An Encounter is Never an Accident
Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Excerpt from a sermon given at
Belvedere, Tarrytown, NY USA
November 4, 1990
Once again, the topic of Father’s speech today cannot be adequately translated into another language. In English we do not have a concept similar to “In Yun” in Korean. For example, if two people meet in a crowded place and their sleeves touch, it is said to be caused by hidden reasons that had their beginnings years before. That is “In Yun” .
“Sung gong” means encounter or meeting. Because of “In Yun” we are meeting together like this, not by accident. There is a book called “Chu Yok” in Korea that tells all about how things separate and meet again. It has had a great influence on Oriental life.
There is “o haeng” and “sa ju”. Each individual has a “sa ju” within him. It is composed of the time and date he was born. Experts can calculate an amazingly accurate account of your future and past using this method. It is about 80 percent correct. They can tell you what specific ailments you have, and what herbal medication to take for them. They can tell you how many children you will have, what are the highlights of your life, what you are suited for, what your ancestors’ problems were, and so forth. Then they try to explain to you why these things are so.
The things that happen to you are not accidental; they have a certain explainable cause, or “In Yun”. We come from all over the world and you might say, “Well, we are like a scoop out of the mass,” but actually each one has been destined a long time ago to be here, living together and especially to be married.
Why have some people gone to the North Pole and South Pole? Nobody voluntarily goes to such extremely cold areas. The tendency is for us to find a comfortable place to live. What made some people go to the North and South Poles to live? Perhaps they were expelled from somewhere after killing someone or committing some crime. Or, there must have been a big fight, with the result that someone came to hate someone so much that if one eats with his right hand, the other will want to eat with the left hand. Or if one customarily greets others with a bow, one will decide to greet with his hands, even his feet! How much more convenient it is to extend and touch feet! More likely than not, it was not a happy cause behind these people separating and ending up in the North Pole or South Pole. One day I will occupy that area and those people.
Do you think the ancestors of white people began under good conditions or bad conditions? Why would white people have chosen to live in the extreme cold? They must have been hunters and nomads. You typically express compassion for horses who are in pain and cannot walk and have to be shot as an act of mercy. What if a loved one, a son or daughter, is very ill. Is it a service to kill them? Of course, man and horse are different, but the situation is similar. What would be better, to let the horse die a natural death, no matter how painful the process may be, or to terminate his life and ease his pain? How different are people’s ways of thinking.
From one human ancestor, different tribes and races have been scattered all around not because of good reasons, but unhappy ones. There are so many different languages and customs. The yellow race has been living in the moderate temperature zone, with reasonable rainfall where crops grow well. They have been worshipping a god under shamanism, not such a high-level religion; it is rather superstitious. Spirit world is also not unified but has formed different societies. Even more than us, they are segregated by groups that have certain things in common. What is the nature of spirit world? Will spirits who used to live on earth come down to dwell? No, the people on earth will all go to spirit world.
We live like this in our society. Those people who have a nature like cats, always scratching others and not letting them be in peace, will go to spirit world and be together in the same community. Imagine what kind of community that will be!
Today’s topic is “”In Yun” and Encounter.” Strangers meet, but they are not strangers; it is predestined. The encounter of individuals is never an accident. Today is cloudless, but let’s say there is a cloud here. Where do you think it was formed? Is it an American cloud, or was it formed in other parts of the world? Is it a world cloud? It was formed by waters from different parts of the world, from Africa to the polar regions. Imagine that one particle evaporated from some black person’s saliva, and adjacent to it is evaporation from a white person’s urine. Do you think these waters will hate each other? Will they start fighting? Or refuse to shake hands, even though they are side by side? They will give up hating each other. They must make friends, under those circumstances. There is a lot of dust and pollution. Did it all come from U.S. soil, or is there some from other parts? This is world scale, also. It is going around and around, going to America, to Africa, to everywhere, across the oceans.
So we are in that situation, and you don’t like to sit next to a white girl? Or maybe you sit there, but your mind doesn’t flow? If that is so, you are inferior even to the particles in a cloud. Is the air that we breathe in America American air, or does it belong to the world? (The world.) The air has parts coming from Asia, the Orient, Europe, Africa, all parts of the world, mixed. Do you think this air was bred in America and just stays here? Does air conflict with air from other places? Does Korean air say it will only go to Korean plants? There is no boundary in nature. When a big boar from South America defecates in North America, will the tree here protest that? No, it will like the good fertilizer, and say it tastes better because it is different.
That is the birth of the universe: everything develops according to its harmonious “In Yun”.
Nobody knows who will meet whom in the next moment, but when they meet it is a good destiny and they learn to get along together. How many tens of thousands of years preparation did it take for these two sisters to end up sitting next to each other here? This is a historical encounter, a miracle. We may not know it, but the spirit world is like a computer which, when you push the button, will reveal the tons of records concerning what it took to bring these two together. There is no area it does not cover. Perhaps at some point the two, sister A and sister B, came very close but did not make it. Now the two are together here. All of you who are here did not come a straight way. Your ancestors clubbed you to bring you here now. That is why it is so crooked. Until now no one understood this, but this is how it works.
When you were born, wherever and whenever, did you ever have the slightest notion that you would meet Father here today? If someone planned to find a way to sit with Father, how many years would it take? But we have hardly done anything, and we find ourselves here. Behind us the background is not simple. On the universal level there was plenty of work for each of us to be here. Do you think you can dismiss the brother or sister sitting next to you under such circumstances, just as if it was high school days, and you were alumni? Out of your present relationship, after ten or fifteen years you can truly love each other. Can you say what is going to happen, what good things? Who knows maybe you will become the First Lady of a country, “In Yun” as a good “In Yun”, and think of ten or twenty years from now and cherish this moment. Don’t just think of today or tomorrow in treating each other. If you have this attitude for ten or twenty years, then everybody will come to support you.
All things that are happening now are for the sake of this goal. In fishing this becomes so dramatic. You may fish for eight hours, with nothing happening. All of a sudden there is some sign, and before you know it a thousand-pound fish is hooked. It happens in one minute, that’s all. In Alaska there was a fierce competition. A Japanese brother had not caught a fish after several days. One day, everyone was catching fish, but he did not, until five minutes before the deadline, 8:55 pm. Suddenly it came; he landed the biggest fish and got first prize. This is a true story. Who can tell? How can you tell what will come from two people in five or ten years, or even tomorrow?
Why did it take thousands of years to make such a meeting? It is because the goal of the meeting is so big, that nature and history had to work through thousands of years of “In Yun” to get here. Now you arrived here, not knowing this has all taken place, and you doze off. Spirit world is nervous watching us. Imagine that your encounter with Father and everyone here has required lots of sacrifice, even your ancestors being killed so that you could work your way up here. Then how serious is our meeting here? Once we understand this background, we realize that indemnity is a natural thing, and that if there is no indemnity, maybe I am not going the right direction. Then for a bigger cause we can say, Father, I am ready to accept more suffering and more indemnity. If you do, then there will be more good in yun working out for a higher level of encounter.
When Father came to America he knew that much “in yun” was here. Father properly arranged the “in yun”, relating it with the situation of the nation as a whole, knowing so much history behind the scenes and in spirit world. Father did his very best to bring everyone the highest blessing, putting everyone in the best possible position. Based upon Father working day in and day out for this, Father has come to be loved by others who are saying that even at the sacrifice of their own lives they cannot leave Father. That kind of strong relationship has come about. Father knew that when he came to America he would meet some offspring from the Mayflower. He thought about how to meet such people, and how to lead them to the top of heaven. Before even noticing his own suffering Father only thought about fulfilling his part of the responsibility to the offspring of the Mayflower or other American people who came into his church through “In Yun”. A person who does this will receive all the blessings of the universe. The universe is waiting to give blessings to and welcome such a person, and greet him.
After Danbury, Father thought, “Before I go to Korea, whom will God bring to meet me first?” Father was expecting that. Even today there are former inmates visiting Father. When you have that kind of attitude throughout your life, you have no room for complaint. You have no cause for complaint. You bump into someone on the street, even a troublemaker, you should think, “What is this situation going to bring to me?” Instead of fighting, think, “What is this “In Yun” going to bring me?” Then suddenly you look around and see someone there. It is the son or daughter you lost many years ago, because of war. This actually happens. That so-called accident can happen to all of us. If this crazy person had not bothered me on the street, then I would have missed my lost son and never had another chance. Who is making that man act crazy? He may not know himself, but something is making him act that way, for my sake. That is good in yun.
There are two kinds of people. One immediately fights and retaliates and ruins his whole day when this kind of inconvenience comes. The second thinks philosophically: why did this come to me? What do I deserve? What do I deserve? What can I expect from this? We must know that this ” In Yun” and encounter has a great significance. You know the story of Joseph, whose jealous brothers put him in a well. Later he was rescued, and he served in the nobleman’s [Potiphar’s] house. The wife tried to seduce him, and he would not fall. Later on, because of that, he got to meet his brothers. This turned out to be the way of saving the Israelites. Who knew? Somebody was working. It’s not mysterious to them, only to us.
If it were not for three years imprisonment in North Korea, Father would never have known what communism really is. Maybe like everyone else he would have thought, “Oh, that is just another philosophy,” and dismissed it. But by three years in prison Father could come to understand the minutest detail of the nature of communism, and could decide to liberate communism, the enemy of God, with his own hands. Today, everyone is wondering why in less than one year a miracle has happened. It is not a miracle. Father knows, and he worked for it. Who knows except the Moonies and Father, and the spirit world?
This grand principle applies even to daily life. Just an innocent happening, an accident, depends upon your attitude toward “In Yun”. If you live like that, your life will improve. Somehow, let’s say, you caused an accident and hurt a nice young lady. You feel so bad, because she is hospitalized. As a result of that you witness to her and save her life. Do you think she was lucky to break her leg or not? She will look back and say, if you didn’t break my leg, where would I be now? How proud you can be without you leading them, no one can come to heaven. So how historically great Unification Church evangelists are.
We can’t pray on the way to Belvedere, “Please God, prevent an accident from happening to me.” Rather pray “Please lead me in your will.” We do have accidents. Maybe that’s His will, and as a result of that we gain a different level, a higher level. We are bound to get to a higher level if our mind is basically good. Who knows what will happen in the future? If something happens, everyone may agree it is a tragedy. But there are two ways for us: either complain, or continue on contemplating what chance this offers me. Who is the wise person, the sagacious person? The wise person does not complain.
Yesterday morning one of our buses was stolen during the State Leaders meeting, and so they arrived late. Everyone was annoyed and worried because they could not meet in time. But Father was not worried. He just wondered what was going to happen as a result of that bus being stolen. Maybe as a result someone would be met at the police station while making the report, or at the jail, and your path could cross the cousin or nephew of President Bush. Who knows? Plenty of these things happen. That way you may go to a political candidacy more quickly than by your own planning. Usually success happens by this kind of extraordinary “In Yun”. So how can we complain about things? In Father’s life, going to prison is the worst thing that can happen. But what was the result?
Father knows one thing: our life, whatever it may be, is a course of indemnity. Whether we approve it or not, it’s indemnity. It’s bound to be. So if the indemnity goes the normal way, it takes a normal amount of time. Everybody wants to quicken it. But how? By something extraordinary happening, then it quickens. So we have to expect that happening. [Father draws on the board.] This is human history, thousands of years, and the happenings lie out like a sine curve. One is smooth and one is saturated, complicated. Which curve do you want to follow, the complicated or simple? The simple will take thousands of years. The other, saturated way means you are always busy, with no time to be complacent, and you really go the incredible way, but it only takes a hundred years. Which way do you prefer? The saturated, which is the short cut, and you only need a hundred years.
There are many different combinations of curves. Sometimes you go up, sometimes down. Corporations go through one hundred or two hundred years of turbulence. Which do you want? Shorter indemnity? Shorter indemnity means that even though you think today is miserable, tomorrow will be worse, and the next day even worse. Which do you want: a smooth life which requires thousands of years of indemnity, or short, which gets it over with? (Short.) Religion takes thousands of years. When you receive glory, that period will end and you must go down before you can go up again. Christianity suffered for 2,000 years, then went up in America. Now it has come down again. Conversely, the Unification Church started from the deepest suffering, but then went up.