Excerpts: The True Owners in Establishing the Kingdom of Peace and Unity in Heaven and on Earth
Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, Founder UPF and Mongolian Peoples' Federation for World Peace|
April 10, 2006
Excerpts from Mongolia Peoples' Federation for World Peace World Assembly III Founder's Address
Leaders from all over the world who are working hard for the development of the Mongolian People?s Federation and the Universal Peace Federation, which was launched as the Abel UN!
Hand in hand with the heavenly fortune, a new spring has finally come to my fatherland, on the Korean Peninsula. I welcome you all personally and on behalf of the members of my family to this meaningful event, which you are attending despite your busy schedules. I hope you will fill your hearts with the new spring of heavenly fortune and take it back with you to your nations.
Distinguished world leaders:
This is the third holding of the Mongolian People?s Federation Assembly. After inaugurating the Universal Peace Federation in New York, on September 12, 2005, I went on to complete a global tour of 120 nations in order to pass on my inaugural message. The message expressed that the Universal Peace Federation, in the position of the Abel UN, should be developed as a new international peace organization and that at the same time the United Nations, as a Cain-type institution, should be reformed by having a Peace Council?a legislative organization consisting of global religious leaders of the same rank as members of the current UN Security Council?established within it. I am referring to the founding of a Peace Council that will speak not for the interests of a particular nation, as the existing UN representatives do, but which will truly work for the welfare and peace of humanity from an interreligious and universal perspective.
The concept of the Universal Peace Federation, which was launched with such a grand purpose and objective, could not have emerged from any human brain. It is the greatest, the utmost blessing given by Heaven to humanity and is ushering in the new millennium. It is my hope that the Mongolian People?s Federation too will fulfill its duty as a partner of the Universal Peace Federation in achieving its noble goals.
Toward that end, I would like to pass on to you today a revelation from God that is absolutely essential to all 6.5 billion people comprising humanity. I hope you will all be wise enough leaders to open your minds and listen to the voice of Heaven. I will impart to you this extensive message of Heaven under the title ?The True Owners in Establishing the Kingdom of Cosmic Peace and Unity.?
The human mind is more elevated than the human body and the spirit is more elevated than the mind. In a place more elevated that the spirit world, to which our spirits are destined to pass on, resides God. Therefore, only when we have become completely one with God in true love are we complete. From this perspective, a perfected person might be a small individual but would represent all of history and all potential future relationships and so could be said to possess infinite value. Once we became aware of this cosmic value, we would realize that our lives should be led by and in service to our minds.
That is why your conscience knows and remembers not only every action you have performed but also every thought you have entertained. Your conscience is aware of these things before your own teachers, parents or even God is. Hence, if you were to live in absolute obedience to the commands of your conscience, which is your teacher for eternity, you would be absolutely guaranteed to have eternal life. Such is the way of God?s creation.
When viewing the structure of a human being from a different angle, we can perceive that God created us as dualistic entities. He created our physical bodies as miniatures of the corporeal, tangible world and our spiritual bodies as representatives of and lords of the incorporeal world. Accordingly, a human being is intended to live for a hundred years or so in the physical world and once the physical body ceases functioning to pass on naturally and automatically into the incorporeal, spiritual world. In this way, though it cannot be perceived by the eyes in our physical bodies, the spiritual world is the automatic and inevitable extension of our lives on earth, humankind?s eternal, original homeland, created by God.
As you can see, the spiritual world does actually exist. It is not a world that has been fantasized or imagined into existence. We do not have the right of choice concerning it. It is not a world we can go to if we please or refuse to go to if we would rather not. Just as God is eternal and unchanging, the spiritual world created by Him is also eternal and unchanging. In like manner to our living in the physical world in our physical bodies and forming all sorts of relationships with the existing world, even in the spiritual world we are destined to go on living in our spiritual bodies, and to form and maintain close relationships with all phenomena of the spiritual world.
The Relationship between the Spirit and Physical Body
However, in the relationship between the spirit and the physical body of a human being, the spirit is the more important of the two. The physical body lasts for about a hundred years before it stops functioning, but the spirit lasts eternally, transcending time and space. No matter how well a person dresses and fares in the physical world, he is bound to die. Therefore, before you pass on to the next world, you should achieve unity between your physical and spiritual bodies by living your earthly life in such a way that you meet the standards of both the physical and spiritual worlds.
In other words, you have the responsibility of perfecting your spiritual selves within your physical bodies based on the finite life you live in the tangible, physical world. This does not mean, however, that the perfection of a spiritual self happens automatically. Only on the basis of your having achieved complete unity between your mind and body during your earthly life by expressing true love through actions can your spiritual self fully mature.
In order for fruit to ripen and be put into storage in autumn, it must first pass through the process of spring and summer and be provided with the nutrients supplied by nature and the tender loving care of its owner. Fruit raised in an orchard by a lazy and ignorant owner will be afflicted with all kinds of diseases and be affected by foul weather. Eventually it will fall from the tree before it is ripe or be classified as worm-infested. Though it would be fruit, it would be different from other fruit since it would never be good enough to sell in the market.
Fruit that has fully matured on the tree will automatically go into the owner?s storehouse. Similarly, only when the spirit of a person has reached perfection in his life in the physical world, which can be likened to the tree, can it automatically enter the incorporeal spiritual world of the kingdom of heaven. In other words, a person will enter the kingdom of God in heaven automatically only when he has qualified for and enjoyed the kingdom of heaven on earth by living a fully matured life in his physical body.
While living on earth, your every action and movement is recorded on your spirit self, without exception and with the public laws of heaven as the standard. Accordingly, you will enter the spiritual world in the form of your spirit self, on which are recorded your lives on earth with 100 percent accuracy. Your spirit will show plainly whether you have led a ripe life of goodness, or a wormy, rotten life of sinfulness. What this means is that God will not judge you; you will be your own judge. If a person has been made aware of this astonishing and terrible rule from Heaven, would the end of that person?s life on earth be spent in selfishness and immorality, as a descent into all the temptations of Satan and in pursuit of nothing but pleasure? You should abstain from injuring and scarring your spiritual bodies at the risk of your earthly lives. Please bear this truth in mind: Whether you are bound for heaven or for hell is determined by your thoughts, speech and behavior in each moment.
This does not imply, though, that the spirit leads its own life or that it can express true love thorough actions on its own. Your spirit self grows, matures and finally becomes perfected only within your physical body, through an earthly lifetime of having actualized true love with your mind and body in a smooth relationship of give and take.
Nevertheless, undeniably, your outer selves and inner selves are in a constant relationship of conflict and struggle. How much longer will you allow this fighting to continue? Ten years? A hundred years? In contrast, there is undeniably order for all forms of existence in the universe. This indicates that God did not create us human beings in this state of conflicted disorder. You need to know that it is your duty and responsibility as a human being to dispel all temptations directed at your outer self?your physical body?and achieve victory in life by following the way of your inner self?your conscience. Heavenly fortune will be with those who lead their lives in such a way, and they will attain the perfection of their spiritual selves.
Bounds of Heaven and Hell
Ladies and gentlemen:
What kind of places are heaven and hell? What kind of people enter heaven? If it really does exist, where would it be? Would it be outside the galaxy, on the other side of the skies? Or is it only a product of our imagination? These are questions that everyone will have pondered and asked at least once.
In brief, heaven is a world overflowing with God?s true love and established with true love at its axis. It is a world where true love is the external form as well as the internal content of every environment. It is a world where true love is consistent at the beginning and end of life. It is a world full of people who were all born through true love, who live in true love, who live in the embrace of true love and follow the track of true love, and who finally pass on into the next world, the spiritual world.
Consequently, antagonism and jealousy cannot be found in that world, for it is a natural world where each lives for the sake of the other. It is not a world governed by money, honor or power. It is a world wherein the success of a person represents the success of the whole, the likes of a person represents the likes of the whole, and the joy of a person represents the joy of the whole.
Heaven is a world filled with the air of true love, where all breathe true love. It is a world where life throbs at any place at any time. It is a world whose constituent members are all connected to the true God through blood ties. It is a place where the whole world is linked together in an inseparable relationship, like the cells in our bodies. It is a world that is governed only by true love, the love that is God?s essence. Accordingly, God also exists for true love.
A Life of True Love
You should lead a life that is completely devoted to true love. Your life should be one in which you love God more than did Adam, Eve or Jesus. Through thoroughly actualizing true love, you should perfectly unite your mind and body and find and establish the realm of the relationships of true love. To put it another way, you should perfect a true family on earth, and at least the three generations of true parents, true brothers and sisters and children should live together in true love, because only then will you be eligible to enter heaven.
What love is true love? The essence of true love is not having others serve one but giving and serving for the sake of others. It is a love that gives and forgets that it has given and that continues to give endlessly. It is a love that gives with pleasure. It is the heart of pleasure. It is the love of a mother holding her baby to her bosom and breastfeeding it. It is love expressed through sacrifice as when, with pleasure, a child acts with filial piety toward his or her parents. It is a love just like that God expressed when creating humankind, an act requiring absolute, unique, unchanging and eternal love that gives without any conditions or expectations of receiving anything in return.
True love brings about the incorporeal order, peace and happiness that serve the common good. True love is love that determines the source, center and owner of the universe. True love is the root, and the symbol of the will and power of God. Therefore, when bound in true love, it is enough to be together eternally; for it is love that can attract not only the universe but even God. The value of true love lies in its power, which is strong enough to eradicate the walls of national boundaries, races, and furthermore, of religion, created by fallen human descendents. That is why the absolute condition necessary to enter the kingdom of heaven is a life that has been lived for the sake of others, that is, a life of true love.
Yet look at the world we are currently living in. The people of the world are caught in the trap of extreme selfishness, clamoring for material omnipotence. They have lost all sense of values and have fallen into the depths of self-gratification and degeneration.
Results of the Fall
We have come to know that all these problems are rooted in the Fall of Adam and Eve, our first ancestors. Adam and Eve, who were at the perfection stage of the growth period, had a sexual relationship before their rightful time, due to the temptation of Satan. In this manner, an illicit sexual union of man and woman constituted the Fall. This is why people have continued to commit such indecent acts?traitorous acts that drive a sharp spike into the heart of God?over thousands of years. They have been unable to escape from the realm of the fallen lineage.
A man or woman alone can only be one-half of the whole. That is how God created us. For that reason, He has interchanged the owners of the reproductive organs, the love organs. The owner of the wife?s reproductive organ is the husband, and the owner of the husband?s is the wife. Only when each is rooted in true love for the sake of the other are they in the position of the owner of their spouse. In other words, irrespective of who they are, all human beings can become perfected individuals?and not just mere halves?only when they have secured the position of an owner through marriage.
The human sexual organs are sacred. They are the palace of life, where the seed of life is sown, the palace of love, where the flower of love is made to bloom and the palace of lineage, where the fruit of lineage is borne. Through this absolute sexual organ, the absolute lineage, absolute love and absolute life is brought forth; and absolute harmony, absolute unity, absolute liberation and absolute Sabbath brought about.
For what reason, then, are we trying to restore the position of the owner of the reproductive organs? It is to possess God?s love from that position. He is the subject of three great loves. As the owner of the universe, He is the true teacher, true owner, and true loving parent. These are the true three great subject ideologies. All these teachings and truths are created through the life of a true, model family; and with its expansion, the society, nation, the world and even the universe will be transformed into the peace kingdom of the model, ideal family.
However, because of the Fall, the first Adam lost the original, true lineage and consequently failed to form the original couple and the original family. Adam, who should have become the true teacher, the true parent and the true king, inherited the lineage of Satan and was degraded to a false teacher, false parent and false king.
When we come to think of it, the purpose for Jesus? coming down to earth did not lie elsewhere. If Jesus, who had come as the second Adam, had not lost his life on the cross, he would have been of the original lineage of God, unrelated to the Fall, and would have reversed the failure of the first Adam, established the true family as the Savior of humankind and founded on earth the original human homeland, the kingdom of the world embodying the ideal of peace, that is, the kingdom of heaven on earth. However, the disciples, the Jewish leaders and the leaders of the nation of Israel all failed to recognize the Christ, and their disbelief caused Jesus to end his life in such a wretched and tragic way. Has there been anyone who knew of the grievous heart of Jesus, who had to leave earth at an untimely moment, leaving no child behind him? Though two thousand years of Christianity history have passed, has there ever been any Christian who stopped to imagine Jesus? sorrowful circumstances? Jesus left suddenly, leaving behind him few traces other than a promise to return, and though his physical body has long been buried and become dust, the will that God had tried to fulfill through him is finally in the process of being completed at this time, at the end of history, through True Parents, who have received the seal of Heaven and been manifested on earth.
However, the life of Rev. Moon, whose task it is to complete the mission of True Parents, has been one of sorrow, marked by inexpressible suffering and persecution. The third Adam, the True Parent, needs to restore through indemnity and completely reverse all the failures of the first and second Adams. It is True Parents? mission to not only complete the mission of the Savior, Messiah, and Lord at his second coming, but also the mission of all those major figures on whom religions are based. With similarities to God?s creation of the universe, his life has constituted the great work of the re-creation of humanity, where not even the smallest error is permitted. It has been a lonely course that cannot be discussed with anyone. It has been a course that took him down thorny paths through the wilderness?paths that he had to follow while utterly alone. Not even God could acknowledge him. Hovering many a time between life and death and vomiting blood, he has still had to rise again like a phoenix to remain true to his promise to God. Rev. Moon has had to endure imprisonment six times, though he was innocent: for working in the underground independence movement when he was studying in Japan in his early days; for propagating the will of God in Pyongyang, which was under communist rule immediately after Korea?s colonial independence; during the Syngman Rhee administration, after Korea had been reborn as a free nation; and, furthermore, even in the United States, which proudly presents itself to the world as a model of democracy. Who on earth can understand the eventful life of Rev. Moon? His has been a life of misery, which he has endured by biting his tongue, for the sake of our God that deserves pity, and for the salvation of fallen people of the world who are suffering in the realm of death. Even now, if one person were to look into my heart and speak a word of sympathy, my tears would become an explosive waterfall.
Heaven Begins from the Family
The sinful era of restoration through indemnity, the era before the coming of heaven, has passed and the era of the constitutional government, ruled by heavenly law, that is, the time after the coming of heaven, is upon us. You are now living in an era of grace in which, after receiving the marriage blessing from True Parents, completing the conversion of lineage, and leading a life of the settlement of noon, a life without shadows, you can automatically enter the kingdom of heaven. That is to say, if you establish a true family on earth and lead a heavenly life, once you die your life will be connected to the kingdom of heaven in heaven just as you are, and you will enjoy eternal life.
The kingdom of heaven must first be achieved on earth. What this means is that the kingdom of heaven being established in the corporeal world is prerequisite to establishing the kingdom of heaven in the incorporeal world. Therefore, heaven is not a world found in space on the other side of the galaxy, nor is it the by-product of imagination existing only in the human brain. It refers to the substantial kingdom of heaven on earth, which can only be created when you have led lives expressive of true love. When you leave the physical world on that foundation, you automatically enter the incorporeal kingdom of heaven in heaven. This means that only when you have led a heavenly life on earth, can you lead such a life also in heaven.
Only the fruit that has fully ripened on the tree is classified while in storage as a product of the best quality. Herein lies the reason why your lives should not be ones bound for hell, devoured by insects on the tree. You should never forget that you yourselves determine whether you go to heaven or to hell through your life on earth.
The Value of Family
The reason we miss the family we have left behind is that at home there is love for one another. It is where the love of mother and father, the love of elder brothers and sisters and younger siblings, and the love of one?s spouse and children and close neighbors are all deeply embedded. It is a place of mutual affection, where all relationships and affinities are brought together through mutual love. This makes you want to cherish each and every member of your family. It would be the yearning and desire of a wanderer that has left his family behind him to appear before his family once again boldly as a liberated being, and to embrace mountains, streams and trees, love his kith and kin, and sing songs of ecstasy. However, the lot of humankind, descended from the Fall, has been different: banished from their hometown and destined to wander around forever in isolation and defeat, human beings are unable ever to go back, no matter how much they miss their family, for they have lost the root of the heart of their original homeland.
However, with the ushering in of the era of a new heaven and a new earth after the coming of heaven, human beings have been pulled out of the marsh that was sucking them down, and the way has been opened for them to return to their hometowns?hometowns that they could not forget even for a moment?and meet with their family. Could there ever be a day of greater blessing for humanity? The time of heavenly power and fortune has now come for us to reestablish the original family that was lost through the Fall of Adam and Eve.
A Family of Three Generations Living in Harmony
When seeking after the lost original family, you should set out from the position of the perfection of Adam, the position of the perfected Jesus, and the perfected position representing the Second Coming of the Lord. God will dwell in such a family. That family would be one of three generations?grandparents, parents and children?living in harmony. You need to live in service and attendance of the grandfather as the historical root of your ancestors.
The family sets the pattern for living together in harmony. The home wherein parents and children love and respect each other, husband and wife are grounded in mutual trust and love, and brothers and sisters trust and rely on each other, and all live together as one, is the model ideal family. This means that you need to establish a true family wherein the stem of true love emerges from the root of true love and bears the fruit of true love.
In such a family the root of history is alive, and the root of the kingdom of heaven extends into it. It is in such a family that the kingdom of heaven on earth takes root. It is also where the everlasting root of kingship is firmly planted. The roots of the past, present and future are represented by the grandparents, parents, and grandsons and granddaughters respectively. The root of the past represents the spirit world, the root of present is the palace representing the world today, and the root of future establishes the grandsons and granddaughters as princes and princesses, and erects the palace of peace representing the two worlds, the spirit world and the physical world.
In such a manner, the three generations of grandparents, parents, and grandsons and granddaughters should live together as one family, serving the eternally existent God. You should know that to seek after and establish such a family of Cheon Il Guk, God?s kingdom, is the responsibility of tribal messiahs, the mission of the peace ambassadors, and the desire of God.
The movement to realize a society of mutual existence, prosperity, and benefit, by making humanity one great family, breaking down the walls in our hearts and eliminating even the boundaries between nations, begins thus from one family. Therefore, we should bear in mind that to form and establish true families is our providential calling, advancing the establishment of the cosmic peace kingdom on earth.
You should form families that God will miss and yearn to return to after He has been away. You should raise families to which He can come freely as a Parent visiting His children. That is living in the service of God. To such a family, God becomes the Subject of our conscience, acting vertically. Following that vertical Subject, your mind stands in the position of the vertical subject of yourself, and brings your mind and body into unity. That is where parental love, conjugal love, children?s love, and siblings? love?in short, the four realms of love or the four realms of heart?are perfected. Only in such a family can the upper and lower, front and behind, left and right be connected as one and circular motion continue.
If the world were filled with such true families, that world would be one governed by the heavenly way and heavenly laws, with no need for lawyers, prosecutors or even judges. Ponder this for a moment. Who would be most fully aware of your good and bad deeds? It would be your grandparents, your parents, your spouse and your children.
Is there anything that cannot be resolved within the family? When parents and children, husband and wife, and elder siblings and younger siblings set an example of living for the sake of one another, how could they do anything unforgivable? What chance would they have to commit crimes? A world governed by the heavenly way and the heavenly laws is a natural world, an unobstructed world of truth and pure reason, and a world of the settlement of noon, where no shadows are cast.
Esteemed representatives of the Mongolian People?s Federation:
We should all return gratitude and glory to God and True Parents for enlightening us about the incredible providential age in which we are living. We should give praise and thanks for eternity to True Parents for opening the time after the coming of heaven, which is unprecedented in history and which will never be repeated in the future, and for bringing about the era of the settlement of the realm of true liberation and complete freedom. Just as the sun rises with brilliant light in the eastern sky, heavenly fortune is now shining upon all people. The curtain of darkness that shrouded us for thousands and tens of thousands of years is lifting at last, as Heaven's will is taking root in your hearts. This is a path of destiny you cannot avoid. Therefore stand up with courage and shout out, ?Whoever wants to die will live, and whoever wants to live will die!?
The mission of the Mongolian People?s Federation has now become clear. Serving the Universal Peace Federation as the vertical Abel, and the religious realm and national realm of the world as the horizontal Abel, it should be in the position of Cain and work as the central figure in establishing the global kingdom of the peace ideal. I hope you also will participate actively in the Bering Strait Tunnel Project, currently being promoted as a Universal Peace Federation construction project. Through the completion of this project, humanity will become one great family and the establishment of a war-free world of the peace ideal, espousing the blessings of eternal peace will come to be.
Please become true princes and princesses that can attend and live together with God, the eternal peace king, as the true parent of humanity. Let us restore the Mongolian People?s Federation to the Mongolian Shared Lineage Federation by receiving the marriage blessing of True Parents and perfecting the conversion of our lineage. Please take to heart that this is the task assigned to you by God and become the true owners in establishing the Kingdom of Peace and Unity in Heaven and on Earth.
May God?s grace be upon you, your family and your nations.
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