Without an object cannot discover self. Understand, feel limitations. If alone on island cannot know what it means to be a human being. No emotional or intellectual life. Cannot be good or bad if alone. Baby? Drink milk, be cuddled. Idea of milk and cuddle doesn’t satisfy Doesn’t just want to see mother, wants to be embraced and loved physically Toddler? Wants to touch everything Don’t just want to see toys, want to play with them Take it away -> cries
Child enjoys touching, playing with things. New things. Relationship with things limited. Collect stamps, rocks but whether live or die they don’t change. Don’t depend on self for life. Can cut and polish. Child plants bulbs and waters. Plant depends on you for life. Awe and wonder. But can’t touch or kill. Animal, pet -> play with, train, tricks, dog best friend – loyal and will defend. Returns love with loyalty and affection Read poetry to dog -> woof woof Want relationship with another human being -> friends Want to experience unique love, understand with another -> marriage Relationship should deepen and last forever
No matter how great, how absolute,and how all-knowing and all-powerfulGod may be, He cannot be happy alone.The words “happiness” and “it is good”make no sense when you are alone. Youcan say that it is good, or that you arehappy only when you are in a relationshipwith a partner. Is there anyone whosays he is happy when he is alone? Nomatter how all-knowing and almightyGod may be, He is not happy when Heis alone. Let us say a good singer sings asong all by himself. Will he be happy?He needs someone to listen to his song.He will only be joyful when that give andtake exists. Likewise, God also needs anobject partner in order to experience joy.(65-20, 1972.11.13)
You may think it rude if I share this with you, but I would like to give you an example. You use the bathroom each morning. When you defecate, do you wear a gas mask? This is not a laughing matter but a serious one. If you are near someone else defecating, you will quickly move a good distance away. But when you smell your own feces, you do not even notice it. This is because that fecal matter is one with your body. Therefore, you do not feel that it is dirty. When you were young, did you ever taste the dried mucus from your nose? Does it taste sweet or salty? It's salty, right? Since you can answer, you must have tasted it! Why did you not feel that it was dirty? It is because it was part of your body. Reverend Moon has figured out something that no one in the world knew. When you cough up phlegm, you sometimes swallow it, right? What about you who are here today? Have you ever had that experience? Be honest. Why do you not feel it is dirty? Because the phlegm was one with your body. We all eat three meals a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you go about twelve inches down from your mouth, there is a fertilizer factory. By eating three meals a day, we are providing raw materials for fertilizer factories. After knowing that, can you still take food into your mouth with a fork and spoon? We know that there is a fertilizer factory in our stomach, but we live on without feeling its presence. Why do we not feel it? It is because we are one with it. In the same way, we have love, life, lineage and conscience, but because they are one with us in balance, we do not feel them. Just like us, God has love, life, lineage and conscience, but He cannot feel them by Himself. Because they are completely in balance, God cannot feel them. That is why God also needs an object partner. We understand the necessity of an object partner from this perspective. When one is alone, one cannot feel oneself. But when a man appears to a woman and a woman appears to a man, the stimulation of love and lineage will erupt like lightning and thunder. You must be fully awakened about this. We have lived without knowing this truth. Man has not understood that God absolutely needs His love partner.
God too wants to experience joy through relationships of love with beings like himself that can receive his all the love he has to give and can respond fully. When God gives us love, how muchwould He want to give? God’s love doesnot have a set limit. He wants to giveinfinitely. Even after giving everything,God still says, “Because of you, I wantto live in you.” What is the essential elementthat makes this possible? It is love.God would be happy to live as a servantif that life were lived inside love. A fathercould feel joy even if he sees his belovedson defecate on his dining table. Lovetranscends law. God has been continuously extendingHis love to people, but that doesn’tmean He will complain, saying, “I havegiven you everything without reserve.Why do you not give back? How can yoube like this?” The God of absolute love isstill frustrated that He has not been ableto give all the love He wants to. God cannotassert Himself absolutely into ourlives. If God’s purpose in creating manwas to give perfect love, God would stillwant to pour His love into the humanworld even if He has been prohibitedfrom doing so until now. The more wethink of God as being so unconditionallygiving, the better we feel. If God weresomeone who says, “I have given everything,so now you give back,” we wouldnot need Him. (36-77, 1970.11.15) God is the Father of human beings,and human beings are God’s sons anddaughters. He created them by investingthe core of His bone, the core of Hisflesh, and the core of His bone marrowin them. If they pull on God, God cannothelp but follow. (20-207, 1968.6.9) If God is our Father, He could nothave wanted to create us as mediocre orincompetent creatures. As He createdus to stand in an equal position, at thesame level, as the all-knowing and allpowerfulGod, our conscience seeks thehighest and best. (53-224, 1972.2.28)
Creation is in indirect dominion. Can he experience it all through us? How about ocean? Maybe dolphins can become aquatic temple of God? As an invisible deity, God cannot feel any stimulation from this universe. No matter how great a stimulus comes to His mind, as an incorporeal being, He will not feel inspiration. As these invisible aspects are the same, they cannot stimulate each other. When two conflicting things, like hot water and cold water, come together, there is a reaction, isn’t there. God needs that kind of stimulation. (141-37, 1986.2.16) God is invisible even in the spirit world. He has no form. Thus in order to become the corporeal parent of humankind, God has to acquire a form. Without form He cannot become the center. (222-337, 1991.11.7) God’s final purpose of creation is to acquire a body. Since the incorporeal God cannot govern the physical world, He must appear with a body as the Father and Mother of all humankind. He must assume a physical form in order to relate to created beings as subject partner and object partner, and thus feel stimulation through His sensory organs. (25-342, 1969.10.12) As a being without form, God cannot rule over the physical world, although He created it. He therefore needs a body. God’s purpose of creation is to acquire a body and become a substantial parent. That was to be Adam and Eve.
Everything created in harmony with God and with other beings We are representatives of God Museum analogy
Allah who is Compassionate and Merciful.
And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.” Genesis 1:28 What is a blessing? Gift Ability Opportunity Responsibility Goal
Mind body unity 1. Be Fruitful – the ability to perfect our character. This involves achieving mind-body unity so that God can be present in this unity. The most important aspect of this is to develop a sensitivity to the heart of God. By fulfilling the 1 st blessing a person would become the incarnation of God, feeling how God feels, thinking as God thinks and acting as God would act etc. Here we have the basis of human rights as each person is a child of God, conscience, personal ethics etc. Taqwa, God consciousness Sport, snooker, games, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching , a book by a man I’d never heard of, Thich Nhat Hanh. There was a quote on the jacket: “Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man, for he is humble and devout. He is a scholar of immense intellectual capacity.” Those words were written by Martin Luther King, nominating Nhat Hanh, a monk from Vietnam, for the Nobel Peace Prize more than 40 years ago. It could hardly hurt to try his book. So I did, and I was blown away by the simplicity of what Nhat Hanh wrote, urging readers gently and warmly to enjoy the here and now. The secret was to approach all of life much like meditation, including the bits that we think of as boring or unpleasant. “Every act is a rite,” he says at one point. “While washing the dishes one should be completely aware that one is washing the dishes. At first glance, that might seem a little silly: why put so much stress on a simple thing? But that’s precisely the point. If while washing dishes we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, we are not ‘washing the dishes to wash the dishes’. What’s more we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes. In fact, we are completely incapable of realising the miracle of life while standing at the sink. “ If we can’t wash the dishes, the chances are we won’t be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands. Thus we are sucked away into the future — and incapable of actually living one minute of life.”
Growing up is mind mastering body. So learn to control excretory functions, eat at right time and place, sleep at right time and place and in right clothes after washing etc. So too with sex - right time, right place, right person. If body dominates mind -> greedy, secret eating, quantity not quality, stuffing oneself. Eating should be elevated and spiritualised. Beauty embodied in meal -> elegantly laid outr table, eating as social occasion. Ritualised meals, scared meals, feasts, festivals. Physical desires expression of internal. should be eleveated and spiritualised. Eating becomes a scared act - religious festivals. Also a social act and not just to satisfy hunger. Don’t eat alone. Same sexual desire - lust. Should also be given high spiritual content. Express love. Sex without love -> empitiness and dehumanising. Unity of spiritual and physical. Principle point is sp and ph are different aspects, dimensions. So eating, sleeping and sex all have sp and phy dimension. What is important is if spiritualised and eleveated or not. Sex too should be encounter with divine not just satisfying urge. Desire for shelter -> cave or beautiful architecture. Desire for sleep -> cardboard box or luxory bed We can become good only if our body obediently follows our mind, which directs us towards goodness. All too often, hwover, our body rebels agaunst the mind’s directions, repeating by analogy Cain’s murder of Abel. This is how evil grows within us. For this reason the religious way of life requires that we make our body submit to the commands of our higher mind.
Should feel how God feels, think God’s thoughts and do God’s will Islam, Hadith When I love him, I am the hearing with which he hears, I am the sight with which he sees, I am the hands with which he holds and I am the feet with which he walks’.
Multiply – the ability to establish a perfect family. This is about establishing the 4 great realms of heart, 3 great kingships etc. and thus a lineage. These are relationships based on love as delineated by the ethical norms appropriate for that relationship. The expansion of Logos/Tao/Law/Li – is the realm of ethics and norms of behaviour and of course justice. To inherit God’s logos one becomes a good child, spouse, parent, g-parent, uncle, cousin, neighbour, pupil, teacher, employee, employer, politician, King, etc. etc. and thus can relate appropriately to anyone. The family is expanded through the levels of community, society, nation and world. In this people look for some position or niche in which they can make some contribution to their world whether it is as scout leader or foreign secretary. So here we find justice, morality, familial, social, political and economic ethics etc. [ A child is the fruit, the manifestationof the parents’ love, an extensionof their life, and the embodiment of theparents’ ideals. Children are born onthe basis of the parents’ love, life, andideals; thus, the more the parents seethem, the more lovable they become, themore they become ideal people to relateto, and the more vibrant life becomes.(69-78, 1973.10.20)
Career Dominion – the right to have dominion. Through this we have the opportunity to inherit God’s creativity through owning, caring for, manipulating and eventually becoming one with physical things and thus become Lords of Creation and mediators between the spiritual world and physical world. This is expressed not only in art but also in gardening, farming, manufacturing, driving a car, riding a horse, decorating one’s house, playing the piano, writing etc. etc. Through such activities people struggle to have dominion over the physical reality by mastering particular skills. Furthermore they strive to express or reveal themselves through such an activity and create something which gives them joy to behold. This joy comes from the relationship with the physical thing irrespective of whether it is done for someone else or someone else will appreciate it. Through this a person comes to inherit God’s creativity. Along with this comes the ethics of ownership, stewardship, environmental ethics etc. Khalifa - regent of God
How it looks is a reflection of who we are
Love God and do what you want Everything we do has 2 aspects or purposes - for self and whole. Do something for someone - whole but should also be rewarded and become spiritually uplifted. Shouldn’t think or say - this is for whole, this is for individual - dualism Communism and UC practice is dualistic. Sacrifice individual for whole. Not unification terminaology. If living a public life should also benefit personally. Otherwise feel drained and used and destroyed.
In a well run business this is how it is. People are rewarded for working hard. Know that good of company results in their good. Feel taken care of and interests are met. Career and development path. Not stuck in same job. If don’t take care of employees best ones leave, rest dissatisfied, don’t work well or hard and business collapses. There again is just out ot get what one can then again business collapses.
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The Principles of Creation
Why did God create the
universe and me?
What is the purpose and meaning
► Determined by the creator, not
by the created being
► Purpose Value, meaning
All beings have a purpose
The basic principle for
“Know yourself. He who knows himself will
know God. He who knows God will
become like God.”
St. Clement of Alexandria
One Can Know God by Knowing Oneself
Chapter 7 heading, Wolli Wonbon, 1958
What do people want?
struggling to attain
happiness and avoid
misfortune.” EDP, 1
“Happiness is the
meaning and the
purpose of life, the
whole aim and end of
What makes us happy?
Happiness comes when one’s desire
is fulfilled which comes from
a relationship with an object
What kind of objects?
Object in which own nature
reflected and complemented.
Object which stimulates one
to feel and discover self.
How is joy produced?
Object reflects one’s dual characteristics
Object stimulates one’s dual characteristics
Object complements one’s dual characteristics
Which is more stimulating?
• Our object partner helps us to feel our own
internal nature and external form through
the stimulation it gives. EDP, 33
• Idea or reality?
– When the idea alone is the object partner, it is
not as stimulating, nor is the joy as profound,
as that from a finished work. EDP, 33
– So God created a substantial world
God wants to have relationships of love
with beings like himself
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after
our likeness. Genesis 1:26
“I say, ‘You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of
you.” Psalm 82:6
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your
fingers, the moon and the stars which you have made;
what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of
man that you care for him?
Yet you have made him little less than God, and crown
him with glory and honour. Psalm 8:3-5
Why did God create man?
• The most essential aspect of God is heart.
Heart is the impulse to love an object and is
the fountain and motivator of love. It is the
nature of heart to seek an object to love.
God, whose essence is heart, feels joy when
he can love an object that he created. DP,
– What kind of object? One in his image and
likeness – male and female
God wants to live with people
God’s purpose for creating human beings is to
experience joy through relating with ideal
families filled with true love.
Sun Myung Moon
“The dwelling of God is with men. He will
dwell with them and they shall be his people,
and God himself will be with them.”
God wants to interact with the
• God is invisible and without form
• Even though he created the universe he
cannot rule it without a body
• So he created human beings as his body
• By becoming one with human beings God
can experience the creation
To sum up
Why did God create man? The first purpose was to have
a being with whom He could relate as His object. The
second purpose was that God Himself had to have a
form through which to communicate with all things in the
invisible world and the substantial world. From this
viewpoint, what kind of being is Adam? The invisible God
manifested Himself in the substantial form of Adam, in
order to stand as the subject in the substantial world.
God's third purpose for creating man was in order to
fulfill His ideal of love. In that ideal, the subject and the
object were to become one. God wanted the ideal world
of love to remain forever. God created man centred upon
these three purposes.
Why We Have to Go Through Hardships 11.9. 1972
God, man and creation
How can we become ‘like
God’, the body of God, the
dwelling place of God, the
incarnation of God?
“Therefore be imitators of God,
as beloved children.” Ephesians 5:1
What is God like?
– Intellect, emotion, will
– Reason and law
– Ethics - relationships of ordered love
– Four Great Realms of Heart
To become like God, God gave human beings
the Three Great Blessings
The three great blessings
And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and
multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.”
First blessing - be fruitful
The ability to create and complete our character
“You are the temple of God
and God’s spirit dwells in
1 Corinthians 3:16
Sensitivity to the
Heart of God
We create our character
through our thoughts,
words and deeds
Unity of mind and body
Words and deeds are one
“Be complete as your
heavenly Father is complete.”
Mind - Body unity
Emotion Intellect Will
Emotion Intellect Will
Feeling Thinking Doing
Beauty Truth GoodnessPursuing:
Fulfilment of the first blessing
Whatever we do whether we like it or not we
create and express our character by
everything that we think, say and do
Embodiment of the truth of God
= True Teacher
We create ourselves
The Story of
Second blessing: multiply
The love of God and the
love of man are not two loves,
but aspects of the same unifying love.
St Maximus the Confessor
When husband and wife
are united in marriage,
they are no longer seen
as something earthly,
but as the image of God
St John Chrysostom
The ability to create a family
Four Great Realms
“If we love one another,
God lives in us and his
love is made complete
in us.” I John 4:12
Family is the
basis of society
Family is the
school of love
Development of human relationships
The fulfilment of the second
Whatever we do whether we like it or not
we form relationships with other people that
are an expression of who we are
What is love?
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy
or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not
insist on its own way; it is not irritable or
resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing,
but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all
things, believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things.”
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
God’s love -
Expressed and experienced
through the family
Love, life and lineage
Third blessing: take dominion
Right of dominion over the creation
Lords of Creation
God took the man and put
him in the garden of Eden
to till it and keep it.
Whatever the man called
every living creature, that
was its name.
Harmony with nature
The creation waits
for the revealing
of the sons of God.
► Develop creativity and self
► Develop and perfect skills
► Responsibility and freedom of
Inherit God’s creativity and dominion of
heart and love
The fulfilment of the third blessing
► Art, sculpture, building, making
► Gardening, farming, music, clothes
► Industry, manufacturing, fishing
► Walking, climbing, cleaning, driving
► Ecology, stewardship, ownership
Whatever we do whether we like it or not
we create an environment around us which
is an expression of who we are
One World Family
Purpose of life – three blessings
Our main roles in life
• True Teacher
– Unity of words and deeds
– Practice what you preach
• True Parent
– Heart of a parent in the shoes of a servant
– Treat people justly
• True Owner
– Looks after the things he owns
– Creates a good environment
– Freely shares what he has with others
Dual aspects of purpose
Joy to God
Joy to the
How do you integrate the two
• The individual purpose and the purpose for the
whole are not independent. They are related and
• The purpose for the whole is secondarily the
purpose for betterment of the individual.
• The individual purpose is not separate from the
purpose for the whole.
• The purpose for the whole cannot continue to exist
without guaranteeing the individual purpose.
How does it work in practice?
How is value decided?
• The value of an entity may be determined by the
relationship between its purpose of existence and the
desire that a human being has for it.
– The value of a particular tool depends on whether it is useful to a
• The value of an entity intended at its creation is not fixed
as an inherent attribute.
– Determined in the market
• It is established through the mutual relationship between
the purpose of the entity according to God's ideal of
creation, and people's original desire to treasure it and
bring out its true worth
– Stradivarius makes a violin. A maestro treasures the violin and
plays it to produce beautiful music
It finds its true value when it participates as an object partner in a God-
centred four position foundation by relating with a person through give and
take action and by their union becoming the third object partner to God.
Meaning and interpretation
Theory and methodology
of text interpretation
Every reading is an interpretation
and every interpretation is an
appropriation of a text for its
The Torah has 70 faces
What is love and beauty?
• In the relationship between a man and a woman, the
man is the subject partner, giving love, while the woman
is the object partner, returning beauty.
• However, when the subject partner and object partner
become completely one in harmony, love is found within
beauty and beauty is found within love.
• This is because when a subject partner and object
partner become one in a circular movement, the subject
partner sometimes acts as an object partner, and the
object partner sometimes acts as a subject partner.
"Each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself,
and the wife must respect her husband.” Ephesians 5:33
Love and respect
• The primary
emotional needs" for
men and women,
respectively are that
men need respect
and women need
love, like they need
air to breathe.
• Love and Respect
– a Royal marriage
What is good and what is evil?
• An act or the result of an act is considered good
when it fulfills God's purpose of creation. This
takes place when a subject partner and object
partner unite through the harmonious and
spirited give and take of love and beauty,
become the third object partner to God, and form
the four position foundation.
• On the other hand, an act or its result is called
evil when it violates God's purpose of creation
by forming a four position foundation under the
dominion of Satan. EDP, 48
One World Family
What acts help or hinder
fulfilling the 3 blessings?
• 1st blessing
• 2nd blessing
• 3rd blessing
• 1st blessing
• 2nd blessing
• 3rd blessing
Good and evil and consequences
• Good and evil actions may take the same
form, their true nature may be discerned
through their fruits. They yield their fruits in
accordance with the divergent purposes
they pursue. EDP, 71
– E.g. sexual love
• Good motivation alone is not a justification
– “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”
• We find many cases where an aspect of human
nature conventionally considered evil is, in fact,
good if its purpose is directed toward the Will of
God. Let us take the example of desire. Desire,
which people often consider sinful, is actually
God-given. EDP, 71
• This is a critique of certain understandings of Buddhism
and some Christian views of sexuality and the body
• Not justifying unethical acts if “God-centred”