As you know, we have several special holidays in the Unification Church which the rest of the world does not celebrate. The first one is God's Day, then Parents' Day, Children's Day, and Day of All Things. What other great days do we celebrate? We celebrate the True Parents' Birthday, the Day of the Victory of Love, and we now celebrate the most recent holiday - the Day of the Love of God.
If there had been no fall of man, we would not have needed so many celebrations. The most central day would simply have been Parents' Day. As you know through the Divine Principle, we go through the indirect dominion into the direct dominion of God. Adam and Eve were supposed to receive their marriage blessing from God and that day would have marked total harmony between the indirect dominion and the direct dominion. If that day had come to humanity-that day of perfection-it would have been the day of celebration of everything. It would have included the meaning of the Day of Victory of Love, the Day of the Love of God, the Day of the Victory of Heaven, and the Day of All Things. All these days would have been included within that one special holiday.
However, the fallen world came into being. People have parents, certainly, but what kind of parents? All parents are separated from God and thus they are fallen parents. Certainly there are children in the world, but they too are fallen. All the things of creation existed before humanity did. If God could have claimed ownership and dominion over all things, they would have been in a totally different position.
Many people ask why God created the universe and humanity. Isn't it a natural question to ask who is the owner of this universe and mankind? This is an unlimited universe-the word "vast" isn't enough to describe it. There may be at least 100 billion more planets the size of Earth in the universe and there are billions of stars in the galaxies. All of these are in motion. You know how frequently automobiles collide with each other on the freeway, but the planets and stars maintain their constant motion within the framework of order and discipline. Knowing these things, anyone who says that the universe is just the product of randomness or accident must simply be crazy.
The human body consists of approximately 400 trillion cells; each cell maintains its independent life. There is a mini-universe within each human being. The distance between two different cells can be compared to the distance between the earth and the sun-such is the ratio of distance between the micro-particles within your body.
The human body appears to be solid, but there is far more space than solid mass. Where is the center or focal point of your body? Furthermore, who is your master or the owner of your life? These are the two basic questions- who is your center and who is your owner or your master.
Human existence is divided into men and women. This is quite convenient-it could be compared to the woman as the left arm and the man as the right arm, both of them parts of the same body. Clearly the left and right arms work together smoothly in any body. Even if they have some conflict, they have to cooperate and come together to get anything done! If you want to eat your dinner, you need both arms-one holds the fork and the other the knife, for example.
After considering all these things, the basic, fundamental question remains: who is at the center, who is the master? What is the center of men and women? What is their central point? What is the physical center of a person? Someone might claim that the head is the most important and therefore it is the center of a person. So all you really need is a head to be a man?
Physically speaking, the brain is certainly the central command post. However, people are more than just their physical selves; they also have spirits. What is the spiritual center of people? It is what we call heart. Where is the spiritual heart located? The Oriental concept of the location of the heart, rather than in the bosom, is in the solar plexus. Likewise, the conscience in Oriental thought is linked with the heart.
As long as a person has a good brain and a healthy conscience, then he or she is qualified to live as a man or woman. We have both a physical body and a spirit. What is the point at which the two aspects become harmonized? This is a most crucial question which relates to everyday living. All the trillions of cells that are woven together within your body, from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet, must have a central point somewhere. There must be a point which vibrates in the center, harmonizing and focusing the rest of the body. Where is it?
That point is the place which distinguishes men from women. Where is that place? What makes a man a man and a woman a woman? What is the difference? It is that one point, that one place. This is a law of nature and since today is Day of All Things, we are talking about it. The physical body and the spiritual body are 100% united in the sexual organs of men and women.
When people grow toward maturity and become teenagers, they become sensitive to love. When their love begins to activate, the physical as well as the spiritual senses combine and focus the whole body toward love. Men and women start to attract each other. They start to attract each other and turn toward each other. When a plus and minus come together, they start to turn faster and faster and thus they have the tendency to be pulled apart. That is why we have "God's mechanism" to keep us together; through those parts, we can stay together in 100% unity.
Love penetrates everything in men and women. It goes through all the trillions of cells in the body in just a second, like lightning. There is nothing that love cannot penetrate. In Oriental thinking, women are like containers and men are like the substance that fills them. Therefore women are said to represent the earth and men to represent heaven. When they come together, unity between heaven and earth is achieved. Likewise, a low area always seeks to be united with a high peak; the high peak longs for that lower point. It is not easy to be a high peak nor to be a low depth; both are difficult achievements and they long to reach each other. Optimum balance and harmony are achieved when these two places of high and low come together.
Both the high and the low points search for their optimum point or their balanced state. God made you men and women in a beautifully balanced way. Each individual has a body which is symmetrically balanced, left and right. Likewise, a man and woman are like two balanced pieces meant to come together through the power of love.
The surface of the ocean could be considered a horizontal line. Below that line is the kingdom of the sea. All the creatures and fishes that live in the ocean are there and they derive their oxygen from the water. Above that line are all the mammals and birds and air-breathing animals.
The ocean reaches high tide once a month and by the same token, a woman has her period every month. The waters of the earth are affected by the moon. Thus, since there is only one full moon each month, there is only one high tide and one low tide each month. Women are affected by this monthly cycle. You are pulled by your environment each day and each month.
The motion of life involves the highest point coming down to the lowest point and the lowest point moving up. Left moves to the right; right moves to the left. At amusement parks such as Great Adventure or Disneyland, there are all kinds of exciting rides that carry you way up high and then down low, then left to right and back and forth. Why is that exciting? It is because the universe is moving like that all the time. Everything is moving up and down, left and right. Since you can't feel that motion, you can go to Great Adventure once and a while and get a thrill! That is a natural human desire and tendency.
We could imagine two different couples holding on to each other and turning around and around. One is composed of two men and the other is a man and a woman. Which is more beautiful and romantic? Certainly it is the man and woman. Why is that? It is simply because they are a reflection of our universe and conform to universal law, custom and tradition. Everything in the universe naturally seeks to conform with universal law. For example, imagine what it would look like if someone went to the beach attired in a coat, tie and boots! That is clearly out of place. By the same token, God desires the proper place for men and women.
If you observe two big hairy men lying together on the beach, talking, you would think that they must be arguing or fighting. But when one big hairy man is lying down talking with a lovely woman, you immediately feel that romance must be involved. The two scenes are a contrast: one appears to be fighting and the other appears very romantic.
In today's degraded and perverted human society we observe the so-called Gay Liberation movement, which promotes lovemaking between people of the same sex. But this is totally apart from the universal principles of behavior. It is simply unnatural. Universal law teaches one basic lesson, that of harmony and balance between the two aspects of God's creation, male and female. This applies not only to the animal kingdom but also to the mineral realm which also contains the plus and minus elements. Can you imagine that any proton would ever seek to come together with another proton? The only way a proton can make a "date" is with an electron.
Even if God Himself wanted to, He couldn't force the proton to make union with another proton. That proton would protest to God and refuse. The reason is simple: two protons together are not creating anything or benefiting anyone. They are losing something instead. Without reciprocal give and take between the positive and negative elements, there can be no growth and development.
Let me ask you, why did you come here on this busy weekday to listen to me speak? Did you come in order to be lessened or destroyed? No, you came here to gain some benefit, some inspiration. How can you gain benefit here? You know that you can gain elements for wholesome growth through give and take with me. If you went away from here feeling empty, you would think, "I should never have come." You need to go away feeling that you have profited.
So you came here with the mind of a merchant: to gain a profit, right? Even though you wanted to gain a heartistic profit, it's still the same thing. Why am I talking about these things this morning? Let me give you another example. When it comes time to eat, do you feel the desire for your food? When you eat your vegetables and fish, is the food joyful or are you? You may be eating for your own joy and satisfaction, but what about the food? Is it also joyful to be eaten by you? Do you have the confidence that your food is happy?
The philosophers who came up with the law of the dialectic, Hegel and Friedrich Engels in particular, saw a conflicting, confronting nature within universal law. Unless we successfully resolve the question of the dialectic within the universe, we cannot find the true formula for peace and harmony. We must answer the major questions of whether of not such things as survival of the fittest, the strong eat the weak, power causes progress, are in fact true.
What are the kinds of power in the universe? There is the power of knowledge or truth, and the power of wealth and money, as well as the power of authority or domination. Some people like to flaunt their wealth by showing off and wearing fancy clothing. There are many people who easily surrender to the power of governments. What about you? Would you like to become political leaders of your country? Or perhaps you would prefer to become a highly educated scholar, with five or six PhDs? Adolf Hitler, who preached "German superiority" and practically took over all of Europe, claimed that he and the Germans needed more "elbow room."
America today is a very wealthy country whose people are entangled in one or another of those worldly temptations. Men enjoy boasting about their status and power, while women tend to prefer having money and spending it! Can you imagine that a power-hungry man and a money-hungry woman could come together in harmony? Will those motivations bring a man and woman into unity? Not at all.
Will a man with a good education and a woman with a lot of money be able to make perfect unity because of those things? The truth is that people who are centered around such values as wealth, power or knowledge are mostly thinking of how to exploit others. Thus they cannot become one with anyone. Do you think that any family can prosper upon such values and become a harmonious family unit? Sometimes people will cooperate on such a basis but it is only for the sake of their convenience and it is only external. They have no way to achieve perfect internal unity.
The message I am trying to convey is that external values are not important. What is important is that which is internal, basic and fundamental. There must be some place that the body and mind of people can find unity. There has to be a certain order between the mind and body. In other words, the mind can't trade places with the body and become the object sometimes. The mind is the subject and the body is the object. Only within that order can they harmonize and achieve unity. That unity will bring benefit to both of them.
When men and women are united as individuals in mind and body, will they look at each other and say, "We can't get together."? Actually, men and women send out signals to each other, like electronic waves. Even their different voices, the woman's which is high and lilting and the man's which is low and rough, send signals of attraction. People cannot avoid feeling attracted to that "other kind of animal." A woman is intrigued by a man's hairy face.
An interesting thing is that the males of most species in the animal world are the most beautiful ones. Look at the birds-the males are very colorful and bright while the females look very humble and even dull. So when the females and males are together, they look harmonious. They are much happier to be together rather than alone. They like to rub up together and touch each other. The more they touch, the better they feel.
The same is true with people. Men have a muscular, hairy feel while women are smoother and silkier. This can be compared with the way machines are put together. A hard metal shaft within a transmission will be encased within a softer metal. Together they allow smooth turning. If hard metal were to clash against hard metal, it would cause breakage. Hard and soft create harmony throughout the universe.
Mind is the subject and body is the object. When you make a decision, is it your body or your mind that does it? You say, "I've made up my mind." Can you imagine saying, "I've made up my body."? That certainly doesn't make sense. There is a certain universal order. There is the proper subject/object relationship. When the subject and object are clearly determined, harmonious relationship can come about.
What about men and women: which is the subject? Are you women reluctant to say that the men are subject? Many American women don't like Reverend Moon's concept. You say, "Women are number one!" When you observe a man and woman walking, does it look natural for the woman to walk in front? Which way is ideal: for the man to follow the woman, or the woman to follow the man?
Why is it ideal for the woman to follow the man? You don't even have to articulate a reason because God already settled the issue. Men automatically take larger and wider steps than women, so naturally women will fall a couple of steps behind the men. Can you imagine a romantic love scene between some strong, John Wayne type man and a beautiful woman, where the man lays down and begs the woman to come to him? You just feel repulsed by that. But when John Wayne assumes the subjective, aggressive role and takes the woman into his arms, you enjoy it. That's natural. Woman cannot fulfill the man's role and man cannot fulfill the woman's role.
However, American women often tend to misunderstand this. What about you Moonie American women? Do you have a different tradition? You are saying no from the head down, but your lips are trying to please me by saying yes!
We have been speaking about the center of human beings. Our internal center is our conscience and our body is the object to our mind. Therefore, the body must obey the directives of the conscience. In order to be in the subject position, certain characteristics must be fulfilled. They are, first of all, broadness-the ability to reach out to wide areas. Furthermore more public-minded thinking. Between the mind and body, which is broader and which is more narrow? certainly the mind is broader. From every point of view, therefore, the mind is the subject and the body is the object.
The original people were supposed to grow up with this relationship of subject and object, mind over body, and then mature with a sensitivity and understanding of love. Then they were supposed to achieve unity in love, which we call marriage. All of this understanding comes out of the Divine Principle. It is inevitable that all people must go through their growth period, the indirect dominion of God.
Human beings were meant to be born into the indirect dominion of God, to grow up with their minds and bodies developing together, with the body totally obeying the mind. When men and women came to the point where they could understand love, they could seek out their mates.
What does the great bulk of literature dwell on? The glory of love. Even children's literature, without fully understanding love, looks forward to the glorious day when love can be fulfilled. If we took love out of literature, there would be almost nothing left. Could anyone write a poem about the beauty of his own face? Can you imagine someone proclaiming his love for his own eyes, his sweet ears, his beautiful lips? That just doesn't make sense! But when someone writes about his beloved, it is beautiful. Everyone can relate to a person saying, "My darling, your eyes are like the mists of the morning. Your mouth is like a flower." That makes sense.
Even in the desert, you can feel that you are in a golden palace when you have your love with you. Likewise, it is more romantic to be Lying with your beloved in the sand rather than sitting on some golden throne. It doesn't matter whether those lovers are buffeted by a sandstorm in the desert because their love turns everything into goodness. Love has that kind of power; it can transform the desert into an oasis.
What do you think? Is that true and wonderful? Do you women claim that you don't need men at all? Or will you state that you absolutely need men?
Why do women. need men and men need women? You need each other for love. What is the terminal point of the love of men and women? Is it in your head or your heart? Where is it? Your love is expressed ultimately through your male and female "couplers." Men and women have certain God-given organs with which to express their love. We call these the sexual organs. But the sexual organs of the man belong to the woman; the woman's sexual organs belong to the man. No matter how great a man may be, he was not born for himself but for his wife. The same is true for a woman-she was born for her husband.
The reason I am emphasizing this point is that people tend to take it for granted without understanding it. Many of you think that you can do whatever you want with your body.
Let us analyze women. You have delicate skin and you are lovely to look at. For whose enjoyment did God create you-for another woman to come and enjoy your smooth skin? No, a woman was created to give joy and satisfaction to a man. You women naturally want to decorate yourselves with pretty clothes. Is that for yourselves?
What about your bosom, does it exist for you? No, your bosom is for the sake of your children; they own it. You also have large hips, not for your own purposes, but to give a broad and safe foundation for your children. When you analyze yourself, nothing you possess belongs solely to you. Even your eyes are not there for your own pleasure. They are there to look at others. Your ears are made to hear someone else's voice. That is why I have said that you were born to live for the sake of others.
The very same things can be said about you men as well. Men have broad shoulders, not for you to boast about but so that you can carry the burdens of your family. You have to work and sweat so that you can take care of your wife and children!
Sometimes love is painful to bear and you hurt each other. Don't you prefer to have love that is like a diamond, rather than like some common metal? In order to be like a diamond, you must have strong and hard characteristics. Would you like to have nothing but sun shiny days, 365 days of the year? No, you look forward to the contrast of snow, rain, thunderstorms and lightning, don't you? That is one aspect of beauty-the emotional contrasts. In our daily life, nothing is totally smooth. We often experience upheavals and change but we can melt these things with our love.
Unification Church women must know that the man is the subject and woman is the object. Why is that? When men and women are united, you either become a bigger plus or a bigger minus. That is the way you have to move. When perfect harmony is created between men and women, you create a bigger plus. When a man and woman are perfectly united, you become the perfect minus to God, as your plus. But love will not come to visit you unless there is a harmonious subject and object relationship.
What is the central theme of human life? It is true love. By the same token, what is the central theme of the universe? Do you think the universe cries out for money, knowledge, or power? Everything in the universe is looking for the power to harmonize. And what is that harmonizing power? It is the subject and object relationship. For anyone to grow, benefit and improve himself, he must make relationship and unite in a subject-object relationship.
What is the harmonizing power of the universe? It is none other than love. There is nothing that love cannot penetrate and bring together. This visible universe seeks to make harmony with the invisible universe. This material universe cannot exist alone. It must have a corresponding partner on the invisible level. Just like an individual human being who has a physical body which must make harmony with his spiritual body, the universe seeks to make harmony with the invisible spirit world. We have that invisible subject and the center of that invisible subject is God. Human beings originated from that invisible point.
Therefore, human beings receive their invisible spirit, which is subject over their visible body. With our visible bodies, we have dominion over the visible universe. All these things God willed to happen: the invisible world, the visible world, invisible man, visible man. And God wanted to see unity between all these things, not through power or money or knowledge, but through the power of love. Thus we come to the conclusion that God created everything for the fulfillment of His love.
Satan knew this truth very well. For that reason, he aimed at the love of men and women, knowing that if he could control love, he could control the universe. It is through love that true ownership can be exercised. Ownership comes from love. Thus all things were meant to be truly owned by God who delegated dominion to human beings. It is human nature to want to own things, even to want to own the entire world is a natural feeling. But one thing people don't know is that once they own something, they must offer that ownership to God who is the ultimate owner.
God's ownership of the universe can only be achieved when people claim true ownership on behalf of God. Thus God's and man's ownership are determined at the same time. Human history has been the struggle of God to restore His rightful ownership over all things. Satan claimed ownership of all things by claiming dominion over man's love. Until now, God could not claim true ownership and this has been the worst tragedy for humanity. The turning point for human history is the day of hope when the Messiah comes, endowed with the power to restore the world with true love. In that way he will return true ownership of the world back to God, once and for all.
Where can we find true love? We cannot find it in this fallen world. What is true love? You say "God's love," but what is God's love? You can give me a lot of beautiful adjectives, but where and what exactly is it? In order to find true love, we must look first for the foundation or the base of true love. What is that beginning point or foundation? The foundation of the universe is this: the relationship between God and human beings. God is our Parent and men and women are His children. Therefore, the universal, basic love is that of parents toward children as well as the filial love of children towards their parents.
Looking at the fallen world, do parents love their children more strongly or do children love their parents more strongly? Actually, parents are supposed to give their love freely and unconditionally; parental love doesn't seek benefit for itself. But in many American homes today, parents are changeable; thus they are not fulfilling parental love, which is unchanging. One day some parents may be loving and the next they may be neglectful. Thus the foundations of many American homes are shaky.
The original love of God is that of a parent. For the sake of the children, the parent can willingly sacrifice everything, including his life. This is the basic, original love. Children are supposed to learn about love from their parents and then reciprocate that love. Thus the origin of the universe is love, not simply life. Life came about because of love.
The definition of true love is, first of all, a willingness to sacrifice one's life for the loved one. Such love is parallel to the love of God and communicates itself to the entire universe. How can a child trust the sincerity of his parents' love? He knows he has true parents when he sees that they are ready and willing to give up their lives for him. In that case, what are true parents? They want to give up their very lives for the well-being and protection of their children. And this kind of love doesn't ever change; it is the same now and forever.
True love comes from God; thus God must be the true Father. God must be ready and willing to give up everything, including His very life, for the well-being and protection of His children. Satan has the opposite characteristics. He is willing to sacrifice everyone and everything else for his own sake.
It is love, not any sort of material, that is the essence of the universe. Furthermore. the kind of love we are talking about is that which is willing to give up everything, including life, for the beloved.
According to this definition, what are true children? They return the same quality of love to their parents. That is, they are willing to give up their very lives for the sake of the well-being of their parents. The quality of the love between husband and wife should be the same. When each spouse is willing to give up his or her life for the other, they are truly an ideal couple. God and the entire universe embrace and protect such a couple.
On such a level of love, no explanations or complaints are needed. The universe just acts. Among you blessed couples, if anyone is trying to claim that they love their spouse more than they are loved by their spouse, then they have already failed the standard. Words and explanations of love are not needed between a truly loving husband and wife. Only by your actions-by the looks you exchange, the expressions on your face, the way you touch-you know how much you love each other. Even by your very breath, you can know the intensity of your love.
Some wives have a problem with snoring husbands. In fact, some divorces have been based upon this problem! But from now on, if you have a snoring husband, look at it another way. Think, "What a wonderful husband I have! Even in his sleep, he wants to protect me. If anyone tries to break in, they will be scared away by his snoring!" It's all in how you look at it! For people in love, there is nothing you cannot overcome and digest.
Your wives can feed you men the most simple, hard bread and still convey their sincere love. Perhaps all she has to feed you is just a bagel and a piece of cheese, but you should think, "This is my love bagel! I am eating the essence of my wife's love and it's going to give me lots of energy." Any husband who eats with such an attitude will never get sick. The reason is simple: everything in the universe surrenders to love, even germs and viruses.
Thus, even though you may not have much material wealth and you may not have wonderful food to eat, that is not the criterion for your love. The wife can love her husband all the more when he has only one suit to wear. He can be secure in the knowledge of her love. No materialistic value should touch your love. The quality of your love depends entirely upon your own attitude. The incredible, vast world of love can be tapped when you use it properly.
Any family which embodies the standard of true love will create its own superhighway right into the heart of God. Expanding the family level of love, people can exhibit the purest love of patriots for their nation. Such a family will be respected and revered by millions of people, as well as being worthy of dwelling in the Kingdom of Heaven.
This is the way you can elevate your level of service. Beginning with your family, you can serve for the sake of the nation. From the nation, you can move up to the world. From the world, you can move up to the universe. And from the universe, you can serve God.
I have been practicing and teaching this concept of love throughout my life. Now the Unification Church is facing a tremendous challenge. This is an emergency time as I am facing the court battle. At this time, I must be united with all the brothers and sisters around the world, in order to exercise parental love toward the world. Even though the U.S. government has committed a crime against me, I am still in the position of parent to mankind. Thus I want to be responsible for the wrongdoings of all the nations and people.
I know the Principle and whenever one puts oneself in the absolute plus position, an absolute minus will always appear. Because of my absolute plus deeds, Christians of this nation are bound to respond to me in the minus position. When the Unification Church is completely united with the rest of Christianity, they will form an absolute plus unit. And the rest of the free world will become the minus. They will automatically come to unite with us. That is their destiny.
After hearing this sermon about love, you can understand Jesus' behavior in his last hours. Even though he was being crucified, he bore no resentment or hatred toward anyone. Instead, he forgave and loved the Roman soldiers who pierced his side. Christianity had the golden opportunity to spread the Christian spirit to the entire world after World War II. If the True Parents had been accepted at that time, this world would have been very different by now. But that opportunity was lost.
Even though Christianity has existed for 2,000 years, we have not had the tradition of true love. I came in order to introduce that tradition. I initiated my public ministry right after World War II. That was the time for the rest of Christianity to accept my love and for the world to change, but they rejected me and I had to begin from the very bottom. The Unification Church started out as the replacement for the foundation of established Christianity and we had to come up from the very bottom. Just as Jesus had to suffer his crucifixion, I must now suffer this legal court battle. It is a consequence of my course.
The mandate today is this: let us unite all people, every race and color of mankind, not for the sake of ourselves but for the sake of the world. I am in the position to overcome this current difficulty through love. Even if I have to go to prison, that indemnity will protect the rest of the world from Satan's attack. Thus that would be a great victory. Regardless of how much suffering I may have to endure, a great victory is ahead of us: the unification of Christianity, as well as the rest of the free world. As you know, evil always takes the aggressive, attacking position. Evildoers always have to repent later, but they attack first.
Today I want you to understand that the things of creation have never before been cared for by a true master or been owned by a true owner. You could ask this question of everything, from the chemicals in the dirt to the cells in the human body: By whom would you like to be possessed? Do you think they will say they want a man with money or knowledge or worldly power to possess them? No, every single aspect of the creation yearns to be owned by men and women of true love.
That love can be defined simply: it is parental love. And from that central love, tradition flows. The parent is always in the position to protect, to regenerate, to educate. That is the parental role. And it is unconditional, with no strings attached. All the things of creation are ready to be loved. They are waiting for their true lover to come and claim ownership over them.
This is true for all aspects of creation, from the lowliest plant and mineral cells through the animal kingdom. All the smallest insects as well as the beautiful flowers, and everything else in creation, exist to communicate love. Thus when you love the flowers, you automatically have a relationship with them. The world of flowers is like a great symphony orchestra of love. All the fragrances and colors impart different tones, interweaving and creating gorgeous harmony. Have you ever stopped to say, "God, thank You. I know You made all these things for me, so that I could understand and give love."?
The cicadas sing in pairs in the summertime, creating their own kind of harmony. Have you ever thought that they were singing about love? The male and female are calling to each other to get together. Likewise, on a deep autumn night you can go outside and listen to the massive insect chorus. All the insects, from the smallest to the largest, are singing their special songs. Some are soprano, some are alto, some are bass, and they have their own rhythms. You can't see them, but they are singing their songs while they are loving each other. Everything in nature exists in the pair system.
There is another world of incredible beauty and love under the water and within the sands on the shore, where innumerable small creatures are busily engaging in activity. What are they so busy about? They are communicating their love to each other.
Nature is the love textbook for human beings to study. Another example is the salmon. When I went to Alaska, I observed the activities of salmon and I was deeply impressed. The salmon is the "restoration fish." When it is born it swims to the ocean and lives there for several years, but then it always returns to its place of birth to lay its own eggs. They create their pairs and they mate, but once the eggs are laid, they die, both the male and the female.
Why have I given this particular sermon on this Day of All Things? Today you must realize that all the things of creation are waiting for someone to come forward and claim them with true love. This is our duty toward all things in nature. We are in a dramatic position, we are given life as the masters of creation, from the smallest molecule to the entire universe. What a precious and incredible blessing of life God has given us! If you look at everything with that attitude, nature will want to follow you everywhere you go.
If you are such a true master for all the things of creation, you can ask them, "Where would you like to be?" They will answer, "We would like to become part of your body, so would you please eat us?" It is only through the power of love that you have the right to claim the privilege of food from the animals. Some people think it is a pity to kill animals and eat them. But when a person has true love, those animals can joyfully give up their lives to become a part of a higher form of creation-the children of God. In that way, their animal cells can combine with the cells of God's children and those animals can fulfill their love more fully. Animals fulfill their purpose of creation by being eaten by a person of higher love.
Every human cell can taste the love of God but no animal cell can taste that love. Thus once it becomes part of human cells, it can experience the love of God. For this reason, human beings have the royal privilege of sacrifice, for the sake of love. And all this follows the same principle that we have been speaking of: God Himself would gladly sacrifice His own life for the sake of love.
Living and dying for the sake of the love of God is truly the most glorious life for any human being. Why is that? It is because of the same principle that animal cells want to become human cells. Human beings want to become a part of God Himself. When you live and die for the sake of the love of God, you can become one of God's "cells." You belong totally to God and your very cells become part of God's body.
If you become men and women who live with this understanding, fulfilling the purpose of love, you will be doing the greatest work and will be directly linked with God. For that reason, as the leader of the Unification Church I will never hesitate to allow the members-who are my own children, no matter how many millions we become-to sacrifice for the sake of the world. I will not let you do this in vain. You will become a part of God.
Our central concept of love is the most beautiful and dramatic in the world. Your goals and your ideals are the highest. There are none higher. Let us make this memorable day more memorable by coming to the realization of the true meaning of the Day of All Things and resolve to fulfill the purpose of this day. That is why I have given this message today.
At this juncture of human history, the Unification Church is facing a most significant battle. The worst thing imaginable to me is that I would ever do anything in the slightest degree shameful in the eyes of the America people, of the Western culture, in the eyes of humanity, history, all the saints, and ultimately in the sight of God. I declare to you that I will never, absolutely never, do anything that could be shameful. That road of doing the honorable thing is the road of agape love-the true, unselfish, parental love.
If I establish the tradition of the universal man, then the rest of humanity will eventually follow. Everyone will come to learn that tradition. I will never be alone. I will always be surrounded by the multitudes of supporters. Ultimately the entire universe, the nations, and God Himself will be with me, supporting me.
I am giving this instruction to you: be proud of your inheritance and this tradition. Do everything possible to overcome your difficulties with the power of love. Be victorious and conquer with the power of love. Seek no revenge and harbor no hostilities. In God's way, we shall overcome. I pledge to you that I will always go the truthful and right way. Will you follow me on that path?
Those who want to pledge to me that you will receive my tradition and who truly want to become the rightful sons and daughters of God, please stand up. God is the master of love and the true owner of this universe, so let us claim the position of true owners and victors over the world by the power of God's love. God bless you.