The Way of the Spiritual Leader
by Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Section 2 - Subject and Object, Cain and Abel [Part 1]
1. Subject and Object
1) The Ideology of the Unification Church
What is the ideology of subject in the Unification Church today? It is ideology of subject centering on love, but what is the content of love? God. Then? [True Parents] It is True Parents. When the world becomes one nation, all people will hold up the ideology of true parents in place of their own parents. True Parents will go to the spirit world. In their absence, people must become one with the parents and family members on the earth. This love must never be shattered. Great disasters will take place when there is a crack in it. What happens to everything when this is cracked? You will be kicked out of the world of the Universal force.
When you depart the sphere of inclusive power of love, then you will be shattered into pieces. You will not be able to live or be welcomed anywhere. That is how it is in the society too, right? You will become an unfaithful son. When we consider that, we can see that in Western society everything is just the opposite. Because God wants to put all under the subordination of the East, He is doing that.
That cannot be done centering on the Christian culture, and the reason that it becomes like that in the last days is because since all must be put under the subordination of the East, it is to become the subject of the East. Everything is like this. Do you understand what this means? What is our ideology of the subject? [Love] What is love? God stands in the middle and in the midst of that True Parents exist, and in the middle of that your own parents dwell, and in the middle of that there are the ideal husband and wife, and in the middle of that there are ideal children. This is where the ideal family begins.
Centering on that family, that family having become the nucleus, it can be developed and expanded to become the world. The family remains as the axis. That family will not be rejected anywhere it goes inside the world environment included within the true love of God. It will be protected. If one does not meet the qualification there, one will be chased out. The universe will oppose. So, if there is no parent, then sadness will engulf you. When a wife dies, her husband will feel sorrow. The universal force will not protect them. Why do you feel grief when your child dies? It shows that you lack this.
Because you lack one section from the way that you can perfect love, because you lack the factor that can fit you in with the sphere of perfection of the ideal love, according to the amount of your inadequacy, you will be chased out by the universal fortune. That kind of person will walk along the periphery. According to the law of "Yin-Gua," if you have inherited sin and wrongdoing of your ancestors, then you will have to go outside taking them with you. Since this movement behaves much like the breathing activities of the lung, if there is anything wrong, then you will be pushed out to the outside. Do you understand?
What is the ideology of subject in our Unification Church? [Love] Love. You all understand its content, right? [Yes] Wherever you go, when you stand on a place, it will be expanded outwards to the world from there.
Our life philosophy in the Unification Church is, centering on love under the dominion of such ideology of subject, from the position of applying to the whole one decisive content of a family to lead our lives. From this perspective, what was the purpose of your lives so far? Were you struggling for money? People fight because of financial problems and then because of knowledge.
From this point of view, the concept of love that we are preaching in the Unification Church today, can be connected with the family, society, and world that have ideal content, and it began from the mentality of the ideals of creation that God desires. If that cannot only disembark but also continue till the end, because it will be expanded, it will return. It has been concentrated. It will be intensely concentrated, then be spread out, and this is how it develops on.
When you possess such mentality and lead your life, trying to make such a connection to your living environment, the will of God will be fulfilled within your living environment and progress on. Because I know this fact, I am giving you such words. Are you going to try to live this kind of life? [Yes] (164-95)
Today, don't we teach the ideology of the subject in the Unification Church? What is the ideology of the subject? The ideology of the subject has the purpose of being responsible for the whole, giving to the whole, and pioneering the path of the whole. This is the Principle perspective. Do you understand? Do you want to become the subject or the object? Which one do you want to become? If you are in a county, then you are to become the leader there. Isn't this true? [Yes] You are ones who are responsible, right?
Then, centering on the regions in the four directions, how many times have you walked around at dawn, in tears, and climbing the mountain in the village. How much did you pray for the protection of the people in the village in tears? This is where the problem is. When you shed tears, your ancestors in spirit world, saints and sages, and then God will shed tears with you. When this can take place, the road that you walk will be full of testimonies and proofs of God's work. If you cannot have a major impact in a village, county, or a city even after exerting yourself in such devoted manner for three years, I can only consider you as a false one. (81-315)
2) The Vertical Subject
Who is the vertical subject? There is none other than God who is the vertical subject. The original homeland of your conscience is God. Only after forming a family on the basis of God centering on the conscience of individuals, and then forming a tribe, people, nation, world and universe centering on God, you can be one with the vertical standard which will allow God to freely come down and go up. This vertical standard must also have give and take, right? It must revolve up and down. After making circles, a sphere will be formed.
When you go to a school, who is the vertical representative of the school? The vertical representative is the teacher who comes into the classroom. During that time, students must absolutely obey the words of the teacher. Those who gossip or complain on the side are destructive.
Now that you understand what is said on this signboard, go ahead and analyze it. What kind of qualifications am I able to meet? Can I sway and move back and forth as the family head that has brought the vertical and horizontal principles into one, or as the head of the clan or people, or as a representative of the world? God as the center of the universe will not freely move around. Even a thousand years ago or ten thousand years ago, he did not sway. He is unchanging. (148-25)
You have to have control over your conscience centering on your own individual conscience. What is the meaning of the character "tong" in Tongil (unification)? [It means to command and lead] It means to unify, in simple terms. How is unification brought about? [By leading and commanding] By leading and commanding . . . The meaning of leading is commanding from the absolute vertical position. Without the vertical standard, how can you bring unification? You are all members of Unification Church, right? Those who are members raise your hand. I am saying this because among you here there are those who are not members, at least in my eyes. Only senseless and ignorant old people casually raise their hands, without even being able to distinguish their left hand from the right.
You have to lead. What does it mean to lead? Although the four seasons change, you must uphold the unchanging vertical standard so that what you have led in spring, winter, fall, summer will not change. You cannot say, "Since spring has come, I am bored with the vertical position; how wonderful is the horizontal position. I do not like the vertical position. I will move to the horizontal position." A leader cannot behave in this way. (148-22)
3) The Responsibility of the Subject
A subject has to have a strong power of life. Otherwise, one cannot become a subject. Moreover, a subject must contain love. Without possessing love one cannot become a subject. It means that one cannot lead objects. It is the same. Unless one becomes true and truthful, one cannot become the center. Without love, one cannot become the center. Furthermore, a leader must be able to make progress and lead for eternity. Therefore, he must be true. One cannot become a leader without being connected to the true life and true love. Does this sound right?
So we come to the conclusion that although it is not easy to clarify all this at once, we must exist for the sake of others because we are trying to walk the straight path. When you live for the sake of others, when you are trying to live for the plus, then you can follow after the position of the minus or rise up to the position of the plus. Up to here, there are numerous ways of being connected to it. (133-31)
In order to become a subject, you must love. Do you understand? You must become crazy about loving. A man should not just love a woman, but by first loving the nation, standing in the position that the nation guarantees love the woman. That man is to love the woman in the position guaranteed by the world. You must understand that this is the position that we are in.
Then, you should repent. I do not exist to receive love. Members of the Unification Church are not a group whose purpose is to receive love. Its purpose it to give love. Do you understand? Since it is a group formed for the sake of giving love, because people in the world like to receive love, we will be welcomed wherever we go. Is this true? Because people in the world are a group that wants to receive love and we are a group that is trying to give love, it is natural that we will be welcome. People who stand out among them will give love. They will follow wherever we go. (59-58)
When we look at you today, the question is whether or not you have become people who possess the subjectivity and take responsibility on behalf of the dispensation. Ladies and gentlemen have you become such people? In order to possess such character, you must become revived. Otherwise, you cannot become victors. All of you will face accusation. (17-51)
As leaders you must posses independent subjectivity, and as the minister of God you must become the subject of faith. There must be progress because we are mobilizing God for our activities. I have been helping Korea, I have been helping Korea even after going to America, but . . . I have been living like that with that kind of conviction up to now. I am like that even now. (68-112)
No matter where I go, even if I go to a factory, I must become the head of the factory. How great is such conviction. Being confident that I can deal with everything is a great conviction. How great a thought is that? I know that this and that is no good, and when I meet with the president and say how his factory is, he will ask, "How did you know that?" I would then say, "How do I know? I know because I have done it before." The Washington Times won the first place in the newspaper Olympic games. At that time, in the position of the leader I have coached everything, giving orders on what to change. When you can understand this Principle and apply in your life, then you will find it surprising that doing so will grant you a world of tremendous powers in this free environment. You cannot become the weaker being.
When you consider that, I am telling you, "Do not just sit in the church but go and meet with the leaders in the region and meet with the Christian leaders," because I want you to become my second self. But without doing that, you just sit and do no work, but still consider yourself as the leader and the subject when you don't even act like a subject to others; you will perish. If you are in the subjective position, but without fulfilling your responsibility as the subject, if you still claim to be the subject then you will be ruined. There is no progress because there is no subject. For this reason, the Principle requires that leaders must put more effort than the members when they are doing their mission, Otherwise, it is a swindle. You will become thieves. You will become swindlers. (131-223)
I have traveled often all over the Korean peninsula. As soon as I arrived in America, taking forty days, I roamed all over the 48 states, saying, "Run run. My footsteps must reach there. You mountains, streams, grasses, and trees, you have been longing for me, haven't you? I am here now." Then, I visited every valley and prayed in the highest possible place . . . This is what you must do. When I open the doors and go out in some place, I feel the field greeting me and the thought emerges, "All right! I should go once. I will go. I will go even to the mountains." All things also wait for the masters. Isn't that so? If there is a dog, how much would it have waited for the owner to come out, waiting for the night to pass in the cold winter or hot summer. Even if the dog fell asleep, when the owner opens the door and comes out, it will rise up and rush toward him waving his tails. You should see in the morning. You should see if that is true or not. See how happy its expressions are . . . Do you know such things?
It is the same. As you travel over the mountains and fields you should have the attitude, "I should go and visit that valley. If there is a village in the valley where the smoke is coming from, then I should go and visit the village once. I should go there sometimes." When you go with that kind of mindset, then the ancestors in the spirit world will make the people in the household to start clean up because the VIP of heaven is coming to visit. This will take place. Do you understand? [Yes] They will see the whole thing in their dream and unconsciously say, "Is there someone there? It seems like someone is coming here."
The public sentiments are directly connected with the heart of the heaven. In the original world of the heart, there is no need for a bridge. There is no need for a messenger. You will sense somehow that someone is coming. What you think will turn out to be true. You will come to sense: "Although I am not clear who it is, but someone is coming to visit our house." If I have such an attitude then this will take place. Everyday, unconsciously you will look far beyond the mountains far away, watch the winding road and the road that disappears around the valley and wait for someone; do you think such thing will happen? Just as parents wait for the children, parents who are waiting for the child to come will also love the land where the child is. It is the same.
So, what is the responsibility of the owner? What is the responsibility of the subject? When you are hungry, they you should ask whether or not there are people in the village who are starving. If there are, then you should be prepared to save your lunch and give it to the children in that household. If you have that kind of mindset, then there is no way that you will starve. Even if you are trying to skip meals, someone will repeatedly bring food to you. This is the principle of the universe. This universe is seeking after one center. (81-297)
4) The Position of the Leader in Regards to the Principle Perspective on Life
A leader, a subject, must be responsible for the whole. He must be responsible for the whole and play the role of the guide who can lead people to good places. When he can pave the way, and lay a strong foundation so that the followers can ride on the highway, the more he does that the greater subject he is. It is very simple. It is a simple logic. Do you understand what I am saying?
When you go home and see your wife sleeping, you should be thinking, "Because I have not fulfilled my responsibility today she is behaving this way." Have you ever thought, "She is not waiting for me because I have not fulfilled my responsibility?" Suppose that she did not even make lunch and is just taking a nap. You have to think like that. You have to think like that in all personal relationships.
When a person that you are dealing with for the first time has made a mistake, then you should think about what you have given him and how much you have invested in him. Only by doing so, even if mistakes are made, you can find the universal laws of forgiveness. As the subject, you have to first greet him with a delightful heart before you expect him to do so, and if you expect him to greet you with a bright face when you yourself are not, then you are just a thief. What is a thief? A thief is taking things from someone else's field and eating it without working for it. This is the beginning of evil.
From this Principle perspective on life, did you understand clearly what it means to be in the position of a leader? Do you understand? [Yes] Those who do, please raise your hand. Please put it down. (81-305)
What kind of person is the leader, the subject? He is one who takes responsibility for the whole. After you go into a village, you should be thinking, "I came to this village as the leader. I came as a member of the Special Forces sent by God to build the kingdom of heaven and materialize heaven. What did I do as a member of the Special Forces? What did I give to the village after coming here? Did I become the subject? Did I become the object?" If you failed to become a subject but became an object, then you should be grateful that you have not been blown off by the wind and not struck by the lightening and lie dead.
You should have the attitude, "This village is better than my own village and because it is just like the homeland of hope that I have always wanted, I want to go out and meet with the people in the village. If I meet them in the morning, then I do not part with them in the evening, and if they come to visit me at my house in the evening I just want to give something more to them. I want to talk to them even through the night, and hope that they would not leave." This is how your heart should be. Why is that so? It is because you are brothers who were separated thousands of years ago. Although parents have passed away, because you are brothers who came together after thou, sands of years, tens of years, and hundreds of years, as soon as your hearts can be connected in a straight line, everything else will also be linked together.
As a leader you should never tell someone who is coming to visit you to not come. I only stay for several days, but to be honest, when people come to the headquarters and wait for me, it is a bit annoying. This time, I could not get any sleep from Japan, and last night I was so caught up in what I was doing that I did not know whether I was walking around or sitting down. Because of the jet leg, the time is just the opposite from here. When it is time to fall asleep here, it is time to wake up there; when it is time to wake up here, it is time to fall asleep there. I try to open my eyes, but they keep on closing by themselves. This is because I have not slept for several days. But I never thought that I should sleep anymore because of this. I wish that the night would pass by quickly. I am preoccupied with the concern, "How can I make them be connected to the heart of God during this time?" This is what is needed.
Therefore, when a leader fails to fulfill his responsibility, he will receive the gravest punishment in the world. It is more fearful than being locked up in the prison and having chains placed on your hands and feet. How can you stand on the pulpit without fulfilling your responsibility, and how can you talk to the people in the village without fulfilling your responsibility? You should be moved by the heart that does not know what else to do but cry in tears. This is the place that the original relationship will begin. (81-312)
5) The Mission of a Central Figure
What should the subject do? The subject has the responsibility to protect. Moreover, he has to determine the position and direction of the environment. After making the determination, he must protect and be responsible for it. (1978.3.19)
Who is the central figure? He has the responsibility to provide protection and the ability to do it. Suppose that an ugly man was standing in front of a pretty woman, then when he is facing a crisis, is he going to hide inside the armpit of the pretty woman? Think about it. Even a tall and pretty woman, would she hide inside the armpit of the ugly man if she is facing some dangerous situation? Which is the case, you ladies? No matter how tall and beautiful the woman might be, she will hide behind the man. She wants to be protected by him. This is a natural expression and reasonable behavior. The central figure must take responsibility and provide protection.
Moreover, the central figure must the lead the movement. He has to guide the way. Isn't this true? Only someone who knows the way can guide it; how can someone who does not lead the way? Isn't this so? A lady has a doctorate degree while a man only graduated from the elementary school. However, when they are climbing a mountain, does the doctor lady walk in the front or does the man with elementary education lead the way? In general, if there are ten men, then all ten will ignore the lady and try to lead the way at the front. Isn't this how it is? The central figure has the responsibility to lead. Toward what? Toward the good place.
Who is the central figure of the Unification Church? [True Parents] Don't say True Parents, but say teacher. It is the same logic. This teacher takes responsibility for everything in the Unification Church, whether it is good or bad. Among the members of the Unification Church there are many that are older than I am and better than me. Although I am not that unworthy. Only by doing so, I won't doze off. It is easier to doze off when there are many people. From this perspective, you should tell someone both good bad things right away? If someone does not seek the consultation of others just because he is the leader, he is a false one. Since the center of the four limbs and all organs is the head, everything must be passed through the head. That which does not pass through has already lost its life. It has no value in its existence. Therefore, a central figure must 1. Take responsibility, 2. Know how to provide protection, and then 3. Know how to lead. (173-346)
The center is supposed to be responsible for the whole. The center must know how to give everything. The center must take responsibility and know how to protect. (134-317)
Viewing centering on man and woman, husband and wife are the same. They are the same when they like each other. However, although they are equal on the horizontal standard, on the vertical standard, who sets the standard for an even balance? It is not the woman, but the man. It is man. For this reason, man stands on the right side and the woman stands on the left.
The subject must protect the object. He has the responsibility to protect. Then what does he have to do? He has to lead. He must point out the direction, which will lead to the right way. So should the wife listen to the words of husbands or not? [They should listen] If the husband behaves like a dog, aware only about the horizontal standard, and believes in himself more than God and thinks that he is absolute, then you do not have to obey him. However, if he listens to his conscience, is concerned about the family, society, and nation, then the wife must try to be in harmony with him. She has to follow her husband. (148-17)
6) The Creation of the Realm of Object Centering on the Subject
Look. There were people who had joined the Unification Church who said, "I graduated from a certain college and coming from the intellectual class, I am intelligent and wise; therefore I do not wish to suffer like Rev. Moon." But who is the more intelligent, knowledgeable and wise? Seeing the result now, all of them fell down and became those fallen leaves, but Rev. Moon, who they thought would fall down, became the branch at the top that bore fruits. Although they fell down, Rev. Moon became someone that the world admires.
How did this come about? It is because I know that there exists the subject-object relationship in the environment, and because I go through the changing process of development that can benefit the subject and object. Because I have this philosophical perspective on life and perspective on the way that the universe operates, although I may seem to be declining, but actually I am making progress. I can only progress. Unless my theory is wrong, I will surely advance.
Therefore, the original mind knows. God is the powerful plus. For this reason, if Rev. Moon is destined to become the medium through whom one can seek God, then one's conscience will naturally be drawn to him and think of him. It will approach it continuously. The body moves toward me continuously. This is the action that will take place. (131-222)
No one will oppose religious leaders like me for going to a bar. In order to take care of all the people there, you must first deal with the subject there. Moreover, since what the subject needs is the object, in order to lure them out, you have to excel the best person there in doing something; this is the way to lure them out naturally. Viewing from the perspective of, shall we say, the philosophical perspective of social science, how did the Unification Church develop so far? You have to understand it has been making progress by applying this type of principle.
Since God links the relationship between subject and object through the history of re-creation, when you stand as a man to represent God, then you have to recreate. You must recreate centering on these principles. Then, what do you have to do? You have to recreate a realm of reciprocity. As you meet someone, if you pour all your heart and effort to create the realm of object in the environment that accords with your own field, then you can stand on the theoretical foundation of eternal existence.
Then, in the process of doing that, what do you center on? You are not to center on Rev. Moon. You are to do it from the position of subject centering on the heart of God during the creation, the standard of heart that seeks to complete the ideals of love and purpose of love. When this can be done, you can naturally obtain the power that would enable the hearts of subjects with original nature to be absorbed into the realm of the subject's heart of faith, despite the fall. This is how they will be connected. Do you understand? In order to make the realm of object in that environment, you have to pour all of your main effort and energy twenty four hours a day, just as how God was carrying on the creation process.
In this way, you are to make the realm of reciprocity on the individual level and then on the family level. This is the original way. The environment on the family level I am talking about, it is not the family inside the realm of the fall during the historical era of the world, but the family that was to be created centering on God. If you stand as the subject on the standard position centering on the family, this will allow the formation of the realm of reciprocity and environment on the foundation of family centered on God, and create the domain of tribes. (135-177)
The way to safeguard the battlefront of unification is not surpassing oneself and making it possible for God to help. In other words, it is not having the force of heaven put into oneself, but it is creating the conditions for the force to be put into the object on one's own account. You must understand that this is how the protection of the environment that you are in is secured. For this reason, you have to believe that you are always one with God. You should think that when you go out witnessing, you should go with God. When you speak you should speak together with God. When you are eating meals or sleeping, or whatever you do, you must have the mindset that you are living intimately with God. This type of person -- if one lives such life -- then when you meet a sad person, you will automatically become sad. You can feel what God is feeling. This is having the actual experience of God. You have to enter this realm of experience.
So, when you go to certain town or village, you can immediately sense what the village is like. When you go to a high place in the village to pray and sing, people from the village will come up, those who share your cause. The fundamental Principle is that whenever there is perfect plus, the perfect minus will emerge.
When you do business, sell flowers, or whatever you do, even witnessing, if you do it with prayer and a devotional heart, then it will be revealed to you. You will be shown what kind of person you will meet. When you set out witnessing, you will want to mysteriously go to a place that you have not even thought about before. If you go there, you will meet someone whom God loves. You cannot deny the existence of God when you are having this kind of experience. (69-288)
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