Perfection is from True Love
by Reverend Sun Myung Moon
These are excerpts from the sermon given at Belvedere on February 6, 1994. The interpreter was Peter Kim.
Many of you are young and young means that one is able to do anything. Once you make a decision that he can do then growth to perfection should not be a problem. Is that true? (Yes) Compared to me you are so young. Father is old and memorizing is not as easy as when I was young so don’t forget your young age.
Let us go over the title of Father’s speech one more time. Truly thank you, all the perfection is from my True Love. All things depend upon True Love. The entire humanity, past, present and future all depend upon True Love yet nobody knew the meaning of True Love. Do you know the meaning of True Love? Unification Church members know the meaning of True Love and once we know the meaning of True Love we can live our lives for perfection, reach there and enjoy happiness. Even in the field of science there is always a formula and from such formulas people gain knowledge and make it their own. Once you know things inside out then you are able to share that knowledge with another individual or object. That is why the Bible says: “ The truth will set you free.” How? By obtaining knowledge you are able to recreate your partner, your object. When it comes to Unification Church members their center is True Parents and when we obtain knowledge through their teaching then we are all able to become the objects of True Parents. The word True Parents cannot exist alone, always the words True Love are needed in order to connect with each other.
When we refer to True Parents this does not mean one single male True Parent but rather True Parent representing entire men and True Parent representing entire women. When God looks upon True Parents, male True Parent and female True Parent, they are the ones who have passed God’s level and He ordains them as True Parents representing the entire humanity. Why does God gives blessing to True Parents. It is because He also needs True Love. Therefore, God places True Parents in the position of objects of True Love so that God is able to receive True Love also.
All the religious people of the world tend to believe that God is omnipotent and that He is able to do anything that He wishes. They fail to realize that God is unable to overrule the love principle because love doesn’t come from within oneself but rather from one’s partner. Does God have love? God is the root of life, love and lineage, all the things that mankind desires is rooted in God. We resemble God, therefore do we have love? (Yes) Really? (Laughter) Yes we do have love, life and also lineage that is connected to the history of mankind.
Are you able to see love? Are you able to touch love? We know that there is love by our feelings. Nobody has seen or touched love and yet we know by our feelings that there is love. Do you have a conscience? Have you seen or touched it? (No) How do you know that you have conscience? Again by your feelings. Have you seen and touched God? How do you know He exists? Again, through your feelings.
What is the root of love, of conscience or of God? (God) God is the central root. The reason that we are not able to touch and see God, love and conscience is because all three are totally apart of myself, in a deep place within ourselves. That is why we cannot touch and see them but nevertheless they exist. All three are a part of you, that is why you cannot see them. Your heart is beating every minute but as you live your daily lives are you always conscious of the fact that your heart is beating. Do you consciously remember that all the time or just take it for granted? Why don’t you feel that every moment? Because it is completely a part of yourself. Although you may not be constantly aware of these things, but if you just touch your pulse you immediately feel it. Therefore you need an object to experience these things.
If a woman appears in front of a man then he immediately feels something. Something strong. As soon as you see your partner your entire self is being elevated. Also when your conscience confronts somebody who is evil then your conscience feels anger, whereas your conscience feels good close to a good person. Where is God? No philosophers or religious leaders have come up with a clear answer. Some believe that God is sitting in some throne in the sky but then what do we have to do with Him if he is up there somewhere doing nothing? How far it is from God’s throne somewhere up there to where you are.
When we have something that is so precious to us where do we usually keep it? Close to your heart or in a pocket close to your being where nobody can see. If God were to become visible then a super power like America would try to occupy Him for themselves. Everybody would rush to occupy God and then what would happen? Women would insist that men step aside so they could occupy God first and men would retaliate. Would you fight amongst yourselves in order to occupy God too? The size of the population here in America is 240 million people, half of that number are women suppose that 120 million women were faced with just one man in this country would they fight to occupy this man or not? (Laughter) Therefore Father concludes that it is a good thing that God is invisible. It’s good news. (Laughter) Because God is invisible Father is the only one who went after Him and found him. (Applause)
In order to find God you cannot have the mind of a thief but rather you have to be the most righteous person in this world. Otherwise you cannot find God. The most righteous person is the one who is able to love his enemy, the enemy country, enemy world and cosmos. Does Father love his enemies? (Yes) Is this nation of America an enemy country to Father or a friendly nation to Father? (Enemy) In order to save this nation Father has given absolutely everything. Do you realize that? (Yes) This is the problem, the fact that you know how Father has given every ounce of himself in order to save this nation. Therefore the American government is unable to manipulate you. Why does Father love America? Because America is a Christian nation. Why does Father love Christianity? Because Father came to fulfill the ideal of Christianity. No matter how famous Father may be, still he needs the container of Christianity to be put into. Do you understand? Does Father love Christianity? (Yes) Does Christianity love Father? (No)
The entire world from the individual, family, nation and world levels have tried their absolute best to destroy Father. Sometimes persecuting him and putting him into jail. Now that they have tried every possible way of persecution they realize that Reverend Moon is not somebody whom they should persecute. Unification Church members know that they must love Reverend Moon more than they love America. Why? Because we have to pay our debt. Without clearing our debt we cannot stand on the same horizontal level. Do you follow? The world is being destroyed and going down the drain and yet in this decadent world it is Unification Church members who are preparing and coming out of this mess and cheering for True Parents. This is why we need to be so thankful.
Because of Father’s teaching we realize that America is rampant with all kinds of immorality and is now going down the drain. American people in general realize that without help from Unification Church members there is no way to save this nation of America. Do we Unificationists have anything to do with free sex? (NO) What about homosexuality and lesbianism? (NO) AIDS disease? (NO) Is that good news or bad news? (Good news) That is gospel good news Amen! Praise God! Father knows all the secrets of Satan and all the secrets of God.
There are millions of Christians who believe that the Lord of the Second Advent is coming on the clouds and that the time has come. However, Unificationists are remaining very calm. (Laughter) Whilst ardent Christians are attending prayer vigils and shouting out in prayer Unificationist are taking a nap. (Laughter) Of course we are taking a nap in that regard, however, when Father’s word comes to us we becomes instantly seriously don’t we? (Yes) Is that true? (Yes) I don’t know, you know better than me.
What have we done last year? The proclamation of the True Parents and the Completed Testament Age. Who studied this proclamation? Father and Mother studied it but whose Father and Mother are they? (Everybody) Not everybody’s. They are Father and Mother for those who are truly united with True Love–the qualified ones. Do you have True Love within yourself? True Love is so important, it is so precious therefore I am asking you if you have True Love? (Yes) Show me. (Laughter) Show me, show me, show me. If you claim to have True Love then are you the one who is willing to put your neck out for the sake of True Love or do you shrink and hide to protect yourself, which one are you?
When Father began this course of dispensation do you think that Father stuck his neck out or did he take an easy course? Easy course. (No) When Father first came to America he had a choice; he could have remained quiet and do what he had to do, yet what did he do? He began giving a strong kick to America in order to wake them up and so people began to persecute him because Father criticized them. Then where did Father end up for a while? Danbury. Which route did Father take? The righteous way which has been a difficult way. Obviously there have been fights between America and Reverend Moon, so who won? (Father) During Father’s court case the legal papers clearly stated that the prosecutor was the United States Government and the plaintiff was Sun Myung Moon. One person against one nation. In the end who won? (Father) Father had to go through the course of incarceration but who is going down the drain, America or Father? (America) The Unification Church members who have been following Reverend Moon will pass the course and go beyond the level of America and yet those people in America who oppose Father can never go beyond the Danbury level.
White Americans in particular now face the task of how to go beyond this indemnity condition. Nobody can help them actually except Father. After Father came out from Danbury did he condemn America? (No) He has done his absolute best to save and reawaken this country and now Father feels he has completed his mission and has returned to the homeland. Father flattened the Danbury hill so that American people can walk over easily. Father came to America with the mission to love this country and Christianity and he has completed his mission and now returns to his country to establish his foundation of restoring the entire nation of Korea. This is the time that America should stand behind Father and give her support to Father. Father has to flatten the Korean hill also in order that the Korean people can walk over easily and American people can follow there too. This is the Asian mission that Father has right now. White people are afraid of so- called `Asian power’ because the population is large and each nation is growing, yet Father is the one who can flatten the hills and obstacles so that western and oriental people may all be united in the future and build the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. While white Americans oppose Father all the ethnic groups have become united with Father. All ethnic groups are following Father and leaving America far behind. And so Father’s task is to grab America and bring it close enough to Father. Are you really truly American citizens. (Yes) Then do you really love your President? (No) (Laughter) This is not a laughing matter. If you are given a choice to love Reverend Moon or President Clinton whom do you have to love first? (Father) You say that because you are Unification Church members. (Laughter) Thinking people in the society also consider Reverend Moon more valuable than President Clinton. Isn’t the Washington Times becoming more famous every day? The Washington Times exercised its power properly by chasing seventy congressmen who were involved in immoral behavior and causing them to step down. At this time the Washington Times is digging into President Clinton’s past mistakes that have been covered up.
When the American people in general look at the situation do they think that Reverend Moon is doing too much or would they encourage Father to go ahead and find out the truth? They all know that Reverend Moon is not an American citizen so in a way you should feel that a non-American is here and digging into these bad situations and coming up with the truth. There is no other choice because right now there is nobody else who is righteous enough or brave enough to do this except Father. By opposing and judging your President what do you gain? You may find yourself in all kinds of life threatening situations by doing so. Reverend Moon is labeled as a person who goes up against anyone who is unrighteous so the entire 240 million American people have been judged one time or another by Father, therefore even if he goes against President Clinton they consider that normal behavior for Father. Father has the label that even though he is Korean he is here to save the entire world.
In the last forty years who else, other than Father, has had a fight against the entire world? Father has fought against communism and its demise came about. He has been fighting against free-sex and now Father has launched another fight against AIDS. Those with AIDS have to somehow be isolated from the rest of society as in the case of leprosy in olden times. AIDS is more fearful than leprosy was in past times because those who have AIDS are the ones who have money and knowledge. We have to clear up this mess otherwise human history will be destroyed. Free sex is rampant throughout the world, particularly here in America and even though people contact AIDS it takes eight years sometimes before it shows up in a person. It is a very serious problem and it may destroy the entire humanity.
How are you able to guarantee your children’s future? Can you guarantee that your prospective son and daughter-in-laws won’t have AIDS? Nobody is able to guarantee it therefore we are running out of time and we have to follow Father’s direction. Only those people with enough money and influence at their disposal are the ones who have AIDS. These are the people who are making this problem and it cannot be permitted. It is our mission to prevent the destruction of humanity. No matter how difficult the situation around is we have to march on in one direction of God’s providence. We must take action. Do you like that or not? (Yes) It is the only way to save this nation of America because American youth are giving bad influences to the rest of world and bringing the world down. The time will come if this trend continues, that all the countries of the world will ban Americans. Even if America does not like Father’s remedy, for the sake of the entire world Father must pursue this route don’t you agree? (Yes) it’s a fight.
It is publicly known that Reverend Moon is probably the only one who is able to undertake such a fight. Because even if a nation opposed his idea Father has a strong enough foundation to go beyond national opposition. Do you support that idea or do you disagree? (Support) Are you sure that you can bet your neck on it? (Yes) I have heard clearly your yes sound. This is our task from now on. Father asked Mr. Joo if the Washington Times has started this campaign and he replied that it has. Through the Washington Times we must take this action throughout the free world. It is our mission to destroy this expansion of hell in our world.
Once Reverend Moon launches this campaign do you think he will complete it or fail it? (Complete) Once we complete campaign the entire world will be united for this goal, that is the purpose. That is our next goal, American Christianity is unable to do this and there is no religion in the world able to do this because they do not have a world wide foundation. However, Reverend Moon has a strong enough foundation world wide to undertake this kind of campaign. Shall we do this or not? (Do it) Don’t just say yes to Father, but if you have a strong conviction to be able to undertake this campaign raise both of your hands. Why should we do that? Because this is the very campaign through which we can save our children and our families and our country. After saving the family it can be connected with saving your country otherwise no way. After saving your country you can save the world with no problem. This country is standing in that kind of important mission. That is why the role of America is so important otherwise why should Father remain in this country. Father doesn’t want to go into all the details but the kind of difficulties and dirty treatment which Father has received up until this point from this country is just incredible. Even when he was in Danbury there were those amongst the inmates who came to find Father in order to give him a dirty look and visitors who came there also looked at Father with distance. Father had to endure this kind of insulting behavior because he had the goal in mind to save America and the world. Save America centered upon Christianity. Without such a reason there is absolutely no way that Father should have to put up with that kind of treatment.
We are the ones who know all the secrets of Satan don’t we? (Yes) We also know the secrets of God. We are beyond the completion of religion and philosophy so all we can offer is our thanks. The core of everything is True Love. Because of this True Love we can give thanks also. Do you have brothers and sisters? (Yes) Do you have your spouse? (Yes) Do you have your Parents? (Yes) Do you have your children? (Yes) What is the most precious substance between parents and children, between brothers and sisters, between husband and wife? (Love) True Love and without True Love those relationships cannot occur. Make sure you wear True Love glasses. Through these True Love spectacles you are able to see True Children, True Brothers, True Parents, True Spouse, True Wife or Husband – nothing else. Do you understand? (Yes) Once you take off these spectacles you don’t see anything. Do the ordinary families in America wear True Love glasses? No they don’t have them. Do they have True Childrenhood, True Brotherhood, True Couplehood, True Parenthood? No they do not have these things. Yet, as soon as they put the True Love glasses on they change. The problem is where can we make True Love glasses for wearing, who has the patent for True Love glasses? Reverend Moon. (Yes) Really? (Yes) Is this an enjoyable thing or a bad thing? (Good)
Father’s question to us is, shall we go ahead and prepare the True Love glasses for the entire population of America or should we just forget about it? This is a serious matter, the America people in general don’t want to wear it, they run away from you and push you away not to allow you close to them. However, if you are persistent and strong enough so that you are able to have them wear the True Love glasses just once then they will realize their great worth. It is just a matter of getting them to put them on. As soon as they really taste the value of these True Love glasses then if you try to take them away they will fight you to prevent you from taking them away. Don’t you agree that this is the reality? (Yes) Then why do you sit still? You have to make a noise and follow after them to get them to wear the True Love glasses just once. After that everything will be all right. Why don’t you take that kind of action? This is the problem. America is dying now without hope don’t you think that it is a good time for us to bet our necks and try to save them? (Yes) What if they oppose you and don’t like you? If you truly realize that they are dying then even if they oppose you and deny you have to somehow cuff them and make them sit still and put the glasses on. That is our mission. We have to inject this True Love and then tell them to open their eyes and then instantly they will realize. It is not empty talk, this is reality.
What is God? The things we like such as childhood, brotherhood, couplehood and parenthood all these stem from God. Therefore God needs them too. God is our True Parents and we want to become True Children, children means imitating our parents’ shadow. That is why we also need children, spouse and parents just as God needs them. In order to become one with God we have to attach ourselves to Him and become one and then God and we are able to watch all four directions. Don’t you want to become a partner of God? (Yes) In order to complete God then He needs me as half of Him. Just as we consist of mind and body so God is completely one with my mind therefore God needs my body which is the other half of me. Do you think that mind and body should be totally united into one or separated? (United) With what? True Love. They are separated because of illicit love. At this time True Love will unite them into one, this is the restoration concept. We lost the blessing and in this time we receive the blessing. In order to resemble God we have to adopt the attitude that every single person in this world is like God and we have to treat them as if they are God. We need to embrace them and keep them in our hearts, no matter how bad they may be, and totally unite with them and then you become God.
Within True Love there is the completion of children, of brothers and sisters, completion of husband and wife, completion of parents. The extension of these four different levels is that you are able to see all different levels of society expanding to the world and eventually the coming the Kingdom of Heaven. Once we complete the four great realms of heart and expand it to the family level and combine together as a whole then that becomes the entire world and whichever family goes into there you will, without any hesitation whatsoever, mingle with them and become one just like your own family. That is the Kingdom of Heaven. There are eight different levels, family, tribe, community, nation, world, universe and that is why the Unification Church teaches that the individual must be ready to sacrifice for the sake of your family. Why? Because if there are eight members of your family, you as one of the eight must be able to sacrifice yourself for the entire eight this is the universal law. If we consider the value of one individual then if there are eight individuals then a whole they are eight times greater than you as an individual so you must be able to sacrifice for the greater whole. By the same token if by sacrificing yourself you are able to save your entire family there is a greater purpose involved there. If your family sacrifices for the entire tribe which consists of hundreds of different families then that is a worthwhile thing to do because though that you are able to save the entire tribe.
America is just one of the nations of the world and so when it comes to the salvation of the world America should be ready to sacrifice herself for the sake of the world. Without this spirit America will go down. When the time comes that the American people think that America should stand on the top of the world for America’s sake, and at the sacrifice of the entire world that America should prosper then that is the time that America will fail. That is the universal law. By the same token, if Christians believe that when the Lord of the Second Advent comes that only Christians will be saved at the sacrifice of the rest of the world but in fact it is just the opposite. When the Lord of the Second Advent comes even if the entire Christianity would have to be sacrificed the goal of the Lord of the Second Advent is the salvation of the entire world. Even if America and world oppose the one who is working for the sake of the entire world, eventually when the completion comes, then the world will surrender to him. Because God needs that foundation. John Chapter 3 verse 16 states that God so loved the world not that He loved one particular country or denomination. Even the Unification Church exists for the sake of the world and God not for Reverend Moon. That is why with God’s help and grace the Unification Church and Reverend Moon will never perish but will only prosper because of God’s blessing and protection.
Once you master True Love the relationships between these four different levels, and it becomes your habit then wherever you may go in the world then every person you meet you will consider like your family member. There is always peace and harmony there for you to enjoy. The practice of True Love should be your habit. You should enjoy practicing True Love, that is the level you have to reach. You should enjoy practicing True Love more than eating. Are you able to replace your meal plate with one life? One life is more valuable than the entire universe then how can you compare one meal with one person’s life. What about one day fasting? Do you have that kind of habit? You have to become crazy about it. If you are really hungry and you begin eating food do you eat like a crazy person or do you still try to maintain your etiquette and eat slowly and politely? Then you should feel that kind of joy and excitement when you practice True Love. Once you make the practice of True Love your habit then no matter where you go here or in the spirit world everyone will welcome you. Once you complete the practice of True Love on all four different levels then you can even boast in the spiritual world wherever you go that you have completed the practice of True Love and that you are now like God. Then the entire spirit world will agree with you.
If somebody ask you how you are able to occupy God then you should be able to answer than wherever you go you find people who you consider like your own family and that you treat everyone just as you treat your own family members and so therefore you are able to occupy God. You may wonder how you will be able, in your life time, to be able to go around the world and practice this until you find satisfaction. If you want to accomplish this within your family then you need all the different models of objects, True Child, True Brother and Sister, True Wife and True Parents, who is that object? Your partner. How convenient that is so we should be so thankful. Now you see why we need to be thankful. (Applause) We have to become Ideal Couples and an Ideal Family. Don’t look to find God some place out there. God is within yourself. Even when you pray talk to your mind. If you follow the root of your mind and conscience there God exists along with the root of love and lineage there you will find God’s True Love.
Once you master this formula in your home, your society, your community, nation and world then no matter wherever you go you should always be able to feel grateful. It is like the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth and in the spiritual world. Therefore can we think about divorce? (No) Once all those young people taste this very precious treasure then they will come after this just as the bees go after the honey. Once bees taste the honey they cannot get away right? This morning Father’s teaching clearly shows us how to live our lives in this Completed Testatment Age. Father has shown us this is the perfection of the four great realms of heart. American women are usually too proud and when they see men they consider men as their slaves. They behave like a queen commanding their husband but Father denies that kind of action. Upon seeing her husband a woman should have the attitude that she is seeing God who is there to complete yourself. Your ideal partner is the one who makes you complete and helps you to find God.
Do you understand clearly? (Yes) Don’t treat your husband lightly this is not Reverend Moon’s talk this is the universal truth. Suppose your family becomes like the one Father has described on the blackboard here, don’t you think that would be a happy family? (Yes) Entire humanity began from two people Adam and Eve, so therefore when you look upon your wife she is like your daughter, your sister, your wife your mother. Once this couple is united these four great realms of heart are complete. Since you clearly understand the formula that Father has been teaching you then you know the life that you have to live from now on. Once you reach this goal then you complete the Safe Settlement of True Parents and the Completed Testament Age and then Father can visit such a family without difficulty and settle there within your family. The entire universe and God can come and rest in your family. No matter where it will be connected eternally. Do you understand? (Yes) Now you clearly understand this from now on no matter what you will strictly follow this formula and complete yourself and our motto The Safe Settlement of True Parents and the Completed Testament Age this year, those with that kind of conviction raise your hands please. (Applause)
When you raise your children remember that they must be raised as God’s children, your brothers and sisters must grow up as God’s brothers and sisters, couples, parents same way. Then if families are formed and completed in such a way this entire world will become God’s world. You are only able to do this by setting an exemplary life such as Father has described this morning then your children will grow to become God’s children, by the same token brothers and sisters, couples and parents. When you marry somebody usually you meet around twenty years of age so you don’t know your spouse’s past. The only way you are able to experience the kind of life your spouse had before you met is by having children and watching them grow. Through this you will experience your wife or husband growing up. Any woman is the wife of God and the mother will become a True Mother. That is how we should think. Your family is the place where all the secrets of God are now revealed, through your children, through husband and wife relationship. Only within your family you will find this. Because of the Fall these three generations were unable to be connected. Therefore we have the responsibility, as people who are in the position of Adam and Eve, to be connected with Father and raise your children to be connected in the way that Father has described here and fulfill the ideal of God within your family. This is our responsibility.
We have to be logically clear in our understanding of this formula because we represent God and True Parents within our family and we raise children just as Adam and Eve were supposed to ideally raise their children centering upon God and True Love. Once we fulfill that goal within ourselves we will be automatically elevated to the Kingdom of Heaven in the spiritual world. Without the Fall this kind of family would have been completed naturally, but due to the Fall our only difficulty and task is to go out and reach those satanic children and people and restore them first and then come back to our family and fulfill the ideal within our family. It is like a Cain and Abel concept. Have to love the Cain side first and then after that embrace the Abel family this is the restoration course viewpoint. That is the difficult path that we have to go through. It is like being in the position of God, even if we sacrifice our children we have to save the world. If we just stick with our own children and don’t take care of the outside world then we can never save the world. This is the formula. The formula which Father practiced himself was coming to America, leaving his entire family behind and instead of loving his own family he gave every ounce of his love and energy for this nation and world. Now the time has come when his mission is completed and he is returning to his homeland to establish his foundation there. We follow the same principle. America is the Cain country. We understand this and how we save the world right? (Yes) You heard Father’s teaching this morning and have shown your conviction and given your promise when the time comes for you to enter the spiritual world, this very promise that you gave this morning.