Building a World of True Love

Hyo Jin Moon December 10, 2006 7:00 am Belvedere

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Rev. Andrew Compton is the MC. All welcome Hyo Jin nim and offer a bow.

(Hyo Jin nim bows to the audience as he approaches the stage. He places a small notebook on the podium.)

Good morning.

Let’s talk about a little lofty topic today. Today’s topic is "Building a world of True Love"

Everybody wants love? (Yes) True Love? (Yes)

What is love to you? Can you help me out?

Let me hear your opinion; what is love to you?

(Someone answers "living for the sake of others")

Living for the sake of others, can we all agree on that?

Is that the definition of love?

Life is an offering right? Love is an offering.

When you make a vow of love and you open your hearts in matrimony you make the vow to care, to cherish, to love "till death do us part" and beyond.

Basically it’s that; it’s the offering of each other.

If you put True on top of it that then what changes in terms of the definition? Does anything change? Or is this something that you add on to that offering?

I think "True" is something that is added on to the basic definition. That’s the greatest that you possess.

That’s what your individual Truth is. Everybody has individual Truth. You can’t just talk about universality all the time. Before you talk about universality, you have to define your self clearly. You have to know how to present your self and be yourself in the best way possible, the greatest that you possess.

That is your individual truth and nobody can deny that fact because we are in some way…

Look. The concept of idiosyncrasy is that little thing that makes you different; but it’s much deeper than that. Based on the notion of what we basically understand, individual truth is the greatest offering that we can make for the sake of others, not for the sake of your selfish exploitation reasons.

Of course everything can turn bad. Everything good can be turned bad. You know the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil comes from the same root. It’s the same tree but you take the fruit and it can give you false knowledge and at the same time true knowledge.

Basically that’s where we are in the end. That’s why responsibility is crucial. That’s why failure to do that causes all sorts of problems and ultimately when you are faced with problems you have to address, you have to remedy it. You have to rectify it if need be.

That’s when things get complicated. That’s the basic premise.

So when you talk about True Love, you have to answer that question to your self: "What is my greatest self?" Because that’s the offering that you’re going to make, if you want to achieve True Love with something other than your self. Now that you have to answer: What is your greatest offering?

I have no idea. I’m still struggling with mine. What is my greatest offering? I have all sorts of ideas about how much I can contribute in this and that, but I’m still struggling to find the greatest… at my own level. I know in kind of general terms which direction that I should go because I have a big hint, called my name. (Laughter)

That’s the first thing that I have to before I think of anything else on my own. If you accept the concept of subject-object relation ship because it’s important because you have to understand your boundaries right?