Earthly Life and Spirit World
by Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Chapter 1 The Kingdom of God [Part 4]
Section 4. The Gate of the Kingdom of Heaven and Entering the Kingdom of Heaven
1. The Door To A Man's Heart
While the Buddha was in an esoteric state he said he was the only person who exists in all of heaven and earth. When someone is training himself to achieve the unity of mind and body, he can experience the divine spirit world. During that time, he stands in a totally objective position before God who is the subject. So we can say he is the only person who exists in all of heaven and earth. Once I felt that I was grasping the world tightly in my hand and it seemed to melt. If I wanted to lift it, I felt it was lifting. In that state, if you hit something, at the same time you will feel everything is melting. When you reach this level, miracles can happen automatically. The miraculous curing of diseases is a natural result of religious life.
That is why you have to cultivate the quality and direction of your heart. To be able to cultivate the quality of heart and pioneer the standard of the direction of heart, you have to find God who is the subject. How can you make the connection to God who protects you? To totally concentrate your mind, you have to start from your mind. That is the only way. If you brighten your mind you can surely find the direction in yourself.
Can you? It is like a magnet. Minus exists naturally where plus exists. Does it happen because somebody said to do so? It happens naturally. Then, whatever is in there you will feel it. Even though I am facing eastwards to pray, entering the divine state my direction can be changed. That will happen. Do you understand? That is why we can say the mind has a door.
Are you able to pray well sometimes? Everybody will understand this. Sometimes you can pray well. No matter how sincere you are and giving your whole heart and taking a bath before praying, sometimes you cannot pray well, and say, "Oh no." You have no control over when it happens. There is only one center. Based on the central point, North, South, East and West exist. Every location is different. Also every direction is different. When you go to the mountains, there are places where you can pray well. Also there are places where Satan is gathered. Those are the shady places. Spiritually shady places and sunny places are formed in this way. If you experience this many times, you will understand this.
When you receive hints, dreams, revelations and apocalyptic visions, you have to make effort to apply them to your life. Do not neglect them, because these phenomena are the inevitable essence for pioneering and developing the relationship between God and man. For your own life of faith, you have to open the door of your heart and develop the quality of heart within yourself. The day you achieve this is not the final goal; you should then apply this to the world you relate to. (76-143)
2. What Is the Meaning of Opening the Gate of Heaven?
1) The Reason for Opening the Gate of Heaven
Why do we need the Day of the Opening of the Gate of Heaven? God took full responsibility for all the mistakes which Adam and Eve made since the fall. He has to open the gate under His jurisdiction. He has to open the gates from the individual level to those of family and tribe. All of those gates have also been blocked. The doors for peoples, nations and the world have also been blocked. All of those doors have to be opened. By what? By Unification Church families. Rev. Moon has to open them. Do you understand? [Yes.]
God's strategy is to prepare small steps for achieving victory, from the individual to the family, tribe, nation, world and universe and even to the spirit world. Have they been blocked by heaven and hell? By whom have they been blocked? If Adam and Eve had become True Parents, the whole cosmos could have been united. But because of false parents, through the fall, the Kingdom of Heaven and hell have been blocked. Who can break down this historical world of grievous resentment?
True Parents have to do it. When they do it, they are not doing it from the position of a king or that of an imperial throne. Because humanity lives a suffering life in hell on earth and in the spirit world, the gate of hell first has to he opened on earth. Then the gate of hell in the spirit world has to be opened. Through that, the pathway is opened on earth for the individual, the nation and the world. The highway connecting earth to the spirit world has to be constructed. They have to connect to the mainstream. With the standard of unity between mind and body, we have to go beyond family, tribe, people, nation, world and spirit world to break down all the barriers. Everything has to be broken down.
The worst and last problem is to open the gates of hell and heaven in the spirit world which have been blocked. We have to go to the depths of hell on earth and open the gate of hell on earth. We have to go to the first gate of hell in spirit world and open it. Otherwise, nobody can enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only the person who wins over hell can open it. How can you win? Not by a prayer, but by God's love. Unless you can do this, you cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven. That is the reason why Rev. Moon paved the way from earth to heaven by opening the gate of hell on earth and in spirit world, centered on God's love. The name of the International Highway came from this. Do you understand? This is to break down the wall which has been blocking us.
The reason that Jesus became the prince of heaven and had the authority as God's only son was that he was able to love not only the Satanic world on earth but also the spirit world. The spirit world has been blocked by boundaries, such as between the sphere of Buddha, the sphere of Confucius. All of the barriers have to be broken down by a higher standard of God's heart than theirs. From the high throne of heaven, all the walls must be broken down, from the highest level to the lowest. The barriers of ancestors from tens of thousands of years ago, many thousands of years ago, many hundreds of years ago, and the barriers of ancestors of only many years ago have to be broken down on earth and pave the way to connect to hell. Otherwise, the opening of the gate of heaven cannot come about. It is complicated. (140-43)
2) The Origin of the Opening of the Gate of Heaven
These days, I greatly appreciate Mother. Mother had many very deep experiences of the heart during my time in Danbury. Because Mother met me when she was young and innocent, she has had to pass through a course parallel to mine. Because she has lived this way, Mother's standard has been lifted higher and higher. Because of Danbury, True Mother was able to realize much more the value of True Father, and understood how lonely it is for a woman without her husband.
As a result, Father and Mother conducted a ceremony to open the gates of hell and heaven. Now, they cannot be closed. True Parents stand as opposite poles. The poles are vertical, not horizontal. A solution can emerge from the place where the two poles connect. This is where the spirit world and physical world can be connected. On February 1, 1985 at 3 a.m. American time, this standard was established at Danbury and East Garden. With what kind of heart was this done? With God's heart, we have to act so that the force of love can connect us. Do you understand? [Yes.]
Now you know the way for the family. You have to decide whether you will become a brazen leader who will have to stand before God in need of salvation by leaving your position or whether you will go straight up vertically. The way to heaven is the way in which man and woman are united as one. Where does that oneness originate? You have to become one at the polar axis. You become one at the polar axis and must follow that axis. Do you understand what that means? Everyone has to go this family-centered path through the spheres of the tribe, people, nation and world following the principle of indemnity. Everyone has to go through this path because you are in the realm of the fall. (136-47)
On February 1, 1985 at 3 a.m., Mother and I established this condition through special prayer. It cannot be done without effort. From that point, all of the barriers of hell crumbled. So, whoever makes effort on that foundation can enter the heavenly world. Also, if there are good ancestors among your relatives, they will come down to you, and then you can educate them and lead them to the heavenly world. Do you understand?
The way of salvation has been limited to the earth. But now, by opening the gate, the way has been prepared so that good ancestors in spirit world can educate the evil spirits and play the role of savior. (136-187)
3) True Parents and the Gate of Heaven
What is the mission of the Unification Church? The Unification Church is different from other religions from the past, which emphasized individual salvation. The Unification Church wants to build the original ideal world as before the fall. When people perfect themselves and marry centered on God's love and multiply by giving birth to children, they can enter the Kingdom of Heaven. It is the original ideal world.
How can we say it is the Kingdom of Heaven if the father goes to hell while the mother goes to heaven, or if the parents go to heaven while the children go to hell? The Kingdom of Heaven is the place where everyone goes-parents and children, tribes, peoples, and nations. Because false parents created all the barriers, True Parents must appear to open the gate of the Kingdom of Heaven. Even God will not open the gate of the Kingdom of Heaven. If He would, why did He not do it since He is omnipotent? It is man himself who fell. That is why man, who committed sin, has to receive punishment. In other words, man has to find the Kingdom of Heaven by himself, because it is he who forfeited it. It is in his attempt that restoration has taken 6,000 years.
To open the gate of the Kingdom of Heaven, what do we have to do? God has to elevate the person who is in the position of servant of servants through giving him the special privilege to reach that of the son of God's direct blood lineage. Who is the son of God's direct blood lineage? He is Adam before the fall. Who is the adopted son? He is the archangel before the fall. Originally, an adopted son, as an archangel, is in the position of servant, so he cannot receive love directly. (42-286)
If there had been no fall, all people would have been able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven in the spiritual world on the foundation of uniting with the core of the True Parents' love, centered on God. Instead, all has been delayed. People are in hell and Paradise, but nobody is in the Kingdom of Heaven. The only people who can enter the Kingdom of Heaven are True Parents. If I say the Kingdom of Heaven is empty, people will think I am demented. But Jesus could not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. You cannot go there alone.
If our original ancestors had grown into adolescence and had established the positions of three objects of love, which is the ideal of love centered on God, they would have been the parents who could leave the seeds of true love. The Kingdom of Heaven is the place where such parents enter first. But until now there was no couple who were able to leave the seeds of true love, and also there was no foundation for the descendants to inherit. So the Kingdom of Heaven is empty.
Due to the Unification Church, the gate of the Kingdom of Heaven has been opened. But because Father did not go there yet, there is no one who has entered. Even Heung Jin is waiting to enter while he goes here and there with Jesus. I am not just making up a story and trickily telling this to you. After I checked and checked -- even worthless things -- and researched and ran through everything, I found that there is only one way to go directly. That is to go through the family, tribe, people, nation, world and spirit world and up to the heavenly throne. On the way, you have to give others directions with a signal of love to guide them. You cannot communicate with any other signals, or you cannot go. Do you have confidence to go to the Kingdom of Heaven? Do you have confidence? [Yes.] Can you go by driving a love car? If it happens that an angel of love can give signals to the love car, it can guide you to the Kingdom of Heaven. Even though this road is winding, it is a highway.
In 1985, Father at Danbury and Mother at East Garden finally opened the gate to connect heaven and earth. Ancestors who went to the spirit world many thousands of years ago came down to their descendants. If you enter the Kingdom of Heaven, you have to descend on earth through hell. If you want to go to the Kingdom of Heaven, you have to win over hell. Only persons who win over hell can go to the Kingdom of Heaven. Paradise is like a waiting station before you enter the Kingdom of Heaven after having gone to the depths of hell.
When you look at humanity, you have to look at them as one man and one woman. "Two billion people among the four billion people are women, and two billion people are men. If you say two billion, that is a man with two billion cells, and a woman with two billion cells. With that mind, I will love those two people." You have to think that way. With what kind of name? With God's name. When Heavenly Father recreates humanity, he plants 4 billion people and recreates the historical Adam and Eve.
That means that God chooses one representative man among the 2 billion men and one representative woman from the 2 billion women to be His first loves. These representatives are the fruit of the love of humanity. If you make the determination that you are going to love the 2 billion people of humanity more than the father and mother who gave birth to you, and you become a person who can love the 4 billion people more than you love your father and mother, then you have nothing to do with Satan because you are totally one with the realm of God's love according to the standard of the Principle and you are in the position of loving humanity in oneness with God. Isn't it simple?
Who can be the representatives? They are the True Father and True Mother. If you can love humanity more than you love the True Parents, everything will be okay. Do you understand? The gates of hell in the spirit world and on earth can open immediately. Wherever you go, it will be a highway. However, you have to pay the price for gasoline. You should not ask your father and mother for the expense of gasoline. I gave you a car, so you have to drive the car at your own expense. "Well, parents have to drive for me." You cannot say that. In the original world, angels would have led the way to the Kingdom of Heaven, not True Parents. It is right that you come to see the True Parents, to greet them, rather than the True Parents coming to you and leading you. That is not the way of the Principle. The True Parents paved the way, so if you love the True Parents, you can automatically follow that path. Everything will go well when you love humanity more than you love the True Parents, with the attitude of following their footsteps and loving the True Parents. You must follow the mainstream of heart which can be directly connected to the highway. Therefore, you can directly enter the Kingdom of Heaven from the earth. (applause)
Well, am I a man or a woman? [Man] How about Mother? Is she a man or a woman? [Woman.] Right. I am a man. Mother is a woman. When you look around this world, there are these two kinds of people, and there are male and female animals. Because of the fall, some men and women are just like animals, are they not? You can enter the realm of heart with a mother's heart which goes beyond the Satanic world. If you have made bad conditions in front of Father, then you have to try again. Throughout my life, as a parent, I have prepared the way for my children to go, through taking all responsibility.
If you stand in the place where you love humanity with the same heart as you love the True Parents, you will become one with the True Parents and stand in the same line horizontally with True Parents. If you can do this, Satan cannot influence you, because your heart is much higher than fallen man's. You can connect to heaven directly. Do you understand? [Yes.] To accomplish this, I declared the Day of the Opening of the Gate of Heaven. (140-45)
4) Our Attitude Towards the Opening of the Gate of Heaven
From the earth, I have prepared the highway and brought the victorious power of heaven and passed it on to you. So, you have to love the True Parents absolutely centered on the True Parents' standard and realm of heart, and separate from the roots of heart caused by fallen parents. By doing so centered on new parents, you have to plant God's love in your mind and body and attain absolute oneness. Then, Satan cannot separate you from God.
What will happen to you if you can love the world with a more loving heart than with which you love the True Parents? In this way, I went through the history of indemnity to save Cain-type sons and daughters as the representatives of the world. From now on, there is nothing in either the spirit world or the world of earth which can block you. You start from the earth and can go beyond the world and the spirit world directly to heaven. But if you cannot fulfill it, your way will have so many barriers. Because Father knew this, he dedicated his life up to now to prepare the way, and gave you the privilege to attend the Day of the Opening of the Gate of Heaven. I wish that you become a victorious person who can pass without obstacles to attain such a heart. (140-62)
3. The Front Gate of the Kingdom of Heaven
The way of true love is to live for others. You have to understand clearly that you have to live for others. If that is wrong, I will ask you one question. Raise your hands those who think, "It is a lie." I want to ask one question. No one? Because I said I will ask a question, are you holding back? Then I am asking you, so please raise your hand. (laughter) Then shall we go on, since you admit it is true? [Yes.] Do you feel bad or good? [Good.] If you feel bad, this universe feels bad, and God feels bad too. That is why we can make the conclusion that true love is that you live for others even at the price of your life.
If there is a front gate to the Kingdom of Heaven, when such a person comes before it, the door will open automatically, just like an automatic door. Will God then say, "Who opened that door?" [No.] As soon as the door is opened, he will be wide-eyed in surprise. Will his mouth open in astonishment? How about it?
The husband is given to his wife to live for her all his life. Is that good? No matter how ugly the woman is, she will like that and say, "God sent my husband to me so that he can love me. So I am a happy woman." Doesn't she say that? [Yes.] In the same way, the wife is given to her husband to live for him. The woman is given as a spouse to live for her husband throughout his life. Isn't that right? So they are a happy husband and happy wife. Why? They can become friends forever.
In the universe, there are always two actions. When they try to give to each other, there is a cycle of giving. If they try only to receive from one another, what will happen? Their relationship will end, and in that situation it will finally disappear. When you give to and receive from each other, you will flourish. When you want only to receive, you will perish. If a man and a woman do not unite, they will disappear. (128-298)
4. Questions and Answers on the Kingdom of Heaven
Where are you now? You have to know yourself. You have to understand where you are. Whether Satan or God can claim a person is based on the portion of responsibility. "This person is yours, that person is mine." Do you understand? Unless you fulfill your portion of responsibility, you cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Then Satan will say, "He is mine."
You have to long for God's love, the ideal love of a couple and the ideal love of children. With that attitude, you have to fulfill your responsibility. "Oh, I need money. I need this or that. I have to educate my children." You cannot fulfill your responsibility with this kind of thinking. You must understand this point. It is all trash. It is wrong.
Before you enter the Kingdom of Heaven, what will the gatekeeper ask? He will say, "Did you fulfill your responsibility?" In the fallen world, absolutely no one can go to the Kingdom of Heaven. There is no way to go to the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, God has raised the third Adam, going through the time of Adam, the time of Jesus, and to the Second Coming, centered on the providence for restoration, to break through in the fulfillment of man's portion of responsibility.
Satan will say, "Even though you give all the religious people of the world as a sacrifice, I cannot give this to you!" But God thinks, even if all the religious people in the world were to die, if I can restore man's portion of responsibility, I will do it. Now the reason that religious people can believe in religion is that they can go to the Kingdom of Heaven through fulfilling their portion of responsibility. Satan does not want to give this portion of responsibility even if he could take all the religious people as a burnt offering. He does not want to give this to humanity; but
Heavenly Father thinks that even if he were to sacrifice all of the religious people, He wants to restore this portion of responsibility. (149-323)
5. Heaven and Hell Are Not Places To Be Sent To
In our life of faith, we can never complain. Answer me, can you find any reason to complain, or not? [No.] Why? "Oh, I'm dying, I feel suffocated. What is it?" Can you complain like this? [No.] You have to be joyful, laughing while shedding tears. You have to go this way. You have to go shedding tears and smiling. Now, do you understand or not? [We understand.] If you understand, are you going to do it or not? [We will do it.] After I have taught this, if you don't do it, what will happen?
If you don't do it, there is no other way. God cannot help you, I cannot help you. Because of that, you have to decide whether you are going to the Kingdom of Heaven or hell. Rev. Moon does not decide. God does not decide. You yourself decide. Each of you decides. If you complain, it is hell. If you do it without complaining, and feel thankful, that is the Kingdom of Heaven if you maintain a thankful heart. (96-122)
The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place you go by being taught. A person who lives according to his conscience can go to the Kingdom of Heaven automatically. Look, when the sun rises don't all the buds of the trees turn toward the sun? Isn't that right? Trifling things like grass and trees can turn towards the direction of the sun by themselves. Furthermore, man, as the lord of creation, can surely understand the way to go. These things will happen. (75-42)
Section 5. Instruction Regarding the Kingdom of Heaven and Hell
1. Formulating and Actualizing (Seul Jeung) A View of the Kingdom of Heaven and Hell
Just formulating is not Seul Jeung. Seul Jeung means formulating and actualizing something. We are talking about actual results. The mission of the Messiah is to restore tribes centered on his family. We are talking about actual results. This is not formulating, it is Seul Jeung. Do you understand the meaning?
Through understanding the mission of tribal messiah, we have to formulate a view of the Kingdom of Heaven and Hell. "There is the Kingdom of Heaven, here is Hell." You have to clearly distinguish them. After you clearly distinguish them, don't go below that standard. Everybody has to understand not to go that way. If you formed your tribes properly, many tribes around you, even villages have to follow you.
2. The Importance of Life In the Spirit World and Life on Earth
Life in the spirit world and life on earth are not separate. Life on earth is important as is the life in the spirit world. That means that our eternal life is connected to our life on earth. Both of them are important. Nowadays, people who live on earth don't understand the concepts of life in the spirit world. They think that only life on earth is important. That is the problem. Even many members of the Unification Church do not understand that how you live on earth guarantees your life in the spirit world.
Because of that, you have to feel that it is important that you live for your eternal life through having the concept that eternal life starts from now and making the foundation of the Kingdom of Heaven. If you don't understand this point, you will go a different direction. What I am doing now determines my eternal life.
If they face each other, each will move. If one climbs up, the other will climb up; if one goes down the other will go down; if one turns the other will turn. So you have to live your life on earth to bring heartfelt benefit to your life in the spirit world. The spiritual and physical worlds are not separate. If you do not understand clearly about the Kingdom of Heaven and Hell, you cannot understand this clearly. In this way you must always work with the feeling that both the life in spirit world and on earth are important. No one can take care of your life except you. You must feel that you yourself know God. If you can become like that, wherever you go heavenly fortune will ??? people you. In that case if you are gone from your village "Where did that person go? I haven't seen him for a few days. I miss his voice, as I am used to hearing him in the morning and evening," and they will want to follow you wherever you go. You cannot keep it from happening. Because heavenly fortune is with him, someone who lives according to his conscience automatically draws people to himself, just like iron moves towards a magnet, just like whatever has life moves with all its tactile sense towards the light. This is the same principle.
If I am not here, will it be a problem? Within the concept of life in spirit world are unity and order. Through these concepts, we can make a standard for the world of earth and the eternal world. This is most important. Do you understand? (217-84)
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