Life In the Spirit World and On Earth
by Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Chapter Two - Earthly Life And Life In The Spirit World [Part 2]
Life On Earth And Spirit People
June 16, 1997
Mrs. Kim! This is Sang Hun Lee. I am Sang Hun Lee. If you record my words, your health will gradually improve.
Life in Spirit World
Spirit people decide their own position by how they lived on earth. If you lived selfishly, then you will suffer in a position praying for a thousand years without special grace. People in the Spirit World who lived in peace on earth also enable their descendants to live peacefully. But if people lived evil lives, then when they come to Spirit World, they live in hell and their descendants are always oppressed with problems. For example: If we examine a person who suffers hell in the Spirit World, they really exist in pain.
The environment is dark, and as in a prison, there is no freedom. There is nothing to eat or wear. Your descendants on earth can do nothing to undo and disentangle all your evil deeds. They do not know how to carry your burden or how to pray for you. But, if their ancestors' wrongdoing becomes known, and the descendants serve with utmost sincerity and prayer, then the spirit person can receive grace. That spirit person can move to a better place where he is treated hospitably and undergoes a change. Who will make that happen? That is the subject of my talk today. Whether you spend money on earth or not, there exists some support for you, but it's not the same in Spirit World. The wind blows, flowers bloom and birds sing but you can't change just because someone commands you to. There is no one whose mere command can change you. The resolution to change can only happen within you. You must reach the point of self-awareness.
If descendants sincerely offer their hearts for the sinners in Spirit World, then such spirit people can come to the point of understanding themselves and how they must change. Fortunately, there are many people who understand this spiritual law. On earth, when a shaman dances
and delves into the ancestors' situation, they can only comfort the ancestors. The shaman cannot solve their ancestors' problems. But if the ancestors receive grace through the sincere and elevated prayer of their descendants, then they may be able to search out heaven's messenger and God's commandment.
The Life of Earthly People
Therefore, people's lives on earth are very important. It takes too much time to improve your position as a spirit person so you can receive effective grace. It takes a long time to move beyond ignorance. Because of that, adjust your focus now on the eternal world and live that way. Through adjusting your focus, humankind will live much more wisely. We hope no person will be foolish in their faith and make eternal mistakes because the natural consequence is a nation full of foolish people here. They can't solve anything. Regarding life in that country, I can't explain everything, but, to summarize it in a word, your life should be fruitful; you should bear fruit. To speak more plainly: committing sin leads only to hell. Live a life of goodness. That is the way of heaven. Please live well for the sake of eternity.
Earthly People And Spirit Persons Have A Different Viewpoint
June 23, 1997
Mrs. Kim! This is Sang Hun Lee. Thank you. Thank you very much for preparing your mind beforehand to receive.
First, let's take a look at the people on earth. Earthly people look with physical eyes, touch physically and act physically. Earthly people live physically limited to a confined amount of space. For example: Human beings live through a time period of 10, 20, or 60 years. Also, on earth, though I desired an object, I could not automatically obtain it. Earth people may artificially make things, but they cannot adequately bring into existence something in the mind that occurred as thought. Earth people get hungry, but if they don't move they won't eat. Also, because you act within finite space, when someone misses you in the realm of thought, it just stops there. Also, when you go through physical pain, you don't know the solution as a certainty. For example, when people of faith have an illness, they will turn to prayer and other such approaches to healing, but non-believers just go to the hospital.
Spirit people are different. Spirit people, because the physical body does not confine them, have an infinite realm in which to act. Let's look at an example: whether looking, touching or acting, because it appears immediately with your thought, there is no length of time. Because spirit people can simultaneously move something with thought, just as with the touch of the hand, time is condensed and it doesn't require someone else to aid you to solve a problem. At the same instant a spirit person thinks, another spirit person can receive it, and this doesn't require words. When a spirit person develops his logic with definitiveness and exact precision, he can transmit the exact details and they will appear right before the face of the other person. So you can very quickly express your circumstances because your partner immediately recognizes your expression of feeling.
Spirit people can know completely all of God's creation process from the beginning, as well as the whole concept of what we call a person, so we can never cause God pain. (This is one thing that separates heaven from hell.) Spirit people, if they work hard in their own sphere, will evolve as the highest master of a skill and will receive their reward. Thus, no greed exists and they always carry a tranquil countenance. (This is also a dividing point of heaven and hell.) In other words, for the sake of solving a problem of food or clothing, there arises no harassment or annoyance, and our facial expressions remain benign and humble. If I summarize the difference between physical and spirit people, physical people live and act within the confines of space. They remain busy acting to solve difficult problems and they suffer due to food and clothing needs, but spirit people can move freely throughout limitless space. Because the worries of food and clothing have been removed, we are infinitely bright and humble. Our conclusion: bear good fruit in your physical life and when you come to heaven you will appreciate the correctness of this teaching.
The Principle of Duality in Spirit World
In the Divine Principle, in the discourse on Unification Thought, the principle of duality teaches that give and take action takes place when subject and object give and receive, reciprocally generating Origin-Division-Union Action (O-D-U Action). Through this we receive joy. This is the fundamental principle of God. So let's talk about the difference between the physical and spirit worlds. In the physical realm, when subject and object, through give and take action, achieve O-D-U Action, there is joy at becoming one. In Spirit World, the feeling of joy that comes from becoming one in O-D-U Action through give and take action is somewhat different. For example: In the process of giving to another and their reception, there is no time involved. Because O-D-U happens with thought, you don't actually see any sign of give and take action. This is a clearly revealed account of the basis for heaven, where completed individuals are gathered according to the principle of duality.
Give and Take Action in Spirit World
The fundamental concept of give and take action is unity between subject and object through giving and receiving with each other and becoming one through love. We can see this achieves the model of the kingdom of heaven. In heaven, give and take action happens even when you just look up towards each other; you become literally one perfect body. But in hell, or outside of this realm, there exists a lot of difference in the level of give and take action based on the class or position of each person. The fundamental teaching of the Creation Principle is that give and take action in heaven is where you fundamentally accomplish and complete the purpose of God's creation. Because hell is the place where you cannot understand God's foundation at all, there exists only one relative principle in hell. Even as you progress, you must think of one very important point in order to achieve the liberation of hell: You must strive towards the goal of give and take action. This is very similar to the situation on earth.
The Intimate Relationship between Life on Earth and Life in Heaven
How can my life on Earth be consummated in heaven? The eternal position in which we are placed is decided based on the standard of good or evil during our life on earth. Based on whom my life was centered upon on earth, my position in the eternal world (God's side, Satan's side, atheist) is decided. Though there might be some differences based on individual achievement, a spirit of nationalism and a worldview, the formation of personality is far more important in heaven than is a spirit of nationalism or a worldview. The thought that because I worked in a higher position on earth, I will be placed in a higher position in heaven, is wrong.
Therefore, the most worthwhile and fruitful way is to live with my heart centered on God, renouncing personal greed and leading a life of reverence and respect. Then we can live with our heads up in heaven.
Questions and Answers
Questions from Dr. Lee's daughter
Q: What should we do to compensate for our impiety in not attending you in your lifetime?
A: I just want to ask you to live sincerely and faithfully in your position.
Q: Please give a word of direction to your children.
A: I do not want to engage in clumsy explanation. If you think the path your parents have followed is correct, just follow the path. Yet, if you think otherwise, then there is nothing I can do about it. I will think that your father's life was not enough for you.
Q: What about the books we are keeping?
A: Donate them to Sun Moon University (Institute of Research for Unification Ideology).
Q: What about the problem of the burial ground?
A: Just do as you please. I have done nothing good for God, have I ?
Q: The property...?
A: I want you to do as you please.
In Seung's Questions (Dr. Lee's Son)
Q: In heaven is there a difference between the face of a Miss Korea and a homely face?
A: Those pretty faces on earth are still pretty here. However, those homely faces are endlessly beautiful because a beautiful heart is expressed through them and they radiate the light of God. Pretty faces in hell cannot be compared with even homely faces in heaven. Though our faces do not change their shape (a round face remains round and a long face long), since the true beauty of the face is determined based on how we lead our lives on earth, those who are trying to come to heaven by cultivating their hearts and characters are indeed wise.
Q: How great a difference exists between those who are courageous and those who are cowardly?
A: Courage and cowardice are not that important to God. Try your best on earth to come to heaven since the desire for heaven does not come from courage, nor are people ignored because they are cowards.
Question from the Medium (Y. S. Kim)
Q: Are you reading from your notes or just speaking as you think?
A: It is very complicated and hard to explain. Whenever I think, it just appears to me as recorded. It can be said that your thoughts are automatically recorded.
The Fundamental Meaning Of Love
Mrs. Kim! To describe the scene here for a moment: the present time is very precious. Many people who received direction from God are praying and are about to begin their work. Now, let us begin. Love, as the letter can explain, is the state of mind where you are acting with all your heart, sincerely and devotedly for others. In love, there exist conjugal love, spiritual love, and religious agape love.
Conjugal love is the love where men and women are connected physically. On earth, we can feel emotion when our bodies can meet and love. But in heaven, a man and woman without physical bodies can love. The conjugal love between those high spirits (those who are close to God) is like a beautiful picture. Since the bodies of the two become totally one when they love, they can feel a strong emotion through their bodies and minds which goes beyond the feeling of love they felt on Earth. It is like creating a higher existence from the state of a complete absence of ego. It is like feeling you are in a magical world.
Also, you can actually view the scene of making love with your own eyes. Couples on Earth make love in their bedrooms most of the time. Here, in heaven, that is absolutely not the case. It is not a hidden love, which you can only perform in your bedroom. In heaven, you might love among wild flowers in a field, on beautiful land or on an ocean wave. You can even love in the mountains where the birds are singing and the scene is so beautiful that those who watch you will become intoxicated. Rather than feeling shame or disgrace as you felt on the earth, you can observe the scene with a peaceful mind, admiring the beauty.
Hell is just the opposite. People in hell make love hidden away, and those who see the conjugal scene curse them. They point their fingers at them saying they are ugly. Those love scenes in hell are very similar to those on Earth.
Since spiritual love is not physically observed through the action of the body, it looks to some as though it is not related to those who live on the Earth. Yet, it is a love that is absolutely necessary to those who live on the
Earth. Since everybody has his or her own inner self, if you do not cultivate your inner self well, you are going to encounter many problems in making your love complete (becoming one as husband and wife) in heaven.
For example, suppose there is one couple where the husband's inner self is well cultivated while the inner self of the wife is not; then there will not be complete love in this family. Then what will happen? They cannot make an elegant and beautiful love. Yet since they have a desire to love, they will make conjugal love with only limited love, in limited places, such as their bedroom. Then how can these couples make a complete love? When the husband's heart to respect his wife and the wife's heart to love her husband become one, their love can develop and mature into a complete love. Since this takes a longer time to achieve in heaven, when you are on Earth, with your own physical body, you have to try to cultivate your heart and bear the fruit of complete love.
In conclusion, we should use our short life on Earth well, in anticipation of the complete love that will be awaiting the mature couple in heaven. Couples bear the fruit of complete love by cultivating and encouraging each other to achieve true love.
Agape Love Due to Religion
When God created us, He bestowed on us the capacity for unconditional love. This is Agape Love. However, due to the Human Fall and the subsequent changes over the ages, the original standard of love God gave to us has been deteriorating. Therefore, because of the resulting existence of hell, God and human beings endured much pain in their hearts. In reverse, by acknowledging the worth of unconditional, fundamental love, the path to the liberation of hell can be opened up and hell can be destroyed. Conjugal Love and Spiritual Love must exist only between husband and wife. However, by the destruction of this kind of relationship of love, humanity became separated from their foundation of God's unconditional love. God wanted to endlessly bestow Love upon us. With this love you want to give and give, and it becomes bigger and bigger even after you give.
However, since the foundation was destroyed, today, the road to salvation has become difficult. By establishing the true sense of husband and wife, we must love, trust and have a conciliatory attitude toward each other. Sometimes, we must forgive and reconcile with each other.
Therefore, by becoming one with the love God bestowed upon us, the road to the liberation of all humankind will be opened and hell in the eternal world will disappear. Accordingly, if we trust and love each other, neither hell nor war will afflict humankind. Because we led our lives without knowing this principle well, the way to the heavenly world became complicated, and the groaning punishment of hell came into being. We must cultivate and keep a strong love between husband and wife, and cultivate the fundamental inborn love God bestowed to us.
The Activity Of Spirit Selves Through Persons On Earth
Spirit Selves' Help for Persons on Earth
The spirits in the Spirit World cannot improve themselves without the cooperation of persons on Earth. That is, our spirit selves were created to live forever in the Spirit World based upon the foundation of life on the Earth. Therefore, unless spirit selves can rid themselves of the sins they committed, they are destined to live receiving punishment, forever. For example, when a murderer comes to the Spirit World, a horrible (cruel) punishment will be with him forever. He who killed a man with a knife, his spirit self will be stabbed with a knife; he who shot a man to death, his spirit self will have a bullet stuck in his heart.
Also, he who beat a man to death with a stone, his spirit self has to live with his eyes pulled out, and his body being bruised and bloody. He who killed a person by kicking with his feet, his spirit self will stay prostrated with his face down while being stepped on with his own feet. He who killed a person with poison, his spirit self will be collapsed spitting blood, and he who killed a man with an ax or sickle will have the instrument stuck in the chest of his spirit self.
Among those spirit selves, some try to hide the sins they committed on earth, yet they cannot be hidden despite their efforts. Those spirit selves also try to liquidate their past sins on Earth, yet it cannot be done as they wish. Myriad spirits are trying hard to lead a life better than their current situations; again, it cannot be accomplished as they wish. Those spirit selves miss life on Earth and are willing to do any odd and peculiar things to rid themselves of their sins. However, the record once entered cannot be erased. It is common for all spirit selves that they wish to hide and erase their lives on Earth (the sinful behaviors), and feel shameful of those lives being shown to others, yet it seems more tragic since their efforts to hide and erase are also shown to others so vividly.
How Do Spirit Selves Help Persons on Earth?
In order for the spirit selves to be liberated from their positions, they cannot avoid pain and suffering without the help of the people on Earth. Also, since they cannot rid themselves of the sins they committed, the spirit selves definitely go to the place (they lived on Earth). They go to their own flesh and blood, or someone related in some way, and keep sending signals. However, because those who live on Earth are not aware of it, unusual disasters happen, such as a sick person at home, financial difficulties, or automobile accidents. Finally, when the descendent can find out the reason, and therefore can pray and donate for that spirit self, then the spirit self can be promoted to a little bit better position (from his current position) in recognition of his descendant's services. However, if they do not know the reason, then there will be continuous accidents and mishaps, and people will die. As a result, there will be more troubled ancestors. Therefore, if a family cannot find any problems in their faith, but nevertheless has continuous accidents big or small, it can be concluded that this family has ancestors who have complicated problems. Then the fastest way to solve these problems is through prayer, with faith.
Now, the fortune-teller, whose spiritual level is rather low, can solve the issue, yet those spirit selves can only be consoled temporarily; their suffering and pain cannot be solved completely. This is the big difference between those who know God and those who do not. (The spirit selves can stay for quite a while, yet, as time passes, they will be the same.) The spirit selves do not have any solutions from where they are placed, despite their straggling and wiggling at their position. The more severe those spirit selves' lives become, the more difficult and complicated the lives of their descendent on Earth become. The spirit selves in the Spirit World, in order to receive the cooperation from those on Earth, come to their descendants mobilizing all sorts of methods. However, because the descendants do not know the method to solve the problem, the family's fortune will wane and the ancestors' painful lives will repeat themselves. Since those spirit selves who advanced to better positions with the help of the people on Earth can lead more comfortable lives, the lives of their descendent can be more peaceful.
The Relationship between Spirit Selves and Persons on Earth
Now, let's examine the relationship between the people on Earth and the spirit self in the Spirit World. The relationship between those two can be compared with that between needle and thread. That is, the relationship between the people on Earth and the spirit self in the Spirit World is like the relationship between the body and spirit. Also the relationship between the two is like the one between husband and wife who cannot be separated and therefore become one. Therefore, it goes without saying that the person on Earth should lead a good life when they have a physical body. However, it is when they no longer have a body, that is, when they already become spirit selves, they come to a realization that they did not lead a good life. I would like to conclude that when you live on Earth with your body, you have to prepare for the eternal life, summarize your life, and lead everyday life sincerely and faithfully.
What and how can the descendants do for the sake of those spirit selves who already lost their bodies? Their position can be comfortable when the descendent on Earth prays for them. Today, the status that our True Parents granted us, the right to become a Tribal Messiah, is an immensely special status. It is great that I can save my ancestors through prayer in my name. Therefore, because my life on Earth can be made comfortable by praying for my ancestors, thereby having them ascend to more comfortable places, it is natural that I should save my ancestors. Keeping in mind that this is the path by which we can offer a little help to our True
Parents, by easing the pain of our True Parents in the Spirit World, we have to complete our lives when we have our own bodies on Earth well.
It is so natural that we have to complete our duties as Tribal Messiahs for our ancestors' favor, and it also can become the path for those spirit selves who observed it, to receive a special grant.
The medium asked, "In the relationship between the person on Earth and the Spirit Self in the Spirit World, do those spirit selves who are placed in good positions without any difficulties still need cooperation, favor, or prayer from the person on Earth?" And his answer is as follows, "Since a human is composed of spirit and body, a dual structure, the principle is that those who lost their bodies should live in the Spirit World and those who have bodies are supposed to live on Earth.
"It should be assumed that there must be reasons the spirit selves send signals to the person on Earth. Because of the tie of the blood lineage, they are sending signals, sometimes for good purposes and sometimes for bad. The person on Earth should be able to discriminate between these based on the Law of Principle, and the spirit self should not confuse the person on Earth. Many times, since God does not intervene in the matter of blood lineage, we human beings should find rebirth through the spirit of God in order to live truthful lives."
Common Point of Spirit Selves and Persons on Earth
Since the people on Earth have bodies, there are times when they cannot do whatever they wish at their convenience. The spirit selves, though, do not have a body and are free to move within their position (through different degrees of freedom obtained based on the position). The person on Earth, though, has a body and leads a limited life everywhere. Spirit selves, though, without a body, can lead an active life in the eternal world. The person on Earth, though, has a body and cannot occupy an eternal place. Spirit selves do not have a body, so they can have an eternal place. If I list the differences between those two, it will be endless.
Now, let's examine the points they share in common. Both life on Earth and life in the Spirit World are only half the story. Therefore, each can accomplish only half. Then, how can the successful resolution of body and mind lead to the bearing of complete fruit? Before the body and spirit are separated by physical death, they have to finish their lives on Earth. Then they can be complete fruit. However, when the spirit person comes to Spirit World with their spirits not fully ripe, there arise problems. Therefore, to solve the problems, the relationship between the ancestors and the descendent becomes complicated.
Now, again, we have to bear in mind the importance of life lived on Earth. In order to live forever in the beautiful house God prepared for us, we should not live for the "half life" as our goal. I hope your life on Earth is the one that can bear the complete fruit of spirit and body and therefore greet the harvest season with joy.
While recording the message, the medium showed some doubts about Dr. Sang Hun Lee. Then he said, "Please let's stop writing the phrase, `I am Sang Hun Lee who wrote the Unification ideology."'
The Image Of God's Love
I, Sang Hun Lee
I, Sang Hun Lee, came to the Spirit World from Earth. My only purpose is to graft the ideology of the True Parents into others. This is because I came to realize that there is no ideology higher than that of the True Parents.
True Love and False Love
Love is a precious element God gives human beings when they are born. But the heartbreaking situation is that it was this very love that led to the reality of men and women serving two owners even from birth. This is the beginning of our misfortune. Human beings cannot truly live on the physical love between husband and wife alone. Love is the most precious constituent of personality endowed to us. Due to the human Fall, we lost the essence of love. Original love was overlaid with fallen and ugly love, so love manifests as artificial love. Love is located at the very center of God's nature. We cannot fully analyze nor disclose this love within God. Nonetheless, I am going to report on this fundamental love in the Spirit World.
God's love cannot be touched or expressed, nor can we verify God's love with our eyes. God's love is hard to understand. Also, the human brain cannot analyze God's love. God's love, though given to us endlessly, is never diminished. As when a water tap is left open, God's love springs forth continuously. Though we receive and receive God's love, we never dislike it nor can we ever have too much of it. On the contrary, the more we receive the more we become humble as we beg for more.
Though God's love cannot be measured by weight or bulk, it has infinite value for us. I would like to speak of God's love as follows. Suppose that the whole world received God's love simultaneously and returned all the love to God. Even if this took place, God would still have more love. Then how can the measure of God's love toward human beings be expressed? God can neither be seen nor touched. God is neither limited material nor a solid mass. Then, how can human beings express God's love, and how can human beings realize God's love?
I am going to analyze "God who loves Sang Hun Lee." Let's do it.
God calls me, "Sang Hun." I hear the voice clearly with my own ears.
Then a brilliant, glittering, radiating and reflecting light appears in front of, behind and above my head. Amid the light, a streak of light, unidentified, captures my heart. I, with my ability, cannot find the right verb to describe my feeling. It is like the peacefulness when a baby in its mother's bosom meets the mother's eyes while listening to her heartbeat. Even this description cannot fully capture my experience. Then, as God's calling voice changes, the brightness of the beautiful light changes, and I go into an ecstatic state. My whole body seems to be melting. Then, suddenly, I am standing by myself: I cannot see God.
How does such an enrapturing light come to visit a human being instantaneously and continually? God's love manifested as light feels different from moment to moment. Brilliant lights, large or small, and round-shaped as if in a fireworks display, come to human beings as lights of love, varying in splendor. The sentiment we can feel from the light differs according to the shape of radiating light. In addition to the love I have experienced, I have seen God's love shown to other persons. And yet, God is the essence of love.
The Image of God Is Fire and Light
Based upon what we can tell, that light is the shape of love. Because the image of God is fire and light, the elements of love in the human mind interact immediately when God's light is received. Just as light is turned on when you press a switch, when you see God's light, love can start operating and turn your heart into love itself.
The Reason for the Gateway of the Blessing to be Opened Wide.
God's original Will for human beings was for them to maintain the qualities with which they were originally created. But due to the fall, the original parents' descendants could not be born with natural love. God was heartbroken to see His children born with a heart moving in two different directions, being wrongly structured. Therefore, in order to solve the problems of having a heart with two directions and of having further departed from the original plan of restoration and God's authority, as described in the history of restoration, we have to go through the course of rebirth. By being born again without original sin (we can take after the essence of love as God originally desired), then we can experience the complete love of God. This is why we have to be reborn through True Parents. That is the Blessing. This explains why, recently, the True Parents widened the gateway for the Blessing, granting such incredible benefit.
Though recipients do not understand it, once they receive the great favor by participating in the Blessing, they become blessed people. In addition to that, while the True Parents are on earth, endlessly opening the way for myriad people to receive this special favor, those who receive the favor are the Heavenly people. Since they go through the course of rebirth, this is the period when the descendants of the people on earth can receive fortune and blessings without their having to establish any conditions.
Love Is God's Biggest Gift
Love is the core of God's image received by human beings when they are born. Human beings should inherit God's love as is. However, having gone wrong, the relationship with God was disconnected. To re-establish this relationship, human beings should resemble God. The best way to resemble God is to restore the original image of love as sons and daughters. Love! Love! Love! It is the fundamental power with which we can overcome and melt down every difficulty, and thus accomplish everything. Love is the biggest gift we received from God and the sealed proof that we are His children. Love! We have to strive and exert ourselves to find the love we lost.
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