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Speeches on prayer by Rev Sun Myung Moon


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  • Beautiful speeches! Exposing the confusion of traditional Christianity. I'll pray that Unificationists can help them overcome the lies they've been fed about our Heavenly Father and about Jesus.
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  • Another speech: how wonderful. Let's make more speeches; while a billionaire eats off gold plates and thinks he has accomplished his mission and fulfilled his portion of responsibility: but is unaware of the existence of my Father Jesus; who happens to be sitting on the Throne of God as the LORD GOD of the New Creation; remember; a New Heaven and a New Earth: it's going to be a liitle DIFFERENT than the old heaven and earth: that I can assure you...

    Here's a missive to Tossa Cromwell and the rest at HSA-UWC

    Read it; if you are not too busy,,,

    Bless you all in the Name of my Father Jesus; in position on the Throne as 'God in His Roghteousness'.

    Have a nice Day the Last Day; in fact.
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  • 1. Prayers and Speeches on prayer By Sun Myung MoonHow to Gain Spiritual Help......................................................2The Importance of Prayer.........................................................6The Necessity of Prayer..........................................................17Mission and Prayer.................................................................29Lifestyle of Prayer..................................................................49Prayers by True Father...........................................................63
  • 2. How to Gain Spiritual Help November 27, 1978What attitude do we need to nurture in order to move the spirit world? We need to change ourconcepts. Our attitude is an environment that must be prepared in order to receive spiritualhelp. We must use Fathers words and make ourselves channels to receive spiritual power.Actually, the spirit world wants to be part of everything we have and do. They want to beinvolved to such a great extent. So whatever we may look at, we must search for the nobilityin it, and treat it as if it were owned directly by True Parents. Then everything becomes like anexpensive antique, a God-given treasure. Each object is waiting for your touch, hoping to feelthe vibration of God through you.Consider all things holy. Why does a handkerchief owned by a holy man become so valuable?Because of the vibration of the holy man. So you, too, should give all things a holy value.When you touch something, feel that you are giving it glory.The same holds true for the people we meet and live with. When you see another person, howmuch do you care for him or her? How do you feel towards that person? You must really lovethe people you meet, because they are the temple of God. When you touch another person,feel that through your touch, both of you will be blessed.Each of us has two aspects, mind and body. Our true mind wants to touch our body with heartand give love to it. We should think of our mind as Gods mind, because God loves it and thatis where He dwells. Look at each man or woman as a holy person. Regard each persons bodyas sacred and their mind as hallowed.If you live like this, soon you will hear inside of yourself a small voice, the sound of yourmind. Wherever you walk, no evil or darkness can remain. Only good spirits can touch you ifyou create such an atmosphere. If you place yourself in such a position, then spirit world willpour down upon you its abundant blessing and power.You must attract this power from the spirit world and then weld yourself to it. Make it onewith your body, so that even your arms and legs feel special. When you are in bed, even if it isa sleeping bag, your surroundings will become like a kings palace; your body will be restingin a kings bed.You must name yourself as the dwelling place of God. Then all good spirits will touch you.When you go to bed, lie down with a beautiful mind. Remove all ugliness from it. In themorning when you wake, come before the deep bosom of God, and then, when you go out toyour mission, you will embark from the throne of God. 2
  • 3. The spirit world is always around you, listening and attentive. Always be aware that it iswithin your reach. If you keep thinking this way, then you will be able to control yourcircumstances. Make yourself a tuning fork, resonating with and vibrating along Godsfrequency. Resonate with Gods unselfishness.If you partake of this resonance with God, then when you see someone, you will automaticallybe able to sense what type of person he is. Sometimes you will be able to see your own spiritman with your own eyes. Train yourself and discipline yourself to develop this capacity. Ifyou live this way, you will be always able to act in the right way when an emergency arises.You are in competition with the spirit world, so you must be determined to surpass it. Adamsposition is to control the spirit world, not the other way round. With prayer coming from deepwithin your mind, you can move a man from outside to inside. Become a magnet, a mover ofpeoples spirits; become a spiritual magnet, drawing people with love. Maintain this conditionor attitude, and then your prayer will become a reality.Pray with all your heart, focusing your mind and soul on the object of your prayer, otherwiseyour mind will become restless and hasty. In the life of prayer, you must make the time topray. Sit down even if it takes eight hours and pray; this time will never be wasted. Then youcan go out and work eight hours for God. Therefore, be prayerful now and then go out, youand God together. If you have to write a sermon, for instance, the spirit world will help youprepare it. If you go out, the spirit world will lead you. You will discover the feeling ofbreaking through; you will become selfless, feeling the power of your mind and body pullingtogether in harmony. So the key word for this kind of life is respect.Respect all things as holy things.Respect all men as holy men.Respect yourself as a holy person.Respect your mind as holy.Respect your body as holy. Pay deep respect to all people, no matter what kind of person theymay be. As a child, be respectful towards an elderly man. Think over your words three timesbefore uttering them and always have a humble attitude.Always share with others the best thing you have. Empty your pocketbook to give; then youwill deserve the best result. If you do not do good for your fellowman, you will have no sleep;if you have done good, then your mind will rest in peace. Unpack the dirty elements insideyourself and cleanse them. Open up the baggage of your mind and look what you find there.Dont harbor selfish feelings; repent publicly for any selfish feelings you may haveentertained. Practice the virtue of meekness.If you push yourself to develop these attitudes, then the spirit world must descend to assistyou. The spirit world is using so many channels by which to come down and participate inGods providence; they will choose the best one to use first.In the Unification Church a true leader must be able to mobilize the spirit world. When youtouch it, all kinds of phenomena start to occur some very strange, some very wonderful. Dont 3
  • 4. be manipulated by them. You be the subject. Dont let yourself be driven by strangephenomena; before this, you may have had to face these challenges all alone, but now youhave a clearer understanding.You already know the secret of tapping power from the spirit world; witness to others,pouring out all your heart, soul and mind for them. When I was in prison camp, I would pray,and prisoners would just come to me and stand there. When they were introduced to methrough the guidance of spirit world they would cling to me.You, too, can be like me. The problem is that you are often too distant from thinking about thespiritual dimension: holy things, holy mankind, holy temple, holy mind. When I was in theworst of situations, lonely and hungry, a revelation would come or an important guest wouldappear before me. When I needed money, the spirit world would guide someone to me. Spiritworld is never far away; they can cooperate with us. We should always feel that we are notdoing quite enough, and that we always have to try harder.Act with the support of the spirit world. If they are behind you, you will never be lonely, youwill always have energy and power. Even though you may be penniless, still have no fear.You can be adventurous and bold. On the road of success, the more you walk, the further youyearn to go.Who knows how long he or she will live? Maybe tomorrow you will die, at a mere 25 or 30years of age. Do you have some guarantee from God how long you will live? No one has sucha guarantee.A wise person thinks like this: "I have only a short time to live. Within this time I mustprepare myself for eternity. The way I live in the next two years will be the model for myeternal life." Then explode your sense of love. Love God, and love another person as God. Foran entire day, 24 hours, pour out your entire energy for someone. If you love a person likethis, even though you may die early, you will have made the highest accomplishment in alleternity. Then when God gives you more time to live, your response will be immensegratitude. Push yourself to live more fully. The person who expects death and then is givenlife dwells in the fullest gratitude.Leave behind something that God can praise. Each moment is so precious there is no time forworry or frustration. The person who recognizes that earthly life is short compared to eternityand, therefore, condenses his accomplishments is a wise man indeed. Think about what"label" you wear spiritually on your forehead. Ask yourself how many people, how manyclans, how many tribes, how many nations you have loved.Seek to become that master of love. Program your life like that, and you will never be a loser.Plan as if you only had two years to live, and then by the third year, when you are still alive,think of the joy of living! This is "resurrected" living. I still have so much to do love my wife,love my children, love all mankind. I have to love the Unification Church; I must payindemnity for all mankind; I need to liberate man from sin. I am determined to leave behindtremendous assets. 4
  • 5. When you work, you must love that business, love the products you work with, and, of course,love the people. Always give honor to the other people. God created us, but we are alsoshaping ourselves and restoring our original value. Return a portion of what you earn to Godas a tithe. Give one-tenth to the local church, one-tenth to the national level work and one-tenth for the worldwide level three-tenths in all.When you give to others, dont think that you are giving to them out of your own pocket. Giveout as though it were coming from a heavenly treasure. Then the person who is receivingthrough you is actually receiving from God. The spirit world can then help you, and God willremember everything and return it to you ten times over.Make your company a dwelling of God; dont just feel like a worker or supervisor. Invest yourheart in your work. Determine to make it a business that will serve all people. Then whereveryour business goes, it becomes Gods "love extension." Whatever you are responsible for, giveit your heart and soul on a 24-hour basis; feel like you are the parent and it is your baby.Whatever you do, think that you are carrying it out in partnership with God. Feel that you arethe second owner and pour all your love into it. The one who loves something the most is theultimate owner. When you give love, you will attain infinite value. 5
  • 6. The Importance of Prayer April 15, 1979Everyone harbors hope; there is no one without hope. How each one can accomplish that hopedepends not upon heaven but upon the individual. There are two ways of doing so-throughyour own power alone, or by receiving cooperation from others. If your desire is extraordinaryand great then your responsibility is also great. If you cannot fulfill it on your own, you needhelp from outside.When you start elementary school your purpose is to finish with a good record. In order tofinish with good marks your own effort plus the effort of your teachers is needed. The same istrue of junior high, high school and college life. It is not easy to fulfill 100% of your desire ateach level of study. What kind of attitude is needed? First you need total concentration whichleaves you time for nothing else. If you think about playing and meeting your friends first, youcannot fulfill 100% of the goal.From this standpoint let us analyze the life of believers. What is our goal ? It is to becomesons and daughters of God. There are many kinds of sons and daughters: An adopted son is ason; also there may be a rebellious son, a son of filial piety, and a son who is mediocre. In thissituation becoming a true son and daughter is difficult.In order to become a true son or daughter you must concentrate on the goal 100%, looking tothe True Parents constantly and thinking of nothing else. Just becoming good sons anddaughters to your natural parents is not easy, but how much more difficult it is to becomeabsolute sons and daughters of God. When you call upon God, your Father, He does notanswer right away. Even though you call upon God, if in your innermost heart you are notsure whether He even exists then God would not answer.What is the fall of man? It is nothing more than departure or separation from God. Man hasbeen separated to the degree that he has nothing to do with God. We are going back to restorethat original union. We can use an analogy from our world. Perhaps because of an unfortunateincident a child is separated from his parents at a very early age. After he is grown he mayhave occasion to meet his parents, but they will be total strangers to him; he will not knowwho they are. This young man must have some assurance that this man is his father, and at thesame time, there must be some witnesses to testify to the fact. Even if he knows they are hisparents, there is still some conflict and feeling of estrangement between the two parties.In order to become a true child to your parents, you must inherit their desires. Between thetwo there should be only one desire; their road in life should be your life, and your desireshould be theirs. Parents give their heart and soul to the children, and the children must do 6
  • 7. likewise. When you are in one union, even though there are two separate parties there is stillonly one goal and one desire and purpose. Then the fulfillment of each becomes the joy of theother. Fulfilling a task becomes the common joy of father and son. When you continue thatway of life for one year, ten years, a whole lifetime, there is total unity between parents andchildren.Today our task is to discover the true desire of God, because as believers our goal is to be sonsand daughters of God. What we eat and drink and where we live are not part of Gods centralconcerns; these are things everyone does. In the Bible Jesus said not to worry about where todwell and what to eat, that this is what nonbelievers worry about. You must seek God and Hisrighteousness first. What is His kingdom and what is that righteousness?For us as Unification Church members, that kingdom and righteousness is the fulfillment ofthe Kingdom of Heaven here on earth. When Jesus spoke of Gods kingdom, he wasntreferring to just one nation; Gods righteousness isnt limited to one nations righteousness, butincludes the whole kingdom that God designed. For instance, the American peoplesrighteousness is secondary to that of the kingdom, not primary. If the righteousness of a wholenation is secondary, then clearly your own personal desires are much farther down the line.Gods kingdom should engulf the nation, and the family and individual should come withinthe scope of that nation. Imagine that this large circle is America; within it are circles for thesociety, tribe and family. The shapes are the same and they differ only in size so they can allbe contained within the large circle. The crossing point of the axes is the center of each of thecircles. There may be a big nation and small nation, but the same vertical line cuts throughthem both. Everything is centered on that axis, and that alignment can be connected to oneprimary desire.An individual trying to achieve the highest goal does not have to leave his own country orsociety or family; he must actually go to each of them and penetrate each stage. Another wayof depicting this is to picture you as a locomotive pulling a family behind you, plus a society,nation and world. All of these can be aligned behind you. When you move, the train of thefamily, nation and world and spirit world moves behind you.Does this concept apply in the context of todays America? This is the so-called "megeneration," and among other things it means that America is totally isolating herself from therest of the world. God is trying to fulfill one harmonized world, and so when anyone thinks inselfish fashion he is a traitor to Gods own desire. Americans say they dont care about theircountry. There are people of all five colors of skin in this country, and if they only care abouttheir own race then in Gods sight they are the most traitorous foe. They are causing barriers toemerge between the races, which is totally opposite to Gods will.I want you to understand that Gods will always centers on one focal point for everyone-forthe family, nation, world and cosmos. Thats the way God designed the world. What is thatcenter? That central principle or axis of the universe is the fatherson relationship. In anyfamily there is a fatherson axis and everything else surrounds that. When one family assumesthe father position, other families assume the sons position. 7
  • 8. Any corporation operates the same way; the president is in the fathers position and theemployees are in the childrens position. The concept should be that the employer is workingfor the sake of the employees and each employee is working not for his boss, but for thewellbeing of his own corporate family. A head of state is in the parental position and thepeople are in the childrens position. A true central figure should be thinking like a fatherwould think. Without that parental heart anyone in that position is a false central person.The criterion of comparison is whether he is better or worse than your own father. The peopleshould love the central figure of their nation like their own father, because after all, their ownnatural fathers are also in the position of children to that per son. Those fathers would expecttheir children to love the head of state and the nation more than their own fathers. With thisviewpoint the children can participate in patriotic action even to the extent of giving up theirown lives and sacrificing their own families. Above the president of the nation should besomeone in the position of president of the entire world. The head of state should be loyal tothe president of the world to the same degree. Almighty God resides above that man, and heshould be loyal to God in the same fashion that everyone is loyal to him.Why should it be like this? From the individual to God there should be one central connectingaxis, with the result that everything in between is like a bridge between the individual andGod. In any company operating under this principle the president would serve his employeeslike a father would his own children. The employees would work for the wellbeing of thecompany just as children would for their father, and naturally such a company would prosperand be righteous.What about the Unification Church in light of this principle? The Unification Church is boundtogether by the fatherson relationship, but our purpose is not to advance the wellbeing of theChurch. We are here to accomplish something greater for the sake of the world and cosmos. Ialways teach you to sacrifice yourselves to help the nation and God, never to live for theprosperity of the Unification Church. If we truly practice this ideology then it has to becomethe central theme of the world. Then we can use the Unification Church as a ladder, going allthe way to the top with the same principle. You are working toward being tribal messiahs,then national and world messiahs, all the way to God.When I was searching after the Principle I spent many agonized nights in prayer, and thecentral theme of those prayers was to understand what the central axis and core principle ofthe universe was. Ultimately the answer came that the central axis was the fathersonrelationship, which I have just explained. When we live up to that principle then we are goingto bring a world of peace and unity. Since the universe is organized this way when you lookhorizontally at other people you are seeing no one else but your brothers and sisters. You arelinked together because you have common parents.If the younger children serve and love their elder brother more than their parents, would theparents be jealous? No, they would smile ear to ear to see such an exchange of love betweentheir children. I know you love me and love God, but when I look at you I want to see whetheryou have that love among yourselves. That becomes my joy and something beautiful tobehold. In order to become true sons and daughters you must first love each other more than 8
  • 9. your parents; that is the most beautiful gift you can give your parents. If you are loving in thatway then you are positioning yourself closest to the parents. Then even if you dont knowPrinciple intellectually, no one could say you dont know the truth.In the Unification Church we have a common rule about who is the true member of theChurch; he is the one who truly loves his brothers and sisters. Not only I think that way, butcompany presidents, national and world leaders should think that way as well. God Himself isthat way. Do you think there are different principles working on each different level? Wouldyou welcome this principle of love if this works in every different situation?To become sons and daughters of God you have to move the heart of God and entice His love.If a person leaves for a faraway place, would he be separated and not have anything to do withthis theme? Whether a poplar tree is at Belvedere or New York, it is still a poplar tree.Wherever you go, this principle shall remain as the standard. If you want to dive by anotherprinciple, I say to you, go ahead and try to find a better one. Do you agree that Gods kingdomand righteousness shall be built by this fatherson relationship?When this relationship is expanded horizontally it is known as the subject object relationship.Right now I am subject and you are objects. When you are united in that relationship withothers, even a piece of chalk can be very precious. In this relationship everything you do isrewarding and serves a purpose. Of itself studying is nothing, but when you take the centralposition and have a purpose, studying becomes very important. Instead of saying you hateyour books, you really love them.No matter what you see in this universe, when you think it is related to you in this subjectobject relationship, everything becomes very important all of a sudden. With this point ofview you are a dynamo and ambassador of the love of God and there is nothing that is notlovable or precious. There is happiness and harmony wherever you go when you are a subjectof the love of God. I dont think God could think up any better way than this.Our job today is not to seek what to eat or drink or where to live but to seek Gods kingdomand His righteousness. Now we know where to look. God is not unaware that you need foodand shelter, but He knows that when you take care of the important things first theneverything else will be taken care of. You have to decide to win the love of God first.Words are cheap and this sounds good, but how far are you from realizing this? When youlook at yourself you know better than I do where you are in terms of realizing this. Is therealization of it quite far away or close at hand? As an ideal this sounds good, but living it isanother thing entirely. Maybe you think you are not cut out for such a life because you can seemany, many problems to be solved. The problems of the family are as big as the family; theproblems of the nation are as big as the nation. The problems of the world and universe are asbig as the world and universe. How can you cope with such vast and complex problems?The easiest thing you can do is just give up, right? But thats no solution. If your capacity isnot adequate then you must seek the help of others. Where can you get the necessary help and 9
  • 10. guidance? Is there anyone to turn to? Now we have come to the topic of todays message, theimportance of prayer.The most important thing in prayer is the attitude of the person who is praying. The mostessential thing is your commitment to go toward this destiny without reservation. If anythingwants to block you, you have to be decided that it will never stop you. Unless you have thatcommitment first, God will not waste His time trying to help you. He has always beendeceived in history, so what God needs to see is proof of what you are and how strong yourcommitment is. You may tell God you are totally committed, but He will shake His head andthink, "I have to wait three more years and see." If God sees that something isnt quite right inyou, He wild wait before sending down His help. God needs to be sure.God is foolish if He gives His help freely but then at the end of several years the person is allin pieces. If I were God I would also wait and see. Suppose you were God; what would youdo? You may tell God, "You see I am living as a Moonie and I will die as one." Then God willnotice and look more closely, but no matter how firmly you pray, without this basiccommitment nothing will happen and you will be wasting your time. A decisive attitude is thekey.Do you think I made a commitment to God that I would never change, not for fifty years orthe rest of my life? I prayed first for the absolute faith which could say, "Even if not a singleperson in this world can believe, I will believe and follow in whatever incredible course Yougive me." Second, I asked for absolute knowledge and wisdom. Third, I asked for absolutelove. I prayed for these three things throughout my life, and now in looking back I see thatthey have been fulfilled, even when I didnt know it was happening. There is no other powerthat could go beyond the boundary of race and nation. Since God could give me this absolutewisdom, I could search and find the Divine Principle and the truth about the world.An attitude of absoluteness is the basis for everything. Nowadays most of you think in termsof when you will get married, thinking that you are getting older and older. If this worries youthen your absolute commitment is starting to shake. Instead of shrinking, you can make yourcommitment much thicker by thinking, "Marriage? That doesnt bother me or change mycommitment. " When you face great problems and agony, after you finally overcome themyour faith will be like iron. When you can see the kind of obstacle that might confront you,you can clear the field.Suppose you have been married for some time and are deeply in love, but then suddenly yourwife or husband dies. Would all of heaven and earth crumble for you? That might be the verymoment you could curse God for taking your loved one away, but instead you can thank Himfor His grace in giving you a situation that will strengthen your faith. Then your belief canbecome stronger instead of weaker. God is a parent, and if He takes a loved one away it is notbecause He hates you but for some greater reason. If you can accept it and have faith in thatpurpose then you are ready for another challenge.In our Unification Church faith the most beautiful word is indemnity; through indemnity wecan pay the debt of sin. You can think that no one else could stand such a burden of 10
  • 11. indemnity, so God is asking you to pay instead as His champion. You can accept it with athankful heart. When you compare the time you spend without the person you loved with themillions of years your generations will live, your payment of indemnity is small incomparison to the blessing God will give you and your descendants. If the death of your lovedone was really accidental and not direct intervention of God, yet you pray with this attitude ofgratitude, then God will feel that He has really found an extraordinary child and His blessingwill automatically be yours. Your attitude will decide the amount of blessing.Are you ready? If an extraordinary grief or tragedy hits you, are you ready to thank God andask what is next? You know the law of indemnity; you cannot expect only good things andthen curse God when unpleasant things happen. With knowledge of indemnity there should benothing you cannot bear. That is the attitude of those who truly know God. When you firstjoin this Church your eyes might be bright and filled with fervor, but after three years youreyes get a little duller, dont they? No? Ten years later? It is easy to say no, isnt it? But do youreally have confidence?Prayer is an absolute necessity. You may kneel all the way down to pray, but the mostimportant thing is that you create an environment of commitment first. Unless your basicattitude is ready, no amount of prayer will be useful. In the Christian world today many peoplepray every day, but do you think they pray to destroy the Christian churches? No, they prayfor prosperity, but the churches are crumbling nevertheless. Do you pray for the sake of theUnification Church? You dont have to pray for the Unification Church; pray for the bigthings-the nation, the world, the liberation of God. What you are really doing then is prayingfor a cross even bigger than the Unification Church.If you pray for yourself or for things smaller than the Church then God will not answerbecause He is not interested in listening to such boring prayer. When you talk about the nationand world, He gets excited and starts looking for ways to help. This is training for how to lovegreater things. If you really live like that then even if you dont have time to pray God will stillback you up.In churches today people pray for their denominations, their social security check or theirfamily problems and their pet. Gods ears hurt when He hears those prayers and He will plugHis ears. If those people prayed for God to use their church to help save the world and liberateGod, He would perk up and be amazed because God is a person just like you. When you onlytalk about yourself in your prayer, God is thoroughly bored and nothing will happen. But ifyou pray for His righteousness and His kingdom, He will be caught up in your passion.In order to fulfill bigger things you need an adventurous mind willing to take risks. Then Godwill tell you not to worry, that He is right behind you. If you throw yourself into overcomingthe stone walls and persecution before you, God will take up your battle for He knows who isjust and who is unjust. But first God will watch, giving you a chance to knock your opponentdown with your own capability. This is the same thing a father and mother would do. If youcome running to God to ask for help before you even confront your enemy, He, like anyparent, will be ashamed to hear you and will send you back out again. Create a good problem:be a heavenly troublemaker instead. 11
  • 12. I came to America and became a good troublemaker, and thats why America doesnt like me.America has built a prosperous society, but I came to shake this nation and Americans resentmy disturbing their peace. But I did not come to destroy America, only to warn this nation thatthere is danger ahead. Someone has to warn the people and bring them out of disaster. Youknow there is a big battle coming so you must ready yourself in body and spirit. After you gofirst you can ask God to come and help you with anything you lack. Then God will say, "Goahead. I am right behind you."If you seriously sit down and pray in those circumstances, God will encourage you. As soonas proof of your commitment comes to God, an avalanche of help will come to you. I havehad the experience of thinking about some problem and not even praying about it, but alreadyGod knew my thoughts and went one step ahead of me. When I discovered that my thinkinghad been fulfilled, He smiled and said, "See what I did?"You need the basic attitude of sincerity as a foundation of prayer. Otherwise, no prayer willwork. More important for creating that atmosphere is to go out and serve one more person,knock on one more door, receive more persecution. That is more valuable than sitting forhours in a dark room praying. Prayer is only needed after you have exerted all your energyand it was not enough. Then you can ask God to come help. When you can do it then youdont have to ask God, but can tell Him to relax. The prayer for all seasons is the prayer forGods kingdom and His righteousness.Do you think God prays sometimes? Sometimes without thinking a parent murmurs to himselfor herself, "Oh, I wish my son would do this, or be that way." That is Gods prayer also. Godis murmuring about you, about me and about the Unification Church because this is anemergency and He is engrossed in His concern. That is Gods prayer. You dont even have tosit down to pray; you can just talk to yourself as you go, whispering and murmuring yourconcern. Thats prayer. In our case praying and doing is our life. Praying and waiting is notour life.If you pray unconsciously in everyday life then undoubtedly you are becoming sons anddaughters of prayer. you give your last ounce of energy but it is not enough, then ask God forassistance and your prayer will be answered. If that were not the case, how could we eversubjugate Satan? Satan has given unending anguish and heartbreak to God for 6,000 years andif there were no way we could finally subjugate him then there would be no end to it. Theremust be a way.The power of prayer works wonders, but prayer must be serious and done with one unitedheart, not a divided heart. When the moment of engagement comes, it is a most seriousmoment for both men and women, but in the Unification Church it is different because youleave it to me. Do you realize what a formidable job it is to pick your own spouse? In thatmoment you become dead serious, but prayer is even more serious than that. If you pray withthat attitude then it will be answered. If your parents are on their deathbed it is a seriousmoment, and the words you speak then are urgent. There is no way you could doze at thattime. Your prayer to God is more serious than that. 12
  • 13. Prayer is like a covenant between you and God, a promise. Once you make a contract, youfollow through and then it will undoubtedly be fulfilled. That is the attitude I am talkingabout. You must not be disappointed when prayer is not answered immediately. Someanswers come late. At other times you should not be overjoyed when prayer is answeredquickly. That is not necessarily the best thing.Because you are surrounded by the world there are many stages to go through horizontallyand vertically. The answer to prayer does not come from you but down from heaven and ittakes time to reach you. There have been many foolish people who received answers to theirprayers up to a point but who didnt go the final inch, and when they werent satisfied theybetrayed God. When you pray for the world you may not see things changing immediatelyaround you, but far away the communist world starts to crumble. The impact of prayer can befelt in a faraway place. If you are in the Abel position, the answer comes from Cain and takestime to reach you.You must think that your prayer today may not be fulfilled until thousands of years from now.I pray such prayers. I am not praying just for this world today; I am praying for 1,000 and2,000 years from now. If that prayer makes a bridge between that time and now then theUnification Church will continue to flourish even a long time after I am gone from the earth.That kind of prayer is needed.If many of you pray that kind of eternal prayer, the world will start to shake and the impact befar-reaching. The root of that prayer is your tears, sweat and blood, and out of it beautifulflowers will blossom. When Jesus prayed on Gethsemane he was deadly serious, sheddingtears, sweat and blood. All day long you must be in a prayer mood, not just one hour, but 24hours. What prayer position do you prefer? The best is to kneel and lower your head. Youhave to restrict your bodys freedom, as though it were bound. You will feel pain, butovercome it because you must be serious. Then God will know your attitude. That is anecessity for prayer. Without prayer Jesus and the saints could not have done the great thingsthat had an impact on the world. When you resort to the power of prayer you can have hopebecause you never know when the fulfillment will come.My prayer is centered on the culmination of the third seven year course. You may think I relaxwhen I am alone, but there is no moment of relaxation because my mind is alwaysconcentrated on the completion of the third seven year course. You must understand theimportance of prayer and have conviction that prayer will be answered. Through prayer youcan receive power.Through prayer you can receive visions into the future and guide yourself accordingly. Youwill know what kind of difficulty is coming and how to divert it and overcome. If you knowhow to steer yourself then you can do big things, and prayer alone can pioneer such a path. Itis more important than eating. I go out to nature because it gives me a better environment forprayer, and I love nature for that reason. I love the quiet of midnight. I dont say much aboutthe visions I receive, but if you receive them then dont you think I do too? That kind of newworld can only be reached through prayer. In that position you can taste love. This world isdesertlike, but the world created through prayer has a climate where love can thrive. 13
  • 14. You must learn how to generate your own power. You cannot expect that I will always pullyou and push you out. You must make yourself self propelling. In order to do that, prayermust be the diet of your life. Whether people recognize your efforts or not, you must do yourduty enthusiastically because you have a covenant with God. Day and night you move on;there is no pause. That is a living testimony.Every several years my topic of prayer changes, which shows progress to a new era. In aprayerful mind I know precisely what time it is in Gods timetable. That kind of preparation isnecessary for self perfection, and you must learn it through the power of prayer. Do you prayin the way I taught you today, for His kingdom and righteousness? Pray that this country canbecome a center of Gods righteousness. Your country has seen many fervent patriots, but youmust pray with more fervor than any of them. If your concern for this country is greater thanGods then this country will survive, but other wise it will crumble.What is our goal and destination in the Unification Church? I am leading you where Goddesires for you to be. It doesnt make any difference whether it is difficult or easy becausewhether there are many obstacles in front of us is irrelevant. The important thing is not justgetting there, but getting there in the shortest possible time. If we go quickly then there is lessdanger, but when the process is stretched out there are many opportunities for disaster and wemust not allow that.This is a transitional period; we are entering into a new era, a new plateau and history of faith.Therefore, this is a critical moment for you and God. Last night I spoke to the departmentheads about the true meaning of home church. Home church is the greatest gift God and TrueParents can give mankind. It has never existed before and will not again in the future. Whenyou make this gift yours by fulfilling it, you will definitely become a son and daughter ofGod. I have prepared this precious gift for you for my entire life of sixty years and now Ifreely give it to you. You can make it yours in six months. This is an incredible opportunity.Home church should be the subject of your prayer. Pray with a parental heart for your homechurch people as your children who are struggling in hell. Your heart as a parent must begrieved and desiring to save them. If you dont have that feeling then you are in a direemergency; you must open your heart to parental feeling of love toward your people. If youdont have real love for them then push yourself until you do. No one has to teach a parent tolove his children. If you feel like a parent to your home church then your love will be the sameand no one will have to teach you.Just finishing elementary school takes six years of daily attendance. Do you think homechurch is comparable even to elementary school? It is the school for becoming a messiah.Think of how important it is. Even though you might attend it your entire life, you must giveyour heart and soul because you could not have any better school. Even though you have only360 homes, God will treat your efforts there as though you had given them for the entireuniverse.In America there are about 70 million homes, and if each person had 360 homes we wouldneed 200,000 members to cover all America. If the entire Christian population accepted 14
  • 15. Divine Principle and wanted to do home church, what would happen? There would be noroom for you! There is nothing more important for you than this. Test your own power ofprayer: take one person and pray for him fervently, constantly, without telling him. Praytearfully for his wellbeing and then that person will feel a magnetic attraction to you. He wontknow why he feels drawn to you.If you receive in your prayer that you will meet a person at such and such a time, when you gothere then that person will come. If you are dead serious then these things will happen.Hypnosis can transfer a person into another state of consciousness, but how much more canprayer change lives. There is no distance or limit to its influence because the power of thoughttravels everywhere. You can mobilize the entire spirit world by the power of prayer. You haveexperienced that I will work through your prayers and tell you certain things. There is no limitto the power of prayer.When you have the right attitude in prayer then miracle after miracle will happen. The mostimportant part of a launching pad is the foundation. At takeoff it must not break under the heatand pressure. Your prayer is like a missile firing and you need a solid foundation. You mustnot pray from greed for yourself. That prayer would be harmful to you. Public prayer as apublic person will cleanse you and elevate you higher and higher.If you live with this high sensitivity to spirit world, you will sense what is forthcoming. Yourperception will be keen and you can prepare for the future. You should know that you are liketwo people in one. Your inner man is like a mirror, clean and bright. When the inner andexternal men are not synchronized you feel anguish. but when they are perfectly aligned youfeel joy and power. This is happening every day within you. When you see a person yourinner man can tell you what kind of person he is, and if you hear a persons report, a sixthsense tell you how truthful it is. When someone walks into a room, I can see whether he isbringing good news or bad.Dont neglect this inner man but consult him all the time. When you are higher spiritually youare always there, always speaking with this inner man. You have a spirit man and he wants totalk to your physical man. You may not have any intention of saying anything yet suddenlyyou find your mouth moving. That is not you but your inner partner speaking. Even the rats ofa ship can sense when a ship is in trouble and run away, but how much more should man, thesupreme creation of God, know when life or death is coming? Shouldnt you be alerted when acertain destiny is forthcoming? For your inner and outer man to become one you need thepower of prayer.I have a family but I seldom pray for them. My prayer is anguish for the nation and world andcosmos. God will concern Himself with my wellbeing because I am concerned with Gods. If Ionly paid attention to my family instead of to the world and God, my family would get sick. Idont concern myself with my familys wellbeing; I concern myself with the Church and Godswork and I know God will take care of them in the meantime. This is the principle of give andtake. 15
  • 16. Those who want to do more for others will receive more; those who want to go down will belifted up. Dont pray empty prayers. Now you know the power of prayer. Everyone needs toexperience these things spiritually. You must know whether the things you do will succeed orfail. You know that certain things will succeed because you feel pulled in that direction andare eager to go ahead. Your body is like the receiver of a radio. Free yourself from self-centered thinking, and then mighty things will happen to you. You must open that valve.You are entitled to ask for Gods power, but only for the sake of His righteousness andKingdom. Then He will come down. Pray and act; you will feel different from yesterday andyou will know the power of prayer is in action. Today is just the beginning; pray to tell Godthat you are just beginning and need His help. Make a showdown with God every day. It shallbecome second nature, and without being conscious of it you can live that life all the time.Lets do it then.Let us pray. 16
  • 17. Necessity of Prayer June 22, 1980We all understand that prayer is an indispensable element in religious life. Being a religiousgroup, we emphasize prayer. Why? In a word, it is because we havent fulfilled everything,and because we are not fully equipped to do everything we need to do. From earliest timesmankind has been praying, and we can conclude it is because man has not fulfilled what hehas wished for.There are all different levels of prayer, about the individual, family, tribe and so forth. Thenwhy hasnt the purpose of mans religious life already been fulfilled? We know prayer wasnecessitated by the fall; man is trying to accomplish something left undone by the fall. Whosefault was the fall, Gods or mans? We must make sure, because if it wasnt done by the firstancestors of mankind, then some people somewhere must be perfect. If it was true that someindividuals became perfect, but a family broke up, then we wouldnt have to pray about theindividual. But we know there is no one who is perfect, so the fall must have been caused bythe first man and woman.Then why did the first ancestors fall? Man did not go in the direction God desired; by going inanother direction man fell, so where is mans liberty and free will? Before modern times didmankind have liberty? Western countries cherish freedom, especially since the Renaissance.Then where is this freedom to be found?It is not really freedom to have liberty and then always walk backward, or just do anythingyou like. In the same way it is not natural to use just one eye, or to plug one ear and listen withthe other. Freedom which does not satisfy the Principle is not really freedom. Will freedom beobtained by fulfilling necessary conditions, or does it just come along?Is freedom necessary for its own sake, or in order to fulfill the ideal? Is freedom itself theideal? No. It is valuable only because it is necessary for fulfilling the ideal. Actually it is theideal to be natural in a way that cannot be accused. For example, it is ideal for eyes to blinkonce in a while; it is torture for eyes not to blink.The ideal has a direction and freedom has a direction. Human life has a direction; we dont justlive aimlessly. Just as an individual has a direction in life, so does history, even though it mayseem to move haphazardly. We can even say that God has a certain direction and purpose.When something has an objective, then it has a direction to go in. You got up early thismorning and something in your mind kept pointing you toward Belvedere, so now you aresitting here. The fact that you have assembled here shows that you are united in wanting to goa step further in a certain direction, to a higher level. 17
  • 18. By meeting True Parents in the morning you come into unity, to see a new direction and reallygo forward. A succession of this kind of event is what we call development. A person strivesfor the ideal as an individual, and then moves onto other levels. One result of the fall is thatmankind lost direction, and thats how man has been living for thousands of years. The worldis in confusion, not knowing where to go or how to find an example.In order for something to move it has to have energy; that power is just as necessary in humanhistory as in nature. In the confrontation between Russia and America we see that the morepowerful of the two pushes the less powerful. Where does this power come from? It is greatestfor the nation that has a clear sense of direction.Power also stems from unity among a nations people. America is a nation divided internally,with individuals just going their own way and not caring about unity or direction. How aboutthe Unification Church? It has a completely different outlook because it has a differentdirection and it has unity. Your unity with True Parents is so strong that your parents getupset.What should we pay most attention to? We unite because we have a certain direction toward ahigher level. You have to know whether you have a precise direction, not just an idea of one.It seems true that in the garden of Eden God had a direction. The fall basically meant that Godsaid, "Lets go this way, and man said, "No, lets go this way." So who should follow whom?Why wouldnt it be just as well for God to follow man?The subject-object situation was absolutely necessary for God, and under the law of creationthe subject is always followed by the object. The fall meant that this law was not observed,and today mankind doesnt even know there is such a thing as subject and object. Today manywomen think they are able to be subject. We know that starting with God and the firstancestors there is subject and object; the subject must love the object, which follows, and theymust come into unity by following a clear direction. While they move in that direction theycan come into unity.In history we see that there is a force which is rearranging the confusion of society anddirecting man toward a certain purpose. Without power or energy we cannot move at all.Certainly some force was necessary for the natural world to come into being, and in historysome power has always led men to a desirable direction. It is a realistic conclusion to say thatall things are done through energy, or force.Where does power come from? Power results only from action and reaction. To accomplish ahuge task, a huge amount of power is needed, which requires a huge action and response.Before the universe has power it must have the right situation and response. When we eat foodit enters the stomach, and when it becomes one with the body it gives us power. Power canonly result from action. For example, the response to the food is digestive action. Evenscientists recognize that there is great power in the universe, but they fail to recognize thatgreat action preceded that power. 18
  • 19. If you really look into what must precede action, you will find that subject and object areabsolutely necessary. It is easy to see this principle at work in the natural world. We know thatthe Divine Principle is wonderful, and one of the key realizations it contains is this deepunderstanding for the necessity of subject and object; we can deeply know the dualessentialities of God through this point.Starting with subject and object as the base, we have give and take. Then we can see that theyfulfill the four position foundation, through which they attain all their beauty. When this isfulfilled in a sequence of steps, it has direction and unity and purpose. The subject and objectrelationship clearly comes first with a certain purpose to achieve, so it has precise direction.Unification Church women have a certain ideal and purpose, and thus have a certain direction.More concretely, women have an individual purpose, plus a purpose leading to men.Centering on yourself you have a purpose as subject, and al so as object. Why do women havetwo purposes, instead of just one? This is because women resemble God, who happens to haveduality; because subject and object want to get together, you have two purposes.When subject and object come into oneness, they can go to a higher level and form a subject-object relationship with a higher being. Then when they form unity they in turn will becomeobject to a higher-level subject.First you have mind and body as an individual, each of which have a purpose, so within youthere are dual purposes. They vaguely correspond in direction, but nevertheless they aredistinct. How do they coordinate with each other? It all happens within the foundation of fourpositions, with give and take action going round and round. Within an individual it is alwaysthe mind that directs the body, not vice versa. Is that relationship the result of receiving ahigh-level college education, or were you just born with it? That is taking place every daywithin each of us. The power within the universe moves in the same way, just as a tornado ortyphoon finds an appropriate path.Often the body seems not to hear, however. Until you understand this principle you mighthave room for going a different way, but once you know this is how the whole universeoperates then you know your body should follow your mind at all times. This is where powerwill come from, so having a clear idea of subject and object will help revolutionize yourindividual life, family life, and so forth. Is this just fine talk, or do you feel this is really thesecret of your being?We know that for many years mankind did not understand this because the fall confused thisbasic concept for man. The archangel had a relationship of object to God, but he failed toobserve the right direction. The archangels idea of purpose became different from Gods idea,so their relationship and direction became separate and unity was not obtained.It is important to know clearly about subject-object relations. In the communist countries theysay the capitalists exist for the workers, but they totally fail to understand who is subject -- theworker, or whoever runs the company. In your idea who is it? Right or wrong, the owner is inposition of subject. In the four position foundation we have God, the owner, workers andcompany, so the owner has to have relationships in two directions. The worker will be in the 19
  • 20. object position, but on an equal level with the subject. The nation is moving in a certaindirection, so the worker as object and factory-owner as subject will move together in thatsame direction. This principle is the only reason for anyone to pay taxes. In the same way,there are a leader and citizens in America and they must go in the direction the countrydesires. Even within the individual the same pattern will be found, though in a smaller scale.Now we have learned that fulfillment of the purpose of the ideal is found in the four positionfoundation. You have two eyes, an optical nerve, and a point of focus in your vision; togetherthe y form a four position foundation. Air enters through two nostrils; you hear through twoears. We have to be aware of the subject position, realizing there is such a thing as an object,and then we can have purpose, direction, and unity.The communist ideology is founded on the idea that there is no such thing as subject or object,no such thing as purpose, and thus no direction or unity necessary in human life. If acommunist concedes that any of these elements must be present, then he has denied the wholecommunist philosophy. Their typical view of a subject-object relationship is understood onlyin terms of fighting: through conflict they become one! In this thinking, then, men and womenmust fight before they can have unity. They say that mind and body have to fight in order tofind unity.They view the material world as subject, and say that the existence of the mind is onlyaccidental. It really is a satanic outlook on life, inverting the actual universal Principle. Thedirection communist countries s et for the individual and nation is one of fighting. Of coursethey say they want to unify the whole world under communism, but they also say that bloodmust be shed before that can happen.This is exactly how they are thinking and this activity cannot be forgiven. It not only goesagainst the direction of history, but also against the law of existence in the universe.As long as the communists have no clear objective to reach after their revolution, and theyonly fight in the name of progress, then they make no sense at all. They say something goodwill probably happen after the fighting, but actually they have no clear idea of what they willbecome. Now the communists in different nations are fighting among each other. But unlessthere can be unity, how can the ideal come into being?What we have here in Unification Church is founded on solid rock. In the history of theuniverse, where is the subject and object? Is it God and man together who have to createhistory? Can America say that it has been prosperous without God, and just continue on itsway? If we learn from what happened in history, we wont make the same mistake. No greatempire or nation knew beforehand that it would collapse. Individuals can do a certain amount,but after that they are helpless.People today have stopped pursuing the ideal, saying that things like religion arent necessary,and they indulge in sensual excitement as a way of life. No person has met more persecutionthan I have; whenever I spoke up the commotion began, in the churches, the government,every place. No one else has ever met so much persecution and survived. How did I do it? I 20
  • 21. am the only one who lived according to natural law, moving in the same direction as theuniverse. Thus, I prospered more and more.Eventually America will have to listen to me, and even though the President may notrecognize me, this nation will eventually believe me. Even in daily life am I a success orfailure? I do not take great pride in what I know, or manipulate people. I get out and s et theexample of how to live. But I will never try to compromise the Principle; whatever is thePrinciple way, I do. What makes me different from anyone in the world is my notion ofsubject and object. That is very serious and very strong. I follow the same direction God does.I have a clear view of the future of the world, and an objective to go toward, and I will nevercompromise that. I am all for bringing everything into unity. As long as someone is a son ordaughter of God, he will come into unity centering on God.Why do you find yourself here in Unification Church? You dont eat delicious food here, andyou cant sleep as much as you want; people dont even respect you. What do you have hereanyway? Your purpose for being here is to be like a rock upon which God can rebuild theworld. God is pounding on you to make you tempered steel. Do you know about the processof making Japanese swords? The metal is put in the fire and then beaten, again and again.That is what is happening to you year after year . Everyone who mistreats you helps in thisprocess. In order for you to have great power you must have much give and take action, andbeing pounded on is part of that action.I start many new things because I am not interested in just one area. Thats how my life hasalways been. I started training myself much earlier than you did. I know what it takes to traina person because I have gone through the same things. Is it bad or good that I want you to bestronger than me? You have a difficult time being pounded, but I who am doing the poundingalso have a difficult time. The name of the game is who gives up first! All you have to do issurvive until I give up.Would you feel that your children cannot be greater than you? Though you are the parent, youwill want them to be better than you because you know your own deficiencies. You alwaysthink that I will give you more assignments to make you work hard. In your mind you thinkthat you dont question whatever I do, but you wonder if you can really work harder . Youawkwardly conclude that you love me but feel that Unification Church life is too hard, that itis too hard to be object to the subject. You might want me to listen to the object once in awhile.You and your ancestors are used to the American life and maybe you think I dont understandAmericans. I always have a reason for what I do, so should you listen to me, or me to you?God has a definite idea whether I should listen to Him or He should listen to me. The wholeuniverse centers around the positions of subject and object; an equally strong law is that theobject must follow subject. Is the whole thing clear to you?Maybe you ask if it would be better to follow a religion with an easier course, like Buddhismor Hinduism. There are not even chairs to sit on here. On the coldest winter day you alwayssat on a cold concrete floor, but just recently you have been provided with a carpet to sit on. In 21
  • 22. any other church you sit on pews to listen to short sermons, and feel that the other churchmembers are interested in your problems. They will never make you fund raise! The ministerwill warmly shake your hand and come visit you, but I dont do that.In light of all this, why do you make a determination that you must do even more? It isbecause such thinking perfectly conforms to the Principle. Whether other people approve ornot, we go on because it is the right thing to do. Even though you may not have gone tocollege, you know what contribution I have made to history. By myself I have broughtthousands of people closer to God.Other people say we cannot ever compare the Creator to His creations. But the purpose ofreligion is to bring God and man together, and I have brought this lofty idea of God into livingreality and lifted man all the way up to heaven. We can live with God in our daily life, not justin concept. God is the subject over our daily life, over where we will go, and over whereAmerica will go and where history will go 10,000 years from now.We have to be serious about subject-object relations all the time, in every part of life. We areon the right track, and if we just keep going we will reach the ideal. That is our destiny. Itreally matters little whether it is agreeable to or approved by others. It would be easier if Ididnt have to take the Unification Church along with me, but not only that, eventually I mustbring the entire world. The same tears that roll down my face should roll down your faces;whats good-tasting to me should taste good to you also.You and I eat different food; I sleep on my back, while you sleep on your stomach. I evenspeak a different language, but our tears and our hearts should be the same, whether white,black or yellow. This is our common denominator and meeting point.Now you know that you need much power, so you need much action. Before you can comeinto action you must establish clearly defined subject-object relationships. With that poweryou will go toward a purpose, in a specific direction. Finally the whole thing will come intounity on a higher level, and ultimately everyone will unite on the highest level. This is aprecise summary of what I have told you this morning. Is there any fault in this?In order for there to be power it is absolutely necessary for subject and object to come intogood action. If one eye sees clearly and the other eye sees dimly, can they focus well? Thenthe four position foundation will not be formed in a correct way.If you work in many directions then after successful give and take action you will have muchpower. That means you need many subject-object relationships, both as subject and as object.You dont generate action for its own sake, but with a purpose in mind. Once you come intoperfect unity with America and it responds, then you will go toward the world. Then the worldwill come within your embrace and become one. Once the world becomes our object, we areready to form a perfect relationship with God as subject and the world as object.Then what belongs to God is yours, and what is yours is Gods. There is no such thing asdivision in that case. All is done with love, and then the whole process will be finished. Then 22
  • 23. our laughter will never cease for eternity. Definitely the universe will develop according tothis principle. Communists insist that their doctrine will continue eternally, but actually atsome point it must join forces with our doctrine. When we reach this goal, the communistswill be connected to us.This will take place when subject and object become harmonious in every way and the wholeuniverse comes into perfect unity centering on God. One force will act and another respond;one will go up, then down, in and out, and so forth. With each force alternately pushing, theuniverse will go around. When a childs top is spinning slowly it wobbles, but when it iswhirling quickly it stands perfectly in place. In the same way, when the forces acting on theuniverse are perfectly balanced, it whirls in place.Todays human knowledge reveals that the universe is expanding, but doesnt show that it alsocontracts, or comes back in again. It doesnt just repeat a certain static pattern but goes in avertical field or sphere. Then why is the earth round, for instance? Because it is in perpetualmotion of horizontal and vertical. Thats the principle of the universe in action.Where would I go after I finish my work in America and the world? I would go back to myhometown. Always you can think that the first place you will go when you succeed is back toyour native land. Why? Because of this universal principle I have just described.You breathe by inhaling and exhaling. Air is not stationary; it constantly moves in areas oflow and high pressure because of this principle. You might want to stay on the level you havebeen brought up in, and wonder why you should go to the national and world level. It isbecause the only way to perfect oneself is to perfect the world; there is an indivisiblerelationship between the two.You all want to be the most important person in the world, whether you are qualified or not.There is no one who would refuse that. When we reach the world level, without fail it willcome back again, completing a circle of action. The world will turn on an axis which linksGod and earth. Even though there may be a plus and minus, however, without love the axiswill not come into being. The Unification Church must have an idea of individual perfection,but without also having an ideal of world perfection the individual cannot reach his goal.Though it might take us millions of years, this is the way we have to go.We can achieve hundreds of times more here on earth than in spirit world. This is why we areso fortunate to know the will of God today. When we reach up to fulfill all levels of unity, wewill start experiencing Gods love; this is where He beckons us to come.Now let me return to the question of why we have to pray. From the point of the fall we haveto reach up to that point, and then eventually we will reach the center. When the axis is placedfirmly and give and take action can take place, then the ideal horizontal way will followalmost immediately.We have to have a definite idea about God and His grandchildren. Gods objective was notlimited to Adam and Eve. God has a triple objective purpose, of three purposes and three 23
  • 24. objects. The four positions are necessary as a foundation for action and maneuver. God is thealmighty subject, but He is not happy alone, so in order to move He had to have objects. Thisis why He created man and woman.But those three are not complete either. Since God wanted to move in spherical motion, Heneeded the fourth position, to form a south pole to His north pole. Subject and object weredivided in order to take after Gods own image. If plus and minus have give and take, anotherbeing of plus and minus is bound to come into being. For these purposes God neededgrandchildren. Without having the fourth position, man could only have two objects. If he didnot have three objects like God did, then he could not be elevated to the same level as God, orbecome His perfect object.Thus, even for Adam and Eves triple objective purpose children were inevitable. In achievingthat they could become the same as God. Even the children have the triple objective purposefulfilled. Now we know the reason man absolutely needs woman, woman absolutely needsman, and both absolutely need children. This is the law of creation of the universe.The gay movement is very fashionable in this country. Men and men decide to marry eachother and forget about women. You have to know why that could never create the ideal. Whenparents love children, they form the same pattern as they do in loving God, and they representGods love. Children loving parents is the same as mankind loving God. For children to lovetheir parents is the same as their loving God. Gods loving His grandchildren is the same asHis loving Adam and Eve. By loving Adam, Eve loves God and children at the same time.The same goes for man when he loves Eve, he loves God and children as well. Now we knowwe definitely need man, we definitely need woman and children, but we also need God.For God this is the ideal of man, woman and children because it includes love. Some peoplesay they dont want children, but they must know they really do need children. If a womandoesnt have children, she might as well not have a bosom. Do women have bosoms forthemselves, or for someone else? Korean women are careful to hide their bosoms, but whenthey are breast feeding their children they dont care who is around to see. A Korean womanmight think she is justified in this openness because God wants to see it. You have seen thepractice of American women in this matter. A bosom becomes less valuable when it is shownto everyone all the time. Why do men have broad shoulders? To work hard a man needs goodmuscles and strong build.When you look at the world with this basic knowledge, you can know instantly what is goingon. If you have a firm knowledge of what I have just told you then you can evaluate what isright and wrong with people, and also with yourself. Now you know how nice is the ideal ofthe four position foundation. Everything is included in it. The elements are subject and object,direction, purpose, unity. There the ideal is fulfilled.Applied to your situation, you fundamentally have mind and body. Can women say they onlyneed God and then go into a monastery? Can men say they dont need women? Woman has tofind a man. As soon as a woman has mind and body in complete unity centered on a directionand purpose, then she has to trot along to a man. When a man as subject and a woman as 24
  • 25. object become completely one, they form the four position foundation with their children.When that is accomplished they can bring society into unity, then the nation and the world andspirit world as well. Then they return to God. We originated from God and then eventually wereturn to God.What does a person leave behind? The only thing he leaves is love. As soon as your mind andbody come into unity then you love your spouse, your family, your country and then the worldand universe. Then finally you return to God. Maybe you start out quietly, but when you loveeverything and return to God you do so with great laughter.This is the only way God can be happy, you can be happy, and all other elements can behappy as well. Since it is so important that woman meet man, when Unification Churchwomen marry they never have more than one husband. Once a couple are united perfectlythen they immediately take on a higher subject. American men always follow Americanwomen, dont they? Do American women want to lead or follow American men?Your ideal as an individual is not sufficient; only after fulfilling dual ideals are you inconformity with the universe. If a plus never wants to unite with a minus then eventually itwill be eliminated by the universe. A plus cannot remain as a plus all the time and still be inmotion eternally. Now in America men and women want to stay single. According touniversal law should this practice be perpetuated oreliminated? This is not what I say, but what the universe says. Do women want to have a manso that they can become smaller or bigger? Your spouse is a bridge, without whom you cannotlove the universe, whether as plus or minus.Then why do we have to pray? If you are not altogether sure who your subject is then youhave to pray. Whether they realize it or not, all mankind is looking for the absolute positivesubject. That is God. Before we pray, we ask whether we have established ourselves asabsolute objects to the absolute subject. Once you are sure your position is sound, then youmake sure you are an absolute object, and then you can follow whatever God says. Its notconditional based on what God does for you, but means doing 100% whatever the perfectsubject says. This is how we have to be established.A prayer asking to be shown the existence of God will never have power. First you have toestablish yourself as absolute object to the absolute subject and then have direction of absoluteobedience. Living things want to go their own way, especially Americans, and especiallyAmerican women! Only on the basis of the absolute law which God created will He respondto our communication. God hears, without exception, but cannot always answer.If you are disregarding the direction while you ask God to answer, He cannot answer eventhough He hears you. There must be direction, from the individual, the family, and nation tothe world. You also need faith that you as a small minus, an individual, can be as big as theabsolute plus. Though a magnet is small, it responds the same as a big magnet does. Now thatwe know what He would like the world to be, we can pray to God that regardless of the 25
  • 26. persecution, we have no objection: "God, I will give up everything that is important to me andcare about your purpose." Then God will respond to us.First we have to become one with God in His purpose, and after that help our poor family,nation and world. If you say to God, "Let us two get together and forget about the world,"nothing will happen. But if God hears you praying for absolute faith to become one with Himand do His work, God cannot deny that. The Messiah opens the way in place of mankind, allby himself. After he achieves that, he will inherit everything, and on that foundation canbequeath the course he has achieved, which you know is home church. Now you know theright direction to go.If a person prays that he has listened to me and agrees, but just cannot do anything, then Godcannot help him. God works only by the Principle, which states that man has to find his ownway. Now you know the direction of prayer.Rather than pray about your household, when you pray about the world your children arealready included. One thing for sure, whatever we pray for, God will fulfill, though it maytake some time. The only problem is whether man will carry on and persevere until Godfulfills. God will never forget, but man is always going up and down.I am now praying about things to happen in a thousand years, and I pray that I will continueuntil those things are finished. You may feel you have prayed deeply about something yet Goddid nothing, but that is not the case. He may not have achieved it through you but throughsomeone else, and you just havent seen it. But always in time those things will come back toyou. Because the universe goes around, either you will find that event or it will find you.A typical churchgoer prays usually for his family, or at best for his nation, but hardly ever forthe world; people today just dont pray for Gods will. Again, your primary concerns aresubject and object, direction and purpose. Whatever we do, as long as it is to achieve a certainpurpose, it will be there and nothing will be wasted.From the time you achieve that purpose you will be elevated one step higher, praying for thesake of mankind and the universe and eventually meeting God. This is Gods desire too, so ifyou pray like that then certainly God will fulfill it. If He doesnt then He isnt fulfilling Hisown purpose. When you have a high objective and ideal for which you pray, God will meetyou when you achieve it. Certainly He will appear and reveal what you should do after that.People commonly ask why God doesnt love them, but only after we achieve our purpose canGod truly give His love. He has to give His love when we arrive at the higher subject-objectrelationship which He needs so much.With this basic knowledge I can know precisely where in history todays world is, and what acountrys destiny is. When America doesnt do what it ought to then difficulties will come to iteven within a few weeks. Its trouble is love. When, as a perfect object to the perfect subject,you pray for Gods own purpose then God will listen to every word. Thats the one thing youwont have to worry about. Of course a small prayer will bear fruit more quickly, but a far-reaching prayer will come back to your descendants, or to the Church. Sometimes I pray for 26
  • 27. something and ask for it to be achieved in 10,000 years. By the time t hat prayer is fulfilledmy boundary of love will be enormous.Finally, when we pray we must act and carry it out. If you pray about a content often then youshould act to a level of fifteen. Then God will be right behind you, even though you cannotsee Him, supplying you with power. If this is an actual law then how can you get tired? Evenif you have worked hard for many years and just became engaged, you shouldnt be concernedif you dont have a chance to be with your fiancée as much as you would like. What kind oflife you live and in what direction you go is more important than your fiancée. Do you pray atall?Perhaps you have been down for a while, and then feel that you have to make some resolvebecause you just cant go on like that. There are times when you are breaking your backwitnessing or fund raising, yet even at that time you have to repent. You are in a minusposition to the huge plus of economic work, for instance. Wherever you go you have to graspquickly the subject-object relationships you find there.In witnessing, Abel is plus and Cain is minus, and you have to unite them. Even though theminus may be more powerful than you are, somehow you have to make that relationship worklike it should. Because God is right behind you, it will work. That is the process of re-creation,and reversing the tide always involves difficulty. Because of love, God had a happy mindwhen He first created the world, even though it might have been a difficult job. The purpose iswhat matters, so we can do difficult things with a happy mind. God sees all of us together asone individual, so each one must really try to come into unity with the group; the mosteffective way is to cherish the person beside you. If you truly have that feeling then the wholecongregation will be united.If you feel you are needed and are living for the congregation then the meaning of the wholechurch will become very clear and you can give everything for the sake of the whole. That isthe process of re-creation. When you truly do that then you will become a subject and otherswill really like and respect you. Once you are accustomed to this basic pattern of life then youdont have to pray so much because everything you do is prayer. Once you pray, God will justreply, "Go ahead and do it." Now and then you would pray to make sure that what you aredoing is what God wants and the universe wants; then you can pray for power if you are wornout.Sometimes you dont want to go on unless some immediate need is fulfilled, such as food.Then either you could eat and go on, or you could get mad and tell the food that it is yourenemy at that moment. Then your bodys need for food will gradually subside. You know youcan go on for seven days without food, but actually it is rare that you have nothing available toyou for that long. If your fiancée is somehow blocking your way then you have to chase thatbarrier away. If your clothing hinders you then you have to turn against it. Maybe you feltenergetic all the time before coming to Unification Church, but after being a member for along time you feel drained. Now you know how you lost power. 27
  • 28. I have had the experience of wishing I hadnt said some things in prayers, and in order tonullify those words I fasted for weeks. Such is the power of prayer.Should you pray for your fiancée, or just go straight for the sake of the world? Actually thereis little you can do about your fiancée if you are worried. God knows what he needs betterthan you do. You might think your husband or wife-to-be doesnt care about you, but he or shehas a higher being to love and dedicate his heart to. Once he achieves that, he has to returnand love you anyway. All you have to do is wait for that time and tag along in obediencemeanwhile.In your case you can tell me that since I know so much more about prayer than you that Ishould do the praying and you will just follow what I say. That attitude and action are asmeaningful as your individual prayer. Then you wont complain if I push you to work hard.Actually 90% of prayer is not about doing this or that, because you and God already knowwhat must be done. 90% of prayer is repentance. This parallels Jesus teaching to repent, forthe Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Repentance is very valuable if you do it correctly.Other people dont have to see you repent and work hard. When you work according to yourrepentance then your goal is getting nearer. If you walk many miles in one day and it gets darkbut you want to walk even ten steps further before you collapse and rest, that is better thancounting up what you did and calculating you can reasonably stop until tomorrow. Alwaysyou should stretch yourself to the maximum.Do you pray? How do you pray? If your prayer is centered mostly on personal requests, it isneither valuable nor powerful. Now you know how to pray. I understand that you want to prayabout yourself, and there is one way to do that. You might introduce where you are precisely,saying, "Father, I am one part of womankind, a representative of all women. I know the worldis more important than myself, but in order to reach the world I have to have a spouse andfamily so I can fulfill your desire." In that way you can ask God for an ideal spouse.Sometimes you are much too self-centered and want individual advancement. God just cannotlisten to that prayer. The first thing is to determine what your direction is and to work towardthe goal, repenting in daily religious life. God will always listen to the needs of such a person.Now you have a precise idea about prayer. I have followed this principle so closely that if Iwanted to pray in an unprincipled way, my mouth wouldnt even open. Then I would knowGod was going in a different direction.When I just close my eyes momentarily, I know which way God wants me to go. If you livelike I do then God will always be near you and always around your family. Our purpose is tonourish that kind of family, In that respect prayer is very necessary. Your life right nowshould be one of uniting with each other and praying for the sake of the world. When a wife isworking very hard should the husband be idle and the children playing all the time? No, allshould go in unison.From now on you should pray about going in the direction God desires, checking to see ifwhat you do is acceptable. Praying in any other manner is not acceptable. 28
  • 29. Mission and Prayer June 12, 1983When you are asked if you have a mission, how do you answer? What is your mission? Inview of the dispensation, is your mission to restore one person, one family, one nation, or theworld? It is easy to answer "the world," but can the world be united overnight? You need afoundation to reach the world. Do you have that foundation?Do you really know the True Parents? Do you understand our essence? Do you know what wehave been doing? Each of you should know clearly what our mission is, what we are doingnow, and what goal we are working toward. Also you should have a clear idea about yourselfand your own mission.People have ambitions and desires, but they shouldnt take them to the extreme. Suppose, forexample, that an ambitious person goes to the mountains to gather wild berries or plants,determined to bring back only the best. He may spend the entire morning and afternoonsearching but if he cant find the best, he will return empty handed. In contrast, another personmight spend the day picking all types of berries: poor, average and good. At the end of the dayhis basket is full, and chances are he brought back top quality berries as well. The secondperson has the best strategy in this case. He picks all types of plants: A, B and C. Even thoughtype C is not exactly what he wants, they can be washed; he finds many type B plants and anoccasional type A. Wouldnt you agree that this is a wise person?Ask yourself what type of mission you have. Reflect on the type of mission I have given youas a Church member. This is a serious point to consider. You must understand, of course, thatI am speaking to all of you in general, and not about the specific mission that you as anindividual may have. Each of you should apply these concepts to your specific situation.Let me give you an example so you can better understand what I mean. I started TongilIndustry from scratch many years ago. My idea or goal was for Tongil to attain the higheststandard of technical expertise and production in the world. The foundation for TongilIndustry was 35 years of study and thought. Now Tongil machinery has reached the pinnacleof world technology.To accomplish this goal, we didnt start out with sophisticated equipment but rather with thesimplest and humblest machines. I determined to make the very best simple machines eventhough I realized there were more sophisticated types. After producing the best on one level,Tongil advanced to the next level and continued in this manner for 35 years until reaching itspresent level. 29
  • 30. Not all of the people working at Tongil, however, had the same concept about how to reachthe goal. Some people complacently came to work at starting time, took lunch breaks, and leftas soon as it was time to go home.The attitude I wanted to see was for the workers to rise while it was still dark and think,"Today I will perform even better than yesterday." Then they would arrive at the factory early,before the others, and prepare to work.Its the spiritual attitude that makes all the difference. If you plan to do just what others do,you can never excel over the competition. You have to make things consistently larger andbetter. That requires investing energy into a project even if it is something you dontparticularly care to do. That is the only way to accomplish it. If you think of your task as just ajob, you will never excel. Furthermore, each time you improve the product, you must educatepeople. All this takes money which you have to make and use wisely, on productimprovement and employee education.Now when people see with their own eyes the kinds of machines built and sold by Tongil,they are filled with admiration. They say, "Father, you are just a wonder-man!" But during thecompanys development many people didnt believe me. They told me, "Father, you cannotdevelop that much technology in just a decade, and maybe not even in a century! We have nofoundation." Yet, we kept building it up and now people tell me that the accomplishments areamazing.I have always had keen insight. People took it for granted that German technology is the bestand that nobody could rival it. They predicted it would take us centuries to surpass it. "Is thatso?" I thought to myself. So I went to Germany, checked around, and found the industry alittle shaky. I visited all the machine tool factories and examined their equipment. Machinetools can play a critical role in unifying the world and that is why their development is one ofour goals. We are doing it for the sake of the world and for the sake of Germany, but theGermans didnt understand it that way. They were worried that we were trying to infiltratetheir technological expertise, although they wondered what I could accomplish by spendingonly one day visiting a factory.Even our members in Germany had only a foggy notion of what I was doing. "Oh Father,"they said, "you go out visiting for a day and now Germany is all stirred up! Why didnt youjust leave them alone?" Even now, can you say that you understand what I am doing? Do youhave a foundation to reach out to the world? You say yes, based on my foundation, but do youreally know what I am doing? Answer me honestly.Actually, you hardly know much about anyone other than yourself, and occasionally eventhats doubtful! Sometimes you are going in the proper direction and at other times you areheading in just the reverse. You may make a resolution to work for the goal and devoteyourself for the sake of God and the world-and then at the next moment you look at whatothers are doing and decide to take it easy for a while. You are constantly changing, and if youcontinue living that way, you will become confused and not even know yourself! 30
  • 31. This is why it is necessary to spell out in detail the nature of our mission. The overall missionis the same for everyone here although individual missions vary. One person might have amission as a lookout, watching what is going on; another person might have a mission towitness and give life to people. You should know exactly what your individual mission is.We are all working to advance Gods providence and fulfill His will. If I ask how many of youare willing to sacrifice your life for Gods providence and Gods will, I know all of you wouldraise your hands and sincerely mean it. I know you are devoting yourself to this mission, butcan you sacrifice yourself for one entire day, morning to night? Right now you may say yes,but at noon you might change your mind! Since you have vacillated in the past and may do soagain, your promise is not absolute.People may have various attitudes in making an offering. Which is better, to offer yourselfwhen you are asked to, or to volunteer on your own? Would you be willing to offer your lifeto accomplish the goal, even without being asked? If you are willing to offer your life,couldnt you give just one day? You are still young; can you give one year out of your life?And if you are willing as a teenager, will you be sacrificial in your twenties too? If you arewilling as a young adult, will you continue to be sacrificial when you are in your thirties? Canyou pledge to work harder so that if you were to die ten years from now you would have noregrets?Some might be unwilling to die for the mission because they are working to obtain a blessingon earth. Which would be preferable: to receive a blessing before you die, or to sacrificeyourself and receive a variety of blessings after death? Actually, we need to take the sacrificialpath in order to fulfill our mission.The real content of the mission entrusted to each of us is to liberate God and to liberatemankind. This is not easy. Liberation may take ten lifetimes and we may need to face deathten times!If we are unable to fulfill our mission of liberating God and mankind during our lifetime,someone whom we have raised up should carry on the mission in our stead. We should be ableto say, "Even if I die, my place wont be vacant; my successor will continue the task. Someonebetter than I will take my place, therefore, I dont have to worry about dying."Even when we reach our fifties or sixties, we should not expect to take things easy becauseour bodies are not what they used to be. Rather, we should work harder to make the most ofthe time that remains. This is how I feel.With all its accomplishments, the United States is not big enough to liberate both God andAmericans. Therefore, we must march on to Moscow. Moscow will be even more difficultthan America. My attitude is, if you agree with me, can you take it easy after accomplishingthe present mission? Actually, an even harder mission is awaiting us.If we live this way each day, when the time comes to die we can face death with honor andglory, since every day of our life has been spent preparing for it. But someone whose daily life 31
  • 32. lacks this quality will be surprised when death visits him and will not know what to do. Hemay cry out to God to save him. If you can face death with honor, one of your heirs willvolunteer to take your place. At the crucial moment, someone you have educated will tell you,"If you go to spirit world I will take your place and do even better than you. Please dontworry, I will complete your mission."Since we have only one life, how will we spend it? One type of person knows his missionclearly and devotes each day to its fulfillment. The other type of person has a vague idea ofhis mission, so he just lives one day at a time. Each of you belongs to one category or theother. To which would you like to belong? Why? The first category is preferable because thatway of life is more valuable.There are some older members here who have been in the movement for a long time. As theyears go by, some may wish to take it easy since their body is getting old, while others resolveto run ahead of the rest -- just as if they were still in their thirties or forties. When you reachyour fifties or sixties, what attitude will you have?As Unification Church members our goal is so clear. We should be willing to continue ourmission joyfully forever, without regrets. We should eagerly await the dawn of each day sowe can jump up to work. If we live this way, we wont get tired out or run down. We wontcomplain about being unable to continue and we wont lose energy.How do you rate compared to this model? Do you really believe that you have been called byGod and that this is your vocation and lifetime task? Could you ever erase all memory of meout of your head? Dont you feel that you and I are inextricably linked? One person mightpromise to follow me wherever I go, and other might say, "Father, I will not only follow you,but I want to help you." Which attitude is better? [The second] So do you want to help out, inaddition to following me?Actually, you are headed this way because it is your goal anyway -- whether I go there as welldoesnt really matter. The correct answer to the last question would be: "Well, Fathers goaland my goal are the same. He is going there ahead of me, so I will accompany him and helphim reach that goal." You should be convinced that if I had not done all the work in advance,you yourself would have laid the foundation. Since I have already accomplished so much, youshould be only too grateful to help me, because it is your work anyway.You might actually feel like telling me you have a better idea on how to liberate God andmankind and you would prefer to do your mission differently. But as you watch me yourealize that I have already laid a large foundation and I seem smarter than you and have abetter way of doing things. Therefore, you decide to drop your way and follow mine in orderto reach the same goal. This is why you want to follow me. In fact, you should say, "Father,you have already done so much and will continue laboring to achieve the liberation of Godand all mankind. When you go to spirit world, I will be happy to take your place and try evenharder." 32
  • 33. If I go to spirit world without accomplishing everything, I know that my followers will carryon. In preparation for such a day, you should listen very carefully in order to grasp every wordI say. You should pay close attention to everything I do because your mission will be to takemy place and improve on what I have done! You shouldnt wait for me to go to spirit world soyou can do things your own way. You need to absorb every detail and every secret from mewhile I am on earth so you can fulfill your mission. What you inherit from me will help youaccomplish not only the tasks of today but also the projects of the coming decades andcenturies. You need to learn from me in order to plan your future course.If you announce you will accomplish a certain thing by a certain year, will I criticize you forbeing too ambitious or for reaching over your head? Never. I would be only too happy to hearsuch a thing that there is an American who thinks that way.You should pay a lot of attention to where I go and what I say -- not because you are curiousbut because you are looking for even one more word to add to the internal knowledge you arestoring up for the day when you can apply it. Only in that way will you be able to do goodwork. When you have to tackle something new, you can reflect back on what I have beentelling you and you will remember my formula. You will realize that my accomplishmentscame from following this formula, so you will try it. You may have thought it would neverwork, but when you put it into practice it does. Then you will gain confidence in your mission.You might be very tired this morning because last nights meeting continued until very late.Some of you may be dozing off. Others may have stayed upstairs to sleep instead of comingdown to listen to me. They dont realize what a precious time they are missing.Once more, let me ask you my initial question: Do you have a mission? [Yes] What kind ofmission? [Liberating God and mankind] Is it easy or difficult? [Difficult] It is very difficult.How are you going to accomplish it? This is the most valuable and worthwhile mission aperson can have. Think about what it means for the future. Are you determined to succeed?I have staked my life on this mission. This has always been my attitude. You might wonderwhy I remain in the United States when so much injustice has been done to me here. I havehad to fight ridiculous court battles. But I am determined, if necessary, to go to prison for thecause. Even U.S. citizens sometimes run away when they know prison awaits them. Why dontI run away? The answer is that I have already offered my life.What do I need to accomplish in the United States? This country has a vital role to play inliberating the world. Do you really understand that? Do you realize that whether the UnitedStates likes it or not, it has a crucial role in world salvation?Some might reason that since the United States offers the best life in the world, why not stayhere and enjoy its privileges. Are you resolved to go to Moscow after fulfilling the task inAmerica? Certainly those who seek pleasure and privilege wont make a determination to goto Moscow. They would rather stay here. Can you fight against communism? I myself amdetermined to confront whatever challenge is the greatest. Since staying in the United Statesand educating Americans is the most difficult task now, I chose to stay here. Most Americans 33
  • 34. have no idea what it means to fight communism or why it is necessary. But I have decided todo it because it is the most critical task.Since you are intelligent people, you may respond, "Yes, I understand everything you aresaying, but if we carry out your directions precisely, will we really be successful in ourmissions? If you continue what you are doing, can you really liberate God and mankind?" Useyour mind to assess what I am saying. What do you think? If you follow my way in everydetail, do you think it is possible to liberate God and mankind? Are you sure?If you are confident that this is the way to liberate God and mankind, what more do you needto be concerned about? Why do you hesitate? Are there any unanswered questions? Theliberation of God and mankind should be the motivation behind all your actions. Each daywhen you eat breakfast think about why you eat. It is to fulfill that days liberation of God andmankind. That is the same reason you eat, sleep, and use the bathroom.When you have this attitude, you can give up things which detract from your mission. Forinstance, you have already resolved to rule out cigarettes, drugs and alcohol from your life. Itis very clear, for instance, that smoking will never -help liberate God and mankind. Therefore,since it has no meaning, you quit. You have given up many habits because they didnt helpyou accomplish your mission. Furthermore, many young people today have problems of asexual nature, such as homosexuality. When you are tempted, ask yourself if such behaviorwill help you accomplish your mission. When the answer is no, you should be able to reject it.Another deciding factor is time. We are very busy in our mission, and many other things takeup too much time. There are so many things to do that the only way to accomplish them all isto cut down on sleep, even though we sleep very little as it is.This is my third speech in 24 hours and my feet are swollen because of it. Why dont I justspeak once and then forget about it? Why dont I let someone else give the sermons? BecauseI want to make doubly sure that every one of you understands. In my thinking, two sermonsare better than one and three better than two. Perhaps something in the third speech may makea deep impression on someone and he will make the crucial determination at that time. Thereis no way to tell this in advance. I repeat things over and over in order to accomplish mymission. So, even with swollen feet, I chose to speak for the third time. I am doing things thebest way I know how, and you should try to understand why I act the way I do and what Iexpect of you.Whose prayers would God do everything possible to answer: those who happen to be in bedsleeping now or those who are here in the audience? There are hundreds and thousands andmillions of people sleeping in New York City at this hour, but to those who rose early andwaited for me to come and speak even one word, God will say, "I will help you to accomplishyour mission in every way that I can."If you follow what I have been doing in America and throughout the world, the ideal world ofwhich we have been dreaming will become a reality in the near future. If you dont follow,that cannot happen. God knows that but, are you sure of it? I know that God is helping me and 34
  • 35. that we are working side by side. How do I know it? Because I have undertaken this clearmission. Furthermore, I am certain that God will also help whoever follows this path with thesame determination I have.Every speech I give, no matter how I start it, I always conclude it the same way: "Challengedifficulties, accept suffering, sacrifice yourself." I make no exception because I know this isthe best guarantee that God will be on our side. There is no other way to have Gods support.I know this very well because I have lived this way myself and I have proof that it works.Every day I tell you to sacrifice yourself and endure hardships because it is the best way.If Im not here to keep reminding you, dont you want someone else to do it? If you have ahusband, for instance, you would want him to keep reminding you to focus on doing more forGod and mankind. If you have a wife, you would want her to do the same, wouldnt you? Ofcourse, such advice may not always thrill you but still you appreciate such a spouse, dontyou? In addition, if you have sons and daughters, you would want them to be able to inheriteverything you have done when the time comes for you to go to spirit world. Your conscienceas well urges you to live this way since by sacrificing yourself and challenging hardships youcan succeed in accomplishing your mission. I am absolutely confident of this. There is nopossibility that I may be mistaken.Let me give you an example about how to view your activities in terms of your mission ofsaving the world. When you bring even one person to God, you should have the attitude thatyou are not just restoring one person but a representative of the world. There are millions ofpeople to restore, so you may think that to bring one person is nothing. But that is not the rightattitude. Right now, saving the world means saving that individual. Your attitude should bevery serious because your mission is to save the world and at the moment that individual is theworld. Every thing and every person is interconnected. The future is the continuation of thepresent. Time marches on, minute after minute, hour after hour.Some people have been members of the Unification Church for more than 20 years. It ispossible that if you ask one of them what his mission is, he may answer, "To provide a goodlife for my wife and children." Even after years of painstaking work, his objective may not bethe liberation of mankind and the liberation of God. Each of you must prepare yourself anddecide what course of action you will take if your spouse or child develops such an attitude.Any Unification Church member may have to face this.You should know clearly that you are blessed in order to fulfill your mission and help yourspouse fulfill his or her mission -- not to be a hindrance to each other. If you are going throughstruggles or difficulties, you should tell your spouse to continue with his or her mission andnot worry about you. Since all aspects of your life are focused on your mission, you need thatkind of spouse and that kind of children. When you live with your spouse, and children areborn, wouldnt you want your spouse and children to be like that?In addition, you need to build your foundation so that some day, when you are about to die,you can tell your spouse and children, "This is how I have lived all my life, and I expect you 35
  • 36. to carry on my work even after I go to spirit world." They will certainly reply, "Dont worryabout that. We have known this all along. Just go to spirit world and have a peaceful lifethere." The great wife is one who has such a husband and children and the great husband isone who has such a wife and children.Returning to the original question of what is your mission, you may have to admit that youdont know what it is very clearly and you need a specialist to teach you about your mission.So you come here to listen to me! And that is why I speak early every Sunday morning.There are many thousands of Christian churches who observe Sunday as a holy day, a day ofrest. But I work even harder on Sunday so I can teach as many of you as possible about yourtrue self and your mission of liberating God and mankind. When God looks down, does Hecomplain and say, "Oh, this is a holy day, they should take a day off and think about thecoming week. These members of the Unification Church always wake up early, go to pledgeservice, and then gather to listen to Reverend Moon speak for hours and hours-they areviolating the law of the Sabbath"? No, God would definitely approve and say, "You are theonly people working for me and mankind."I may seem to violate the law of the Sabbath many thousands of times, but the more I do, themore God will approve because this is a more effective way to achieve our mission than totake the day off. What do you think about that?Even after giving this third sermon I will not rest -- I will go fishing. No one will expect to seeme out there because it is so hot and today is Sunday. It is supposed to be a day for resting andthinking about God. But when I go fishing, I am not just seeking physical fish I am fishing forGod and Gods heart, and I fish for mankind and their heart, in order to bring them closer toGod.I know that the most difficult life on earth is deep-sea fishing. If you can liberate thefishermen, you can liberate all other workers. For many years I accomplished impossiblethings on the ocean, and you know what title I received, dont you? "The champion of tunafishing." Now I can speak to others about what I have done and teach them.Life is so short, but the depth of experience I have gained in this one area enables me to goanywhere and teach people. Our lives are brief, but I have been living this way not just for afew days or years, but throughout my life. God knows this very well. Will He say I amoverdoing it, or will He approve of how I live? God will agree with me. When I die theground there will become a holy place because God will hallow it with His presence. I canlive with utmost confidence the day of every year because this is the best way of life on earth.I am teaching you this because I want you too to learn the way of sacrifice. I know you areconscientious people and that your conscience is so clear that you will want to follow mewherever I lead.Another way of thinking about your mission of saving the world is through your Blessing.Why were you women body Some of you might reply that you dont know. Others mightreply, "I was born to save God and mankind from the position of a woman." When you look in 36
  • 37. the mirror, if you think you are rather pretty you might ask why you were born that way. Youcan answer, "It is so I can do a better job of saving God and mankind." To accomplish yourmission even faster, you can think, "I was born for the mission of wiping out racialdiscrimination. Since I am a beautiful white woman, maybe I will marry the homeliest blackman." How wonderful such a woman is!I feel so proud and grateful when hundreds and thousands of Unification Church memberscome and bow down, asking me to choose their mate. I know that when people say this, theyare thinking not of themselves but of their mission. When a beautiful woman comes to me formatching I know that she probably dreams of marrying a handsome man. However, I may seethat for her mission, another type of person is perfect for her and I will match her to him.Although she may be a little disappointed at first, it will only be temporary because she willbe much better off eternally with this type of husband. Because I know I am not making amistake, I can match people with a completely clear conscience. I realize that you may not behappy at the time, but what matters ultimately is what is best for you.If you marry centered upon the mission, one day you will be the center of your nation.Marriages based on personal attraction will quickly fade in a few years. Marriages based uponyour mission will become monuments in the historical annals of marriage. This is what I ampushing for.When people hear about my idea of marriage, they may think it is cruel and should bestopped. But as time passes, they will recognize that the greatest concepts of marriage camefrom me. Do you agree that my view of marriage is fantastic, or do you think it is a bad ideaand has caused suffering for many Americans? The loudest answers came from Hispanic andblack people. What about you white people?I realize that our way is difficult now. I dont deny it. But it is so much more valuable than theconventional way, and as the years go by its value will increase. In contrast, the worlds wayof marriage seems good now but its value will gradually diminish.I am confident that more tears have been shed by people from all five races studying myteaching than by students of all other teachings throughout history. Every Unification Churchmember knows the reason for these tears. They are not for yourself but for me. As you learnwhat I have gone through, you are filled with gratitude to God and cry out, "Oh, Father, this iswhat you must have gone through so many times! I didnt understand it until this moment."What a treasure this experience is!In moments of desperation, you discover new energy surging up within you and you realizethat this is how I devoted my life for the sake of mankind and God. "This is my newbeginning," you say. Those of you who have shed tears for the sake of the Unification Church,raise your hands. This is completely normal. Could you separate yourself from me in suchmoments? On such occasions, you must have thought about how True Parents went throughdifficulties tens or hundreds of times greater than what you have experienced and feel gratefulfor what you have learned. 37
  • 38. This is absolutely the first time in human history that one individual has brought so manythousands of people to tears. Jesus accomplishments came only after his crucifixion. Onlyafter his death was his work recognized and valued by others. My work, however, has beenaccomplished while I am physically on earth, and it will expand in the future to somethingthousands of times greater.Even though our physical bodies do not last forever, our work will be continued by successorafter successor until God and the last of mankind is liberated. I know this is so because sinceGod and mankind need liberation, they will welcome this effort and make sure that it iscontinued. They cannot live without it. Therefore, we have the guarantee that as long as westay on this path, God will come to our aid every time we need help. He cannot do otherwise.So dont you think we have to stay on the right course?Suppose a woman marries, has children, and works hard for God her entire life. When she isabout to die, her prayer is that someone will inherit her life work and improve on it. Holdingher husbands hand, she urges him and her children to carry on her mission. God will lookwith tears upon such a holy woman and cry out for her to be blessed. My goal is to make eachof you women into such a wife and mother, and to make each of you men such a husband andfather. All of us share this common mission and goal.Some member may consider the idea of liberating God and mankind foolish and decide toreach the top of some specialized field instead. I cannot see the wisdom in this. Perhaps such aperson will rise to that pinnacle, but I can see no lasting value to it. He will wither awayafterwards.Of course the world thinks it is foolish to follow my way, but you will prosper more and moreif you do. Your tomb will not be desolate; flowers will bloom on it. After I go to spirit world,nobody will have to tell you to visit my tomb. You will practically want to live there. Peoplewill feel the same way about you when you follow this victorious way. No matter how muchpeople may reject, belittle, despise and persecute us, this is the best and most valuable way oflife. Even though we have nothing today, our future is guaranteed. Are you beginning to thinkI may be right, or do you know it already?Now you have a clear idea of what I mean. But is the ultimate aim just to understand clearly,or to practice it every day? Perhaps you would prefer to let others practice this way of life,while you just watch! Perhaps you think, "This may be great for Father and great for manyUnification Church members, but it is not so good for me." Would you rather observe it orpractice it? Do you really mean it? If so, raise your hand. If this is your true mission, isnt itfantastic? Is it so fantastic and worthwhile that you can drop everything else for it?Am I famous? Here is the proof. Very important people, such as bank presidents andgovernment officials who, have heard of my noble ideas and deeds would like to meet me. ButI have never met with any person, regardless of how high his position may be, unless I wantedto. As I become increasingly famous, more and more people -- not only Moonies -- will bewanting to meet me. 38
  • 39. People with deep concern for their country and profound ideas about how to save the worldfrom its present crisis will want to come and listen to me. There will be hundreds andthousands of such people. Saints and famous people in the spirit world would like to come toearth, if only for five or ten minutes, to speak with me in the flesh. That is how famous I am.How about you Moonies? Are you taking me seriously enough? You may have long facesbecause I am speaking for the third time in 24 hours. You might be thinking, "Father, I need alittle sleep; if I rest a while, I can listen better."You Moonies are the closest people to me and should be the ones most excited to be with meall the time. But rather, it is the other way around. Those farther away are more anxious to bewith me than the Moonies themselves. Actually, this is nothing new or abnormal. Children ofmillionaires or presidents dont think of their parents as such great people. If the minister ofeducation visits their school, for instance, the children of millionaires may think, "He isgreater than my own father." They have no depth of experience or any way to compare theirfather with others.Lets assume that you take me very seriously and realize my importance. But how deeplyserious are you? You suppose that you can see me anytime you wish. You assume you cancome to Belvedere every Sunday; all you have to do is wake up one hour earlier. Is that theright attitude? The opportunity to attend whenever you wish is limited. In the future you willnot be able to see me just any Sunday. If there are many world-famous people waiting to enterthe auditorium where I am speaking and the seats are limited, do you think I will continueletting you in? I may say, "You have listened enough. Why dont you go out and accomplish,and let the new people come in to listen?"You should not always expect preferential treatment. You shouldnt complain, "Father, wehave been following you for so long and have worked so hard, and now these new peoplecome and get to listen to you every day while we cant." That is the wrong attitude. Eventhough you may become a servant to some of them in the spirit world, as long as your missionis the same, you should feel honored to serve. You may think these are harsh words. Youmight protest, "I worked as a servant my whole life on earth, and now in spirit world you wantme to continue as a servant working to liberate mankind and God! That is too much for me."Would you say that? Are you sure you wouldnt complain?If you disregard your individual interest -- because there really is no such thing -- and look atlife from all directions, isnt my idea fantastic? Think about it. Dont you suppose that learnedand conscientious people will love this philosophy? Doesnt God love it too? If everybodyembraces it, no one will be left out.In case you are worried that you cannot fit all I have said and done into your mind, then throwaway all the trash in your thinking and replace it with these concepts! Still you would beunable to contain everything. Would you prefer to hang on to the trash? Can you throw itaway without regret? Can you discard everything which is ambiguous and replace it with mythought and advice something which has been thoroughly tested and is guaranteed to produceresults? 39
  • 40. If you throw away the trash, I would like to see you do it with a happy mind. I dont want youto discard something regretfully and later try to retrieve it. Are you really confident that youwant to replace the trash? Those who could do it without regrets, raise your hands.At the crucial moment when you have made up your mind, suppose your husband or wifecomes to distract you. What would you do? I always asked myself this question. I had todivorce my first wife; you have heard about that. I did not want to end the marriage, however;she was the one who left me. God knows the circumstances. Do you think my actions wereright? The result was divorce. Is divorce permissible under such circumstances? Righteousliving can transcend divorce and even more.Since you have agreed to live for the sake of the liberation of God and mankind, all yoursenses must adjust to this mission. Although you may not need glasses, imagine that you havea pair of glasses through which you can see nothing but the liberation of God and mankind. Inaddition, imagine that you have a hearing device which filters out anything which does notconcern the liberation of God and mankind-the liberation of God and mankind is the onlything you want to listen to, and you could do it for 24 hours in a row. Furthermore, imaginethat on your mouth you have a device for letting in only food which gives energy to work forthe sake of God and mankind.If you eat something special, such as Chinese food, tell yourself you have to work ten timesharder for the liberation of God and mankind! If you wear fancy clothes, you should resolve todo more for the sake of God and mankind. Now imagine that your nose will smell only thoseodors which will help liberate God and mankind. If that smell happens to be a stench, yournose will be able to change its preferences and choose it over perfume. Your hands used toenjoy touching soft things, but imagine now that they enjoy the rock-hard touch of things ofsubstance.You must literally learn to reverse your tastes. You must learn a new way of liking things. Ittakes painstaking effort to learn these new things one by one. It is very difficult and that iswhy you need prayer.Your eyes, for instance, are literally your enemies and you need to be able to protect yourselffrom them. You may tell Heavenly Father that your eyes keep wanting to see the way they didin the past and you need His help to change. You may notice a handsome man passing by andcompare him to your husband. If he beckons and you follow him, Satan can snatch you awayat that very moment. You may feel horrified that your own eyes can be your enemy, but it istrue.Since your mission is the liberation of God and mankind, your rightful eyes and ears willaffirm that mission. As time passes, however, you may hear another voice saying, "You havegone this far and nothing has happened. Forget about this liberation of God and mankind!Listen to me and you can have everything you want: nice clothes, nice food. Your life is tooshort to waste." When someone speaks to you in an unprincipled way, the words may soundsweet and the ideas tempting. 40
  • 41. In that case, cover your ears because you know Satan can invade you through them.Sometimes your mouth can be your enemy, urging you to eat your favorite foods or to speaksome words of complaint. Your nose, your hands, the various parts of your body -- all may beyour enemy. You must be able to maintain fight control over them. This task is never easyThe greatest man may be tempted by the appearance of a beautiful woman.Now that you know your enemy, how do you guard against it? The enemy can infiltratethrough your five senses. When you realize why you should safeguard yourself, you willknow how to control your eyes, ears, nose, mouth and hands. The sixth area is the mind andthe sexual organs are the seventh area of vulnerability. A small point of vulnerability in any ofthese seven areas may eventually bring your downfall. Satan is very confident that you cannotovercome these seven vulnerable areas of sense and thought during your lifetime.I now we have clearly defined our enemy. Is it outside you or inside you? The enemy is verymuch inside. You must be able to protect yourself from the enemy within you. If you dontknow how to protect yourself, you will become the victim and lose your value.Without the confidence that you can control yourself, it is nonsense to think about theliberation of God and mankind. You never know when Satan may show up. When everythingis going wrong and your determination is shaky, Satan will most likely start talking to you.When things are going bad, you may feel like smoking or drinking alcoholic beverages. Itmakes no sense to smoke, however. Smoking will never be of any help in liberating God andmankind. The same applies to drinking alcohol. You absolutely need prayer in order toovercome your weak points.American men, for instance, are very vulnerable to certain temptations. In contrast to menfrom other nations, American men often have experiences with women from a very youngage. Therefore, you need more prayer to protect yourself from such temptations. Did yourealize this before, or only now that I have pointed it out? American women are not as bad off,but they are still more vulnerable than women in many other parts of the world.Oriental women go almost to the other extreme -- they have far fewer problems of that kind.They are always embarrassed to take off their clothing and expose parts of their body. Thetypical Oriental garments cover the entire body, leaving only the head and hands exposed.This is the traditional dress in the Orient even now. In America, the very minimum is covered-- sometimes even less than the minimum. Women go almost naked. They spend yearsperfecting ways of laughing and flirting. Many foolish Oriental men have fallen into the trapof imagining that a woman truly liked them because she could wink so enticingly.I urge American women to protect yourselves from these kinds of temptations. This is theworst enemy you have to face. You have to protect yourself before you can accomplishanything. You Moonie women are a new breed of people. Are you somewhat better thanordinary American women, or far better? 41
  • 42. Do you suppose I am a different kind of man because of who I am? I am not immune totemptation. Im even more receptive to all kinds of sensations. If I didnt know how to controlmyself, I would react even more strongly than you to such stimulation. So do you think mystruggles are easier than yours, or more difficult? I had to fight a hundred times harder inorder to control these sensations and gain the victory for God and mankind.There is one way in which I am different from you: I never considered following a woman.On the contrary, the opposite has happened. Many women have followed me, but I knew howto erect the proper barrier and protect myself. God knows that I have this absolute confidenceand that I am qualified to bear the responsibility for liberating mankind, the world, and God.God knows me inside out. God would never take a chance on me. Therefore He tested meuntil He was sure that my mouth, ears, nose, eyes, and all other senses were dependable. Imade great efforts to prove my trustworthiness.Consider the effect even music has on ones senses. I think that Westerners who like rockmusic should try instead to appreciate the slow, calming music of the East. Orientals shouldlisten more to rock music in order to invigorate themselves. This is a serious suggestion, notjust empty talk.To sum it up, it is very difficult to have absolute confidence in yourself and to preserve yoursense of mission. Is there any woman here who is completely confident that she can resistwhatever weapons Satan might use against her? Can any person claim to be immovable andinvincible?I know very well that there are times when your mind is absolutely confident but your feetstart walking of their own accord! Sometimes your mind simply cannot control them. Peoplewho feel this loss of control sometimes abandon themselves to temptation, thinking that sincethey have gone so far, they no longer care what happens. This is a typical reaction totemptation.It is very important to protect yourself from evil. There is no challenge I havent thought aboutand devised ways to overcome. I even tested myself by looking at magazine pictures ofbeautiful women and asking myself what I would do if one of them crawled into my bed. "Iwould cut my belly out before I would do anything," I resolved. "When she saw the knife, shewould leave quickly!" I considered how I would handle temptation from a beautiful whitewoman, from a black woman, from an Oriental woman. I considered what special qualities Iknew about such women that I could utilize to help me resist their advances. I realized thatthis was a critical area of temptation because thats how the fall happened.Even at a very young age, I tested myself daily. When I undertook this mission of liberatingmankind, I thought very deeply because I realized that if I could not overcome suchtemptations, I could not be truly confident. My mission was to liberate God and liberate allmankind. In the process I prayed a lot to make sure that God would protect me and give methe confidence I needed. 42
  • 43. Sometimes I was harsh with my eyes. "I really gave you a hard time, didnt I?" I would tellthem afterwards. Then my eyes answered, "Yes, you did. But now we are happy because youprevented us from making a mistake." I persecuted my nose, but it said, "Yes, you really gaveme a terrible time; I was afraid then, but now Im glad." I looked at my mouth in the mirrorand told it, "You really went hungry until you reached 30 years of age, didnt you?" My mouthanswered, "Yes, it was rather difficult to persevere, but I am very grateful that I will neverhave to go through that again."My ears heard so many unpleasant things, but they confided to me that they are the happiestears in the world. I have touched smelly, thorny fish and many other disagreeable things, butmy hands dont complain about their misfortune. Instead they say that they are the happiesthands in the world. All my limbs tell me, "You are my true master!" Are you the true masterof your eyes, ears, nose, mouth and limbs? Has every part of your body become a true part ofyour being? If not, you need to pray more.There is nothing more important than fulfilling your mission. Your mission is everything. Youshould realize that it is not your nation that hinders you and persecution is not what holds youback. Your real limitations are internal. It is lack of confidence rather than persecution thatrestricts you. In fact, if you set a very high standard for yourself and force yourself to live upto it, the world will stop persecuting you!I have absolute confidence, so I am never shaken no matter what kind of persecution comesmy way. I stand firm as a rock. Therefore, persecution will eventually fade away. I can applythe principles of the internal discipline I have perfected to external situations. Just as I havefortified myself internally, I will defend myself from external slander, persecution andinvasion.Prayer is essential to winning this victory. When you face difficult and trying times, instead ofasking somebody else for advice, go to a dark room and pray to God asking Him what to do.He will give you a much better answer than you will get from your colleagues. Then youshould invest your time and energy into solving that problem. Day after day, you shouldpractice overcoming your temptations.I have spent more than 12 hours a day praying deeply about overcoming temptations.American prayer is five minutes at most. But a few minutes aren’t enough time to solve a deepproblem. For example, you would have to go through incredibly deep water to reach thebottom of the ocean. It takes more than five minutes just to get to the bottom of a problem, letalone solve it.Those who develop the practice of praying dont make big mistakes, while others who dontpray enough will make many mistakes and have to spend a lot of time correcting them. Youcan take my word for it! Once you develop the habit and taste of prayer, you will find it morevaluable than eating, listening to good music, or watching a nice movie. After you haveexperienced deep prayer, you will automatically find solutions to your problems. You wonthave to struggle so much to accomplish things. Prayer has tremendous mystic meaning. 43
  • 44. Moonies are very spoiled these days. You think because you have such a great Father, you canget away with the minimum of five minutes of prayer a day. But actually that is not enough.You have to overcome the temptation to avoid prayer and the temptation to sleep long hours.Since our mission is obviously so great-the liberation of God and mankind-we need an equallygreat prayer life to accomplish it.Even though you may consider yourself a light-hearted American, you should begin to seeyourself as one American who needs to be more serious than anybody else in history. Youshould resolve that no matter what difficulty may lie before you, you can reach your goalthrough the power of prayer. You should be so focused on the goal that you could offer yourlife with no regrets.I have been talking about prayer in the traditional sense of deep prayer. But for UnificationChurch members, your daily life should be a kind of prayer as well. While you work, sleep,walk, talk, or eat you should develop the habit of prayer. That way you can experience Godsabiding presence with you.If you face some desperate situation and need somebody to help you, you usually think firstabout someone who is always willing to help, someone who cares for you, prays for you, andnever lets you down. Thats the kind of person you go to, isnt it? Its the same with God. Godtoo looks for such a person. When God looks around for somebody to visit with, He will seekout people who care about the future of their country, people who seek the liberation of theircountrymen, the world, and God. These are the people God will visit most frequently.To gain Gods companionship, you should always think about your lifetime vocation, yourmission, and your prayer. Twenty-four hours a day you should be centered on these things. Ifyou are good at prayer and make it a habit, you wont have to wonder what to do. Your mindwill automatically direct you properly. You can be confident of your direction and never haveto waste time wondering if you are right. Sometimes you may choose what you think is theright way and start heading there and suddenly find your feet swinging around the other way,responding to the automatic direction that your mind developed through prayer. When suchthings happen, you will realize that God is right beside you.Such experiences will prove to you that God lives right next to you. It is actually possible forGod to live right beside you! Each of you needs to experience this before you can takeresponsibility for your mission. If you dont develop this relationship, you become a burden tomankind and to God. Unification Church members must not be such burdens. You shouldwant to contribute to others, rather than detract from them. You shouldnt always want to bebeneficiaries of other peoples help.This morning I have been talking to you from the perspective of mission and prayer.Wherever you go, if you find yourself alone, concentrate your thoughts and prayer. Then ifyour senses point someone out to you, witness to him or her, no matter what the circumstance.Dont let consideration of the circumstances keep you from witnessing. Dont postponewitnessing until later. After you try this for a few times, you will learn that your senses nevermake a mistake, and you will find witnessing very fruitful. 44
  • 45. When you live this way, you will become a truly spiritual person and will possess deepknowledge. If you do fundraising or start a business, for example, you will sense where tostart and what direction to head in. This is the standard you should aim for. Nothing surpassesthe experience of having God with you.No one who is a burden to mankind and God can contribute to his own liberation. It justdoesnt work. Likewise, if you become a burden to the Unification Church, how can youliberate God and mankind? If you become a burden to your country, how can you liberateyour country, God and mankind? You should always look for even small ways to contribute tothe Unification Church. You should never want the Unification Church to be diminishedbecause of you.I dont depend on the Unification Church for my support. I always take the independent goalof working for the sake of mankind and of God. I look for ways to help God, rather thanasking Him to help me. Likewise, I always try to do things for the Unification Church ratherthan asking the church to help me.My way of thinking is so different from yours, often 180 degrees opposite. The other day along-time member came to me and said, "Frankly, Father, I am disappointed because you didnot recognize me." I got angry at that. We are acknowledged only in terms of how we liberateGod and mankind. This person should have been concerned not about recognition from mebut about how to accomplish more for the liberation of God and mankind. If in addition todisappointing him I had spoken harshly to him, he should have thought, "Perhaps Father needsto be cruel because that may be the only way to unite this harsh world!"In fact, I am harsh to people on occasion because liberating God takes priority overeverything, including nice feelings between each other. You feel bad when others let youdown, but you havent even begun to be concerned with Gods problem! My automaticresponse to frustration is to think about God. Do you ever wonder how much disappointmentGod feels when we havent been able to accomplish all He needs to have done?Sometimes at critical moments I dont even pray to God for help. At such times, I feel thatGod already knows about the situation and its up to me to do it. I would rather wait for God topray for me! By the same token, I would rather have other people ask me for help.Its time to change a lot of mistaken concepts people have developed over the years withouteven knowing they were wrong. Almost all your concepts need to be changed! For instance,one Korean leader has been very concerned about the American church. He is alwaysreporting to me about its problems and asking for assistance, but he never says, "Father, dontworry. We will support you in your worldwide dispensation." Before asking me for help, itwould be wiser for him to say, "Im sorry that we cannot help you more." Then I wouldrespond, knowing that his words might be hollow, but still they are good ones!This weekend we have been celebrating the Day of All Things. Dont think about what youcan gain from the occasion, but tell yourself that since you have become spiritually rechargedhere you can go out and work three times harder on your mission. You should be so eager to 45
  • 46. go out and work that you would rather not wait around just to listen to me. If you contribute toGod, He will surely compensate you, and you will become the kind of person He will callupon for ever more important missions.Wherever I go, I always stir things up. I always make a big noise. People cant be complacentabout me. But since I never fail to bring good results, people dont mind me making acommotion! When I go somewhere, I never let people remain peaceful; I always startsomething. God knows that this is the only way to stimulate change and produce good results.Therefore, God is always curious to see what I will start next! Two years ago I started OceanChurch and miracles happened. Now it is the IOWC. Soon it will be something else.Yesterday I told members working on Ocean Church that I disliked all of them! Theyunderstood what I meant I said that because they were not contributing enough to our churchand to the liberation of God and mankind. I will continue to challenge such people until theychange and begin to truly contribute to the highest purpose. You may not like me for that, butthis approach endears me to God! If you were me, would you prefer to be liked by themembers, or by God and mankind? You always know the right answer!Now that you know what is trash and what is valuable, why dont you throw away all yourtrash? Do you think I am indebted to the United States, or do you think the United States isindebted to me? On a one-to-one basis, has the average Unification Church membercontributed more to me, or have I contributed more to each church member throughout theworld?From the very beginning I have trusted you Americans. I knew how unpopular I could becomeby the things I said. Americans -- especially women -- hate it when somebody criticizes them.But I face people and say what needs to be said. You American women have been verytolerant and have never protested aloud. Inside, of course, you were boiling but you nevershowed it! I think that is very lovable. Now I ask you women whom I have been pounding onfor years: whose method is best, yours or mine? If you are willing to go down, you will comeup. I myself will lift you up.My sermon today is about mission and prayer. From now on you can tell yourself, "Mymission has one aim: to liberate God and mankind. I will let nothing else bother or distractme. I have made my resolve." All creation will hear your resolve. So can you tell God, "I willhead straight toward the goal"? If so, God will be most gracious toward you.I have been doing all the talking this morning. Now you should talk. Do you promise me thatyou will head straight forward to the goal? Will you do so only if I keep visiting you andlifting you up? Will you do so only as long as your central figure appreciates your hard workand rewards you from time to time? Will you do so only if your spouse supports you?Actually, only you can reach your goal. You must be capable of being absolutely independentof all these people! I love best the American idea of independence. 46
  • 47. We need to make two resolutions: first, to become a contributor everywhere -- to help otherseven in the smallest situation. Second, to continue doing so for the rest of our life -- eventhough we may lack food, clothing, or a place to sleep. This is the direction we must go.Since you are so different from other people in history, you are a new phenomenon. Now thata new theme in history is emerging, God will come around to do some sightseeing. "Are thesepeople really the offspring of the fall?" He will exclaim in wonder. I am not asking you to dosomething complicated. I have given this much thought and the method is simple.What do you think: should we all go to Moscow? After Moscow, where do we go? Afterliberating God and mankind, we must liberate hell. God cares about the people in hell, so itstands to reason that unless we liberate them, we cannot liberate God. This has been my cleargoal since I was very young.Now you know my blueprint and you realize that it is yours as well. To carry it out to the lastdetail will require all your time and energy. I have devoted myself to this task. The key tosuccess is perseverance. Dont respond or retaliate when people attack. Be prepared to endurewhatever comes your way.This morning you should adopt this plan and begin to put it into practice. Some of you look soserious. You dont always have to look so serious. Try to master the art of trusting God-after acertain point; you can leave things up to God! Why should you worry about everything? Thereis only so much you can do. You cannot be God; He will do His part.Sometimes you have been heading in one direction and have to turn around and go a differentway. If I tell you go turn around, you should be willing to do so, even though you dont see thereason. Later you will realize why. When I see that a certain direction is not good, I may justtell you to turn around without explaining why. You should be able to do it without feelinghurt.Im willing to make sudden changes. For instance, I never notify anyone that I am thinking ofleaving the United States until 24 hours before my departure. People may protest, "Father, youhave a fantastic foundation which is just about to bear fruit. It would be silly for you to leavenow." But I may have a different idea. I know I cannot live eternally in this one country.Eventually I will have to leave it -- set it aside, in a sense -- and when the time comes, I willdo it.It doesnt matter when I leave. What matters is that I will invest my best efforts for the sake ofthis nation until the very last minute. I stand unashamed before my own conscience, beforeGod and before mankind. I do my best and am satisfied with that. You should have the sameattitude. Keep your thinking simple rather than complicated.I look at all affairs, large and small, from the perspective of destiny. Whatever comes my way,I tell myself that I was born for this. If you are witnessing you should tell yourself you wereborn to witness, that witnessing is your vocation and nothing can change it. You should notkeep hoping to do something else, but be willing to continue witnessing the rest of your life. 47
  • 48. Then if your mission changes, fine. You will accept your new mission as your eternal missionand not bother thinking about other things. Whatever your mission is, tell yourself that youwere born to fulfill it. When you think this way, life becomes very simple.So have the attitude that you were born to fundraise, or born to witness, period. That is yourvocation. Its that simple. This is the best way to live for the sake of God and mankind. Suchan attitude suits Americans well because they dont like complicated things! You can dosimple things well, but not complicated things!The contents of your mission are so clear: to liberate mankind, and to liberate God. It is very,very simple. Will you do it? Shall we start from today? Those who pledge to do it, raise yourhands. God will be pleased with this simple resolution. God bless you. 48
  • 49. Lifestyle of Prayer January 18, 1987Our title can be loosely translated as Prayer that we Develop Daily, or Living Prayer.In school, who are the best students? They are those who think about studying all the time.Always their studies are foremost in their minds, with no room for extraneous thinking. If youcompare their attitude to a color, we might say it is white. It is not red or black or a mixture ofcolors, but rather clear and white. Such a student is always focused, consciously orunconsciously, on his goal. If that student is majoring in a foreign language, then he relateseverything he thinks and does to the equivalent words in the foreign language. He is veryinvolved in it. All his thinking is occupied with his subject.The same is true with business people. A good businessman always thinks in terms of thebusiness he is engaged in. Everything he sees and hears, he immediately relates to hisbusiness. When he reads something about business, he feels it is connected to him. He alwaysappreciates new ideas that can help his company.The same goes with a researcher. If a person is entrusted with the mission of scientificresearch, everything he thinks and does is centered on finding the solution to the problem. Inother words, it blends with his life-his life is a continuation of his research.If we say, "Hes a good friend of mine, how do we define that? A friend is defined by howmuch he thinks of you or how deeply he cares about you. To that degree you say he is a goodfriend. Good citizens or patriots are those who care and think about their country to a greatextent.If you think a lot about something, your actions will be influenced. What you do depends onwhat you think and how deeply you think. If you are a good influence on your environment orschool or country, then people will call you a good citizen, a good family man, a goodmember of society, and so forth.We can think about the cosmos in a similar way. The cosmos will look at a person andevaluate him according to this criterion. If a person really thinks about and loves the universe,then the universe will say that he is good. If he cares about the universe all his life andassimilates that concern into everything he does, the universe will say, "That person is auniversally good person" The same is true for a good wife and a good husband.We can draw the same conclusion about God. We can ask, "What is Gods personality?" Godis the center of the universe and there is only one God. He is somebody who is notreplaceable. He is an absolute being with absolute love. What is Gods wish? Since He is aneternal being with eternal, absolute love, He would want someone who can be with Him inlove for all of eternity-not temporarily but eternally and without change. 49
  • 50. There are many different world religions, including Christianity, Confucianism, Buddhismand Hinduism. Among all these religions, which one is the best, according to God? If areligion stresses love as most important and teaches and practices eternal love. then that is thebest, most superb religion for God.What about the Unification Church? What kind of religion is it? God most loves the religionthat respects and loves Him and teaches people how to practice that love forever and ever. Arethose of us in the Unification Church like that? Are we truly unified and thinking in onedirection?What is a son of filial piety? He is the one who discovers what his parents love the most andalways tries to care for them, doing what they like the most. The parents and others can callhim a child of filial piety. The one who centers his deeds and thoughts on his parents, focusingon the love he can give to them is the son or daughter of filial piety.Then what is a patriot? The patriot is a person who has a loving mind towards his country.Wherever there is a problem he thinks about it most seriously and wonders how to solve it andcontribute to the good of the country. He does not create problems for the country but worksto solve them instead. There are patriots on the world level, as well, whom we might callsaints. Their love is not confined to a country but extends all the way to the world. Such aperson thinks all the time about how to make the world better.The thing that pious sons and daughters, patriots, and saints have in common is their concernfor others, the world, and the earth. Then let us turn our eyes to God, the center of all theuniverse, earth and heaven. Is there any person who loves and thinks about God, centering ona positive and loving relationship with Him? Such a person does not confine his thoughts toearth but also thinks of eternity and invisible things like the spirit world. This person wouldlove God and care about the betterment of the entire spirit world, as well as the earth. Histhoughts and everything he did would be aimed toward that goal. This would be an idealperson before God.If members of the Unification Church are asked, "Do you want to be a patriot, or a saint, or aholy child of God?" we unanimously say "holy child" No matter what color of skin we have orwhether we are tall or short, there is nothing else that we want to be. It is easy to say you wantto be a holy child, but do you think it is easy to become one? Everyone would want to be oneinitially, but in time, like in a school course, many would drop out. Not everybody will makeit to the end.What do you predict? On the average, how many people would get less than a fifty percentmark? What percentage of people would make more than fifty percent? Put your imaginationto work and, in view of the difficulty involved, what percentage would make it? We arereminded of Abraham in the Bible who prayed to God to save Sodom and Gomorrah if Hecould find two or three righteous persons-not holy sons but just righteous persons who werestanding on the right side. Of course, we know that God destroyed those cities. 50
  • 51. What would be the exchange value for one holy son or daughter? If you had one holy sonwould you exchange him for ten thousand righteous people? Youre right. He is priceless andthere is no exchange. To God, one holy son cannot be exchanged even for millions ofrighteous people who might be living on the face of the earth.Then we realize that Jesus Christ had this value, equivalent to the rest of the world. You knowthat this is a down-to earth concept and not just a theory about Jesus value. Would the holyson look different from other people, from righteous or not-so-righteous people? He wouldhave two eyes, one nose and one mouth in the proper positions. He would not really lookexternally different from others.Do you think you could distinguish Jesus in a large crowd? He ate food, didnt he? Then Jesusprobably ate often with his hands, since he didnt always have eating utensils. Can youimagine a holy son eating with his hands? How could Jesus be a holy son-he had no manners!Maybe he appeared to be a barbarian! Do you think in Jesus time there were bathrooms andindoor toilets? Were there sinks for people to wash their hands after they went to thebathroom? Well, if there were no such things, where would Jesus go to the bathroom? Mostlikely he just went outside, dont you think?Jesus was a carpenter. Do you think he had nice clothing like some of us are wearing now?No, he probably had a ragged appearance and his clothing was unwashed. You can imaginehow coarse his mode of life was. If you had lived closely with Jesus, would he have smelledpleasant? Perhaps not, but can you still call him a holy son? Indeed, he was a holy son of Godin spite of all these really undesirable external things.Lets compare ourselves to the situation of Jesus. Dont you think we are much better offexternally than Jesus was? What is the difference between us, then? It is what Jesus hadinside. There is a world of difference between a holy son and someone who is trying tobecome a holy son. What he had inside was totally different from what he looked like on theoutside.Anyone who has a valuable possession will try to hide it in a secret place, the place mostdifficult for other people to find. Isnt that true? Can you look into other peoples minds?Minds are invisible, arent they? There are five billion people on earth, but no one can stealsomething stored deep inside of your mind. Why? First, because it is not visible. If you cannotsee it, how can you steal it? So where would you want to hide the most precious thing that youown? You would like to store it where no one could steal it, where no one has access.God is an invisible being and so is His mind. Can God see His own mind? What is yourguess? God is a mystical being in the sense that there are some areas that you cannot know orsee so quickly. Even God, who is almighty, would like something to be mystical. If you knoweverything, it is not fun, is it? It would not be exciting or stimulating. In reality, I haveexperienced that even in the spirit world, I could not see God. I could hear Him and feel Hispresence, but I couldnt see Him. So all people living in the spirit world are searching tounderstand God more and by doing so, come to love Him more and more. Everyone is tryingto better themselves and get nearer to God. This is true. I know it as a reality. 51
  • 52. Where do you find the moist precious thing? If God has something most precious, dont youthink He would hide it in a place that would be most difficult to find? If you were God, youwould probably do that, wouldnt you? God would hide it away so well that even Hesometimes would have to think, "Where did I put it?"What God would value the most is not money. He can produce any wealth He wants.Likewise, He has all the knowledge and power in the world. What He cannot have without usis love. We know that. Can we see love? No, love is not visible. We are talking about truelove. The more you experience it, the more mysterious and precious it seems. The more youfind out about it, the less you seem to know about it.Where can Gods love be found-in Himself alone or through other things? Yes, it is true, weneed someone to respond to, someone to have interaction with, and so does God. Love cannotbe experienced alone. There must be a circuit. Who is the object of love to God? It is man andwoman.Reverend Moon is the biggest "heretic" in todays religious world, especially Christianity,because what he teaches is that God and man can unite into one. Many ministers jump up atthat and say, "No! Where did you get that idea? God is holy and men are not!" They justfiercely oppose that idea. But this interrelationship of love between subject and object is sosimple and undeniable. The simple truth is that you cannot have love without an object-yousimply cannot form a love relationship. That means we human beings are no exception. Wemust stand in the position of an object of love for God and His love as the subject. Ls thattrue? Do you really feel that you stand in that position?Who do you think feels more mystified-man or God? People feel that God is a mysteriousbeing. But in looking at you, does God feel that you are also a mysterious being? What do youthink-is our side or Gods side more mysterious? This is a subtle question, but it is animportant and serious question for man.Imagine that God could be so fascinated by human beings that He would completely forget wewere His own creation. Looking at a woman, for instance-the way her eyes move and howcrystal clear they are-He would be fascinated. He wouldnt get tired of looking at her all day-the way she talks, the way she smiles. Since He is fascinated, dont you think that God wouldlike to touch that person with His own hands? Then He would feel so fascinated with her noseand eyes that He would not only want to touch her but to kiss that nose and those eyes.If something is fascinating and mystifying, there is no limit to exploring it. You want to lookat it from the outside, from the under side, and in the darkness at night. It is just unlimited.God would really like to possess such a mysterious person. Dont you think so? He has anoverwhelming urge to make someone His.If God wants to possess you but you say no, what would God do? He is so strong, could Heforce you to be His? No. God would probably try to win your interest by showing yousomething you would also be fascinated and mystified by. He could bring money, or maybe 52
  • 53. power or knowledge. But we know that one gets tired of money after a while. It is notsomething we want to die with. It is not a mysterious thing.We need something that we can own, but then we want to own it further. We want to touch itand then feel satisfied, but soon we want to touch it again and again, going deeper and deeper.You see it in the morning and you want to see it again at noon. Then you want to see it againin the evening, when it is even more beautiful. You want to have it today and you want tohave it tomorrow.That which induces this kind of attraction is nothing other than love. Can you name anythingmore fascinating than love? It is truly priceless. Can a man alone have that love? Where canwe find that kind of love? Yes, you said it, with your spouse. For a man, it is his wife and for awoman, it is her husband.Are men that important to American women? Maybe you just need him in order to have himrun errands. You want to keep him around like a servant? If a man really brings you thepriceless gift of love, then he is priceless too, isnt he? Love is priceless but that man is equallypriceless. Yet how many American women think that a man is not very valuableImagine if there were only one man and 2.5 billion women-then how valuable would that manbe? Have you really stopped to consider that your husband is a priceless being who brings youthat best mystifying gift of love forever and ever, not just for a few years? Have you everthought about the value of that person? More than half of all American marriages end indivorce now. Think about the cause of divorce. Only the women can answer this question:Who is more likely responsible-women or men- for this high divorce rate and breakup of thefamily? It is women. So, now you know how to behave. You have to think, "Oh, since I am awoman, I must be careful"You are American women. Do you think the average American woman would be like you-sodocile, sitting on the cold floor early in the morning listening to Fathers words? When I scoldyou or pound on your head, you sit so nicely and obediently. Can we find even one Americanwoman like that out in the secular world?Let me continue the line of questioning: Do more women or more men go to Heaven? Wehave to be candid and frank about this. After all, the first condition before we can go into theKingdom of Heaven is to be frank. Absolute love needs to be stored in an absolute vessel.Women are more changeable, so they often cannot contain unchanging love as well.Therefore, it is likely that there will be more men than women in Heaven because men canbetter contain absolute love. There are some who are not satisfied with this!Each and every one of us, no matter how humble or ugly we may be, is absolutely essential toGod. If someone wanted to erect a human museum of typical people, do you think there wouldbe a beautiful woman in the showcase or a homely woman? What is your guess? If there was abeautiful woman, then certainly there should be a homely one as well because there should besome contrast. Contrast gives beauty to all things. 53
  • 54. Did you know that it is a common rule that beautiful women have less blessing - very thinblessing - while homely ones have greater blessings? A beautiful woman might be comparedto shallow water and an unattractive woman to deeper water. The beautiful woman shows offeverything that she has, but a not-so-beautiful womans expression is more subtle. A beautifulwoman adorns herself with earrings and jewelry and all of that, but a less attractive womandoesnt pay so much attention to what she wears. She thinks, "Well, if people pay attention tome, fine. If they dont, that is also fine"God has this invaluable, priceless love which is much more precious than any treasure. If Hewanted to store it in a womans mind, which would be the more appropriate place-a beautifulwoman or a not-so-beautiful woman? You see, a beautiful woman usually shows everythingoff all at once. Father will look at her and know about her instantly and that is the end of it.She might have no mystery. But what about a less attractive woman? Everything is hiddeninside of her. The longer you associate with her, the more her good qualities come out. Sowouldnt God like to store His treasure in a not-so-beautiful woman?This is not a mans imagination-this is such a clear and obvious thing. The offspring ofbeautiful people are often on the decline. They can even become beggars. But a plain womanwill have offspring who achieve great heights. So women, what do you want to be from nowon? Do you want to be beautiful or not-so-beautiful? Father asked a clear question, so youhave to answer it in a clear way.I am always thinking and I am always very busy, so I do not speak nonsense. I am talkingabout an important point. If you American women look in a mirror and your heart sinksbecause you feel you are not beautiful enough, raise your hands. One day I would like to find,by what criteria I dont know, the ugliest woman on earth and put her picture in the humanmuseum. When you look at things the way I explained them, you can see that God is reallyfair.For Western women especially, which is more interesting- one flying butterfly or butterflies inpairs who are sitting quietly on a bush? Which butterfly is more representative of the Orientand which is more Western? Westerners who see an Oriental person for the first time maywonder whats going on in his mind. You cant tell if he is happy or unhappy. Which does Godchoose-the way of showing off or the quiet way? When you let others know you quickly andimmediately, is this really desirable? The one who advertises himself can never be chosen as amaster of things. A master does not show off or make himself visible so much, but he is thecenter and master.This morning I want to make the point that no woman should worry excessively about herappearance. Never think that you are ugly. Remember that God will one day look for the mosthomely woman and show her off in a museum. Some woman might have a big nose which is asource of misery for her. But I see her and think, "That is a beautiful nose. A person with thatkind of nose has a certain blessing guaranteed" In fact, this is true. I am immediately attractedto someone with a big nose. While I am talking, my eyes go there again and again. Dont everbe disappointed about the way you look. 54
  • 55. Todays topic is prayer. Im not talking about setting aside a little bit of time each day to pray,but the type of continuous prayer which you do while conducting your daily affairs. Imtalking about one consistent prayer, a lifestyle of prayer. In such case, your mind is focused onyour prayer even while you are eating; while you are walking or talking with other people,your ultimate desire is your prayer.We all have to experience this kind of prayer. The first step is to rearrange our mind, ourthoughts. Since our thoughts are subject, they have to be stable because our body responds asthe object to our mind. So first we have to have a firm goal. What is our goal? Because God isour subject,we want to carry out everything according to what God wishes, not what we ourselves prefer.Our purpose is to do whatever God wants to achieve. This is very important.When we pray, for whom do we pray? What would be more appealing to God-to pray for thesake of oneself or for the sake of God? If we pray for the sake of God, "1 come on the sceneonly secondarily. First it is God, then me as God wishes me to be. My preference is always tobe on the side that God is on. If God is on the east side, thats the side I want to be on. But if Ipray and find out that God wants me on the west side, I must say, "Yes, I want to go to thewest side" If we think, "No, I want to be on the east side no matter what You think, then ourprayer cannot succeed.God has a purpose for us and God is the main theme of prayer. You should never forget this.You dont have to pray too much about yourself. Those who pray for themselves will decline,and those who pray for God and the rest of the world will rise.Most Unification Church members know that the restoration of the world is the ultimateobjective of prayer. All day long you think about the world and maybe for a few minutes youverbalize it and pray, "Heavenly Father, please help me work today for the sake of the wholeworld and for You!" That prayer is more powerful than a prayer for small things. Smallprayers are like leaves and twigs on a tree, whereas the other kind of prayer is like the trunk.Many times while Father was in Danbury, Mother and many church members thought, "Wemiss Father so desperately. We cannot replace him" But I thought of it a different way: "Thinkof how the world is going to be after I come back from Danbury. Thats what matters, not mygoing into Danbury and suffering for the time being" Now every one of us can see the resultso clearly.It has been only one year since I was released from Danbury, yet during this time more thingshave changed in our favor, or in Gods favor, than during our previous ten years intensesuffering. Even after that ten years, the people persecuted us and misunderstood us more, butafter Father came back from Danbury, that misunderstanding has dissipated and thepersecution has quieted down. People are trying to understand us with an open mind. Imagine.Ten million Americans signed in the CAUSA signature campaign, which shows their desire tosupport what is righteous. How much of a change this is compared to ten years ago! 55
  • 56. Gods ultimate goal is world salvation. Contrary to the belief of most Christians, theirdenomination is far less important than the world, and the individual is even less important.The salvation of Christianity is important, yes, but God would sacrifice even this for thesalvation of the whole world. This is not rhetoric.After the Americans won the war in 1945, a period of confusion began. By the 1960s, whenPresident Kennedy was assassinated and Dag Hammerskjold was killed, America was clearlydeclining. The country really started to plummet when it began to drastically cut its foreignaid because that was against Gods will. Until then, the world had looked up to America withhope, love and respect but after that, people around the world were saying, "Yankee, gohome!"When America and established Christianity both failed in carrying out Gods dispensation, theUnification Church took over and became the sacrifice in their place, totally takingresponsibility for Gods will. Do you thoroughly understand the root of the UnificationChurch? It is Reverend Moon of course. Actually, to describe me is not that difficult. Simplyspeaking, I am a person who thinks like God. Im on Gods side.The main theme of the Unification Church is not Reverend Moon or the church itself. Theultimate theme is God. Whatever God wants, I will do. God has to restore the entire world,and to do that He needs a central person and a central group. Through Reverend Moon and hiswork, God is trying to restore the whole world.Therefore, I have an unmistakably clear view of what the world will be like in the future.What I predict comes true because I clearly understand Gods formula through which Heworks His dispensation. God is the center of our prayer; therefore, we have to understand Hisformula so we can pray in accordance with His desire.First, we need to establish a firm understanding of the relationship between God and man. Inall other religions except the Unification Church, this idea is unclear and ambiguous.However, we know that the relationship between God and man takes place on eight levels:God and the individual, family, clan, race, nation, world, and cosmos. God has an image ofwhat the races will be like in the future, what the nations will be like, and what the cosmoswill be like. From the very beginning you were taught that you have to go through each level.You are clearly going through that path in the wake of my pioneering.The primary thing you have to understand is the relationship between God and yourself. Youcan pray for your own sake, but it must go through the proper sequence. You can pray,"Heavenly Father, I know what You desire of me, but I find it so very difficult. Please help meand my family to do what You ask of us" Dont just throw words away and hope they will belistened to. Not at all. Rather, you have to be consistent and go along with the order of allthings.You should say, "Our Father, my goal is even beyond my family. My goal is saving thiscountry, but before that can happen, my family has to be unified. We are having a problem ofunity in our family. Please, God, I will do whatever You want me to do, but please help us 56
  • 57. establish our family in Your way" You have to see yourself not through your own eyes butaccording to the order and sequence that God looks at you.Secondly, we have to understand responsibility and indemnity. If the fall hadnt happened,there would be no purpose for religion. Everyone would already be living joyously with God.But that is not the case. Because mankind fell, we must be restored and fulfill our five-percentportion of responsibility. The individual has a certain responsibility to God, the family has acertain responsibility to God, and so on. Step by step, we have to come all the way up to theplace where God originally created mankind to be.Because of the fall, Satan came into being and he does not want to let mankind go. In order toshake loose from Satan, we must do something he cannot do-that is, pay indemnity. Withoutpaying indemnity, we cannot fulfill our portion of responsibility and it is only by fulfilling ourresponsibility that we can reach the world of love. Thus we have to pay indemnity, separatefrom Satan, and fulfill our portion of responsibility-in that order.Anyone in the indirect dominion must fulfill his responsibility before he can go up to thedirect dominion of God. If we are accompanied by Satan, God certainly cannot accept us. Wehave to know this clearly or else we cannot go the path.In the original ideal of creation, we wouldnt have had to restore anything; we would have justlived as we were designed to live. But because of the fall there is a tremendous gap, aninsurmountable wall between us and the ideal. We have to go over that wall. When we pray,we shouldnt pray vaguely or ambiguously. We must pray, "Heavenly Father, I know theoriginal ideal of creation, but I am not that way, nor is the rest of mankind. I need to berestored to the original place and be an object to You. You have to help me" We can have areally powerful prayer this way. God cannot deny it because this is the Principle.Of course it is painful to pay indemnity. It can never be really enjoyable. Joy is not a wordassociated with indemnity. We may enjoy ourselves and be happy in the presence of Satan,but that happiness is part of the satanic world. That is not our goal. Most American membersstill seem to have an ambiguous idea of happiness. They complain, "Why cant I be happy inthe world while treading along Gods way?" However, while paying indemnity we cannot feelhappy. If we are always happy, there must be something wrong. Only after paying indemnitycan we be truly joyful for the accomplishment.Why is the Messiah necessary? Why cant you reach perfection by yourself Well, it wasntyou who fell in the beginning; it was your ancestors. The Messiah makes up for what yourancestors did. After he does that, you can fulfill your portion of responsibility, which is farless than what the Messiah has to do. Only a true family can go to the highest level. Fallenindividuals and families have no qualification to go there. To gain this qualification, you haveto go through the Messiah.Looking back at history, we can see a clear pattern. Only after Jesus came could Godsdispensation of salvation and restoration actually begin. The first attempt at recreating a trueAdam and a true father/son relationship was made at that time. We know in great detail to 57
  • 58. what extent Jesus accomplished his mission and why Jesus has to come again. He must comein both spirit and flesh. In the same way, we need to be restored in both mind and body byfulfilling our portion of responsibility.The third thing we have to consider is the Cain/Abel relationship. Cain is still working in theworld today and still occupying the elder sons position. Today the democratic world is on theAbel side and the communist world is on the Cain side, but neither side understands God orHis dispensation. Therefore, somebody has to teach the democratic world about thisrelationship and help it in its task of digesting the communist world. Digesting meansclarifying the problems and solving them. The Cain/Abel relationship is restored on eightlevels: the individual Cain/Abel relationship, the family Cain/Abel relationship, and so on. Inrestoring this relationship, we have to go through a similar process of indemnity.The fourth main point is the transfer of lineage from the false to the true. We have to transferour lineage on the individual level, the family level, and all the way up. The world should beof the proper lineage, not the satanic lineage. Accomplishing this is the Messiahs chief role.For any individual to change his lineage, he must have the right ancestry. The Messiah mustbecome the new root and establish this ancestry.Each fallen individual is destined to go through restoration and become the true object of God.He needs to do that, but he is helpless by himself. He doesnt have the right ancestry; thus theMessiah must come and help him. The Messiah restores the individuals true lineage, helpshim to resolve the Cain/Abel relationship, and teaches him to fulfill his portion ofresponsibility. After that, there can finally be a normal relationship between God and man.During these many years, I have been working so hard to make a foundation for peoplefollowing me. Now, the dispensation has advanced to the point where the spiritual fog islifting. Now the doctrine of Godism-the real, true philosophy-is visible to everyone. A fewyears ago no one understood it, but now many people do. You see, the dispensation wentexactly according to this formula. These are the most essential points in mans restorationhistory, yet until now there was no human being on earth or in the spirit world who knewabout this.If Christianity had followed Gods will in 1945, Gods plan would have been accomplishedwithin seven years. But that didnt happen so I had to reindemnify in a span of 40 years theentire 4,000 years of history since the time of Abraham. This is what the Unification Church isall about. The seven years from 198S is the time allowed to reshuffle and reorganizeeverything and to reach the world level. The roles of the free world and the communist world-what position they should be in and how they should conduct themselves-will become moreand more apparent. Everyone on both sides will come to know this within these seven years.Now we are in a period of transition into a completely new world; it is not merely anextension of the old. First we must know what is going on in Gods timetable, and then wehave to pray according to Gods plan. Otherwise our prayer will be insignificant. 58
  • 59. You have just listened to the real crux of the Principle. You must clearly have this chart, thisformula, in mind when you pray to God. You should get rid of all other thoughts, and replacethem with this chart. If you think about this every day and live it, then you dont have to prayformally so much. Your life should be a prayer.Your role as the children is vastly less burdensome than the role of the parents. I did what Idid amid fierce opposition and indescribable persecution, and all you have to do is believe myinstructions and carry them out. What I am giving you is priceless, yet free of charge. You aregoing to accomplish this without persecution, in a free environment. Dont ever think it wasthis way from the beginning- never. This is the first time we have seen an environment with solittle persecution.Every prayer I have ever dedicated to Heavenly Father has been according to His plan, that Imight do what He wants me to do and be what He wants me to be. I have never prayed foranything else. When God told me, "This is the way I want it," I always carried it out. Youmust do exactly the same thing. You know the standard of my lifestyle, so you must pray tofollow me.You are historical individuals; therefore, you have to think as God thinks. What are Godsthoughts centered on? Nothing else but people. And what is Gods real desire? He wishes thatHis own spirit could be manifested into everything. You will be having your own children andvery soon you will stand in the True Parents position. You have to understand the value of thefour position foundation. This is one inseparable unit.Today men and women love each other on some level, but the average American couple neverthinks about God and many cannot trust their own children. The divorce rate is sky-high. Youcan see how cruel Satan has been yet how successful. Everybody has become individualistic.Its easy for some people to think they have achieved their lifes purpose. They think, "Yes,Im happy. I did what I wanted to do in life" Then a person on Gods side just smashes theirconcept and says, "No! This is Gods ideal. This "Relationship between Responsibility andGod and Man Indemnity8. God 8. God7. Cosmos 7. Cosmos6. Physical World 6. Physical World5. Nation 5. Nation4. Race 4. Race3. Clan 3. Clan2. Family 2. Family1. Individual 1. IndividualI have just explained the historical task of the Messiah, which is being carried out here in themost advanced country in the world. This is not centered in Africa but in 20th-centuryAmerica, where peoples minds are full of trash. God has introduced the truth right here, and 59
  • 60. He wants to teach it to the American people. That is our goal and we are at the final stage ofthat goal. You must pray to know what Gods ideal and dispensation are. Pray to God that allthis, centering on the True Parents, will be accomplished correctly. You cant pray about thisjust once or twice a day. You have to pray this from early morning until you go to sleep atnight-even while you sleep, 24 hours a day. This is a lifestyle of prayer.We are going to repair all the precious relationships of the four position foundation. Then wewill go out to the satanic world to teach the people and urge them to follow. Everyone of usmust go all over America, telling people, "This is it, this is what we have to do!" If you dothis, you dont have to go off and pray by yourself because you are enacting your prayer,living your prayer. Then God must give us His help.Father paid indemnity with a real physical body. In the same way, you have to pay indemnityby making the proper condition. There is no way you can do what I did, but if you devoteeverything you have to the task, it will be equivalent as a condition to what I did. Yourcondition is home church. By your accomplishing home church, God will consider it as worldrestoration. Do you understand?Cain / Abel Change ofRelationship Lineage8. God 8. God7. Cosmos 7. Cosmos6. Physical World 6. Physical World5. Nation 5. Nation4. Race 4. Race3. Clan 3. Clan2. Family 2. Family1. Individual 1. IndividualThis chart may be too complicated for some people, but what you should not forget in yourdaily life is that you are part of the True Parents family. You are part of the four positionfoundation with me at the top. You, as the offspring, should clearly establish that father/sonrelationship; then go out and set the condition of doing home church. What will happen if youdo? You will have the privilege of following me wherever I go. This is not abstract at all, buta clear formula and rule.All the elements are there in home church: the transference of the true lineage, restoration ofthe Cain/Abel relationship-everything. All will be accomplished when you do home church,and you will become a true extension of me. In other words, as the director of your homechurch area, you can even give the Blessing to the people of your 360 homes. You can directthe matching and the Blessings because that is what the True Parents do. How can I go outand perform all these ceremonies physically? It is impossible. 60
  • 61. This is the time. Evil is still strong, so you must always pray while you work, keeping allthese things in your mind. Hold onto me tightly every minute of the day. Think of nothing elseexcept uniting with me and doing home church. This is the work for America.How is the Cain/Abel relationship restored? I am in the Abel position and you are in the Cainposition. When you completely surrender and become one with Abel, then you haveaccomplished restoration of that relationship. This is the real core of salvation. If you forfeitthis Cain/Abel relationship with me, then you are in great personal trouble, arent you? Thereis no other way. Indemnity and ones own portion of responsibility have everything to do withthe Cain/Abel relationship. If you fulfill your portion of responsibility, then the Cain/Abelrelationship is already fulfilled. Thus the Cain/Abel relationship is absolutely essential.Restoring this is almost synonymous with the solution of human history.In the American government, the Democrats and the Republicans are locked in a Cain/Abelrelationship. The relationship between the communist world and the free world is the same.They are divided because of the fall; division was not original mans desire. Unless the Cain/Abel relationship is brought into the right order, we cannot say that mans portion ofresponsibility has been fulfilled. Your portion of responsibility can only be fulfilled as a resultof the other three conditions.You may have felt that I always speak randomly, jumping from one topic to another like aspiritual being moving all around the cosmos. But I am actually very consistent because I amthe master of these principles. I am never lost. My greatest historical achievements aredescribed right here in the four columns of this chart. This formula portrays the essence oftheology. If you understand this, you are a number-one theologian.All mankind has searched for these things. Until now, no person has ever established clearlywhat the relationship between man and God is. If someone asks you, "Who is God?" you cananswer, "God is our Father, and we are His sons and daughters" Thats it. It is so simple, yetso profound.A son can inherit everything from his father, no matter how mighty or noble the father is. Thatis a sons right for he is the heir. No matter how humble your position, I can bequeatheverything to you. Since I have completely fulfilled my portion of responsibility, I am inAdams position. When the fall is totally indemnified, Satan, who has been persecuting andslandering Adam, will be shaken loose. He will have to leave Adam instead of clinging on.Only by solving the Cain/Abel relationship can we inherit the world from God Himself.The world is in the second sons position, not the first sons position anymore. When theproper position of the first son is established, the transfer of the blood lineage will be almostautomatic. Once people get married with the right lineage, they will automatically be on theTrue Familys side.Who has done these things for you? True Parents. You can only inherit all this if thefather/son relationship has been established. Where can we inherit this? In home church. Nomatter what you do in your daily life, always have this in your mind so that your daily life 61
  • 62. becomes a prayer. If you live this kind of life in your home church area, all will beaccomplished.Then what will happen? You can live with True Parents forever and ever, not only here but inthe hereafter, and eventually you can also live with God. You wont be in the indirectdominion as now but in the direct dominion. Isnt that what the Principle says? By doing homechurch, you will experience this. Your experience will affirm that what you are doing is right.All I am concerned about is doing Gods will. I want to liberate mankind from ignorance andhell to the original lineage. You too must join with me completely. When you witness to aperson, you shouldnt think about anything else except: "I am going to save him by thisformula"I am thinking about how to educate mankind now and how to reach the American people.How can we help the American people to elect the President according to Gods will, someonewho will guide America to fulfill her role in the world? Many are running for the Presidencyat this time with a very serious attitude, but Father is far more serious than any of thepresidential candidates. There is no personal profit for me in this endeavor. The only thing Iam working for is the fulfillment of Gods will-to liberate mankind from ignorance and restorethe original lineage. Do you understand?You must join completely in this endeavor. When you witness to other people, rememberthese points. Nobody can ever replace you as an individual. Whether you are great or humble,still you are the children, the sons and daughters. If you are crippled or ill, still you are thesons and daughters.I have been working so hard lately that I caught a cold, which is unusual for me. My voicewas hoarse last night and Reverend Kwak said, "Let me report to the congregation, Father"Also this morning, Mother said, "Father, why dont you rest today and speak next Sunday?"But I couldnt do that. This is the third Sunday of the 1987 and my determination was, "Forthe first three Sundays, no matter how difficult it might be, I must give the sermon" Satanattacked my body with a cold but I just pushed myself forward. I am doing this for the sake ofAmerica and mankind and for God. I have absolutely no doubt about my mission, therefore Inever want to rest from it. We must keep going. How can we rest in the midst of this historicaltime of the conclusion of human history? That is my feeling. Do you agree with me?So we must have a lifestyle of prayer. Judged by what you know from listening to me today,your life in the past was outside of the Principle. Sometimes you went here and sometimesyou went there-total inconsistency. Even though you were taught the Principle, you just let itremain a concept. Sometimes you felt it and sometimes you didnt feel it. Sometimes thePrinciple didnt occupy your mind at all. This is really a tragedy. You thought fulfilling theCain/Abel relationship just required listening to your Church leaders, but now you must knowclearly that I am your Abel. 62
  • 63. Since We Will Humbly Take On Everything, Please Go Ahead And ActSun Myung MoonJuly 19, 1956Father! Please you alone protect everything, and you alone take over and take dominion.Please let this become a time of knowing that not even our lives are our own, and noteven our knowledge is our own, nor are all our concepts our own. Please allow us to beon the move only if heaven is on the move and to decide something only if heavendecides as people who have entrusted ourselves only to you.Please let us understand that even if a concept is considered outstanding in the world, itcan not avoid the destiny of heaven. Please let us realize that the ignorance of the worldhas penetrated this land, and please allow us to understand that the shadow of sin hasformed a relationship with the entire world. Beloved Father, we earnestly hope and desirethat you will allow us to be awakened to our unworthiness and to be inspired by themovement of heavenly destiny and to feel awe-stricken as we deal with the whole.Father! Please command us. Please advise us and tell us what you want. Please reveal thepower of resurrection, and allow the power which can push aside the wall of darknesswhich is blocking us to explode. We earnestly hope for and desire this. Since the spirit iswilling but the flesh is weak, please reveal a power which can go beyond this weak body,and please move according to the authority of your touch, and please allow us to be ableto truly accept being moulded by your touch, by the blessing of recreation which youshower upon us. We earnestly hope and desire, beloved Father, that you will allow us tobecome gentle, humble people who can be moulded into an external form of glory.Since today you have called us who are worthless people, please allow us to be able tofulfill your desire. Please allow a living altar to appear for the sake of finding a way forthis pitiful people to live , this people who are in the midst of distress, who are dying.Please place our individual beings in front of you today, Father, and allow us to stand in aposition of being able to receive answers to our questions, and please allow us to becapable of receiving and carrying out the mission heavenly destiny asks of us.Please allow us to be able to fight with all evil and separate it out, and please allow us toseparate good and evil and to stand in the position of goodness. Please allow us to believethat Satans evil will be liquidated, and things of goodness will remain, and please allowus to become those people who enter on the straight way and live in the midst of yourglory. We pray in the name of the Lord. Amen. 63
  • 64. Father! Please Become Our CenterSun Myung MoonSeptember 22, 1957Please, may your deep internal nature of love be present in our minds and bodies. Sincewe have been embraced in your bosom, Father of love, please pour out upon your sonsand daughters the joy of love which is hidden in the fullness of your life..If it seems we are not able to experience your preciousness and your heart, Father, weknow that we will not be able to erase all our relationships of sin which are not proper, ohFather of compassion, now in this one moment please allow us to be submerged in yourlove alone, Father, and please allow us to give our full devotion to your providence.My Father, we earnestly hope and desire that you will allow us to become loving sonsand daughters who adapt ourselves to your having dominion, and whose minds canexperience the original will and can feel the original heart, and who can more than fulfillour entire responsibility which has been established on the earth.When we walked along rugged paths until today, when our hearts were sorrowful, weknow that you were sorrowful before we were, and even when we were lamenting on ourown in the pits of despair, we know that in our stead you were reflecting on all our sinsand you were fighting in our stead in the instances of Satans accusations. We earnestlyhope and desire beloved Father, that you will allow us to feel in our minds and bodiesthat even if we offer our entire mind and body as a sacrifice to you at this time, Father,there is no way we can repay the grace of our Father who has worked so hard until now.Oh Father! From among many people, you have called and raised up our unworthyselves. How dare we present ourselves in front of you who have called and raised up thispeople, from among the many peoples. We have nothing to be proud of. Now what wewant is to become people who are able to feel anguish together with you when you feelanguish, and who can feel joy when you feel joy, and whose minds and bodies explodefor the will when you desire it.Father, please protect us. May you alone be our center, May you alone be our Lord. Eventhough we have nothing to be proud of on the earth, and the place we are standing is alonely place, since we know that the path we are on is rough, Father, please accept us andtake dominion.Even if we collapse in the battle of the Last Days, please be comforted through the soundof our voice calling, "Father."Since we are your sons and daughters who have received the counsel of your love, andhave determined and pledged to go out and fight again, Father, please do not turn ourminds and bodies over to Satan. 64
  • 65. Please embrace us in your realm of love, and we earnestly hope and desire that you willhold and lead us to the end, Father, so that through us you will be able to realize thegarden you desire and bring into being the day when all people can rejoice.We are earnestly hoping that you will allow us to remain as centers who can be proud inrelation to your will, and who can become like light in relation to your will when we offereverything we have now. We have prayed in the name of the Lord. Amen.Please Guide Us To Be Children Who Fight With Satan And AreVictoriousSun Myung MoonNovember 11, 1957We know that because humankind is living buried in sin it is easy for us to considereverything centered on ourselves, and it is easy for us to establish wills which are not theWill and to follow them as if they were the Will. Oh, Father, please make us completelyrealize that we are like that.Then please allow us to establish complete centers for ourselves and to go forward on thepath our your eternal life. And we earnestly hope and desire, beloved Father, that you willallow us to become sons and daughters who can fight with Satan and go forward rejectingeverything for the sake of the will you alone desire.We still do not know where the standard is which can guide ignorant humankind. Weknow that there have been many times we have worried about ourselves and prayed. Oh,Father, please make us realize how unworthy we are. We earnestly hope and desire,Father, that you will guide us to be able to go forward to the final point of victoryfollowing the laws of the principle.We know that at this time, too, Satan is confusing us through intrigues and slander inorder to block the blessings you want to give us. Oh, Father, please lead us to be thosewho can push aside all those things and fight with Satan and go forward. Andfurthermore, we earnestly hope and desire, beloved Father, that you will allow us tobecome your sons and daughters who are able to form an intimate relationship with youwithin the realm of the providence and go forward.Furthermore, since we have to face the last days, please allow us to have a new sense ofdiscrimination which can distinguish all things. Please allow us to realize that everythingin the environment centered around ourselves is something to test us. And please do notallow those things to become Satanic elements. We earnestly request and desire, Father,that you will guide us and protect us so that we will not be unworthy to reveal your gloryby our selves treading upon and going over those things. 65
  • 66. In order to find and establish the day of victory which can reveal your glory, Father, atthis time please allow us to be able to have in our minds and bodies the power andstrength which can face Satan and fight with new resolution and determination. Weearnestly hope and desire that your infinite love and care will be revealed to all the peopleof the earth and to this country and this people. We have humbly prayed all these thingsin the name of the Lord. Amen.Please Allow Us To Make A New Beginning In The Midst Of ThisNew ShockSun Myung MoonApril 19, 1959Father! We have realized that when we are trying to think of a new work, we are not ableto even think about it in the places where we have been doing things until now. We haverealized that until we stop the flow of history and take a moment when we can think wecan not awaken ourselves even though we want to.We know that we can not be aroused from this sleeping appearance without receivingnew stimulation. Therefore, Father, please continuously shock us anew so that we may beable to put aside the historical relationships we have. We know that we will not be able tobe awakened if we do not have stimulated minds, therefore, please allow us to becomebeings who find such minds and know how to respect them.In each age you sent a responsible person who could awaken us, Father. You looked uponfallen humankind, and since you held on with your sorrowful heart and let them live andgo, Noah lived and went that way, and Moses, too, and Jesus also did that.Oh Father! Please give us the shock of a new feeling at the bottom of our hearts. Pleaselet us go beyond ourselves and experience your sorrow, and please give us minds whichcan be concerned for the people which is being swept into the world of death. If there is aperson with this kind of mind, he is a person who can obtain the liberation of the people,and furthermore, if there is a person who has a mind which is clinging to the world andworrying about it, he is a person who will obtain the grace of worldwide liberation, andfurthermore, if there is a person who knows how to be worried about cosmic liberation,he will not be ruined together with history. We know that he is a person who will leave anew history to the world. Therefore, today please do not let us become people who revealour feelings and cling to ourselves and cry. We earnestly hope and desire, Father, thatyou will allow us to become people who represent your earnest heart as you look at us,Father, and please let us go towards the good which the whole is hoping for.Please let us feel in your stead the mind which was anxious that we might not follow andthat humankind might fall. Please let us follow your example and let us know how tolook at the people and look at the world worried that those who are following might fall, 66
  • 67. and worried that those who have fallen might collapse and die. If there were sons anddaughters who could look at you and say, "Father! I am here, and I have takenresponsibility for your heart, so please rest," we know that kind of scene would mean thathistory is going in a new direction. Please let us become those people who know how togo forward having made all sorts of preparations to be able to begin in a new direction,and please let those of us who should begin in that direction who must awaken make anew decision and determination and pledge in our minds according to the appearance ofthe historical screams of misfortune.We earnestly ask you to let us become those who know how to be awake as heaven isawake, and sorrowful or joyful together with the moral laws of heaven and with history.We have humbly prayed in the name of the Lord. Amen.Please Bear With Our Mistakes Of The PastSun Myung MoonMay 22, 1963Father! Because we know that you did not cast away fallen humankind, and we know theresults of your hard work for 6,000 years in order to reach and reestablish us and weknow your heart of compassion, we have come before you with a mind to bow downbefore you.We know that you have an eager heart which could not help but wander and search forus, a mind which could not just throw us away, and we have come before you today likethis calling you "Father." Please bear with us.We are inadequate in view of your heart of longing for eternal sons and daughters withwhom your heart can communicate. Please remember that our minds are longing for youalone. We earnestly hope and desire, Father, that you will see and considercompassionately that in our minds our earnest, original hearts want to relate to yourinternal nature.Oh, Father! This position where we have to long for the world of your holy originalcreation has become a position of sorrow. And furthermore, we can not help but think itis extremely deplorable that we are in a position where we can not help but reporttruthfully that we are so inadequate that we can not appear before you. Now when weconsider all the traces in the background of history we understand that we weresubstantial beings of sorrow, and pitiful beings who did whatever we pleased in front ofyou, Father. We can not help but feel pain in our hearts that we were not able to appear atsome point as object partners of glory before you heart, or to become the descendents ofour ancestors who could praise your glory, Father, representing the entire universe.Please bear with the sins of our ancestors, and please bear with the pitiful situation ofhumankind today, and we earnestly hope and desire that you will bear with the fact that 67
  • 68. people do not know they have the mission to prepare the foundation for the eternalwelfare of their descendents.You have worked hard until now, Father. Now through the Principle we have come toknow that our father is a sorrowful father, our will is a sorrowful will, our history is ahistory of suffering unjustly, and our lives are lives invaded by Satan. Thus, we can notraise our heads before you, Father, when we think that we are still struggling in the midstof an environment filled with grief.Satan still has power on this earth; an unrighteous environment remains on the earth, andthe dominion of evil is dominating the cosmos. At this time when we are watching thisreality which is demanding the sorrow of heaven, please especially have compassion forus who are in the position where we who are seeking heaven, we who are praising yourdesire, and calling your name, have experienced our inadequacy and can not help butappeal to you, Father.If it were not for your power and your protection, Father, we would not be able to remainhere substantially on this evil earth today. We are the inadequate people who would notbe able to have anything remain in front of the will of the providence. In view of the factthat we who are like this have come before you, and we are those who know our realityas it is; please augment your heart of compassion one more time and remember us. Pleasecall us to task for our lack of faith, and counsel us to be able to relate to the path ofloyalty and filial piety. Please supplement our inadequacies, and we earnestly hope anddesire that you will increase our power to be able to come close to completeness. Wehave humbly prayed in the name of the Lord. Amen.We Long For You, FatherSun Myung MoonMarch 31, 1968However difficult the path you have told us to go may be, we pledge that we will not stopour footsteps which are following you. Even if on this path the persecution we receivecrosses the path of death, since we have already offered ourselves as living sacrifices,please allow us to just disappear obediently as sacrifices. We know that in the midst ofthis world of death you desire to establish a foundation of life which can form arelationship in your embrace. We will absolutely establish that foundation of life.Father! We long for you with an inexhaustible longing. We want to live with you foreverand ever. We want to consult with you, and live according to your directions. This is ourhope. Since the day humankind fell, we have lived without every being embraced by yourlove for a single day. 68
  • 69. We know that until now humankind has continuously gone though a miserable history oftears day by day going over peak after peak of sorrow. Please allow us to become truesons and daughters who cling to you, Father, who have sought us with a heart seeking torestore the standard of hope by seeking once again this kind of history, and we earnestlyhope for and desire that you allow us to be able to share your joys and sorrows.Oh Father! Please look at this place with eyes of fire and do not allow any bitter roots ofsin or death to remain deep in our hearts. Please look at us with eyes of fire and pleaseallow us at this time today to pull out all the roots of sin and be unified before you. Sincewe have bowed down humbly before you, please act upon us. We earnestly desire this.Representing the multitudes of peoples, this people must receive love, and for the manytribes we will have to completely fulfill the mission you have given. We must become amovement which can stand in the place of the final glory singing a victory song to you,our Father, and we must become brave people who can remain through the final battlewhile carrying out the responsibility you have given us. Therefore please work with us,Father, take dominion over us, give us directions, and lead us. We have humbly prayedall these things in the name of the True Parents. Amen.Please Allow Us To Become Children Longing For Our Real FatherSun Myung MoonJune 9, 1968At this time an inadequate group of small numbers has gathered before you. Our mindsand bodies have good conditions for harmonizing with the world, but we have boweddown before you as those who can not help but stand far away from you in ourrelationship. Therefore, Father, please separate us. We earnestly hope and desire that ifour wounds are severe, you will please let your compassion reach those wounds, andwhen you see that we can not appear before you as we should, please comfort us.Please allow us to have minds able to sorrow and lament over the fact that we areimperfect beings who are ashamed before you and have nothing to offer you. Deep in ourhearts, please allow minds which adore you to blossom. Please allow us to hear yourvoice as it called out in the original Garden of Eden, and to feel your holiness that ourancestors could not feel.Please allow us to become your simple and pure children who can penetrate to your heartof longing and love which desires to embrace us in the midst of your mind. We earnestlyhope that you will feel the unbreakable blood relationship we have with you and willdesire so much to see us that you will not be able to help embracing us and will not beable to help coming to us. 69
  • 70. Father! When we called you "Father", we were not able to do so with a voice whichflowed out of a sincere mind which penetrated even our flesh and bones. We have notbeen able to have a time when we could rush to you and cling to you from a position ofoneness with that kind of emotion. Since we have not been able to know you clearly inthat way, please allow us to be able to perceive you clearly. Please allow us to becomethose who struggle with deeply moved minds to grasp your outstretched hand and thetrain of your garment and never to let go. We earnestly hope and desire that you willallow us to call you "Father" in that kind of position and to become able to cling to youand confide in you there. We have humbly prayed all these things in the name of the TrueParents. Amen.Please Allow Us To Live Lives Of GratitudeSun Myung MoonMarch 14, 1970Father! If we are sons who know your devotion, Father, even if we wake up in the middleof the night, we would not be able to help bowing down to you with embarrassed mindswhich are not able to cover up our shamefulness as sinners.At the morning breakfast table, please let us become people who ask ourselves whatwere going to do after we eat this rice, and at the lunch table please allow us to becomethose who in an ashamed manner, feel remorse over the question of what we have leftunfinished until now, and at the dinner table, please let us become those who askourselves whether we have spent the day well and concluded it without lack.Please allow us to become children who start the day as yours, Father, and who questionwhether up to this time we have remained as yours, and when we think about how muchconcern you have for us, Father, with an empty body which can not leave anythingbehind of this day which we must spend in a valuable way, please let us think aboutwhether we have not spent the day with a mind of the world, and please let us becomeyour children who know how to go to bed after repenting to you with tears and withregretful hearts.We must live grateful lives. Even at the point of being beaten, even at the point ofvomiting blood, we must live grateful lives. Because many ancestors betrayed you at thatkind of point, Father, we know that we must fulfill completely the duty of filial pietyamong filial piety and the duty of loyalty among loyalty to you, Father, who have comewith a heart filled with that kind of anguished, historical grief.Please let us understand here that we can not stand in such a position with resentment andcomplaints. Please allow us to become those who fear that we might find ourselves to belike that. Please let us understand that although we are pitiful and weak people in theworld, there is no one more fearful than such people. 70
  • 71. Even if we are at a point where our bodies are exhausted to the extent that we can nothold on any more, we must think that you have longed for us overcoming and going apath of suffering more severe than this, and when we discover the fact that only by goingbeyond this suffering will we become sons who can comfort your sorrowful past, wemust purify ourselves as those who must go and become sons who offer ourselvescompletely as sacrifices before you.We have nothing more than living in gratitude. Even if the wife given to one husband isinadequate, because of being able to serve throughout our lives we must be grateful forhaving given us that wife, and if our children give me a life of the cross, we will have tobe grateful for your having provided us that kind of position, and even if the environmentdrives us into pits of despair where we can not control our lives, no matter what conditionthat sets up we will become your sons who can leave behind a relationship of gratitudeand collapse, and we earnestly hope that you will allow us to become your people. Wehave humbly prayed all these things in the name of the True Parents. Amen.Please Let Us Go The Path Of Living For OthersSun Myung MoonJanuary 24, 1971Since we know that living for ourselves, for myself is always being an enemy in relationto the course of the providence of salvation, and living for others is the course whichlevels that path of all the difficulties and struggles which are always in front of us, pleaselet us go the path of living for others.If our spirit becomes exhausted that is not something we can resolve on our own. On thecontrary please let us realize that if we live for others or sacrifice more because of beingin a position to suffer more and to live for others, there is another path which can bepioneered as a course of reaction. And please let us realize that there is another path thatcan lead to you by increasing the level of precious loyalty and offering more devotion toyou. We earnestly hope that you will allow us to understand that the problem is not inother people, it is in ourselves, in myself.We know well that it is the principle of the real world that no matter how strongly a coldwind blows, if I prepare clothes for myself and wear them, that cold wind just blows bywithout affecting me, but if I dont have the ability to be able to prepare myself for that,due to that I become ill, and due to that I can be bent over. Accordingly in our lives todayas well we will have to take on this principle and reform our lives and be able todetermine the value which heaven is hoping for, which can give light to the course of ourlives. Please let us realize that only then will we be able to become the sons anddaughters who can make you happy. 71
  • 72. We must understand the fact that having been excited sons and daughters who werehappy in the past does not mean we will be happy sons and daughters today. We can behappier today than in the past. In order to become sons and daughters who can feelvaluable stimulation it will not do unless we stand in a position where we can believeheaven, and look up to heaven, and consult directly with heaven from a position of beingable to take on a more difficult, a loftier, a more valuable, a more responsible position.We earnestly hope and desire that you will allow us to become your sons and daughterswho know that taking on a more important responsibility is an honor, that going a moredifficult path of the cross than others is our pride, and that living a more serving life thanothers is a valuable life. We have prayed all these things in the name of the True Parents.Amen.Please Let Us Know The Time Of Our LifeSun Myung MoonJanuary 24, 1971Until now for Unification Church members the time has come near, but it worries megreatly, and I can not help but be skeptical about how many people know that the time iscoming. The time passes as the time, but we know that nothing will work today if peopleare the same as they were in the past.We know that when spring comes as the time to plant seeds, if the seeds are planted, theshoots will sprout, and when summer comes, the shoots will grow, and when fall comes,they will bear fruit, and just before winter comes there is a time to harvest. When we seeone living being going through the course of its life according to the laws of naturalphenomena like this, if there is a person who in his lifetime is greeting the spring seasonof his life of faith, please allow him to also greet the summer season. In the summerseason it is not the luxuriantly growing leaf which is good; please allow us to understandhow precious the stem is which allowed it to grow. We know that this stem, as a stem Ialone can possess, brings flowers into bloom and bears fruit, and if it is a yearly plant,that fruit brings the combined results of the value of the whole year We must understandthat a life of faith has times like that as well.Please let us know that throughout our lives in relation to our course of knowing the willone time is the spring season; one time is the summer season; one time is the fall season,and one time is the harvest season. When we reach the harvest season centered on thewill, we must offer everything and give our full devotion and bring in the harvest. And ifwe do not claim the things we harvest as our own, but give them to you and then receivethem back as ours, we form a relationship with you, and all things can belong to us.Because we know that being able to have a relationship has value, we who are going thecourse of restoration should not first have all things as our own; rather everything mustbe yours, Father. We who are in the position of having received your call and following 72
  • 73. must clearly understand that preparing our own personality and life does not come first;we must prepare for your personality and your life first.More than any thing else, please do not let us lose the battle through lives of a day, andwe earnestly hope and desire that you will bless us, Father, not to lose in relation to thebattle through our lives of a month.May all things be together with the standard of your victory, and we earnestly ask you toguide us to become sons and daughters whose minds will always rush valiantly andboldly in that direction and be there at the place of your final victory. We have humblyprayed all these things in the name of our True Parents. Amen.Please Establish Us As Children You Can Be Proud OfSun Myung MoonFebruary 21, 1971Father! We earnestly hope and desire that you will allow us to become children whoreveal our terribly petty, base selves in front of your broad, noble, internal character andeagerly long for the touch of your compassion and mercy.Father, you are the subject of all capabilities! You are the prime mover of all life! Youare the origin of heart and love! As real beings in front of you, we entrust our wholeselves to you from the position of being like branches or leaves, and if you are sorrowful,then we will also have to be sorrowful, and if you are happy, then we will also have to behappy, and if you work quickly, then we will also have to work quickly. We earnestlyhope and desire that you will allow us to become your sons and daughters who deal withour entire living environment together with you in this way.When we reveal ourselves before your internal character, we wonder whether we are thekinds of sons and daughters whom you hoped for, whether you can relate happily to us,and personally come and whisper directions to us about the path we should go. In order tobecome those kinds of sons and daughters, more than anyone else we must fulfill the dutyof filial piety and the duty of loyalty in relation to you, and we must be able to offer evenour lives to you.Since we know that we can not remain connected to the will on the stage of life if we arenot able to have a relationship as your sons, please melt our minds which are like sticksand stones and let them resemble your mind. We earnestly hope and pray that you willallow us to establish a relationship where your situation and our situations meet, and wecan be absorbed into you. 73
  • 74. It will not do to remain not being able to help lamenting our fleeting lives together withthe flow of time. With hope, determining a hope-filled tomorrow, taking authority as yoursons, we will have to greet a day of joy, a day of rejoicing, and a day of pride.We who know the will know your capacity and know through experience how amazingyou are, and we know that we must stand in a position with dignity and authority as thevictors of tomorrow, as the builders of today, as the victors of history. To do that we mustnot be pitiful people who always lament over themselves and can not put themselvesforward. Please allow us to become your sons and daughters who know how to determineourselves.Now please allow our minds to be able to give you joy. And please allow our bodies to bethe way you want them. Please allow us to be able to offer eternally before you ourbodies to become living altars of victory and our minds to become living sacrifices ofvictory. Then please allow us to become the sons and daughters you are not ashamed toput forth before all things of creation and about whom you can say proudly that this is thesacrifice you have been looking for, and these are the beings of hope you have wanted tomeet. We have humbly prayed all these things in the name of the True Parents. Amen.Please Let Us Realize That On The Path Of Faith Our Own SelvesAre Our EnemiesSun Myung MoonOctober 17, 1971When we think about how very much you have sacrificed in the course of history andhow very much you have toiled, in the ages of history in order to find our individualselves, today we can not help but report honestly that we are inadequate people who havenothing at all which can repay that great blessing, and we are disloyal and unfilial.We must clearly realize the fact that the source of evil is not something else, it isourselves, the fact that using ourselves as a base, it is doing worldwide activities, and thefact that it is appearing through our minds and our bodies. Because of that you have toldus, Father, that on the path of the life of faith, winning the world is not the problem,winning over yourself is the problem. The enemy is not in another place, the people rightin my own home have been enemies, and not only those family members, going one stepmore inward, we have realized that we can not help but say that our bodies are ourenemies. And not only our bodies, but at this time we must realize once again the factthat our minds themselves have stood in the position of enemies before you.But due to the merit of your hard work for the sake of our inadequate selves, and not onlythat due to the great favor of your establishing and sacrificing your many servants andmany descendants, we are able to bow here today. Therefore before your graceoverflows, please allow the merit of our many ancestors who shed blood in the course of 74
  • 75. history to remain with us, and please let the foundation of their good accomplishmentsremain with us and please let that form a bridge, and we earnestly hope and desire thatyou will allow this time to become one where you can come to us.Please allow us to be able to bow down to you with hearts of adoration and hearts ofyearning, and minds which long only for you, Father. Since we have minds which hope toshine again as sons and daughters who can be embraced in your presence, we must notbecome those who reveal ourselves as one complete entirety. We earnestly ask that youwill allow us to become a leaven which you can kneed after you have completely brokenus up. We have humbly prayed all these things in the name of our True Parents.Please Allow Us To Become Substantiations Of Your HopeSun Myung MoonJanuary 19, 1975Father! We know well that from the time that Jesus Christ came to the earth, shed hisblood and established the path of the cross until now, in this historical period of nearly2,000 years, humankind has gone along the path of historical indemnity paying the priceof so much blood.We who know how very frustrated your heart must have been since you could not justcast them away, oh, Father, we must realize ourselves that we must become extremelyhumble, and that on this path that our unification movement is going we will face the newspring day which can embrace and overcome the grief of Cain and Abel, and from nowon we must embrace humankind and return to heaven with them centered on the peopleand centered on the world.Whatever our attitude may be, we must reflect on ourselves internally and externally. Weearnestly hope and desire that you will bless us to be able to become true children whocan add to the stimulation of hope in your heart, and who can be dashing and bold andhave no flaws as heros building your kingdom, and that at the same time that we receiveyour blessing we can receive your love, and we will not be found lacking for you to putus forward proudly before all people.Father! We earnestly hope that you will keep all of our lives. We earnestly ask that yourcompassion and love will always penetrate deep in our hearts. We have prayed all thesethings in the name of our True Parents. Amen. 75
  • 76. Please Allow The Fallen Realm To Be Overcome By Your HeartAlone, FatherSun Myung MoonNovember 9, 1980Beloved Father! Once again we long for the day which will realize the will you expressedafter creating all the things of the universe. When we think about the existence of oursublime, precious Father, we, who know how low and inadequate humankind is, can nothelp but pursue all value and content which can become one with that lofty will.And furthermore, when we think that the people on this earth are those who have fallenfrom the ideal world of God, we think that the responsibility to take hold of oneself andto be brought to the world of goodness does not lie with heaven, rather it lies withhumankind itself.Father! We have realized on our own that the position we are faced with is far tooseparated from the sublime majestic position where you stay at the center of the universe,and from you who are the lord of the ideal centered on love. Therefore, we know that inorder to fill in this great distance a path of submission to the reasonable course ofrestoration which is so filled with grief lies before us. Our parents can not help us withgoing forward on this path, nor can we receive help from anyone else. Today as werealize thinking that we can arrive there only if we have earnest hearts centered on Godalone and toiling hearts of the original nature which are not concerned about life or death,we Unification Church family members are sensing our awesome mission of having toexpand that purpose from our own individual selves to the family, tribe, people, nationand world. When we think about the fact that from a position of being incompleteourselves, we can not pursue the completion of the family, and from the position of anincomplete family, we can not pursue the completion of the nation or the world, werealize well that the situation humankind is in today is very pitiful.We know the fact that the realm of the fall covers the whole like that and dominates allthe realms of life. We also know that we need our own efforts and our own insightswhich can overcome and go beyond this. We need a new truth with is able to discoverthis, and we need the strength to overcome it, but we know that such strength does notarise from loving for the sake of oneself, but rather only by loving for the sake of God.Father! We earnestly hope and desire that you will allow us to become children who canrush towards you from this place on our own with minds of love and with a life force thatis strong and of good courage. Please remain with us forever through love and ages ofblessings. We have prayed in the name of the True Parents. Amen. 76
  • 77. Please Remember Your Children Who Are Working Hard For TheRestoration Of The WorldSun Myung MoonApril 26, 1981Please fill the entire world with your compassion and love and grace and power.As we bow down and consider again your history of suffering in order to realize the hopeof tomorrow, we repent once again for our inadequacies of the past, and we have come toa point where we must determine ourselves again about this great mission which youhave given to us. Therefore, Father, we earnestly hope and desire that you will pleaseurge us on, increase our power, and allow us to become true children who are able toreceive and attend your joyful will.Father! Please bless all the members of the unification movement spread throughout theworld. This morning, too, they are offering devotion to you and longing for this land ofKorea as the homeland of their faith. Please be together with them through your graceand through a relationship of abundant life in those places where they are bowing downin the direction of the place where their teacher dwells, in those places where they arebending their knees and bowing down deeply to you. Please allow them to be unificationworkers who lack nothing as tomorrows kindred spirits, as tomorrows brothers, and astomorrows family members.Please bless your children who are spread out in 127 nations around the world, We knowthat all the tears shed and all the prayers cried out to you, as well as all the foundationswhich your children have risked their lives for in order to tread upon and move thosenations will not be for naught. Therefore we earnestly hope and desire that you will uniteall the ancestors who are in spirit world with all the descendents on the earth and that youwill gather them together from all nations centered on one nation in order to realize theone nation and one world of your will.We earnestly hope that you will fill with your grace every place where people aregathered together centered on your name at this time. We have prayed all these things inthe name of the True Parents. Amen. 77
  • 78. True Fathers Prayer On August 20Sun Myung MoonAugust 20, 2004Beloved Father! The thousands and ten of thousands of saints mainly consisting ofUnificationists centered on the True Parents on earth and on the four great saints in thespirit world know all too well the pain of Your endeavors throughout historys longcourse and Your sorrowful heart throughout human history, a history of anguish.When I was young, You called me to my destiny and gave me this responsibility tocomplete the liberated new heaven and new earth in the future that awaits. From that dayof enlightenment in my youth, which came to me through the guidance and teaching ofthe spirit world along with the method of completing the path of a devoted son, the pathof a patriot, the path of a saint, and the path of a family of a divine son of heaven, I spentmy adolescent years, manhood, and senior years with the attitude of having one heart,one ideal and one core (focus). Throughout more than eighty years of my life, I havewalked the path of indemnity in order to solve all these problems for the sake of heaven.Adams unacceptable disobedience and failure to adapt to Gods absolute command andhis union with Eve, who had lost her virginity due to the archangels illicit temptation,brought about a total destruction to Gods ideal of creation which would have led to theestablishment of the true parent centering on God, the true children, and the true nationand world. This brought God to a state of extreme grief.All humanity has been unaware of this. Thus they must be educated so that theyunderstand. The impiety before heaven caused by our historical ancestors and the walls ofanguish which were erected in the (providential) era of the individual, family, tribe,people, nation, and beyond that, the world and the cosmos must be completely clearedaway. All that was lost, including the era which You envisioned as that of the victoriouskingship centering on the original family of Adam, which was Your ideal of creation,must be restored again through indemnity.From that day, on which You commanded me to take on that responsibility, I have had tocompletely restore the individual path of indemnity, the path of indemnity for the family,tribe, people, nation, world, and cosmos, and also the path of indemnity on earth and thepath that can break down the walls of paradise and hell in the spirit world. Through this Ihad to restore, from Your original heart, everything that You had wanted to establish inheaven and on earth, including the foundation for blessing the families of devoted sons,patriots, saints, and divine sons and daughters.True Parents, who were assigned this responsibility, have devoted their entire lives untilnow, enduring the path of suffering to indemnify everything. Establishing the foundationfor the devoted son, patriot, saint, and the family of the divine son and daughter that Youhave longed for, I offer this path of suffering for the sake of creating a heaven and earth 78
  • 79. where Your almighty, all-encompassing, pervasive, and omnipotent authority centeringon the good dominion of love can be present. I sincerely thank You for being able to laythe foundation for this victory in our struggles until now.In order to restore the unified foundations of peace for the individual, peace in the family,peace in the tribe, peace for the people, peace in the nation, and peace in heaven and onearth, and create a foundation for the true nation in the spirit world centering on God, thefour great saints have become one to fulfill the standard of a heaven of peace in thekingdom of heaven. This standard has unified in all directions and has now beenconferred on the True Parents on earth.True Parents have also taken on this purpose and have ushered in the age that can gobeyond and liberate the path of the cross for the individual, the path of indemnity for thefamily, the path of the cross for the family, the path of indemnity for the tribe, the path ofindemnity for the people, the path of indemnity for the nation, and the path of indemnityfor the world. Through this, the law of indemnity has been withdrawn, and the aberrantlineage - created by the separation into two worlds based on the animosity between Cainand Abel - has been erased by being transformed into the good lineage. Centering on theliberated realm of Cain and Abel, the words of revolution through indemnity, revolutionof conscience, and revolution of heart have been declared on earth and in heaven.Based on the true-love revolution of heart and the realm of true liberation and completefreedom, the satanic lineage has been completely cut off, and the world before thecoming of heaven has ended, centering on True Parents. With the declaration of thebeginning of the world after the coming of heaven and with the crowning of the King ofPeace on earth, a structure of a nation under Your authority, uniting the heavenly nationand the earthly nation, has been established.With this, everything has been liberated and cleared away, and the walls that wereblockages on earth and in heaven have been cleared away. The proclamation to transferthe victorious authority, following the coronation ceremony for the perfected, victoriousnation of the heavenly and earthly worlds, the original nation and world of victory beforeGod, into the ideal reign of peace and prosperity of the new world of heaven, has nowbeen achieved.Finally, on this land, as the king of goodness, a good people centered on the king ofgoodness and the territory of goodness can be started on the foundation, erected inheaven, representing the earth, representing all of creation in heaven and on earth, andrepresenting the children and the nation. Thus, I truly, truly thank heaven for this day, inwhich You are free to have direct dominion over the three requisites of Your sovereignty- sovereignty, people and land - thus enabling You to hold this coronation ceremony toestablish the king of goodness.Here today, I thank You for giving us this time of liberation where these participants inthe blessing ceremony can be registered into the peace kingdom of Your nation, with theattendance of all nations of the world, with the opening of earth and heaven through the 79
  • 80. liberated blessing on this new earth through the True Parents who wield the liberatedkingship of goodness. Let everyone be brought into Your victorious authority and Youreternal embrace. With the era of the kingdom of peace for the safe settlement of theliberated heaven and earth, let this era continue for billions of years to come. All this weoffer and declare in sincerity through the True Parents. Amen! (Amen!) Amen! (Amen!)Amen! (Amen!)Midnight PrayerSun Myung MoonJanuary 1, 2005The 38th True Gods DayChung Pyung Heaven and Earth International Training CenterBeloved Heavenly Father, we have passed the fourth year of Cheon Il Guk, and haveentered the fifth year of Cheon Il Guk. I know how difficult, arduous and full of pain andtears Your path has been in seeking out the holy ground of Chung Pyung in Korea as thehistory of restoration through indemnity moves toward its final destination.As all this has passed, I proclaim the era of the cosmic peace kingdom centering on theInterreligious and International Federation for World Peace. We deeply engrave in ourhearts a new beginning that enables us to attend God as the parent on this earth, and TrueParents as the parents on this earth, and unite the internal parents with the externalparents; and we engrave the numerous hopes from the course of history that You had forthe purpose of stepping on and going beyond this platform.This child knows well of Your lonely life course as You, the Father, pioneered throughthe environment and longed for the garden of love based on the ideal of re-creation.We are overwhelmed with awe knowing how You went through this difficult path ofhistory of tribulations that created the cosmos. This was to initiate another beginning forYou-the incorporeal subject and the owner-to let me, this unworthy child, attain a form inthe land of Korea, from Your invisible position in our relationship, an invisible positionof not having form. In the midst of this, no one knew about these destined connections,the conditions for interaction, behind thousands of years of history.Although there were many peoples, many nations and many families on this earth, andmany men and women have existed, this child knows well of Your bitter anguish of nothaving even one person as Your partner who can relate with the deep heart of a son ordaughter showing respect and affection for You, and who can relate with that lofty andprecious heart in the deepest part of Your heart. Your son did not know of Yoursorrowful heart in which You had to seek a man and woman. Nobody on this earth knewof the heavenly aspects of Your heart from this endless path of bitter pain, and this pathof bitter anguish from the infinite history and eternity in which You sought Your son in 80
  • 81. order to go beyond this confusing line of limitation that only You knew of and whicheven Satan was ignorant of. Behind the history of the land of Korea that has lastedbeyond 5,000 or even 7,000 years, this child knows well the path of tribulations that Youwalked until You found the path that enabled You to take rest in this land of Korea whileYou went about throughout the continent in the central field of heaven and earth.The child that stands before You today may look shabby in appearance but knows all toowell the path of sorrow of the defeated who lost their kingship as they lived in theshadow of the history of bitter anguish. I know too well how great Your bitter anguishwas in being unable to pass on Your kingship to Your child, and in losing the kingshipitself.You looked upon the vast population of mankind, countless nations and individuals andfamilies. All these should have become a lamp that blossoms like the flower of Yourhope of love. That nation and world should have shone like the sun and moon andbecome a subject partner with driving power, which can move all life forms of thecreation. Yet, losing these things, You were alone, imprisoned amidst the shadow of adark heart as You searched for Your son. You crossed long distances alone, longing forthe son whom You will find in the last days that lay in the distance. That history ofyearning has lasted not one or two days but continued for tens of thousands of years, andbeyond. As You raised the realm of religion encapsulated in four thousand years and, onYour path, groping to find the way and surmounting this hill, You had to pioneer alongall the difficult paths in front of Satan. People on earth pioneered as they hoveredbetween life and death, a situation no man on earth would want. Going beyond one sideof the boundary of freedom, You found Your own image, and going beyond the shamefulsight that stood before the original creation, Your heart yearned for a son that couldbecome the single light for the future, and moonlight, while You looked back to thehistory You went through to become the Lord of humankind.Now as we see off the fourth year of Cheon Il Guk and receive the fifth year of Cheon IlGuk, our mind and body cannot relate to You separately. After achieving the coronationceremony of the kingship of the peace kingdom centering on the Interreligious andInternational Federation for World Peace on this earth, we must unite the realms of thelineages of the Mongolian people by going beyond the sphere of the Mongolian race.Without doing so, heaven would be silenced by the dark shadow of those defeated bytheir bonds to the satanic lineage that began with the murder in Adams family. As wewelcome the new, bright and clear morning light, together with the owner of heaven andearth and with a heart of love of a patriot on behalf of the ancestors of mankind frommillions and billions of generations, this child once again must ask for forgiveness at thistime before Your heart that has longed for the liberated realm of Your Sabbath whereheaven and earth-from the mineral world to the human world, and all the creationbelonging to the pair system-can be harmonized in unity, to suffer, rejoice, and livetogether.Standing before the Father who raised this child in a position responsible for heaven andearth, I can never forget the past ages where I struggled to take on the burden of Your 81
  • 82. cross that grew heavier. This memory is stronger than that of the struggles on the path ofindescribable hardships, and of each moment where heavy burdens of bearing the failuresof the responsibilities of religion and the nations on this earth were added. Passingthrough the ages of adolescence and youth, I cannot forget the course of training Yougave me to make me understand Your sadness as You had to go to and fro numeroustimes in order to expand the local roads, highways and freeways of the nation and worldthat enabled me to go directly to the world of heart from a position of ignorance locatedat the bottom of hell, day and night amidst the darkness of a thousand years. This was inorder to fulfill my duty as a child that should attend the Father who has form and who sitson the throne, with the realm of Your words and the gates of the palace of Your heavenlynation inside America.The entire history of resentment and lamentation...Due to holding the coronationceremony for the king of peace of the victorious heavenly nation on December 13 in thefourth year of Cheon Il Guk through the Interreligious and International Federation forWorld Peace, a declaration should have been declared today on this earth. But it isdelayed until February 14, to True Parents birthday. During this time, let all the thingsthat were liberated and indemnified during the fourth year of Cheon Il Guk become aseed and sprout that harbors a clean and flawless life force that solely focuses on Yourdesire. Let it grow to have form, become a tree and bear fruit that can bring joy to themaster in the garden, blooming with flowers and abundant with fragrance. I know theworld of Your heart that longs to pluck this fruit and prepare a feast again for Your sonsand daughters.Father, at this time I am aware that Your deep heart that I know has a background moredeep, high and broad in extent. I now understand that it is impious to try to understandthat world and that it is a sin to know this world. Thus, I could not stand in a position ofrunning to You in silence, grasping You, embracing Your body and calling Your name!Reaching that position, I cannot forget the days of Your cooperation when I suffered onthe path of perseverance, patience, hardship and a situation of life and death stemmingfrom persecution, until that day of dispersing the deep shadow in Your heart.I cannot forget the joy of that day of the Coronation Ceremony of the Kingship of God onJanuary 13 in the first year of Cheon Il Guk, which took place prior to the fourth year ofCheon Il Guk. This child, who failed to gain the nation for that day and raise it beforeheaven, came to this land, the fatherland, and knows how great is the responsibility I wascalled to take on and which needs to be fulfilled within the next four years with theseyoung and immature children. I stand in a position where, even though I might not beable to believe in them, I cannot help doing so. They could not become such sons anddaughters who can stand with both hands raised before the Father and pledge to takeresponsibility in completing and fulfilling their given responsibility during the next fouryears. This child establishes a foundation, and these children must raise a nation, attendthe parents, reveal the great way of the heavenly principles [natural laws], so that the sunand moon unite, and heaven and earth come together in the bright heaven and earth. 82
  • 83. My heart is wrenched as I experience how vexing and bitter a history of ordeals it hasbeen due to the failure to attain a position of an ideal couple in love that can carry on truelove, true life, and true lineage in a deep position centered on the origin of the family thatis the nest of love. Experiencing these things, I know how heart-wrenching it was forHeaven. As we pass out of the fourth year of Cheon Il Guk, the nations and religions onthis earth have come to their current situation by setting up the foundation for conditionsthat barely meet the standard of Your heart.Since we were born through an inevitable special connection with heaven, we must makethe impossible possible, things without hope into things with hope, and resurrect the childthat was originally in the position of death. In such an indivisible position that must bearmed with Your omnipotent authority, You came to us as we sorrowfully struggled andproved that You existed. Unable to command in a loud voice, You whispered to us thecommand to have absolute faith, absolute love, and absolute obedience, concerned thatwe may bring shame upon You before Satan. You sought the number five at the risk ofthe number four that enables You to liberate the bright heaven and earth for the purposeof bringing the ancestors of mankind who were disobedient to You throughout history tothis place.Going beyond 4,000 years in the age representing the Old Testament Age and in whichYour sons and daughters could receive the Messiah, which was Your desire in sendingthe Messiah to this earth, Jesus could not usher in the age of the fifth millennium.Coming upon this earth, he left behind the task of putting heaven and earth in order andChristianity had to shed blood for 2,000 years. I know very well that, crying andsuffering, You pushed the heart of this son again and again for him to go this way as Youendured the sorrowful sight of him being compelled to stand aside from Your path ofrighteousness along with the individual sacrifices and tears of defeat shed by the family,tribal and national levels.There has never been a son of filial piety on this earth who could fulfill the path ofloyalty and filial piety. There has never been a patriot or a family of divine sons anddaughters. These things that even You could not do, I had to fulfill. I had to follow thispath, with this responsibility, into the sea of tears from indescribable suffering, all thewhile regarding it to be a wading pool where I would swim everyday. I had to walk thesepaths forgetting my struggles and strove on to this point while gazing only at Yourtargeted desires and the sunlight You revealed.Now at this moment as we surmount a hill, in this fifth year, we have to call for all thespirit people who had the misfortune of going to the spirit world, based on thefoundations of the blessed families on this earth whom they can have pride in as theirdirect lineage. They should have been the families of sons of filial piety, families ofpatriots, families of saints, and divine sons and daughters who should have called all theancestors in the spirit world, even God, to this earth and attended them. Yet they stand ina position unable to do so, despite the education I have given them throughout my life. 83
  • 84. With this old body yet young at heart I still stand before the course of fulfilling my givenresponsibility in opening the new gates to the heavenly world along with the task ofarranging all things in the earthly world even at the moment I collapse, in order toreproduce what they should have done. Thus, I sent my sons and daughters of four agegroups to the spirit world, and with the responsibility of the parent on earth, I shoulderthe responsibility of the parent before these children and carry the realm of relationshipsin the heavenly world in order to liberate even those groaning in the abyss of hell. Gazingupon the rising sunlight of the fourth year of Cheon Il Guk, I cannot forget the facts that Ialone know as I stand in this difficult position where I feel inadequate despite the pain ofthis body.Even as I passed through this position I know that Your heart for the nation was tens,hundreds and even thousands of times greater. Unable to comfort Your heart, even as mymind floundered when You needed me, even when You resisted to rest when You couldhave, and how You endured alone, braving the wind and frost at the front in pioneeringthe way to help this unworthy child, before You I truly pray with all my heart and bodythat my wife who stands before me can unite with You. I know very well that the verybeing that brought about the seemingly impossible conflict within Your mind and withinYour body, was the same being who stained the name of True Parents. Therefore, let ourtwo bodies be transformed into one, let us become the bright parents of the new morningthat rises explosively before Your deep heart, as the sun and moon that shine beyond thedarkness to bring the tide of the bright heaven and earth from this year.I proclaim the tremendously important levels of responsibility so that all the good andbad things in the spirit world can come to this earth and bear fruit as good things. Let usmake a new determination to offer this before You. Let the people gathered here todayattain one heart, one body and one core with the True Parents heart. On the foundation ofthe liberated freedom, the tranquil place of rest, let the Parents of Heaven, Earth andHumankind be attended by from one to millions of families. Let these become families ofsons of filial piety, families of patriots that go beyond the nation, families of the saintsthat go beyond the world, and families of divine sons and daughters that go beyond thecosmos.During this four-year period, bless us so that, with all our hearts, we can leap beyond thismeridian that is inclined towards the world that can freely guide and digest all things, andbring liberty and liberation to the realm of the Sabbath centered on Ahn Shi Il, whichheaven can embrace according to the path of loyalty and filial piety. And in the ninth yearof Cheon Il Guk after the year 2008, please become the owner, parent and teacher foreternity who can restore the boundaries between the heavenly world and the earthlyworld so that You may freely commute to heaven from the earthly world along with thosewho came to the earthly world, and reign over these worlds while firmly grasping thethrone of the world of the original palace of the free, liberated heaven and earth.We pray that You will enjoy Your reign of peace for all eternity. In laying the foundation,let me invest my sincerity without fear for those days to come. Please have pity on theheart of this child who can only depend on Your cooperation until the time I can embrace 84
  • 85. the passing moon and sun and go beyond the ideal of the Shinmi year. I pray that Youwill be with me and guide me as I walk this path.Father please bestow Your love on Mother standing here, who goes by the name of HakJa Han. She has truly gone through many hardships to this day. I know too well howgreat the intensity of Mothers fate is in preparing her standard as a filial daughter beforeYou, and the preparations for attendance in [True Parents] family on earth. Still I have anobligation that prevents me from giving guidance to her. Hence, let me be able to helpMother in going beyond her 5 percent responsibility during the four years that remain.With my heart of gratitude before Heaven, and with Mother offering her thanks toHeaven, let this become like two incense fires, like two candles burning in the darkness,and protect us and guide us so that we can perfect the way of the True Parents.On the first day, as we designate the motto for this year, please unite the body of ourcouple which must go forth with hope and joy on this path even though our two bodiesmay be ripped apart and damaged as we go between the internal world of heaven and theexternal world of heaven. Bless us and guide us so that we may reach the position ofYour victory without collapsing on the way.On behalf of two people, this I sincerely, sincerely, report and proclaim in the name ofthe True Parents.Amen. 85