culture and no one can
remove it. Modem religious history will be changed by it. My body can
be destroyed but I shall live on in your hearts in the form of this
teaching and no one can take me away. Do I teach you this way because
I want you to follow me? I have told you it is not easy to have roots
that can never be pulled up. Are you ready to follow anyway? If you are
a tree you must be the root. If you are a man you must be the bone. You
must become an essential part of the human being.
America is a proud country and is trying to prove all over the world
that it is the greatest country on earth, but where are its roots? In
free sex and the hippie movement? It will all be destroyed by the first
hurricane that blows because those things are ephemeral. Thinking people
must see that there is no root here in America.
God has a purpose for this nation but this country is floating now. It
is imperative that we send down a strong root into the good earth.
That's the philosophy behind all the work I am doing. Modem people are
just floating and have decided to go wherever the wind blows. There is
no strong sense of justice and righteousness in this country.
I have been working for thirty years and during that time many people
met me but passed by. All kinds of people may come and go but this one
person will never change his course. Every day I keep going. Many people
have thought that following me meant losing because I would surely be
defeated, but what has happened in the meantime? All those who opposed
me in the past in one way or another have become miserable, but I have
survived all kinds of storms, I will become even more well-known than
now. Looking at me today everyone must concede that I am a successful man
and there is no question about the fact that I am having an impact on
history. Do you want to become that kind of man and woman? Do you want
to become like the bone, or like a tree with deep roots? Who here has
determined to become a root so deep that you are inseparably entwined
with my roots?
For the sake of human history this movement is indispensable but
the task we face is a difficult one. I must make you into fighters. You
should not be people who are resigned to being here or who reluctantly,
passively approach your responsibilities. I must transform you into
people who just can't help but live this way of life. You must be born
champions, born revolutionaries.
After the crucifixion of Jesus, Christians suffered for 400
years, demonstrating their devotion even at the cost of their lives,
and ultimately Christianity became the bone of the Roman Empire. The
remarkable thing is that though they had great power, their understanding
of truth was shallow. If those Christians with all their determination
had had the enlightenment of our truth, they could have conquered the
Let us ask ourselves a question. Today the basic truth of heaven and
earth has been revealed. If the Unification Church has determination
that surpasses the determination of Christians 2,000 years ago plus
having the ultimate truth, then can we become the bone of the world?
That is the movement I have ignited. Each one of you must be tough,
equipped with both truth and conviction. While I was fishing in Boston
my pattern was to get up at 3:30 a.m. and be out at sea by 4:00, not
because I wanted to make lots of money in tuna fishing but to show this
revolutionary zeal. Americans really hate getting up early in the morning,
particularly to go out to sea. I want to conquer something Americans don't
want to do. The sea is the best place to train men and women to be tough.
When the first class graduated from the Unification Theological
Seminary the students thought of themselves as the intellectual elite of
the Unification Church, but I told them that they didn't need any more
lofty ideas, that instead they needed to conquer reality, to conquer
the deep valleys and dirty ditches. If they can do that, they will be
the kind of leaders we need. That is my purpose in sending them out for
six months on the MFT.
I'm sure most of them were flabbergasted at being given such a menial
assignment. Those who cannot be successful on the MFT will not be given
special missions. Each of them must emerge from the valley and demonstrate
Ws capability. I want the Seminary students to conquer the extreme of
the high pinnacle where the sweet wind blows as well as the deep valley.
I am a man for all seasons. I can be the best farmer, or go to a
fishing village and be the best fisherman, or at a factory be the best
worker. There is nothing I cannot do and there is nothing I hesitate
to do. I am at home in any surroundings and will always come out being
the best at anything. I want to be a triumphant person in the struggle
of living a God-centered way of life and I want you to strive to be
triumphant in that way of life also.
I want you to think of everything in reverse. I see that everyone
else's nose faces downward, but I think of my nose as being upside down
and my eyes as seeing backwards. I even train myself in the reverse
process of things happening. I want to be a person who receives abuse
instead of praise, not for doing evil things but for doing good things. I
have trained myself to endure hunger and go without sleep I even forget
to eat sometimes. Who said you must sleep eight hours a night? One hour
is good enough sometimes, and if you don't have to sleep that one hour
then that is even better. Who said it is abnormal to go three nights
without rest and then just sleep a little the third night?
My body has been tortured to an incredible degree, more than anyone
else can imagine. I am almost sixty but people twenty and thirty years
old have given up trying to keep up with me. I feel that they avoid
being with me sometimes because they are exhausted, but what's the
difference between us? We all have the same kind of physical body.
When Mother and I were driving from the East to the West coast Mother
was very concerned about my health and would say, "Father, you need a
little rest, even in the car. I brought a pillow, so would you lie down
and take a little nap?" At such moments I thought about how our trip
was an historical event and I didn't want to leave the record that I
just slept while driving. So I threw the pillow aside and told Mother,
"No, I want to took after you."
I always feel like I'm a marksman on the front line, always aiming
at the enemy. I am always intent and take a great interest in everything.
Do you women here feel that you could keep up with me? I asked Ye
Jin whether she would like someone like me who pushed her all the time,
or an easygoing husband who would let her sleep and enjoy life a little
more. She answered she wanted a husband like me because there would be
more excitement to life. I don't have even one minute of private time
because my life is public, but this time I gave instructions that no
one should try to keep track of where Mother and I were going. Are you
confident that you can be like me? Remember, our struggle is an eternal
one. The foundation that you lay today will have eternal value, so it
is worthwhile pursuing. I want to make sure whether you really want
to follow me or not. If at the moment you are dying you can think that
you will never give up, then regardless of what people say about you,
you are the greatest.
So far we have had a pretty good talk, so shall we stop here? What
more do you need to hear? You will become the bone of America and the
world. What else do you need? You should answer that since you will
become the bone you need the flesh, right?
I want you to reap a wealth
of experience so you can harmonize the world
MFT members, have you been grumbling at me in your hearts or have
you been thankful for your mission? Have you been taking an easy course
and always goofing off? If I were fund raising I would never settle for
reaching a certain minimum goal every day but think about how to get
higher and higher goals. I want to work until my arms and legs give up. I
don't want to take the time to sleep lying down but instead sleep and walk
at the same time. That's the kind of life I enjoy. Sometimes at night I
go to the bedroom to sleep for a few hours but I only get halfway there,
and in the morning I wake up and find I have been sitting in a chair
for those few hours. On some days my legs ache and throb with pain,
but I just lean against the wall to take a little rest.
When I have exhausted my physical body, my mind is peaceful and my
conscience is clear and I feel the deep love of God flowing through
me. Sometimes I just half lie down on the bed, but when I'm half asleep
I feel someone come and lift me up onto the bed, even though no one is
there. I don't want to talk about this kind of thing too much because you
will think I am superstitious, but I know that there is always spiritual
power around to support me and encourage me. One day I was very fatigued
and my legs were very sore but as I was walking my legs suddenly felt
feather light. That kind of power is always available for you too.
Since you are going to go to spirit world eventually, do you want
to come to the part of spirit world where I will be? I will lay the
highway and provide the car for you, but you must do two things: you
must learn how to drive the car and provide the gas. Since I cannot do
everything, at least that part is your responsibility. You must learn how
to drive the entire length and breadth of society without an accident or
collision. Everyone is looking at you because you are Unification Church
drivers. They must recognize that you really know how to navigate your
way through all parts of society. You never know when a collision will
occur if you doze, either spiritually or physically.
I want you to know that in MFT training the money you gather is not
the major goal. You are training yourselves to be the people who can
be self-sufficient, who can create the gas for your car, so to speak.
Once you are trained on the MFT then you have basic training for
supporting yourselves and after that you will have witnessing training
and learn how to win people. I am looking forward to meeting the ideal
people that you will become. When you really fulfill your mission on the
MFT and in witnessing, then not only can you be blessed and have a home
and a family but you will become the champions who will save the world. If
you want to become a citizen of the world then you must raise people of
at least ten other nationalities in your own home, making it one family.
I want to make the world one world and your families will be a focal
point of that unification. Because the family will play the major role
in bringing together all kinds of nationalities, you should be able to
create harmony in your home. You have to be self-sufficient so that you
can help other children and educate them in your own home. If the husband
goes on some other mission then the wife can carry on that work and if
the wife must be gone then the husband can carry on. The Unification
home shall always be autonomous. I want you to become the kind of men
and women who can maintain your own homes.
Now when you are young you will visit a great variety of homes and
have the precious experience of learning about human beings and human
affairs. By associating with many different types of families you can
experience many different things which you will then call your own. If
you are with a beggar you will be able to relate to him because you have
learned what it is to be a beggar. You will treat rich people in certain
ways because you understand them. You will understand the working people
and the uneducated people because you have associated with them. By
going through every kind of experience you can become a harmonizer,
bringing people together from every part of life.
Only someone with a wealth of experience can harmonize the nations,
the poor and the rich, the learned and the uneducated. I have experienced
all these things so I see into your hearts. I was the number one worker in
the communist prison camp. I have worked as a miner and even experienced
being a beggar. Why should I do all that? Not to fill my own stomach or
receive some kind of glory but to offer my whole life for the sake of God
and humanity. My unselfish purpose has been clear from the very beginning.
The world may come against me and even put me in jail but I am only
worried about God and the salvation of humanity. Even under the adverse
conditions inside the North Korean prison, working with an impossible
kind of people, I never gave up. How much more should I do when I can
move freely about, when all the necessary materials are available? How
could I rest even a minute?
What is the suffering here in America?
Whatever I do I will be second to none. I even have experience in all
kinds of sports and I know how to harmonize sports people because I know
their world and their psychology. That's why I was already in action
the minute I landed in this unfamiliar country of America. I didn't
start cautiously or pause to learn about this country before taking
action. America is called a melting pot and it is said that anyone who
stays here five years will be absorbed by America. However, I have not
seen America to be a genuine melting pot but instead a nation that is
decaying. How could I become a part of that?
I must make it God's melting pot instead, and once I grab that
mission I will never leave it until I am finished. Thinking Americans
predict that if America continues like it is that it will not survive
very long. Have you heard your own people predict the decline of America?
America was once a respected name all over the world but today Americans
are looked at with suspicion in other countries. If this continues, then
in ten years Americans will be ashamed to be Americans when they travel
overseas. People will want to spit at them. We want to be people who are
welcomed wherever we go. Even in the African jungle people should say,
"Are you Unification Church members? Welcome! Come with me." Only if
we set up that kind of tradition will America survive.
I know you fund raisers are going through persecution every day but
do not ever think that you must endure just because God needs money.
There is a much more important purpose behind what you are doing, which
is for you to become a man or woman who is so tempered and polished
that you can become a catalyst of world unity, a person who can be
self-sufficient in any life.
When I was teaching in Korea twenty years ago I was pushing the
members, telling them to go out and suffer, to fast and work hard. The
Korean way of life has always been one of suffering and our members
were already tired, but I pushed them even more until they were totally
exhausted. Now twenty years later they come to me and say they are
grateful for my pushing them so hard in those days.
The worst suffering can be described as having no shelter, no warmth
and no food, but what is the suffering here in America? No one suffers
from hunger here or has to worry about where to live or what to wear.
This is really heaven as far as physical needs are concerned. You live
in the kind of country in which you can actually survive for fifteen
days on one day's earnings. If you earn the minimum wage and work for
ten hours then you have $30 in one day. With $30 worth of groceries you
can survive for one month. One hamburger can sustain you for one day
with no problem. It's hard to truly suffer in this country.
You don't understand that in other countries people are starving.
America has many restaurants and tons of food are thrown out every
day. You can go to such places and find food to survive on with no
problem. Don't think lightly of hunger; it is the worst kind of suffering.
How much do you appreciate your clothing? Without adequate clothes a
person is miserable but in this land of abundance you have never suffered
for lack of clothing, have you? The worst kind of situation you have
faced is not having the right kind of clothes for some special event
like a wedding. There is no shortage of housing either; often a large
house has only one lonely couple living in it. If you were to help them
a little bit they would love you and be more than happy to have you
stay with them. Many grandfathers in the city are so lonely that when
you talk to them for thirty minutes they will ask you to stay with them
for a few days. There are literally thousands of people who yearn for
someone to stay with them.
Life in Korea is entirely different. If you have no house then there is
absolutely no place to rest, even in a farmer's barn. What is so difficult
about life in America? Many years ago in Korea when members went out
pioneering, the Korean economy was so poor that one day of hard work
would not buy one day's food for them. Here bread is nothing special,
but over there they could not afford bread to eat so they would crumble
what they had into water and drink it. They were always hungry and the
young people were so undernourished that their legs would sometimes
buckle as they were walking.
In those days our missionaries were assigned to work in certain cities,
and in order to survive they would walk miles outside the city to work
and then come back to teach in the evenings. They never had one night's
sleep free from hunger at that time. Many people were taught the Divine
Principle back then who never knew how their teacher was suffering. After
six months or one year they learned what kind of suffering those people
had gone through and they embraced them in tears. From that time on
people who were being taught would sometimes bring their lunch to the
missionary and themselves go hungry all day at school or work. Our
pioneer would eat that lunch for the sake of his mission, thinking,
"I am eating this in order to go on. I've got to accomplish."
Eventually the schoolmates of those young members noticed that they
didn't bring a nice lunch to school any more. In order to not have this
reported to their parents, those students would walk around outside at
lunch time in order to be inconspicuous, but the news got back to the
parents anyway. People would ask, "What happened to your son or daughter
since they joined the Unification Church? Why don't you give them lunch
any more?" Can you imagine how shocked the parents were? They asked their
children, "What happened to the lunch I gave you?" and the students would
have to confess that they gave it to our missionary so that he wouldn't
starve. The parents would not believe their children and became angry at
our missionary, accusing him of stealing from their sons and daughters
and calling him a bloodsucker.
There are too many such stories to tell you all of them. Sometimes
communities would organize to evict the missionaries and stop them from
working. Sometimes our members were severely beaten. Our missionaries were
called wolves and accused of coming to steal the lambs, the children of
the town. At the same time there was another level of persecution coming
from Christians who spread all kinds of dirty rumors and slander about
the Unification Church.
I was leading those suffering missionaries and my heart was aching
every day. I told God, "I have only one hope. I want to go on for ten
years and then You will be vindicated." I was determined that we would
make the money to buy our own food and I gave all my energy to creating
our factory, devoting myself to it 24 hours a day, giving instructions
and ideas. In this way I laid the foundation ten years ago while our
members were suffering.
America is really a sanctuary for missionary work. There is persecution
here, but how many of our members have been beaten to the point that
they have to go to the hospital? The Korean Christian churches created
an image of me as a bloodsucker and told parents they must defend their
children from me. Then those parents tried to create incredible barriers
so that their children wouldn't join the Unification Church.
Knowing that this situation existed in Korea, the Japanese members
determined that it must be vindicated by their blood and sweat in
Japan. Japan is totally different from Korea but they wanted to suffer
as much as the Koreans and work as hard as they could, feeling serious
about not being indebted to me and to the Korean members. Our Japanese
members worked very hard and earned much money, the money that I spend
in America for you and for this country. I bring hardly anything to
Korea but instead use it all for America. I am looking forward to the
day when you will be ignited, the day you will seriously say to me,
"Father, we Americans will never fall behind the Japanese or Koreans.
You wait and see; we shall never let you down."
You should know, however, that even if you make a great deal of money
here in America I will never use it back in Korea and Japan. I will
spend it for the sake of the world. Just as the Japanese determined that
they would never be behind the Koreans in suffering and then gained a
tremendous result, I look forward to having you say, "America will never
be behind Japan or Korea. America shall be the champion of champions."
My consuming concern is for unity among the races
I would like to see the black members saving their lunch money to
help support the white leaders and I would like to see the white members
leaving their lunch for their black leader and being scolded for helping
a black man. If that kind of historical situation occurred in American
schools, America would be revolutionized overnight. Unfortunately,
that kind of situation is practically impossible in this wealthy country.
I am thinking about how to form a spiritual link between black and
white so that they cannot be separated by anything. Should the link be
as teacher and student or as brother and sister? That problem has been
a consuming concern for me, that black and white can truly live as one
family, eat as one family and dwell as one family, with no selfish motive.
Have you ever thought about saving a bit of money every day to feed
me with in case I don't have the right things to eat, and even if I do
have enough food, to want the privilege of feeding me anyway? Have you
ever thought about buying me clothes or getting a house to welcome me
one night? There is only one way you can create that spiritual link and
that is to devote yourself to total unity with your leader and to work
24 hours a day without any complaint. By doing this all other things
shall be forgiven. In that case our spiritual link will not be broken.
The important thing is whether you leaders in particular have the
kind of conviction to work 24 hours a day, being absolutely crazy about
God's work morning, noon and evening. Are you that dedicated, that
single-minded? If you become that kind of leader then you will raise
up that kind of follower. Even though I have spoken at some length on
this, your faces are blank and you don't really understand. Why do you
follow? Do you have a poignant, painful realization about the situation
down to your bones? We must create that kind of profound spiritual link
I have come to one conclusion: In an atmosphere of persecution you will
do your absolute, unselfish best and then you will win unselfish followers
and become one with them. It is the only way you can create that important
spiritual link. You must feel that you are born for this mission and that
you will leave this tradition behind. I went through the five provinces
of Korea many times, but I have poured out more soul-searching energy
into this country of America. I have traveled this path many times,
visiting each state with a heavenly heart.
When I first came in 1965 1 had no nights of rest because I spent them
in the car. I am still willing to go at that pace, but out of concern for
Mother I must slow down a little bit, though I still maintain a hectic
schedule. I must be sympathetic with Mother because she has had ten
children and her energy has been drained. Her body has been absolutely
given to God. Sometimes people think Mother must be made of iron but
that's not so. In the Korean custom the wife usually massages her husband,
but he never massages his wife. That kind of thing is unheard of in Korea,
but sometimes I must ignore that custom and massage Mother's legs because
she is so tired she just can't go on.
Suffering creates the
strongest spiritual link among us
Our war is fought everywhere, even in the home. How can we overcome
the present difficulties and achieve the next goal? Suffering creates
the strongest spiritual link among us and without it we have no deep
emotion at being together. If we have been pushed down together and
have been hungry together and tried to take care of each other, then a
deep heart-to-heart relationship can be formed, regardless of whether
we are Korean or Japanese or American. The way you can find a heartistic
relationship with the True Parents is to accept suffering. There is no
other way. Because you follow the True Parents you have been persecuted
and kidnapped and deprogrammed, going the same course your leaders have
already gone. That faith will forge an unbreakable link between leaders
and members and the True Parents.
When you go through incredible suffering you can pray, "God, You have
been suffering more than anyone else. Our True Parents have gone ahead
of us to pave the way and they have faced many times more suffering than
anything I face, so let me go on. I shall be triumphant and bring glory
to You." If your heart is that willing to give your total self for the
sake of God, the True Parents and humanity, then even before you cry
out your ancestors and the spirit world will cry out on your behalf. You
will become an indispensable person for the spirit world. There is no
other way to find a heartistic link with God and with each other.
What can bind together the spectrum of the world's races here
in America? Certainly knowledge and organization are inadequate for
that. Money cannot help and words are cheap. Only one thing can unite
you-heart. Unless you feel this sense of unity to the bone, nothing will
work. Your stomach, your dwelling place and your sleep are most critical,
but you rise above them by loving your town, your mission and this way
of life more than you love to eat or sleep.
How can God set up His world of heart here in America? Think of it.
You are used to sleeping eight hours every day and having three meals;
you can get anything you need to wear and you can go out and get cheap
love anywhere, even for $5. How can God set up the blueprint for His
kingdom here in America without instituting some drastic changes?
You leaders must not become complacent. You dank that if you have
a few members, that they can go out and do the witnessing and fund
raising and come home and do the cleaning and cooking at the center.
If you give orders in that way, you will bring to yourself the worst
kind of curse you can receive as a leader! A leader should be crying
out at night with more tears than anyone else.
I am determined to buy up land and houses for your future security,
but not now. Eventually I will have all the best schools and homes for
you, but until you show that I can call you my children I will not do
those things. I will not speak to you until you are qualified to listen,
and until then my words will be judgment to you. The people who were with
me on the New Hope wished many times that they could sleep a little more
and get some better food. Out on the boat they would sneak out to take
a little nap, but I want to demonstrate to you the kind of person who
is always in the forefront. I am never standing on the sidelines. That
standard is exactly what I am asking of you today.
I am only one man but none of you love this country more than I do. In
that respect I am asking you to compete with me. All the buildings I
have bought and put to use, like Barrytown, the Manhattan Center, the
World Mission Center, are for the American people. I will take nothing
away for Korea. My life would be much easier if we didn't need to buy
Anyone who takes my words seriously
cannot help but become a leader in society
You young men and women must truly realize what I am saying and stand
up from today on. You must love America and you cannot complain. I am
praying for you when you do not know it. The New York winters are cold
and windy but I many times go out in such weather to cry out, hiding my
tears from Mother. I sometimes feel pity for you because if you hadn't
met me you wouldn't have to suffer this much. If you were only suffering
for my sake then I would be the worst kind of criminal, the worst devil
under the sun, but my conscience is absolutely clear that this is the
right thing. No matter how much you suffer, it is more than necessary
for the sake of this country, your own people, your own relatives and
eventually God and humanity.
If you precisely follow my instructions, then I predict that in
ten years we will be so superior in economy and manpower, in prestige
and every possible way that we shall easily surpass our opponents. A
man who takes my words seriously cannot help but become a leader in
society. The women will lead women's groups and you men will lead your
town or society. You cannot help but become number one because nothing is
superior to this teaching. Society will have to admire you because your
way of life is unselfish and your attitude is humble and your character is
correct. How could anyone deny you if you are dedicated and hardworking?
Your MFT work is not just to pay bills. You are leaving an important
tradition behind for everyone who works hard and serves God and
humanity. Don't ever think that you are working for the sake of the
Church; the Church is only providing you with training. Those who will
ultimately benefit will be humanity and God and that is why I came to
work in America. Without reservation I am pouring out every ounce of
energy into the mission, using all the money and knowledge I can muster
in this showdown in America. I even want to borrow money and become
a debtor for the sake of God and humanity. If I died one day and left
billions of dollars in debts behind, when people discovered the truth
about why I borrowed that money everyone would want to pay off the debts
and do still more.
What kind of leaders are you going to be? If you are going to be with
me then you are also going to be liable for my bankruptcy if it comes to
that. Would you run away? Or would you say, "Father, never mind. Let me
take care of it. My shoulders are big enough to bear this burden. " If
we take up the burden together then we can satisfy our creditors. With
whatever money we have we will buy land and build many universities. Our
real future lies in our posterity, our own children. We want them to
become true God-centered champions, and in order to train them well we
need schools and universities.
Mr. Kamiyama is now responsible for the finances of our Church. All
kinds of bills come to him and people complain about how he handles
money, but he barely gets rid of one debt when a bigger one comes
along. Sometimes he is discouraged and seems to lose heart, but then
I tell him that he and I are just guests in this country, that we are
going to help the American people to stand on their own feet and to
pick up the world. After all, we are not the masters of this country.
Let the American people do that. We can leave them the tradition by
giving our sweat, our blood and all our energy for the sake of this
country. Some day the American people will understand, and even though
they do not appreciate anything now, history will understand.
You have been crying, but
for whom did you shed tears?
You have the same nose, two eyes and strong body that I do. You
must not be defeated by my standard but do more than I do. I know you
are treated in all kinds of abnormal ways, being spit at and cursed,
but take this as a privilege. Think of it as a joy and honor that you
are beaten, not for your own sake, but for God and His sake.
Your goal is not me but God. You must become a champion who will move
the heart of God and also touch the hearts of mankind. Let me cry out
for you because of your deeds. Let the members who have heard about you
cry out for you. Then the rest of mankind will indeed cry for you.
The link of tears should transcend the level of God so that your tears
can mix with His. It is then that the world will be moved. I know it is
true that when God's tears are shed for you then you are really a godly
man. I am a man of tears. I have shed many tears in the past and I know
there are more to shed in the future for the sake of mankind. I am looking
for the place where I can shed my tears. I want you to know that if God
is moved by your deeds then His blessing and assistance will be with you.
In prison I never taught one word of Divine Principle but I did things
that moved the heart of God and then the spirit world came down on my
behalf, preaching the Divine Principle and bringing disciples to me.
The people who don't know this kind of history from their own experience
and who don't know the deep meaning of this path I have gone are not
ready to be known as Unification Church members.
If someone asked me what I would say to my children on my deathbed I
would answer, "This is my will, that you children take over my mission
for God and humanity. You must know the taste of tears and work with
tears. I haven't accomplished it all. This is my will."
Don't complain or talk about trivial things because there are much more
worthwhile things to do. Has God ever made an excuse for Himself?. God
never wants to make an excuse; He merely wants to consummate the work
of restoration and let the world see it.
I trust you MFT members and want you to do well. When you are
persecuted and mistreated I want you to feel that you are mistreated
on behalf of God and Jesus and the True Parents, and that you should
bear the beating for your own children in the future. It is a glorious
challenge. You can take delight when people curse you for being a Moonie
and you can thank God for the opportunity to experience what He has
experienced. There is a profound, mysterious kind of joy you can feel
which establishes you as a true member.
I want you to know that there is no way you can come close to me or
be a true leader of the Unification Church without going this path of
tears and suffering. You have been crying, but for whom did you shed
tears? For whom has your tongue spoken? Have you pitied yourself or
had some anger you could not contain? Your tears should be for God and
humanity and your tongue should be speaking for God and humanity. Then
you are truly Unification Church members.
For whom has your body been living? You have been living for yourself
but now you must give your body for something else. There is a way now
for God and mankind to live and you should invest your body for that
purpose. When you shout it out from a position of struggle, God will
answer. Then mankind will respond to you because you have had common
experiences; you also are good and bad and you have had success and
failure. The destiny of mankind and God is hinged upon whether God and
mankind can respond to you.
This is the third seven-year course. We have now completed almost
seventeen out of twenty-one years. Continue until we enter the twentieth
year and you will see how much you can withstand of the threats and
frustration which should not even have been yours. These are God's
frustrations. You must withstand God's frustrations and anger and always
try to vindicate God, not yourself. I have had to withstand beatings
and character assassination for thirty years and I want you to be
When my eyes see something awful I tell them to forget it. When my
ears hear something ungodly I tell them to forget it. Try not to see or
hear those things. You have a heart full of pain but be patient. For the
sake of God and humanity you can do it and finally the day will come when
you will vindicate God and humanity. We can do far better than to sit
and wait for God's comfort to come down; because we are in a position
to consummate our mission, we are going to comfort God. Unless you live
this way you really have no right to even pray. If you just pray with
your mouth you are a hypocrite, but when you have some deed to show you
will have matching words to say. This is the path the Unification Church
must take because this is the only shortcut to the heart of God. There
is no other way to become close to Him, no magic way to go this route.
The life you are living
now is my workshop for you
A husband and wife should be united heartistically and then they can
unite in a common struggle, becoming one body. The Church is not trying
to exploit you but is training you through your hard work. What you are
doing now in training is what you will be doing for the world for the
rest of your life. The life you are living now is my workshop for you,
training you to transform the world. After this training you can turn
around and do the same thing for the world. 'Ibis is a privilege because
by doing so you are participating in the work and tradition of the True
Parents, and above all the work and tradition of God. You are literally
inheriting His Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.
We want to be victorious in love because that is the ultimate victory,
nothing else. You may not conquer a nation or conquer the world by
force but when you become a victor of love you can conquer and unite
the world. Everything else becomes small. Eventually everything will
come under this one love.
Jesus was crucified on the cross and externally speaking he was a
failure; however, he dramatically demonstrated his love for humanity
by forgiving and loving his own enemies. That deed made him a victor
of love. Love conquers all and nothing can displace or overthrow it.
Once you occupy this highest pinnacle of love no one can topple you.
If you love me then we do not necessarily need to be together physically;
when you pursue the same goal and follow the same way of life and
tradition then you are actually living together with me. We discuss,
live and push forward together in the same way of life.
When you have a hard day and return to the center in the evening
you might say, "God, I had a rough day but I won. I never gave up and
I never did a shameful thing. I love You and I want You to be proud of
me." Many times you murmur to yourself, don't you? When you are driving
and talking to yourself you are actually talking to God and when you
become more and more involved in this, the living God will actually
answer you and say, "My son, I heard you. I understand and am glad
that you won the battle. You are indeed my son." You will actually hear
His voice. The key to this relationship is how much of your heartistic
energy you pour out to God. There are no technicalities. You know the
credo of the Unification Church, to shed tears for earth, sweat for man
and blood for heaven. Those are not empty words but living words.
When the hot weather comes most people try to get away somewhere to
be cool, like the seashore, but you Unification Church members simply
sweat even more when the hot weather comes. Under those circumstances
would you think about how miserable you are, or would you thank God that
you sweated for Him that day? One person might curse the heat but the
other would thank God.
Your spiritual growth will eventually become a straight line, just
as the existence of God is like a straight line. Often God comes and
goes-you experience God and then He disappears and then comes again
later-but that indicates that you too must become like a straight line. I
am merely one Oriental man, but there is something mysterious about me
that makes you want to see me again. When you see me you are awed by some
kind of power and at the same time you feel a loving warmth. Sometimes
I come to you in dreams to give you guidance. What kind of man am I?
Tears often come when you think of me and in the next moment you
realize you are entirely open to the spirit world. All the important
spiritual areas have been blocked because of the fall of man, but
when the blockage is removed you can purify yourself in heavenly love.
There must be a movement creating such exciting and explosive energy
that every individual in the universe can break through that spiritual
blockage. The spiritual world and the physical world are actually one,
so that the power needed to break down the barriers is really simple;
it all depends on one thing: how much more you love God than you love
worldly things. How pure and genuine is your love? Ultimately we must
become victorious in love, where there is no boundary.
Who sees me frequently in their dreams? Sometimes you may find yourself
crying when you are missing me. If you are out fund raising and all of
a sudden you are struck with such love for me that you start crying and
missing me, then a few steps ahead of you I will be standing there, even
carrying the same kind of fund raising product you have and going ahead of
you fund raising. This is happening all over, particularly in Japan. There
are many mysterious spiritual things happening to our Japanese members,
especially to those selling the marble vases door-to-door. All kinds of
spiritual assistance are coming to them and other members themselves are
completely flabbergasted at how much money they are earning. The secret
is that God comes down and helps them.
Many times their underwear is so ragged that they would not want it to
be seen by their friends, but they have no regrets about it. Day after
day they have been shedding the genuine tears I have been speaking of
this morning, God's tears. The agony of mankind is real to them and the
tears of God are real to them. Of course they are given money to buy
underwear and so forth, but they are thinking about how they can spend
this money for the sake of God. Instead of spending it for themselves
they want to give it back as an additional contribution. These little
things move God. God is infinite but He takes delight in those little
things and that's the way I live too. I want every bit of my life to be
that dramatic. Many times in the past God literally cried out for the
True Parents because of this attitude.
I have many hidden secrets known only to God. God knows how easily
I break down in tears but I don't want to act that way in public. I
really want to live a deed before I talk about it and then I can teach
this way of life with authority. I'm not just a philosopher. There is
nowhere else under the sun that you can find someone who is like me.
There is no one who can replace me or replace Mother. This position is
absolutely precious and irreplaceable and unique. In order to accomplish
this position and relationship, a great foundation has been laid at
tremendous sacrifice. Many nations have crumbled and many billions of
people have suffered to lay the foundation without seeing its glory,
You are like the flowers which have seen the ultimate day of blooming,
but there are many people who fertilized the seeds who have never seen
the flowers' glory, people who were the trunk, soil and water to lay
the foundation: You must always remember and appreciate this.
I want you to take the initiative
out of your own desire
For whom do you work on the MFT? The clearest answer is that you do
it for yourselves in order to become people who love God and humanity.
Without that you can never have a relationship with the True Parents.
No matter how much we say we love God, as long as we do not fulfill our
responsibilities towards God and humanity, we have nothing to do with God
and humanity. All the work you do is ultimately to make you the kind of
person who loves God and humanity so you can have a relationship with True
Parents. Each moment on the MFT is absolutely priceless. How can you be
tired and to whom can you complain if your labor is for your own benefit?
I want you to become subject and take the initiative out of your
own desire, with no one forcing you to do anything. If you want to
push yourself and discipline yourself and really give 100% for God and
humanity, you will become God's pride. I never want to feel that you are
just following my instructions but rather that you have really perfected
yourself in the image of God on your initiative. You may not know your
value, but the Unification Church members will know how perfected and
precious you are.
I'm sure many of you complained in your hearts before coming to this
meeting, wondering why certain things have to be done or figuring out
shortcuts for doing things you don't like. Have you thought in that
way before? Those who say they have never complained aren't telling the
truth. I myself have sometimes complained to God but then God gave me a
real spanking! Then I knew that complaining doesn't work and it's better
not to do it! If you have never complained then you are better than I am.
Internal discipline is such that you can force yourself to do
something even when you don't want to. Particularly in the beginning of
your spiritual growth that is necessary. Sometimes I am super stubborn
and don't want to listen to anyone. God knew that if He sent me out in
that condition that I would run into lots of trouble, not just getting
fines for speeding, but something serious. God trained me every day
giving me all kinds of discipline, and after He finished, the whole
direction of my life was different. In this way God has opened up new
opportunities, giving me instructions Himself and telling me what to
do. I have conquered myself and become God's pride. This is the way a
son of God should behave.
What kind of person will you become? There are two ways to go. All of
us will go to the spirit world, but if you can live the way I have been
describing then God Himself will prepare a dwelling place to welcome
you. Otherwise you can live a dirty and untruthful life on earth and
end up in a trashcan in heaven. There are two ways to live, and it is
obvious which destiny you would rather have.
I want to give you two pieces of advice. First, under any circumstances
do not complain. Second, do not give up. How about you Seminarians,
do you complain? Your faces look a little bit tired. You studied for
two years and you thought that you were graduating from the Unification
Church. I want you to know that instead you are just entering it. What you
need is not just thoughts about heaven but the working heaven, the deeds
of heaven. Christianity has only been thinking about heaven so it has
declined, but we are making a new Christianity which shall be different.
I have been thinking very much about how we can clean up a city like
Las Vegas. Maybe we could set up a gigantic casino with all the gambling
machines and games and then set fire to them and bum it all up in one
night. That would be dramatic! Then I would explain why we have to do
this, why gambling is no good and why so many things in Las Vegas are
wrong. People would certainly listen. If I were an ordinary man who was
in business to get rich then I could make billions of dollars in Las
Vegas and buy up the city.
Another place I want to clean up is New York. There is a tremendous
amount of prostitution, not only in New York but also in Japan and
Korea, and I have been thinking very much about that dark side of
society. Religious leaders must look at reality and try to find solutions
instead of avoiding the problems. One of my main motivations for buying
the New Yorker was that it was located at 34th St. and 8th Avenue, right
in the middle of the prostitution district. We don't need an empty heaven,
but a realistic one.
What is the value of our time together here?
I really regret that I cannot train you state leaders directly,
in totally different circumstances than in your states. Particularly
the first graduates of the Seminary have great responsibility. Did you
keep a diary when you were fund raising after graduation? You could
have written a beautiful book. The ideal heaven is up there but reality
is right down here, the top and the bottom of heaven. You can write a
beautiful masterpiece about how to bring it together.
There are all kinds of human lives and all different levels of living.
I must be able to link each of them with heaven and take them all
there. It is your responsibility to learn how to lead those who refuse to
go into heaven. It is easy to lead those who are willing to go to heaven;
the people who want to join the Unification Church are no problem, but
fuming the adversaries of the Unification Church around and convincing
them of the truth is your duty.
What you feel about your state is more important than what you know
about it. Do you want all the people in your state to listen to you
obediently, or are you unconcerned even if the opposition fires machine
guns at you? If they don't "shoot" at you then you ,'shoot" at them. When
I carne to America no one ,'shot" at me so I "shot" at America.
Even without speaking I am opening up tremendous new horizons in
the hearts of the American people, changing their understanding of the
Oriental culture and people. Indirectly I am contributing toward welding
the two cultures together. Orientals have always been a minority in this
country, being unrecognized and unknown, but since my arrival America's
entire concept of Koreans has changed.
Like Americans, there are all kinds of Koreans, tough ones, unbeatable
ones and controversial ones. Look at me-I am a mystery to the American
people who don't understand how I can influence their sons and daughters,
inspiring them to change their lives and do extraordinary things. But
let me ask you, do I threaten to shoot you if you don't obey? All I do
is talk to you. I don't even want to talk too much but you asked me to
talk so I must. You are the cause for this long speech!
While we talk we develop some rapport, a meeting of heart. Conviction,
power, truth, righteousness and light are shining upon us; the darkness
is disappearing and you are automatically becoming new people without
even knowing it. You have met an incredible person, one who not only
gives inspiration but who also appears in your dreams and visions. Your
hearts are pulled towards me and when you unite with my direction your
conscience is clear, but when you disunite you suffer in your heart.
Are you some kind of prisoner? Are you held captive by invisible bars
and chains? No, you are embroiled in one event that has never happened
in the past and will never happen again in the future. This work will
continue on for thousands of years, but you are the only ones who can
be with me as a living person and hear directly what I have to say.
Future generations will understand about me through spiritual revelations,
but you have both physical and spiritual experiences with me. That is
your honor and your pride.
When you know me and I embrace you spiritually then that spiritual
oneness intermingles with the physical world. No one in the past and
no one in the coming generations will have this experience. only you.
This experience could never be bought even with billions of dollars;
it is that precious. You are unaware of its value now, but when you
go to spirit world you will see our movement and its origins, and you
will know what a priceless treasure it is to have lived at this time,
face to face with me.
Are you happy or unhappy people? I don't see any realistic happiness
yet. Let me illustrate. Suppose you have a wonderful husband and you
love him with all your heart but suddenly he dies; then you become
totally despondent and your deepest desire is for him to be revived.
If all of a sudden you find your husband walking toward you to embrace
you, you are filled with the greatest ecstasy and excitement. What I
am trying to describe is the same thing that is happening to you here.
Your happiness today shall be greater than that, if you really understand
the value of this moment. Unfortunately, its value cannot be described
and I don't blame you for not understanding because you know so little
about spirit world and the origins and future of this movement.
All you worry about is your own part of the world and your own
individual mission of fund raising or witnessing. Your worries center
around making good public relations or being good salesmen, but I tell
you that once you really realize the true value of sitting right here
facing me, nothing in the world will matter to you.
If you are full of contradictions,
it is a joke to talk about the Kingdom of Heaven
The key to the Kingdom of Heaven is right here on earth. The Kingdom of
Heaven is not the hazy realm that Christians describe but a real kingdom
of love and perfection. Do you want to hear about it? I wanted to cover
several subjects but I have hardly covered any ground at all yet. You
are sitting and listening but my legs are getting sore standing up all
You know me, you know the direction and you know the goal. The new
members here have discovered that I am just a man, not a superman. I
have humor and I am a genuine person, but at the same time I am other
things. You can understand the external, visible Reverend Moon, but
what about the internal, invisible me? Do you want to know him too? Do
you think you would like Reverend Moon better at this stage in life
or as a young man? Actually we are tailing about external differences.
There are two types of Reverend Moon externally, but internally speaking
there is no difference.
If you ask a grandmother if her mind is as old as her physical
appearance, with gray hair and wrinkled skin, what would her answer
be? She would smile because the question is amusing and the answer is
obvious. She will never hesitate to say, "No, young man; even though I'm
seventy years old my mind is just as young as yours." Could that be the
case? It certainly is. In the physical world there is difference in age
but in the world of mind there is no age. There is only the prime of life.
What would you want other people to notice about you, your physical
appearance or your mind and appearance together? Especially the young
people who are looking forward to marriage should be serious about this
question. What are you looking for in a husband or wife, just physical
appearance or the invisible character as well? What kind of love would
you like to receive? What kind of person could you love? Would you
prefer a husband or wife who can give only physical love or would you
want one who would give you his internal self also? What kind of love is
more genuine? How about yourselves? Are you living only on the physical
level or the internal level as well?
The religious world has been pursuing the internal man, but since it
couldn't find the ultimate answers it has been declining. The Western
world has been following after the external or physical man and has
been declining. What remains? Increasingly men are asking, "What is the
essence of man? What is the essence of the nation? What is the meaning of
existence?" All these questions are being pursued more and more intensely
but no answers are emerging.
When you observe one man he is full of contradictions between his mind
and body, right? Those of you who have no contradictions between your
mind and body, raise your hands. Is there anyone? You know the truth.
If individuals of contradiction marry and have children then that
contradiction is multiplied. Hegel theorized that the universe started
in contradiction and he developed dialectical materialism to describe
it, but only a fictitious God would create man in this condition. Such
a God should be cursed for making man in this way. No one in history
has toiled more with this question than I have. Unless contradiction
is resolved there is no use talking about world peace or a brotherhood
of man because there are no means of obtaining them. When your body and
mind unite into one temple of God then you can dwell in a happy society,
nation and world, but if you are full of contradictions within yourself
then trying to dwell in the Kingdom of Heaven is a big joke. Actually
the nation and world are not the subject; you are the subject. You are
more significant than the society and the nation, and the most precious
thing for you is subjugating yourself.
This explains why you cannot solve your parents' problems; only they
can solve them. Your problems must be solved by you; no one else can
solve them for you. You can be an object and lend support to someone who
is struggling, but you cannot take the subjective position over their
problem. Even if the rest of the world has become the Kingdom of Heaven,
is this kind of heaven any good for you, or anyone, if the heart and
mind are suffering?
I toiled more than anyone to find
the solution of man's internal contradiction
You find two people fighting within yourself and the difficulty is to
unite them into one. If God is all-powerful and can solve this question,
why hasn't He done it already? Since He hasn't, He either is incapable
of doing it, or doesn't exist. Have you thought about that? This has
been a fundamental question for mankind. The great religious leaders
like Buddha, Socrates, Mohammed and Confucius all encountered the same
questions, but where is the obvious answer? All mankind has been waiting
for the answer and even God Himself has been waiting for the answer,
but it has not been found before now. How can the answer be found?
If all love starts from contradiction, how can you find anything
genuine? If we are drilling a hole in a wall you need a sharp drill with
a sharp center, but history is like a drill with two points. With such
a drill you can make all kinds of nicks in the wall but you can't make
a hole. If God could have solved this quandary He would have done it a
long time ago, but it is a man who must do the job. I determined that I
would find the answer and explain how the contradiction could be resolved.
I am only a resultant being so I must know my origin. Do you have
some awareness of how you spent the nine months in your mother's womb?
After you were born you gradually became aware of having a mother and
father who gave you birth, but did you actually become aware of where
you came from? We have to deal with our ultimate origin.
I am here myself and that is reality, but is God a reality? There is
no guarantee. I am dealing with all kinds of contradictions outside, but
there is no guarantee that I can ever find God. Communists and atheists
are insisting that there is no God. To find the origin, I started by
making a hypothesis: "If there is a God, He should be like this. If
there is no God then the world should be like this." The world should
be a world of peace, stability and tranquillity, but if two people are
fighting constantly then there can be no world of peace. How can you
have a peaceful home if the husband and wife are constantly fighting? In
our hearts we desire to see one united world of peace and harmony. That
is surely man's most far-reaching desire and ambition, and it hasn't
changed at all throughout history.
If man's original desire did not change, what did change? Our bodies
always betray us, moving in all different directions because they are not
stable. The person who vacillates and goes off in too many directions
at one time, or who frequently alters his basic position, is more evil
than the person who is stable. History reflects man's constant effort
to harmonize the two contradicting forces. There is a constant and
unchanging will to bring this about.
The universe is far more precise than a computer, moving according to
law. No heavenly body can deviate from the laws of nature. What would
happen if the sun and earth moved at random? There would be incredible
chaos and catastrophe in that case, but in reality the planets have stayed
on course every minute for millions of years. They will not deviate from
cosmic law. How could the universe be that precise? The communists and
other atheists explain it as being a natural phenomenon, but there is a
loophole in their argument. Can randomness create the precision of law and
nature? Can a random mind project regularity? Even the slightest deviation
in a rocket's plotted course to the moon can create a catastrophe.
Our solar system alone has many satellites but this solar system is
just one of many systems. There are billions of systems like ours moving
in the universe, so can you say that it just happened without someone's
planning it? There are billions of cells in the human body, all of them
differentiated. They are all specific for one function or another but they
are harmonized together to make one man; they all have the same purpose.
Could man make chunks of gold appear at his command? Even if be
prayed for years and years or produced sophisticated machinery, man
could not create gold. Helpless man is trying to evaluate the universe
but it is impossible. Man is incapable of judging the universal law and
the universal system, because man is merely a small part of it and not
capable of knowing everything.
Why do you have eyelashes and eyebrows and what would you do without
them? Did your eyes just happen to appear as they are? Did they know
ahead of time what conditions in the atmosphere they would encounter,
and prepare to be protected by blinking eyelids? Did your eyes make
themselves, knowing ahead of time about drying winds and dust and
hot weather so that they could provide for eyebrows and blinking? Of
The eyes didn't know ahead of time, but the important thing is that
someone did know! Someone knew and planned and provided for the eyes to
encounter dry weather and dust. Is the eye the result of some random
action or whim? Who planned ahead? When we pursue this more deeply we
come to the question of whether matter or spirit came first. If you ask
a communist whether the eye knew ahead of time that it should be equipped
with eyelids, he will have no answer. He cannot deny the logic that a
universal intelligence must have existed before the eye. Before the eye
could be created the concept was already in someone's mind, someone who
knew the necessity for eyes and knew exactly which design would be best.
I do not possess universal intelligence because I am a result. I didn't
know where I came from and it was not my will that brought me here to
earth. There must be a great wisdom which preceded any existence here on
earth. We call him God. Ask the communists about how to revolutionize
eyes and how to change the law so that eyes are upside down or so that
one is in front and one in the rear. Can you revolutionize how your nose
perceives smells or how your mouth detects taste? What the communists
are trying to revolutionize is the economic system, but the economy is
not one of man's higher-level activities. The communists proclaim that
a person's occupation is what determines his personality and his value,
but should something that insignificant be man's master?
There will never be peace
until man knows his origin
Unless we can find the one ultimate source of the universe there is no
way that man can find peace on earth. If there is no real God then even if
we conjure up a fake or conceptual deity we will have no solution. Is God
real or not-this is a fundamental question. You must align yourself with
a particular solution, but in any case, you are part of the problem. If
there is a God then you are the cause of the world's problem and if there
is no God you are still the cause of the problem. However, the solution is
different depending on how you answer the question of God's existence. The
communists propose one extreme solution and either they are correct and
there is no God, or there is a God. The two situations cannot coexist.
If God does exist then the next question is why He is so helpless
as to leave the world in this condition. It could be that a relevant,
working relationship with man was severed and since then the living
God has not been able to re-establish it. God could be an honest and
true God who wants to make a relationship with a true man, but since
there has been no true man it has been impossible for there to be a true
relationship. Our logical conclusion is that God exists and He is a God
of true love, but He has not yet found a deserving object of His love
upon this earth. Since He cannot have a relationship with an evil man,
He is seeking some solution for the future. This has been His situation
If there is a God, He must be true, pure and perfect. If that God
created man, but man came to be dominated by conflict both internally
and externally, then there is a contradiction, for perfect God would
not produce that kind of man. Only one explanation could account for
this situation-simply that man is the one who is out of order. God has
been waiting for the day when mankind will elevate themselves into being
His genuine objects. Then God will be free to establish a real working
relationship with man. All of human history has been the process of
striving toward that goal.
There are two solutions that can be proposed; First, an individual
might think, "I know that I am a deviated man and I am striving to somehow
win the ideal world." Or he might think, "Because I am out of order I
need to perfect myself first and then seek the original relationship
with God." God will intervene in the second situation. If you think of
yourselves as being legitimate and perfect then this world is full of
contradiction, but when you look at yourselves as radios that are out
of order and need to be repaired then a logical conclusion emerges;
"Yes, I must change because my present self is not the original one. I
must revolutionize myself to fit the original concept of God and then
not only can I be restored, but the relationship between God and man
can be restored, and the relationship between man and the universe can
be restored." For this purpose the religious world has come into being
and all throughout history it has grappled with the task of restoring man.
If there is a true God, His solution for the problem of history must
be the road of restoration. God looks at this world as one which is out
of order and needs to be mended. God must plan for man to be restored
back to his original state, making possible His original relationship
to man. By accomplishing this the society, nation and world will be
mended. Religion has been creating a cultural sphere which is moving
toward God's ultimate goal for the universe. It was small in scope in
the beginning, but through history it has enlarged to the level of tribe,
nation and world.
The modem world is divided into four basic cultural spheres-the
Oriental or Confucian cultural sphere, the Buddhist cultural sphere, the
Islamic sphere of Asia Minor and the Judeo-Christian sphere of the Western
world. If there is a God, He must be striving towards one world. He has
one love which will govern the entire world and one culture which He
would like to see throughout the world. God doesn't want to see America
clinging to its one way of living, separate from other countries. God
wants one concept of love to make a cultural sphere which will permeate
one nation and then spread to all nations of the world.
Knowledge of the fall
offers man his greatest hope
How would God achieve this? With money or some business venture? By
power or knowledge? You all talk about love but what is your concept
of love? You all know the love of a divided mind and body going in
all different directions but what is the origin of that kind of love?
Where does love dwell? Does love start in your physical body and then
flow into your mind, or does it start from your mind and flow into your
physical body? Most people think physical love comes first, but what
kind of trashy love is that? The communists say they can revolutionize
even your mind and love, saying that love is just a physical sensation
to be gratified and your mind a product of economic environment.
Should love be changeable? When love is based on physical sensation a
person can go after all kinds of love, just like animals, and by having
relationships with many people he feels more stimulation. A husband and
wife usually fight over lack of love or miscommunication of love, but are
they fighting because of their bodies' or their minds' miscommunication
of love? Normally the wife protests to the husband that he is just loving
her body but not really giving his real heart to her. She insists she
doesn't want to be treated like an animal and reminds him that he pledged
to love her with all his heart and soul and mind instead. One partner
may say something but his mind can actually be somewhere else. A couple
will fight when they see something fake about their love which reveals
that their minds and bodies are separated. Nobody loves a changing love.
Where is the origin of love? Does love come from a changing source or
an unchanging source? Can you find physical love that is unchanging,
eternal and unique? Everyone is looking for the kind of love that
originates in an unchanging source. The mind will never get old and
infirm, but always stay as fresh as in a person's prime once he makes up
his mind that he wants to always pursue unchanging love. We usually ask
someone who is being untruthful if their conscience doesn't bother them
because we know that the mind is supposed to have unchanging qualities.
There are body-oriented men and mind-oriented men and they are not
necessarily friends. If one goes first and the other follows, then at
least we have hope that the other will catch up some day, but this is
never the case. The mind always pulls in one direction and the body in
another. If God made man this way then He is man's worst enemy, but we
have shown that instead some man-related event imposed this situation.
It is not of God's own doing at all. When an unprincipled power pulls
the body in one direction then you are its prey or victim. These things
can be explained in one sentence: this is the result of the fall of man.
Knowledge of the fall offers the greatest hope to fallen man because
with this understanding we can find the road of restoration. Not only
that, God's existence and the contradiction of man's existence can now
be understood. Mankind must know that man was broken by the fall and
must be repaired. God's mandate is for man to become whole again and
return to Him.
Why can't God deal with man as he is? The Bible says to forgive
your enemies seventy times seven, and if that is the virtue of a loving
God then why can't He come down here and embrace fallen man? Why can't
The real battle is being
fought in you, not in the nation or world
We must understand the essence of the fall of man. Another power named
Satan was involved in the fall of man. Consequently, there is a good god
which is God and there is an evil "god" which is Satan. That does not mean
that originally there were two gods, two origins of the universe. How can
man ever find harmony within himself unless some reconciliation is made
between the two gods? God is not God unless He can deal with this evil
"god" and the evil fallen body of man. If God cannot bring man's evil
body to the side of good then Satan will bring man's good mind to the
side of evil. God must be capable of liquidating this evil world that
has come under the subjugation of Satan.
What is the domain and base of the evil god? Satan's working base is
not America or your family but your physical body, while God's working
base is your mind. Expanding this pattern onto the world scale, there
are two worlds: the God-denying world and the God-accepting world. The
two must be divided and a final solution found. Desiring to create the
world which represents Him and His ideology, God is inspiring religious
leaders and champions and letting them expand their influence all over
the satanic world on the social, national and worldwide levels. The
external appearance of that world at this time in restoration is known
as the democratic society, or free world, and the representative of that
free world is America. The other world is the communist world, which
claims that there is no God and also claims that the end justifies any
means. Communists don't care how many people they kill but only want to
control the world. In the process they treat men like animals because
for them human life has no value.
In the democratic world we enjoy freedom to grow spiritually, but
the communist world only grants the freedom to glorify the communist
state. Freedom does not mean giving license to your body to do
anything. Freedom means liberty within the law of God; God is giving
us the freedom to actualize goodness. Instead, America today considers
freedom the right to pursue individual gratification, particularly when
it has to do with the body. True freedom, however, gives man the right to
live for the dispensation and purpose of God. Misuse of freedom brings
destruction to the eternal nation and world and is not part of the true
freedom of God. Freedom should result in constructiveness and be an
asset to the Kingdom of God. The concept of equality is also important
and means that everyone is equally valuable in the sight of God and for
the purpose and will of God. In that respect we are all equal. This is
not blind equality where you can claim you are equal to everyone and
have a right to do anything anyone else does.
We have been talking about the free world and communist world, but
don't concern yourselves too much with them. The thing to worry about
is yourself as a base for Satan or God. The real battle is fought in
you and you will determine its outcome. Would everyone be happy if
the communists took over the world? The very people who claim to be
communist also experience struggle between their minds and bodies, the
same contradiction you fight against every day. You are the problem area.
If you want to become a godly man, then in subjugating your physical
body with your mind you should not want to become only a citizen of
one nation but a world citizen or universal citizen. Did God create
national boundaries? They are obstacles created by man, not by God.
God is thinking of how to eliminate boundaries without seeing wars erupt
all over the world. What would be God's most effective tool-power and
threats? Definitely love is God's way, but why couldn't God have done it
a long time ago? This question presents a very grave problem. God seems
very foolish to have allowed all kinds of problems to emerge without
intervening. Love is not a new word, but God sees very clearly that
until He can find one man who is truly victorious in His sight and who
can be a living example of His love, He has no base upon which to work
on earth. God is looking for one man, not one nation.
When God gives His love, does He want to give it with just His body at
one time and His mind at another, or all together? In the sight of God we
must become an acceptable base by being united in mind and body as one
central point, No power or money exists which can unite mind and body
into one; the only possible way is through the love of God Himself. The
power of the Almighty God should be pure and perfected enough that it
can cleanse all iniquity and unite mind and body into one. Perfect unity
should be caused by the perfect love of God. It's logical that if you
are to become a reflection of God you must empty yourself and become a
new man, causing your mind and body to resemble God's mind and body. Then
God will come down to you and dwell in you in love.
What kind of love does God need, and if God has everything, why does
He even need our love? Although God is the origin of love, His love
cannot be activated until a circuit is formed and to do that there must
be an object to which energy can flow. Without an object God's love and
energy will remain dormant. Do you men have love? How about you women,
do you have love? Does your love manifest when you are all alone as an
individual? It is a universal truth that love is activated when there
is a circuit formed by having an object. No matter how almighty God is,
unless He can find an object of give and take, He is lonely and very
poor. Those who want to live a bachelor life for eternity, raise your
hands, If there is such a person, he has some problem. God would be really
angry at you if you ever suggested that with His loving heart He should
forget about all His headaches with fallen man and remain a bachelor.
Through your hard work your body
is being conditioned to lead a heavenly life
Man has two desires: He wants to love and he wants to receive love.
Many times women, especially American women, think about how to be
loved but they forget about giving love when they get married. If a
person just wants to receive love then he is the worst kind of robber.
God's love is the only unchanging and unique love, and without having
that kind of love as a cure we will never have any hope for humanity.
You must empty yourselves completely and receive the love of God;
then you have hope for your mind and body to become one. When they
are united in the love of God there is nothing that can separate them.
Even in the fallen world men and women sometimes think they love each
other so much that they would rather die than be separated, but how
much would they be intoxicated by the love of God? The love of God can
totally consume you because it is incredibly pure, genuine and unchanging.
There is no solution in the human world that can cure the division
between the mind and body of fallen man. The only solution is the love
of God and if it comes into you, you must totally open yourself up.
Let the love of God dwell in the temple of your body and let it become
master of your mind and heart. That is the only possible hope for this
fallen world. The body always opposes the will of God but your mind
does not need so much nurturing or education. It knows what is best
while the body always blocks the will of God. The fall of man created
this entanglement of love and now the mind and body go in two different
directions. Because it was illicit love that brought the fall of man,
man has since emphasized body-oriented love and resisted the coming of
Throughout history God's constant effort has been to suppress the
influence of the body. This emphasis is the principal teaching of
religion, with religious life always stressing denial of the bodily
desires. God's mandate is that your body should obey your mind and if
the body wants something else, don't listen to it. This teaching has
been God's tool and is always the beginning point of good religious
teaching. You cannot fulfill the period of restoration instantly but
must nurture your mind with the word and power of God, making it God's
ally in your body. In time the body will be conditioned into obeying
the mind. Through your hard work you are conditioning your body into
accepting a certain way of life.
Satan broke the law of the love of God and when he did that he
destroyed virtually everything in the universe. If God were to forgive
Satan, He must then destroy everything else because then there would
be no hope for restoration left in the universe. That's why God cannot
forgive Satan. Jesus taught that you must forgive your enemy seventy
times seven and more. That means you should love the pitiful person
who is victimized by Satan, but not that you should forgive Satan who
caused the sin. If God had forgiven Satan then there would be nothing
left to restore because God would be compromising His own love. That
would threaten the very existence of God Himself.
When you look at Satan you must know that he is the enemy of the love
of God because he did the unforgivable: he broke the law of the love of
God. When the end of this fallen world comes close, Satan will go on a
rampage out of desperation. That is why there is so much free sex and
abnormal satanic love in today's society. It has even become common for
married couples to exchange partners for a night and think it's fun!
Satan has always been trying to absolutely control the world, but when
the complete revelation of God's truth is given and the Messiah comes,
then Satan knows he has no hope of success. Then he will shout defiantly,
"I can't have the world but I'll never let you get it either." Satan
is using the communists as a tool to undermine this nation internally;
they demand acceptance of the lowest kind of social behavior because they
know that it's the way they can eventually make this nation crumble so
they can easily take it over.
The Unification Church will stand up, expose and thwart this activity
and liberate the world. We will expose to the world what Satan has been
doing and who he is. Satan has been winning for 6,000 years but at this
time I am pushing Satan into a corner and telling him to stop! The love
of God is the only way we can bring a solution to the world. We have
the total truth revealed by God, and Satan is on the defensive now. If
you can win the love of God then nothing else matters; you may lose your
country, the world, even your own life, but even so you are winning a
greater life. Once you possess the love of God, nothing else matters.
This movement is pursuing two goals: We are searching for the way to
make God real and also searching to find the God-like man who can act
on behalf of God here on earth. Once we become the embodiment of God's
truth we cannot go in any direction except God's, and once we find the
solution then this world will begin to shake.
The Principle describes the past and present, explaining not just
one topic, but all of history from man's origin to the present time,
including a vision for the future. When you engage the love of God you
become a universal man because God does not belong to one country or
race. Unity of all races, nations and the world becomes possible in the
love of God because it transcends all those levels.
Our ambition is the greatest of all, being not only to win God but
to penetrate the love of God and possess it completely. Then we have
won the world. Man's value becomes limitless and without price when he
is united with God. You are to make yourselves into people who are the
embodiment of God, who are no longer bound by human weakness. God will
become a real subject to you and govern your daily life, and even though
you dwell on earth you will then live in two worlds because the spirit
world will be so close to you.
Anyone dwelling in God's love is like a magnet, pulling others to him
This principle is a real one. My life has been dedicated to verifying
this truth over and over by living it in all situations. When we all
manifest it, God will be visible to everyone. Once you become a prisoner
of God's love you want to become one with the person who is the center
of that love on earth. Such a person is like a magnet which has pulling
power over anything nearby.
God is one magnetic pole in heaven and I am another magnetic pole
here on earth and together we have formed an electric field. Everyone
in that magnetic field can be activated. You may feel as though you
are being pulled towards me, but then when we are one you will realize
that you have become a magnet also. Then you can pull many others, so
great is the supreme power of love. You are not drawn to me personally,
but to the love of God which is being transmitted through me. That love
belongs to God and not to any individual.
God never created a power greater than love, and when you are truly
intoxicated in the love of God then all the mundane needs like eating
and sleeping and worldly love become secondary. You can transcend their
influence once you are caught by the love of God. At that point your
longing and love for me will become so strong that you cannot forget
me for a moment, even in the midst of any activity. It is then that the
world of impure love will no longer be of interest to you and a big door
will open wide to a pure, genuine, spiritual love. That should be real
to you in experience, but also clear to you by logic.
The problem is whether the Unification Church is actually living this
way. Do you really love me that much? Am I more important to you than
eating and sleeping? When you experience this, that love will become
real right here in the Unification Church, and even more amazing, anyone
around you will feel the same magnetic power and be pulled to you. They
will want to love and respect you and do anything to support you.
God has been longing for 6,000 years to see the day when that would
come about. Actually the number 6,000 is just symbolic; God has been
longing and waiting for millions of years for that day of fulfillment.
That day is happening now in this junction of your lives and mine. You
believe this is the truth but because of your lukewarm attitude you do not
live it. Later when you go to spirit world you will see the most realistic
and incredible truth unfolding before you and you will feel ashamed.
How much do these pounds of flesh mean to you? A wise man will invest
his body to attain external value at this key time in history. That is
why Jesus taught that the Kingdom of Heaven is in the midst of you, that
no one should seek the Kingdom of Heaven anywhere else. The Kingdom of
God is composed of the love of God, which is very logical. Jesus said,
"I am in the Father and the Father is in me and you are in me and I am
in you." All of this makes sense once this principle becomes real to
you. Your day of perfection comes when you are inseparably linked to
the powerful, explosive love of God.
Throughout the thousands of years since your first ancestors were on
earth the physical body has been serving Satan, but when you revolutionize
your body as a base for God instead, those thousands of years of stains
will be wiped out. Something that dramatic is possible and will throw
Satan into despair and bring the day of glory and vindication for
you and for God. Can you declare your day of victory? Have you ever
thought about the love of God and do you feel that you are becoming the
embodiment of His love? I know you have tried and that you are beginning
to sense it, but the day will come when it will be real and you will feel
ecstatic joy. If you taste that love even once then you won't want to
go anywhere else. If you are lying down at that moment then you'll say,
"God, don't disturb me. I want to lie in this position for eternity." I
won't explain these experiences too much for your minds won't grasp it.
I have examined these things from the historical point of view,
the religious point of view and the dispensational point of view, and
from every angle I have come to the same conclusion. The most important
verification of it is my own tears. I have cried out for Heavenly Father's
heart for many years, shedding tears which are testimony that this is the
truth. Alone I discovered this precious jewel that no one could possibly
buy with money. Since I am the one who discovered it, I am the front-line
soldier who must show the way so that no one else will be mistaken.
I am crazy and impatient to lay the highway so that everyone else
might arrive at the same conclusion. I have been walking the path from
the individual level, to the family, tribal, national and worldwide
levels. I came to the pinnacle at the Washington Monument Rally, the
symbolic victory representing the universal level of God's victory.
When spiritual people ask God who I am, God's voice reveals to them
that they must know clearly that I have done greater things than they.
God has done much more than I have, working for millions of years,
but I have fulfilled His providence on the physical level in several
decades. Logically you understand how religion has been the tool of
God. I want you to know that what I have explained is very scientific,
confirmed by theory and logic.
Since confirming the truth, I can come to America and proclaim that
I can unite the world. Without such a background no one could boldly
announce such a thing, but you have met the very man who can make such
a declaration. I started out with nothing, without one handle to grasp
in this vast universe. I didn't know where to start because there was
no teacher, no comforter, no friend. Now I have many friends in you,
but I was the one who re-created you.
Are Americans indebted to me or not? Those parents who kidnap their
own children will later repent and regret how foolish they were. It seems
unreal now, but in the future their lineage will have a black mark if
they cause their children to leave this movement.
What kind of person do you want to become, a possessor of God's love or
of a Ph.D. from Harvard? Is it more precious to be President or a child
of God? It is quite clear to you now, but coming to that conclusion was
not so easy for me. You have no idea how I prayed for hours and hours,
and how even now I sit on the floor in prayer every night. I am a serious
man. Unless I had the real answer to all the world's questions I could
not tackle this mission. No other religious leader had the answers that
I now know.
Even if what I say is a lie, you could never lose by following this
way of life. Suppose I had created a whole new theory for uniting the
world that God never thought about; God would come down and bargain to
buy it from me.
What method will bring you to the love of God?
Now we come to a matter of more reflection. You want to be taught the
method which will bring you to the love of God, but you are all greedy
to get such a precious thing without paying for it. How much tuition
would you be willing to pay? All the people in the spirit world and
the physical world put together couldn't pay for it. Many people think
that I came to America for selfish reasons, but I laugh at that because
possessing America is far too small a goal. My goal is much bigger:
I wanted to know how to have the love of God, and I found the answer to
be very simple. Do you want to know what it is?
Let's start by saying that there are three undeniable urges in man. If
you are hungry enough you will do anything to get food. When you are
tired you have the urge to sleep, and when you have the urge to make
love it can be overwhelming. If these three elements are denied man
there cannot be any happiness.
Who here has fasted seven days? On the seventh day you may count the
minutes until you can eat, but that final moment will determine whether
you pass or fail your entire fast. If you run to the kitchen and grab your
food then you have failed, but if you can think of God at that moment
and say, "Heavenly Father, I love You more than food. I can sustain far
greater hunger than this for You" then you have succeeded. If you can
fulfill your responsibility with a hungry stomach then you are an even
more precious child to God. If you even forget about mealtime you are
more precious. Women are generally weaker in this area than men. You
must be victorious in overcoming hunger. Your love for God must make
you strong enough to overcome the love of food.
You must be able to endure lack of sleep for love of God. Sometimes
I am busy at night and just forget the time to sleep. For seven years in
the early days in Korea I didn't have any bed to lie on and be comfortable
in so I just lay on a table and slept a couple of hours. You can go out
walking at night and say, "God, I'm here. While the world is sleeping I
came out to meet You." Even now I love nature because it reminds me of
the past when I went out in nature asking God to meet me.
Can you overcome the urge for physical love out of love of God? In
the old days in Korea, many women chased after me but I was victorious.
How could I withstand the temptation presented by having many women
following me? Only through the power of the love of God. You will also
face these temptations.
My first wife wanted to divorce me because she thought that I didn't
love her and was only intoxicated with God. She just couldn't stand it
and protested and protested, trying to win my attention, but it wasn't
possible. She always said she could never find another husband like me
and always complained that I should pay attention to being with her for
just thirty minutes. Knowing the Principle, I really tested myself to
show God and humanity that the power of God is so strong that nothing
could hamper it. Could you interrupt loving your mate out of love for
God? The ultimate test is whether you love God more than anyone else.
Even if you made a hole in yourself with a drill it would not equal
the pain of liberating yourself and loving God most of all. How much
are you fulfilling the qualifications to be a son or daughter of God?
You must feel ashamed when you cannot win over all the temptations in
perfection. What would you say when you pray? "God, help me. I want You
to love me"? Ask yourself if you are really ready to receive the love
of God. Have you made yourself qualified? An imperfect person should
say, "For my sake, for Your sake, don't come too close to me. I'm not
worthy. Let me make myself ready for You first." Why can't you become
sons and daughters of God more easily? Do you want to eat anything you
like and sleep all the hours you feel like? Do you want to live the way
you like and still claim to be God's son? God has told me, "You are my
loving son," and you certainly want to hear the same thing from God.
Do not try to get God's blessing of marriage too quickly. Blessing is
fearful in a way. I am sure some of you are wondering why you haven't
been blessed yet, but instead you should think that you are not ready
to receive a member who is really loving God, and that you can't lift
up your face before God. When you know the standard then you know how
unworthy you are and you can honestly think that this person is too good
for you. That person is God's representative and you in turn should be
able to love him as God's representative.
The Americans who have had free sex come to me and think that they
are ready to be blessed. How can they think that? I compared their lives
to my own standard and then I reasoned that everyone has a past to be
forgiven and decided that they could be accepted with repentance. The
important thing is your attitude and you should use every second of
the day to elevate yourself to the higher goal. In many cases I don't
see that urgency in American Church members. Complacency and apathy
are a big problem. In any case I am not the one who will judge you;
the Principle will judge you instead of me.
You state leaders are important to our Church but you don't know me
too well. It is a serious situation. It is providential that we have met
but how can we succeed together? "True Parents" is an awesome word but
you say it without thinking. Sometimes I don't like to hear it spoken
because it is too cheaply said.
Instead of complaining, put meaning
into your difficulty
There is indemnity for you to pay and you must do your 5% by taking
your hunger or sleepiness as a condition of indemnity. Put meaning
into these things instead of complaining; show that your love of God is
greater than all of your desires. By doing that you can fulfill your 5%
very quickly. I have become victorious in overcoming hunger. I have become
victorious in overcoming lack of sleep and I have become victorious in
overcoming the urge for love.
Up to now you have been eating for your own comfort and satisfaction
and you have slept for yourself and made love for yourself. Instead of
fasting all year in restitution, you must revolutionize the concept of
eating and sleeping and loving. When you have your meal in front of you,
think that you are going to consume the meal as God's representative. Let
God eat the meal instead of yourself. For the sake of God and humanity
you need that meal and as God's representative you will take the meal
for your body. After you eat go out and use it for God's work instead
of your own entertainment. God gave you a full stomach and now you can
go and work for humanity. That's how your concept should become different.
Don't sleep for yourself. Sleep for God and humanity so you can
be a better fighter tomorrow. The physical body does indeed have some
limitations but don't stop there. Go to your maximum and when you reach
your limitation don't stop. Cross that limitation and then come back
and rest. Then your concept will become different.
It is the same in making love. As a blessed couple your love is for
the sake of all humanity and for the sake of posterity. You are doing a
favor for God in creating your family, but husbands must look at their
wives as the symbolic total of all women of the world and of all future
women of the world. By loving your wife you can love all the women of
the world. Remember the greater love that you can pursue-love of God,
of the Church, of the True Parents. You can transcend your personal love
and become an offering for the greater purpose of love. Always be ready
to go beyond yourself.
How could you not expect persecution and suffering for following
such a high goal? Being a man of God, you are not persecuted as one
man but as a son of God, as the representative of God. By receiving
persecution and suffering, you are paying indemnity for all those in
the past who suffered here on earth. Had you ever thought that you were
doing them that favor? God is giving you the chance to win over all
facets of human relationships-political, religious, physical, economic,
sexual-and clear them in the spirit world. Actually you are setting a
condition to liberate yourself in all those areas and then no one can
accuse you because there will be nothing left for Satan to manipulate.
No one can do your 5% except yourself and you must search after
it and liquidate it. When you make yourself God's representative then
everything you do becomes God's act. When you pick up peanuts or gum
for fund raising, it is God's act. God has given you a mandate to fund
raise and even though you may look like a beggar you are actually God's
ambassador. If you fund raise under much persecution then you will
feel lonely, but if you win the result with the conviction that you are
God's ambassador then it is even more precious. People may not like to
give you money but you have a right to receive it because it will be
used to restore the ungodly world. Everything depends on how your mind
works. That creates value.
Life on the MFT is valuable indemnity. There you meet all kinds of
people, circumstances and suffering and the only way you can sustain
yourself is by making yourself an ambassador of God. It is excellent
training. Perhaps you have been in the Unification Church for three
years but still you are humbly dressed and externally you have gained
nothing. You might even look more pale and humbly dressed than you did
three years ago but now you have some precious luggage, a package of
indemnity. If you did anything wrong while you were sincerely trying to
do God's will then that becomes my responsibility, not yours.
If you have a big package of indemnity then you can go to God and pay
indemnity for your family, your race, your country and even the spirit
world, all out of your own spiritual bank account. It parallels the love
you can give in the spirit world. My thinking is different from yours;
I am looking for the next problem because I want more criticism and
controversy so I can fill a bag of indemnity big enough to liberate
everyone, including the spirit world.
Is going on the MFT a blessing or curse? On the MFT you can meet God.
When you go out to the streets with a sincere and earnest heart then God
will speak to you. Do you think that you are a wise guy to avoid hard
work? No, you are foolish, wasting your energy and time. Whether people
recognize your work or not, jump into it and bite into the mainstream
of the movement. The Bible says that you shall know the truth and the
truth shall set you free, and now you know why the Unification Church
must go this way.
Money manipulates everything in this world, but our money is entirely
different because it has nothing to do with our own power. I am winning
money for God's purpose and spending it for humanity, not for myself. You
have to go beyond loving your own race and nationality and make yourself
a person who loves God. Then you are a world citizen, a universal man.
At first you were frightened, but now you are confident to do the job
Ours is a dream-like task but we are seriously tackling it as reality.
After being on the MFT you will go witnessing, sweating and shedding
tears for the restoration of man. Later you will sweat and labor for
the construction of your family and home. MFT duty or witnessing is a
light burden compared to harmonizing one heavenly home here on earth.
Perfecting your love in your home is not easy! When you are husband and
wife, you may quarrel about trivial things and then you will look back
on your days on the MFT and witnessing, remembering how you were really
patient to win one person. When you think of that then you know that
winning your husband or wife is more difficult.
At the outset of human history Satan plundered the heavenly creation
and Adam and Eve, and ultimately took away the love between God and
man. Now we are restoring all things by restoring love and creating
heavenly homes. I know very well that we have to pay the historical debt
and I know how difficult it is. When you set the condition of absolute
obedience then whether your result is good or poor doesn't make any
difference. You can grab me and say, "At least I did one thing; I obeyed
you unconditionally," Then I have no excuse and God has no excuse. If
you love me then how could I send you away?
Originally God wanted man to become physically and spiritually mature
at the same time, having one man and woman create the heavenly garden
of Eden. When man and woman, mind and body, East and West become one
and are ignited by the love of God, then the true garden of Eden will
exist. Can you imagine the time when all indemnity is paid and you are
lifted up by the fire of love? You would blast off and zoom all the way
through the cosmos.
This world is trying to evaluate the depth of such knowledge and
truth but it can't be captured by only watching me or by using special
lenses or a microscope. When I went to sea, people in nearby boats were
studying me with binoculars but all they saw was an ordinary Oriental
man sitting there. The depth of someone's heart cannot be seen. You can
hide a beautiful love in your own heart and no one can see it. Each one
of you should have a powerhouse inside that is not visible to the human
eye. When you become a powerhouse of the love of God you can communicate
with the spirit world and with God Himself.
In the beginning when I would push you out you were almost frightened,
but now the truth has filtered down to the depths of your heart and you
feel that this job needs to be done, and you also feel confident that
you can do it. I am not just blindly pushing you. I never ask anything
that I have not already experienced, so don't think I am just a cruel
man. Once you know the truth then you can joyfully respond and push
yourself out. You will become a self-disciplined man.
Shall we continue to search after the love of God? If the rest of the
world were competing to do more for the love of God, what kind of world
would we have? If America is restored, then its young people will ask
where they can go to suffer and put on the shoes of a servant in order to
help the people. You have learned that already so you want to practice
it here in America, and if all American young people were mobilized in
that fashion, then with the love of God the world could be conquered as
though it were a small peanut.
Usually I do not speak this openly. Do you know why I am in such a
jubilant mood? I drove westward for several thousand miles and now I
feel as though I have arrived home in Korea.
When I see immature, uncommitted people I feel almost sorry for them.
Will you determine to live up to my expectation? This is your country,
so you should want to restore it more than I do. Would you like to
do it in place of me? Your yes is not a committed yes. Since we were
searching for the love of God and we found it, that's all I have to
say. Is there anything further? You have the highest goal and you know
it clearly now. Don't worry about whether God comes down to help you
in your state. You can tell God to go help the weaker people in another
state. You can tell me to go take a trip and really appreciate America
or to take a year or two and visit other continents instead of coming
to visit you. Can you do it? I don't even need to worry about ten or
twenty years from now? I heard your answer. Let us pray.