Looking Forward to the Future
Hyo Jin Moon Belvedere, Tarrytown, NY USA February 5, 1989 Unofficial Notes from 6:00 am Speech
Today I would like to talk about the goals of the Unification Church. At some point all of you have felt sorrow and grief. The reason varies between individuals. You have a reason though. If a person you love passes away, you feel your love has departed. There is a separation, therefore you feel sad. If you separate from the things that you value then you feel sad and sorrowful.
Mankind's history is based on sorrow, searching and yearning for something greater and higher. As religious people believing in life after death, we can transcend this. We have spirits, we will dwell in spirit world, where ultimately we will be re-united. As religious people we have these assurances for ultimate unity in the spirit world. Secular people do not have this. They believe that they will never see this person, their loved one again. They feel they have lost something forever. The basis of our sorrow is that our desire to unite with the object of our love will never come about. If anyone in this room feels sorrow, ask yourself why. We have to address this before we look at our goal. How can we pursue a goal if we feel like we are lacking something? We need a substantial foundation to stand on in order to pursue a goal. A goal cannot be based on wishful thinking, you need substantial resources.
As a Unification Church member looking forward at the future, we have to look at ourselves first. Do you still feel you are lacking qualifications? The Principle teaches us about relationship with Heavenly Father. What is your ideal? Is it something other than to unite with Heavenly Father? I do not think so. If that is true then what else is there to make you feel stress or that you lack something?
The individual must come to be worthy to participate as part of the body of the Unification Church. We have to embody the goals that the entire church is pursuing. How should we think? Long for unification. All of us should be totally enraptured in longing for unification, this can be a shield against Satan. Be solidified in this. Satan is the master and king of division and separation. The only way to fight his tactic is to unite. Heavenly Father has tried so hard to unite people with His ideal, but Satan has opposed this and has been fighting against the movement of unification. We must long for unification, reflecting it in our daily lives. As an individual day by day taking care of daily chores, have this thought in your mind at all times.
How do your mind and body unite? This is the first place to focus. If your mind sets a direction, your body must be willing to follow it. You know that fornication and stealing are not right, but what if in the moment, out of hunger your body pushes you to steal some food, something that your mind does not allow? You must suppress this unrighteous feeling. You have to be willing to be subjugated by what is right.
Is unity based on individual initiative and desire? Or on how we can be physically assessed? I do not think so. Unification is based upon love. Love puts emphasis on the whole and every individual. Everyone within the realm of love must participate, it takes everyone's effort. That is living for the sake of something greater than yourself. Everybody must follow this way with no discrimination. It is the only way that we can unite as one. We need this one idea. If your mind has two, three or four ideas your body, your life are lost. An example is if you want to become five or six different things in your lifetime. That is very difficult to do. Can you really become accomplished in those things or would you be like a jack of all trades with no real focus? You have to ask yourself, are all those different things right? Are they all valuable in Heavenly Fathers eyes or only according to my desires and perception? One man alone cannot build the ideal. Realistically, we are faced with uniting the rest of humanity. This is a great task. First of all, how can we unite all religions? In what way can it be done? We must show an example ourselves, show our true character. So we have to know what that is. First, it is the personification of truth. Second, show the true meaning of religion, substantially, with action. We have to teach others what true life means and the right way to approach things. Show these things and embody them, not just once in our lifetime, but continually.
Many people want to become one with God, that is their goal. Buddhists want to become one with Buddha, Muslims want to be one with Allah. They all want to reach Nirvana, the realm of joy and happiness. Religion has guaranteed this, saying that if you unite with God, you will find eternal life, joy and happiness. That is why no matter how hard this life is we can keep going and continue to sacrifice, to become one with this God.
Think about it- how are we going to embrace and absorb Christianity? Giving and sacrificing is their doctrine. They teach living for the sake of others, benevolence and forgiveness, believing that each man has the right to go to Heavenly Father. But humanity is suffering. Christians have tried to live for the sake of a suffering humanity, but today how do Christians perform? Through leaders who are following Christian doctrine? No. Literally all the charity they have comes from you. [Hyo Jin Nim spoke of today's Christian leaders who appear on television asking for donations.] We cannot depend on donations, we have to be willing to do more ourselves. We have to set an example and be willing to go to the extreme to serve mankind. Forget totally the things that you treasure or take pride in. Give yourself totally, then you can absorb Christianity completely, because their doctrine says so!
Be extremely embracing, loving those you hate. Is that easy to do? You must absolutely deny yourself to do that. If you have such a strong hate that it makes you crazy each time you see this person, you have to deny it, erase it, transcend the moment and see him through eyes of love. Look at him with spiritual eyes, it is the only way to overcome bad feelings. There is no easy way out.We cannot base the salvation of the world on television appearances and using the television to ask for money.
Take this task on yourself. Make it "my responsibility". You have to take initiative. You cannot say that you need something else to depend on. You can think that I will build a factory to produce food to feed people if they are hungry. I will educate them if they cannot read. We have to be willing to do that. With that example we can change history. Do not ask for donations. Father never asked for handouts, he did everything himself by his own effort. Through our action we will absorb and digest Christianity. Our ideal must be reflected in our lives. The only way we can save the United States and humanity is to live for something other than yourself. No matter how hard it is, we must be willing to do anything for the sake of God's dispensation and love.
Be willing to unite. Unity is important but depends on who we unite with. Through unity we can absorb even communism. Communists have an ideal of reaching the perfect society. Within this communism everyone will live for the state and all the individuals needs will be provided by the state. There will be no conflict or class struggle. The understanding they lack though is the reality of man having a God given character and inequality. They stress physical equality but that is impossible. Some people are gifted with musical talent, some are more analytical, some can make money easily, people are not the same and their needs will not all be fulfilled in the same ways. Communism stresses external oneness without accepting that people have equality only through their God given traits. In a democracy we see that people put too much emphasis on individuality with no vision of the whole. Both points of view are lacking something.
The point of unity is basing priority and importance on heavens standard of love, embracing all different physical entities. The ideal is determined by God not by you. Communism lacks an understanding of wholeness or ideal quality. This was Satan's problem. Satan as the archangel had a specific place in the Kingdom of Heaven. It was to serve Adam and Eve, but he denied this special quality and position given to him by Heavenly Father. He wants to create a similar structure, a system of order based on himself.
If the ideal is a world based upon parent and family, we can make a religion of a global family. Is relationship based on physically imposing the power of authority? What is the power that fuels relationship within a family? The love of parents, who live for the sake of their children. By living this way parents receive joy. The child feels, I can do whatever my parents say, because they love me. I can trust them, I can follow them because they only want to help me. That is what a family should be- trusting each other. Believe in this idea of a family oriented global system, where leaders truly care about people and take care of the people they are responsible for. If everyone in that religion believes that and lives that, there is unification on a global level.
Look at each other in this way, as a family. Lead as an embodiment of your belief. We cannot be people who say one thing and do another. Our concept and action must be the same. That will be an ideal man, body following mind, united with Gods heart. We have to know this. Become an embodiment of Fathers words, longing for unification. The ideal must be shown substantially in our lives.
The reason that Father is preparing all these things is because he will be responsible for the future world. We must inherit this attitude. I will do that. I will take initiative and responsibility. If more people can do that, great things will happen. Do not wish for someone else to do it. To bring result and victory "I " have to do it. We need that attitude.
The Unification Church must unite. On that foundation we can unite America, truly make it the united states. Then on that foundation we can unite the world, but it all starts from me and my responsibility. We cannot sit still! We cannot sit and watch evil going on in front of our eyes just watching it happen. Even wolves live their lives for the sake of their pups. How can we have dominion over such creatures if our example is less than that?
Become an embodiment of your ideal self, it is the only way to separate from Satan. As a creator, God has suffered for 6,000 years. Think about that. You can do what you want, but He has to continue. Why? For the sake of ideal love. Love where there will be no grief and sorrow. We are grieving because we lost the ideal, because man failed to unite with God. Heavenly Father's ideal and your ideal must coincide and become the same. That is why He gave us the commandment- to bring about the ideal guaranteeing joy and happiness with overwhelming emotion. We need a basis for give and take. That is why God needs a complimentary object to bear the responsibility for reciprocating with Him. We need dominion over our ideal. Understand our internal goals. In order to gain dominion over creation, you have to become like the creator. Can a monkey have this dominion? No, only man can think like that. We have all the means to have dominion of creation, but we must have dominion over ourselves, longing for unity with God first. Let these things show in your work and actions.
How many are studying Korean? My English is getting better! I only speak it at school, when I come home I speak Korean. If you want to learn Korean, make effort to speak it all the time. It is more difficult than learning how to ride a bike, you have to make more effort. We have to show we want to unite with True Parents in mind and body. We need to make this effort to understand Fathers words.
Every time I am about to finish talking, something inside says I should not stop! [ Brothers and sisters cheered to push him on.] But people sitting in the back want to go home!
I sincerely want everyone to become like children to True Father. Let me tell you my view of the True Children. I absolutely believe I should completely entrust everything to my parents. Everything my parents give to me is for the sake of love. Honestly, sincerely believe this. It is not automatic or easy to do so. You have to invest yourself for the sake of the relationship. Just like Father trusted me all these years, that one day I would come through. With that intensity and all that I love, I have to give back what he has given me. This is not a burden, but I want to do this with gratitude for the sake of love.
Every day is a struggle living like this. Each day is filled with conflict. No matter how much I do, more is demanded of me. I have to have a big heart to unite and not to separate or think of myself. God has never complained, but took responsibility to restore mankind. His desire is a yearning for man to come back to the origin. For that sake He is sacrificing everything of Himself. You have to be willing to return this because it is the model God and True Parents have set.
Many of you think very humanistically. With your own references you assess heavens perspective. In the future you will not do this. True love defies everything, it embraces everything. If you love God no matter where you are, that longing for love must exist. Do you want to bring results? [Yes!] Then how long do you want to take? Do not put emphasis on physical force. The goal is not to sacrifice physical things. The goal is to bring people back to God. Time is crucial, you have limited time, but there is much to accomplish. This means you must move and take action. How many of you have lived according to Fathers model? Are you a tribal messiah? By your efforts how many of your spiritual children have established a national foundation? You have not done anything and yet at times you compare yourself to Father.
The time has come to unite North and South Korea. Blessed families must restore Cain and Abel problems. Restore elder and younger positions, then you can build a tribal tradition. The whole process of restoration is to change and indemnify the historical failures of man. Centered on True Parents, a True Family came about. To establish an ideal nation, there needs to be unity between True Family and the restored family. It might seem out of reach to some of you at the moment, but there has to be a manifestation of Heavenly Fathers presence and love in this physical world. Everyone has responsibility, even True Children, always keep that in mind. You have to make the choice to get rid of self centered thinking. No one is telling you to become a clone of someone else. You are the fruit of Heavenly Fathers labor.
The ideal nation must consist of all the people of the world, it will be an ideal model for the world. Through the 1200 couples Blessing, the preparation for the coming ideal nation was made. You are the product of Fathers providential effort. That unity must come within this blessing, an ideal foundation to represent an ideal nation. Gods grace comes through True Parents in this process. If you have God in your life, your destiny is clear. Without God you will never reach your destiny, period. Only with God can you find the ideal. When you reach this destiny, eternal joy and happiness will be there waiting for you.
Understand the meaning of the Blessing. Be responsible to set the best example for the second generation. The first generation and True Family have to work together to do this. Our unity is very important. Become absolutely one with each other , do your best to carry out your responsibility. It is getting bigger all the time, but you cannot complain. You have to be grateful and see the value of your effort. You have to believe in your worth and think that "My efforts make things change." Sisters too, set an example of the ideal woman. You have the capacity to do much more, to give more than what those people out there have. We are winners, believe in Heavenly Fathers power and ability. If you believe, all His power and capabilities can flow through you!