Sun Myung Moon
God’s Will and the Ocean
The Way of the Ocean
August 28, 1986
Who are you? What are you doing here? Where are you heading, where will you go? The purpose or the destination must be clear, otherwise you will end up on a march to nowhere. If you met God and asked him, “Where are you going, Mister God,” what do you think God would answer? God knows where He is going and He knows what He desires. He has an absolutely clear-cut desire, goal and purpose.
Is that purpose for one small village or town, city or nation, or for the universe? Of course, the small matter is part of the larger concern, but the important thing is that no matter how small or large, everything is connected to the ultimate goal and purpose. What is that ultimate goal? In one word, it is one world — a peaceful world, a world of ideals and a world of perfection.
That is not only the goal here on earth, it is also the goal of the spiritual world. So that is the purpose, one (spiritual and physical) world. Can God fulfill this purpose by Himself alone, or does God need anything else? Because you know the Divine Principle, you know the answer. Divine Principle teaches us that God cannot fulfill the purpose alone. God needs man absolutely.
The important thing is this: God knows how to bring about such a world; He knows the structure of it. However, the problem is this: Man himself doesn’t understand the plan. Thus, God has had to announce his plan in advance in order to prepare man. That is, at the proper time, He will send the messiah to lead the way and let mankind know how to live so that he does not remain in ignorance.
Throughout history, man has pursued value, but has interpreted that value in his own way. In other words, man has pursued his own idea of happiness. For example, Japan has a goal that is centered on Japan. In Red China the people thought that Marxism-Leninism would be good for their country, but they found out that it led to failure. Here in the United States people think that democracy is best for their nation. Every respective country has devised some goal, but struggles today in failure.
The Ultimate Goal for Which We are Headed
Let us think, “What is nearest to me and most valuable?” People are looking all over for this kind of thing, but they look too far. They look way beyond themselves. What is very, very close to you and also extremely valuable? You say, “True love.” Okay, but how can that love be ignited? What is the essence or origin of that love?
How does true love begin? Does it begin among brothers or friends? The origin of true love comes from God. Therefore, the fundamental and basic relationship of mankind is to be united with God. God and man. However, when you say mankind, you mean both men and women. The most dynamic relationship happens between men and women. When that relationship is centered upon God, that is the trinity of true love. God, man and woman. This is the basic and most essential relationship which fulfills all mankind’s needs.
What is God’s position to men and women? Teacher? What kind of teacher? Somehow, teacher doesn’t quite describe the relationship of true love. It must be something better than teacher. What about master? Master and servant? It doesn’t sound quite right either. It somehow doesn’t fully connect to true love. So then, we come to the concept which fits most closely to true love. Only parents can encompass that kind of love. Well, if the first human beings, Adam and Eve were the parents, where does that leave God? What was God? How should we address God properly if we call Adam and Eve the parents?
Fortunately, man has what we call the spirit; he has a spiritual part of his being. There are two aspects of man, spiritual and physical. For this reason we can have both spiritual as well as physical parents… God can dwell in the spirit of man and in this way we would have God as our spiritual parents and our parents as physical parents. Centered on true love, God dwells in oneness with the parents on earth. Unless this standard is born, there is no way to bring the spiritual world and the physical world together. This is the focus and central point to which God has been trying to awaken mankind. When we know this goal, this relation between God and man, we know who we are and where we are going. We are to be the embodiment of true love, both spiritually and physically. We are to be in the image of God. The ultimate direction in which we are heading is to be the image of true love in the fullest extension. Therefore, God is always with the people who are going towards this standard of truth, this embodiment of love. God shall always be with
When you grasp your parents, and within them God is existing, you are holding onto true love. How does God dwell within us? Centering on true love alone, God dwells within mankind. This is the highest ideal which humanity has been pursuing throughout all of history. Who are you then? Who are the Moonies? We are the ones who will propagate and fulfill this ideal, making it reality.
If you ever cut yourself, what was inside? No matter how many different places you might cut, you would find more of the same inside. More Moonie, more Moonie, more Moonie. Your body is just one chunk of Moonie. The real and genuine Moonie cannot be digested by Satan. That Moonie is the personification of the spirit of true love, the embodiment of true love. Therefore, the genuine Moonie is like real gold, containing the true spirit of God. Satan cannot make any claim for that person.
You have measurements over here. You measure by pounds and inches. You have one inch and one pound for which you have an original standard. Do you have two different standards or just one? Every factory and home in America has measuring tools which use inches and pounds. Something is long or short, heavy or light according to how many inches or pounds it is. However, an inch is always an inch and a pound is always a pound wherever you go. What is the first, original inch of the Unification Church?
Well, you immediately said, “Father,” so I can only concede that you are not so dumb. Then what happens? You, looking at what kind of material you are, measure up to me and then you find out just how you measure up. You see that and say, “Oh, I’m a little short,” or “I’m a little bit too light.” Do you have this kind of scale, this ability to measure? Show me where it is. The amazing thing is that each one of you have this scale, in your mind you know it. You have the ability to detect and measure where you are inside.
Why did you come here first of all? You came here simply because of me. Without me no one would have come here. You see that I am starting some kind of ocean venture, that I have some kind of vision for the ocean and you say to yourself, “If Father is interested in this, I’ve got to be interested in it too.” That’s why you came.
Those who graduated from the seminary, raise your hands. When you came to Gloucester, were you thinking, “Oh gee, I have to go there and fish,” or were your thoughts instead filled with bubbling enthusiasm and burning desire to go out? Which one? After so many days have now passed, and you’ve experienced the ocean and heard me talk, you should not have a cool mind about it. If you do, something is wrong. By now you should feel something like a magnet is pulling you along; you should feel like I do. Maybe some of you said, “Well, I’ve tasted this for the first time and it’s enough. Enough is enough. I will never return here.” Some of you might be thinking like that. Those who think like that, raise your hands. No one? I don’t believe you. Sometimes you want to be with me forever, sometimes you are changing. Adam and Eve wanted to be with God forever, but they were changing too. I’m looking at you and some of your faces are saying, “Oh, the wind is about twenty-five knots tomorrow and Father won’t let us go out if the waves are over eight feet high, so I hope it’s goes up to eight feet.” You know that normal weather creates waves from two to six feet, so some of you might think each night, “I hope it’s bad weather tomorrow and we can stay in.” Others of you might be praying for a typhoon every day. Those kind of people are just wasting their time and energy. They are going on a forward march to nowhere.
I am still a puzzle and a mystery to many people. Actually, I am a simple man, coming here and going fishing, but in the meantime, the highest possible leaders in America are being moved and world leaders are moving too. When do I have the time to do all these things? Do you think I accomplish this by just sitting and doing nothing, just letting my head drop and go to sleep? Does everything happen like this? There are 240 million people living in this country. Those people cannot save this country. They would have done so by now, don’t you think? They cannot save it. Only one man can save this country. Do you know why? Only Reverend Moon is saving this nation. With what?
American people are proud. They are proud of their country, but now, this country is crumbling down. How can we permit this situation? We cannot let this happen. It’s a serious situation and all Americans know about it, but no one will stand up. Only one man came here and said, “I will save America.” With what? What power do I have?
America has scientific power, political power, economic power, military power. It is number one in so many areas. How can only one person stand up and save this nation? What can save this country? Only God’s love. Without God there is no hope. This is the problem. American people don’t know about this. They don’t know about the true love of God. They don’t know the purpose of God. Therefore, they don’t know the purpose of America and cannot reach the goal.
I came to teach clearly, “This is God and this is God’s love.” I have a clear understanding of these two points. The American people don’t have these points clear in their minds. This is the problem. That is why I am teaching you. Centered on love, God can dwell on earth. In the spiritual world we have God and here on earth we have True Parents. Centered on love we can become one, and we can do anything. We can have dominion of true love over anything.
Many people think, “Oh, Unification Church, it’s just one little church. We don’t have to think about it.” If they continue like that, they will never find out. Our teaching is not just for Unification Church. You have to know and be able to say, “True Parents are my parents.’! No matter how powerful our opponents may be they can never overcome us. We have been persecuted from all four corners of the world, but we have never been pushed out. How about you? Do you now understand this point? Where are you standing? Where have you been going until now? You have to take a strong stand. There are powerful countries in this world. You have to think about it seriously. How can you overcome the evil in this world? Only with truth. Only with love. Do you now understand? Who is God to you? You have to be able to say, “My parent.” You should be able to stand up and proudly say, “God is not just the parent of True Parents, but also my parent.” And, on this earth, you can declare, “True Parents are my parents.” With this, we will go marching on. This is the most important thing for us to know.
Therefore, whatever we tackle, whether it is Ocean Church or an ocean business, it is not out of a sense of duty. No! Whatever you are doing you must understand is yours. You must be able to look at what you are doing and proudly say, “That’s mine.” Look at the One Hope boat. Who made that boat? I initiated it and Mr. Kamiyama organized it, but whose boat is it? It is yours.
Although Ocean Church owns the boats, you cannot think that someone else will take responsibility. You have to know that when you take a boat out, it is truly your responsibility. And the fishing gear, who designed it? I did. However, when you take that equipment and use it, to whom does it belong? To you. This way you have direct attachment and responsibility.
What is the center of our moving forward? Only true love. With true love, your accomplishments will go on for eternity. With true love, what you accomplish will never disappear, never go away, but will remain for eternity. What about the contents of your mind? If you think, “I am too far away from the standard,” then this is the time to think again.
I am sure that when some of the members finished their training this summer and went back to school, you started thinking, “Oh, they are going back to their respective places. I wish it was my turn to go.” Even though you are only staying a few more days or weeks, you are already thinking like that. If you don’t think that way, my idea about you and my own experience is wrong. However, I am seldom wrong. How about the rest of you? Well, the rest of you have the-~ mission of not going back anywhere because you haven’t caught any tuna yet. So, you have to follow the tuna, follow them all the way until you catch them. Follow them all the way to the north pole.
You only say “all right” because you heard me talk tonight, but you should have been thinking “all right” from the very beginning. You might also think, “Oh Father, you are the True Parent. You are supposed to be loving me. Why do you always push me down to do the impossible task?” Some of you might think that. However, the people who always complain are the ones who always lose.
The Price of Laying the Foundation
Many of you have never heard the kind of report before that Colonel Pak gave tonight of the media tour of Asia. Some of you may wonder, “When did Father do all of this? How come all of these things are happening?” Without any of the hard work, just by listening to it tonight, you are inheriting all of it. However, it isn’t that simple. It is like this: when you finally receive the Ph.D. from Harvard, everyone will give you praise and tribute, but none of them will ever understand the suffering and hardship you have gone through. Maybe it took twenty years or only one year. Certainly, whoever went through the course more quickly, suffered more.
In fourteen years, since I came to the United States, I have accomplished unprecedented things in history. No one has even imagined accomplishing these things in American history. You cannot understand what kind of hardship, suffering and agony has gone on behind it. All by myself, alone. No one welcomed my coming. No one welcomed my suffering. No one wanted to go to Danbury. I worked hard and paid the sacrifice in order to achieve the goal. Anyone just trying to receive the fruit from that effort has a mind like a thief. You cannot get the priceless treasure without paying the price deserving of it.
The American people have been very skeptical. Especially the young people have been skeptical about my goal and my way of doing things. They have been 50/50, not 100% behind me. Now they realize that they were wrong, that this has been a sure thing, that I have been right all along. At that moment, they want to grab the result, grab the achievement, but it’s not fair. It’s not even possible.
You are not ready to receive; your container is not ready to receive what I want to give. The treasure is ready, but the container is not ready, so you have to leave the treasure behind and make the container ready. In the meantime, someone else who has been working hard may come and take the treasure. I don’t like that. I want you to have that treasure. That is why I am pushing you along the road of suffering and difficulty so that you are able to contain the treasures that are waiting for you.
Seven years ago, sixty-one Japanese members were invited to New York. They were each given a $100 bill and told, “You are the pioneers of the fishing business, the seafood business. Go forward, pioneer the way and bring back prosperity.” This year that same group came back and reported that without a doubt they have made the strongest of foundations in the fishing industry. That kind of foundation is spreading throughout the country, so the seafood people are noticing that Moonies are everywhere. Some of them think, “The only place where the Moonies aren’t pushing any further is the Pacific ocean itself. If I am to escape them, I’ll have to jump in.” Why are these Japanese brothers winning? Because they think, “I am responsible for this business. This isn’t anyone else’s business. It is my business. It is my Heavenly Father’s business.” With that thought in their minds and hearts, they work harder and faster.
When they go forward like this, totally united in their soul and mind with the purpose of God, the blessing of God is always with them. The result is that their business is simply growing by leaps and bounds. Based upon that, we are going to pioneer in the same way with several hundred more members. Each one will be just like a seed. They will be given the same amount of money to start with. I know that if they follow exactly the same course as the first pioneers they will succeed without a doubt. Just become a clone of these older members. You have that capacity and potential. You can double and triple their result.
The Divine Providence Awaiting Us
America has that capacity. What do you think? When Americans start to learn to like the taste of fish, should the amount of money they spend on fish be more, or should they spend more money on drugs? Several years ago, I heard the statistic that in one year Americans spend more than 40 billion dollars on drugs. That must be more than doubled by now. Someone said tonight that they had heard as much as 200 billion has been spent on drugs. At least fish is a good and nutritious food for Americans; at least fish should be sold up to triple the amount of 200 billion dollars each year. That means Americans should spend 600 billion dollars on fish. Don’t you think that should happen? Maybe there will be too much money and no one will know what to do with it. Maybe we will go out to the ocean and give that money as bait to the fish. You know, I might say, “So many fish died to feed this country and they paid a lot of indemnity. Go ahead and spread out some of the cash to them.” What if we put some of that money into the ocean and the ocean waves carried it to South America? And then, what if the fishermen down there would come up with a big net of dollars? Instead of fishing for fish, they would fish for dollars! Eventually they would pay the international debt. Isn’t that a good idea? What do you think? This fish business and ocean providence is truly something for Moonies to do. Nobody else can do what we do. It takes guts and drive to do it. What will become of it in twenty years? These pioneers will accomplish even more things than they already have. Where will you be in twenty years? Don’t be like a grasshopper, idle today and subordinate to others in the future.
You should think about where this movement started from. Forty years ago I was all by myself. There were no friends, no house, no money, no organization. I was completely alone. There were no brothers. no family. no parents. They didn’t understand. My parents worried about me. They thought, “Oh, our son was a very capable man, but he is going in a strange direction.” Who then was the only ally that I had? Sometimes I was at the point where I cried out, “Even by myself, I will never give up.” Then, God became my sole ally and only God was with me. That was the beginning point.
Today, if you consider that God is your only ally, then don’t worry about your future. God will guide you and protect you. That is the key, that is the most important thing. You can compete with God saying, “God, if you are going to get up at four o’clock in the morning, I will get up at three o’clock. I will beat you by an hour.” And you can say, “God, if you want to sweat, then I want to shed tears and sweat, not just sweat.” You know the story about the Gloucester campaign. When I was going out at four o’clock in the morning, some of the fishermen started to go out earlier. Then, I went out even earlier until finally I was leaving at one o’clock in the morning, and staying out all night. Then, they couldn’t compete anymore. We won Gloucester that way, we won their respect in that way.
The parent is always the one who works later, works harder and begins earlier. It is the parent’s heart which wants the children to rest while the parent wants to do more and prepare for the next thing. The parental heart always wants to take care and watch over everything until the last moment. You thought that you were getting up early, but I tell you, before you got up, God was already there ahead of you. When you realize that God is always one step ahead of you, you cannot get tired. You cannot just give up. You always feel, “I want to comfort God,” but God is already there giving you comfort. With this understanding you just want to make every effort to alleviate God’s heart. With this kind of heart and mind, you will march forward and you will never fail.
This is the testimony which I am giving to you. I have been living this testimony throughout my entire life, over and over. I still have the goal that I want to grab this nation, turn it and bring it back to God. It is like a dream, but this dream will come true. To those graduates of the seminary, if I give you this dream, would you accomplish it? You may get tired, but I will never get tired. You may get tired and stay behind and become a drop-out. But, I will never do that. I will ultimately achieve that goal, win that goal and then, a few steps ahead of you, wait for your return. Don’t come to me then with shame. Don’t be sons and daughters of shame.
Those who promise, “Father, I will never become a son or daughter of shame,” raise your hands and repeat, “I promise.” This is the true hope of America and the world will become a better world than we could ever think. Wherever you go you must look for the difficult task. Think, “Whatever is the most difficult task, I will do.” If you go to the most difficult task, you will already find the parents there. Parents always go to the most difficult task. You will truly find God there.
The typhoon may be blowing, but if you say, “No typhoon will ever stop my One Hope,” then God will be there. God will say, “My son, my daughter. You are truly my children. Welcome.” That is the secret of my daily life. It is my daily credo. Everyone look at the clock. When you look at the clock and see that it is already midnight, you think, “Uh, oh, it’s too late.” However, your thinking is late. If you think that God is starting to maneuver at three o’clock in the morning, then you will say, “Oh, it’s only midnight. It’s early.” That’s the way to think.
You have to look forward to being embraced by God. In order to do that, you have to begin by at least three o’clock in the morning. In that state, you are tired and start to doze in the car for just a moment. At that time, God will come to you and give you a revelation. If you just wake up happy in the morning with eight hours of sleep and say, “Oh let’s go for another picnic today,” then you will never receive any revelation. You will never meet God there.
You have to select the route where Satan cannot go. It must be so extreme that Satan will say, “Oh no, I could never go that way. You go without me.” That is the course you must select. There, God alone will be waiting. And you solely will have the opportunity to meet with God.
You might think, “I’ve been working so hard and I’m bored with this, it’s monotonous. There’s no joy in this.” You’ve got to be different. You have to look forward to tomorrow. You have to expect something exciting to happen tomorrow, the next day and for the next ten, twenty years. You must always feel excited for life and never get tired. That is Reverend Moon’s kind of Moonie. I will always bless this kind of person with the blessing of God.
Today is a special opportunity so that you can rediscover yourself. It is historical and it is your honor to have listened to me tonight. Each one of you shall go on to your mission. Go with strength, fortitude and determination. I will always be with you. Ocean Church and the ocean businesses are a divine providence. I have declared it many times before and I declare it again tonight. These are providential missions. Therefore, anyone who is devoted to this direction will receive God’s blessing and protection and shall eventually prosper. Someday, some of you will become national leaders, lawmakers, congressmen, senators. I am a mysterious person. American people think that I am only famous in America, but when they go to Asia they find out that I am even more famous there. It is the same in South America and Africa. Being here with me tonight is a rare opportunity. It is very rare. The reason that I meet with you face to face and talk to you is because you at least follow me and are trying to be one with me.
If I had not been able to establish the True Parents, who else would give a clear vision for the world today? Who else is really giving clear guidance and direction? I have had to work in the most adverse conditions, but the veil of that opposition is leaving and the world will soon be able to see who I am. Truly, we are going to be very unique people indeed. We are going to have an exciting future ahead of us. Please, look forward to and work hard for that day. May God bless you.