Hyo Jin Moon December 10, 2006 7:00 am Belvedere
Here are my notes from Hyo Jin nim’s speech Sunday 10 December 2006. My ability to convey what was actually said is limited. These, at most, convey some sense of what Hyo Jin nim said and are not a verbatim record. Hyo Jin nim’s website is: http://www.canaanstation.com/ To see two of the projects that Hyo Jin nim is working on log on to: http://definingmoment.tv/ and http://definingmoment.eu/ Joe Kinney
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.)
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?
We have form; that’s why we have existence. Life doesn’t exist without form. If you don’t have form you don’t exist. What does that tell you? It tells you that there is a boundary that you have to understand and that you have to accept. Otherwise you’re nothing. It’s not even in the category of death. You just don’t exist.
That’s where you have to start, with the basic stuff in search of greater truth. If you what to change the world, pretty much that’s where you have to start…..yourself… then family, and realistically if you try to actually create a world like that, the next level is the local church. That’s about it.
The locality before you talk about districts and regions and nations bla bla. No matter how you segment it, it doesn’t matter. You have to expand based on what is expandable in reality. How do things expand in reality? That is the key question that you always have to address whether you like it or not. Just because you think big constantly doesn’t guarantee that it’s going to happen in practicality.
You can talk about the importance of having a nation and the body of it or structure of it, but that’s just a skeleton if you don’t have what it takes to build something that is concrete and substantial and it has to be real. Expansion has to be based on what is fundamentally real.
That’s where you actually, literally, beyond your family, practice True Love. If you practice that stuff, it’s not something far away, it’s right there, right in front of you, just beyond your own individual family. That’s important.
No matter how good you are at anything, you constantly have to practice if you want to expand, accomplish. Otherwise your mastery is just in your head. It has nothing to do with a reality that others can touch and feel. Without that people don’t change.
People force change. That’s why you get a confused group of people. You create greater confusion. What has to change is something that is fundamentally based, and fundamentally can grow in reality. From that we can make something happen in a bigger way.
If that spreads, if that is the basic foundation that things are focused on and things are encouraged, and things are supported, sure! We can build our own nation. Sure! Because it’s doable. It is real. The reality is based on substantial grounds for physical expansion. Expansion can actually be measured and you can actually see the change and feel the effects.
Through that kind of give-and-take, because people are in it; they’re sensitive not just with their spirit or subconscious mind or intellect. IT’S REAL! Even the process of trying to teach your children to do the right thing becomes easier because you can say "Hey! Look at that! Look at this!" It’s not arbitrary; its’ not cryptic; it’s not abstract; it’s there.
I know a thing or two about symbolism. What good is it is it if you don’t have a substantial foundation in which that symbolism can be the juice that makes you expand?
Yes, it can be done. You can build the world based on true Love, but it starts with the right way of approach. Starting from the individual you have to ask basic questions, simple questions, and when you answer it, can you take it to the next level and you mean it as much as it was important to you to find what ever is the greatest that you are that you’re willing to make the offering for the sake of whatever… Even for your own good. For your goodness sake.
You don’t try to be good just because you have so many fans right? You want to be good because it makes you feel good most of the time. I don’t understand how people say I want to be good because of my fans and stuff. That’s nice.
I believe that everyone has something true to offer. True Love encourages true offering because that’s what it is. I know you want it. If you really want it, that’s what you have to do. Don’t just talk about it. Go for it.
And if you do, others will recognize that, and if it is True Love it will be embedded in their heart. I don’t know how long, eons, whatever. I don’t know. I’m not dead yet.
Can we build something in True Love? (Yes) and if so, it starts from…. I believe it’s important to be involved in your local churches beyond your family; it’s just a step above. The more you do it will be good for you and good for the church in the end. That’s what you can do to practice what you do normally for your self and your individual family.
See how much you can expand, how much you’re willing to volunteer beyond coercion. (Hyo Jin nim laughs) Because when you’re in True Love It’s not just a coerced act, you volunteer right? When you have a loving relationship how can it be a loving relationship when you always have to write a contract for every give-and-take?
I think something else is more important in that kind of relationship. THINGS!
Bill Gates and this other guy have one hundred billion dollars in their foundation. In twenty years it will probably become a trillion dollars. There are so many things out there that will give you high interest. At about 8% in about seven years it will double your money.
When you have that kind of money there are so many ways that you can squeeze money out of people that want to use your mind. If you have a trillion dollars to spend, that’s pretty substantial in the physical world. Sure you can do a whole lot of good just with that money. Unless you have that bottom line you can’t even try to think like that. Don’t. Because in the, end you’ll only get stupid. That’s about it.
Why are they chosen to be that rich? I don’t know. Ask God. (Laughter)
Know your intent.
And if you have desire, please check it.
If you want to ask questions about your self, who’s going to?
You can’t be true if you can’t stand up for yourself in the end.
To yourself and to god…
That’s the only thing that is important when it comes to defense. Because that’s the only thing that matters, should matter, to an individual.
Otherwise if you do everything right you don’t need to defend your self, right? Others will know.
True Love… Don’t think it’s too far. It starts from you.
Take care of yourselves.