True Parents

by Rev. Sun Myung Moon

Chapter 1 True Parents [Part 1]

1. The Meaning of the Word "True Parents"

Among the words popular among our members, we have a word "True Parents." It is a simple word but has astonishing content. None of the libraries in the world ever has had such content. "True Parents" is a simple word, but is a word owned only by us and is used only among us.

Please think about it. Christianity, after 2000 years of its history, still could not announce the simple fact that since our ancestors are fallen, they are false and bad parents, and that only parents who are not fallen could be good and true parents. History has waited for this moment for the declaration of this fact.

There may have been some person who thought of true parents, but there was no way to figure out what stood behind that idea. Without being equipped with the vast content of the Divine Principle, there is no way to figure out why no one could use the word "True Parents" easily. It is a magnificent fact that we brought the clear word of the Divine Principle view of history so that we know the root of the original nature in human beings.

What can we understand through knowing the meaning of the word "True Parents"? We can understand that the fall of our first ancestors occurred through an illicit love relationship, and it left us with a blood lineage not related to God and without any true parents trying to realize the ideal of creation. This means that we are of a false lineage.

Therefore, the word "True Parents" is a word to be used centering upon the idea that we are going to cleanse the history of our false blood lineage and connect to love, life and lineage centering on God and the new root of the original nature. (201-60)

2. The Origin of "True"

1) What "True" Is

Who among this universe is the "True" person? He is the Absolute. In the Korean language, we call this Absolute being "One and only Lord." When it is shortened, "One Hana) and only Lord" becomes "God (Hananim)." God is our one and only Lord.

Who, then, is God? God likes both good and bad persons on earth. Isn't it true that even condemned criminals cry out, "God! Please pity me. I love you," before execution? Is it true or not? (Yes it is) "God, I'm gonna die! You made me like this!" (Laughter) Are you going to say this? (No!)

Then why when he is about to die, does a person who has done bad things, pledge with a good and sacrificial heart, and hope for his restart? He hopes to comprehend God fully, trust Him, try to be with Him, share with Him his heart and difficulty more than with his parents or with his brothers or sisters. Is this because God is true or because God is false? (Because He is true!) Because He is true we behave this way.

A true person should love not only one whom he likes, but even an enemy who tries to kill him. He should be the person whom we can trust fully, with whom we want to share our problems, and with whom we can wish everything. You now understand what a true person is, right? (Yes!)

Then, is a person who hates someone a true person or a false person? (False person) All men here, is a person who hates someone a true person or a false person? (False person) Definitely a false person. Then, do we have many true people in this world or many false people? (Many false people) Many false people right? (Yes) You must clearly realize this fact.

To be a true person, you must be true in all dimensions. If you members love a person who loves Father and hate a person who hates Father, are you good members or bad members? (Bad members).

Therefore, I love even a person who hates me. If I love a person who hates me, do you think he will feel bad? (Feel good) He feels good. If I love him three times more than he hates me, he automatically will bow his head. If I do good to him three times, he will bow his head. Try and see if it is true or not. Man has a conscience, so that he knows whether he has done right or wrong. (39-302)

Don't you think we have many good men in our country? There are many great people in the world. Who then is the great man of Korea? Whom do you recall as a great person of Korea? (General Sun Shin Lee) That is so. General Sun Shin Lee! He is a great person. Do you like general Sun Shin Lee or do you hate? (We like him) All of him? (Yes)

Then, is General Sun Shin Lee a true person or not? (I don't know) You don't know. You don't know why, but you like him. However, Father doesn't like him in this way. Because I speak this way, people think "It's strange. Why does he say that? He hates our loyal general. He may be a Communist, or is he a national traitor?" Yet I hate General Sun Shin Lee. You may want to know why. Let me answer.

All Korean people recognize him as loyal to his King. But how do Japanese recognize him? Isn't he an enemy? Japanese think of him as an enemy. It is clearly written in Japanese history books. General Sun Shin Lee is an enemy to the Japanese, but at the same time a loyal general for Koreans. Therefore, Father doesn't like him.

To be true means to be true in England, to be true in Germany, to be true in the USA, to be true in Korea. What about in Africa? (True!) In Japan? (True) It should be like that. Therefore, there is no enemy for a true being. There is no one who hates something "true." Someone loved by one and hated by another cannot be a perfect "true" being. Don't you think so?

If General Sun Shin Lee was a perfect "true person," Japanese should admire him as great person, along with Koreans. But from the standard of "True," General Sun Shin Lee is not a perfect "true" person. He is "true" in Korea but not in Japan. Any objection? (No) I seek for a "true" person; therefore, I don't like a person who is partially true, such as General Sun Shin Lee.

What kind of person is a true person? As I said before, he is someone loved by bad people as well as good people: should a bad person hate someone a good person loves? He should be someone loved by bad people, too. There are good people and bad people, but there is something that everyone wants the most. There is something everyone loves most. It means that it is loved by good people as well as by bad people. Isn't it true? (Yes)

Therefore, you are not "true" if you hate a person because he is bad. You should love a bad person the most as well a good person. This is the definition of a true person. He loves a bad person the most and loves a good person the most. If there is someone like that, it is he who should be the "true" one. Any objection? (No objection) (39-301)

2) The Origin of "Trueness"

"Trueness" is not a term limited to individuals. It transcends everything as a relation of value. "Trueness" must be everywhere because it is something which everyone loves and seeks. (63-89)

We came together not for our private purposes, but for the sake of the whole. We should exist not for ourselves, but for family, for tribe, for nation and for the world. Before trying to make yourself "true", you should first make your family "true", and the nation and the world should also become "true". We human beings are in a course of restoration in which the desire for fortune should not be the motive for anything. What, then, should be the motive? The "True." For man to realize his true nature, he must have a relationship with God, the origin of everything. Without having this relationship, a true structure cannot be formed within an individual self.

Trueness must be centering upon God. Man can realize trueness only when he establishes a foundation for feeling loving dominion toward everything. You must realize that unless one establishes this foundation, you cannot be a person of trueness.

The origin of trueness is God. With the existence of God, trueness can be realized. When God departs, trueness also departs. There comes into existence something not true-the origin of evil.

A true result can be realized only when there is truth. In other words, God's ideal can be realized only with the existence of God. Therefore, words such as "true" or "good" were made not centering upon man, but upon God.

From this kind of perspective, too, we can tell that trueness is not something man can think of based on himself. Trueness cannot be controlled by fallen humanity; rather, trueness should control us. Therefore we should always be obedient to the truth. We should prize it and follow it. Observing your physical life and your conscious life, you cannot deny the fact that truth does belong to heaven.

When we prayed, we very often prayed habitually, "Precious heavenly Father, our true God." But there was no real trueness before today. Therefore, the origin, to which trueness is to be related, was not within the history of humankind but located beyond the history. Everything starts from there. The origin should be sought beyond circumstances; religions should not form beliefs through centering upon a human being.

Of course, there are people erecting a standard of faith centering on a founder, but many seek for trueness from beyond the human-religions looking to God. When we consider this fact we can say that we cannot find the origin of trueness in our substantial life or in the history of our human life.

The origin of trueness cannot be grasped in relationship to man only. Trueness must be an absolute standard. Questions of God or the Absolute must therefore come into the discussion. Why is it so? It is because there was no "True" love on this earth. Man himself seeking for the truth cannot be the motive. At each crucial turning point of the history of human beings, God intervenes. Absolute being is needed in such a situation.

The term "God," "Transcendent being," or "Absolute being" is needed when one considers philosophical questions, such as the ultimate aim of truth or the foundation of existence. Why is this? It is because one cannot solve these scholarly questions or those of the origin or value of existence without their being related to Absolute being. People have therefore been trying to find their way out of their serious difficulties through the truth.

We cannot deny these facts. Therefore, the origin of trueness is not in the hands of man but should be handled by Absolute Being, by God.

Religions correctly claiming to be "true" cannot exist without God. Ethics correctly identifying "trueness" cannot deny God.

Confucius therefore said, "One obedient to Heaven will prosper, but its betrayer will perish." This word was centering on Heaven. Man has always to relate himself to Heaven. The origin of rising and falling is not in a human being himself, but in Heaven. Accordingly, one cannot establish trueness unless it originates from motivation centered on God. The question then arises whether or not there is any "True" person on this earth.

Where, then, is trueness established? Of course, Heaven, the origin of trueness, will try to establish it on earth. This is God's Will. The next question, then, is, "Where among humankind will it be established?" It will be established within our ordinary life. Jesus therefore said, "The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." The Kingdom of Heaven, the "true" country is within our hearts. It is in a deep valley where there are no evil motives.

When we analyze the core of our being, heart, we will find it manifesting as intellect, emotion and will. Which among them is fundamental? Fundamental among them is emotion: not intellect, not will.

Everyone, if you have something you hold most precious, where do you want to put it? You may want to put it in a place no one else knows, where no one else can touch it, and where you yourself can absolutely control it. Where is that place? It is somewhere deep within your heart -- bury it in the deepest place in your heart. Place it where you feel it's very safe, as in a drawer for valuables. Seen from this perspective, the place where trueness should settle is the deepest place in your heart. <24-317)

3) Primary Standard of "True"

It is the "true" heart that does not change. This is why without it you cannot make a true standard, you cannot make true judgment, you cannot have a root of content that can be certified by an absolute standard or by the core of the cosmos. If you do not have a standard that is not true, everything valued by that standard will be floated away.

A measurement, such as the meter, has its primary standard. We can calculate any deviation from that standard. We refer to that original standard whenever we need to settle some relevant argument. (186-66)

There is neither revolution nor change in love. Nothing that changes physically can be the most precious. Diamonds are treasured for their unchanging hardness. Gold is precious for its unchanging golden color. A pearl is precious for its unchanging, harmonious, elegant coloring. Why have we based the standard for the preciousness of treasures upon the unchangingness of an object? It is because that is the standard for evaluating everything.

What, then, in the cosmos is the fundamental standard for measuring the value of everything? This must be the question. Is it gold or diamonds? It is unchanging and unbreakable love. Love seems fragile, yet does not break. You may think you can handle it yet you cannot. You belong to it. You will be evaluated by it; not the other way around.

When I asked what could be the ultimate primary standard of this cosmos, I found it was not some standard of measurement or some unchanging substance.

Man cannot change that standard. Even God cannot change it. What is the standard for absolute evaluation which transcends time, space, heaven and hell-which is eternally unchanging and has the greatest value of anything internal or external?

On earth there are zero standards for latitude and longitude. Zero longitude is located at the astronomical observatory in Greenwich, England. It is unchanging. Shouldn't there be a zero standard at a point where longitude and latitude meet at 90 degrees? If not, the world of order will not he realized.

What is the standard that every measurable eternal and unchanging thing wants to have as its standard, which even God can follow and which everything must obey? Is it money? Gold? Or a diamond? God can create all of those.

We can say that love, too, is created by God; however, He cannot possess love. Love must be owned by two persons. Even God cannot realize love alone. Accordingly, the fundamental standard for evaluating everything in the universe and in the eternal world is indeed love. Love is not affected by any seasonal changes. (137-235)

Each one of you knows that there are standards for measuring distance. If the standard measurement is 1 centimeter, that is the absolute model. Everyone can agree if their measurements are based on the standard. You may claim to be the best person, but if you do not fit the original form, you do not pass.

One centimeter is 10 millimeters. Therefore, 1 millimeter is also an absolute. If you have 10 millimeters it will be a centimeter. 100 of them make 10 centimeters, and so on. Thus, they all have a common and unified element.

What, then, is such a standard for human beings? To unite the world of human beings, there should be a form, a standard not containing any struggle between mind and body, to show how man should be. (128-78)

Everyone, if we have a standard meter, it is no problem at all to have another meter or 100 meters or more. What, then, is the standard measurement of meters? It is 1 millimeter. It is because 1 millimeter is so small, that we usually use 1 centimeter.

Even astronomical units must be calculated based on 1 millimeter. We will be able to use it as a standard throughout the world only when all the millions of numeric measurements are calculated from 1 millimeter.

One millimeter in America, 1 millimeter in Korea, and 1 millimeter in England, all must be same. There must be no differences. That's the truth.

Everyone, what is the truth? "It is true." What is "true?" Certainly something is true when there is no way to evaluate things without it. There must be a Doctor of Physics among you. To study physics you must know all motions of the natural world. Things do not move aimlessly.

Think about it. How big is this earth? There is not even a minute deviation in the time this huge earth takes to revolve around the sun every year. Not even a second of deviation. If there were a deviation, there would be a big problem. If there were, the question would be whether the deviation would become larger or smaller. If that happened, the oceans and the earth would split into pieces.

We evaluate the age of the earth to be 4.6 billion years. The earth's perfect performance of motions and operations throughout this 4.6 billion years must be connected to a standard centering on some unit. For our evaluation, there had to be some unit of measurement centering on some principle, formula or axiom. The same holds for determining "trueness." Trueness must be applicable to one thing and be equally applicable to a combination of millions of things.

We call pure gold 24 carat gold. 24 carat gold is "true" gold, isn't it? Is there 25 carat gold? Is there 26 carat gold? If so, there is a problem. From this perspective, the smallest unit stands in the center and establishes balance. When we look at the smallest unit, the vertical parallel line must correspond ... Otherwise, this is not "true".

The degrees of impurities of gold form a straight line until they reach 24 carats. Because all impure gold is in the realm of change, we can say that 24 carat gold is the "true" one. This holds whether you apply it perpendicularly or to a vertical standard. It will be parallel to both something universally vertical and something universally horizontal.

Neither movement nor fortune occurs randomly. That which causes the circular motion in a subject-object relationship centering on law is always vertical. If the vertical were to change anytime, things would fly away. They would be floated away. They would break. To have a foundation of existence by locating yourself within space, the vertical must have a firm position. This kind of words may be a little difficult for you.

What, then, is the standard for the measurement of us human beings? Human beings also should have some measurement, isn't it so? When you solve a mathematical problem based on a universally accepted mathematical standard, if you answer "One" the world will reply to you "One, you are right." Or, if you answer "Two" or "Three," the world will say, "You are right," repeating your numbers. When a resolution is founded on a global standard, we call it true.

What is inside the truth? There are always four directions inside the truth. Whenever there is a truth, there always is an environment. Then which is more original, the environment or the truth? This will be the question. The environment is more original.

What about the case of man? It is a problem to find what a true man is when we observe existing human beings. He should be the standard of both vertical and horizontal, someone of whom we can say, "He looks okay vertically and looks okay horizontally too."

Only when vertical and horizontal coincide will there be no deviation whether in front or back, right or left, or up or down. They will correspond perfectly. You will say, "It is true!" when there is correspondence in the East, in the West, in the North, in the South, on earth and in the spiritual world.

On the other hand, when you measure something big in millimeters and discover a deviation of even half a millimeter from your desired measurement, it is not perfect. It must be thrown away. Don't we need such a standard? We need a standard for measuring. (180-14)

4) "True" and "True Love"

What is this word "true?" Is it round or angular? Or is it something flat? What is its definition? And centering on what can "true" be defined? That is the issue. When you say "true person," what kind of person is he? A true person would have two eyes and a nose. It's simple: it is a person who has eyes, nose, mouth, and every part of the body.

Then does "true" indicate being limited to a certain place or transcending a certain place? (Transcending.) Then how? With what? Why must it transcend that line of limitation? What does this tell us? We know that it must have a content that can represent everything.

In arithmetic, there are formulas, and in physics there are axioms. How can -'formula" be defined? Is formula something small? The unit of a formula is simple, however, and should have subjectivity in comparing everything. Unless that is so, the formula and its standard of units cannot be established. If the formula and its units are wrong, calculation from the small unit will not exactly fit the enormous universe.

When we look at forms of measurement, we find systems such as decimal systems and duodecimal systems. These are small, but parts based on them all fit perfectly. If they didn't, they wouldn't revolve properly. Even if a part is correctly formed, it does not come into existence unless it coincides with the whole. If not, the whole would be lost.

This holds also in the world of humanity. What is a true person? In the life of a person, there are things such as scales and measures which connect forces and expand them to the world. I am saying that all of them expand with balance.

It becomes evident that a human being needs such a formula for the path of his life. (133-9)

Five billion people live in this world today. But how many people have lived and died on this earth, eventually becoming the ancestors of the people living in this global village today? Have you ever thought about its At least hundreds and thousands of times the number of people living today must have lived and died. Then, how many of them were true persons that humanity would cherish? For something to be true means that it is always true, whether a thousand years ago or today.

When we say pure gold, we are talking about 24 carat gold, right? That does not change according to geographic distance or area or time. No matter what, it is unchangeable. This gold looks the same in the hands of a king as in the hands of some crook. There is no way that it can be changed even in environments of enormous changes. Then, we say the color of gold is a true color. Do you understand? (Yes.)

You must like the color gold. To what are all other colors compared? They are compared to the color gold, isn't it so? Light colors are close to the color gold. Is the sunlight white light or does it have more color of gold in it? (Color of gold.) The sunset has even more.

Therefore, is there or was there any true man within humanity who had unchanging color that lasted for millions of years-that is the question. Any true woman? What do you think?

Religions understand that humanity had fallen. There are religions with different backgrounds, of course, but all of them are seeking a valuable new person for the sake of salvation. They have always pursued it, for they couldn't reach the image of True Original Person, the True Original person. This was the same millions of years ago. It is the same now, and will be in any environment. No matter the times, religions are to pursue it. You should know that.

Every one of you is also searching for that true person, for the true man and true woman. All the men and women who came into life throughout the ages of history were destined to think about it even at the risk of their lives. This way, if someone lives in a village, he will try to become the most advanced true person in that village. (177-100)

5) What Are True Parents

I. Two Stone Tablets and True Parents

When God led the people of Israel in the wilderness, weren't there a pillar of fire and pillar of clouds? The pillar of clouds guided during the day and the pillar of fire guided during the night. What did they mean? They symbolically showed us the coming of parents in the Last Days to be attended by chosen people. People who do not follow the guidance of these pillars will all perish.

God called Moses to Mt. Sinai to give two stone tablets after his forty-day fasting because He worried that the people of Israel might all die losing their direction in the wilderness and wandering for forty years. You should know that these two stone tablets were symbolizing Adam and Eve, the True Parents. That is why they were put in the ark of the covenant. (134-174).

What is our desire? It is that we become the beloved sons and daughters in the place where God, the vertical parent, and Adam and Eve, the horizontal parents become one and rejoice. However, it is our deepest sorrow that we couldn't do so. Isn't that right? Everyone has the fervent desire to receive such a love for once. All the religions seek this.

Have there been any parents who could love within the unity with the vertical God on the horizontal plane? No, there haven't. Because of the fall, all became false parents. Since all became false parents, such loving parents never existed. True Parents need to appear. True Parents must appear in history.

Who is the being denoted by this noun "True Parent" who is to carry out such a historical mission? This is the being called the Savior, the being called the Messiah. When we say "save", what is to be saved? He is not coming to save the body, but rather to fulfill our desire for ideal love. To do that, what has to be done? For salvation to be accomplished, as what kind of being must the Messiah come? It is without question that they need to come as True Parents. The Messiah needs to come as True Parents. Christianity believes in Jesus as the Messiah. It believes in him as the Savior.

In order to come as True Parents, how must the Messiah come? It can't be alone. He must appear as a man who can represent "True Father". Until now, numerous religions have been searching for one man. It can be said that Confucius' teachings include searching for a man who will improve the standard of daily life, and that Buddhism includes looking for a man to make the spiritual world subject.

Then what was Christianity? Christians sought to become the children of God and establish a beloved family. Christianity brought more concrete content. Thus Jesus said, "I am the only begotten son" of God.

It would be a serious matter for the only begotten son to live alone. There must be an only begotten woman. Therefore, he must search for the only begotten woman, and they must get married in a place they mutually prefer centering on God. They must get married, becoming the bridegroom and the bride who can rejoice as horizontal parents with God rejoicing as the vertical parent, and multiply children on earth. Then their tribe starts to expand. Isn't that how it is?

Therefore, there was something Jesus most had to get, even at the risk of disobeying the nation of Israel and Judaism. What was it? And what was the subjective motivation that enabled him to seek again? It was certainly a woman. There must be a woman in front of a man.

Jesus said "I am the bridegroom, and you are the bride," as he was dying after being unable to accomplish the Will of God. This is why Christianity has been waiting for Jesus the bridegroom for two thousands of years, struggling to become the bride.

What is its standard? It is the Messiah, with the position of True Parents. That is the marriage of the lamb. (58-218)

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