Sun Myung Moon's Speeches from 2002
Address at the Rally for the Unity and Completed Settlement of the Parents of Heaven and Earth
Sun Myung Moon
June 21, 2002
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, brothers and sisters of my beloved motherland, and the seventy million people around the world who are watching this historic convention: I offer my sincere gratitude to all who are attending this meaningful "Rally for the Unity and Completed Settlement of the Parents of Heaven and Earth"!
We have finally entered a truly historic and providential era worthy of great proclamation. For six thousand years, Heaven and Earth have yearned for the ideal world of peace, that is, the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth and in Heaven. The Heavenly fortune of the present era supports our establishing it now.
Heaven has allowed the growth of religion in relation to certain ages and specific cultures as the providence unfolded in history. Humankind has worked with unceasing effort to realize a world of peace within this religious realm. In the end, however, everything will be resolved through understanding the content of God's providence and His heart.
Today, people talk about a world of peace, about one world, yet the real question is whether we can create harmony and realize peace within ourselves. Suppose there were an all-knowing God and a good person who had a firm resolve. If there were such, we would conclude that there would be someone determined to carry out that task of unification.
Most of you talk about loving, serving and sacrificing for each other. That is admirable. Loving one another means fervently giving to and loving another party, rather than taking or requesting love. The basis of peace emerges in an environment where people serve one another. Flames of revival blaze when people sacrifice themselves for the benefit of others. Flowers bloom and spread their fragrance when people serve one another.
Just as the negative pole of a magnet never fails to attract the positive pole, we can perceive and understand God through the power of our conscience. The more we approach God, following our conscientious mind, the more we can feel peace, happiness and fulfillment within our heart. If we follow God's love, which is the womb of peace, our internal organs will receive stimulation and vibrate with emotion. After having lived our life in this way, we should end it gloriously and with confidence. Even if we feel anguish about death, we should pray desperately as we pledge our commitment and fulfill all our responsibilities within our lifetime.
The world will become a pile of rubble, like an untended grave, if we do not pray for it to be saved even at the expense of our own life. We may dislike seeing someone's face furrowed with old age, but the wrinkles on that person's forehead symbolize the conditions for peace. Although our posture may be stooped, when we realize that this is a beacon of hope, we will rid ourselves of the resentment upon which offers evil a foothold to expand.
If we work only for ourselves, we become friends of evil. Our fate is predestined to reinforce the foundation for goodness through our lives. We must measure our life against that standard and realize that all people have within an evil self that lives only for selfish interests. You can separate from and strongly stand against this evil being that is expanding its influence with each passing day. Please recognize that you are on the pressing path of destiny and must increase your foundation of goodness yet a little more before you pass away. You must therefore constantly busy yourself without rest.
In my lifetime, I have been imprisoned six times and vilified in other countries for being a cult leader I have faced intense opposition. If the path of devotion to God I am walking is the central one, on which people of different skin colors can be found, I will go anywhere. I have always lived my life in such a fashion. Keep in mind that God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the saints can rejoice only when we become the elite troops of Heaven and gain success. Then a time of peace can arise.
Conflict within the individual turned into conflict within families, conflict within families into conflict within clans, conflict within clans into conflict within society, conflict within society into conflict within the nation, and conflict within the nation into global conflict. There will be also conflict between the spirit world and the earthly world. Only when the battle between God and the countless evil spirits of the satanic world is over will an era of peace come to our universe.
You must understand that God is working through such a process, according to Heavenly principles. The age of cosmic peace will arise only when, after clashing with Satan, God resolves all problems. Until the moment the core of God's sorrowful heart is healed, humankind will never find peace and the ideology of Heaven will never come to fruition in this world.
If a true individual comes who can liberate the sorrow of Heavenly Father and this world, and bring an ideology capable of establishing a peaceful nation in Heaven and on Earth, that individual will have to pass through every conceivable difficulty. He will experience desperation from the sorrow over personal tribulation all the way to the sorrow over the tribulations of all humankind. He will have to delve into the sorrowful and desperate heart of Heaven in order to find a way to resolve it. Otherwise humankind will not be able to push aside its sorrowful and miserable history and establish a world of peace and happiness, a garden of freedom inviolable by sorrow.
If you become a representative of the ideology of the universal Kingdom of Heaven, expanding the movement of God's true love, true blood lineage and truth, then a peaceful world will arise. In such a world, your own parents are not the only parents, your own siblings are not the only siblings and your own children are not the only children. If you can regard all people as your parents, siblings or children, then when you look upon the many who are suffering in this world of death, you will be unable to relate with them without tears. When you look at your siblings, or younger people, you will feel a strong sense of responsibility to save them, and with tears you will make every effort to do so. If you truly become such a person, like God, then the Kingdom of Heaven will be built around you on this Earth.
God's strategy is to take the first blow from Satan, do everything for his sake, love him, and later receive everything from him. God does not use force to take from the satanic world, but first freely gives love, sacrifices Himself, accepts blows and is even willing to lose His life. You must understand that God cannot sow the seeds of world peace if He does not apply this strategy.
You must lead your family and live for your nation and the world. Spanning the ages of the individual, family, clan, tribe, society and nation, you have to fulfill the role of showing the world's peoples and nations the right direction, based upon real experience. Having fulfilled this, you must be able to serve God from a mutually inseparable position. Only then will the spirit world and the physical world become a unified realm of peace.
You have to be the guides who can direct others from the position of the eternal leaders of the age when the Heavenly Kingdom is established, and be awarded a glorious official commendation of the Heavenly realm.
A person who fights and bleeds profusely in the harsh process of building a new kingdom of peace, a Heaven of freedom, will not perish. The blood he sheds is not the blood of death, but becomes the power of life. What he achieves in this manner is the base we have to reach, embody in our lives, and bequeath to our future generations.
"Oh, Heavenly Father! Rooted in the ideal of creation, your divine Will, in which you have always wanted to take pride, has reached fruition. The man you appointed has achieved unity within his heart, something in which you have eternally wanted to take pride since before the creation of the world." You have to pray like this before Heaven and crave for the day when you can move into the heavenly kingdom of liberty and peace where God can rejoice.
Who is the owner of Korea? He is the one who loves and values that nation more than anyone else. Therefore, if you cherish and love Korea more than anyone else, you will become the master of its people, even if you do not want to be in that position. Only then will the age of peace that God desires arrive.
We have to liberate God by dissolving His resentment. Any young man who takes responsibility to remove even a tiny obstacle blocking God from freely governing the nation, and who has a heart of serving God as a majestic and absolute being who can govern all nations as the Heavenly Kingdom of freedom and peace, will truly become a great man. The world will take a new direction in the future because of this young man. If you vow to be like him, no matter how ragged you may look, you will not appear ugly. Infinite hope dwells there. That person will become the foundation for God's hope and happiness.
Being in a position to be harvested, as harvested grain, we have to become those who are able to digest our feelings and experiences in order to produce happiness. Is it not true that the peaceful Heaven will be connected to the world as we expand this foundation to the nation and the world, as long as our spirit does not deviate from a unified state? Where does the restoration of Heaven begin? It has to begin from prison. While in prison, have you tried humming a song of gratitude as Jesus did, with an independent heart of peace, a heart reflecting the original standard recovered in the position of subject?
When the apostles went through that same woeful ordeal in the past, did God not give them the authority to open prison doors and be free to move, so that their situation could be transformed into a Heavenly one? God wants all of you to become people in whom God can have hope and expectation greater than He did for those apostles.
In the Last Days, there will be no way to survive if the direction of history is not reversed. We must show a new historical direction at all costs. This is the new historical direction of unification. Since history has come to its conclusion through the sacrifices of others, peace will definitely not come to the world if men and women do things in the same way they have until now.
How can we pass over the way of the cross? We have to put the good of the nation before that of our spouse and self, the good of the world before that of the nation, and the good of Heaven and Earth before that of the world. If we walk step by step without hesitation, the way of the cross, where all our enemies are waiting, will vanish. Reaching the flat highway, liberation will bring freedom, and the kingdom of peace in Heaven and on Earth-the ideal world desired by God-will be realized.
We have to look for God-centered patterns in that world too. The parental duty of loving children is the moral obligation of humankind. How do we gauge the standard of the ideal, original way, which God designed and the Unification Church teaches? It is grounded in parental, conjugal and filial ties, and the principle of the four-position foundation. As we dream of world peace and unification, this fundamental question remains. If it is not resolved, a world of unity cannot come. Please realize that growing out of the pattern of the individual male and female, a world of unity will emerge where the family pattern is established. Even if you, your family and your nation become a sacrifice, if there is an ideological system that can launch a new set of values capable of benefiting all nations of the world, then a new gate of history will undoubtedly open before our very eyes through that ideological structure. It is as sure as the law of gravity. Please realize that because this world is a world of sin and evil, the time to build a victorious Heaven within the evil world, following a single direction in which we can be delivered from sin, will come.
We are to love our enemies. This is the secret method of breaking Satan's walls that surround us. The realm of equality has never existed in this world. The way to create this is to make those who strike us surrender by sacrificing for them, loving them and praying for them. By giving them the same blessing that we have, a realm of total equality will come into being.
Since we have set the stage for the final showdown with the enemy in this way, we can establish the notion of founding a nation of peace for the first time. An ideal model of world peace and unity will start from here. To shorten the way to Heaven, the Messiah, a specific people, or a specific individual, had to take responsibility through self-sacrifice. Many saints have given up their lives for this cause, As a result, the rise and fall of many nations leveled the hills and valleys, bringing equilibrium.
The world established the equilibrium we see today in this manner. Equality is peace. Originally, Adam and Eve, after perfecting themselves centering on God's love and becoming one, could have come to stand in a God-centered structure of relationships. In the Unification Church, this structure is called the four-position foundation. Because we lost the means to complete the four-position foundation, whatever historical age we pass through, there has been no way to create peace, utopia or an ideal world.
An ideal land cannot arise through the denial of or breaking away from the Principle. For two thousand years, Christianity developed in the vortex of untold pressures, such as during the period of persecution under the Roman Empire. Why has Christianity, which even absorbed Rome, declined and fallen away as it has during a few decades in freedom-loving, modern-day America? This is a puzzle. Judaism taught belief in God and all Jews loved God, but Hitler massacred six million Jews. This is a deep mystery. The answer to both questions is that religions did not go the way they originally should have. In the Last Days, if the central people cannot align with God's original true love, they cannot help but be broken apart as offerings before Satan.
So, to reorganize the world, where should we focus? There are so many historians and intellectuals who pronounce on this matter today, but we need someone who can lead the world. Then how should such as person guide us? What should he teach? There are plenty of people qualified to teach us how to live focused on politics or political power. It is not because of a lack of money or imperfection of their political system that they can't lead us properly. It is because they offer no order of love that can be connected to God and His ideal. If we find the truth by which the order of original love and the origin of peace can develop on a worldwide foundation, then our original mind can rest for the first time.
The beginning and the end of true love must be the same. A person who could connect his heart directly to Heaven and Earth would be enough. Peace comes from a heart of true love. What happens then? With a truly joyful mind, the cosmos becomes our friend. If we have this true heart, then when we encounter the cosmos, its vast expanse will play within our mind.
In what manner will the ideal world come to humankind in the future? The world is doomed to perish if the proper use of our sexual organs is not made clear. We will never discover a world of peace. Look at Rome and America. The degeneration of the United States is not due to a lack of money. Until now they have not been able to recognize the origin, creation and ownership of the sexual organ. They have not known these things because of Satan. To clarify this, and to clear up all the chaos caused by that vicious and treacherous Satan on the cosmic level, I came, hoisted my banner and went forth in the name of True Parents.
As the wintry wind blows from a Frigid Zone into a temperate zone, the trees stand bare, stripped of their foliage and fruit. In winter, all fruit falls from the trees. But no matter how harsh the wind's blast, it cannot suppress the seeds that bear life. As these very seeds that demonstrate such hardiness and strength germinate, a new spring garden of peace for humankind will be found. As the spring garden of liberation and hope is found as seeds of new life are sown in the earth, in this new age of humankind, let us move into the temperate zone of liberation where there is no winter. This aligns perfectly with the teachings of the Unification Church.
To improve ourselves, we have to go the way of hardship. Is North-South unification easy? Is unifying ourselves easy? However much we may be able to unite the North and South, we still fail to achieve unity within ourselves. However much we may achieve world peace, we still fail to achieve peace within ourselves.
If the direction the world takes can be unified internally encompassing the past, the present and the future, the hope for unification can be found at anytime. That purpose is accomplished through one peace and unity. It is one peace, not two. But when can you unify yourself? Are we qualified to govern a unified world without first unifying ourselves? Logically speaking, it cannot be done.
If we seek to identify the most fundamental problem, the issue of unification is a serious one. It is the historical problem of the universe. If a nation perishes, it is not such problem. There were no nations in Adam's world. Managing just his own family would have sufficed. It would have been enough if the family had been intact. Finally, the tale turns on the unity of the conscience with the physical body, and the unity of the family. From a global perspective, the issue is whether couples become one, whether a man and woman unite. If that is achieved, the world will become a place of peace. If solved with true love, the world's problems will not seem difficult. This is achieved if you will only unify your mind and body, if parents and children will unite, and if there is unity within a couple and among children.
As this is an evil and belligerent world, everything is in a state of struggle. This is because the mind struggles with the body. The battle of the sexes has become an accepted norm. Where in the world is the foundation for peace? Not in Korea, not in Japan, not in the world, not in Heaven, but within oneself. If we do not bring peace between the mind and body that are at war, there will never be world peace.
How, then, will the world of peace come? What is the fundamental condition? We must discover the root of unification. If we cannot locate this, we will estrange ourselves from a world of unity forever.
When I ask myself whether or not I myself am unified in mind and body before unifying my family, I find that I am not. There is a struggle between body and mind, isn't there? There is no happiness, peace or hope when a couple struggles. In the end, the mind and body divide into two separate parts. A couple divides into four parts, there being two minds and two bodies; and there is conflict among all of them.
The Unification Church equips you with a logical, organized system that no religion or ideology can imitate. It teaches you to live for others with internal unity as a person motivated by God's true love. It can become the basis of world peace, the basis of peace for individuals, couples, families, tribes, races, nations, the world and, ultimately, the cosmos. The ideal of True Parents is that people unite with God in true love, thus creating a peaceful, happy and hopeful world unifying Heaven and Earth. No one opposes these ideas. Everyone welcomes them.
What will become of the world in the future? Regardless of sex or age, all people living in the world today are longing for global unity. That global unity is not a world of war, but a world of peace and freedom without national separation, racial strife and barriers arising through cultural differences. The world's people are yearning for a nation of peace and freedom corresponding to a unified cultural sphere.
A world of peace is a world of unity. To aim for a world of peace, there is only one way, not two. The world of hope and peace for which men and women, young and old, are craving, is a world of unity. Even within single nations, we see various organizations, each having its unique thought, methodology and objectives. Surveying the political landscape of Korea, the ruling and opposition parties seek to run their own party in their own way. How many different directions will there be? Problems stem from this.
Since the dawn of history, a great number of people have worked for world peace. But the number of those capable of leading humankind with hope into the sublime, unified world of tomorrow is gradually dwindling.
From where do we start to determine the structural system of society, going beyond all studies, research and conventional practices? The starting point must be the True God. From the beginning, the True God made man and woman through a process. If the True God cannot rediscover the path to the destination, we cannot establish the ideal of creation, the realization of the ideal, a world of peace.
The world of peace is a world of unity. If man and woman move in a direction different from that of God, a unified world of peace cannot come. The conclusion is that the two directions inevitably have to become one.
If we do not go beyond the humanistic world toward a true God-centered world, we cannot discover the way to the unified world of peace. In the world of mind and body, setting up a standard of peace is the most essential thing in life.
The mind is battling against the body. In relation to this problem, where is the standard of peace? Not in the world, the nation or the religion. To be religious leaders, you must be able to create absolute mind and body unity to establish the standard of peace within yourselves. The purpose of all education and all training and all humanistic thought is for the realization of oneness between mind and body.
You can believe in any religious teaching, you may be a wonderful religious leader, or a great saint reigning over the world, but you will not be able to achieve unity of mind and body on the same level as the eternal God in this fallen realm.
The problem is that in the individual realm of heart, if I do not settle the root of the peace of true love, then an ideal religion and Heaven are just a dream. To solve this problem centering on God, the source of unification found in the unified realm of the True God's children. God's body and mind don't struggle.
Then why do the human mind and body struggle? The father, the king of peace, and son must unify in order to unify the mind and body. The origin of peace begins from the relationship of father and son united in God's true love, true life and true lineage. True love, true life and true lineage must be unified where father and son become one.
We, the lineage of fallen man, must certainly know the original God and the ideal environment of the realm of Heaven. The way to Heaven will surely be found if we make a great effort to unite with God. This is the beginning of world peace and of the joy of the father and son who become one from the individual level to that of Heaven.
Therefore the True Parents, who are Christ at the Second Advent, will illuminate everything in Heaven and bring it into unity with the world on the Earth. They will realize Heaven on Earth and in the spirit world.
Through the True Parents on Earth, true love, true life and true lineage have been taught. All the saints and sages and everyone in the spirit world want this, but it must be accomplished through people learning the realm of oneness with True Parents on Earth. Then Heaven on Earth and in the spirit world will be established.
Beloved people of the fatherland, and seventy million people observing this conference from all over the world! You are truly blessed people. You are welcoming the age in which the True Parents of humankind have come, the age when the Korean peninsula can be unified with true love and truth instead of by guns and swords, the age when all the religions can be unified under True Parents' teaching, and the historical and providential age when the saints and our ancestors can descend from the spirit world and communicate with us directly.
I'd like to introduce the messages of Jesus Christ and the saints in the spirit world, urging us to go beyond the barriers of race, ideology and nationality, and build a world of peace. Please study this content in its entirety through the books that will be distributed.
I hope you will live happily and peacefully with the Parents of Heaven and Earth in the eternal Heaven, both on the Earth and in the spirit world, where everyone is in one big family of true love.
May God's boundless blessings fill your family, nation and the world! Thank you.
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