Sun Myung Moon's Philosophy of Education
Chapter 7 - The Education of Reverend Sun Myung Moon [Part 2/2]
7.6 What kind of education did Sun Myung Moon receive?
When I was ten and going to the village school, I had to memorize a page a day. I usually finished memorizing it in thirty minutes. If I concentrated, I could do it in thirty minutes. All I had to do was to show my teacher that I had memorized it. What I could do in thirty minutes, other students had to spend a whole day on. After I did my portion for the day, and my teacher took a nap, I went up to the hills to play. (204-250, 1990.07.11)
In my village school, my teacher used to give us something to memorize over night, usually parts of the Analects of Confucius or the Discourse of Mencius. Students had to recite the parts they had learned the previous day. If we did not recite them properly, we would be caned. I remember being caned myself then. (101-168, 1978.10.29)
In the past, there were cram schools to help students enter schools, just like those in Seoul today that prepare students to enter universities. At that time, I decided to go to a grammar school, but I had to go through a cram school to be tested in order to enter a school that was acknowledged by the government. (171-258, 1988.01.02)
Although my parents paid one year of tuition for the village school, I insisted on going to a better school. I persuaded my parents, my cousin and my grandparents. I was the first one in my family who thought of going to a school teaching new things from the West. I revolutionized their way of thinking. I knew that we should not just be memorizing what Confucius had said while other people were building airplanes. (203-279, 1990.06.27)
I am a very ambitious man. I made a determination to have more than three doctorate degrees before my death. However, now I think the easiest thing for me would be to get doctorate degrees. They call them honorary doctorate degrees and many people want to give me those. (25-162, 1969.10.03)
After the academy, I went to elementary school. It was called Osan Elementary School. I transferred to the third grade having passed the test. I studied there for a year. Of course, I had no choice but to study hard. I desperately studied and my grades were high enough for them to allow me to skip the fourth grade and to enter the fifth grade the following year. (211-133, 1990.12.30)
I walked eight kilometers to the elementary school every day. If kids living along the way joined me on the way to school, they were never late. I was like a clock for them. At every turn in the pass, kids were waiting for me. I could walk very fast. I could walk eight kilometers in forty-five minutes. Kids following me really had to hurry. (133-155, 1984.07.10)
Osan Elementary School did not permit the students to speak Japanese. As you know, it was founded by Mr. Lee Seung-hoon, who was one of the thirty-three patriots who had stood up to the Japanese [proclaiming Korean independence on March 1, 1919]. So the school's tradition was to oppose Japanese colonialism. That was why they would not allow students to speak Japanese.
I had to get to know my nation's enemy. Without understanding the enemy, no one can make a good strategy to win over them. So, I took another test to transfer to Jeongju Elementary School which was a public school at that time. I learned to speak Japanese fluently there in order to graduate. In the meantime, I came to think about the fundamental questions of life as well as about life of faith - all the difficult questions.
I had to learn Japanese in school. It feels like yesterday that I learned the Japanese alphabets, Katakana and Hiragana. I memorized the entire alphabet in a night. Then I memorized my Japanese texts in fifteen days. After that, I could understand what people were saying in Japanese. (171-258, 1988.01.02)
My teacher displayed my first painting on the wall. Although I had not learned it formally, I knew that I had to divide the space into three parts. I simply guessed that the open space I was going to paint should cover a certain percentage of the space on the paper, and so forth. I measured them exactly and put them in the right place with the right proportions. (137-241, 1986.01.03)
When I used notebooks in my young school days, I did not start with the first line of the notebook. I started to write from the top of the page.
Sometimes, I used a page twice. That way I could get twice as much use from a notebook. People must save materials. (31-260, 1970.06.04)
I watched the principal in my elementary school and made up my mind that I would live this and that way. The time when I used to study with the small kerosene lamp feels like yesterday. Do you know about small kerosene lamps? When I studied until two or three o'clock in the morning, my parents used to tell me that I would impair my health if I did not get enough sleep. I really studied so hard. I made friends with night bugs. Night bugs were my friends in the summer. (100-161, 1978.10.09)
What I can vividly remember is my graduation from Jeongju Elementary School. Many parents, teachers and influential people in Jeongju gathered to celebrate our graduation. The principal spoke and this was followed by congratulatory remarks from one of the guests. Right after the guest's speech, I volunteered to go up to the stage. There I confronted Japanese colonialism. I can still remember that time like yesterday. (211-134, 1990.12.30)
At my elementary school graduation, I made a big speech. In front of a police chief and a county ombudsman, I spoke, "You Japanese should pack your bags and go back to your country." I was called by the police chief, and we argued. I argued that one could not stay quiet when things were so unjust. Of course, I was branded as a troublemaker from then. (63-238, 1972.10.14)
When I first came to Seoul, I realized that things were totally different. Jeongju was in the countryside. Having lived in the country, the experience in Seoul was very different, 180 degree different. You have no idea how large Seoul felt to me then. I remember trying to put up with the new environment. (187-301, 1989.02.12)
In my junior high school, I did most of the cleaning at school. I wanted to be the student who loved the school the most. I wanted to clean the school as if it were my own home. When I had such a mind, I did not want anyone else to help me. (133-182, 1984.07.10)
I was a self-sufficient student for seven years. It was not because I did not have enough money but because I wanted to understand about women's work. I never used dirty water when cooking. No matter how cold the water was, I used fresh water. In the cold, fresh water, my hands felt numb. I often used to wash rice. (153-312, 1964.03.26)
Because I am so used to few side dishes, I do not need many. I like things to be simple, practical and delicious. I always had one side dish. One side dish is enough for me. (45-260, 1971.07.04)
I thought that a person who had not been able to keep his own nation did not deserve to eat all three meals a day. I often went hungry. As much as I missed food, I missed the day of my country's liberation. That was how I trained myself. I said to myself that I must love my people and my nation more than food. So, during my life in Seoul, I skipped lunch. It was not because I did not have money in my pocket. When I had money, I gave it to poor people around me. (49-74, 1971.10.03)
I often fasted on my birthday. How could I celebrate my birthday when I had not even accomplished the individual level victory and family level victory, let alone the national and the world level victories? That was the way I thought. How could I celebrate my birthday, knowing my situation. Sinners must fulfill their responsibilities for God, and only then could they celebrate their birthdays. That was the way I lived. (93-278, 1977.06.11)
There was a place called Choong Ji island in the middle of the Han River. I remember lamenting looking down the Han River. I remember saying to the river, in my mind, "How passionate is your love for this nation? You should be the lifeline for this nation. You should be like mother's milk for this nation. If you are not going to be that, I will be that." I can vividly remember what I thought. There was only one bridge. I remember what I thought crossing that bridge, too. (197-74, 1990.01.07)
I was a Sunday school teacher who thought of children to be the most precious things. I really loved the children more than anyone else. The children were also crazy about me, too. They would not even go to school but follow me instead. (60-201, 1972.08.17)
I understand so well about the background of people like Rev. Park Jae-bong or Rev. Lee Ho-bin. Although I know their secretes, I never revealed their faults. They have followers, too. Those church pastors and their followers met because of their destined fate. God brought them to meet through the full workings of fate, let us just put it that way.
So if anyone reduces that degree of fate by half, then the person who dragged them down should take responsible for those people whom he pulled them apart. What is once planted in a field should be harvested in the same place. (33-130, 1970.08.11)
One day, I wrote an entry in my diary that was thirty pages long, as long as a whole notebook. I recorded how serious I felt in my heart about the situation in my country. This was used against me by the Japanese later. I had written several people's names in the diary, and they were all arrested and accused of participating in an incident I was involved with. From then on, I never wrote again in a diary. I would not even carry a notepad. I kept all the important things in my head. (139-284, 1986.01.31)
I burned my own diaries and cried. "This could have been a historic record by which suffering young people could find the way to their nation's liberation, but I have to burn it now." I was choked with tears. I have tried to find the way to save my people, the world and God. (197-164, 1990.01.13)
When I went to Japan, as I boarded the train at Seoul station (at that time, it was called the Hikari line, running between Seoul and Pusan), I told myself, "I will not come back to Seoul as a miserable loser. God will protect people that have a passionate love for and desire to save their nation. When I return, I will be full of hope." (197-75, 1990.01.07)
Leaving for Pusan from Seoul, I said to myself, "What will I learn in Japan? I will pave the road for the young people in my country to rise in this world and to establish an independent country." I remember crying unstoppable tears as my train crossed the Han River Bridge after leaving Yongsan station. (199-185, 1990.02.16)
I felt that I was leaving my nation, which was like an orphan. I covered myself with a coat and wailed with grief from Seoul to Pusan. A Japanese lady came to me and asked, "Has your mother or father passed away? Well, everyone has to go through such sadness." I was sad only for my nation, out of my deep love for my nation. (39-62, 1971.01.09)
I can never forget my prayer at Pusan harbor before I left to study in Japan, at two o'clock in the morning of 1 April 1941. I promised my country in my prayer, "Although I am leaving you now, my love for you will only grow stronger. I will shed more tears for you." (22-123, 1969.02.02)
As soon as I set foot in the enemy nation, my tears stopped. I never visited any of the famous spots in Japan. I did not think I was qualified to have such an enjoyable time because I did not have my own nation. (154-163, 1964.06.12)
I studied electricity and science. I knew where I was headed. I studied science, especially electricity, because I knew I had to be good at mathematical calculation to undertake complex projects. I have to make decisions quickly and precisely. Electricity is invisible, so it is somewhat like religion. In every single phenomenon of the natural world, there is electrical activity. (120-316, 1982.10.20)
I used to walk around downtown when I was studying in Tokyo. There is nowhere I did not see in Tokyo. I was making a plan in my mind. I thought, "In a few years, the young people in Japan will definitely rise up." I studied people, from scholars to simple laborers. I walked around the back streets of Tokyo. I was not happy there, being a patriot for Korea. I talked to nature, the trees and rocks in Japan, "You know you are in the enemy's territory but you must know that you belong to God." That was the way I thought. (15-87, 1965.09.29)
At the time of my graduating from school in Japan, Japan was in the middle of the Second World War. I skipped a semester and graduated earlier, in September . (51-147, 1971.11.21)
I went to Tokyo station to catch my train, but somehow my feet would not move. If I had taken the boat according to my original plan, I would not be speaking to you here now. Heaven stopped me from going. I did not send a telegram to my family in Korea explaining that I would arrive there later. I just went off to climb mountains with my friends. It was fall. We went to Mt. Fuji. We spent several days mountain climbing. When I arrived at my hometown in Korea a week later, my family was devastated. (105-238, 1979.10.26)
They had known that I would arrive at a certain time on a certain day and on a certain boat. But I did not actually come when I told them I would. The boat I was going to take was wrecked and most of the passengers died. So my family was devastated. (51-242, 1971.11.28)
From my home to the town of Jeongju it was about eight kilometers. My mother ran the eight kilometers with bare feet and she rode a train to Pusan. She could not even think and so did not put shoes and clothes on properly. She heard that I was dead. So she ran barefooted to Jeongju and even to Pusan by train. She checked the list of people who were reported to be dead at Pusan Marine police station, but she could not find my name. She could not find out what had happened to me. She was so devastated by the notion that her son had died. She did not even notice that she had a big thorn in her foot. She did not know until the wound festered.
Anyhow, I returned home ten days later than my original plan. I really felt sorry when I heard what had happened, especially about my mother.
When I left Japan, I thought to myself, "I will come back twenty years from now. I will meet you again then. Now I am leaving without avenging my nation's sorrow on the Japanese emperor. The time will come in which I will command and teach young people in Japan." (45-136, 1971.06.24)
Twenty years later, I went back to Japan. What I wanted to know the most was how many young Japanese people were in our church. There were about five hundred young people, all from very good family backgrounds. I asked them what they would do in the future. They all said that they would do whatever I told them to do. How amazing that was! They only wanted the Unification Church and I to be successful. (34-353, 1970.09.20)
7.7 Agonizing over life's questions and the spiritual encounter with Jesus
From the time I was a boy, I started agonizing over the fundamental questions of life. Who am I? Where am I from? What is the purpose of life? Will our life somehow continue after death? Does God really exist?
Is God omnipotent or not? If God is all-powerful, why is it He cannot solve the problems of the world? Why is there so much suffering in the world? (102-288, 1979.01)
Looking back, I remember how serious I was. I was at the point of deciding what to do with the rest of my life. At that crossroad, I knew that it would not be determined by human forces, but came to the conclusion that I had to make my decision in accordance with God's Will.
I vividly remember the agonizing moments before embarking upon my life of faith. (241-135,1992.12.20)
I had the most unusual experience when I was sixteen [fifteen by Western reckoning]. After long hours of tearful prayer in the morning at Easter time, Jesus Christ came to me in spirit and gave me many revelations and teachings. He shared many profound and amazing truths, particularly that God is in agony over the suffering of humanity, and He asked me to take on a very special mission for God, on earth. (134-145, 1985.01.02)
It is so hard to describe my experiences as a youth. The spirit world opened and I could freely communicate with the saints of that world. In the quiet hills of North Korea, I came to meet Jesus Christ and conversed with him. The content of our conversation became the essential teachings of the Unification Principle. (120-119, 1982.10.05)
When you see Jesus spiritually, does he smile at you with a happy face? Have you met Jesus? I have never met Jesus in such a way. He always appeared to me serious and sad. He has no choice. That is the only way he can feel because he knows God's situation so well. I am the same way, too. (97-174, 1978.03.15)
I was much younger than you are when I set out on this course, younger than twenty, very simple and innocent. I desired to possess objects of beauty and was ever curious about new things in my village, often to the point of obsession. Yet, as soon as I embarked on the mission at that tender age, I found myself to be wanting in many ways to carry out such a great and serious mission. I painfully realized how grave was my responsibility and the need to have the requisite qualities inside and out. (156-106, 1966.01.09)
I was a young man when starting out on this course. Whether or not I would actually fulfill the great responsibility of the mission Jesus entrusted to me was a serious problem. I knew, too well, how strongly people like Noah, Abraham and Moses had desired to fulfill their God given missions. (16-142, 1966.01.09)
Wise people keep hope for the future in their heart while passing through suffering. Foolish ones give up the future for immediate or present happiness. Do you think I came to a moment of decision regarding that kind of thing or not? You have but one chance to be young. Which road did I choose? I chose the wise man's road. (105-180, 1979.10.21)
God gave me the mission according to His own plan. Why did He do so?
Well, you must ask that question to God directly. What I clearly understand is that the mission was given to me. (87-286, 1976)
After having passed through so much suffering with so many unsolved problems, God came and knocked on my door, when I was but a boy. That was the time I began my course of finding God's Will. (120-281, 1982.10.17)
I did not begin my course by hearing someone speaking on the street, or having been inspired by some minister's sermon, or having been witnessed to by someone. What was the starting point of my course? It was God. (20-315, 1968.07.14)
When I began my course, I asked the question, "Does God exist?" Only after I was given a clear answer "that God actually existed" did I begin the course. Then I came to know that God in fact had His own hope. I asked Him, "Do you have hope, God?" I also asked, "God, do you need me?" I received the answer, "Yes." Then I asked, "How much do you need me?" (13-201, 1964.03.15)
Passing through my teens and reaching my twenties, I agonized over many things in terms of my life of faith. I realized that I had to go to Japan and America someday. I wanted to experience persecution and discrimination as a member of a minority group. How much do you have to know about God? You must clearly know God's internal situation and the goal He wants to reach. Centering on those, I studied the scriptures of many religions including the Bible. (199-214, 1990.02.17)
It was my experiences as a sixteen-year-old that led me to know God. Over the next nine years, following that initial encounter, I came to live continually in the presence of God and Jesus. I experienced the spirit world so many times. Gradually, God revealed to me the amazing truth. It was like passing through the darkest night and the sun was finally rising in the horizon. I could see the first streak of light of the glorious new culture. The revelation I received then is now called "The Principle." God told me that I must spread that Principle to the end of the earth. (102-288, 1979.01)
When you pray, you must do so until your back is bent and calluses have formed on your knees. I still bear those marks on my knees from the prayers of my past. You should pray on a wooden floor in tears. In praying, I usually shed so many tears. (25-334, 1969.10.12)
Knowing of countless souls perishing in despair, I prayed choked by tears. I could not even see the sunlight for the tears that poured forth unrelentingly whenever I prayed. That was how I came this far. (143-331, 1986.03.21)
In the prime of my youth, I used to pray up to seventeen to eighteen hours and not less than twelve, at a stretch, bent down and wailing. I usually skipped lunch. Otherwise, I could not have survived. All doors were closed and there was no way out. Only through such intense prayer, could I see the faintest ray of hope emanating from the smallest crack in heaven. Experiencing that kind of suffering and pain, I came to acquire a firm grasp of the Principle. (199-190, 1990.02.16)
There is a saying, "A tower built upon the foundation of sincerity will not topple." You must make good conditions for God, even to the point of feeling sick in your guts because of yearning for Him. If God could come to us, He would have done so directly a thousand times or more. Not having a physical body, God sent me instead to you. Based upon such circumstances and my motivation for being here, you cannot help but feel strongly attached to me. Why do you feel the way you do toward your teacher here? Even my thick winter clothes would be soaked through with my tears when I prayed. You should consider how heartbroken I must have been to be in such a state. I was so serious as to strike a bargain with God frequently with a knife in one hand. (60-213, 1972.08.17)
7.8 The education Reverend Moon received from Heaven
Whenever I was undergoing suffering, I could never complain to God because I knew only too well how much suffering He had had to endure more than I. However heavy a cross and however many I might have to bear repeatedly, because I knew that there was a God who had experienced far greater agony, I was able to pass through tribulations seemingly effortlessly and overcome the harshest conditions. Thus, to you who are following in my footsteps, I should not be someone who saps your strength, but rather who enriches and energizes you. That is God's way.
That is the teaching I received from God. I am your teacher. Just like God, who has always been there for me, never hesitating to make sacrifices for me, I want to be the shoulders you can lean on and the parent who will empower and inspire you. I am doing my level best to fulfill this day and night. (043-262, 1971.05.01)
You should not be in the Unification Church with a habitual concept of faith such as you might have had when you went to churches in the past.
That concept is useless and I do not wish to see you being that way.
Those thinking of joining the Unification Church for their personal benefit need not bother to apply. We come to the Unification Church in order to be of benefit to the nation. That is my belief. I do not want you to love me. That is not what I want. You must first love God and humanity. Only then may you love me. That is the essential teaching of Unificationism. There is no other way for us. I have been trained that way myself. (049-305, 1971.10.17)
Having attained a certain level, there are things I no longer do, such as sleeping curled up to the right or to the left. I used to sleep in a praying position with my head bent over crossed legs. Even now, each time I wake up, I feel sorry to God who had to continue to work while I slept. I did not live any other way to feel comfortable. How close can you get to God by living like that? Can you imagine? That's how I led my life up to the present. (050-284, 1971.11.08)
Even if the entire Korean race ridiculed me, I knew that God loved me and had not forsaken me, but instead was dealing with me with a compassion far surpassing that of all Koreans taken together. I never lapsed into self-pity even while in prison. When I was derided in chains, I thought to myself, "All right, go ahead and laugh at me. I am going the way I am going because I need to learn something through this." That was what I thought, and to be sure, I learned so much from the most miserable situations. (051-245, 1971.11.28)
Even if I had the money, I would not dream of building a nice house for my private enjoyment. On the other hand, I am prepared to spend all the money I have for others even to the point of going into debt. Why? I am the leader of the Unification Church who has the mission of at least making the condition of striving to fulfill the Will of God who loves the world. Without making such condition, I can leave no legacy for your edification. Being responsible for leaving such a legacy and the corresponding educational content, I cannot be sad even if I feel sad, I cannot allow myself to feel mortified even when I am treated unfairly. I have carried out my mission as a pioneer. (032-274, 1970.07.19)
From now on, my life will be the tradition you must learn and keep for the rest of your life. You will find yourself constantly in need of renewing your education and refreshing your mind and spirit. (043-347, 1971.05.03)
7.9 How did Reverend Moon educate his family?
I devoted the first seven years of our marriage into educating my wife, teaching her the heavenly tradition and principles, while constantly praying for her to succeed in restoring the positions of God's daughter and wife that were lost through the Fall, as well as the position of True Mother. She was to restore these three positions on behalf of womankind. Restoration is the destined course for fallen humankind. (022-206, 1969.02.04)
I taught my wife that in raising our many children she should not show her tears to them, despite so many tearful and suffering moments. No matter how painful a situation your children put you through, when they come to you with tears in their eyes and ask your forgiveness, you must forget all the bad memories and meet them with happy faces. If you cannot do that, you are not qualified to educate your children. (023-182, 1969.05.18)
My point in educating Mother has not been to teach about some heavenly nation that she would personally like to live in. I do not try to be a husband that she, as an individual, would be happy with. I do not ask her to be a wife whom I would be happy with as an individual. I wanted her to be the mother whom God would love and whom humankind could revere. I advised her to be humble before people whose standard of faith was higher than hers, whoever they might be and whenever they came to see us, night or day. (033-100, 1970.08.09)
I spent more money than anyone else in Korea on religious activities. Do you think that it is a good idea for me to do what I do even if I have to starve? Is it okay for me to starve myself to death? If your answer is no, then you should help me out. Whatever God's son does has worldwide implications. I told Sung-jin before he went to Japan, "Make a list of dos and don'ts. You are not Japanese; you must behave yourself and maintain dignity." His first concern should be for the church, then for the nation, next for his father and finally how to relate to the opposite gender. (034-197, 1970.09.06)
I fully knew of the extent of my mother's love for me. She was always sensitive to my feelings and used to study my face. There was no room for forgiveness if she did anything wrong. I really gave her a hard time. From the human point of view, what I did was exactly the opposite of filial piety. However, it was correct from God's point of view. I wanted to see my mother being the mother of heavenly values with full knowledge of heavenly principles. How could she act otherwise? I didn't let her off because I was in the public position, but could advise her on the personal level. I had to educate her although she was my mother.
What does it mean to be a filial son? "Mom, please do something and save me." Would that be the attitude of a filial son? I could have lived my life with such an attitude, but then I could never have become the founder of the Unification Church. (038-265, 1971.01.08)
Your wives are the fruits of the providence, the holy ones. You must be grateful to God that you could meet your wives. I am in a different situation. I must raise my wife up to her rightful position as True Mother. Considering my age, my wife is young enough to be my daughter.
It was not so easy for me initially to relate to her as a wife and not as a daughter. Think about it. I would have called her "so-and-so's omma" easily, if she had been at least of a certain age. So I just called her "omma" instead. (047-222, 1971.08.28)
Do not content yourself with the fact that you love your wife. What I tell my wife is that we must not be indebted to God. If we are, our children will turn against us and go to Satan's side. If we are not indebted to God, our children will surrender to us. As long as we follow the heavenly way, Satan cannot stand against us. (068-157, 1973.07.29)
Unfallen archangels were to form a protective wall for Adam's family as it grew. I went through such suffering to raise archangels who would be absolutely loyal to God and willing to sacrifice their lives for my children thousands or tens of thousands of times while shedding tears of gratitude. I invested my entire life to do this. My family and your families must be united. That is your responsibility. The 36 couples inherited this tradition from me. In return, they must educate my children and form a wall of protection. That should be clearly understood. (120-325, 1982.10.20)
I never had the chance to educate my own children, nor the time to talk to them heart to heart, as I did with Unification Church members on countless occasions. Yet I absolutely believe that my children will eventually find the right path on their own, even if it means taking many wrong turns in the process. Why? That is God's way: even if water seems to be trapped in the valley, it will eventually make its way into the great ocean. While my children are still immature, they can go north when I go south. However, when their time is ripe, they will begin to chart their course and head for the vast ocean following their Father's example. That is my belief. That is what I know. That is why I'm not running after them to try and sort them out. I just wait for them to turn around. I am waiting. (127-290, 1983.05.15)
When Sung-jin came to see me after seven years of being separated. I did not welcome him with open arms. When even pigs and dogs show joy and affection toward their young, how could a man be so cold when meeting his son for the first time after so long a period of time? I must be harder than steel, a heartless and loveless man! I wanted Sung-jin's mother to say, "You must have suffered so much. You have been unjustly ignored and misunderstood for God's Will. It must have been so hard for you. What I have had to endure was hard but nothing compared to your suffering. Nobody persecuted or resisted me, but so many people persecuted you and tried to block your path. I am just so grateful that you made it all this way despite all difficulties." I wanted her also to tell our son, "Here is your great father whom I told you so much about.
You must greet him." That is what I wanted to see in my wife. That is what I wanted to see in my son. (127-298, 1983.05.15)
I shed tears for Unification Church members and for the future of the church. I gave advice and devoted my time to guide people, but I never had a single hour of heart-to-heart talk with my own children. I truly feel very sorry to them as their parent. Nevertheless, as their teacher, I believe that I have been teaching them the right example of sacrificing for the sake of a higher cause. If I had acted otherwise, I would be in the wrong. God should punish me. (145-240, 1986.05.11)
Where have the blessed families been going? Those who only focus on their own family life will not last long. I did not start family life just to live for the sake of my family. Even now I have a lot to teach my wife. The main thing I am telling her is that our family should not exist for itself, but for the nation and for fulfilling our mission of restoring the cosmos. In our waking hours, we should pledge with tears to realize the goal and overcome any obstacles in our way. I believe that is the legacy that we, as parents, must leave behind in the course of indemnity before history. That is my belief and philosophy as a parent. That should be the tradition. (157-308, 1967.10.16)
I educate my wife at home. No matter how angry I may get, I can forgive anything in thirty or sometimes even three minutes. I always tell my wife that she should never show her tears before our children. I am the same way, having trained myself very strictly in such things. You should not nurse a grudge for long; the longer you hold onto it, the darker are the shadows it casts over your life. Once having dealt with a contentious issue, we must put it behind us. The daily occurrences in my home profoundly affect those whose lives are intertwined with ours. My wife and I are responsible for taking steps to balance our everyday life. Neither of us should show a long face to the other. I would be acting to my detriment if I behaved in that way. (158-233, 1967.12.27)
I tell my wife, "Be absolutely obedient. You stand in Eve's position. However great the pain in your heart, you should never think in that way. If you feel overwhelmed by the pain, just bite your lips. Bite them!" Yet when she does not see me, when no one sees me, I pray for her to comfort her heart with tears. My philosophy is, "You must always be one step behind me! Even if you are just a step further away from where you're supposed to be, you will be defeated. One way or the other, I must carry the world's cross and go out on the battlefield to solve its problems. Mother is the one who has to follow me like my shadow." That is what I tell my wife. (234-084, 1992,08.04)
I cannot love my own children first. Even if I have to sacrifice three of them, I must walk the course God wants me to go. Without that kind of determination, I the engrafting cannot take place. Your children's central figures are my children. Are you teaching that to your children?
You must teach them about God's Will so that they can be like me. Do not waver in your determination even if you have to risk your lives. (252-182, 1993.12.29)
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