REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
LET US KNOW OURSELVES
September 30, 1979
Translator - Sang Kil Han
Knowing ourselves is probably one of the most important things in
our lives. When you say "us" or "I", you have a
certain identity in mind. For instance, there are around 240 million
people in America who would say, "I am an American." However,
one could be either the lowest possible American, a very noble American,
or in between. How do you think of yourselves?
Apart from being American citizens, what else are you? You are
children of your parents. In this country your parents might be
descended from many combinations of nationalities, and when you
investigate your family tree there may be many variations. Your lineage
may be a proud one or a humble one and your ancestors honorable or
dishonorable. Your parents' lineages might even have conflicted with
each other at some time. As members of the Unification Church we can
ask, "Who are we?" Again, there are basically two types. One
person might be part of the backbone of the Church, while to another
person it might not make much difference whether he is here or not. You
may have come to some realization about whether or not you are a person
of importance here.
It is always true that each person thinks from the point of view
that he is the center of each situation because each person thinks that
he has some value or importance. Everyone also has some ambition or
aspiration, and there is no limit to what man can desire. Do you feel
that you are important, and do you have some aspiration in life? In
this regard are there differences between races, or between people of
the past, present, and future? No, each person is the same here. You
can conclude that you want to be important and to be recognized, and
that you want to better yourself every day. This is a common human
Let us determine whether we are good men or bad men. In the
category of good men there are many different classifications or levels.
It is important to know who determines whether one is a good or bad man;
will you do it, or someone else? Is that the individual right of a
person, or will the majority opinion decide good or evil? Goodness must
be determined from the public point of view, and whether a person is
good will be decided by his contribution to the overall well-being.
Someone may pride himself on his good looks, but if he is missing one
finger can we say his appearance is perfect? From the overall point of
view, a part is missing. Value is derived from the entire point of
view, or point of view of wholeness or perfection.
A good person is one whom the whole can recognize as being good.
Suppose I think I am the best in my family. My parents might think I am
good, but if my little sister thinks I am terrible then something is
lacking. Who determines whether you are the best in your family? It is
the consensus of family opinion that decides. How can you be admired by
all your family? When you serve them unselfishly and make them
important to you then they will respect you.
What is the basic formula for being recognized by public opinion?
Two key elements must be there: sacrifice and service. Will you become
a good person if you expect others to serve and sacrifice for you? You
have to be the center of sacrifice and service. Will some of you
This is an important congregation because it is a miniature of the
world, with all nationalities and races represented here. If this
representative group can agree that this is the principle for
determining who are good men and women then this must be the principle
that will work for the entire world. One category of people will agree
that service and sacrifice are good and they will try it; others think
they will mull over the issue, while yet others will agree that this has
always been their way of life. Which group do you belong in?
If you feel you have been practicing this way of life, are you in a
position to be recognized as a man of goodness by the entire world? Do
you practice service and sacrifice by expecting service from 240 million
Americans, or by thinking that you must serve 240 million Americans?
Obviously you must do it. Now that we have agreed on the definition of
a good man, would you want to become the best man within the limited
scope of America, or on the worldwide level? America is a microcosm of
the world; do you love all the races and nationalities here? Could a
man of racial prejudice be described as a good man? If he dislikes
black people then would only blacks think he was guilty of prejudice, or
would people of his own race also criticize his attitude? Is this a
racial judgment or a universal one?
We must recognize that there is a universal principle involved,
regardless of what race you are. You can see that the universe has
certain fundamental laws, and anyone who violates them will be judged
accordingly, regardless of his race or stature. What is the spirit of
that constitution of the universe? It aims to preserve or uphold the
men and women who try to live for others. It would also try to
eliminate people who try to take advantage of others and benefit only
themselves. This is why we can say that good people are those who exist
for the sake of others, and good deeds are those actions which benefit
If a person is brought to trial and convicted of violating the
constitutional law, would he feel good? Often a convicted defendant
reacts strongly to the judgment of the court, demanding to know what is
wrong with him when there is so much wrong with society. Normally a
court will not reverse its decision just because the defendant objects.
If even a human court won't do that, will the universal court reverse
There is always room for mercy in a righteous legal system, but in
order to be entitled to receive it a person must show his sincere
repentance. Repentance is the key word. This is why Jesus'
pronouncement was, "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at
hand." What should we repent for? Very simply, we must repent for
all those actions which violated the rule that says we should live in
sacrifice and service for others. This was Jesus' first teaching.
The essence of Christianity is to seek repentance for the sin of
greediness and selfishness. Sin can be defined as violation of the
universal law of service to others. Even stealing a dress from a big
department store chain is wrong. That dress has value which comes from
the person who prepared it, and the person who steals it nullifies that
public value. That is the sin. Another person might realize that he
tells lies all the time, but his conscience doesn't hurt him. The
motivation for lying always involves hiding something to take advantage
of others: otherwise, there would be no reason to lie.
Everything is embraced by this universal principle and every deed
can be judged accordingly. Imagine a person who sees an ugly woman on
the street and knocks her down, thinking that he can't stand to see her,
and that he is also doing a service to other Americans who wouldn't like
to see her. If that is his motivation then is his deed a sin? That
individual might try to justify his deed but the universal law will not.
Universal law would decree that no matter how ugly that person might be,
she is just as valuable as everyone else because she is made by the
Creator. Therefore, no one has a right to knock her down.
Everything about this principle is consummated in two key words:
sacrifice and service. In our human courts today is there any judge who
would uphold a conviction that a person did not live his life in service
and sacrifice to others? What law judges deeds of sacrificial service?
Such deeds are not governed by the law of the nation but are upheld by
public recognition. If a person gives sacrificial service to his nation
then his country will honor him with a medal and national acclaim.
Perhaps someone will complain that this universal law about service
doesn't fit him and want to know why he can't be given a citation and
still enjoy his life. Would the society which honored selfish, greedy
people endure very long? If that way of life prevailed then no unity
and harmony would be possible. If the creator enforced selfishness as
the universal law that law would apply not only to all humans but also
to the whole material world. Then each tiny cell could claim that
everything in the universe exists solely for him and that no other cell
has any rights. That kind of attitude would bring nothing but division
Universal law doesn't work like that, however. No one denies that
the cells of the eye are important, but those cells exist for the
benefit of the entire body. The purpose of the whole precedes the
existence of the eye, so the eye must obey the universal law of the
entire body. That eye should obey simply because the universe upholds
this point of view and that way of life is the one which will flourish.
You eat breakfast every morning, don't you? Where do the animals
and plants come from that comprise your meals? In order to have food
you have to ruthlessly cut down different plants, then chew them up with
your teeth and swallow them. The vegetables in your salad bowl won't
protest, however, because they know the universal law and think that
they are there to serve a greater purpose. With that attitude they can
thank you for eating them so that you can serve the public purpose.
There is a harmony of purpose here. The food on your plate has a
certain appreciation of what you live for and is willing to serve your
body. That's the only way there can be harmony between you and your
food. Otherwise, your food would hate you for eating it and resent
hearing you laugh. The key point is that your food accepts you only
because it knows you are living for the public purpose. Food will
resent the laughter of a greedy person who wants to eat it.
If you are not living for a public purpose then sometimes your food
will stage a demonstration against you in your stomach. Then you get
sick, or even die in some cases. Under the universal law goodness
should flourish and evil should decline. Now you know precisely that
the direction of goodness includes service and sacrifice, but until now
that definition has been hazy in history, lacking a focal point.
Let us examine whether that definition is right or wrong.
Everything in this world exists in one of two classifications, and even
the tears trickling from your eyes can be either good or evil. Your
ears and eyes could serve in two ways. If your eyes want to look at the
world to find a person in need so that you can go and serve him, then
your eyes are serving a good function. On the other hand, if your eyes
are trying to spot someone's weakness so you can exploit him, they are
serving an evil function.
There are all kinds of music in America, but who is it played for?
Disco and rock music in themselves are not good or evil, so what purpose
they serve is the main consideration. If they serve the public purpose
then they are good. If music and dance are used only for personal
physical pleasure or for getting money from others then they are serving
an evil purpose. Is it likely that disco music is played for an
unselfish, public purpose today? That's the reason I would not favor
going to discos. If dancing and listening to that music will help
resurrect people from darkness to light then go right ahead, all 365
days a year. Do you have that confidence? Would it be correct to think
that this is just my idea, and that once I disappear it will no longer
apply because it is not universal?
There are two great examples of how this universal law is unchanging
through the past, present and future. Jesus Christ lived a most
miserable life on earth, but on the cross he could forgive his own
enemies. When he died he looked like a defeated person in the secular
sense. But his ideology has practically conquered the world in the last
2,000 years, and history is counted from the year of his birth. On the
other hand, the Hitlers and Napoleons who thought they could conquer the
world with military might have appeared successful temporarily, but have
their accomplishments remained? No, because they too are under the
dominion of the universal constitution and that activity is
The saints in history are those who lived up to this principle and
completely practiced this way of life of goodness. The saints are those
who belong to God and at the same time to mankind, the people who are
living on the universal level. People are proud of any connection they
may have with a saint, whether they are relatives, or come from the same
nation, and so forth. Why do they want to be proud? Because the saints
exemplify the most basic principle of the universe.
The topic today is Let Us Know Ourselves. What kind of
people are you? You have some guidelines for evaluating your own deeds
now. Perhaps you have a hand that wants other people to work for you.
Perhaps your body doesn't want to work at all for others but wants the
rest of the world to work for it. Normally you have a rebellious
attitude if someone gives you commands, but in the heavenly world you
can think instead that you are linked to the universe through that
In that respect do you like me? Why? Because you know I am a
mediator through whom you can leap forward to greater well-being.
What kind of man am I? Some people describe me in the worst terms,
saying that evil people like Hitler and Stalin paid their own people to
work, but Reverend Moon is the worst because he doesn't pay anyone and
yet he still makes them work hard. They say I am the worst because
instead of giving you money I send you out tuna raising! If I am as
evil as they say, why don't you leave? Am I evil or not?
I can accept the charge that I am ready to push you harder than any
dictator in history, but the issue centers around what my purpose is.
My purpose is to let you work for something greater than yourself and
greater than your nation; it is for the world and for God. Mine is a
totally unselfish motivation. While you work hard to raise funds I am
working harder than you to raise even more funds, and then when they are
pooled together it is spent for the public purpose. Each of my actions
is within this principle of living in sacrifice and service for others.
I am not only doing this myself, but am pushing others to live for
the public purpose as well. Does that make me an evil or good man?
Parents sometimes seem very cruel when they push their children to
study, but their motive is not to benefit themselves but to strengthen
their children. These parents want their children to be future leaders
and have a good impact on the world. Are those parents good or evil?
Another kind of parent would let his child do whatever he wanted.
Though that may sound wonderful to the child, it is better for a parent
to be firm and push his child to mold his character in a
God-centered way. The leniency that seems wonderful on the surface
actually reflects the fact that the parent doesn't care about the public
Teachers can also be classified in two ways. Students as a rule
just don't like to study and they want the teachers to leave them alone.
There are two kinds of wives as well. One kind nags her husband about
where he has been and how much money he spent and why he doesn't spend
more time with his children. The other kind decides she will just have
fun on her own while her husband is away. In this case the nagging wife
is serving the public purpose.
Some husbands are strict with their wives about not going out
without first getting permission, and about caring for the children and
the house. Another kind is lenient and feels that each of them should
do as they please. Should the first kind of husband be criticized in
Which person is more likely to be on the side of good, the person
who has ten supervisors or the person who has none? Supervision can
seem like a burden, but the discipline and demands of the supervision
can push you to accomplish more. My policy is that Unification Church
members can't afford to do only one thing at one time. That is only
average. I want you to tackle hundreds of things at one time.
Sometimes I give so many instructions at one time that the American
members are immobilized and don't know where to move. But even the
smallest Oriental members will run like ants, jumping from mission to
mission, and somehow bring the result.
You know how to evaluate good and evil now. What kind of person is
God? God is the master and center of the public law of the universe.
One thing can be said: God exists solely for the sake of others. He is
the supreme public person in the universe. God is the creator and the
originator of the two basic principles of service and sacrifice. Let us
call these distinct characteristics A-type blood. If both your
parents have A-type blood, most likely you will too. In the same
way, if we are created by God then His principles must become ours as
Since God is proclaiming that way of life, everything should come
under that way of life as well. That's the way God designed the
universe, and anything that goes against that principle will receive
pain. When we establish give and take with God by living that way, it
brings harmony and energy to life. Whoever is linked to that kind of
give and take shall enjoy eternal life because there is no end to it.
Why do we have to live the life of sacrifice and service? Ultimately it
is in order to have give and take with God and plug into His energy.
Why should we become one with God? By doing so you will enjoy
eternal life. He is the source of power; God is the highest, so by
uniting with Him you become highest as well. God is absolute. By
uniting with Him you also become absolute and in that unity you will be
protected because no one else will have the power to harm you. In unity
with God, His power and energy become your power and energy and you
become a child in His image. There are all kinds of love, but none
better than the love of God, which shines like the sun. You then become
the recipient of that love.
The sun radiates warmth and light, and when you are part of the sun
of God's love you also become a life-giving element which can bring
harmony and life wherever you go. Such a person always brings life and
energy and melts ungodly things. Many of you first came to the
Unification Church to discredit the doctrine. You were like a cold
chunk of ice, but when you heard the Divine Principle you began to melt
into water. Is that true or not? If this is true then this is an
What technique do I use to inspire you this way? Am I a hypnotist
or magician? There is no magic here, only universal law at work. All I
have to do is teach this law. Sometimes I seem very cruel when I ask
you to go out and work for the universal cause, but is it for the sake
of good or evil? It is for goodness so big that it is the size of God.
I don't have any assets of my own except this universal law.
Furthermore, I aspire to work harder and suffer more than anyone else
for this cause. God knows very well what principle I am living under.
If Satan complains to God that I have been permitted to acquire too much
success and prosperity and he wants me to demonstrate what I have done
to deserve it. would God hesitate to let Satan test me? It is because
Satan is trying to deter me that I have faced incredible persecution and
torture in communist prison camps. But did I change even when I had to
go through all that?
Is it true that the entire world has persecuted me? Hasn't America
welcomed me with red-carpet treatment? Don't many heads of state
want to welcome me to their countries? Christians and Jews are supposed
to be our friends, but are they? Do the communists call me their
friend? I think that in all of history there has never been one
individual who was persecuted by the whole world or who has suffered
more opposition than I have. Have I crumbled into many pieces because
of this opposition, or am I getting stronger than ever? Even outside
people should come to the conclusion that I am not lukewarm or mediocre;
either I am really evil or really good.
I am Oriental, but even white people are telling me I am good. It
is a puzzle to the world and they can't figure it out. Do you really
believe I am good? That is why people think I have brainwashed you-it
is too incredible for them to believe. Is that what I did? All you
have done is link yourself up to the universal principle, but even you
yourselves don't realize when you changed. You used to be just like
people in the secular world, but as you followed this way of life you
covered a great distance and changed a great deal.
These days each faith has its pride. The Pope is visiting many
nations and millions of people gather to see him. Are their cheers for
the Catholic church, or for the salvation of the world? If that sound
is for the sake of the Catholic church, it is not good enough. But if
that gathering is intended to help God and man together to save mankind,
then it is good. If they gather to strengthen their resolve to
sacrifice themselves more for the public good then such gatherings are
Are Unification Church members a good group of people? What is good
about us? We don't gather for the sake of the Unification Church, but
for the liberation of God and mankind. What we do is for the supreme
good. If we only gather to receive God's blessing and privilege then we
are not good people. We gather to give ourselves for the liberation of
mankind and God, so we are a God-centered church. In that case the
leader who founded it must be good as well. The more ardently we pursue
the goal, the more success and prosperity is bound to come. My
philosophy and ideal is to live for the liberation of God, not just
mankind or spirit world. No one ever spoke of that goal before.
Are these empty words or am I really doing it? There is no night or
day for me because I am always working for that goal. Were you lucky or
unfortunate to meet me? Indeed I am ambitious and greedy and ruthless,
but I am applying all these characteristics for making each of you a
God-centered leader. That means I will push you out to untold
hardship and difficulty with an iron will to let you be a winner, not be
defeated. Even if someone threatens to poke your eyes out unless you
renounce this Church, you can reply, "Even if you destroy my eyes I
will not change. They are being sacrificial for the sake of
goodness." After you feel this way, then you can say ouch. Then
God will receive that pain as well.
When you are ridiculed and mistreated you naturally feel pain. But
if you are serving the absolute goal of the liberation of God, then
everything that you bear shall be borne by God as well; your own death
will be felt by God as well. He will acknowledge that you died for Him
and for mankind. Then God and mankind will bow down to you because you
made your sacrifice on the most divine altar.
Those who are here for the first time, raise your hands. Do you
think I am speaking truth or not? Did you come just to watch, or do you
want to be a part of it? This universal principle must be taught to
American youth who are in darkness and confusion today. Is the light we
bring necessary for America? Night or day, the answer is still yes. If
I don't fulfill this duty then God must find someone else who will.
This is the only course left to America and someone must do it.
Otherwise, there is no hope.
The person who tries to fulfill the will of God every day is not
going to be glorified by Congress but will be persecuted and ridiculed
by the people instead. His duty must be fulfilled in that position.
Sacrifice and service must be the credo of our life. Would a beautiful
woman be willing to give up her attractiveness for the law of God?
Imagine the most handsome white man and the most ugly black woman being
blessed together in marriage, giving themselves to God at the altar.
That is the most dramatic thing you can imagine. They will probably be
the happiest and most attractive couple under the sun. They will open
the door to historical heaven and God will be liberated by their
marriage. God is truly life and love, and He is looking for this kind
of dramatic marriage.
When I look at your eyes I feel a certain vibration, and it is not
yet 100 per cent pure. If the bestlooking man has the confidence that
he can accept the worst possible wife from among the women and still be
the happiest man, then this gap will be closed. When the two extremes
can unite and be happy, everything in between will be overcome and all
people encompassed by those extremes can become happy couples. When a
couple representing two extremes reaches heaven they will enjoy total
freedom to go anywhere and meet anyone they want.
That is the Unification Church spirit, the spirit of the founding
nation for the Kingdom of God on earth. Before the entire world comes
against you, I will play Satan's role and be vicious and cruel and
ruthless. Will you accept it? Not only that, but God will be harder on
you than I am. Why can you accept that ? It is because you know that
by passing the worst test you can inherit the deepest love of God. To
receive that unique love you feel you can bear any burden.
Will the people of this conviction look gloomy and unhappy, or will
they be the most exuberant, rain. or shine? Why do we have to take up
this duty and go through the narrow gate of this life I am describing?
God created all things and made them with His dual characteristics. Not
only are they connected to Him vertically, but to each other
horizontally. God is spirit and the created world is material; the
material world is horizontal, while God and the spiritual world are
vertical. God's invisible dual essentialities were manifested in
visible form, so everything is made in the image of God. Where do you
Each man is a microcosm of the universe. Your body is made of all
the elements of the world. Nature supplied all the ingredients that
make your body, which means that the universe made you by donating
itself. If nature demanded that you refund everything that nature
loaned you, would there be anything left of you ? You can feel that the
universe gave you birth and made you, so nature is your first parent.
Do you feel good that you are a microcosm of the universe? All the
universal formats or formulas can be found in you. You could accurately
say that you are a small walking universe who can move, whereas the
universe is stationary. Because you can move and act you can govern the
universe. The universe would want you to exercise dominion over it, so
your first duty would be to love nature. Then wherever you are you can
love the creation and appreciate it.
Since you feel such an urge to love the grass, trees and flowers,
the birds and running water, how can you not love your fellow man? When
you lie on the beach you can feel that you are lying in the bosom of
your parent, or that when leaning against a tree you are leaning against
your own brother. Would nature protest, or feel that you truly love and
know it? All things exist for you, so you can appreciate them for that
reason. As a man you are the only begotten son of the universe, and as
a woman you are the only begotten daughter of the universe. Then how
much love would be possible between the two?
Have you ever had a conversation with the sun, saying that you love
it and singing a song of love for it? Many of the people who think of
themselves as poets don't even appreciate the depth of this truth, and
their poetry is superficial and shallow. Am I telling the truth, or
only seeming to?
Your second parents are your own father and mother. They represent
the universe and labored to bring your life into being. Men and women
can feel that they are the center of the universe because their parents,
representatives of the universe, brought their physical life to this
earth. Your parents represent not only father and mother but all
mankind-teachers, neighbors and relatives. When you serve your parents
you are actually serving mankind, not just two particular people. By
doing so you will be loved by all mankind. This is the historical
background out of which we can say that our virtue as sons and daughters
is to serve our parents with filial piety. Your immediate family and
neighbors represent a microcosm of mankind; your sisters represent all
women and your brothers represent all men. Therefore, your family is a
microcosm of mankind.
The true men are those who look at all people as one family of man.
If you are a true man or woman, when you see a senior citizen you look
at him as your own parent or grandparent. Other young men and women are
your own brothers and sisters. If you are a true man then you love not
only your own family but also all mankind. It is against the Principle
to care only for your family and not the rest of the world. If you
happen to be white, then it is a most exciting adventure to find your
black family, and to find senior citizens and young men and women whom
you love as much as your own grandparents and brothers and sisters.
If you see someone in dire need then you want to fill their need
because they are not just your fellow man, but your brother or sister.
Here in America, when parents become old and can't take care of
themselves, do they go to their children's homes or to senior citizens
homes? Which is the ideal? Aren't you just like all other Americans
who think old people should go to senior citizens' homes? Would a
grandmother be happier to visit her grandchildren or to visit in senior
Are you willing to accept your grandmother into your home? Would
you do it in reality, or are you only saying yes because you are here?
As a new wife would you rather go to live with your husband's family of
many in-laws, or to live only with him? If you want to live up to
the public law of the universe then you want to go to live with his
You have your own physical parents, but ultimately you have one most
important parent who created you-God. Your parents were the tools God
used to create you. The journey in search of the True Parents begins by
loving nature, which is the first parent, then loving your physical
parents, and then to the ultimate parent, God, who is our Creator. God
is the ultimate destination, our eternal parent. The moment of death,
which everyone now fears. is actually the moment of fulfillment. If
you live your life in the right way here on earth then your life leads
ultimately to the one common parent. Then the moment of death actually
liberates you to live with that parent for eternity. He is the true
parent to us all who has true love with no end. Life with Him is what
we call the Kingdom of Heaven in heaven.
The principle atmosphere of that world is supreme love. That love
is not selfish. but is based on sacrifice and service. Because it is
based on that universal law, that supreme love flourishes. The Kingdom
of Heaven in spirit world is our ultimate destination, and our physical
life here on earth is only a workshop. No matter how long you live, it
all nurtures you to enter eternal life in heaven. When I discovered the
core truth of the universe, this is what I found. Earthly life is
merely preparation for eternal life and it is here that we pass or fail.
With that realization I then prayed to know the basic principle Of the
universe, and the answer came-the father-son relationship is the
backbone of the universe. That is the relationship you have with the
creation, with your parents, and with God. The central theme of that
relationship is love.
While we are here on earth we are attending the most important
workshop of all, learning this principle so that we can ultimately reach
our destination in heaven and enjoy our father-son relationship
with God for eternity. This is why the Unification Church exists and
why I am leading you. MFT life is training to make a relationship with
God for eternity. Any money we raise comes out of nature and we value
it accordingly. You can tell the money that after it has longed to be
used for God's purpose it has finally come to the right place because
you will connect it to the True Parents and God.
Wherever you go in the world you face certain difficulties and
persecution, out of which you gain greater value for your work. If
everything came easily then it would have little value. You desire to
link whatever money you have, whether large or small, to True Parents so
that it will have true value. All things have been fervently waiting
for this relationship and you are the mediator who will make it happen.
No matter how old and distinguished and socially accomplished you are,
you still need to make this link with nature and restore material for
the sake of God.
Another important part of our mission is restoration of men. When
you see other people, you can think; that they have been waiting a long
time to be restored to God. Now you can go to them because you know the
way and purpose of life. You can he the mediator to bring them to God.
By reaching out to people you are actually serving your parents as well
and having you as their children they shall be glorified and saved. By
finding the strayed sons and daughters ot America, you are serving your
own parents in addition to loving them, and together you can come to the
When you truly live this noble life there are no parents who will
not welcome you. As much as you practice loving the people of the world
you can certainly love your own parents and brothers and sisters to that
degree. You love them as representatives of the True Parents and as
someone who was commissioned by God. They have that value. No family
would reject such a child, but would bow down.
There is one more training course left-the training of the spirit
world. You have to know how to deal with and serve the spirit world and
liberate it. You should be in a position to love the spirit world, and
no one can make you realize this except the Messiah. That is the most
important training remaining before you can love God.
The Messiah comes as director of training, setting: the example of
how to love people, the world and spirit world. Then you can pass the
ultimate test. Before the coming of the Messiah the spirit world was
divided. with no harmony or cooperation anywhere in the midst of all
that complexity. When the Messiah comes he will create unity and
barriers will go down. It is one of his qualifications that he fulfill
this while he is on earth. He is the one man on earth who has the power
to control the spirit world.
The True Parents are those who represent not only this physical
world but also the spirit world and God, under whom you practice love.
If you go to spirit world without knowing the Messiah, it might take
several million years to learn to love people there. But when you
accept the Messiah while on earth you can accomplish many millions of
years of work in a short time. By obeying the True Parents here on
earth you are entitled to receive recognition for loving all spirit
world and obeying all its rules. The True Parents represent not only
this physical world but also spirit world and God, and by obeying God's
representative you demonstrate your obedience to God. By loving them
you can pass every level. Now you know why unity with True Parents is
necessary. They represent the heart of God so that by loving them you
have already loved God and the spirit world. That is the culmination of
loving all parents-nature, your physical parents and God.
Until True Parenthood was installed, all love was divided and there
was no harmony. Now by loving the True Parents you are in a position to
love them all. If you fail on other levels but in the end you accept
the True Parents, you have demonstrated your loyalty and love to
indemnify all the past. Everything culminates in that supreme
accomplishment. If you are given a paper signed by the President of the
United States, it has power everywhere in the land. In the same way, if
you pass this final level of loving True Parents, you pass every other
level as well. That is why it is an absolute necessity to have True
By fund raising you inherit the material wealth of the universe. By
witnessing to the people of the world you inherit the condition of
loving your own physical parents. When you love True Parents you are
inheriting the world of God and His love. We can conclude that by
practicing loving the True Parents, God's representatives on earth, you
can practice loving everything you need to do on earth. Here you can
finish all the qualifications you need to be entitled to the Kingdom of
Heaven in heaven. You have that center here in the Unification Church.
The people of the world just scoff or ridicule you, but in front of
them we are proud of being Moonies. Your voice of pride shall be
stronger than the voice of negativity, both here and all over the world.
If anyone is reluctant to speak up as a Moonie, I will not speak up for
him in front of Heaven. Tomorrow is the first of October. These nine
months of 1979 have been months of indemnity for everything so far, and
it is culminated with the birth of the new baby, Hyung Jin.
We know ourselves-we are Moonies and proud of it. We rejoice over
what we are, so when we deal with the world we shall be strong and bold.
Don't be intimidated by the world, but be proud and quietly say, "You
just wait and see. In a few years you will find the truth. The time
will come when you will understand, and in the meantime we are proud."
As long as the people misunderstand us we will just tighten our belts
and work harder to bring the victory. If you move forward and I am
pushing behind you, there is no way you can fail.
Spirit world is pushing behind us. You know that the intervention
of spirit world is becoming stronger. Is there anything to be afraid
of? How proud we are to have found the truth and be children of the
True Parents. In the morning when you stand in front of the mirror,
greet yourself and say, "You haven't been too proud of yourself.
Now you are proud of being a Moonie."
Those who pledge today as a new beginning to walk proudly on the
streets of New York and be central people to bring this city back to
God, raise your hands. Thank you very much. Let us pray.