Declaration of True Parents
Reverend Sun Myung Moon
Belvedere, New York
1st March, 1990
Translated by Peter Kim
As Unification Church members, we have a habit of using the words “True Parents.” They are not just simple words, there is deep meaning in them. Throughout history or from any museum you visit, True Parents will be the easiest words to remember, but we are the only people who know that term and use it. Think about the history of Christianity. For 2000 years, people have known that Adam and Eve fell. It is obvious for them to figure out that they lost true parents and have had only false parents, but no one ever came up with this term True Parents. Only Father came and discovered it and taught it. There might have been some people who guessed that the original parents should have been good, but since the contents of the Divine Principle and the meaning of True Parents were never known until Father came and showed them, no one dared declare the term True Parentism.
It is an astounding event that Father came up with the secret to all the contents of human history and Divine Principle. It is extraordinary, not a common event. Once you understand the meaning of True Parents you will understand mankind’s parents up to this point have had a false blood lineage, not a blood lineage from God. That is the meaning within True Parents. It is a miracle! An astounding event! The words “True Parents” say that we have cut off the fallen blood lineage from Satan and immediately inherit true life, love and lineage from God. That is in the meaning of the words “True Parents.” The term True Parents immediately explains that since man takes after Gods image, like God, who has life, love and lineage, we also inherit that from God. Originally our inheritance would last forever.
God is like a root connection to the blood lineage for our life. When we say we live, it means we’re directly connected to God centered on true life, love and lineage. We have God tagging along with us wherever we go. We must have that absolute concept in our daily life. Though we say we inherit God’s true love, life and blood lineage, it doesn’t mean it is for our sake. It is for the sake of others. We have to live for the sake of others, that is the root of it.
Is anyone here thinking you want a love partner who is uglier than you, or children uglier than you? No. Everyone is seeking someone better than themselves. Where do you inherit that kind of mind and thinking? We are a result, not a cause. Since we think that way, God who is the cause must also be thinking that way. By the same token, since we think this way, God must be hoping for us to be even better than God. Better in what way, centered on what? True love. To prove that, even when God first created Adam and Eve, he held nothing back, He gave everything and more. Because of that, we inherited that heart. Even in this mundane world, people say they will give their life for the sake of love. That is true love. God was willing to give up everything, life and love when He created mankind
In other words, God created a true object and gave everything for the sake of that true object, not for His sake. So we, as created by God, must be that way. God created for the sake of man, not Himself God gave everything, so now has nothing. Even if His side of things is vacant, He wants to give more and that force creates a spinning movement. In electricity you see plus and minus. Minus moves to plus first and causes movement, not plus to minus first. Plus gives everything, then there is nothing left but receiving power which initiates rotation.
This universe was created centered on true love. That is living and giving for others, not for your sake. If we truly inherit God’s attributes one hundred percent, you will be like God. You could not imagine thinking of yourself, but only living and doing for others. In the original world God created, we should have existed for others, not ourselves.
What is the fall? Exactly the opposite. Centered on the self, you seek love saying, “Love me” and “Give me.” This caused heaven and earth to separate. God and Satan were divided. That is the cause. Because of it fallen people have their minds and bodies always separated. We didn’t know why our bodies and minds were always struggling and fighting, but now we know. The biggest revolution for mankind is clearing, finishing and stopping the battle between the mind and body of mankind. Who is Satan? Satan is the object who thinks all exists for his sake. We inherited life, love and blood lineage from Satan so we have to clear and terminate it.
Every individual is like a one hundred year old tree rooted in that kind of selfish foundation. Can you pull your own tree out of the ground? No. In order to solve the mind and body problem, God created religions throughout history. God created religion to punish the body and put the mind above it. Your body is your enemy. Your body pulls you to hell. Your mind is trying to stop your body from being pulled. Where are you now? You know well.
So you understand clearly where you stand. You know if you are headed for heaven or hell. Who pulls you to hell? Your body, which is seeking comfort and easy works with its selfish motives. Now we have to attack and beat the body. For this reason religions teach fasting, prayer vigils and to stay away from sex. This is universal truth. All religions teach it. Ever since man was created, all sexual behavior and relationships have been centered on Satan. Not one single action took place centered on God. That is why I declare all sexual desire and behavior mankind practiced centered on Satan. Therefore whatever sexual activity you do is destroying yourself and not helping you.
Satan has three major weapons to destroy mankind. Food, sleeping, which means living comfortably or seeking an easy life and using sex freely and abusing it. That is why all religions teach to eat the least tasteful, bitter food. If you eat only tasty food, your body will be fat in the middle and misshapen. You won’t be able to bend down to pray. but if you eat vegetables you will be naturally slim and can easily bend to pray.
Don’t you want an easy life? That is why we have the tendency to have others work hard, while we seek an easy life. We also have the fallen nature that if you find a better looking partner you leave your spouse behind. Those people look like a snake sitting all coiled up to themselves and looking around. There may even be two snakes together, but they are looking someplace else for something better. American women are exactly like that, looking for better everything.
It is like a spider web trying to destroy this world. These are the devil’s tools. Do American youth like hard work? They say “We’re comfortable and have an easy life, but the rest of you should do hard work and support the world”. There is a cry in the United States that the Japanese and Koreans are working too hard, so stop them from working. Those Americans are like Satan when they try to stop people from working. Americans won’t even work for themselves, but Orientals work for others. Which side will God take?
Now the trend is necessary for life to come from the Orient. American people are seeking excitement and fun but it is leading them to hell. A good example is the many Korean residents in the Unites States’ metropolitan areas. The Korean residents live and work in places like Harlem, ghetto areas. Residents there become jealous of their success that came from working hard over long hours. The residents rob them and try to kick them out. Not just Koreans, but all Asian people.
If you don’t work hard, you are doomed to decline. Do black people work hard? Harder than whites? In your town, suppose there are three groups of people, one white, one black and one yellow. In one hundred years, which race will be the owner or the center of that town? The yellow people work harder not just for themselves, but for others. We are the people who know the secrets of Satan and Father has told us the secrets of God.
If you know that there is a hidden diamond mine in a certain area, wouldn’t you sell all your belonging, your home and car and leave your family in order to go and find it? Those who don’t know it is there will criticize you for selling everything and going for an empty mountain. They will think you foolish. But in reality, no matter who says what, you will continue with confidence and do what you have to do to get those diamonds. On your way to the diamond mountain you would be happy and smiling even if persecuted, with no food or a place to sleep. Right?
Let’s think about our situation. We know the secret of true life, true love and true blood lineage of God from True Parents. Can we compare this to a mountain of diamonds? Would we exchange them? Absolutely not. If that is the case, is the Unification Church doomed to fail or be a success? No matter what beautiful treasure we have, if we cannot work hard God will be distant and go far away. No matter how much you know Divine Principle, true love, life and blood lineage, if you do not connect with God, or become interwoven with God, there is no hope. You need to practice this in daily life. Get close to the original source. Unification Church members tend not to pray enough. Since Father knows these secrets, he cannot leave us idle, but he kicks and pushes us to fulfill our role.
[Father draws a picture of the path to the diamond filled mountain. It twists and winds and goes in circles on the way.] The American way is to walk carrying nothing and in a straight line. You don’t like the Asian and African way [carrying a heavy load.] You only want to walk the straight way. The heavenly way does not look like a highway. It is narrow and has many valleys to pass through. Satan who knows this secret mountain, puts up hurdles and roadblocks. It is a very difficult path so once you make it, the journey becomes priceless. Throughout history no one even imagined it. If you can tackle this, challenge and make it through, it is so precious.
In general, as you follow the path to heaven, everything is painful. No matter how difficult or vicious the roadblocks are, there is one secret to overcoming them. Dig a tunnel underneath! Otherwise you cannot reach the diamond mountain. Even when you dig a tunnel, it should not be for your own sake, to collect the toll, it must be for the sake of others, the public purpose. Father has prepared this tunnel already, but who appreciates it? People think he is lying. Even along the central tunnel, Satan will create deviated tunnels to confuse us. How do we know the correct one? There is a long thin thread from our heart to the diamond mine. Hold tight and follow it. Even at the final point, just before the mountain, there will be deviating tunnels. Once you grab the thread, don’t drop it no matter what. The tunnels aren’t straight you see, but go up and down and in circles and loops. You will have to cross rivers. Do you still have hold of the thread?
No matter how much material we have around us in America we have to hold the heart thread to Father. Do you like Father that much? Father doesn’t feel that.
We only have to follow. Think of what destruction Satan created when Father began to dig the tunnel. All the world was against him. But now it is time for Father to travel, anywhere with no roadblocks and no Satan. He can go to Russia, America, anywhere.
From Divine Principle, we understand the history of mankind has been a history of restoration and recreation. How many years? No one knows. God created Adam first, before Eve. When people say a perfected messiah will descend from God, they mean Adam, the true father is coming down. As True Father appears, all Satan’s world will be shattered. Beginning with Judaism, all religions appeared in order to take over the world. The meaning of the word Israel is victory. God blessed Jacob, but not for himself. He had to overcome everything and win. Even from his deathbed, he had to win. Even when he felt he was dying he did not let the angel go. Heaven’s angel had to give the blessing to Jacob in order to get away. That particular angel was from God’s realm. Since Jacob won over the heavenly side angel, he won over the satanic side angel, no question. Therefore, Satan could not accuse his blessing.
Since then 4,000 years later Jesus came. When the Israelites received blessing it was for the sake of the world, not just Israel. Since then the Jews misinterpreted and thought it was only for themselves. That was the start of their deviation. They expected the messiah to bring blessing only for their sake, not for the world.
When Jesus came to Israel, he was to be accepted. They were to work together to restore the entire world. However, they rejected Jesus and so lost the entire world. Jesus came as true father. From the true father’s point of view, the rest of the world was Cain. He needed both Abel’s and Cain’s world to be restored. Who should Jesus have used as a sacrifice to restore the entire world? Abel. But the Israelites failed and did not understand why they have been abandoned and struggling for the last 2000 years.
Because of the failure at Jesus’ time, religious movements had to start from scratch until 2000 years later, the time of the second coming. In order to play the Israelites role, the Protestants, came from Europe as Abel. The Catholics stayed as Cain. The Protestants started a new religious movement to prepare the United States to receive True Father. That was the responsibility of the United States, which was prepared for three hundred years.
Since 1945, after World War II, the entire world was becoming one nation centered on Christianity. That was the time America was supposed to bring unity. Why do you think God allowed so many wars and struggles? Why did he finally give the United States the central role to unite the world? For the sake of America? No, for the sake of the world. It’s absolutely clear. God prepared this world centered on Christianity to receive the messiah, True Parents. It was not for the sake of America but for the sake of the world. There was one purpose, to receive the messiah, one man, not millions of men. Every American should bow down and follow that one man. There is no “American way”.
There are almost 185 nations in the world now. From God’s point of view, even if He has to sacrifice over 150 nations, He must secure the messiah. Even if God loses all 185 countries and their kings, He must secure and protect the messiah. Do you think that is right? What if we have to love the Empire State Building or destroy New York City to protect Father. What if we lose nine tenths of America’s population? If we are that serious, we can build the kingdom of heaven. Do you have confidence? If it takes money to meet the messiah, how much would you have to pay? Human history has been waiting for this day for hundreds of millions of years. How many billions of people sacrificed for this cause and waste in human history? If you meet the right True Father you can go to heaven, with a false father there is no hope. This is why God has taken this long to establish one true Adam.
Look at the religious world. Islam, Buddhists, Confucianists and Christians all fight There is no unity. Do they understand Father’s concept? No they each think they are the highest. So Father initiated many world religious conferences. If Father leaves them alone, they will only constantly fight. Originally True Father had no responsibility to dc this mundane work. He was supposed to appear when the world was already clean. All sinful people were to confess and then he was to appear as messiah.
During World War II the United Nations was formed. Through the United Nations, America took the initiative to give independence to Japan and other countries which lost in war. this was never before seen in history. The time has come for all nations to have brotherhood on a horizontal level. They must be equal in order for Father to deal with them. Democracy is the ideology of brotherhood. It is centered on liberty and freedom. Can you secure happiness only through freedom? Centered on love you can secure happiness. Love is the center of everything. Once you have love as a root, you can use freedom to secure happiness. Why is the world fighting, even between political parties. They are traveling a zigzag path. The love path should be straight, traveling through every level. The crooked way will not find the ideal foundation.
Those who are fighting do not know the secret of living for others. After brotherhoodism, there needs to be husband and wife unity. America is actually practicing that now. The next level is parentis. Parents love can unify husband and wife and brother and brother. Parents stand above, in a vertical relationship, but the relationship between husband and wife and bothers is horizontal.
True love seeks the shortest distance. The shortest vertical line is from God. We know the messiah is supposed to come and came but is he necessarily supposed to be an American citizen? What do you mean by messiah? If the messiah comes as your brother, husband or wife, you could fight very easily, but if the messiah comes as a father with true love you cannot fight but must obey. How can you determine that Father comes with true love? This messiah should bring God’s ideal to the world with God’s true life, true love and true blood lineage. That is the messiah’s role to the world.
Up to this point there has been no true life, true love or true blood lineage, but the messiah comes as True Father. The messiah bring the true seed for a new world. The fallen world has bad mans seed. Father is the only one in all history who comes with this good seed. Have you receive a true love seed from God? When? I am talking about before the blessing. Even, after the blessing, have you followed my way exactly? Why are your answers different? We still speak a different language from Father. That shows we have a different culture background.
We need to mix races. If you don’t like one color, you will have that color of children in the future. Then what will you do? If you tell Father at the blessing, that you can be matched to anyone except a black, Father will look and see that spirit world has prepared a black spouse for you. If you still refuse, you are doomed.
Is God’s mind and body battling? No. How can your mind and body unite? God’s true love is the only way. You learned even God obeys and surrenders to true love. When you see love existing between man and woman, you are even willing to die. The same exists within God. Where does unification come from? When Adam and Eve seek God, they must do it for the sake of each other. When all function in that way there is a true love relationship. When Adam goes to God, go for Eve’s sake, and Eve should go for Adam’s sake. Then there is no fight or competition. When you see something you like, we have the tendency to take it first. If you do that for the sake of your nation, it is okay. Unification of the world comes from this beginning relationship. It is the base of ideological unification thought.
If within a group of ten friends, one is always seeking help, the others will run away from him. If one is doing everything for his ten friends, he will become the leader. Living for others is not a sign of declining, but of becoming the leader, teacher, parents for them. Your mind wants to be the teacher, leader and parent. It will lead you and make good recommendations to you. That mind is God’s place. Mind and body unity is always a problem. You cannot just use a sword to cut off the problem of your body. You would have to die.
God is not far away from you. You agree the mind is your master. Your mind is always with you, trying to correct you, but the flesh is your enemy forever. A struggling life cannot be heaven, only hell. Please make peace between the two. The difficulty is within yourself, not outside. Your body is the most fearful thing to you.
We have to create a graft. The true olive tree and the wild olive tree look the same. They have the same form. But we know that the root is different The true olive tree is connected to God. The planting place of the true olive tree is the mind. The body belongs to Satan. The mind is plus, but the body is a plus too. They conflict with each other. Make the body weak. Turn it into a minus. Don’t eat or sleep selfishly.
God wants to work through religions which teach sacrifice and fasting. Don’t play around or use free sex. Don’t drink and don’t take drugs. Those are Satan’s weapons. How can you make the mind strong? Pray. Create one mind, one heart and one will. These three characteristics should all be combined. Our mind is a minus to God’s plus. A great power comes if we are in that position. Make it a habit to follow the mind. Then God can control you. There are two ways to do it. One is to make the body weak, the other to make the mind strong. That is why we must pray. Unification Church members don’t usually pray enough.
Think of the struggles God had to go through to restore one man and send him to the world. Like Israel, the United States is an affluent country, but it is not affluent for America’s sake, but for the sake of the world. If America does not know this it will decline. America may have to be sacrificed, but it will ultimately be saved along with the rest of the world.
Asians are flooding the United States to try and restore it. If the world accepted Father after World War II, True Mother would have been western, maybe British.
Like the relationship between Italy and England, Korea and Japan now stand in those positions. Italy is a peninsula, like Korea and England an island, like Japan. The world failed to receive Father, so he came to America and began as an individual gradually working up to every level. First individual, then family, the national, world and finally the universal level. Father did this, along with True Mother. Farther came here and started and now we have True Parents. If the world accepted Father in 1945, Father could have received Mother, but he had to begin as an individual level Father.
Father’s family is now growing and widening the spectrum. Father’s realm of influence is growing bigger. Satan’s world is getting smaller and will eventually disappear.
What nationality would you like to have for the spouse of your children? You have to take your children’s spouse from your enemy country. For example during World War II Japan and America were enemies. Asians see Westerners as robbers. They came with guns and swords and took everything. Asia’s time is coming now, because they were persecuted. If Asian people truly work for the sake of the world, this unity will happen.
The first Israel failed because it lived only for its own sake. The second Israel, the United States is declining because it is selfish. The third Israel, Asia will prosper if it lives for the sake of others.
How many people of the world truly understand True Parents? It doesn’t matter. It will take less than one day for the whole world to be taught about True Parents, once the time is right. Now even the communist countries are welcoming Father. Suppose Gorbachev proclaims that Father is the one the Russian people need? Everyone has heard of Reverend Moon-even the people of Russia and China.
Even the CIA will face an emergency if they lose Reverend Moon. Can Bush terminate the drug problem without Reverend Moon? What about the sex problem? The world absolutely needs Reverend Moon. The USSR is now inviting Father to come. If they greet him as a king, will America fight with Russia because they do not believe in monarchies?
Once the messiah establishes a foundation the concept of democracy will have to disappear. This concept does not fit the messianic concept. Can you elect the second messiah from the general population? We have no choice of who is God, or Father or Mother. All mankind are God’s children. Can they elect their own parents? No!
Father has come a long way to establish the world wide foundation. Even Belvedere will soon be too small for this kind of meeting. No one can oppose us. If all mankind understood half of what you know, they would chase after True Parents. They will understand that only through True Parents can they receive true life, true love and true blood lineage. We have a greed for these things and only True Parents can fill it.
If God connects to your mind, automatically your body will follow. You must be like two tuning forks that resonate together. The enemy is not outside, but only in your flesh body. It is the most hateful dwelling place of Satan. Now you know it, so you can control it. We have the creative power to belong to God. We can clean this up, no problem.
Did you ever really help True Parents? Did you help Father through the time of Danbury? Father used his seventieth birthday celebration to declare True Parents to every corner of Korea.
When you hear the name True Parents you don’t need the name of the Unification Church. It seems far away. But the “True Parents” is close and immediate. It shows we’ve been under false parents with false love, life and blood lineage.
The Garden of Eden was like a seed. Within it, the father and mother and God were to unite and grow. That seed would have grown into a giant tree of five billion people, all centered on God. Instead Satan created a false seed which grew and took over. It is the same as the situation of our mind and body. Our body takes over our mind. But a small portion of our original mind survived and is reaching out to Father. True Parents come there to that p]ace within our minds. From that place a small stem grows and we can graft on True Parent’s bud. That will grow and then take out the entire evil root, leaving only the true seed. Grafting does not happen just once. When you fail, you must repeat it over and over again.
Adam and Eve fell as teenagers. Now teenagers follow the same way. That which was sown is now reaped. America is in the autumn time and in autumn is the harvest. The four positions are all mixed up and bound to decline. Men from grandfathers level live with women from the children’s level. Everything is confused. True Parents are the only hope.
We must educate our family to True Parents. No matter how difficult it is let them come to True Parents. Once Americans become eager to come into True Parents front gate and walk around their home, then America will be saved. Every day we witness a dying America.
Father grabbed Nixon and tried to save the country. He tried with Carter and with Reagan. While Father has been doing this we couldn’t even declare True Parents. We must testify now to the American people. Father has been doing this work, even while in Danbury prison. He created The Washington Times, Insight and World and 1. He did this all while imprisoned in the enemy country, in order to save this world.
What are you American residents doing? From now there will be no persecution, so go out and witness. Tell America they sinned against Reverend Moon. Even then you will not be persecuted, they will just nod.
The title of my speech today is “The Declaration of True Parents.” Seventy years ago today the entire population of Korea stood up against Japan to declare their freedom and independence. It is an important holiday in Korea.
Father’s conclusion is there will be hope for the United States if all of you make a redetermination on this significant day for a second independence for America to be totally united with Father and march forward. March aggressively. Can you do it? Those who pledge to do so, raise both hands!