REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
UNIFICATION OF THE COSMOS
AND THE FAMILY IDEAL
March l, 1987
Translator - Sang Kil Han
This is a huge subject! Billions of people are living on the earth
today, yet each person is focused mainly on himself instead of thinking
about others. This is our world situation today. People tend to
concentrate on themselves and where they came from rather than thinking
about their family first. Most people consider themselves first and
their family second.
When we refer to "people," we mean both men and women.
But stop to think for a moment what it would be like if the world's
population were comprised of only man. What would it be like? People
talk about the world's problems, but the greatest, most troublesome
problem of all would be if there were only men and no women!
Before we can expect oneness in the world, men and women must come
together. Before I focus on myself, I need to think about men and
women. Mankind's key problem is the difficulty between men and women.
We may talk about heaven and earth, we may contemplate the universe,
but the most critical challenge is how to work things out between men
Can money be used to settle this problem? Can it be resolved
through superior knowledge? Could anyone assert his authority and order
people to work out the problem? No. Such methods may help slightly,
but they can never settle the basic problem. The fundamental,
indispensable key to solving the problem between men and women is love.
Love offers hope for a solution.
There are many kinds of love, however. What sort of love is needed?
Yes, true love. What exactly is true love? When we call anything true,
we mean it is consistent; we mean it has been the same from beginning
to end. People seek that genuine quality in everything. We look for
what is true within ourselves.
Everyone, even the most famous and respected people, must follow
the path leading to true love if they expect to find it. True love does
not flow randomly; it is not sporadic, influenced by the ups and downs
of emotion. True love follows a definite pattern. Three principles
guide true love: purpose, direction and order. True love has an
unchanging direction and operates to produce specific results, such as
peace, happiness, and goodness.
To say that true love has a certain purpose, direction, and order
has several implications. Our purpose in life becomes the quest for
true love, but no individual can achieve it alone; each person needs a
companion in order to fulfill love's purpose. Furthermore, whoever
wants to be a part of true love needs to be heading in the same
direction as true love and living by its strict order. If someone just
wants to be left alone and not bothered by others, he can never attain
true love-even if he seeks it-because he is going against the order,
purpose and direction of love. Individualistic thoughts and actions
will prevent a person from finding true love.
In the cosmic order, not only human beings but also the animal and
vegetable kingdoms are all comprised of male and female elements
existing in harmony. There is a kind of love in the animal and
vegetable kingdoms and centering on this love, generation after
generation of offspring are produced. Everything that exists on the
face of the earth is part of a subject and object relationship. On the
foundation of a true subject/object relationship, all things can be
secure and flourish. Human beings are different from other beings in
that we have a vertical dimension as well. If we have our subject/
object relationship and our vertical dimension intact, we can be sure
of maintaining these connections throughout eternity.
Is it possible for any being to deny this one overarching principle
of subject/object relationships in the animal and vegetable kingdoms
and work out something different? No one who denies this principle can
survive. Every being must head in the direction of true love; only by
following this very strict order can anyone fulfill the purpose of true
love. Without living by this principle, no being-no seed, no plant, no
animal-can exist for long. Human beings are not only bound by this
principle, but we must obey it even more faithfully than other
creatures because of our vertical dimension.
A family is formed by an individual man and woman. Both a man and a
woman are needed; neither of them alone can achieve a family. The
family serves as a model for a race and even a nation. Therefore, the
purpose of a family is to expand to the level of a race and a nation.
This is the direction the family should take. However, our focus is on
forming not just any race or nation; we are resolved to establish an
ideal race and nation. The very basis of an ideal race and an ideal
nation is nothing other than an ideal family. We must achieve such a
family because it is necessary for all future developments.
The word "chunjoo" in the title of this speech means
cosmic universe; "chun" means heaven and "joo" the
universe. The invisible universe of spirit world is encompassed in the
expansion of the ideal family. People in the spirit world want to
attain unity, just as much as people here on earth. How can the spirit
world achieve unity? Is it by forcing people to do some things and not
do others? Do people like to be ruled by laws?
Are there people in the spirit world who would say, "I will
respect any law, and obey it no matter what. I love laws"? No. A
law is something people have to obey or face the consequences. A person
might have a lot of power in the spirit world, but can he achieve unity
by exercising his power? No. Just like people on the earth, people in
the spirit world do not want to be forced or coerced into doing
Now you know what can unify the cosmic universe, don't you? It can
be accomplished only through love. While we are dwelling on earth we
need true love, and after we go to the spirit world we will need it
there as well. Do only human beings seek true love? Animals, vegetables
and minerals all seek true love; they all seek the person who has true
love, all welcome the personification of true love. They want to cling
to and follow whoever embodies true love. All things-animal, vegetable
or mineral-would like to live harmoniously with the person who has true
Considering all this, what is the greatest treasure here on earth
and in the cosmic universe? Your first answer might be true love, but
it is also the man and woman who embody true love. They are the most
precious beings in the entire cosmic universe. Such a man and woman can
step forward confidently and ask everyone to follow them, because the
direction in which they are heading is guaranteed to be correct.
We have assembled here early in the morning, even before sunrise.
What is our purpose? What are we here for? You can easily answer true
love, but have you ever seen true love? True love is invisible. No one
can see it; yet it exists and exerts tremendous influence. Concepts are
invisible to our eyes, but they are real all the same. You cannot see
truth or goodness, for example; yet they are real. True love has an
influence much stronger than truth, goodness or any other ideal people
The only way to confirm the presence of true love is through
experience. You cannot tell whether someone has true love until you
have gone through difficult times together. In reflecting back on your
time together, you can determine whether that person exhibited true
love or not. To verify true love, therefore, it is necessary to go
through a period of trial or testing.
Where is true love more likely to dwell: in high society where
everything is glamorous and comfortable, or in difficult circumstances
that most people would rather avoid? True love is not easy to find,
but it shines under adversity.
What kind of people are we? What is our purpose in life? If the
path of true love happens to be a straight line, rather than a crooked
one, the seeker of true love must follow that path. A person of true
love is dependable, regardless of his position; wherever he may be, he
acts in a consistent manner and heads in the proper direction. Other
people may wonder why he acts the way he does, but he doesn't care
because his quest is true love and he cannot waver from the path, no
matter what others say.
The path of true love is not an individual path. Not even the
greatest man can travel it by himself. No woman can achieve it alone
either. Man and woman must go together, in harmony and unity. People
cannot take separate directions or live in an individualistic manner,
because the path of true love is the model course for everything else.
Those who embark on the path of true love need to resolve to stay on it
and persevere in love all the way to the very end.
Suppose the husband has fixed his course on the path of true love,
but the wife says, "I don't like that patio." True love
cannot blossom in such a relationship. True love is not the kind of
course that one spouse can continue alone after the other has dropped
out. Both husband and wife must be really committed to true love
because this love existed before either was born. True love was present
before your birth and will continue after you go to spirit world. A
couple should travel this course together every second of the way,
filled with happiness, purpose, and hope. They should nurture these
feelings in each other and devote their lives for this purpose.
The birth of a child is obviously a very precious and marvelous
event. What makes it great is not the fact that a boy or girl is born,
but that another person destined for true love has arrived. This is
what makes childbirth such a special event. Every person can draw true
love; the power to attract true love is what makes people so great.
What children eat or wear is not as important for their growth as
learnng true love from their parents. When parents develop true love
for each other, they create the kind of atmosphere that will sustain
and nourish their children. A family may be facing poverty and hardship
and everyone may be hungry and cold, but as long as the parents
demonstrate warm, true love for each other, the children will grow up
satisfied. In contrast, a prince or princess born in a luxurious
palace can never be happy if the king and queen are always fighting
All human beings need parents who truly love each other. Whether
their origins are noble or humble, whether their nation is great or
small, all people ultimately seek true love, and when they find it they
treasure it above any material possessions. The boy who grows up in an
atmosphere of true love comes to realize that he needs a mate in order
to become like his parents. The girl who observes true love in her
father and mother will not be content to live alone but will want a
mate in order to become like her parents. As children grow, they want
to emulate their parents. They absorb the experiences of every moment
and every day. Brothers and sisters nurtured in a family centered on
true love all want to become like their parents. This is the basis of
harmony in the family.
True parental love is not limited to one's own children. Truly
loving parents will not only love their children but will also seek to
link their family with the emerging race and country of true love. The
parents should always seek to live for the sake of the larger whole.
Their children will learn the true way of life from them. Parents may
not always express love directly to their children but will be caring
instead for other people and other children. However, even as they care
for children of the larger race and nation, they will be loving their
own children. Actually, this is the ideal way to live because the
family that cares the most about the race will be the center of that
race and serve as its model. Everyone else will follow and emulate
If you love your race and nation beyond your family because they
are a greater entity than your family, your family will become a part
of that larger whole. On the other hand, if you care only about your
family and nothing about your race or nation, eventually the race and
nation will not want your family and they will become isolated. The
direction and purpose of true love always leads to the highest level.
True love elevates those who embody it. Therefore, if you want to be
prominent as a family, you should make true love your goal.
Would you rather be accepted by just a small number of people or by
everybody? We all share a desire for approval. There are many national
boundaries today, but you want to transcend those, don't you? You want
to be accepted by people of other races. You want to be welcomed by
people beyond your clan. Why does your mind work that way? It is
because true love always seeks to extend itself and embrace ever wider
Suppose everyone living on earth accepted and welcomed you: would
you be content? No, you would want to extend your circle into the
spirit world and be accepted by all people there. If you think and live
this way on earth, when you go to the spirit world, you will fit into
its rhythm. Your outlook will be compatible with that of the spirit
world and your path will be automatically open. Your success in living
this way on earth will carry over into the spirit world. The laws
there are no different than the ones here; all beings are governed by
the one consistent law of true love.
God and the universe are expecting Unification Church members to go
around and knit everyone together in true love, uniting all areas, all
sectors, all fields. We are uniting people everywhere, but we start
with one very small unit: a man and a woman. We should think that our
purpose in life is to follow true love and, since true love means
unifying all possible beings, unity is the goal we must strive to
fulfill. Every single one of us should think like that. True love
reaches out according to a specific formula: an ideal person seeks an
ideal family; an ideal family seeks an ideal clan; an ideal clan seeks
an ideal nation; an ideal nation seeks to form, or even recreate, an
Each of you would like to be the greatest person on earth if you
could, wouldn't you? Everybody, without exception, has this ideal and
goal. How do you expect to achieve this goal? By competition? No, there
is a way for all of us to achieve this goal together without hurting
each other. Are you ideal men and women? If you aren't there yet, then
where are you? You change in the morning, you change in the evening,
and you change in between!
American women are especially changeable. Do you take pride in such
vacillation? Do you justify yourself by saying that you are an
American woman? Actually, American women speak so much and in so many
different ways, it is difficult to know their true mind and which words
they truly mean!
What does it mean to be a true man? If you are not a true man, what
are you? Are you a true man, or are you in the process of becoming one?
(True women, too!) Okay, true women, too!
Within a true person exists something very genuine; no matter how
you penetrate him, the essence is always true. You have to have such
truth inside you. Also, true love has to dwell in your mind before you
can say you are a true person. That's true. Do you have true love
You may claim that you love the Unification Church even at the risk
of your life, but along the way you become unsure. You might change
your mind at some point and later change it back. Are you going to be
like that? Can you say you have never wavered since joining the
church? Would you like to be able to say that? Even your heads are
wobbling back and forth!
I see all kinds of evidence that you have not yet fulfilled this
ideal. Still, you are seeking true love. As long as you hesitate, you
can never grasp hold of true love, because vacillation is not part of
the nature of true love.
Where did true love come from? You say God, but have you seen Him?
God surely must have some quality by which you can identify Him. Do you
know what it is? Is it because of His power that everyone wants to
live with God and follow Him? Actually, no one likes a person simply
because he is powerful. People focused on power tend to be ruthless and
squash the rights of others. We are not against power, of course, as
long as it is based upon true love; then the more power the better,
because it gives protection to goodness.
Knowledge is precious, and everyone wants to gain it. But there is
more to life than gaining knowledge. Someone may attend Harvard
University and do nothing except study; but would you women be
attracted to such a man? However, if that bookworm has true love and
his motivation to study so hard is true love, it is all right. Then you
might be willing to say he's your kind of man and you would accept him
as a husband. Still, it is highly unlikely that such a person could be
found. When someone studies to gain money, power, or position, others
don't like it.
Speaking of money, one can do many things with it, but so much
depends on the kind of person who has it. Money is happy to be
possessed by a true person. The more such a person has, the better
because it gives that person an opportunity to make the world happier.
If a true person has great knowledge and an immense amount of
money, so much the better because a true person will use that knowledge
and money to bring equality. Such a person wants to spend money to
make life more comfortable and heavenly for everyone. Money used in
such a way is truly precious. All money and all knowledge want to
belong to the person who embodies true love. Even power wants to be
wielded by the possessor of true love. In this world, wicked people
have always blocked the way for such resources to reach true people.
All people and all things can return to God and belong to Him through
uniting with a true person.
People often use the word ideal in a vague way. What is the true,
clear ideal? In the ideal, cause and effect, beginning and end are
completely consistent. An ideal is not variable. The essence of life
is not money, power or knowledge. The most precious thing a person can
ever do is to find someone who embodies true love and become an heir of
that love. Until now, the fallen world did not know that something like
true love even existed. Many people thought they saw love, but the love
they found didn't satisfy them so they gave up the search. They didn't
even realize that true love existed until now.
How attractive is true love? Imagine someone holding a bag full of
true love. The whole universe longs not only to follow such a person,
but to embrace and penetrate him because through him they can find
fulfillment. You too want to be a part of that true love. Even if you
aren't handsome or beautiful, you still want true love. Why is that?
True love is the basis for equal rights. Everyone is equal in the
ability to possess and embody true love.
The greatest people are those who practice true love. Everybody
longs for true love, but it is so difficult to obtain. Many people
embark on the journey, only to drop out one by one. Perhaps only one
out of a billion perseveres in the quest. Such a persistent seeker will
one day occupy true love.
When we focus on the quest for true love, it is exhilarating. Once
we get hold of that true love, we discover that we have found God
Himself. Therefore, whoever seeks earnestly after true love finally
comes face to face with God. "Oh, so we meet!" God might
exclaim. Then He will extend to you an invitation: "I want to go
further down, to a more difficult place, and find a greater true love.
Do you want to come along and compete with me?" If God speaks to
you like that, you should answer, "Yes, God, of course I do. I'll
bet I can even outrun You."
A true person must be able to say, "My Father, even if You
change, true love cannot change. Therefore, I will carry on the quest.
Even if You die, I must continue." If that person perseveres, God
would reply, "Yes, that is the way it ought to be, My son."
What greater scene could we imagine? Isn't it wonderful to aim for
the ultimate goal? How privileged you are to have a goal like this!
Then why do you change every day? Isn't it true that you do? At least
you are candid and admit it.
What do you think God loves the most? He loves unchanging, original
true love. That is what God really loves and seeks. Actually, you don't
even need to include the adjective "unchanging," because true
love doesn't have any modifiers. The question is whether you have the
original true love.
Unification Church members should not waver. As long as you are
inside these doors and listening to me speak in this room, you feel
inspired and you pledge you will carry out the task; but once you step
out the door, you become numb once again! Do you think I should give up
leading the Unification Church and follow you instead? On the other
hand, if you really become people of true love, then I will follow you.
Even God will follow you then.
One individual cannot practice true love alone; it takes two. Love
must have an object. Suppose a man with a large quantity of true love
sets out alone on a journey, looking for people to love. Would he be
joyous and happy all the time, or would he encounter continuous
difficulties? Why difficulties, if he has so much true love? Because
the world is so far from the ideal, it is very difficult to give true
We need the kind of world where true love can be invested and
shared. This is God's deep desire. To build such a world is the mission
of all Unification Church members. We have the true love needed to
build the perfect world and the perfect cosmos. Who is the center of
true love? It is God. And who is next to Him? It is me, you, every one
of us. We are next to the center. No matter how big God may be, no
matter how big God's radius of activity may be, He always has to return
to the same place. That place is right where He started: with true
love, true parents, true children, true family, true tribe, true
nation, true world, and the true cosmos. That is the formula which
directs true love. True love is always moving in this direction, and we
must accompany it.
If mankind had not fallen, would the palace of the Kingdom of
Heaven have been built first on earth or in heaven? Why do you say on
earth so confidently? Earth is the visible world. What we see came
into being from what we cannot see. The beginning is hidden from our
sight. We are resultant beings and we are visible to each other, but we
have both visible and invisible components
A lot of people are willing to believe something once they see it,
but that is a lower standard. Something invisible brings harmony
between people and enables them to love each other. When a man wants to
become one with a woman, first he must make that his objective. Such a
determination is invisible, but he expresses that invisible idea in his
actions. Then the visible and the invisible become literally one.
Where is the main power of life generated: in the visible or the
invisible side? The invisible side is the principal part of our life
and the visible side merely follows it. This piece of chalk can be good
or bad, right? If the person holding the chalk has a good mind to begin
with, that piece of chalk will become a good piece of chalk. But
someone with a bad mind can illustrate a lot of bad concepts with it.
We must focus on the cause; cause is always the domain of the invisible
From this perspective, it is very easy to distinguish between good
and bad. Good is something that is easily accompanied by true love and
linked up with it. Everything that is consistent with true love is
good. Something is bad if it cannot be connected with true love.
Those of you who are blessed, raise your hands. Almost everybody.
How would you women like your husband to relate to you: with true love
and a true mind, or by saying nice words but thinking something
different? Do you want an animal standard of love, or a human standard?
By looking at actions alone it is not always easy to distinguish
between a husband with a noble mind and someone with an animalistic
mind. The mind is invisible. Although an action may be the same, the
mind behind it may be a human mind-high, noble, and lofty- or a less
noble, generally baser attitude which we call an animal mind. Moreover,
we would prefer not only a human mind but a true, loving human mind,
In addition to distinguishing between animal love and human love,
it is important to understand horizontal love and vertical love.
Vertical love is directed toward a higher being and links us with
something beyond ourselves. Before a man loves his wife he should
concentrate on the higher dimension of love; then he can express true,
vertical love. If a man simply goes to a woman without vertical love,
he is acting just like an animal.
True, vertical love remains constant, regardless of the
circumstances. You blessed couples may have a relationship and conceive
children. but have you really loved each other in this fashion? Have
you concentrated on vertical love, shared your insights about it,
pledged your devotion to it-before bearing children? Why is everybody
suddenly so silent?
Families may not differ much from each other in their pattern of
life; people live, eat, and work in similar ways. But for every
thousand families there will be a thousand different standards of love.
What matters most to God is not the degree of horizontal love but the
standard of true love. Once that is established, both horizontal and
vertical love can develop and become complete. Horizontal and vertical
love produce motion, similar to any two strong forces that meet and
revolve around each other. God would like to see in every blessed
couple such fullness of love, a love as round or spherical as the earth
itself. Love has an axis through which all things must pass; this is
the junction where vertical and horizontal love cross.
People can be roughly divided into two categories: one focused more
on the spiritual side of life and the other on the animal side. The two
approaches are completely opposite. Families also can be characterized
according to whether they focus on spiritual qualities or just the
animal aspect of life. The first type will be welcomed by both the
spiritual world and the physical world, while there may be some
families of the second type that even the earth dislikes!
What determines the vertical element? It is something invisible.
The cause of everything, even the simple act of walking, is invisible.
The body does not start walking somewhere on its own; something
higher-the mind- first decides to walk and chooses the direction. When
you laugh, do you do so without any prompting? Something motivates your
laughter; something invisible gives the signal, and the body responds
Then which dimension is central-the physical or the spiritual? Our
mission in the Unification Church is to restore the world, but this
physical world is not the origin; the origin is above it. We must deal
with that origin, who is God.
Why did God create people? Was it in order to manipulate them and
make money off of them? Did God inspire the creation of churches as a
social arena through which people could gain fame and fortune? Then
why? God wanted to experience joy together with us, not joy based on
money, knowledge or power, but on love.
What is the origin of men and women? We are the effect, and God is
the cause. Are God, men, and women supposed to exist independently of
each other, or do we all tend to come together? What must happen before
we can become one in love? If the object is fundamentally different
from the subject, love and harmony cannot result. Subject and object
have to be essentially the same. Even though they may not be aware of
each other, they have to resemble each other before they can come
together. Therefore, even though we cannot see God, we can recognize
that He must be like us, because we are destined to unite with Him.
We are born as visible expressions of the invisible image of God.
God has the qualities and characteristics of both men and women, the
harmonized duality of masculinity and femininity. The Principle of the
Unification Church establishes the fact that God is like human beings,
containing both masculine and feminine aspects, and is our invisible
subject. Thus, God is our Parent; He is our cause, and men and women
are the visible effect. Our physical parents are our visible parents,
and God is our invisible parents.
People have sought to explore and control the whole earth. Each of
you wants to be the greatest person you can be, don't you? Both women
and men seek this goal. We have this desire because God wants to
govern the invisible world, the spirit world. Therefore, this desire to
reach beyond ourselves is an original quality.
Will the palace of the Kingdom of Heaven appear somewhere
automatically? Will it just find its way here, or does it have to be
made? Should it be made on earth first or in heaven? You say earth, but
the idea begins in heaven and will manifest itself on earth.
Why are men and women separate beings? Why aren't masculinity and
femininity one on earth, as they are in God? They have to reach out on
the horizontal level in order to come into oneness. God separated man
from woman and allowed for a time of growth, but God's desire is to
bring them together when they become adults. This is in order to
develop horizontal love as a base for vertical love to manifest
itself. The unity of man and woman is meant to be the dwelling place
of God Himself. If Adam and Eve had established a family and perfected
their horizontal love, God would have come and lived with them. God
longed to live within Adam and Eve's family. Their home was to be His
permanent dwelling place.
Please understand that heaven is inaccessible for an individual.
Everybody wants to go to heaven, but heaven is where men and women form
families with true love. Only such families can enter heaven. We learn
from the Principle that Adam and Eve fell and that as a result mankind
has had a different position: under the dominion of Satan. People may
look the same as before the fall, but the internal quality is
different. Many families have come from Adam and Eve's lineage. People
had to end up somewhere, didn't they? Where is that? It is hell. Hell
is not part of the original creation; it is a result of the fall.
Where exactly is hell? It is a specific area of the spirit world.
So far, heaven's sphere in the spirit world has been empty. The
original ideal of creation must first manifest itself on the face of
the earth. That means True Parents must come to the earth. The Kingdom
of Heaven has True Parents at the core; this is the very palace of the
heavenly kingdom. Centering on True Parents, clans, nations and
eventually the entire unified world will move into heaven.
Each individual, clan, and nation may have a different ideal now,
but that will not always be so. No matter how many variations there may
be, the original goal and ideal is the same. That sameness comes from
After the Kingdom of Heaven is achieved on earth, people have to go
somewhere, don't they? They will go to heaven, their original
destination. If there had been no fall, people would have automatically
dwelt in heaven. In fact, it would not even have had a special name;
it would simply be our environment.
If Adam and Eve had not fallen, there would not be a multitude of
nations on earth. There would be one nation. The inescapable conclusion
is that the ideal world would have been achieved and there would be no
such world as we know it now.
According to the requirements of the blueprint of heaven,
individuals do not enter. In fact, even families cannot achieve heaven
by themselves because a family needs a clan to achieve heaven, and a
clan needs a nation. When all these levels of restoration are achieved,
we can call it heaven. Our families should live with this ideal in
What is the task of the Unification Church? Each member must
clearly know God's original blueprint. We are to bring the world back
to its initial pattern by restoring what was lost. All things have been
divided, so we must bind them all back together with love.
The United States is a great nation, but it has many terrible
problems. Would you call it a fallen nation or an original nation?
Without exception, every nation in the world is fallen. We already know
that the basic attitude of fallen people is individualism. Now we know
clearly what heavenly thinking entails, and why it is that way. We need
to wash away all distractions, cultivate the original way of thinking,
and concentrate on the original ideal. Many people say that the United
States is the greatest nation on earth, but when we know the true
ideal of God, we suddenly realize that there are no legitimate grounds
for saying that the United States is great. It is far from it.
On the one hand, there are the True Parents and on the other hand,
one's family. Could the True Parents be traded for the family? A family
is but one fraction of the whole, while True Parents represent not only
all mankind but the universe as well. If mankind had not fallen, all
parents would have been True Parents, representing the whole universe
and fulfilling their responsibility to it. The great cultures of the
world have always taught love and respect for one's parents. Without
respecting the parents' position, there is no way to connect to True
Parents' love. If one learns to respect his parents, he can respect the
True Parents when they arrive.
In the ideal, parents love their children even more than their own
life, and children also respect and love their parents so much that
they would die for them. We can do anything to preserve the welfare of
our parents. Such true concern between parents and children has been
revered throughout history because this was supposed to be our original
state. Now we understand that to be connected with true love is our
only true link with the universe; without it, our life has no universal
Our physical existence lasts only for our brief lifetime, doesn't
it? Even though life on earth is limited to a certain period of time,
true love endures forever. Therefore, securing true love is far more
important than preserving one's own life, which is temporary. But such
an attitude is non-existent here in America. Even in the animal kingdom
there is ample manifestation of the sacrificial nature of love: many
times animal parents are prepared to die to protect their offspring.
One way in which humans differ from animals is that human children
are willing to die for the sake of their parents, if necessary, while
animal offspring are not. The bonds in human families are meant to be
that powerful. One day, mankind will inherit the right to dominate the
world, including the animal kingdom. It is important for children to
dedicate their lives for the sake of their parents, who are their
center of true love. On the basis of this devotion, the parents can
bequeath their position to the children. Do you understand?
If you are not capable of dedicating yourself to this degree, you
have to respect the family that is. In a clan, this is why the lesser
family serves the more central family. Members of a clan are equal, but
other families willingly serve the one central family, even though
nobody tells them to do so.
If our earthly life is consistent with the laws of the spirit
world, we will experience no problems when we go there. If we go
against those laws, however, we will be different, even alien, in the
When American society can adopt these principles of the
parent/child relationship we have been discussing, it can lead the
world. However, the current attitudes of American society have
absolutely no place in God's world. We have to embody these points so
we have something worthwhile to offer the people because otherwise they
cannot change. We need to quickly implant God's original ideal so that
America can live once more. This is the mission of the Unification
Heaven is empty now. No one has been barring the door, but no one
has reached the state of being able to enter naturally. In order to go
to heaven we have to connect God, true man and true woman, and multiply
that family to the nation and world.
Those who haven't understood the true nature of my teachings have
opposed me because I am starting something they never even thought
about. I have been persecuted all along the way. We will come to the
peak in 1988, which will be 43 years after 1945. The period following
World War II has been the era when the world has wandered in the
wasteland for 40 years and has still not settled down.
In the past, many people had great hope for communism and it had
much strength, but today it is on the decline. Communism lacks
godliness and true love. Even democracy no longer inspires much hope;
citizens of democratic nations are confused and unable to trust others.
The principles of democracy are deficient in so many areas that the
free world too is declining. Now is our time. Godism has emerged, and
it is stronger than either communism or democracy. Godism is based upon
true love, which is the essence of the ideal of creation. God made
mankind and all creation for true love.
We can conclude that the unification of the cosmic universe,
including the spirit world, was the purpose of creation. It can only be
achieved, however, through the ideal family centered on true love.
Without that, unification cannot take place. That is the whole purpose
of the family: true love. People should be able to find in the blessed
couples the manifestation of a true family and see that true clans and
nations can emerge from them. Others should be able to pick up such
signals from your families. Are you living in that fashion? The family
is the most important unit; everything else depends on it. When its
families function well, a nation's morals are high; if families are not
exemplary, a moral nation cannot be expected. The family is the crucial
building block for society.
If people of all five different colors of skin come to live within
your home, can you embrace them with true love? Would you discriminate
between them and your own physical family? If I or someone else were to
bring people from 12 different nations to your home, could you live
with them and love them as if they were your own family?
Jesus needed people of very different characters as his disciples.
His 72 followers represented 72 nations, and the 120 who gathered after
his resurrection represented all people. Jesus' example shows us what
we are supposed to do. True love must be able to travel freely
everywhere. We have to go far beyond our personal concepts. We should
be living this way in our family.
(Father begins speaking in English:) We should have seen the
expression of that invisible concept long ago. Both the invisible and
the visible worlds have longed for true love. You are living in this
world now and you have a family. You have to fulfill everything in it:
the individual concept, the family, clan, nation and world concepts.
Those have to appear in your family. You have to testify to true love
on all these levels. Because you don't have that-you are not exhibiting
those things-this is the problem.
The family is the most important thing. You have to make true love
in your family. It must be man and woman, centering on true love,
making the formula foundation for the heavenly kingdom. That is the
family's responsibility, not the world, not the cosmos. Only in the
family can all this originate. You have to know that clearly. Women
absolutely need their husband. Men absolutely need their wife, centered
on true love. It is not changing; it is not temporary. Once they are
combined into one, then it is forever. Forever. This is a universal
foundation. Neither Satan nor God can move that foundation. No power,
no matter how strong, can shake that foundation. Without that
foundation, we cannot make the heavenly kingdom.
The Second Advent is the coming of True Parents into this world.
Christianity had to prepare for this, like a bride. Woman is the minus
position like the earth. Man is on the plus side, or the heavenly
side. The plus and minus sides can combine and become one only through
true love. There is no other way. The family base is the most important
place: that is where heaven is made. Ultimately, this is the basis for
heaven in the spirit world. This was to be the original human
lifestyle. You have to follow this law. The family system centering on
God's true love is most important. This is the ideal of the Second
Advent that the Christian world was supposed to prepare for, but
Christian people do not know that. This is the invisible concept that
the visible world should follow.
You need to be educated about this. Why did you come to this place
in the early morning? To learn this new concept. You have to build that
true love world and the center is the ideal family. The ideal race
belongs to true love. You blessed families have to embody all these
concepts: heavenly individual, heavenly family, heavenly clan,
heavenly nation, and heavenly world. Your visible lifestyle has to
reflect the invisible concepts. Your lifestyle has to be rooted in
these concepts every day, making them into visible reality.
You are not living alone. You are living for every human being,
for all mankind. You do not belong to the fallen world or fallen
nation. You have to belong to the new heavenly side so you have to
break out of the barrier of the fallen world. True love is the only
power that will break this barrier. You have to make armaments out of
true love and fight the satanic world with them. You can be God's
soldier. Ultimately, God's ideal concept includes everything. Talking,
acting, thinking should all be centered on true love.
(In Korean:) So. only after attaining this unity of true
love in our own individual families can we expect the cosmic universe
to come into unity.
(In English:) The ideal family is the visible aspect of the
invisible concept. Everything is included in heaven's concept: the
individual, family, clan, nation, world, cosmos. Everything. The clan
is the center of the nation. One unified nation forms around it. There
should be one nation, not two. But there are many clans and many
families. This is where the home church concept comes in. If the task
is difficult on earth, how could you do it later, when you get to the
The fallen world shattered this original invisible concept. We are
reversing this situation and following the restoration course. We have
to make our world follow the invisible concept, centering on individual
families and clans, combining them into one nation, based on true
love. Then there will be no national, racial or cultural barriers. The
invisible concept means one cultural background. Everything will be
included in this concept.
God is working through the Unification movement to make one
culture. You have been thinking, "I am American. Reverend Moon
came from Korea. He is an Asian man, teaching Asian concepts." How
complicated you make things! One world is now in progress. You have to
teach your children this. The races and nations cannot stand apart much
longer. You know that clearly. For your own nation there is small hope.
America is in a miserable situation. The only hope is the Unification
The American people are beginning to realize that Reverend Moon is
a patriot. I am not American; I am Korean. But America's high-level
people are thinking, "Reverend Moon is the number-one patriot of
our country." Why did Reverend Moon spend ten years in this
country? It is because I want to unify the world. There are many
separated, complicated things, but I am looking for the one unified
world. The American people now say, "We need Reverend Moon; he is
the only man working for the world."
Who is working for the world? Who is redeeming the communist world
and the rest of the world? It is only Reverend Moon and only the
Unification movement. This is a serious point. How can we make a
foundation on earth in Father's tradition? This is a serious problem
for Father. How can we make a true tradition in America? How can we
build a true foundation here? The foundation of America is corrupting
Father left his own country to make this foundation in this
country. After we make this foundation, saving the world is easy. So
Father stays here until he saves this nation. You have to inherit
The invisible concept goes beyond the visible side. Father is
trying to break down all the barriers. You have to inherit the
tradition Father is teaching. This is the Unification Church's way.
History testifies that Jacob's course, the Israelite nation, and the
Christian world are like a formula for us. You have to follow Father's
way; otherwise, you cannot reach my place. You will be separated from
me. This is the tradition; this is the lifestyle of Unification Church
members. It is clear.
The individual, family, clan, nation, and cosmos are included in
this formula. How can we break out of the fallen world? Every day
Father is trying to plant this new concept and multiply it in Satan's
world. The physical world and the spiritual world must be brought
together. Until now, history has been filled with fighting and war. Now
there is the Unification movement led by Father. Now we are making the
The Unification Church theory - the family ideal - is the most
important thing. Without the family, you cannot create the ideal world.
You have to make this foundation on the earth, centering on the family.
The family is the beginning of the new nation. Without the family, the
nation cannot be formed. It is the same thing in the fallen world.
Society trusts families. Without knowing his family, society cannot
believe in a person. In the fallen world, things are built upon the
foundation of the family. On God's side too, it is the same. The
invisible concept must be manifested on the visible plane.
The Unification movement has to take all the separated families and
combine them into one. This is the original concept of creation; it is
God's concept. The plus position is the invisible world, and the minus
position is this world. These two worlds united will complete, the
ideal of creation, the ideal of God.
(Col. Han resumes translating:) That is how important the
family is. Is it clear to you now? True Parents may come to live in
your house one day. Are you preparing your house so that they can come
anytime to visit? Would you allow only Father and Mother to come? Would
you welcome True Parents' family, but not other Unification Church
families? When the world becomes united and people come to live with
your family, would you welcome everyone? Such attitudes automatically
determine who rises higher and who grows closer to God in the spirit
world. This is fair, isn't it?
When you get to the spirit world, you might wonder how somebody got
to such a high place. You will discover that without your being aware
of it, he faithfully practiced this way of life and exemplified true
love, and therefore everybody wanted him to go there.
Your thinking should be so broad that you can resolve to go to
Africa and serve people there, or you can go to Russia and win people
there to this way of life. If you live like that, many people will
follow your way. In fact, it is our mission as Unification Church
members to liberate Russia and the other communist countries. We will
spare no sacrifice in doing so because that is our purpose for
existing; that is our mission.
Now you know the nature of the spirit world; this is the way the
original ideal will be formed. The present inhabitants of the spirit
world want to be able to go to the original ideal spirit world that is
about to be formed, but the only way they can go is through you. That
is how they can attain their proper place. If we achieve the parental
position, our many ancestors who have been living in the spirit world
for hundreds or thousands of years will become our descendants. Because
true love has begun now, whoever is close to true love is above those
who have lived before.
Every wife needs this kind of husband. Every husband needs this
kind of wife. From this moment on, you wives should go home filled with
appreciation for the valuable husband who is waiting for you there. You
husbands should have the same attitude. If you respect each other in
this way, won't you be fortunate and happy? Are you like this yet?
Maybe you feel you are living more in hell than in heaven. But
because you have an ideal and a plan and because true love is
sustaining you, one day you will literally reach the top of the world.
You should establish your family according to this plan. Far more than
what you do or how you are living, what matters is how close you can
become to God before you enter the spirit world. Nothing else matters.
The purpose of the Unification movement is to form such original
families and nurture them so that they can teach other families how to
be that way. That is what the Unification Church is all about. Do you
understand? The whole universe will support whoever exemplifies this
lifestyle and resolves to make this kind of family. The universe
actually watches over such families and helps them improve so that the
whole world can become better. I can testify to this very clearly
because I have seen examples of it. People who originally opposed me
have come to bow down to me because their original mind has finally
enabled them to appreciate me.
Does history record anyone who cared about the world? People have
cared about their nation, yes, but how about the whole world? What
about all five colors of skin? I never discriminate. In my eye, there
is no white, yellow or black; all are one, just as in God's eyes. Has
anyone in recorded history taken that position?
Now all of you want to follow me, don't you? Is it because some day
I will make a great deal of money and distribute it to you? Is it
because I am so handsome that you cannot detach yourselves from me?
There is a much greater reason. Your mind pushes you to me because
something inside you says, "I love Father so much that I just have
to be with him." The scope and contents of my words and actions
are what appeal to you.
Do you follow me because you are poor and humble? There are great
scholars who used to be very arrogant but after working with me for a
while, have changed and become like children. Their original minds keep
pushing them toward me and they cannot help responding. After a while,
they come to love me.
Can you imagine how many people are literally praying that I will
decline? How many Christians are praying like that? But have I
declined? In fact, we have risen very high. The whole invisible
universe that existed long before we were born knows clearly what we
are up to, and they have been behind us as well. Therefore, instead of
perishing, we have prospered.
You have suffered, haven't you? I know that you have suffered, but
for what purpose? Do you look back and wonder why it happened? You may
have realized you had to suffer, although you didn't fully understand
the reason. Now you can understand clearly that you suffered because
you were following in my wake. You strive to fulfill my directions well
so that one day you can inherit my mission and my love. You don't even
feel the liberty to die, because if you died leaving things
unaccomplished you would be in big trouble! We have to be really
serious about this life because we must accomplish many things before
we go to the spirit world. Now you understand clearly.
You may be small, but true love is large and great. If you are
going in the direction of true love, its power will always sustain you.
With that confidence, you can build a beautiful home.
You need to make a brand new determination as of this moment. Those
who will pledge, "Yes, Father, I will do it," raise your
hands. Let us pray.