The Words of Hak Ja Han Moon from 2013
Today is indeed a day of joy and gratitude. Preparing this year for the coming sixtieth anniversary of the founding, it is important that FFWPU march forward with a system that can make it soar and change. It would have been great if True Parents had been welcomed by the prepared Christian foundation and had started from there. However, God's providence has no alternative but to advance. As a result, True Father had to begin from a miserable position. Now, the significant sixtieth anniversary of HSA-UWC's founding lies ahead of us. As mature children, however, how much dedication and effort have we put in to becoming one with the word through a life of practice in front of Heaven and True Parents?
What do you think you should do as the main people who can begin this overwhelming new day and new era through which you can open a new page that you can be proud of? Mustn't we put maximum effort into living up to our faith? Are you determined to become proud blessed children of the Unification community?
Today, I feel immeasurably happy. I would like to express my gratitude to our Heavenly Parent, the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind, Rev. Young Hwi Kim, Rev. Jae Seok Lee, the elder members, and the members of the compilation committee and arranging committee for enabling the Cheon Il Guk Scriptures to be dedicated on this clay, just two months before the first-year memorial of Father's Seonghwa.
True Mother presents the Cheon Il Guk Scriptures to the continental directors, the chairman of the Federation of Blessed Family Associations in Japan and the overall chairman of the Korean movement
I said I am immensely happy. Father's sixty-year life achievements are gem-like true words of truth to fallen humanity. I am truly grateful and overjoyed, thinking that the word in its intact form has become beautiful gems that are threaded in one line. I am so happy and grateful.
We now are in the position in which we must accelerate our efforts toward the Cheon Il Guk age from now on. I believe that the word will become the center, fruit and pillar of the substantial Cheon Il Guk.
How happy would God be if you could become one with the word and fulfill your responsibility and mission in your respective positions? We still have responsibilities to fulfill in front of Heaven. The responsibility to make the world's seven billion people into Cheon Il Guk citizens and guide them in fulfilling their responsibility and mission as a result of their being born in this age, lies in our hands. You have this responsibility as the first people to know of this providence. You are all in an owner's position in which you can become devoted children and loyal subjects of Cheon Il Guk. However, if you become sluggish, Heaven will not wait for you. Please maintain your determination to live a life of practice. Starting from this day, please put your maximum effort into the salvation of humanity with the gem-like word at the center. I would like to call Rev. Young Hwi Kim, former national leader of the Korean church to the stage and present all those who worked hard for this compilation with a small token of my appreciation.
Mother, flanked by former church presidents, Young Hwi Kim and Jae Seok Lee, as Tongil Foundation Chairman No Hi Pak leads final cheers of mansei to conclude the book launch
Rev. Young Hwi Kim, is a three-time Korean Unification Church president
Respected True Parents and loving brothers and sisters, I am delighted that we are celebrating the founding of HSA-UWC today with our Heavenly Parent and True Parents. As you all know, we celebrated the previous anniversary of HSA-UWC's founding in Cheon Jeong Peace Palace's main auditorium last year with True Father and True Mother. However, Fathers' ascension on 7.17 by the heavenly calendar hit us all like a bolt out of the blue. True Father quickly had to leave our sides with Foundation Day only around the corner, because he still had the urgent task to perfect, conclude and complete all providences in the spiritual world just as he had done in the physical world.
Brothers and sisters within our Unification Community and the world fell into deep shock. However, True Father, who is in the spiritual world, has become one with True Mother on earth, and they could dedicate Foundation Day victoriously. Ushering in an unprecedented revolutionary turning point, True Mother has been filling the vacuum left behind by True Father's ascension and has been leading us in advancing without pausing.
We now have only seventy-four days until True Father's first Seonghwa memorial ceremony. This ceremony is a solemn one as we are dedicating the Cheon Il Guk Scriptures, the first fruit of our determination to establish Cheon Il Guk and to inherit True Father's unfinished work.
Among the projects handed down by True Father, True Mother carried forward the compilation project of the Cheon Il Guk Scriptures as a top priority. True Mother referred to True Father's sermons as unpolished stones that needed to be polished into precious gems that can be passed down to all generations.
Mother gives a gift for key figures in the publication work to Rev. Kim; in view is a cabinet constructed for the scripture volumes.
Cheon Seong Gyeong and Pyeonghwa Gyeong are scripture for all humanity that wants to believe, follow and resemble God and True Parents. They will become eternal guides in completing Cheon Il Guk. In particular, True Mother's remarks on the mission of Cheon Il Guk citizens contain the direction that we must all take at this providential turning point.
Celebrating the publication ceremony of Cheon Seong Gyeong and Pyeonghwa Gyeong during the sixtieth instance' of the founding of HSA-UWC holds even greater significance, because I believe it means our Heavenly Father will conduct the providence centered on Exposition of Divine Principle and on three other books, Cheon Seong Gyeong, Pyeonghwa Gyeong and the Champumo Gyeong, which will be published soon.
Loving leaders, our Heavenly Parent exists through dual characteristics. Our Heavenly Parent exists within the united body of the male Father-God and the female Mother-God. True Father is the substantial manifestation of the Father-God within Heavenly Father and True Mother is the substantial manifestation of the Mother-God. After True Father was born, he followed a forty-year course, in which he fiercely had to fight Satan and finally established the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity in 1954. True Father, who victoriously completed the forty-year course, could then meet True Mother. In 1960, True Father and True Mother became one through the Feast of the Lamb, which the Heavenly Parent had long awaited. They now stand in the position of True Parents. As the substantial self of the Father-God within the Heavenly Parent, True Father then conducted and commanded the entire providence starting from the providence of restoration through indemnity all the way to the establishment of Cheon Il Guk. True Mother, who stood on True Father's side as his providential partner, walked and supported this course.
From left: Rev. Peter Kim read Hoon Dok Hae from both new volumes; Dr. Chang Shik Yang was master of ceremonies; Chairman No Hi Pak gave three cheers; Dr. Min Ha Kim gave a congratulatory address and Rev. Yong Cheol Song prayed to begin the event.
After True Father's ascension, True Mother, the substantial self of the Mother-God within the Heavenly Parent, inherited True Father's mission and has conducted and commanded the entire providence of restoration and the providence of establishing Cheon Il Guk herself. True Father is by her side, spiritually supporting True Mother.
As people that worked as partners in missions and as those who have experienced attending the providential top commanders, True Father and True Mother -- starting from the era when True Father conducted the entire providence to today's era with the entire providence under True Mother's command -- we must know that we have received a special glory and grace no other person in any age has been able to receive. Hence, those that have attended True Father, the manifestation of the Father-God within Heavenly Parent and True Mother, the manifestation of the Mother-God within Heavenly Parent in two eras, must accomplish all of their loyal and filial duties by completely dedicating themselves for the settlement of Cheon Il Guk both on earth and in heaven.
I bow my head in gratitude to the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind for leading us and giving us their great teachings for the liberation of God and salvation of humanity all throughout their lives. I hope that the great love and blessings of our Heavenly Parent and the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind remain with all those who have participated in today's sacred ceremony and all brothers and sisters around the world who could not make it here today. May everything be realized according to our Heavenly Parent's will. I will conclude my address here. Thank you.
Rice cake cutting and a toast near the end of the book launch preceded a meal for eight hundred purchasers of the texts. Rev. Jae Seok Lee is second from left.
Rev. Jae Seok Lee was the Korean national leader from 1981 to 1986.
Dear respected and beloved brothers and sisters, let us all offer boundless gratitude and glory to our Heavenly Parent and the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind today for letting us compile Cheon Seong Gyeong and Pyeonghwa Gyeong! In particular, True Parents' efforts at bequeathing the projects that True Father started in his lifetime constitute a phenomenal grace possible through True Mother's amazing insight and perception.
We feel the need to reflect on the meaning of Foundation Day as we celebrate this significant day. Foundation Day is the day on which the substantial Cheon Il Guk began. It was the day when True Parents ascended the throne as the holy emperor and empress of Cheon Il Guk. It was the day when blessed families took part in the Cheon Il Guk Foundation Day Registration Blessing Ceremony. This is how we welcomed the first year of Cheon Il Guk.
According to True Parents, signs of Foundation Day will include cataclysmic changes both in heaven and on earth, the day before the coming of heaven changing into the day after the coming of heaven, and a time when a new heaven and earth will be created. True Father proclaimed this day "the cosmic revolutionary period." True Mother proclaimed it the "providential, revolutionary, great turning point." However, True Mother explained that signs of Foundation Day do not imply the occurrence of physical and phenomenal changes.
In light of that, what do you think is the significance of the providential, revolutionary, great turning point? First, it is a time when the parents' era goes through a revolutionary change and transitions into the children's era. The children's era responsibility was ushered in along with the beginning of the substantial Cheon Il Guk. It is also a time when the providential era of True Parents' responsibility goes through providential and historic changes and transitions into the era of the children's responsibility. Cheon Il Guk is the original ideal kingdom of God. Hence, the establishment of Cheon Guk and registration in Cheon Il Guk puts us hack in the sinless position of Adam and Eve in the original Garden of Eden, created by our Heavenly Parent. In other words, the Garden of Eden, where God completed creating the entire universe and Adam and Eve, and where God was pleased to see that everything was good, has been restored. Thus, True Parents, who founded Cheon Il Guk, have perfected, concluded and completed their mission to restore the original Garden of Eden.
Then our Heavenly Parent, who completed the creation, gave Adam and Eve the three great blessings -- to be fruitful, to multiply and to have dominion over the creation. Likewise, I believe that the period from the beginning until the completion of the substantial Cheon Il Guk parallels the period when Adam and Eve had to realize the commandment of the three great blessings to perfect the Garden of Eden. True Parents have completed their mission of re-creation just as our Heavenly Parent had. Now the children's era is a new age in which children need to accomplish their responsibility and in which everything changes completely in accord with this new providential age. Therefore, the time has come for you and I, who have become God's children, to take responsibility for the completion of Cheon Il Guk.
True Mother concluded the event with an elegant song. As she sang, performers that had preceded her came in from the wings and provided vocal accompaniment.
Secondly, a great revolutionary change should now occur in which we go from being an apocalyptic community to a community centered on education through the word. True Mother clarified that "this is the path we follow from now on," at the continental directors' meeting. This scripture is the word as the three great blessings for the settlement of Cheon Il Guk. Among them, the first is the bequeathing of True Father's projects. True Mother said, "We should absolutely live up to True Parents' traditions and then inherit and pass them down to our descendants for eternity. True Parents, above all, first emphasized that our church's identity and tradition should be passed down as it is in this great revolutionary changing period.
True Mother allowed the publication of Cheon Seong Gyeong and Pyeonghwa Gyeong, extracts from True Parents' messages, as the root of the bequeathing of projects. She is also preparing Cheon Seong Gyeong to pass down the essence of True Parent's noble lives. This transmission project is a great act, compiling True Parent's teachings and testimonies of their lives into an historical heritage of faith that can lead all the people of all ages onto the smooth path to Cheon Il Guk. It bequeaths and moves ahead with True Parent's teachings, lives and accomplishments and encourages everyone to live a life of true love just as True Parents have by becoming embodiments of the word, the substantial self of the word by living in accordance with it, and by becoming the incarnation of the word. I believe this is opening a path to individual perfection, which is indeed a splendid feat.
In the future, we must read these three great scriptures, inscribe their contents in our minds, meditate and pray about the word, feel it in our hearts, practice the word, and go through repetitive educational training in order to completely imbue our bodies with it. By achieving individual perfection, family perfection and missions as tribal messiahs in this way, we can finally settle down as citizens of Cheon Il Guk.
Today, we are attending the grave and significant ceremony to commemorate the compilation of Cheon Seong Gyeong and Pyeonghwa Gyeong, which integrated the teachings and lifestyle True Parents taught us and showed us through their blood, sweat and tears all throughout their lives.
We have risked our lives, given maximum effort, lived up to our faith with the goal of entering Cheon Il Guk through the wilderness and the pioneering periods. For us to settle down into Cheon Il Guk as its registered citizens, we must first transition into an age where the individual must first settle by reaching individual perfection, the family must settle by perfecting the four great loves and tribal messiahs must settle by putting their lives at risk, putting maximum effort and live up to their faith. Whenever we open our mouths, we just shout out that we will make a life-or-death resolution, using the same words True Father uses. However, what has changed? What did we reform? The direction of making a life-or-death resolution has changed. We are no longer in the era heading into Cheon Il Guk. However, anyone who enters Cheon Guk cannot simply become a perfect person, nor can a family just become a true family or an individual a tribal messiah. From my understanding, the family must achieve the four great loves; a person that achieves the kingdom of heaven in the family will then obtain the qualification to become a tribal messiah.
I would like to offer my gratitude once more to True Parents who have bestowed their precious words of love, truth and life on us. Let every one of us gravely pledge in front of True Parents to become the front-line soldiers in the settlement of Cheon Il Guk. Thank you very much.
Seok Byung Kim Korean Church History Committee
True Parents had offered many conditions by using the first edition of Cheon Seong Gyeong, which was published in 2003, for Hoon Dok Hae every day for about ten years. The first edition was the underlying structure of these new scriptures and greatly contributed to the providence.
The first edition of Cheon Seong Gyeong is a volume combining different books issued by the Seonghwa Publishing Company. This naturally caused main themes and the material itself within the books to overlap.
The first edition did not quote directly from True Father's original sermons, but used secondary and tertiary source quotations from already published books, which had embellished the material. This embellishment resulted in many distorted paragraphs by the final phase. True Mother, who noticed this, was saddened and instructed that scripture befitting the status of Cheon Il Guk be compiled. Officially, the Compilation Committee began its work on August 23, 2012.
Three Compilation Committee policies resulted from several meetings and workshops. The first policy was that the text be drawn from True Father's original sermons. The second policy was to expand Cheon Seong Gyeong to include extracts from sermons Father gave after 2000. The original version did not have material from those years. The third policy was to make Cheon Seong Gyeong a guide for members in the Cheon Il Guk era.
Phase One: Deciding On Structure
The first phase taken toward compilation was planning. They divided what was to be compiled into three categories -- themes, chapters and verses. The major themes became thirteen books (a division within the volume, with books divided into chapters) starting from the Book of God to the Book of Cheon Il Guk and the Book of True Parents' Prayers.
The Compilation Committee members divided their roles based on the major themes and focused on setting up titles for chapters and verses, the book's sub-themes. The Compilation Committee and Editing Committee had around forty members total.
Phase Two: Wading Through Texts
The second phase began with searching for excerpts among the many volumes Father's sermons and allocating paragraphs to appropriate chapters and verses. Reading the many volumes of speeches one by one and sorting them out was no easy task.
Then, to produce a 150-page book, enough material for five or six hundred pages had to be further reduced.
Following this, a sorting task allocating the selected text to chapters and verses was carried out.
A desperate need for additional staff members arose because of the great amount of work. We marshaled the support of experts in compiling excerpts from Father's sermons.
Mother signing the new Cheon Seong Gyeong and Pyeonghwa Gyeong; a limited edition of two thousand contains her signature.
Phase Three: Editing
This step was a procedure in which the excerpts were arranged under subheads. The rule -- that all editing must be done to the standard that all paragraphs come directly from True Father's sermon volumes -- was maintained. The editing focus was on maintaining a storytelling style befitting each theme. To arrange excerpts from True Father's sermons, which were given in different times and places to different audiences was a difficult task and required professional expertise.
The process of sorting, rearranging and replacing excepted material by sub-themes was repeated several times for each book.
As a reference in creating Cheon Seong Gyeong and Pyeonghwa Gyeong,' we carried out analyses of existing scriptures in terms of book size, font choice and general appearance. Readability was increased by using black for the text and maroon for all types of headings in Cheon Seong Gyeong and blue for the same purpose in Pyeonghwa Gyeong.
The books, chapters, verses and paragraphs within the volumes are numbered to allow readers to quote from them easily.
In addition, much effort was expended in preparing the volumes exterior. The border on the front and back of the cover has a rose pattern on Cheon Seong Gyeong and a lily pattern on Pyeonghwa Gyeong.
In order to facilitate the usage of the book, several sample volumes were produced to see which most fully alleviated drawbacks that were seen in the original Cheon Seong Gyeong volume. The best size and design were decided in this way.
The volumes have a very serviceable design. They are lighter than the original, thinner, more pleasing to the eye and designed to find quotations easily. Cheon Seong Gyeong has recessed finger tabs in the pages to open easily at the beginning of the individual books within the volume. The thin paper weighs only forty-two grams a page and both volumes come with a protective box.
Phase Four: Reviewing the Text
On December 29, 2012, the Korean headquarters appointed as reviewers 120 people among elder members, ministers, heads of organizations and key Japanese members. They focused on four areas -- how well the titles had been composed, logic within paragraphs, cohesion of the material from beginning to end and how the text sounded when read as Hoon Dok material.
In order to test these criteria, members of the editing staff also read the full text more than ten times each, repeating the task after making many adjustments.
Phase Five: Verification
After collecting opinions of the 120 reviewers, Rev. Young Hwi Kim and Rev. Jae Seok Lee led two teams of five people each as team leaders and verified the conclusions of the reviewers' opinions through exhaustive discussions. The two team leaders, both over eighty years old, digested a difficult schedule, leading the discussions for twenty full days.
The material that passed through the verification process was then compared to the original text. This was done to avoid repetition and to verify the source of the original text. Each paragraph's source was checked severally within the many volumes of The Sermons of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Completing all verification occupied around two hundred man- days. This process verified whether the material and original texts matched and whether any repetitions existed.
Phase Six: Publication
After the dedication of the first draft, ten editing members divided into two teams and each team read one volume seven times. Printing only started after the final proofreading and rectification of typographical or other errors were completed.
Taking into consideration the beauty of each page in regard to the margins, the number of words per page was made uniform. In the case of Cheon Seong Gyeong, we made certain that no blank space remained at the end of any chapter or book within the volume, which comprised 5,169 paragraphs. Where blank spaces existed, we searched for additional material that matched the specific subject area and rearranged the order of the paragraphs to fit the space.
Phase Seven: Printing and Bookbinding
When a book is too thick, the gap between the front and back cover easily gets torn. Therefore, when bookbinding Cheon Seong Gyeong and the Pyeonghwa Gyeong, each page was elaborately stitched and the inside of Cheon Seong Gyeong was strengthened by coating the cover and flyleaf.
We have published two thousand limited edition volumes that contain True Mother's signature. The Japanese translation of Cheon Seong Gyeong has been completed. It, too, is being dedicated today. The English-language team are near the end of the translation stage. They are speeding up the process under the guidance of the Mission Foundation.
The last thing I would like to point out is the cabinet for the Cheon Il Guk Scriptures. Great dedication was invested in its construction. True Mother herself gave specifications for the cabinet's production. Roses, lilies and cranes are part of the exterior design. Made using lacquer and mother-of-pearl, the box is strong enough to resist humidity and extreme temperatures and might remain intact for a thousand years.
Starting today, June 10, 2013, the two scriptures will he sold to members. We plan to produce Cheon Seong Gyeong in various media. Our first plan is to produce an audio version of Cheon Seong Gyeong and Pyeonghwa Gyeong.
When we first started this project, the entire compilation committee was filled with great fear and concern. However, whenever we faced a dead end, we could overcome through spiritual experiences with True Father and detailed guidance from True Mother.