REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
1st March, 1990
Belvedere, New York
Translated by Peter Kim
As Unification Church members, we have a habit of using the words
"True Parents." They are not just simple words, there is deep
meaning in them. Throughout history or from any museum you visit, True
Parents will be the easiest words to remember, but we are the only
people who know that term and use it. Think about the history of
Christianity. For 2000 years, people have known that Adam and Eve
fell. It is obvious for them to figure out that they lost true parents
and have had only false parents, but no one ever came up with this term
True Parents. Only Father came and discovered it and taught it. There
might have been some people who guessed that the original parents
should have been good, but since the contents of the Divine Principle
and the meaning of True Parents were never known until Father came and
showed them, no one dared declare the term True Parentism.
It is an astounding event that Father came up with the secret to all
the contents of human history and Divine Principle. It is
extraordinary, not a common event. Once you understand the meaning of
True Parents you will understand mankind's parents up to this point
have had a false blood lineage, not a blood lineage from God. That is
the meaning within True Parents. It is a miracle! An astounding event!
The words "True Parents" say that we have cut off the fallen
blood lineage from Satan and immediately inherit true life, love and
lineage from God. That is in the meaning of the words "True
Parents." The term True Parents immediately explains that since
man takes after Gods image, like God, who has life, love and lineage,
we also inherit that from God. Originally our inheritance would last
God is like a root connection to the blood lineage for our life.
When we say we live, it means we're directly connected to God centered
on true life, love and lineage. We have God tagging along with us
wherever we go. We must have that absolute concept in our daily life.
Though we say we inherit God's true love, life and blood lineage, it
doesn't mean it is for our sake. It is for the sake of others. We have
to live for the sake of others, that is the root of it.
Is anyone here thinking you want a love partner who is uglier than
you, or children uglier than you? No. Everyone is seeking someone
better than themselves. Where do you inherit that kind of mind and
thinking? We are a result, not a cause. Since we think that way, God
who is the cause must also be thinking that way. By the same token,
since we think this way, God must be hoping for us to be even better
than God. Better in what way, centered on what? True love. To prove
that, even when God first created Adam and Eve, he held nothing back,
He gave everything and more. Because of that, we inherited that heart.
Even in this mundane world, people say they will give their life for
the sake of love. That is true love. God was willing to give up
everything, life and love when He created mankind
In other words, God created a true object and gave everything for
the sake of that true object, not for His sake. So we, as created by
God, must be that way. God created for the sake of man, not Himself God
gave everything, so now has nothing. Even if His side of things is
vacant, He wants to give more and that force creates a spinning
movement. In electricity you see plus and minus. Minus moves to plus
first and causes movement, not plus to minus first. Plus gives
everything, then there is nothing left but receiving power which
This universe was created centered on true love. That is living and
giving for others, not for your sake. If we truly inherit God's
attributes one hundred percent, you will be like God. You could not
imagine thinking of yourself, but only living and doing for others. In
the original world God created, we should have existed for others, not
What is the fall? Exactly the opposite. Centered on the self, you
seek love saying, "Love me" and "Give me." This
caused heaven and earth to separate. God and Satan were divided. That
is the cause. Because of it fallen people have their minds and bodies
always separated. We didn't know why our bodies and minds were always
struggling and fighting, but now we know. The biggest revolution for
mankind is clearing, finishing and stopping the battle between the mind
and body of mankind. Who is Satan? Satan is the object who thinks all
exists for his sake. We inherited life, love and blood lineage from
Satan so we have to clear and terminate it.
Every individual is like a one hundred year old tree rooted in that
kind of selfish foundation. Can you pull your own tree out of the
ground? No. In order to solve the mind and body problem, God created
religions throughout history. God created religion to punish the body
and put the mind above it. Your body is your enemy. Your body pulls you
to hell. Your mind is trying to stop your body from being pulled.
Where are you now? You know well.
So you understand clearly where you stand. You know if you are
headed for heaven or hell. Who pulls you to hell? Your body, which is
seeking comfort and easy works with its selfish motives. Now we have to
attack and beat the body. For this reason religions teach fasting,
prayer vigils and to stay away from sex. This is universal truth. All
religions teach it. Ever since man was created, all sexual behavior and
relationships have been centered on Satan. Not one single action took
place centered on God. That is why I declare all sexual desire and
behavior mankind practiced centered on Satan. Therefore whatever sexual
activity you do is destroying yourself and not helping you.
Satan has three major weapons to destroy mankind. Food, sleeping,
which means living comfortably or seeking an easy life and using sex
freely and abusing it. That is why all religions teach to eat the least
tasteful, bitter food. If you eat only tasty food, your body will be
fat in the middle and misshapen. You won't be able to bend down to
pray. but if you eat vegetables you will be naturally slim and can
easily bend to pray.
Don't you want an easy life? That is why we have the tendency to
have others work hard, while we seek an easy life. We also have the
fallen nature that if you find a better looking partner you leave your
spouse behind. Those people look like a snake sitting all coiled up to
themselves and looking around. There may even be two snakes together,
but they are looking someplace else for something better. American
women are exactly like that, looking for better everything.
It is like a spider web trying to destroy this world. These are the
devil's tools. Do American youth like hard work? They say "We're
comfortable and have an easy life, but the rest of you should do hard
work and support the world". There is a cry in the United States
that the Japanese and Koreans are working too hard, so stop them from
working. Those Americans are like Satan when they try to stop people
from working. Americans won't even work for themselves, but Orientals
work for others. Which side will God take?
Now the trend is necessary for life to come from the Orient.
American people are seeking excitement and fun but it is leading them
to hell. A good example is the many Korean residents in the Unites
States' metropolitan areas. The Korean residents live and work in
places like Harlem, ghetto areas. Residents there become jealous of
their success that came from working hard over long hours. The
residents rob them and try to kick them out. Not just Koreans, but all
If you don't work hard, you are doomed to decline. Do black people
work hard? Harder than whites? In your town, suppose there are three
groups of people, one white, one black and one yellow. In one hundred
years, which race will be the owner or the center of that town? The
yellow people work harder not just for themselves, but for others. We
are the people who know the secrets of Satan and Father has told us the
secrets of God.
If you know that there is a hidden diamond mine in a certain area,
wouldn't you sell all your belonging, your home and car and leave your
family in order to go and find it? Those who don't know it is there
will criticize you for selling everything and going for an empty
mountain. They will think you foolish. But in reality, no matter who
says what, you will continue with confidence and do what you have to do
to get those diamonds. On your way to the diamond mountain you would be
happy and smiling even if persecuted, with no food or a place to
Let's think about our situation. We know the secret of true life,
true love and true blood lineage of God from True Parents. Can we
compare this to a mountain of diamonds? Would we exchange them?
Absolutely not. If that is the case, is the Unification Church doomed
to fail or be a success? No matter what beautiful treasure we have, if
we cannot work hard God will be distant and go far away. No matter how
much you know Divine Principle, true love, life and blood lineage, if
you do not connect with God, or become interwoven with God, there is no
hope. You need to practice this in daily life. Get close to the
original source. Unification Church members tend not to pray enough.
Since Father knows these secrets, he cannot leave us idle, but he kicks
and pushes us to fulfill our role.
[Father draws a picture of the path to the diamond filled mountain.
It twists and winds and goes in circles on the way.] The American way
is to walk carrying nothing and in a straight line. You don't like the
Asian and African way [carrying a heavy load.] You only want to walk
the straight way. The heavenly way does not look like a highway. It is
narrow and has many valleys to pass through. Satan who knows this
secret mountain, puts up hurdles and roadblocks. It is a very difficult
path so once you make it, the journey becomes priceless. Throughout
history no one even imagined it. If you can tackle this, challenge and
make it through, it is so precious.
In general, as you follow the path to heaven, everything is
painful. No matter how difficult or vicious the roadblocks are, there
is one secret to overcoming them. Dig a tunnel underneath! Otherwise
you cannot reach the diamond mountain. Even when you dig a tunnel, it
should not be for your own sake, to collect the toll, it must be for
the sake of others, the public purpose. Father has prepared this tunnel
already, but who appreciates it? People think he is Iying. Even along
the central tunnel, Satan will create deviated tunnels to confuse us.
How do we know the correct one? There is a long thin thread from our
heart to the diamond mine. Hold tight and follow it. Even at the final
point, just before the mountain, there will be deviating tunnels. Once
you grab the thread, don't drop it no matter what. The tunnels aren't
straight you see, but go up and down and in circles and loops. You will
have to cross rivers. Do you still have hold of the thread?
No matter how much material we have around us in America we have to
hold the heart thread to Father. Do you like Father that much? Father
doesn't feel that.
We only have to follow. Think of what destruction Satan created when
Father began to dig the tunnel. All the world was against him. But now
it is time for Father to travel, anywhere with no roadblocks and no
Satan. He can go to Russia, America, anywhere.
From Divine Principle, we understand the history of mankind has been
a history of restoration and recreation. How many years? No one
knows. God created Adam first, before Eve. When people say a perfected
messiah will descend from God, they mean Adam, the true father is
coming down. As True Father appears, all Satan's world will be
shattered. Beginning with Judaism, all religions appeared in order to
take over the world. The meaning of the word Israel is victory. God
blessed Jacob, but not for himself. He had to overcome everything and
win. Even from his deathbed, he had to win. Even when he felt he was
dying he did not let the angel go. Heaven's angel had to give the
blessing to Jacob in order to get away. That particular angel was from
God's realm. Since Jacob won over the heavenly side angel, he won over
the satanic side angel, no question. Therefore, Satan could not accuse
Since then 4,000 years later Jesus came. When the Israelites
received blessing it was for the sake of the world, not just Israel.
Since then the Jews misinterpreted and thought it was only for
themselves. That was the start of their deviation. They expected the
messiah to bring blessing only for their sake, not for the world.
When Jesus came to Israel, he was to be accepted. They were to work
together to restore the entire world. However, they rejected Jesus and
so lost the entire world. Jesus came as true father. From the true
father's point of view, the rest of the world was Cain. He needed both
Abel's and Cain's world to be restored. Who should Jesus have used as a
sacrifice to restore the entire world? Abel. But the Israelites failed
and did not understand why they have been abandoned and struggling for
the last 2000 years.
Because of the failure at Jesus' time, religious movements had to
start from scratch until 2000 years later, the time of the second
coming. In order to play the Israelites role, the Protestants, came
from Europe as Abel. The Catholics stayed as Cain. The Protestants
started a new religious movement to prepare the United States to
receive True Father. That was the responsibility of the United States,
which was prepared for three hundred years.
Since 1945, after World War II, the entire world was becoming one
nation centered on Christianity. That was the time America was supposed
to bring unity. Why do you think God allowed so many wars and
struggles? Why did he finally give the United States the central role
to unite the world? For the sake of America? No, for the sake of the
world. It's absolutely clear. God prepared this world centered on
Christianity to receive the messiah, True Parents. It was not for the
sake of America but for the sake of the world. There was one purpose,
to receive the messiah, one man, not millions of men. Every American
should bow down and follow that one man. There is no "American
There are almost 185 nations in the world now. From God's point of
view, even if He has to sacrifice over 150 nations, He must secure the
messiah. Even if God loses all 185 countries and their kings, He must
secure and protect the messiah. Do you think that is right? What if we
have to love the Empire State Building or destroy New York City to
protect Father. What if we lose nine tenths of America's population? If
we are that serious, we can build the kingdom of heaven. Do you have
confidence? If it takes money to meet the messiah, how much would you
have to pay? Human history has been waiting for this day for hundreds
of millions of years. How many billions of people sacrificed for this
cause and waste in human history? If you meet the right True Father you
can go to heaven, with a false father there is no hope. This is why God
has taken this long to establish one true Adam.
Look at the religious world. Islam, Buddhists, Confucianists and
Christians all fight There is no unity. Do they understand Father's
concept? No they each think they are the highest. So Father initiated
many world religious conferences. If Father leaves them alone, they
will only constantly fight. Originally True Father had no
responsibility to dc this mundane work. He was supposed to appear when
the world was already clean. All sinful people were to confess and
then he was to appear as messiah.
During World War II the United Nations was formed. Through the
United Nations, America took the initiative to give independence to
Japan and other countries which lost in war. this was never before seen
in history. The time has come for all nations to have brotherhood on a
horizontal level. They must be equal in order for Father to deal with
them. Democracy is the ideology of brotherhood. It is centered on
liberty and freedom. Can you secure happiness only through freedom?
Centered on love you can secure happiness. Love is the center of
everything. Once you have love as a root, you can use freedom to secure
happiness. Why is the world fighting, even between political parties.
They are traveling a zigzag path. The love path should be straight,
traveling through every level. The crooked way will not find the ideal
Those who are fighting do not know the secret of living for others.
After brotherhoodism, there needs to be husband and wife unity. America
is actually practicing that now. The next level is parentis. Parents
love can unify husband and wife and brother and brother. Parents stand
above, in a vertical relationship, but the relationship between husband
and wife and bothers is horizontal.
True love seeks the shortest distance. The shortest vertical line is
from God. We know the messiah is supposed to come and came but is he
necessarily supposed to be an American citizen? What do you mean by
messiah? If the messiah comes as your brother, husband or wife, you
could fight very easily, but if the messiah comes as a father with true
love you cannot fight but must obey. How can you determine that Father
comes with true love? This messiah should bring God's ideal to the
world with God's true life, true love and true blood lineage. That is
the messiah's role to the world.
Up to this point there has been no true life, true love or true
blood lineage, but the messiah comes as True Father. The messiah bring
the true seed for a new world. The fallen world has bad mans seed.
Father is the only one in all history who comes with this good seed.
Have you receive a true love seed from God? When? I am talking about
before the blessing. Even, after the blessing, have you followed my way
exactly? Why are your answers different? We still speak a different
language from Father. That shows we have a different culture
We need to mix races. If you don't like one color, you will have
that color of children in the future. Then what will you do? If you
tell Father at the blessing, that you can be matched to anyone except a
black, Father will look and see that spirit world has prepared a black
spouse for you. If you still refuse, you are doomed.
Is God's mind and body battling? No. How can your mind and body
unite? God's true love is the only way. You learned even God obeys and
surrenders to true love. When you see love existing between man and
woman, you are even willing to die. The same exists within God. Where
does unification come from? When Adam and Eve seek God, they must do it
for the sake of each other. When all function in that way there is a
true love relationship. When Adam goes to God, go for Eve's sake, and
Eve should go for Adam's sake. Then there is no fight or competition.
When you see something you like, we have the tendency to take it
first. If you do that for the sake of your nation, it is okay.
Unification of the world comes from this beginning relationship. It is
the base of ideological unification thought.
If within a group of ten friends, one is always seeking help, the
others will run away from him. If one is doing everything for his ten
friends, he will become the leader. Living for others is not a sign of
declining, but of becoming the leader, teacher, parents for them. Your
mind wants to be the teacher, leader and parent. It will lead you and
make good recommendations to you. That mind is God's place. Mind and
body unity is always a problem. You cannot just use a sword to cut off
the problem of your body. You would have to die.
God is not far away from you. You agree the mind is your master.
Your mind is always with you, trying to correct you, but the flesh is
your enemy forever. A struggling life cannot be heaven, only hell.
Please make peace between the two. The difficulty is within yourself,
not outside. Your body is the most fearful thing to you.
We have to create a graft. The true olive tree and the wild olive
tree look the same. They have the same form. But we know that the root
is different The true olive tree is connected to God. The planting
place of the true olive tree is the mind. The body belongs to Satan.
The mind is plus, but the body is a plus too. They conflict with each
other. Make the body weak. Turn it into a minus. Don't eat or sleep
God wants to work through religions which teach sacrifice and
fasting. Don't play around or use free sex. Don't drink and don't take
drugs. Those are Satan's weapons. How can you make the mind strong?
Pray. Create one mind, one heart and one will. These three
characteristics should all be combined. Our mind is a minus to God's
plus. A great power comes if we are in that position. Make it a habit
to follow the mind. Then God can control you. There are two ways to do
it. One is to make the body weak, the other to make the mind strong.
That is why we must pray. Unification Church members don't usually pray
Think of the struggles God had to go through to restore one man and
send him to the world. Like Israel, the United States is an affluent
country, but it is not affluent for America's sake, but for the sake of
the world. If America does not know this it will decline. America may
have to be sacrificed, but it will ultimately be saved along with the
rest of the world.
Asians are flooding the United States to try and restore it. If the
world accepted Father after World War II, True Mother would have been
western, maybe British.
Like the relationship between Italy and England, Korea and Japan now
stand in those positions. Italy is a peninsula, like Korea and England
an island, like Japan. The world failed to receive Father, so he came
to America and began as an individual gradually working up to every
level. First individual, then family, the national, world and finally
the universal level. Father did this, along with True Mother. Farther
came here and started and now we have True Parents. If the world
accepted Father in 1945, Father could have received Mother, but he had
to begin as an individual level Father.
Father's family is now growing and widening the spectrum. Father's
realm of influence is growing bigger. Satan's world is getting smaller
and will eventually disappear.
What nationality would you like to have for the spouse of your
children? You have to take your children's spouse from your enemy
country. For example during World War II Japan and America were
enemies. Asians see Westerners as robbers. They came with guns and
swords and took everything. Asia's time is coming now, because they
were persecuted. If Asian people truly work for the sake of the world,
this unity will happen.
The first Israel failed because it lived only for its own sake. The
second Israel, the United States is declining because it is selfish.
The third Israel, Asia will prosper if it lives for the sake of
How many people of the world truly understand True Parents? It
doesn't matter. It will take less than one day for the whole world to
be taught about True Parents, once the time is right. Now even the
communist countries are welcoming Father. Suppose Gorbachev proclaims
that Father is the one the Russian people need? Everyone has heard of
Reverend Moon-even the people of Russia and China.
Even the CIA will face an emergency if they lose Reverend Moon. Can
Bush terminate the drug problem without Reverend Moon? What about the
sex problem? The world absolutely needs Reverend Moon. The USSR is now
inviting Father to come. If they greet him as a king, will America
fight with Russia because they do not believe in monarchies?
Once the messiah establishes a foundation the concept of democracy
will have to disappear. This concept does not fit the messianic
concept. Can you elect the second messiah from the general population?
We have no choice of who is God, or Father or Mother. All mankind are
God's children. Can they elect their own parents? No!
Father has come a long way to establish the world wide foundation.
Even Belvedere will soon be too small for this kind of meeting. No one
can oppose us. If all mankind understood half of what you know, they
would chase after True Parents. They will understand that only through
True Parents can they receive true life, true love and true blood
lineage. We have a greed for these things and only True Parents can
If God connects to your mind, automatically your body will follow.
You must be like two tuning forks that resonate together. The enemy is
not outside, but only in your flesh body. It is the most hateful
dwelling place of Satan. Now you know it, so you can control it. We
have the creative power to belong to God. We can clean this up, no
Did you ever really help True Parents? Did you help Father through
the time of Danbury? Father used his seventieth birthday celebration to
declare True Parents to every corner of Korea.
When you hear the name True Parents you don't need the name
of the Unification Church. It seems far away. But the "True
Parents" is close and immediate. It shows we've been under false
parents with false love, life and blood lineage.
The Garden of Eden was like a seed. Within it, the father and mother
and God were to unite and grow. That seed would have grown into a giant
tree of five billion people, all centered on God. Instead Satan created
a false seed which grew and took over. It is the same as the situation
of our mind and body. Our body takes over our mind. But a small portion
of our original mind survived and is reaching out to Father. True
Parents come there to that p]ace within our minds. From that place a
small stem grows and we can graft on True Parent's bud. That will grow
and then take out the entire evil root, leaving only the true seed.
Grafting does not happen just once. When you fail, you must repeat it
over and over again.
Adam and Eve fell as teenagers. Now teenagers follow the same way.
That which was sown is now reaped. America is in the autumn time and in
autumn is the harvest. The four positions are all mixed up and bound to
decline. Men from grandfathers level live with women from the
children's level. Everything is confused. True Parents are the only
We must educate our family to True Parents. No matter how difficult
it is let them come to True Parents. Once Americans become eager to
come into True Parents front gate and walk around their home, then
America will be saved. Every day we witness a dying America.
Father grabbed Nixon and tried to save the country. He tried with
Carter and with Reagan. While Father has been doing this we couldn't
even declare True Parents. We must testify now to the American people.
Father has been doing this work, even while in Danbury prison. He
created The Washington Times, Insight and World and 1. He
did this all while imprisoned in the enemy country, in order to save
What are you American residents doing? From now there will be no
persecution, so go out and witness. Tell America they sinned against
Reverend Moon. Even then you will not be persecuted, they will just
The title of my speech today is "The Declaration of True
Parents." Seventy years ago today the entire population of Korea
stood up against Japan to declare their freedom and independence. It
is an important holiday in Korea.
Father's conclusion is there will be hope for the United States if
all of you make a redetermination on this significant
dayfor a second independence for America to be totally united
with Father and march forward. March aggressively. Can you do it? Those
who pledge to do so, raise both hands!