REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
HEAVEN AND US
March 25, 1979
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
In Oriental philosophy, the word "heaven" connotes huge
and noble things, while "earth" connotes small, lowly things.
However, this distinction came to exist because of the fall of man; if
there had been no fall there would be no such difference between heaven
When we speak of heaven, we speak of God; when we say earth, we
speak of human beings. If God is all alone, He cannot be fulfilled, so
He needs to come together with human beings. The purpose of creation
can be fulfilled only when love is fulfilled, and love cannot be
fulfilled by one alone; there must be two, in the relationship of
subject and object.
When love is fulfilled, both the upper and lower areas are fulfilled
equally. Because of the fall, love could not be completed, so there are
many different barriers which separate heaven and earth.
When the highest point comes down and the lowest point comes up,
they can meet in the middle. Man fell, not God, and God cannot go down
to the point of the fall. Thus man must be able to bring himself up,
uniting mind and body. The most important thing for man, then, is to
know God and to conquer his ignorance of his situation. Thus God has
been working to bring people out of darkness so they can know God's true
Two major efforts to advance mankind have been made. They are
science on the external level and religion on the internal level. What
is the destiny of science and religion? They meet at the point of the
fulfillment of love. Here we are not talking about human love but the
love of God. All efforts to discover God will ultimately reach the one
point of the true love of God.
In each entity there are two aspects-an internal and an external.
They must meet at one point. To truly become one they must know each
other, so mind and body should share knowledge of each other. In order
for science and religion to unite, they must understand each other.
Each person has his mind and body in horizontal alignment, side by side.
God's mind and body are in the same position. Here on earth man should
have unity between his mind and body, and in spirit world God also
should have such unity. Man's mind and body meet horizontally, while
God's unity of mind and body is vertical. Thus we are going to reach
God not only through religion but also through science.
What does God need to realize joy in His mind and body? The same
answer will apply also to people. What makes you joyful and happy?
When your plans or ideals are realized, you are happy. The realization
itself is not enough, however; it is the coming into oneness with a
subject or abject in reciprocal give and take that creates happiness.
Then what makes God happy and what is the work of God? His work is the
perfection of human beings; that would be God's goal and masterpiece.
That is the point of ultimate joy and goodness, at which both God and
man will say, "That is the best there can be" That is the
point of love-not secular, carnal love but the original, pure love of
I want you to understand that unless your mind and body are united,
your are not eligible to meet God. We have two eyes but they have one
focus and they produce one image, not two. That focus is always between
the two eyes, not in front of one or the other. Sound waves enter both
ears, but the nervous system coordinates those impulses into one sound.
When a person's mind and body are totally united, their focus is
upon God. When God's mind and body are united into one, what is their
focus? It is people. When these focal points meet, they discover that
they are alike. When they discover their likeness, they can stimulate
each other in give and take and fellowship.
What is the common goal that excites them both? It is love.
Therefore, unless God finds love, He cannot find completion; and unless
man finds his ultimate goal, which is the true love of God, he cannot
achieve completion either. When God focuses upon man and man focuses
upon God, and the two are united, the entire universe is united. In
human love, the nervous system focuses to transfer sensation to the
whole system. If the mind is willing to live this way but the body is
lethargic and doesn't obey, then the mind-body alignment is askew.
Then the person is crippled, just as if he were missing an arm.
It is most important that we focus our life. You should understand
that the focus of the entire spirit world is God and that of the
physical world is man. Can you imagine that God would arrange His
creation in a sloppy manner? I know that God organized it to focus upon
one point both on earth and in spirit world.
There are two aspects to everything in the physical world: positive
and negative. Within those positive and negative aspects there are also
internal and external elements, or mind and body. Once positive and
negative electrical charges meet, you can't tell which is which.
Likewise, you can't tell where positive starts and negative ends in a
magnetic field. But there is action in the magnetic field and energy is
By the same token, men and women are different, but they are not
enemies. Instead, each focuses on the other and how to win his or her
love. Every nerve and all five senses focus on love. In the secular
world today, many people don't look beyond the fact that men and women
can meet and love each other. But that is only the beginning point,
like flipping the switch.
Once an electrical switch is flipped, energy from the power plant
can start to work wonders. In the same way, men and women together
start to work wonders when they tap God's power plant. When you know
this, living really becomes a joy. Electricity can light ups a palace.
but also a smelly countryside bathroom. Would the electricity refuse to
light up such a place? Electricity works universally, once it is hooked
Would nerves refuse to provide sensation for dirty, smelly feet, or
the blood refuse to circulate through arteries and veins there? Would
ocean water say it has no connection with the polluted water in New York
harbor? The oceans all over the world are part of one body of water.
In the same way, once love is activated it can go anywhere in the
Most young people would like to travel the entire world with their
husband or wife, and then later with their own children. Wouldn't a
king like to see the beauties of the world accompanied by all his
subjects? We envy the freedom of the birds who can take off for other
parts of the world without needing passports. The barriers in our world
such as immigration restrictions and nationality are manmade, so once we
can get rid of those barriers, we will live in one world with as much
freedom as the birds.
Would ducks from the north discriminate against ducks from the
south? Would they refuse to marry each other? It doesn't matter where
they are from, as long as they are ducks!
I am constantly telling you that you have to serve others and focus
on other people, because by doing so you create unity. If 1,000 people
are focused together, they generate great energy and power. A good
athlete has to focus his energy and distribute it perfectly in the
pursuit of his sport. The pushing force and the pulling force must be
harmonized to create tremendous power. The greater the power of give
and take, the greater the wonder it can create. Is God great or tiny?
God can stretch His arms from pole to pole, embracing the entire
universe in give and take. We know God is a great God, so logically His
creation-man-is supposed to be great, also.
My eyes focus at one point, yet my vision carries across the entire
world. Your line of focus can be extended as much as you want. Your
ears "focus" within your brain, but actually you want to hear
universal sounds. You inhale and exhale air through your lungs but that
air can travel all around the world, linking you to it. In daily life
we are dealing with one universe, one air, one water, one sunlight and
Do you want to focus upon your husband or wife without being
interested in your society, nation and world? A man and woman who
attain unity should try to focus on the larger entities, such as
society, nation and world. The greater your vision and the greater the
distance you focus on together, the greater your life becomes.
Has anyone before thought like we Moonies? We say that as
individuals we represent the entire universe. Furthermore, you even
think God looks like you, not that YOU look like Him! This short
brother here thinks he is big enough to embrace all of America and the
world. This would be impossible to achieve through physical means, but
through love he can do it. There is no nationality in the world of love
because love travels all over, like air. Can love reach all the way to
God? Love will penetrate God's system and reach His heart.
If God's love were locked up in a vault with many locks your love
could even penetrate that vault. That means your love is the greatest
secret key of all. Everyone is focused upon love and even God hangs
onto it. All things of creation cling to it as well.
Everyone, whether Eastern or Western, young or old, likes to possess
beautiful things. When we consider what is the most precious treasure
in the universe, we conclude that it is love. Even the spirit world
If you use true love as the key, every door can be opened. Do you
think this is true in spirit world as well? If there was no such thing
as true love then there would be no way to unite God and mankind for
eternity. Since the human fall, the heart of God has been sealed shut.
Would offering Him money or lovely jewels open His heart? If you
offered Him the largest diamond, He could point to a mountain of
diamonds that He already owns.
Many people think knowledge is almighty, but will that open the door
of God's heart? God will say, "Is that all you know? I made it
all" If you have great worldly power, can you command God to open
His heart? What does God yearn to have? Not money, knowledge or power,
but only true love. Love has an almighty, uniting quality which can
govern and be governed. It is absolutely flexible.
If you know someone is pinching you because he truly loves you, you
want him to pinch you harder! Love can digest both extremes of happy
and painful things. The one thing that can dominate the entire creation
is true love. Do you agree?
Love is communicated even without language. A puppy knows whether
you love him or not. Likewise, a bird can feel love; even the trees and
grass can feel love. If you love a deadly poisonous snake, it too can
feel your love. Love is supreme. If you had a little chunk of love,
would you hoard it in a pocket close to your heart, or would you
sprinkle it around the world so that it would multiply and make you a
millionaire of love? In order to become a millionaire of love, you
might have to shed gallons of sweat and tears. Would it be worth doing
You can reach God only with love. He is the center of the universe,
so whoever possesses more of Him will be the richest person. Then no
matter how much sacrifice is needed to obtain Him, you can do it.
Without sacrificial love you cannot make God your prisoner. God is like
a gigantic fish and love is your bait. God loves love so He will
swallow as much bait as you offer Him. When you sow true love, you will
harvest love and God is bound to be close by.
Unification Church members are fishing for God so we sprinkle our
bait everywhere. God is a gourmet of love so He knows its exact taste,
whether sour, sweet or flat. God knows a hook is hidden inside that
love but it doesn't matter to Him because He is confident He can digest
that hook too.
You enjoy certain tastes, and in the same way God prefers a certain
taste of love. I want God to say that Moonies' love is the best love He
has tasted in 6,000 years. You cannot make tasty love out of small,
individualistic love; that is bitter love. But when you have love that
wants to save the world and serve others, God will savor it. God may be
gigantic and awesome-looking, but once He tastes that love, He will
melt and be like a child. Then He will want to go wherever you go.
Why were you born? Furthermore, why were some of you born as men
and others as women? Was it to eat meals? The lowliest statement a
person can make is that he lives to eat. Some people seem to think they
were born to study, but what a narrow life that is. It is beautiful,
eternal and good to say we are born to love. Every life here on earth
today is the fruit of love. You can say you participated in the love of
your parents, your grandparents and so forth. You were born at the
place of love and the motivation for your life was love. After you were
born, you received the love of your parents.
Why do your parents love you? Why do all the animals love their
offspring? It is because children are the witness to their parents'
love. Cause and effect both spring from love; because of this most
awesome truth, parents have to love their children, not only in the
human world but also in the animal world. Children who live in the love
of their parents are very happy children.
Today in America there is something called a generation gap, with
parents and children thinking they will live their own separate lives.
This means they have lost the home base of love and they have nothing to
return to. God designed the family to expand its pure love to the
society, spreading one color of love all over the country, then to the
The children who are born and live in love at home can become
patriots in their nation and even saints in the world. The same
principle works on these different levels. Just as water in New York is
the same color as water in Norway, the makeup of the whole human world
is the same. When you fulfill the criteria of love in your home, you
can live the same criteria of love in the nation and the world. People
should be born in love, grow and mature in love, and then die in love.
We continue to live eternally in that love with God in spirit world.
This world is a training center where you learn by stages how to
love the world. You graduate from this school when you go to spirit
world and there you can experience love for eternity. Perfected love
can be compared to a perfectly round bowling ball that knocks down all
the pins. But the love of those who fail in the workshop of love is
like a square-shaped or lumpy ball that doesn't roll properly.
True love is perfectly round and can go anywhere and can find its way in
any situation. Even if that ball travels in an erratic pattern, it will
always hit the final target. If I can think of all this, don't you
suppose God has thought about this even more?
Love is round, shining, beautiful and tender. The more you touch
it, the more you like it. Therefore, love is good. Naturally you want
to receive love from your parents, and you must receive the same amount
of love from your society, nation and world. Would you like your love
to be confined to only your parents or to expand to the whole world?
Will you receive love if you just tell people to love you?
The origin of love is God, who is always taking the initiative to
give love to the world. You are in a position to take the initiative
also. God is thrusting love downward, and you are thrusting love
upward; the idea is always that each takes the initiative. Without
question, love is good but to make your love truly good, you have to
have the power to encompass difficult and bitter things. You should be
able to embrace both extremes, loving not only America but also the
enemies of America.
Would you lose anything with that kind of love? No, by practicing
this love you come to resemble God. It is natural to like the people
who also like us, and if there had been no fall then that is all anyone
would need to do. But because of the fall, that kind of love is not
good enough; now we must have the power to embrace the people who hate
What is the difference between Satan and God? Satan moves only in
one direction but God moves in all four directions and embraces
everything. Thus we must have the capacity to love evil people as well
as good ones. That was the teaching of Jesus.
A healthy person can digest anything he eats, even dried corn. If
some kinds of food make your stomach ache, then you don't have enough
digestive power. You Moonies should have the capacity to digest
everything. To develop such capacity, you should look for the things
and people whom you hate and who hate you the most and learn to embrace
them. Once you have digested the worst, then everything else is no
problem. If you are a logical person, this is an obvious conclusion.
The jobs that no one else wants to tackle are the things you should
willingly take up and come to enjoy. Then when God sees that you just
keep loving these things, He will say, "You have been there too
long. Come on up here,' end you will rise up higher and higher. If you
are going to love the world, should you first have fun and take lots of
vacations, and then love the world in your spare time? Imagine a woman
beautiful enough to be Miss America yet who forgets herself and works
all the time for the sake of the world. Such a beautiful woman might
receive marriage proposals from many distinguished men, but she would
say she didn't have time for that now.
You are intelligent men and women, so which route would you take in
order to win the love of God-unselfish or selfish love? If you totally
practice unselfish love for ten years, I guarantee that people will
think you are truly the image of God. You will have the key to solving
every problem people have. You may think this sounds very colorful and
dramatic but when you try to put it into practice, it is very difficult.
Anything may seem easier than loving the impossible people of this
If I know how difficult this is, why have I dedicated thirty years
of my life to it and why am I still pursuing it, after having been
persecuted and criticized everywhere? The goal is to have love that
will penetrate the entire universe and you know that cannot be easy to
win. We are talking about love that can shatter the bonds of earth and
go straight to the throne of God. Will God just smile quietly when that
love hits, or will He be knocked out? When God is hit by that love He
will tumble over and over; nothing could be compared with the expression
of His joy.
Was my decision to go this route the right one? Now that I am
almost 60, do you think I have regrets about my youth being wasted on
something worthless? You have the freedom to go to movies and such, but
when I was your age I didn't have any freedom.
On the foundation I have laid, you can be grafted to me so no matter
how imperfect you are, you are like a limb of the tree. I have won the
ultimate battle so by being grafted to me and following my standard, you
know you are protected from going wrong. You are the bud which will
blossom. Can my buds belong to you? No. Since you are branching out
from me, you must produce your own buds and blossoms. You cannot claim
that my flowers are good enough and that you only have to reap the
benefit of my blossoms. You must fulfill perfection as branches and
produce blossoms yourselves.
When you create many blossoms, you draw energy to that area and then
you will send out new branches. If some branches are exceptionally
energetic, the tree will grow in their direction, but when everyone
works with equal power the branches will be balanced and the tree will
grow straight. This is why I want each of you to do equally well. Thus
you can't shirk your responsibility when everyone else is fulfilling
If one main branch dies and falls off, the tree starts to lean to
the other side where there is still activity in the healthy branches.
In the human body, healthy blood is welcomed wherever it circulates, but
when it is unclean, it is just a burden. The best thing for a tree is
for someone to chop off the dead branches and graft on healthy little
One branch of our tree is Korean, another is Japanese, another
American and so forth. I am observing which branch is more energetic
and powerful. If one branch is not doing too well, I will graft another
little branch there to strengthen it.
Who is better able to endure hardship-cultured people or primitive
people? Most cultured people have almost zero endurance, while
primitive people have 100 percent endurance but no culture. God is very
fair in not distributing culture and endurance together! When I came to
lead the American movement, I had a tough time because the Americans had
their own yardsticks to evaluate me with. Cultured people think the
night is for sleeping, for instance, so they thought my way wasn't right
for them. Some people insisted they needed eight hours of sleep and
three meals a day on time. But these criteria become obstacles when we
are fighting the revolution of true love.
In the midst of war, you can't have beautifully laid tables and
grand food. But when you finally gain true love, it is the most
cultured thing you have ever seen. I brought many Japanese and Germans
to this country to show Americans how to endure; people in these nations
suffered much during and after World War 11. When I told them to
compete with the American members, the Americans thought it wouldn't
work because these people didn't know the American ture. But when the
result came in, the Japanese and Germans were the winners and the
Americans realized they had to change their outlook.
I pointed out to the Americans how the Japanese did the best even
though they didn't know English. The Americans didn't like to hear that
so they would sometimes say, "l wish those Japanese weren't
here!" Even now, that process of education is still going on. If
you Americans are the leading citizens of the world and very cultured
people, I want you to be the winners in endurance also, so that is how I
am training you.
Is it easier to give culture to people of great endurance or to
train cultured people to endure? Once the cultured people are awakened
and make up their minds, they can quickly develop endurance. But to
raise up uncultured people takes a long time. That is why I came to
work with Americans. In the process people accused me of brainwashing,
but it doesn't matter.
I want you cultured Americans to dig down and endure 100 percent and
then rise up to change the cultured world. Then America can be the hope
of the world. America has grave problems, even though it thinks it has
the greatest society in the world. American culture today is moving
backward toward primitiveness, with people like the hippies leading the
way. Someone should teach them the proper way of gaining the endurance
of primitive peoples, and then they can learn to create a new heavenly
society. I came in the nick of time to do that.
American youth has no clear direction to follow at this time, but
when they look for a place to drop anchor they are attracted by the
Moonie ideology. They recognize that a nation based on it has to
prosper and then they can have hope. But even though they see it is
good, they sometimes decide not to follow it because it requires too
much sacrifice; they want everything to come easily. Some say that if
they could only do what they liked, then this would be the perfect
ideology for the world. But if we ever compromise our basic way of
life, then everything will disappear. There is no way we can become
like the world and still be the light of salvation.
People may hear the Divine Principle and think it is fine, but wish
Chapter Two wasn't part of it, or they wish that the Second Advent was
still on the clouds. I could make some people happy by altering the
Principle. Do you think God should give up the difficult parts of this
ideology? If God were willing to do that, then we could too, but God
will Just go His own way instead of compromising. If people can't
adjust then there is no solution for them. Even if all of you say you
cannot go this way, I will still go my own way. If America totally
rejects me and refuses to live that way of life, will say farewell and
go to the primitive people who know how to endure. What would happen to
America then? This nation would crumble far below the level of
primitive people. It is our destiny to accept and live this ideology.
I don't want you to become like primitive people, but to learn their
quality of endurance and use it to lead the world. You must decide that
you will go on with iron will for seven years, and then everything will
be over. Don't crave the American standard but live for seven years in
the lowliest places. This thinking is like a diamond wrapped in dirty
rags-you don't have to worry about anyone trying to steal it because no
one will ever suspect what you have. Is this more real to you than
eating when you are hungry or sleeping when you are tired?
If you could only lose by living this way then no one would join,
but you know that no matter how much you suffer, you will not only win
in the end but will recoup many times more than you invested. This is
the secret of winning people's hearts without fighting physically and
shedding blood. The more you live this life, the more you will become
the central person in society.
The most dazzling example of this is Jesus Christ. He was a
miserable, suffering, persecuted young man who died when he was only 33.
Today one can travel around Israel in just a few hours; it was in that
tiny country that Jesus taught. Furthermore, he was executed as a
treasonous criminal. The fact that one man died in such a tiny country
2,000 years ago would seem about as important now as one little insect
breaking its leg in this country; yet that one "insignificant"
life was the root of an entirely new world culture. No other individual
has had such impact on the world.
Is our tradition and teaching the same thing that traditional
Christianity is teaching today? Is the distance between the New
Testament and the Old Testament greater than the distance between the
New Testament and the Divine Principle? In my own lifetime, I have had
impact on the entire world. I came to this country to warn America that
it would crumble if it did not return to God. This would be parallel to
Jesus going to the Roman Empire and warning of its doom unless they
accepted God. I am doing more drastic things now than Jesus was able to
do in his time.
Jesus had only a few disciples, but today many young people of all
different races follow the Principle and are working to build the
Kingdom. The world has even tried to kill me but am I a man of failure
or success? Even now after 2,000 years there is a great rift between
Judaism and Christianity, but today in my lifetime, Christians of all
denominations are accepting me as a prophet and supporting my cause. It
is an amazing thing.
Koreans gave me the worst persecution and the established Christians
were the fiercest. But when I last visited Korea, many people were
saying that there had never been such a hero as Reverend Moon in the
5,000 years of Korean history. Imagine how much the dispensation has
advanced when the Christians who persecuted me are now convening to
declare their support. It is true that Korea has one of the most
vibrant Christian communities in the world. Also, Korea is a buffer
zone between the communist world and the free world. While the whole
free world economy is shaking, that one tiny nation is growing faster
than any other.
At one time many Japanese hated me fanatically but now Japan's
leaders see that Unification Thought alone provides hope for their
country. Now Korean and Japanese scholars are gathering to declare that
the Unification teaching provides the only hope for Asia. You are in
your twenties and thirties. Imagine how America will change by the time
you are in your forties. If you continue the pace of your work today
for another ten or twenty years, you know you will cover many miles and
really have an impact on this nation.
With CARP we have created a heavenly tornado on the East and West
coasts; one campus after another is in turmoil now. Change never comes
unless you shake people up. Every campus has its own communist
organizations which always try to stop our meetings. The professors'
organizations divide into Cain and Abel factions over us. War is being
Today many Americans are focused on the Unification Church and some
ask if there is any way to get Reverend Moon out of this country. They
think that then all the Moonies will go back home. Are they right?
Today I am declaring that until the world becomes one, this focus upon
the Unification Church will only keep growing.
Not only America focuses upon me but in each nation, every small
thing I do becomes news. Did I cause such an extraordinary thing, or
did God'! Together we did it. By doing this, will I survive or falter?
Will I be victorious? If I won't take responsibility, will you? If I
ever became a communist, I would be the worst one, but luckily I am a
champion of God, promoting the love of God in the world.
Today's topic is Heaven and Us. What is this "us" all
about? We are the focal point. When we start businesses, we are the
focal point of the business world. When we start a school, we are the
focus of academia. In home church, we are making history. Whatever we
do, we become the focus. People have never heard of anything like us,
because this is the first such religious group in history. But God
loves it, spirit world loves it and people of the present and future
will also love it.
How do you know the spirit world focuses on us? There are many
phenomena today that testify to that. You are not alone when you
fundraise because the spirit world is working with you. Did you know
that Confucius and Buddha and Mohammed are our MFT members? Not only
that, but God joined our MFT!
How many focal points would you like to have? If your focal point
is the love of God, then actually you are focused on everything, 24
hours a day.
I recently sent Bo Hi Pak to Korea to get government approval so
that we can start the Sun Myung Moon University there. He told them
that people will come there from 120 nations and that there are Nobel
prize winners already on the planning board. When they heard my plans
those officials were astonished. Do you think it can be done?
One asset you have is that you are young. If you work just like I
worked, there is no limit to what you can do. What is our overall
focus? It is God. Every Sunday morning I emphasize one thing-true
love. Everything in the universe focuses upon true love; that is the
source of life. In the spirit world the love of God is the rising sun.
Once you possess the true love of God, you will be the focus of the
world wherever you go. I am intently pushing you out so that you can
quickly become the focus of the world. You will experience how much God
has suffered in restoring mankind. I want you to understand how much
God endured. If you had the power of almighty God, I'm sure you would
have crushed the world a long time ago. Now you know you have to be
patient, no matter how long it takes. Our weapon is education, so
instead of destroying people we will raise them up.
God saw and heard much wickedness over these thousands of years, yet
He has been patient. By the same token, you have to be able to endure
the criticism of the world. We must win the love of God; only that one
thing matters. God has been the king of patience in history and so we
must be princes and princesses of endurance. God gave His only begotten
Son and saw the world kill him, but still God was patient. That is the
endurance of God. Do you want it? You must have infinite patience and
endurance if you want to gain true love.
I have received overwhelming criticism but I don't want to remember
any of it. I want to forget within 30 minutes any accusation that
comes. God has been forgetting the evil things and remembering the good
news. I can always be grateful and thank God for the opportunity to
participate in His hardship and learn His endurance. With that power
alone can we understand God and become like Him.
How much has God trusted people? In all biblical history man has
failed God and has been untrustworthy, but still God trusted. Without
trust there is no way God could continue the work of restoration. How
could man continue to try if God did not trust him? Thus when we learn
from God, we must learn how to trust other people even though they may
fail us a thousand times. Even though they lie to you, still trust
them. Even though they cause you pain, still trust them.
Thank God that you can participate with Him in trusting
unconditionally since you yourself have been untrustworthy. When you
meet someone who is difficult to trust, you can thank God for the
opportunity to practice His trust. God wants so much to love man that
He gives everything unconditionally. By imitating the God who is
infinitely loving and trusting, we can learn that wonderful way of love.
When God sees someone who is trying to practice this way of life even
while he is living in hard circumstances, God wants to show great mercy
to him. You can win His heart and He will shower His mercy and grace on
In home church you are persecuted many times. Your roster will be
your record of persecution but God comfort you and be right there with
you. Persecution is a necessary ingredient. In many cases when your
people are rude and curse you, you come back to the center feeling
depressed. But instead you should be jubilant over what they have given
you that day.
By enduring their hostility you will become a universal person who
can go to both hot and cold places, high and low places and be welcomed
there. In that way, you will become a central point. You love to see
me because I am such a central point. I am almost 60, so wouldn't you
ask me to sleep late and let a younger person give the sermon on Sunday?
No? How cruel you are! When I leave New York to go abroad, you feel
America is empty because the focus of love is temporarily away. I am
always trying to be the focus of your love and I always focus my love
upon you. This is why I am generous with you and forgive you all the
time, giving you another chance and trusting you.
The twelve months comprise one circle of seasons. There is always
balance there, with six months up and six months down, six months left
and six months right. One place is hot and the other cold. Each season
reaches a peak and then changes. You cannot say you want only spring or
only enjoy hot weather. Most people don't like winter but you have to
live through it. Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus, and at least three
disciples collaborated with him; their betrayal was equivalent to the
three months of winter. You must pass through winter to welcome spring.
Winter is essential because without it nothing can be prepared for the
When water freezes it expands and through that process the hard
shell of a seed bursts and is ready for spring. God is truly a great
scientist. When you see isolated aspects of the creation, you don't
understand the greatness of the whole picture; but when you see the
whole picture, you can see the wisdom of having a season like winter.
In the Unification Church now we are completing our winter and getting
ready to welcome spring. Then we will go on to blossom fully in the
summer and bring the harvest in autumn. When the seeds are harvested,
we will enter winter again and be ready to be tested again. Then the
cold will beat fiercely on us but the life in the seed will remain
intact, waiting for the spring and summer. New life will come.
You are persecuted and ill-treated but the life within you has
been activated, hasn't it? Are you ready to come out in the spring?
Americans think that their nation will always prosper, but that is not
so. While Americans are enjoying spring, summer and autumn, you are
building up the power to survive the coming winter.
The Unification Church is full of hope. We will not be a great
movement unless we are hardened and tested, but then we will be strong
and able to prosper anywhere in the world. In order to be a healthy
person, you must be able to live in and enjoy all of the seasons. In
the same way, you should be able to serve all four different categories
of people-like spring, summer, autumn and winter. You can say that you
need all four kinds of people, just as you need all four seasons.
That is why Jesus selected twelve disciples, all of them very
different. Jesus focused his love upon each person and then they became
one united group. You should be able to serve and focus on twelve
different people in harmony.
In one day we can see signs of the four seasons: morning is like
spring; daytime is like summer; evening is like autumn and night time is
like winter. In order to make a full circle, your movement must be both
up and down. You cannot go just one way. We should know how to go both
up and down because God does both. Satan, however, only knows how to go
up; ultimately he will fall all the way down. When you encounter
tribulation and suffering, don't think that you are destroyed. As much
as you must go down, you can come up again that much higher. That is
the method God wants to teach you.
Together with the spirit world we are going to focus on the eternal
love of God. As Moonies we have a tremendous capacity: we can focus
ourselves no matter where we are because we have the true love of God.
People see us now in a bad light but as soon as they see that their
focus is wrong, they will change.
If you totally serve and sacrifice for others, you will become a
central figure wherever you go. If you live like that, you will be
elevated into heaven as a central figure. Your eyes should search for
the places where people are in misery; your thinking should be focused
on how to liberate hell; your ears should want to change the sad sounds
of hell; and your mouth should speak the glad words of salvation.
Look at the world through God's parental eyes and speak words of
salvation. If you live like that, you will be a victorious person; you
will be approved as God's son or daughter. This is a task more urgent
than anything else. You should get to the point where you forget the
calendar, forget night and day. The place where we must do this is home
Therefore, be proud of being persecuted. When you are walking on a
windy, rainy day, soaking wet, be proud of it. When your shoes are
broken and you have to stuff them with cardboard, be proud of it. When
someone curses you, be proud of it. My only worry was that America
might ignore me, but it hasn't. Since you are like God and like me,
your worst worry is that people will ignore you.
If you can say that you will go this way without failure, raise your
hands, please. Thank you. God bless you.