Way Of Unification (Part 2)
by Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Section 3. Restoration Of Hometown And Rebuilding The Temple - Part 1
1. What Is The Original Homeland Like?
1) The Place Where we Must Go at any Cost
We have a place to go. It is hometown. We should see our parents there and should follow their standards. We, on their behalf, should fulfill their responsibility, and by connecting them in heart and through establishing a tribe, a people, and a nation, we should guide all mankind to the true way of life and build the Kingdom of Heaven.
Did this nation become a peaceful one? Centering on Korea, did it make all mankind and the world happy? No. From now on, Korea should prepare such a path.
The path that we should walk, the path that God also goes is the path of restoration, and we must go down that path at any cost. We should meet our parents and build that nation and restore the world. This is a path that heaven and earth must go, no matter what.
When we go to our homeland, what shall we do? We should meet our parents. Even if we arrived at our homeland, if we are not connected to our parents, that is not right. Even if our parents passed away, we should be connected through them to our homeland.
However, that nation should not be centered on itself alone. On behalf of your father, you should become a person who can fulfill the duties of loyalty and filial piety with parental heart, not being afraid to go anywhere. Then, Satan will run away.
The place where heaven and earth must go, whatever it takes, is the homeland, And, once they get there they must become one. (35-232)
We must go to the original homeland. Whether old or young, mate or female, regardless of whoever they are, all mankind must go to that land of hope. We should go to the land of Korea. We thought that what had already belonged to us is precious, but that is not so. (119-336)
What is the first thing that humans should find? It is the homeland of love. Religions were created for that purpose. What is the "compassion" of Buddhism and the "humility" of Confucianism? We must clearly understand that this is nothing but a teaching and use it as a means to restore the foundation for the homeland of love. (19-292)
All people throughout the world will long for a tribe, a people, and a nation that is close to the land of hometown. In the case of a Korean, he or she not only has Korea as his or her nation but also has a hometown. Likewise, if all mankind throughout the world can miss their own physical hometown, they will also miss that hometown. If Korea or America is that homeland, people throughout the world will think of it more precious than their own physical hometown or fatherland. Therefore, at any cost, that homeland should appear. (23-75)
We should establish the original homeland. You must want that original land. In order to establish a homeland that all humanity will desire, we need an original homeland. Such individuals and a family should be united as one, and then establish a tribe. Then, heavenly protocol will be established for a tribe, a nation, the world, heaven and earth, and love. Using such logic, no matter how ignorant they might be, with this formula there is nothing that cannot be done. In each country, fruit will be harvested. Revolutions will take place. We should become people who can deal with the problems of our people. It is for sure that the original land will be established when the number of such individuals, families, tribes, peoples, and nations grow. (29-?)
2) What is the Original Homeland Like?
The Kingdom of Heaven is a place where, centered on God's love, a completely united couple can enter along with their children. That is, a family, a tribe and a people who are united as one. Even Jesus who could not start a family on earth cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven but is remaining in Paradise. People who were not brought together by the love of God cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Kingdom of Heaven is a world of relations. Therefore, the entire family should go together, and so should all of the tribe and the people of the nation. Then, the Kingdom of Heaven can be finally built.
So far, no one could enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Everyone is waiting in the waiting room because the gate of God's love is not yet open. In order to open this gate to heaven, Jesus came to earth, but he could not find a substantial partner on earth. In other words, Jesus could not find an object for his love. This is why Jesus has been anxiously waiting for the day when the gate to the Kingdom of Heaven will be open, walking a course of hard work during the past 2,000 years. On the day of the Second Advent, he will open the gate of love, by choosing a bride from among all humankind. Christians who do not know this are true heretics. Someday, they will be in trouble for this. (18-381)
What is the original homeland like? It is an eternal world of unity where people can sing songs of happiness centered on the original love of God, after severing from the evil in this world. But is there anyone living in such a place? No, not even one person. Countless people throughout human history pursued such a world, but it was not built on this earth. Although many people talked about this world, no one could actually build it, by living the word.
The same is true after Confucius and Jesus. Jesus came to earth in order to create and build the original homeland, but he left his earthly life without being able to do it. He said: "The Kingdom is in your heart." (Luke 37:21) But he actually did not see it himself. No matter how great, no one among the saints and sages who came and passed from the earth could see heaven. Thus all people who inherited the evil blood lineage from the fallen ancestors could not have any relationship with this original homeland. That is why all people are looking for the ideal world, which is the original homeland. Then, what is that world like? It is not a world where people would be unhappy with the happiness of others in jealousy and discord. It is a place where people are happy for one person's success and joy, taking this as their own success and joy. Therefore, if one person rejoices, the whole will rejoice, and if one person is pleased, so will be the whole.
2. We Are All Looking For Our Hometown
A hometown is a place where our parents are living. The place where we were born to our parents is called our hometown. That is what you should understand.
Originally, the hometown given by God to humans was one place, where Adam's family lived. Then, who was the master of that hometown? It is God. Further, who was another master of that hometown? It was the true parents centered on God. Had Adam not fallen, he would have become the true parent, by becoming one with God. And the place where he lived would have been the original hometown of all humanity, as the starting point where the realm of the true parents' love is substantiated. Then the mother and father would have become one, and also they would have become totally one with God. Further, their children would have been totally united with their parents as well. However, the opposite took place. Due to the fall. Eve drove Adam to the way of death by tempting him, and Cain, an elder brother, transformed that place into a battleground by killing his younger brother, Abel. Therefore, they started their life as false parents in a false homeland, building a false nation and a false world.
Thus, this world fell under Satan's dominion. And, whenever good people who wanted to took for the original homeland appeared, Satan killed them all. That is why religious people have been persecuted. It is only natural that, until now, starting from Abraham who passed away while wandering, Jacob, Moses, Jesus, the Israelites and even Christianity all became wanderers. Because they did not have their own nation, when they sought for truthfulness and goodness, they were persecuted, killed, and sacrificed.
Today, Rev. Moon and the Unification Church are being persecuted and are being pushed around. Where can we stand? We should become brothers and sisters as soon as possible. Actually, all the people in the satanic world are also our brothers and sisters. They are either our elder brothers and sisters, or our younger brothers and sisters.
Then, what is God grieving for? The original hometown. What is Jesus grieving for? The original hometown. What is the hope of so many righteous people? The original hometown. Then, next is to restore the original nation. This is the hope of all religious people and all humanity. This, you must understand. Do you understand what I mean? [Yes.] The way we can restore them is only when we have the following heart: "Satan, when you work for 24 hours a day, I will work for 25 hours a day." Or "If you treat me with hatred, I will treat you with love." That is incredible.
The word "hometown" stimulates our yearning heart, without making us realize it. A traveler sleeps in a different room every night, but out of thirst, when he wants to drink some water in the middle of night, although he is no longer sleeping in the same room as before, he goes in the same direction where a water faucet was yesterday. Then he realizes that he is not at the same place as yesterday. As such, hometown is a place that we all of a sudden think of whenever we are faced with a different environment. Everything about hometown is appreciated wholeheartedly. For this reason, travelers can never forget their hometown.
Fallen humanity is walking a course of a traveler, who is destined to find his hometown. Therefore, they do not know where they can leave their hearts. If they can leave them anywhere, they will not be able to return to their hometown. Today, since we are in the position of a traveler, we must return to the original hometown. But when we return, we should bring something that can be helpful to the hometown, something that we can be proud of before our family members, or something that we can leave behind for them. Only when we return to our hometown, after making such efforts can we truly experience the real taste of hometown.
Until the present time, religions made great contributions in seeking for the original homeland. They say that we need to go to Kingdom of Heaven, or the ideal world, or paradise. But these places are unlike the place where we are now living. They are the eternal homeland for us to live for eternity. That is why I am saying that religions made great contributions to humankind. Then what is that place like? It is a place where everything is prepared for us. It is a perfect, flawless place where our mind and body do not feel anything lacking. That is the place that all humanity is seeking.
Today, the reason why we long for our hometown is because that is the place where our parents who are closer to us than anyone else, our brothers and sisters, and our close relatives are living, always guiding us, welcoming us warmly and giving joy to us. Whenever we are faced with difficulties, they would comfort us, giving us their hand. Without that, even if we visited our hometown with a yearning heart, such a heart will dissipate. On the contrary, you will come back with a lamenting heart. In the hometown, there must be people who must receive us warmly. (23-80)
Today, we fallen people live away from our hometown. We are living in an age when we lost our fatherland. Therefore, we must find our hometown and fatherland. If someone was prepared by God to receive us, we must go to the original homeland where we can live forever with that person, For this, you must start the preparations from here on earth. You must leave your earthly life with a story of how and when you met the Lord and what you did afterwards. You must understand that you are faced with such a destiny. (23-81)
3. Our Attitude Towards Restoration Of The Hometown
1) Time of Returning to Hometown
You must return to your hometown in the position of God. You should restore your hometown. Since Rev. Moon laid a victorious foundation on the national and worldwide level, you must now go back to your hometown. Why do you do so? It is because through paying indemnity on the worldwide level, a foundation that can restore the Cain realm was laid. Before then, individuals could not return to their hometowns. In order for the individuals to return to their hometown, the restoration of Satan's world must be done first. They cannot return to their hometown alone.
Without laying conditions that can have an individual, a tribe, a people, a nation, and the world surrender, you cannot return to your hometown. It is because everything such as an individual, a people, a nation, and the world was lost due to the fall of Adam. The mistake of an individual, Adam, resulted in a mistake of the whole. In the course of restoration through indemnity, the Messiah should start his path, on the foundation that is beyond the worldwide indemnity conditions. He should be above the realm of the fall of Adam and Eve, not below it. Until now, due to the realm of Adam's fall, the way to return to the hometown was blocked. The Bible states that Adam left the Garden of Eden, and God blocked their way with a flaming sword and cherubim. Thus, humans were blocked from going back to their hometown. Therefore, in order to go back to that hometown, someone in the position of Adam first must lay an indemnity condition on the levels of an individual, a tribe, a people, a nation, and the world. Otherwise, we cannot return.
Adam lost everything through the fall, which was centered on fallen love. Therefore, blessed families at this time should gradually lay indemnity conditions, being connected to True Parents, centering on God's will. You must clearly understand that you are not in the same position as Adam and Eve who started a fallen family. Adam's fall took place on the top of the growth stage, but in the age of restoration, centered on True Father, we are now in the stage where we can go over the top of the completion stage. Because we are standing in such a position, you must understand that you are no longer in the realm where Satan and his people can make accusations against you. You returned to the family attending True Parents. It can be compared with Israelites returning to the hometown centered on the second generation.
The standard of returning home is not the top of the growth stage, where Adam fell, but is conditionally the top of the completion stage. Therefore, you must understand that this is not yet substantial. However, in order to make it substantial, one remaining thing that needs to be done is to unite North and South Korea, which are now divided. When South Korea sacrifices itself, making special conditions for North Korea without reserving tears, sweat and blood, Satan himself will automatically retreat. When three times more effort and work than what has been done so far is made, your good ancestors who went to the spirit world will receive the benefit of salvation.
Even when you visit your own hometown, you need to continuously make effort in order to attend True Parents in glory and honor. You must cultivate yourself to become the kind of person who can live a life in which you will experience a yearning heart for True Parents. Even in the spirit world, after having gone a way of living sacrifice where you shed tears and your blood circulates more vigorously whenever you thought of them. You should understand that, in the future, your life of faith will lead you only through attendance. Your exemplary life must even be recognized by Satan. This is the age of returning to your hometown! This is the first event such as this that has ever happened throughout human history. As we enter the age of returning to our hometown, all religious people should go back to their hometowns.
Blessed families of the Unification Church in Korea are about to start returning to their hometowns. As church members throughout the world are about to start joining this providence, Korean members are doing it first. Thus, if you fail to restore your hometown, how could it be explained to all other members throughout the world? And, you must establish a tradition of success, at any cost, by doing your best to make it work with special conditions. From a providential viewpoint, entering the age of returning to your hometown is inevitable and essential.
You should not forget your responsibility that the Unification Church in Korea is the first one that opened the age of returning to their hometowns as representatives of all Unification family members throughout the world. The restoration of your hometown can be done only through true love, in which you sacrifice yourself with tears, sweat and blood. By doing so, you must establish a family and restore your elder-sonship. Because the power of true love corresponds to the essence of God, in the course of restoration, the only way that you can overcome any barrier is through love. You must not forget this.
When you return to your hometown, you must do it with a joyful heart. You must not forget even for a minute that you are representing God and True Parents. When you return to your hometown, you are supposed to plant seeds of true love and have them deeply rooted in the ground. Based on the axis of vertical love, you must apply your axis of horizontal love, making them into one.
Upon returning to your hometown, based on all the merits that you established so far, you will come to face judgment. That is the time you will stand at the crossing point of victory and failure. I wish that all of you will gain a victory. I am saying that you should transform the victories of God and True Parents into your own. God created the universe, but, until now, since it is under the dominion of Satan, He has been shedding tears, yearning for His lost children and creation. This, you must remember. We must restore hometown and fatherland. By so doing, we should liberate Him from sufferings.
2) Our Attitude for the Restoration of Hometown
Now, you understand why you should return to your hometown. Then, how should you look when you return to your hometown? The question is how you can lay such hard indemnity conditions towards True Parents, True Family, and the Unification Church, in order to set a right tradition? The era when the Unification Church was opposed is over. The era when your own physical family members became your enemies is over. We are now in the era when no one else but Kim Il Sung and communists in Russia can strike us. We are already going over the wall of the nation. We no longer have enemies on the national level like in the past.
The time will come when someone who opposes the Unification Church, will even be attacked on the street. This means that the time when the Unification Church is opposed is past, and instead, a time when it will be welcomed is arriving.
If you go back to your hometown this time, your parents who once decided to disown you long ago when you joined the church will welcome you. Especially if you return in the name of God, holding a flag of victory, all the people of your hometown will welcome you. Now, you must understand that we entered the providential realm in which the Republic of Korea will welcome you. You should realize that you are shouldered with the historical responsibility of yearning for True Parents, loving them, and fulfilling their will, thus alleviating their grief. You should be able to reach the original standard, offering tears, sweat, and blood for this purpose. And you should return to your hometown with such total confidence.
You may not have known this before, but you should become a person who can go in place of Father, who has been walking such a path, knowing God's heart. You should plant God's heart in your hometown instead of God and True Parents doing it. From now on, the goal is not to pay indemnity, but to plant heart. In the past, we climbed up through paying indemnity, but we are now in the era of planting true love.
You should be grateful to be given a chance to visit your hometown, benefiting yourself by doing so. You should move one step higher. To bring about the unification of North Korea and South Korea, you should go back to your hometown.
When you go back to your hometown, you should stand in the position where you can erect a vertical love in your mind, as Adam and Eve had prior to the fall, by inheriting God's love. Next, you should be able to set a standard in which you can connect it with a horizontal love in 9o degree angle.
Similar to the study of Job in the Bible, Father has been walking a path of restoration, not complaining even once about any tribulations. Job's faith towards God was unchanging and immovable. We should restore our hometown with such an absolute faith. When talking about all the history of the past indemnity course, with all of my heart and mind, I should make preparations for the time when I can visit my hometown, so that all the people and the nature in the town will be able to look forward to that day, welcoming me. You should not forget even for one moment that you are returning to your hometown carrying such a mission. When you see your tribe, you should make an indemnity condition, shedding tears for them. You are not, shedding tears for your own spouse or sons and daughters, but for your tribe in your hometown. When you return to your hometown, if you offer all of your heart and mind for your tribe for six months or so, not even necessarily for three years, you should be able to restore them all. But, for this to be done, you should invest more effort for them than for your own physical family members.
Since your path can also represent the world, it will be a chance when you can enter the realm of Father's blessing. In your hometown, you should connect the axis of God's vertical love and the axis of your horizontal love for your tribe. Due to the fall, God's original blessing was transferred from an elder son to a younger son. Thus, as the younger son inherited the eldersonship, there has been a limit in reaching God. Therefore, this is the time when we should restore the original eldersonship. This restoration should be done through restoring your hometown.
So far, a younger son subjugated an older son, by fighting Satan on the frontline. For this reason, the younger son was burdened with double responsibilities that required him to reach the standard of eldersonship. However, we are now in the age where we should restore the original eldersonship. Such a historical standard should be achieved during the process of restoring your hometown.
Father has been laying victorious foundations through the indemnity of tribulations on the level of an individual, a family, a tribe, a people, a nation, and the world, and I desire to make an inheritance of that foundation to you. That is why I want you to go back to your hometown and restore your hometown, centering on your parents, brothers and sisters, and other relatives.
The path of restoring your hometown will be a path for your future. That is a path that you should go as an individual, as a family and as a tribe. Next, that is a path that all the people of Korea should go. Further, that is a path that all humanity should go. Even if you do not walk the path of ordeals that Father had to walk in order to bring victory against Satan, you shall be able to inherit Father's victorious foundation thorough restoring your hometown.
Father brought victory against Satan on the level of an individual, a family, a tribe, a people, a nation, and the world. Therefore, if you fight as Father's representative centered on God, you will lay a victorious foundation. For this you should march forward with absolute love and absolute obedience before the vertical and horizontal standards.
You must love God. And, you must love True Parents. The depth of that love should go beyond what you can offer to your parents in the secular world as a filial son or daughter. In front of True Parents who became the center of the tribe, you should do your best to fulfill your duties as a filial son or daughter in the horizontal position.
As far as your country is concerned, you should be more loyal than anyone throughout history. Unless you can go over that standard, you have no place to stand. You should not be accused by loyal subjects in the satanic world. With the conviction that the time when people in your hometown opposed the Unification Church is gone, and instead that the foundation that can welcome you is now established, please work hard. Satan's fortune is declining, whereas our fortune is getting ripe for the liberation from Satan. Understanding this, I am asking you to do your best for the restoration of your hometown. In Satan's realm, depending on your effort and endeavor, you will be rising up. And even if you are standing on the level where your ancestors fell, since all of the indemnity has been paid on the worldwide level, if you can only establish a reciprocal relationship, your entire tribe can be restored at one time. You should understand that you entered an era in which, centering on you, your family, your tribe and your people can be restored, and they can even stand together on the national level. Once you stand on that standard, by making appropriate indemnity conditions, this will be connected to the whole, from which the foundation that was rooted in fallen love will break down. Since we entered such an era, you must go back to your hometown and restore it.
A hometown is a haven in life, where your grandmother and grandfather worked hard with sweat. If you go back to your hometown, you should love it more than your ancestors did. As your parents cultivated dirt with shovels and weeded with hoes, you should also love dirt and also sweat for it. You should grow vegetables in the field, look after animals and plant trees, and love your hometown more than anyone else who has been living there. Only then can your ancestors can participate in the returning resurrection. In other words, by having spirits of people who used to live in that hometown come back to that land and their relatives, you should restore that place to God. If you go back to your hometown (in North Korea), you should have an idea of reorganizing your family members and offering them as sacrifices through which even communists can be liberated in the communist world.
You should fulfill your responsibility of restoring your hometown. By so doing, you let True Parents restore their hometown and nation. Through the restoration of your hometown, you will be able to liberate North Korea and bring the unification of North Korea and South Korea. The restoration of your hometown is possible only thorough true love, and that true love can come into being at the place where God's vertical love and your horizontal love can come together. As Jacob went back to his hometown with material that he accumulated during the 21-year course of his hard work as offerings, you should plant a deep-rooted tree by shedding tears and sweat as an offering.
Today, on June first, I am again instructing everyone to go back to your own hometown. Once you have returned to your hometown, you should sweat for your land, tears for your tribe, and blood for heaven. Everything you do is eventually for your sake, that you might receive God's love and grace. It is also to inherit the victorious foundation that True Parents have already achieved. Please become people who can fulfill your mission for the restoration of your hometown.
3) Make Korea the Homeland of All Mankind
What I felt upon my return was: "Father, can Korea truly be the homeland of all mankind?" This country should become not only a homeland of all mankind but also that of Heavenly Father. People of this country are loved by God as children of loyalty and filial piety, and they are responsible for laying the foundation that can connect an ideology through which the entire world can be saved. It is difficult to face the cold wind blown from barren mountains and fields, while thirty million people (of South Korea) are suffering, but on top of it, that to make Korea, the homeland of God and the fatherland of all mankind is even more difficult. Please think of this.
We cannot become responsible for our nation, by fighting only for our nation. That people and nation should take responsibility to comfort God's heart and lay a foundation, by making the thorny path that God is walking into a smooth one.
Where is the fatherland that God desires? Where is the original homeland of all mankind? The hometown where True Parents were born will become a historic, universal and worldwide hometown. We should inherit the thoughts and tradition of our ancestors. Otherwise, we shall be treated as stepchildren. However, through that inheritance, we should stand in the position of son or daughter from the position of stepchildren. Such a great event should take place in this nation. Father has turned everything inside out. Koreans should be a chosen people. If Korea is the original homeland and fatherland, all cultures and civilizations blossom in Korea. In order for us to make Korea the original homeland, today, we should be determined to become a sacrificial offering through loyalty, heart, love, and sacrifice. Otherwise, Korea shall lose its qualifications to become the original homeland. To create something good requires practice. Even if it takes blood, sweat, and tears, it must be done.
Even if Korea expels Rev. Moon of the Unification Church, this will remain throughout history. No matter how much Korea persecutes him, this people is still chosen by God. Therefore, we should love Korea where such a people are living. That is why Father prayed, even vomiting blood in the prison to seek the will of God and its fulfillment.
In order to become the person who God wants us to be, we should understand God's heart. Now, we should become a holy sacrifice in the way of the will, with a mission of a people.
Section 3. Restoration Of Hometown And Rebuilding The Temple - Part 2
4. Father's Hometown
1) The Original Homeland, Jung Joo
I said that the original homeland of the Unification Church members is Jung Joo. What is it? Actually, the original homeland is Korea. If a question as to the location of the original homeland is asked to worldwide church members, they would answer that it is Korea. If I ask them "What part of Korea is it?" they cannot answer, just winking their eyes. They do not know about Jung Joo, although you know about it because you live closer to that place. If I ask a question where the original homeland is to the people who are living in Korea they should know the answer.
If interpreting it from the meaning, who do you think is the one who named that particular town? [God.] We do not know who decided to name it, but someone among our ancestors did. When it was named as such, perhaps, that person received a revelation.
My father and mother loved me very much. Of course, all mothers love their children, but my mother loved me in particular. If I talk about all of it, you will find many tearful scenes. Although she loved me so much, why did I come to the South, where I could not see my loving mother in my hometown? That is the question.
Why did I come alone to the South, not bringing my parents with me? My parents always belong to me. Isn't it true? They do not belong elsewhere or to someone else. Whether I am in trouble or in joy, or I am in suffering or happiness, regardless of when or where, my mother will be always there so that I can attend her.
Yet, South Korea is different. I cannot always see it whenever I want to. Tribes there are different. For this reason, in order to save this nation, to save the South, I did not bring my own family with me. Then, what was I going to do in South Korea? What was it?
I should make the South into one, and by expelling communists from North Korea, I should make the Republic of Korea a free place to live, without the fear of attack from the North. From the providential viewpoint, the birthplace of Father is the original homeland. It is a holy place. Unless I see the day when I can visit that place, offering gratitude to God, I cannot save this country. That is the way it is. In order to restore the Korean peninsula, there must be a day when I can visit North Korea and offer a prayer to God in gratitude. Otherwise, I cannot restore that peninsula. That is, unless I symbolically bring unification between Northern Israel and Southern Judea in the position of Cain and Abel, alleviating their grievance, caused by their division, and offer them to God, carrying a flag of victory, it is impossible to restore the world.
You cannot go to the Kingdom of Heaven without attending the Parents. If Christianity is totally united, it can attend the Parents. So all Christians who wanted to visit Jerusalem will come to visit Father's hometown instead. You should understand that the birthplace of Father in North Korea is a holy place. When people from all over the world shout from the four directions: "Let us go to North Korea," Kim Il Sung will retreat. If he does not, China or America or Japan will pressure him. Whether they like it or not, unless China accepts me, they will not be able to obtain modern technology that is 20 to 30 years more advanced than theirs. I already established that foundation. I plan to make scientific technology equal on the worldwide level. I am in the process of reconciling the struggles between Israel and Middle East through the Professors World Peace Academy Despite some ridicule, I am doing the job that cannot be done through ambassadors.
2) My Memories and Love for my Hometown
Hometown is a place where you want to return to. I want to die in this hometown, not somewhere else. Then, why do you want to return to that place? It is not because that is a place where you can live well with good food and a comfortable life.
But it is a place where your unforgettable feelings are imbedded in your memory. By going there, you can recollect the love that you received during your childhood, and centering on such love, you can go back to old memories in the same environment of nature. Since a hometown is the place where your life started and where your relations were brought together, it is so precious to you. I have an unforgettable memory that happened in my hometown. It was when I was about 7 or 8 years old. One day, I went to visit my maternal grandparents' home. They steamed sweet potatoes especially for their grandson, me, and I found they tasted very delicious. Often people express their appreciation for good food by saying, "One of two people would not know even if the other one dies while eating together." Anyhow, that is how good it was. Even now, I can never forget the taste of those sweet potatoes. When I ate them for the first time, I was too busy to eat, and I did not even peel them. Even now, when I eat something unusual for a special occasion, I am reminded by the time when I ate those sweet potatoes at my grandparents' home. As such, the first experience is always precious to people. People can usually remember memories of things that they experienced in their mother's bosom.
The memories do not come alive based on your intellect: but based on your emotional relationships with them. When people go to their hometown, they recall something emotional about their past. That is why, wherever they go, they miss everything about their hometown. And when they go to their hometown, they can usually remember almost everything about their past. Because they have some subjective, emotional memories, they have a special relationship with the hometown. Further, centering on the individual, a family or the entire village, they are involved, and they cannot forget their hometown. There is an expression: "Returning home in golden clothes," which refers to returning home with a success in their life.
Actually, even if you return to your hometown, none of your family members may be there, having already passed away. Nevertheless, you still would like to go back and relive all the joy that you feel in your hometown. The same is true for me. I went through all kinds of experiences in foreign countries, but what if I return to my fatherland, bringing all of them with me. Although Kimpo Airport is already part of my fatherland, when I arrive in Korea my mind already travels past Seoul and lands at a small country town, Jung Joo in Northern Pyung Ahn Province. It is only a mountain town located by the ocean, but why do I miss it so ardently? Since my life began from there, I would like to meet everyone living there and see everything there. Centered on what? It is centered on emotion.
My hometown is located on the other side of the DMZ. There are many things that I would like to go and visit once I get to go to my hometown. As I walk slowly over the DMZ, whenever I take a step, I would like to visit many different places. After taking several steps, I would like to roll down, and then I again would like to look around slowly. For this, I would like to visit my hometown.
In my hometown in North Korea, pinenut trees were planted, and in my childhood, I used to peel the pinenuts and eat them. That is why I like pinenut trees more than other trees. The memories of the pinenut trees in my hometown made me love those trees, and whenever I see them, they bring me back to the olden days in my hometown, full of memories.
I cannot visit my hometown in North Korea. When considering this, how fortunate you are, having a hometown near you that you can visit whenever you desire to! Your returning to your hometown and restoring it is necessary to open an era of the Unification of North Korea and South Korea, and is also to restore my hometown. At my house in my hometown, there was a 20-year old chestnut tree. It may have something to do with my being born in the Year of the Monkey, I was very good at climbing up trees. If the branch that I climbed on bent, I quickly sat on a lower branch, and I struck chestnut burrs with a stick. I had so much fun doing it. I still remember those memories, but those who did not grow up in a country town would not understand what I experienced.
In front of my home, there were several acacia trees, where magpies always sang. People normally say that magpies bring good luck. Right? I sometimes quickly climbed up to that bird-nest and quietly watched the shape of it. By so doing, I could tell from which direction the wind would blow a lot that year. It is because magpies build their nests against the direction where it was going to be windy. By the way, the design of their nest is amazing. It is truly a masterpiece, and I wonder who taught them that skill. Soon after completing the nest, magpies lay eggs, which are very pretty and colorful with bluish lines. The size is about a quarter of chicken eggs. Before laying eggs, those magpies do not mind people approaching them, but once they do, they make big fuss if someone comes near. Further, if someone approaches closely to their nest, all magpies in the village would gather together and do a loud demonstration against that person.
Due to my unique hobbies, I observed all kinds of things. That is why I am so knowledgeable about the nature of birds. Magpies lay eggs as many or more than ten at a time. As they got used to my climbing up and down to watch their nest and found out that I was not a danger to them, some interesting things happened. If I showed up before them, as if they were thinking, "Here he comes again," they greeted me, by making some noise.
I would make a similar sound to greet them in return. Then I looked into their nest and came down. Sometimes, when it was rainy, I would not go up. But when they saw me outside, they flew near me, making some noise as though they were asking me why I did not visit them that day.
Even birds come to like humans. Those who do not have such an experience may not understand this to be true, but I am not lying to you now. Also, I did some mischief to the birds. Once the mummy bird hatched eggs, I placed them in a nest that I made. Then that mummy bird came to my nest to feed her babies. Looking at it, I was amazed by her love towards her chicks. I think that there are many things that humans need to learn about loving their children from it. Through those experiences, I discovered that the world is operated based on the emotion of love. Then, where did that emotion come from?
The village where I grew up in childhood is a small country town. The environment was that whenever a season changed, all kinds of birds flew in and out, and all kinds of flowers bloomed and withered. When I was a child, each season was distinctive wherever I went, and I could see the beauty with the change of each season.
However, today in Seoul, even if I walk all day long, I cannot meet real nature. It is only a barren city with artificial views, which makes me sad. People who grew up in such an environment of a large city are dry in their personality, and because they hardly have chances to experience the beauty and the mystery of nature, their personality is inclined to be cruel and brutal with selfishness. This, we must understand. I could experience many things in nature and learn a lot from it. In the midst of it, in my own way, I came to realize what true love is and what true happiness is. The world of nature taught me something more fundamental about life than in schools. When I saw beautiful birds that flew in, due to the change of a season, I chased after those birds and observed carefully how they make their nests and how they live. Sometimes, it took a week just to find a nest of those birds, and it took over 10 days to see how they lay eggs and hatch them. As I was looking at pretty little baby birds that resembled their parents, I verified the mystery of God and the depth of His love.
The hometown where I was born, the field and the village where I played during my childhood, I would like to use all of them to be educational material for you. [Yes.] Before you die, if you could hear from me in person all of the things about my childhood during which I played in the river and on the fields, you will be able to understand my personal history more clearly. Now, you do not know how I grew up, right?
3) Jung Joo: Where We Should Go
Would you like to visit my hometown, Jung Joo? [Yes.] From my home in Seoul, the distance to Jung Joo is about 150 miles. What is that distance in comparison to a place here in South Korea? Kim Chun, it should be about the distance to Kim Chun. If driving a car it will take about two hours and a half. Only two-and-a-half hours. If you cannot restore my hometown, I will not be able to face my father and mother after going to spirit world. Now, I have to visit my hometown and my mother and father, and pray for them. That is the providential viewpoint. (154-343)
Should you go to North Korea or not? Communist spies are doing underground activities, and what are you going to do yourself? You should always keep that in mind. I returned after visiting the North for such a purpose.
My hometown is Jung Joo in the North. Would you like to visit there? Why would you like to go there? When we go there, there are many stories that I would like to tell you. I have many anecdotes about my childhood. Therefore, you should visit there at least once. If you do not, you will be ashamed in spirit world. In the future, Unificationists will think of it as the supreme Mecca like Jerusalem for Christians.
As you are living in this country, in your lifetime, if you go to spirit world without visiting my hometown, do you think that you can lift your face up? They will point their fingers at you and ask what you did, not visiting my hometown.
The unification of the North and South must be fulfilled. You must understand that if you go to spirit world, not being able to visit my hometown, your heart will be left grieving. You should go there and taste the water that I used to drink when I was growing up, and walk the hill that I used to play on.
Then, when your own sons and daughters toast before God with a loud voice and praise Him and His holiness, you will be able to alleviate my grief by making an indemnity condition to restore what you could not do, offering congratulations at my birth and attending me in my lifetime. If you cannot go to my birth place before you die, you should understand that you will leave a grievance behind as a Unification Church member. [Yes.] Consider it as your special mission. And until the day of the unification of the South and the North, I again ask you to continue fighting, standing on the frontline, marching forward with courage and conviction for the victory. (63-177)
When we talk about the fatherland, what is it? Is it South Korea? Where is it? As far as the Unification Church members are concerned, isn't it my hometown, my birthplace? Since the North is separated from the South, at any cost, we Unification Church members must take that land back.
I should go back to my hometown. Who are you? You are like and daughters who were born through me. When Jacob returned home, when he visited his older brother, Esau, all of his children followed after him, right? [Yes.] So should you.
Thinking of my hometown as your own, whether you are from Chulla Province or Kyungsang Province, even if you cannot go there, the fact that you are determined to visit my hometown is truly revolutionary. It is historic. Truly, this will be a once in a lifetime event throughout all of human history. The time when you can go with me to my hometown, the original homeland of all humanity, will be only one era throughout all of human history.
Where is the place where the 36 families should go? It is the homeland, the Kingdom of Heaven. The 36 couples should have come from the Kingdom of Heaven, from God's love, through the lineage of the Parents in the original homeland. Then, even if the love that started that way had flown to the secular world, it would have been circulated.
If you go to Alaska, you will see salmon. There are five different kinds. One kind is pinkish-colored, and another is reddish-colored. Anyhow, there are many different kinds of salmon. After approximately one year or so, if you let those with a size of one-palm length out, within several months, they will spawn in fresh water and go to the ocean, at which time 4,000 to 5,000 of them will travel throughout the five great oceans. Then in four years, they will reach the time to spawn.
Where would a mature male salmon meet a mature female salmon as its object of true love? They already had an agreement to meet each other at their birthplace. Such is their protocol. Who is the one who started it? Would it be salmons themselves? This is a mysterious question.
With whom would you go when visiting my hometown? Alone or with your spouse? What about your children? How and where would you feed them if everyone comes together at one time? I am not going to allow people to build any structures in my neighborhood. If all merchants gathered together, they would do all kinds of things.
5. Rebuilding The Temple
1) The Reason for Building the Temple
When looking at the history of Israel, the Israelites led an impoverished life, dying in the wilderness for 40 years. Their physical conditions during their life in the wilderness were extremely meager. But when they arrived at the land of Canaan, the seven tribes there lived an abundant life. Although they were serving idols. Then they came to desire living a comfortable life as well, by living with Canaanites. However, they should have thought of building their nation, superior to that of seven tribes of Canaan.
In order to found a nation, they should have first built a temple of God. Then, that temple could have become the foundation that could save their nation. Through oneness with that temple, establishing a foundation of spirit and thought on the national level, they could have completely established spiritual subjectivity at the center. Then they could have formed an object realm of an environmental system on the national level. What they should have done first was build a temple that could educate their nation. It was not so that they themselves could survive, but so that they could save their nation.
Why did they come to the land of Canaan? It was to found a nation that could be superior to Egypt. They should have understood this. They should not have thought of returning to Egypt, reminding themselves of their ordeals and miseries that they had experienced there. With that attitude they should be prepared so that even if in Canaan seven tribes appeared in front of them, they could overcome them, with a conviction that they should build a greater fatherland of their own. How?
With God, centering on the temple. That is the reason why they always carried the ark with the tablets of stone with them, right? That is the most important thing. It was a movement to unify people centered on the ark. Do you understand what I mean? [Yes.] That is what they should have done.
With spirituality in the subject position, a political people's federation should have been prepared in the object position. A nation should have been founded. By so doing, if mind and body were totally united centered on God on the national level, everything that is necessary for it could have been mobilized in the name of God. This is what the Israelites should have done in the course of restoring the land of Canaan.
Then what should the people have done after returning from the captivity of Babylon at the time of Malachi? They were to start a movement to rebuild the temple. That is what should have been done. The temple that was neglected should have been totally cleaned. Centered on the temple, the Israelites attend God, who can appear as the subject of that people's spirituality. God desired to reveal the subjectivity not only on the national level but also on the worldwide level. Don't you agree? You must understand that this was God's will, that He wanted to see fulfilled by the Israelites who were in the realm of revival.
Yet, when the Israelites entered the land of Canaan in hunger, the Canaanites were well established and settled. As they saw Canaanites in the possession of flocks of sheep and other material wealth, fully fed, comfortably situated and enjoying themselves, how envious they must have been! Then, they did not think of building the temple that God wanted. Instead of using that nation as a stepping stone, using it as fertilizer, due to their temporary hunger when Canaanites gave them some cake or some extra meal, or even some meat, they thought: "This is the best. Why were we brought out of Egypt anyway, troubling ourselves with so much suffering and pain?" This was the beginning point where they became sick.
However, even if they begged for food due to their starvation, they should have educated their second generation. Nevertheless, they let their children marry the children of Canaan. Why? Because they thought that it was the best way for their children to secure their life there in the future. They were truly a group of people who were to perish. It would have been better to have sent their children to the desert when they did such a thing. Nonetheless, when they allowed even their second generation to follow their bad example, they had no choice but to perish. First, leaves fell, then branches were pulled down. Eventually, even the root got rotten.
Then, nothing was left. The same applies to your case as well. As the Israelites who returned from Babylon should have done, you should establish a right tradition. If you escape from this task, you will perish. What I have done during the past 43 years centered on the Unification Church was to take after the same revival movement of Israelites. Through this, 4,000 years of history was indemnified.
That is why I was not here in this country. For 15 years, I had to work for this purpose. During my absence, while I was in America, the Unification Church in Korea became impoverished. The reason why I came back to Korea with a victorious foundation on the worldwide level is the same reason that the Israelites went back to Israel after being liberated from Babylon. What should we be careful about at this point? It is coming back with what? It is not money that you return with. It is to restore the temple of God. It is to build a temple in which you can attend God. [Yes.] It should be a temple that can move a nation.
2) Let Us Build the Temple at Father's Hometown.
When Israelites entered the land of Canaan, they all perished. Why? The Israelites who traveled for 40 years in the wilderness envied the customs and material possessions of Gentiles although they should have built a temple for God, transcending them. Even before Israelites and their children settled in that land, they should have first built a temple and attended God. Next, they should have resolved the problems concerning the nation, and finally settled in that nation. Nevertheless, they forgot about the nation and did not build the temple for God. On the contrary, they settled first.
We are now in the same era. That is what I am is doing through this visit, building the temple. We should first build God's temple more beautiful than anything else in town, and along with it, a nation should be restored. And next, we can settle down.
I have to revive impoverished North Korea, and restore its temples as well. Then, both North and South Korea will be restored back to God's bosom. Centering on the temple within that nation, at the place where the nation is located, people should settle, but without doing it, can they settle first? If they do, they will perish. You should know the right time well.
Among you, those who are from regional areas, please raise your hand. You should take responsibility for your own area no matter what, even if you should sell your land or something else. Then you can save your face and be blessed. As Abraham looked for a tomb, returning to your hometown which is the base of your heart, you should also build a temple where you can serve and attend Heaven and value it more than your own house.
What I said this morning is to build a temple first, then next, a school, and then, your own house. Do you own your house? Then, you should have your own land as well. Right? You should build a temple even tearing down your own house. Do you understand what I mean?
3) Invest Everything for Building the Temple
What is the direction I gave you during this visit? It is to take care of the second generation. All the contacts whom we cultivated so far, such as professors, their sons and daughters, etc., that is the first thing to do. What is next? It is to save your hometown. To save Korea is not something unusual. It is to return to hometown with the youth.
Once you return to your hometown, centering on God's love, you should repent that you did not love your parents. You should also repent that you did not love your neighbors, relatives, etc.
The Israelites who returned from the captivity of Babylon built a temple of God. That is also the founding spirit of America. What did the settlers first do upon their arrival? They built a church in the name of God. Then, they built a school to educate their second generation. Then, finally they built a house where they could live with their second generation. This is considered the traditional American founding spirit centering on their missionary zeal.
Likewise, the Israelites should have built a temple upon their return to the land of Canaan from Egypt. They should have attended God, Next, they should have built a school where the second generation could be educated. Then, centered on God, they should have built a house where they could live with the second generation. This is the right order. For this reason, I asked members to restore their hometown with the second generation. They should return to their hometown together. This is returning to their hometown with the second generation who can represent the ideal of family church that is mentioned by the Unification Church. If each person can bring 10 to 20 young people to his or her hometown, and do whatever they are asked to do by the villagers for 24 hours a day, the villagers will not be able to oppose him or her.
In fact, the entire world is gradually being transformed in the atmosphere in which members' parents cannot oppose Rev. Moon. Everyone is supposed to say, "Good." Actually, things can change very quickly.
When you go back to your hometown, you should not accuse or oppose the Christian churches. We should teach God's thought, the principle, in the Christian Churches. Now, national messiahs, you will be elected as a mayor or a city council through the local self-governing assemblies. What are we going to do? In the name of God, we should build God's temple. For this reason, I have given you an instruction to build 1,500 temples.
Ladies and gentlemen, you who claim that you are starving and are going through hardships, you might wonder why I am not helping you with your financial situation. That comes later, after we save the nation. For the sake of our nation and God's nation, we should first build temples. Then, next, we should build educational institutions. That is the reason why I asked you to purchase middle and high schools this time.
Then, at the temple, with all of your hearts and minds, you should repent your unworthiness. You should bring the youth and educate them. And on that foundation, you should bring anyone, such as your neighbors, village chiefs, etc. They all should be united with the youth who follow God and His will. The youth should be centered. By so doing, you should make the youth in the position of Abet and attend them like ancestors who restored an eldersonship. Then, this nation can revive. This is the course of restoration.