CENTERING ON TRUE LOVE
SUN MYUNG MOON
15th Anniversary of The Washington Times
June 16, 1997
Respected guests from Washington D.C. and abroad, dear staff of The
Washington Times, eminent world literary leaders, ladies and
gentlemen. I deeply appreciate your taking time from your busy
schedules to attend this meeting.
Today, as we celebrate The Washington Times' 15th anniversary, I
cannot help but feel deep emotion. Fifteen years ago, when the world
was adrift on the stormy waves of the Cold War, I established The
Washington Times to fulfill God's desperate desire to save this world.
Since that time, I have devoted myself to raising up The Washington
Times, hoping that this blessed land of America would fulfill its
world-wide mission to build a Heavenly nation. Meanwhile, I waged a
lonely struggle, facing enormous obstacles and scorn as I dedicated my
whole heart and energy to enable The Washington Times to grow as a
righteous and responsible journalistic institution.
Today The Washington Times Corporation can be proud of its
development into a world class global media enterprise. Since the end
of the Cold War, the world began to realize that the direction taken by
The Washington Times was correct. History will not forget our
contribution. The efforts of The Times to revitalize the moral and
spiritual values of the United States and the world are being
recognized as absolutely urgent and necessary at this time.
I want to convey my warmest appreciation to all The Washington Times
staff who have worked so hard together with me to develop The Times. I
would also like to express my deepest gratitude to the American and
world leaders who have offered their unwavering support.
The most precious thing that I can offer from the bottom of my heart
as a token of my appreciation on this special day is to introduce you
to what I consider to be the two most significant lectures that I gave
during my most recent world tour.
I refer to "View of the Principle of the Providential History of
Salvation" and "In Search of the Origin of the Universe."
Today, we need a complete solution for the problems of sexual
immorality, family breakdown and alienation among our young people.
These two speeches provide fundamental solutions for these problems.
When each one of you goes back to your home, I hope you will take some
time for self-reflection. Whenever you want to bring more love into
your family, read these speeches together with your family and think
deeply. I believe this can help you and your family to achieve harmony
and real happiness.
I suggest that you read these two speeches as many times as the
number of your age. If your age is over 80, then read them more than 80
times. The more you read these speeches, the more heavenly blessing and
fortune will be with you. The more you read them, the more peace will
flow in your family naturally and automatically I invite you to read
The title of the first speech is "View of the Principle of the
Providential History of Salvation." To summarize: Because of the
failure and Fall in the family of the First Adam, Jesus came as the
Second Adam to restore the failure of the first family at the national
level. The First Adam had become fallen Adam. Thus the Messiah, Jesus,
came as the Second Adam. However, since Jesus was not able to realize a
family based on being True Parents, the Messiah needs to come back as
the Third Adam and restore the mission of True Parents on the world
level. This is the mission of the Second Advent, who is coming as the
Third Adam. This speech also introduces the fact that the fundamental
issue of salvation is the restoration of the original lineage.
The title of the second speech is "In Search of the Origin of
the Universe." Since the human Fall originated in the misuse of
love, humankind lost True Love. Thus the problem arises: How can we
recover True Love? The loss of True Love means falling through
adultery. In other words, True Love became degraded by misusing the
sexual organs, and in order to restore it, we need to use these organs
in the right way. Just as the seed of fallen love was planted in the
Garden of Eden during the first ancestors' youth, so in these final
days, mankind will harvest the fruit of the Fall among our young
people. That is the reason why today we find so much chaos and
contusion, centering on the issue of sex. This problem can only be
solved with what I call "Absolute Sex." Only the concept and practice
of Absolute Sex can prevent the destruction of the family and reverse
the corruption of our youth.
This evening, because time is limited, I would like to share a
speech with a new title: "True Family and True Universe Centering
on True Love."
Everyone here has parents and teachers, and you also have the leader
of your nation. Correct? These are things everyone undeniably needs.
However, when compared to the true standard, there are many different
levels of parents. What do you think? To what extent have you,
yourself, become True Parents? In the same way, if a person is a
professor at an Ivy League university such as Harvard, Yale or Columbia
in the United States, or Oxford and Cambridge in England, does this
mean that he or she can be called a True Teacher? Similarly, there are
different types of leadership in a nation compared to the true standard
of leadership. Even if someone is the president of a superpower such as
the United States, does this mean he or she is a True President?
In fact, today in the family, children do not trust parents. Between
spouses, there is no complete trust. Brothers and sisters also don't
trust each other fully. Furthermore, students do not trust the teachers
in the schools, and the people do not trust the leaders of their
So the problem is, how can we attain the true standard of even one
of these three most important positions of parents, teacher and
When I say you should become True Parents, True Teacher or True
Leader, what do you think is the highest standard or central model for
those three positions? That is God. God is the True Parent among
parents, True Teacher among teachers, and True King among kings. God is
the Eternal True Parent, Eternal True Teacher, Eternal True Leader and
King. If we are children of God, we need to become True Parents first,
just like God. We should also follow the way of the True Teacher, just
like God. And we need to follow the way of the True Leader, just like
God. This is the idea of the three primary positions. The ultimate
model is God.
Who is the Messiah sent to the people of Israel, promised in the Old
Testament? The Messiah is the one who comes as True Parents, True
Teacher, and True King. However, because Jesus was prevented from
establishing the True Family and uniting his people, he needs to come
again. In other words, because he did not accomplish the national-level
foundation, the Messiah of the Second Coming will come as the Third
Adam and teach the way of the True Parents, True Teacher and True King
at the world level. This is the messianic concept. Wherever the family,
nation, world and Heaven exist, the idea of the three primary positions
of parents, teacher and leader should always be established.
To exist in the spatial dimension, human beings need to stand in
relation to what is above and below, right and left, front and back. In
this way, one's position is determined. One's shape and situation
depend upon where one stands relative to above and below, right and
left, and front and back.
This same formula that applies in the relation of above and below,
right and left, and front and back also applies to the family, the
nation and the world. Just as there are above and below, right and
left, and front and back centering on the individual, in the family
there are parents and children, husband and wife, and brothers and
sisters. Similarly, in the nation, centering on the leader, families
should embrace all the civilizations of East and West and all the
civilizations of North and South. Then they can embrace all people of
the world as brothers and sisters. Ultimately every level will form a
family pattern. All these models have the same pattern and the
individual self is the central model. In the same manner, one's
existence expands to the level of the family, nation, world, Heaven and
Earth, and eventually reaches God. Each person has the desire to live
as the center of the cosmos and the potential to make this a reality.
Thus, the core concept of the universe is the concept of the family.
Heaven represents parents. Earth represents children. In the concept
of East and West, East symbolizes man, West symbolizes woman. When a
woman gets married, she usually follows wherever the husband goes, but
they have equal value. When the West side reflects the sunlight, it has
the same value as the East side. The relationship of brothers is the
same. When the older brother works, the younger brothers naturally help
Therefore, people should exist in the relation of parents and
children, husband and wife, and elder and younger siblings. And these
three relations meet at one central point. There can be only one
center. Above and below, right and left, and front and back should not
have different centers. If the central point is different, then the
balance of the relationships between above and below, right and left,
and front and back will be broken. Eventually above, below, right,
left, front, back and the central point all together comprise seven
positions. Thus, the number seven represents all elements uniting to
become one centering on God, with perfect True Love. Together, these
seven elements form a complete sphere and eventually a family structure
of harmony and unification. So, as you can see, seven is truly a lucky
When this sphere completes itself and revolves, it becomes a new
entity based on the number eight. As long as True Love remains
unchanging, the central point can revolve without change. But because
of the human Fall, God was expelled from the central position. Since
God's True Love was expelled, the True Family ideal collapsed.
There are many differences in lifestyle between East and West. In
many ways, they are totally opposite. For example, when Koreans call
someone to come to them, we motion with the palm down, like this. But
if we do this in the West, people go the other way. We often
misunderstand and wonder if people don't like us, because they go away
from us when we are actually asking them to come closer. Also Western
writing has a horizontal structure, proceeding from left to right.
Oriental writing originally is vertically structured, starting from top
to bottom and proceeding from right to left. So Western books open from
left to right. But in the Orient we open a book from right to left.
Thus Western civilization is more horizontally-based, while Oriental
civilization is more vertical. As another example, shaking hands is a
horizontal greeting, while bowing is vertical. In the Orient, there is
a tradition that the ancestors are the core of the family system. But
in the West there is no strong concept that considers the ancestors as
the core. There is mostly a concept centered on the self.
Because everything is connected through the core, without the
movement of the core, the whole entity does not move. Therefore, all
the positions of one, two, three, four, five, six and seven, the
central core, have equal value. Once they are divided, they comprise
twelve segments. These twelve will fit wherever they are placed.
Whatever the grandfather wants, the grandchild is not against. The
children of the grandfather also want whatever their parents want.
Ultimately all three generations become united in one desire. All of
the elements -- grandfather and grandmother, father and mother, husband
and wife, son and daughter -- resonate with the center. Let us look at
the family, centering on love. Since the relationship between parents
and children is one of unity, they are said to be one body. The
relation between husband and wife is also said to be one body, as is
the relation between brother and sister. In the family, all are one
body. Centered on what are these relations called one body? They are
one body centered on God's True Love, which is the center of all love.
Centered on True Love, parents and children become one, husband and
wife become one, and brothers and sisters become one. Through this
process, the value of each element becomes equal.
Then what did God want for His children? To become billionaires? To
have more power than anyone else? What God wanted for His children,
Adam and Eve, was for them to grow to become children of filial piety,
loyal citizens, saints, and a Holy Son and Daughter. Did you ever
consider that, in accordance with God's desire, we should become
children of filial piety in the family, loyal citizens of the nation,
saints in the world, and Holy Sons and Daughters before Heaven and
Earth? In history the saints and sages have taught that we should
become children of filial piety, loyal citizens, saints, and Holy Sons
This evening do you think you have mastered the way of filial piety,
loyalty, sainthood, and Holy Sonship which is needed to become an ideal
human being and to complete the human personality? Without knowing
this, you cannot perform the function of True Parents in the family.
True Parents need to teach their children progressively to complete the
way of the filial child, loyal citizen, saint, Holy Son or Daughter,
and eventually even to reach God. If there is someone who truly teaches
and exemplifies these things, then God will see that person as the
ultimate True Parent, True Teacher and True Leader.
When you are qualified as True Parents and True Teacher, you also
will be qualified as a True Leader; and furthermore you will be
qualified to become a True King or Queen. Fallen man lacks this concept
of filial piety, loyal citizenship, sainthood, and of becoming Holy
Sons and Daughters. That is why this world is perishing. Who wants Holy
Sons? God does. Who wants saints? The world does. Who wants loyal
citizens? The nation does. Who wants children of filial piety? The
family does. This is the way of truth.
The truth centering on love continues eternally in one direction. We
did not know this, and that is why we could not be True Parents, True
Citizens, True Saints, and Holy Sons and Daughters. When Jesus came to
this world, there was no True Parents in the family, no True Leader in
the nation and the world, and ultimately there was no True King in all
of Heaven and Earth. People did not know how to follow the True Way.
However, now you should know.
True Parents do not tell their children, "Once you become children
of true filial piety, do not become loyal citizens." True Parents
should teach children of filial piety to sacrifice their family by
following the way of a loyal citizen in service to the nation, and to
sacrifice the nation to fulfill the way of saints in service to the
world. And then parents should teach their children to sacrifice the
world in service to Heaven and Earth, and to sacrifice Heaven and Earth
to come to God.
To achieve this, individuals should sacrifice for the sake of the
family. By sacrificing for the family, a person becomes a child of
filial piety. To become a patriot, a person will sacrifice even their
entire family to save the nation. That is the way to become patriots.
To be a saint, you will sacrifice even the nation in service to the
world. The Holy Son should establish the Heavenly Kingdom on Earth and
in Heaven, even sacrificing the world. Therefore, among all parents,
those who live more for the sake of their children are True Parents.
Teachers who do more for the sake of their students are True Teachers,
and the president who sacrifices more for the nation will be the True
President. We did not know this concept of investing and sacrifice. But
without it, we will never have one eternally peaceful and unified
What is the basis of individualism? One cannot claim anything as
"mine alone." When the child, through the love of its parents, grows
from an egg in the mother's womb and is born, 99.999 percent of its
existence is from the mother's bone, blood, and flesh, which was
combined with the 0.001 percentage from the father's sperm. There is no
concept of "myself alone" in nature. Nobody had a concept of "myself"
when they were born.
Anyone who considers that they are the best cannot say they became
so by themselves, including Reverend Moon. Bone, blood and flesh are
all received in the mother's womb. We should recognize that the
important parts of our body are the extension of our mother's body. All
the essential elements of our body were included in the egg and sperm.
There is no exception. Therefore, there is no basis for self-centered
When we say the word "above," that word automatically recognizes
"below." Can individualism stand only with the concept of "above" by
itself? There is no way that a being can be only individual. Talking
about the "right" side presupposes the existence of "left." In the
relation between front and back, "front" presupposes "back." The word
"man" also cannot exist by itself. It presupposes "woman." This is not
just the claim of any one person, but a cosmic fact.
Why was man created? Usually, men say that they can live by
themselves alone, so they don't care why they were created. But man was
born for the sake of woman. Without woman, there is absolutely no need
for man. Actually, nothing was created for man by himself or for woman
by herself alone.
Look at our five senses. Were my eyes created to look at my eyes?
Nose, ears, mouth, hands -- all of them were created for the sake of
the object. The force that mobilizes and focuses all five senses is
True Love. Eyes, nose, ears, mouth, and hands were created for True
Love as a tool for the use of True Love.
Nothing is created only for myself. On the contrary, a person who
says that what belongs to others is "mine" is called a thief. When
someone takes the things of others and uses them as his own, isn't he a
thief? Therefore any man who uses his five senses and his body as he
wants for himself alone is a thief, since these exist for the sake of
What is the difference between man and woman? Their bodies,
including the sexual organs. Then to whom is man's sexual organ
absolutely necessary? Man's sexual organ exists for the sake of woman.
The human sexual organs are shaped as concave and convex. Why are they
shaped that way? Both of them could be pointed or both could be flat.
Why are they shaped differently? Each is for the sake of the other.
Woman absolutely wants what is man's. And man absolutely wants what is
woman's. Until now, we did not know the fact that, absolutely, woman's
sexual organ is man's and man's sexual organ is woman's. By owning each
other's sexual organs man and woman come to know True Love.
Only through the experience of two becoming one can we know the
highest level of love. No one can absolutely deny these facts. Everyone
should recognize this. At the place where husband and wife become
completely one, the ideal couple will be created. In that very place,
absolute love exists. That place of love, which is absolutely
unchanging, is the dwelling place of God.
Absolute Sex is centered on God, and free sex is centered on Satan.
Historically, world literature and the media have often stimulated free
sex. But from now on, you literary figures and journalists should lead
the way to prevent free sex. Free sex should completely disappear.
Now that you have heard Reverend Moon's speech, you can change your
current position 180 degrees and become a new person, new nation, and
Definitely you are being changed. It is an absolute necessity to
change this evil world. This world must be transformed.
People in the evil world, including Satan, don't like people on
God's side. Therefore everyone in the world has opposed Reverend Moon;
even at the level of the nation and the world they opposed me. But
because Reverend Moon belongs to God, God has protected me. Satan
doesn't like Reverend Moon; but God likes me. No matter how many times
the world pushed Reverend Moon down or ignored me, I did not care.
Reverend Moon never went down. Rather, he came up to the highest
position. Therefore, now nobody can oppose me.
How could I establish this worldwide foundation even under all kinds
of persecution? With what kind of power could Reverend Moon create
these foundations to teach eminent world scholars and leaders? That was
possible because God gave Reverend Moon a special kind of power. God
has protected me and directed me, and even now God continuously
protects and teaches me, so I am moving toward the way of success all
Throughout history, there have been numerous religious leaders who
could communicate with the spiritual world. You should know there is
only one, Reverend Moon, who fully understood and unified the spiritual
world and commenced work in this world. Since unifying the spiritual
world, I received the Heavenly seal of recognition from God. Otherwise
unification on the Earth cannot be done. You should know that in the
same way that God has trained me and raised me in the spiritual world,
He continuously leads me on the Earth.
For more than 20 years, since I came to the United States, I
received enormous persecution. But I knew that God's plan for
Christianity has endured through bloody sacrifice for 2,000 years,
ultimately settling in the United States. Therefore I could not give up
on this country. Please consider, if America had accepted Reverend Moon
even 40 years ago, how would this country be today?
Then from where does True Love begin? This is True Love: After you
sacrifice your own life and are resurrected, you try to invest again,
more than three times. Since we have inherited fallen lineage, even at
the cost of our own lives we have to persevere and overcome. Therefore,
"whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his
life will preserve it." (Luke 17:33) Jesus followed this way
when he came to this world. That is why he could lead the world, not by
selfish individualism, but by altruism. Therefore, although I have
created great wealth during my life, none of it, not even one penny, is
mine. I invested everything for the world and then I forgot what I had
done for others, and then I sacrificed and invested again. I repeated
this process again and again.
Which do you prefer, "One Nation under God" or "One World under
God?" Among Americans, some people do not like the concept of One World
under God. Some white people do not like black people. White
Anglo-Saxon Protestants occupy dominant positions in the United
States. America, led by this group, should have the idea that this
country exists for the sake of the world. If America lives only for
its own sake, America will ultimately perish.
Now the times are changing. The coming time is the age of One World
under God. God is working for this kind of world and will always help
those people who also are working for that kind of providence. But
there is a problem with many people wanting to lead the world but not
wanting to participate in that providence.
In order to make one peaceful world, I have poured myself into
various efforts. Let me give a few examples. We need to establish an
ideal, world-wide academic institution like a U.N. University,
transcending the barriers of race, religion and language, in order to
complete the foundation for the future world. Also, to exchange
knowledge globally, we need a university system for distance learning.
We also need to develop a unified medical science. We need not only to
cure the diseases of the body caused by the Fall, but also to end the
conflict between Orient and Occident through harmonizing Eastern and
Western culture. By uniting Eastern and Western medicine we can cure
formerly incurable diseases, such as AIDS. In Korea, among the people
of the countryside who never had formal medical education, there are
many gifted healers who can cure serious diseases that are incurable
through modern medicine. These healers have received teaching from the
spiritual world about special treatments. Without recognizing certain
realities of the spiritual world, problems will continue to grow.
Already these projects are being implemented at the University of
Bridgeport and Sun Moon University. I have also created The Washington
Times and other newspapers to cover the entire hemisphere, and I am
expanding this media foundation into 185 countries to help all the
people of the world learn from each other and cooperate as one. Since I
came to America, I never had any debt to the American people. Rather,
America should feel indebted to me. I shared the blessing I received
from Heaven with America. I didn't receive any blessing from America,
but my entire blessing was given to her.
Regardless of the degree of opposition, the person who loves the
most will become the owner. Those who love more, invest more, who give
more and forget what they have given, will become central figures. This
is cosmic law.
In the future, please follow the way that in the family you offer
filial piety to your parents, become a loyal citizen before the nation,
become a saint before the world, and become a Holy Son or Daughter
before God. Whoever can stand without shame before the family, nation,
world, and Heaven and Earth, will be protected in the center of the
cosmos and can then realize a family that receives God's highest love.
Such a person shall transform this world into the Kingdom of Heaven
on Earth, being registered in the Kingdom of Heaven in the spiritual
world and entering into an era of kingship both spiritually and
physically centered on God. Such a person shall receive the
International Ceremony of Holy Blessing, which is to establish a world
of victory, freedom, happiness and unity. I invite each of you to
participate in this year's 3.6 million couple Blessing Ceremony, and so
become a person welcomed by Heaven and Earth and find the way of
Today literary leaders from all over the world are gathered together
here. I hope the staff of The Washington Times and all the world
literary leaders will become major figures to create a True Family and
True World (cosmic) culture centered on God's True Love, ushering in a
world of peace and unification in the forthcoming 21st Century.
May God bless you, your family and all your endeavors. Thank you.