The Words of the Porter Family
Marion Porter Ascended - Seung Hwa Notice
Chung Hwan Kwak
October 10, 2006
On Friday, October 6, 2006, Mrs. Marion Porter ascended. Mrs. Porter's Seung Hwa ceremony occurred Monday, Oct. 9th, 2006 and internment was at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, NY. In the forty day period ending November 15, 2006, let us all pray for Mrs. Porter's safe and comfortable transition into the spirit world.
In the secular world, death signifies the end of life. However, in our world, death is like a rebirth or a new birth into another world, particularly for those who give their life for the purpose of the Kingdom of Heaven and for the sake of the movement. [The latter two life offerings] are special heroes.
For that reason, we must not make those occasions gloomy or sad or feel discouraged. Instead, we shall rejoice in the victory of the spirit in which that life was given for the mission. If we here on earth become very mournful and gloomy, it is like pulling the person who is going up to the heavens down to the ground.
This is a birth from the second universal mother's womb into another world, just like when a baby emerges from its first mother's womb.
A Seung Hwa ceremony is actually comparable to a wedding, when men and women get married. It's not a sorrowful occasion at all. It's like an insect coming out of its cocoon, getting rid of a shackle, and becoming a new body and a new existence, a new entity.
Rev. Sun Myung Moon, "The Meaning of Seung Hwa"
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