REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
I AM THE CENTER
OF THE WHOLE
March 8, 1981
Translator - Sang Kil Han
Copyright © 1981 by Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity
To speak of the whole is to include everything. Thus "the
whole" pertains not only to America, but it encompasses the world
and beyond that the entire universe, the vast realm of creation. Since
creation is the realm of result, there must be a realm of cause-the
world in which God dwells.
This world we are living in is the world of result, but what did it
result from? The human fall. Thus it is far removed from the original
world. This fallen world is certainly not the world in which we long to
live; it is the culmination of thousands of generations of alien
ancestors. Looking back upon history, we find that our ancestry is not
what we would have desired.
This is not the world which God planned, but rather the fallen
world. Each generation has multiplied the results of the fall;
thousands upon thousands of fallen generations have brought the world
to its present state. Each segment of history was terrible. When you
think deeply about fallen history, can't you feel how shockingly
horrible it has been?
Think of mankind's sinful history as a person who fell overboard
into deep water and tries desperately to reach the shore. The current
is very swift and, not knowing how to swim, mankind has been
floundering and thrashing about, screaming for help, praying for
someone to come to the rescue. A person in such desperate circumstances
doesn't even notice whether the water is clean or dirty, or in which
direction the current is flowing. A drowning person doesn't feel free
to complain that his mother didn't love him enough, or that his
girlfriend wasn't nice enough to him. Under desperate circumstance,
such thoughts are out of the question.
What does a drowning person focus on? He only cares about how to
get out of the water and save his life. He doesn't worry about food or
clothing; none of that matters now. All he desires is for someone to
snatch him out of the river, regardless of how they do it. His rescuer
might grab him by the hands, feet, hair or nose and he wouldn't mind;
even if his foot were snagged by a fishhook, it would be okay as long
as he got pulled out. If he is saved, he won't complain about his foot
being mutilated. He thinks of nothing except being saved. In such a
situation, one experiences the strength of the will to survive.
You could create such an experience any time. You might, for
instance, run water into the bathtub and lie face down in it for about
40 seconds, and see what happens. You would probably start out filled
with different thoughts and aspirations but 40 seconds later, all you
would want is air!
Most people take everything for granted, doing things the same way
those in the past have done. They live habitually, doing basic things
without question, with little excitement or desperation. But is that
the true way of life?
When a person floundering in a rushing river manages to grab onto a
passing log, that log makes a huge difference in his life. Or suppose a
boat passes by and he is able to climb aboard. Once he is aboard, the
only thing separating him from the water is a mere half-inch of wood
forming the bottom of the boat. The difference between where he was
before and where he is now is a mere half-inch. He is only a half-inch
away from death!
That torrent of water represents hell, and that half-inch above the
water is heaven. This analogy is no exaggeration. At one time you were
fighting for your life but now, a half-inch above the water, you can
look down and even enjoy the scene. You can row your boat and sing a
song. Hell knows no songs or laughter; it is a desperate world where
people think only of getting out. But heaven is a world in which you
can enjoy many things.
We can imagine what it would feel like to be caught in a raging
torrent. Being sinful is like being in that water, but do people know
that they are in dangerous water? Which is more difficult: to struggle
for survival in rushing water, or to fight to escape the fallen world
and return to the original world? Is the condition of fallen people any
less desperate than that of a drowning person? It is actually more
If God's own child fell into the water and was drowning, wouldn't
God be desperate to reach down and pick him up? But when Adam fell, did
God rescue him or leave him where he was? Actually, God chased Adam out
of the garden; so Adam's situation was more serious than someone
falling into a river. God even seemed unsympathetic as He drove Adam
away. The struggle to return to God is immeasurably more difficult than
falling into a river and struggling to reach the shore. Deep within
you, you must feel the truth of this statement. Mankind has truly
fallen and must sooner or later get out of the water and be saved. You
must face that fact. This is no flight of fancy.
Can you respond, "Well, Father, you may think like that, but I
don't have to"? Can you presume that it applies only to Koreans
but not other nationalities? This truth affects all races and peoples.
No matter who you are-rich or poor, great or humble, man or woman-you
share the common fate of all humanity. As long as you are an offspring
of alien ancestry, what I am saying holds true.
There could be two kinds of people struggling in the water: those
who can swim and those who cannot. Someone might say he doesn't intend
to learn how to swim until he happens to fall into the water-and then
he will quickly learn. That sounds good, but does it work? A beginning
swimmer, dressed only in swimming trunks, might paddle awkwardly in the
chilly water, and someone looking on might say, "I don't want to
go through that!" The observer will be all right as long as he
stays on land; but if he ever falls into the water, he will have no
alternative but to try to swim. The one who has already learned how to
swim will be much better prepared for an emergency. Even struggling in
turbulent rapids, he will know the best way to reach land; if he cannot
get to the shore right away, he will be able to breathe and stay
Can someone swim without making any motion? Good swimmers use all
parts of their body-arms, legs, hands and even the head. Especially if
you fall into rapids, you know that you have to move every part of you
in order to get out. A non-swimmer in deep water will flail his arms
and thrash about, but it doesn't get him anywhere; it doesn't help
him. Which is more reasonable: to put off learning to swim until you
find yourself in deep water, or to resolve to learn now, in case you
might someday fall overboard? Rather than waiting until you are in
desperate straits, you should learn in advance how to swim and practice
the proper movements.
As you are learning, would you practice only in warm water? You
never know if you will fall into warm or cold water. If you practice
swimming in the cold ocean water, for instance, you will be prepared to
survive in any kind of water. Swimmers usually train in cold water. If
you are going to learn to swim, learn the standard by which swimming
ability is evaluated, and then keep working until you reach it.
In Oriental thought, the world is compared to a bitter sea, not a
sweet one, and the human situation is like being dropped into the ocean
and having to swim to the shore. Ask the average person whether he is
desperately seeking to save himself, or whether his condition is
generally happy and needs no improvement. Some people are trying to
save themselves, but a lot of Americans, for instance, appear to be
contented with life; they go dancing, they dine out, and so forth. They
are comparable to a group of people on an island in the middle of the
Pacific Ocean, relaxing on top of a sand dune. The waves are not
hitting them yet, but the more they dance, the more the sand beneath
them erodes. That is a description of some Americans today.
Suppose a storm arises. In the ocean, surrounded by nothing but
water, where would you go? The people on the sand dune might have a
nice large island, but the storm of communism could completely smash
their island. Then what awaits the inhabitants?
In the news these days there is much talk about El Salvador and
whether America will help it. What does the United States have to do
with that tiny country? The Reagan administration is disturbed because
the communists are there. Are you Americans confident about the future
of your country? No, you cannot feel very reassured.
All mankind is in the water, but one group is trying desperately to
get out of the water, by one means or another, and the other group is
not even conscious of their situation. Perhaps they are drinking the
water and thinking nothing of it. The ones trying to learn to swim are
the religious people. There are different styles of swimming: you can
float relatively motionless on the water's surface, or you can paddle
with lots of motion. Buddhism is like the first style and Christianity
is like the second. The Buddhists gaze up at the blue sky of heaven as
they are swimming; they cannot see to either side of them. Some people
can swim in an almost vertical position in the water; others consider
it strange, but still it is swimming. Is it better to stick to one
style of swimming, or to learn various strokes? It isn't easy to learn
many strokes, so some people prefer to concentrate on only one.
In addition to a variety of styles, there is a variety of places
where people can swim. Some swim in a small pool, others in a pond or
lake, and still others in the ocean. There is no rule forbidding
someone who learned to swim in a pool from swimming in the ocean, or
Unification Church members learn to use a variety of swimming
styles; also you learn how to swim rapidly. Some of you are thrown into
African waters teeming with alligators; there you will swim quickly! If
you are dropped into the Arctic Ocean, you will also want to swim
rapidly to the shore. You are learning to adapt to different waters and
survive under any circumstance.
So is the Unification Church a good place to be? Certainly we can
say it is a good place. We want a place that is good not only for
ordinary life but also during emergencies. Likewise we want a place
that is good not just for emergencies but also for daily life. Is the
Unification Church good for both? Now you tell me it is good, but
ordinarily you complain about it: you don't like fundraising and
witnessing, you would rather not go out in the rain to witness. You
don't like it, but at the same time you know it is good! People who
observe you from outside the church may understand that you feel it is
necessary to do the things you do, but they feel that they don't have
to do them. "Maybe Reverend Moon and the Moonies need those
activities," they might say, "but I don't" They are like the
people who don't care to learn how to swim.
But suppose a huge storm comes, with high winds and heavy
flooding. We know that our chance of survival will be much better than
those who are unprepared. If the Unification Church is providing the
only survival training for the future, then we can clearly call it a
wonderful place. Do you like this "wonderful" way? I don't!
This wonderful way is very difficult, but we can see how necessary it
Once we master the art of swimming, we can be absolutely
confident. Nothing can threaten us then, not even the biggest storms
with the most enormous waves and severe floods. Because we are expert
swimmers, we know we will survive. In other words, if you pass the
complete course of the Unification Church, you can survive in any
situation you might meet anywhere in the world our topic today is,
"I Am the Center of the Whole." The question is
whether you are the center of the whole in a good sense, or a bad
sense. For someone floundering in deep water, swimming is a good
thing; that is what makes good sense. In addition to wanting to be
the center of the whole in a good sense, you should want to be the
center on a large scale. If you can swim very well, you will be the
center of the whole in a very good way.
I started swimming from my home country and continued all the way
across the Pacific Ocean. On the way over, I encountered people of
every different race blocking my way, like various creatures of the
sea. America is like a whale, Japan like a shark. You have to learn
how to survive in deep water. Can you survive? The largest sea monster
is communism. You have to fight against the monster and win over it.
Can you do these things without knowing how to swim? No, you must
learn to swim. You cannot just ignore the danger of communism.
Communism is like a storm and you must be prepared for its arrival.
You have to know everything about communism: its history, its tactics,
Where is the dirtiest, most foul-smelling kind of water? It is in
places where free sex is practiced. Alcohol and drug abuse are
dreadful, but sexual promiscuity is the worst pollution. The waters
of the world's religions, including the Unification Church, are like
spring water, clear and pure. Although we are still struggling, at
least the water is clean and not toxic.
In this fallen world, the members of the Unification Church are
linked to heaven with an invisible rope. If you start to head in the
wrong direction, that rope will yank you back toward the right path.
If you think about the value of that kind of protection, you don't
mind the Unification Church so much, do you? If a hungry whale comes
along and tries to swallow you, the heavenly winch can hoist you up
and set you down in a different place. Isn't that great? So what kind
of place is the Unification Church? One which protects you from the
whales and sharks.
Why would heaven do that for you? Heaven takes extra care of you
because you are a special kind of seed. Without that precious seed,
mankind will not be able to continue in the future. Wanting to
preserve you, heaven goes out of its way to help you. With such
protection, you can take many risks and have many different
adventures. Ordinary people would predict that if you continue doing
such things you would soon die. But rather than dying, you prosper.
Heaven intervenes on your behalf. Do you understand that? Even though
all other people may pass away, God knows that the special seed must
All you have to do is tie that rope around your waist and make a
little hook in it. You may think that is too much trouble and wonder
why you have to do it. You don't need to understand the reason. Just
make the hook, and then heaven can drop its rope and pull you up
whenever you need it. Even though it may be difficult, our
responsibility is to do what we are told and secure the rope around
us, with the little hook for heaven. The rest is up to heaven.
Since you do not understand the purpose of this hook, you don't
want to go through the difficulties to create it, but I keep urging
you to do so. "What for?" you cry, but I chase you out to
try harder. Finally you do what you are told, and that is very good.
The other day I heard a report about someone who had left the
Unification Church after being a member for three years. He told one
of our members that because of the training he had received in the
church, he had no problems supporting himself and making money; he
was better equipped in whatever he did. He said that after three
years of training, he finds that nothing is impossible. We could say
that he learned something about how to swim!
Is it easy or difficult to learn how to swim? It is extremely
difficult, but we have to keep practicing and pursuing the perfection
of this activity. As for any worthwhile goal, you must be persistent
and never give up. Keep trying with all your might. Even though it
may take a long time-perhaps even the rest of your life-you should
make up your mind that you will continue to perfect it.
Before training you, I trained myself. My training was much more
difficult than what you are experiencing. If I had not undergone such
intense training, I would have run away from the Unification Church
faster than anyone. You Unification Church members want to be like me
someday, don't you? That is good. However, in order to resemble me, you
have to do exactly what I tell you to do. "No. Not that!"
you object. "I want to be like you, but I don't want to do all
the things you tell me. I want to resemble you automatically, by
One of the national leaders told me, "I am 42 years old, and
I am a leader. Now you are asking me to go back to the beginning
lessons again?" He thought he had already finished basic
training, but I could see that he needed much more. He was still a
beginner. Until we die, we must keep on training ourselves.
There are two kinds of seas in life: the bitter one and the sweet
one. The sweet sea stands for heaven and the bitter sea for hell. We
have to move from the bitter sea to the sweet. To do that, we have to
swim against a strong current and overcome sharks and alligators. As
you know, Satan waits for you at the point where you try to enter the
heavenly sea, at the cross over point. You have to be able to get
past him. If you are not properly prepared when you arrive at the
junction, you will become frightened and lose confidence. Then Satan
will surely stop you.
Knowing that you have received excellent preparation, you
Unification Church members can be very confident. Moreover, you have
that special belt so if you cannot reach the heavenly side by yourself,
somebody else can hook you with a rope and haul you over. I know that
you need preparation. Satan himself is waiting at the very gate of
heaven hoping to stop you, so you should be well prepared for that
confrontation. That is one point where you have to fight and win.
With training and preparation, you will become the champion for all
time. To be a permanent champion, you need help from spirit world. That
means you must do everything a person possibly can-and more. Then
spirit world will be able to help you. Your responsibility is to be
well prepared. Runners train for months, even years, in order to
compete in a marathon. To gain the victory in a two-hour race, they
have to train for thousands upon thousands of hours. We must train
just as seriously.
Marathon champions train for many years while you are seeking to
become the princes and princesses of heaven; so can you train for just
a few years and quit, complaining that the course is too hard? Someone
who wants to gain such a distinction without making the necessary
efforts has a thief's mentality. To obtain a Ph.D. from a fine school,
say Harvard University, you have to go through some 20 years of
schooling, including elementary and high school. How tedious that is!
Which should be more difficult: getting a Ph.D. from Harvard, or
becoming a heavenly prince or princess? How many hundreds of years
should you invest in order to achieve your heavenly goal? A lifetime,
and even more.
The Unification Church is good, you say, but you don't like the
indemnity course. You think everything would be fine if only you didn't
have to go through indemnity. But you should realize that indemnity is
what makes it possible for you to complete your training for heaven.
Because you know how to pay indemnity, you can hope to reach the sweet
sea of heaven in less than thousands of years. Only indemnity makes
that possible. If you could not pay indemnity, you could not even do
home church. Because of indemnity, you can come here and listen to me
directly, face-to-face. Without indemnity, that would not be possible.
Try to connect the parts of your body with indemnity. "This is
my indemnity nose,' you can say; or "this is my indemnity
mouth" Since your mouth is an indemnity mouth, it must like what
other mouths don't. Since your feet are indemnity feet, they will take
a different direction from other people's feet. Americans usually like
to sleep on their stomachs, so you could sleep the opposite way for
You may have considered indemnity something to be avoided, but once
you understand its true meaning you can feel attracted to it. To take
the indemnity route to the 40th floor of the World Mission Center,
would you ride the elevator or walk all the way up? To take the
indemnity route from Belvedere to the World Mission Center, would you
ride in an automobile or run the whole way?
No one has to tell you each time which is the indemnity course; you
know it. Will you devote your lifetime to a normal way or to the
indemnity way? Do you like the indemnity way? You have changed your
opinion about indemnity this morning! The only standard I strive
towards is to be the champion of the indemnity course. When you come
to a hill, you can say, "To climb this is good training" You
can look at everything that way.
The best people in the Unification Church are often the ones most
criticized. Likewise, the best work in the church is often considered
undesirable because it is all indemnity. Those who have never despised
the word indemnity, please raise your hands. The rest of you should
apologize to the word "indemnity"! Will you do that today? If
indemnity accepts your apology, it will become your foundation and your
foothold. You have to understand clearly all the things that we are
God loves the Unification Church and has great hope for it;
mankind, too, will love the Unification Church; heaven and earth both
cherish the Unification Church. The essence of what they esteem is
indemnity. Because we know about indemnity and because we are putting
it into practice, heaven and mankind will absolutely love the
Unification Church. So you first have to become familiar with the term
indemnity and learn to love it.
When you say, "Reverend Moon,' for instance, you are saying my
name. The name is not the person himself, but represents the person.
Likewise, the term "indemnity" is not indemnity itself, but
just the label. But if you don't like the name Reverend Moon, that
means you don't like the person either. If you don't feel love for the
term indemnity, you do not love indemnity itself. A person who
dislikes a name usually dislikes anything attached to the entity it
represents. People persecute you when they hear you are a Moonie, for
example, because they don't like Reverend Moon.
Our topic today is "I Am the Center of the
Whole." What is the center of America, or American people? Is
it their vices? The person who most hates the vices of America and
most desperately tries to stop evil and bring people to the side of
goodness is the center of America. Likewise, the central person is the
one who suffers the most. If you want to be the center of America, you
should suffer the most for the sake of this country. Along the way, you
will face all sorts of trials, perhaps even risking your life. The
greatest of all sacrifices is that of one's own life. He who offers his
very life for the sake of this country has paid the greatest indemnity,
because there is nothing more he can give; he has more scars than
anyone. Thus, the center of this country will be the person who loves
it at the risk of his life.
Within a family, whoever works the hardest and does the most
difficult tasks will be the center of that family, even if he isn't one
of the parents. The father may have a lot of money, but if one of the
children works the hardest and gives the most, he will be that family's
center. Can you disagree with that?
Do you white people agree with me and you black people disagree?
No? Can black people become the center of America? Of course, they
can. In general, who has suffered more-black Americans or white
Americans? Then why aren't the blacks the center now? Although they
suffered, their suffering was not for the sake of America but for their
own survival. So far, black Americans have not been able to tell white
Americans, "I suffered and sacrificed for the sake of this
country. Now I will serve you and teach you how to follow my path"
No black person has gone to serve a white family with such a
viewpoint. When a white family lives in a way that is detrimental to
the country, there has never been a black person who came and told them
to change for their own sake, as well as for the sake of the country.
If black people had been able to do that, they would have been the
center of America by now.
Black members of the Unification Church should resolve to use their
membership not just for their own salvation but for the sake of America
and even the whole world. If they serve the world more than white,
Oriental, or Hispanic people, they will soon become the center of the
entire world. The principle behind this is unchanging; God will see
that it is carried out. If black people work so earnestly for the sake
of the world but are still rebuffed by white people, God Himself will
intervene and place them in the central position.
Which is more precious-you or the Unification Church? Think about
it. Did you assemble and create the Unification Church, or was it
already in existence when you joined it? To put it another way, should
the Unification Church follow you, or should you follow it? Does God
need the Unification Church, or does the church need God? This may seem
a simple question and you laugh, but it is critical. The national
church leaders have worked very hard for a long time. They must have
wondered, "Am I leading the Unification Church, or should I be led
by it?" How would you answer such a question? What about those of
you who are national leaders? Does the national church lead you, or do
you lead it?
Today's topic is "I Am the Center of the Whole," not
"We Are the Center of the Whole" Which do you
prefer- for the church to lead you or for you to lead the church? The
individual leads the church, but who is the true leader? The one who
suffers the most. Is it correct to say that? Can you leave out
indemnity and still be a true leader? No, you must embody indemnity. At
what stage is the Unification Church working-national or worldwide?
You can answer with the right words, but do you actually feel that our
stage is the world? When you are ready to go to bed, have you ever
considered the people on the other side of the world who are just
getting up and make a resolution not to be outdone by them?
The southern hemisphere basks in the warmth of summer while the
northern hemisphere is shivering in its winter. The eastern hemisphere
is bathed by daylight when the west is cloaked in darkness. We are
surrounded by opposites. Can you say, "I like only the daytime,
not the night"? If there were no night, how could we sleep
peacefully? We need darkness to sleep. Do you understand?
Americans like cheeseburgers and hamburgers, while Koreans like
kimchee and kochee chang with rice. You should be able to appreciate
all kinds of food, not just that of one culture. There is nothing wrong
with liking hamburgers but you should also learn to enjoy kimchee and
kochee chang. Whatever you happen to be served-whether Eastern or
Western food-you should be able to enjoy it.
A Western-centered person would say, "Since I have blue eyes,
I want a wife with blue eyes, too" But the world-centered person
would say, "Since I have blue eyes, I need a wife with brown
eyes-in fact, a wife who is black" Blue eyes are like daylight and
black eyes nighttime. Together they represent a complete day. People
develop this sort of attitude within the Unification Church. Members
ask for a spouse of a different race in order to become world-level
people. Their relatives back home sense that something momentous is
happening within their family.
Unification Church members are different. We work not merely for
the sake of the country but for the whole world. Through such work you
are becoming better people. In economic matters, we do not think in
terms of a particular country, but of the world economy. For us there
are no barriers of nationality. Ordinarily Japanese people, for
instance, would not be willing to work in Africa for the sake of the
world but Japanese professors will go to Africa to do difficult work
there. In the future, the world will be preferred over any one
country. That is the logical result of living the universal way.
I can visit and work anywhere because my efforts are for the sake
of the world. What about you? Do you suppose I want you to remain in
your own country or to travel all over the world and work in many
places? You want me to be able to work anywhere in the world, don't
you? Where do you think I will go next?
I assemble members from around the world and ask them to work in
different countries-not for the benefit of just that nation, but for
the world. When our movement bought a factory, it wasn't bought for the
sake of the Unification Church but so our church members could work
there for the sake of the world, suffering there and earning money for
the world. If that money were used for my benefit or for some
individual purpose, you could certainly complain but as long as the
money is used for the sake of the world, you will not complain.
We are a unique species of people! If you are asked, "Which is
your country?" you could say, "My country is the Heavenly
Kingdom" Has a heavenly country actually been established on this
earth yet? No, it hasn't. Therefore, we are fighting for the
independence of the Heavenly Kingdom-a kind of independence army. We
should master all kinds of trades and activities so we will be able to
do anything. If the enemy attacks us, we must be able to defend
ourselves. When there are not enough men to comprise an army, what
about women? Would you be willing to continue as a soldier in the
independence army for your whole life?
I am the general of the independence army of heaven. That was my
attitude in my struggle against the Carter Administration. Whatever
country I visit, the leader of that country pays attention to me. When
I spent three months in England, I waged a battle with the English
government. In Japan I did the same thing. If the free world will
accept and welcome me, together we can fight against international
I received a report recently from a person who attended a
high-level communist meeting. They discussed the Unification Church and
they listed seven ways in which we pose a serious threat to them. The
communists feel that they have to protect themselves against the
Unification Church. I know communism better than anyone-the strategies
they adopt, the way they fight, and so forth. When I talk to you, you
learn these things from me. Would you like to be the true heroes of
America? Suppose I asked you women to form a women's army, the
strongest one in the world; would you do it?
Suppose millions of people were to assemble to hear me speak.
Should I talk for two or three hours? No, I would give a lightning-fast
speech, for jut a minute or two. I would speak better than General
This army must stay invincible; therefore, you must train in every
way. If you are not well-trained, you will get shot. The communist
guerrilla forces in El Salvador are comprised of people from around the
world: Asians, Cubans, black people, etc. Why can't the entire free
world assemble an army to resist them? Why isn't Mr. Reagan appealing
to the world and calling for volunteers to defend freedom in El
Salvador? Why is he just trying to help El Salvador through the United
States? Who in America wants to oppose communism? Only us. Are you
confident enough to participate in an army against the communists?
We are the heavenly army yet we are a religious group, not a
secular army. However, when the communists attack religious people and
try to destroy the churches, should the believers just sit tight, pray
to God. and die?
What about US congressmen and senators? Many of them seem to feel
that church people should just sit back and let themselves be
destroyed. But the Unification Church is different-we do not listen to
such advice from anyone. When the communists actually launch a physical
attack, we must be able to resist them. Is that wrong thinking? I am a
religious leader, but if the time comes when religion is threatened and
attacked, I will reach out to awaken leaders and people in all other
fields. If they all fail, I will meet the challenge in their place. If
the US Department of State or Department of Defense fails to act, then
Americans themselves must rise up and accomplish their mission. Only in
that way can America survive.
This should be the normal American way of thinking and religious
people should be no exception. Is it wrong to think like that? In
reality, we must be willing to fight for the sake of the world.
Wherever you go, you must be independent and confident. Even in an
enemy country, you should be able to adapt and do well. Well-prepared
people do not need to worry about what they may encounter. So you must
understand that my thinking extends further into the future than yours,
preparing for that eventuality. If you are not getting ready, it is
unfortunate. Do you understand?
If we are an army, we will be the strongest one in the world,
because in whatever we do, we should strive to excel. If you ever
become a government official, you should be the most competent and most
enthusiastic. If you are needed as an automobile driver, you should be
the best driver; you should be capable of driving for 24 hours without
tiring. Someday you may need to reach a certain place by a certain time
and if you don't make it, the world itself will be in jeopardy. You
would have to be the kind of driver who can stay alert and reach the
Perhaps in a very hot climate where people want just to sit around
and sip cold drinks, we must go out and dig foxholes. Someday in a
tropical zone we may need to fight against an enemy and dig trenches
for protection. Once I went to hunt in the coldest part of Korea,
taking many church members along, because I asked myself, "What if
we face such a situation in the future?" If you have felt,
"As religious people, we have to be soft,' you had better change
your thinking quickly. We are the independence force.
God has no country He can call His own. If there were such a
country, with the same sovereignty as America, who would go against
Reverend Moon and the Unification Church? Since God has never had His
own country, religions have been persecuted and good people pushed
around. Now, at the finale of fallen history, we are organizing a
strong and powerful independence army. You must understand this point.
God's people have had to live like gypsies, moving from place to
place with nowhere permanent to settle. Dr. Durst is a scholar but he
must become a brand-new kind of scholar: one who can encompass and
serve the entire world. The same applies to other national leaders. You
should not limit yourselves by thinking you are simply a religious
leader, because you are a different kind of religious leader. Now is
not the time to settle down, either. Now is the time to man the front
line, not to set up your own cozy home.
When General MacArthur retired at the age of 73, he said, "Old
soldiers never die!" That is the kind of soldier's spirit we
need. Am I an old soldier or a young one? Most people think I look
young, but I can show you my white hair.
Should you be weaker or stronger than 1? If someone wanted to
evaluate the Unification Church, all he would have to examine is you
young people. When you church members are filled with hope, they can
say that the Unification Church has great prospects for the future. If
they cannot see hope in you, they will conclude that the church will
not amount to anything.
We must become the strongest soldiers and army ever formed.
Therefore, I will have to train you. You will have to be better than
George Washington's troops who were fighting for the independence of
America 200 years ago. There have been no other soldiers with a mission
like yours. Our heavenly country must never be destroyed; therefore, we
must be strong enough to preserve ourselves. That is why I have to
train you under the most difficult circumstances, under conditions so
impossible that everybody will criticize us. A general has to do that
because when he gets old and retires somebody has to be able to follow
in his steps. The general needs to be strong in order to ensure the
survival of the country.
George Washington's forces were predominantly white men but the
heavenly independence force includes all colors of skin. It remains to
be seen which of the five colors will produce the bravest soldiers.
It might be assumed that white soldiers need such things as cheese,
pickles and Cokes and will work only eight hours a day. Perhaps they
need eight hours of sleep before they can rise and fight again. But we
are different; we are ready to fight at any time, 24 hours a day. We
must be always advancing, never retreating. I want to see you women
become generals, too, capable of supporting yourselves without
depending upon anybody else. You must be able to confront anyone,
including police chief, and negotiate with them, protesting against
wrongs. Every one of you women should have that kind of spirit. I want
to see a five-star woman general and salute her.
American people must change quickly. If you don't change now, the
communists will soon be able to overcome this so-called free country.
Do you understand?
Many wars have been fought in history but this one will be the most
complicated and unique one. Therefore, I resolved to train the members
in the most difficult and unique way. If a regular army requires three
years to attain a high standard, we must accomplish it in three
months. That is how I think. In whose name will you train? Not in my
name, but in the name of God and all humanity.
Is it bad to think that way? I can imagine that in the future
people will say, "In Reverend Moon's March 8 speech he said all
kinds of things about training for the army. He certainly seems like a
dictator. I told you so," I am expecting such talk, but I must say what
needs to be said. Even though I know that such remarks will probably
stir up more controversy and make me more unpopular, how can I not say
them when it is for the sake of God and humanity? However, I am also
optimistic that those who hear about this speech will say, "Oh,
Reverend Moon has said that kind of things so many times-so what?"
It doesn't matter what people are saying; while they are talking, we
When we are fully trained, God will be able to trust us
absolutely. Looking down at the world, God sees that although there
are millions of Christians, His providence remains in jeopardy, and the
communist forces are determined to destroy religion itself Would God
want to see this enemy stopped by fighting? Would He rather have the
American army or some Christian army fight them? Because this is a
heavenly war, not a secular war, God prefers that religious people
fight communism. If the religious people remain seated quietly, doing
nothing, the communists will keep building their strength until one day
they will attack us. Knowing that, how can you remain gentle and
silent? You should certainly train harder than the communists do.
We are front-line soldiers in the fight against communism and the
world knows that. This is why the communists consider the Unification
Church and Reverend Moon such a serious threat. They are looking ahead
when they recognize that danger. Meanwhile, the free world also calls
me a threat but they do so out of short-sightedness and ignorance. If
they knew why the communists oppose me, they would immediately realize
that I am their best friend. The communists, quite simply, want to
destroy the free world.
Why do I make you suffer so much, sometimes to the point of being
ridiculous? There must be some reason. Men and women need a
far-reaching way of thinking. You need to realize that you must build
your own heavenly country here on earth and become its citizens before
you go to the spirit world to rest. We need our country. Even if you
must go without food or sleep, you can tolerate it when you consider
the importance of our work. Something of far greater value awaits us.
The divisions between North and South Korea and between East and
West Germany are symbolic of the world situation. A few years ago I
predicted that when American morale slackened, the communists would
attack in Central America, Mexico and even Canada, using guerrilla
warfare-just as they did in Southeast Asia. When the American army
withdrew from Vietnam, Americans thought, "Let the Vietnamese
handle their situation now and we will take care of ourselves. We will
be comfortable from now on" But things did not turn out that way.
The Vietnamese could not take care of their situation. Now through El
Salvador, the communists have come to the very doorstep of this
country, using the same tactics. This time America must not retreat.
To achieve the goal, we need to connect with the Latin American
countries, too. The United States should make friends within this
region. North America and South America need to be united in order to
contain the communist regimes in Central America, sandwiched between
Many South American leaders have asked people from the Unification
movement to come and teach their people anti-communism. In Uruguay we
will help start a newspaper to guide people away from communism.
Uruguay is an important country in South America, with a role similar
to that of Switzerland in Europe. What do I have to do with this
country? If I did not reach out in this way and train you to be strong
soldiers, we could not accomplish our heavenly task.
The Soviets will soon make a big push to influence Western Europe.
Therefore our movement has secured a big machine company in West
Germany. West Germany's situation is serious; East Germany wants
control of the West German machine companies and heavy industry. Who
else will protect West German industry? We are compelled to buy such a
Even though I had been thinking about this for a long time, I could
not speak of it publicly. Instigated by the communists, the world has
been calling me a dictator and a militarist. But now the worst storm is
over. The picture will become clearer and clearer as I explain what I
am doing. Do you understand?
We are the independence force. In the course of leading a guerrilla
group, the leader often gets arrested. This is why I have frequently
been incarcerated in several countries. This will continue until we
have our own heavenly country. Our life is constantly threatened
because we lack the security of our own country. Under such
circumstances, we have had to suffer so much, but finally we will
become the actual center of the entire world. This is how I look at our
As much as possible, we will accomplish our task through shedding
our tears, sweat and blood-not by arms. Therefore, we must suffer. To
shoot somebody is a simple method of dealing with him. How much more
difficult it is to shed tears, sweat and blood for others! But that is
As I look at each face here I feel a momentary happiness; but I
immediately wonder, "When will he run away? How long will she
stay? If the enemy were firing shells and bullets at us, would he or
she remain and continue marching forward?"
How to guide the country in a rightful manner is the focus of much
of my thoughts. The real question is not how to combat America's evils,
but how to educate this nation. This is my immediate task. Whenever a
war is fought and won, the victors must educate the conquered. By the
same token, if we can educate our opponent now and do it well, we can
avoid a war.
You are being trained according to the highest standard of
history. Thus the world considers this church formidable and fearful.
I welcome such a reaction. We are strong, but we are also intelligent.
This is our source of pride and our hope for success. Such a strong
army will continue to prosper and will develop in every area. As long
as our goal remains unaccomplished, our activities must continue.
Where would you like to get married, raise children, and live a
happy life: as citizens of the heavenly home country, or as nomads in
different lands? The United States offers the best setting for
accomplishing our goal; it is the prepared nation in that respect. Many
American citizens are descendants of Abel-type people who were chased
out of Europe for their religious beliefs. How nice for you to be
centrally trained here in America!
Those of you from other countries will always be welcomed back when
you return home. You will become the Abel figures in your home
countries, with the responsibility to love the Cains there. When Cain
comes to understand and love Abel in your homeland, won't that become a
Every nation is represented here in the United States. Blacks and
whites live side by side, whether they like it or not. This is a
melting pot arranged by God. The true natives of America are the
Indians. The name "Indian" signifies Oriental. The American
Indians are cousins of Asian Orientals, so I came like a cousin to this
country; but the white people have opposed me. If my American cousins
stand against me, they will come to regret it. In the past, the whites
destroyed many Indians, and they may be forced to shed their own blood
in recompense. If you really think about it, the whites plundered this
nation and killed the people of Oriental ancestry. Even now, a good
many Indians feel that way.
I came to this country to make peace and resolve the racial
problems once and for all. In the course of my work, I have been
persecuted by the government. If that is not rectified, the United
States will fall prey to communism. Any administration who persecutes
me is making a big mistake. If Richard Nixon bad listened to my words
and followed my advice, America would not have gone through all this
recent turmoil. I also wrote an encouraging letter to President Reagan
and told him, "Be strong and bold. Then God will be with you. If
you do not, you will encounter extreme difficulties in accomplishing
The communists have never lowered their goals or abandoned their
strategies. Soon you will see demonstrations against Mr. Reagan and his
new administration worldwide and even in this country. They will all
be encouraged by communists.
Just a few days ago, The News World began a serious barrage
against The New York Times. You may have thought we used rather
strong language in accusing The New York Times of actually
helping communism, but that is really their weakness. Those on their
staff and their board of directors who are sympathetic to communism
will be very sensitive to our attack. The New York Times has
enjoyed the giant's position for a long time. Nobody dared to speak
out against them-or if they did, it made no difference.
Although I am a religious leader, I am also a spiritual warrior.
You are following a fighter, so you will never see the day when we
shall all live in a comfortable, easygoing way. Why don't you just pack
up and leave? You answer "No,' but that can also be spelled
"know" Do you know the truth? Does that mean you are here to
Why do you think I pound on the heads of brothers here on the front
row? I am always thinking about how to avoid a physical war, how to go
over the hill and accomplish God's will and build His country.
For many days now I have been very serious, and all of spirit world
has been focused on my concerns. The spirit world is going out of their
way to help our fundraising members who have the same standard of
seriousness. Spirit world can work on somebody with large financial
assets and motivate him to make a substantial donation. Suppose people
formed a committee to stop Reverend Moon, but could they take me to
court for what spirit world does to motivate people to make donations?
Nobody becomes the center of the whole by having money. Only
through paying indemnity, through caring for others and living with
more indemnity will we become the center of the whole. Do you
understand? The more one suffers for the sake of God, the closer he
will be to the center of God's world. The hardest worker in the company
will become its center.
Then are you working and suffering now for your sake, or for the
sake of America? As long as you are truly working for America, and as
long as Americans survive in this land, you can continue to work
without complaint, even though it may take longer than you
anticipated. There are many areas in which you can help people.
If our suffering is for the sake of the world, can we protest that
it is too much? As long as work remains to be done, you cannot say it
is too much and then quit. The only valid complaint is that 24 hours
are not enough time to do everything you need to accomplish in a day.
You do not achieve restoration by indemnity if you work out of duty or
because somebody forces you. Only through joyful and willing efforts
can you establish an indemnity condition. If I were standing behind
you, pushing you on, it wouldn't fulfill the condition. At some point,
you need to become autonomous and work on your own; then you are paying
If you want to be the world's best husband, you must be willing to
love the world's ugliest woman and be the best husband to her. That is
the best short-cut to becoming a superior husband. If you have a
demanding wife who gives you difficulties and makes you work hard, she
will eventually acknowledge that you are the best husband in the world
because of all the things you did for her. If your wife isn't so
demanding, it will take an indefinite time for you to become the
world's best husband. So the quickest way to that goal is to marry the
world's worst wife and make her the world's best wife!
The same principle applies to other relationships. Why love people
who abuse and persecute you? When you treat the worst person with love
and help him to become the best person, you become a world champion.
That is the shortest path to becoming a success in life. Whoever
perseveres through the most difficult trials with a willing and
grateful heart, happy to do something for the ultimate goal, will be
the truly successful person.
Members enter the Unification Church on their own free will, yet
their parents often accuse me of forcing their children to join. I
love and care about those persecuting parents and want to help them
become our members' best supporters. That will be the shortest cut to
my becoming the champion religious leader. Do you think this is true,
according to the Principle?
God thinks this way, too. He wants to be able to certify you as the
greatest champions of the world in the shortest possible time. He
wants to do it in 10 years, not prolong the process for 20, 40, or 60
years. This is why He pushes you through such intense suffering.
I promised God to accomplish the task within the next 20 years. I
asked Him to give me every difficulty that I ought to encounter.
"Dump it all on me!" I asked Him. I never complained that the
load was too heavy or asked Him to spread it out over 30 years.
Without bothering to research the facts, the American news media
and the American public immediately pounced on me. They did so because
the spirit world pushed them to. Thus God could award me my diploma as
fast as possible. Any evil person or activity that the world attacks
usually diminishes, but when I was pounced upon, I just grew bigger and
bigger! That is also the work of God and that is exactly the method I
want to use on you.
God has a smart strategy! By making you suffer, He raises you up to
be great people. Also, you can go through this path but Satan never
can. Satan wants to persecute you but he can't accept persecution
himself. Everyone may oppose me but if there is no fault within me, my
persecutors will be the losers in the end. Eventually, the world will
be able to see the truth clearly. Rich and poor alike will admit their
error and want to repay me for having persecuted me. If Mr. Rockefeller
felt that way, I would tell him to use his money for the sake of the
world. What would he reply? Even he would say yes.
These are not just words; the spirit world has been working very
actively. Whoever treats you unjustly and persecutes you now will weep
and repent later.
Through indemnity you can bring the whole world under God. For whom
was the world created? For human beings, for men and women. Who is the
center of womanhood? She who suffers the most for the sake of the
whole. Each of you wants to become an outstanding woman, don't you?
Nobody wants to be mediocre; you naturally want to excel. But to want
to be the best without making any changes or investing much effort is
to have the mind of a thief. To become a superior woman, you need to
work harder, serve more, and be kinder than others; that way you will
work out more indemnity. Is that easy? No. In fact, you have to pass
through much indemnity in order to qualify as the best woman. Do you
To desire to excel is good, but then you must do what is necessary
to achieve that desire. The formula for becoming the best woman is to
do something no other woman can do. Once you do that, you can hope to
become the best. It is impossible to attain that distinction without
going through such a course. Furthermore, you will have to embody the
men's standard for a superior woman, not just the women's standard. The
men's standard may be more difficult but when you accomplish it, all
men will testify that you are the best woman. So men, not other women,
are the judges of the most outstanding woman.
To become the best person requires accomplishing all the most
difficult tasks. To desire the best position without fulfilling that
requirement is wrong. Of all the multitudes in spirit world, do you
think most people suffered a lot on earth or had a relatively easy
life? The majority suffered. To become the center of the whole includes
becoming the center of the spirit world. How can you become the center
of the people in spirit world if you have endured less than they have?
Do you think suffering on earth will continue? How will you be able to
console the people who arrive in the spirit world in the future if you
haven't endured as much as they have? Unless you suffer and overcome,
you cannot teach them about happiness.
God has suffered far more than any human being; otherwise, He would
not be qualified to teach suffering people. Parents can educate their
children and the children listen because parents have endured more. The
teacher who has experienced and suffered a lot is a better-qualified
instructor. If a student has endured more suffering than the teacher,
the teacher does not know how to guide him. Do you understand?
The world of creation exists for human beings, and it is pleading
with us to be used for a good purpose. Even the fallen world will say,
"Please apply the law of indemnity and use me through it"
Indemnity is necessary everywhere. We must understand clearly what we
are living for. The direction in which we are headed is the path of
greater indemnity for the sake of the world. This is the path that
leads directly to the center of the whole. This is our daily
direction. Wherever we go-whether a family, a company, a nation or the
world-we must show the example. Our task is to overcome the indemnity
on all those levels. Do you understand?
Eventually all the barriers that separate people and all the causes
of persecution will crumble. But every time we demolish a wall in order
to reach the center, we must suffer. Eventually people will no longer
persecute you because they will realize that the law is on your side.
Satan understands this and is smart; he will stop opposing you when he
sees it is futile. After completing that indemnity, you will go to the
center and be able to settle down permanently. If you do not make it
all the way to the world level, you will be like a swimmer approaching
the shore but unable to climb completely out of the water. You will not
reach the connecting point with the spirit world and you will be unable
to go to Heaven.
The Unification Church is like a speedboat which will shoot us
through the water straight towards our destination. We need a fast boat
because we have to go from one end of the world to the other; the whole
world is our arena. We need a powerful engine in our relatively small
boat because we have to be able to cut through the swiftest currents
without being swamped.
Each of you as well needs a powerful internal engine. Eventually,
you will become perfectly strong and swift but until then, you have to
pay indemnity. Wherever you go you need confidence that you can
survive. To endure alone, huddled in a corner is not enough; you should
be a happy survivor, surrounded by other people. When you are joyful,
heaven and earth are joyful because you are the center of the whole.
That is the way I live each day.
We may be going through storms and blizzards now, but they will not
last forever. We will surely see a bright and beautiful day. Until that
day comes, I am resolved to do my work and not worry. Only he who has
endured the fiercest storms can truly appreciate the peaceful
sunshine. Those who have enjoyed fair weather all their lives cannot
deeply appreciate a beautiful day. For them, one day is the same as
When you go to the spirit world and settle there, you will be able
to feel true happiness. Because you suffered so much in the past, you
will appreciate the value of everything. That is the kind of person I
want to train you to be.
Wherever I go, I try to become one with the people. If I am among
fishermen, I want to become a good fisherman; when I go to a factory, I
want to become a skilled worker. I don't consider myself above the
workers just because I am a leader. You need to experience all areas of
If you put on nice clothes, you may act like a president or king
but if the people are unhappy, you cannot be at Peace. When everybody
is contented, you can put on royal robes and rejoice as well. Our task
is to make others happy. We are devoting ourselves to this goal.
It is for the world that we are paying indemnity, not just for our
own benefit. Whatever has bothered you and whatever you hated doing you
took as indemnity, didn't you? But once you deeply understand the truth
of indemnity, you realize how precious it is. Regardless of how much
you may suffer, indemnity will demand "More, more!" It will
even kick you and push to you greater heights. Why does the law of
indemnity operate like that, and why do I encourage you to live this
way? It is so that one day you can become the center of the whole. This
is my sole motivation.
Would you like to be the center of whole? Your answer is clear.
God knows it well. I know it well. Thank you very much. God bless you.