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Peace King

1 Peace King
2 Published By
3 Preface
4 Crown of Glory
5 Introduction
6 THE MAN AND HIS WORK
7 A VISION FOR PEACE
8 THE SPIRITUAL LEADER
  8.1 Dr. Richard L. Rubenstein
  8.2 Metropolitan Paulos Mar Gregorios [1922-1996]
  8.3 Dr. Kailash Puri
  8.4 Sohanlal Jain Gandhi
  8.5 Ven. Khamba Lama Choijiljav Dambajav
  8.6 Rt. Hon. Nagendra Prasad Rijal
  8.7 Dr. Ron Burr
  8.8 Dr. Nicholas N. Kittrie, KtSJ
  8.9 Dr. Jameson Kurasha
  8.10 Hon. W.J.M. Lokubandara
  8.11 Rev. David A. Hart
  8.12 Professor Sulayman Nyang
  8.13 Dr. Charles Selengut
  8.14 Ven. Cheol Ki Lee
  8.15 Imam Haitham Bundakji
  8.16 Sen. Mjr. Rev. Abednego M. Dlamini
  8.17 Prof. Masahisa Hayashi
  8.18 Rev. Bertil Persson
  8.19 Vlad Ciubucciu
  8.20 Ven. Shoshu Murei
  8.21 Eva Kanturkova
  8.22 Prof. Lianying Wang
  8.23 Dr. Carlos Enrique Peña
  8.24 Dr. Emmanuel D. Bezzina
  8.25 Dr. Klaus Rohmann
  8.26 Dr. Michael Higatsberger
  8.27 Dr. Paul Badham
  8.28 Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Kuftaro (1915-2004)
  8.29 Prof. Obediah Mpfurutsa
  8.30 Dr. Shuki Y. Ben Ami
  8.31 Dr. Clinton Bennett
  8.32 Holger A. Santana
  8.33 Abdul Wahid Pedersen
  8.34 Dr. A. Abdul Santoe
  8.35 Dr. Raheem Khan
  8.36 Dr. Raphael T. Keita
  8.37 Dr. Hisatoki Komaki
  8.38 Professor Irving Hexham
  8.39 Haji Roshan Khan
  8.40 Dr. Hoosen Auchbaraulee
  8.41 Qamrul A. Khanson
  8.42 Dr. Saifullo Safarov
  8.43 Tatiana Lee
  8.44 Michel Kamano
  8.45 Hafiz Farid
  8.46 Dr. Juergen Redhardt
9 Photographs
10 List of Contributors

Dr. Emmanuel D. Bezzina

Leader, Alpha Liberal Democratic Political Party;
Chairman, Family Rights Association, Malta

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stablished institutions, be they religious, political, social, commercial or cultural, have always had an aversion towards inspirations, innovations and initiatives that come from outside their established circles. Dr. Sun Myung Moon is a living assertion, like Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa were in their time, that with determination and perseverance a resourceful person not only can stand up to an established culture, but over the years equal and then surpass it.

Since the latter part of 1998, when I first came in contact with Father Moon and his work in my own country of Malta, I have had the undeserved honor of participating in a number of national and international conferences and convocations, seminars, study groups and informal analytical meetings, all organized by and deeply associated with Father Moon’s spiritual, philanthropic and humanitarian convictions.

In most of these international meetings, Father Moon is deeply engaged in his spiritual dimension and capacity. People feel his human presence and charisma even though he usually delivers his speeches in the Korean language, which few of us understand directly. Although he uses a prepared script, he always departs from it and is so obviously in his own element, communicating his spiritual thoughts and visions. When I see him investing passionately in this way, I am assured that his principal concern is the welfare of his fellow brothers and sisters; he definitely lives for the sake of others.

But what about when he is out of the public eye? While in Korea recently, I had the opportunity to attend an early prayer meeting at Rev. and Mrs. Moon’s residence in Seoul. There I discovered that even when the big conferences are over and the crowds of invited guests have gone home, Father Moon’s enthusiasm for spiritual debates, dialogues and discourses never ceases. Though he may be the founder of the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, the Universal Peace Federation and many other organizations, it is his life of devotion and prayer that most eloquently testifies to me what it is to be the True Parent.

I have seen Father Moon in the role of a devoted and respectful husband to Mother Moon, and the couple seem closer in love than many newlyweds. In addition, he is a dedicated, disciplined and loving father and grandfather to their children and grandchildren. Perhaps that much is to be expected, but what I also notice is that he treats everyone just the same, whether they are meeting him for the first time or have known him their whole life.

 What a moving, heart-warming sight that is! His message is simple in its forceful poignancy: without wholesome families, society cannot prosper and move forward; states will not be strong without an infrastructure based on authentic family values. At a time when the world at large appears to be losing sight of this essential truth, Father Moon is showing us by living example how we can make a lasting peace.

Through their holistic way of life, Rev. and Mrs. Moon embody all that is encompassed in the term parenthood. They totally and unconditionally give of themselves and live for the sake of not only their immediate family but also for all brothers and sisters in this global village, always expanding the realm of peace. They are True Parents.

8 THE SPIRITUAL LEADER

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