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Cheong Seong Gyeong 2450

What do we mean when we refer to
the ideal family of the original creation?
The ideal family of the original creation
is made up of the Heavenly Father-King,
the king of the spiritual kingdom and
the king of the earthly kingdom; in oth-
er words the king of heaven and the king
of the earth. That is why you are princes.
What is the ideal family? The past rep-
resents God, the earth represents the
present, and the children are the princ-
es of the future. So the Cheon Bu Wang,
the Heavenly Father-King stands in the
place of God; the Earthly Father-King
and Mother-Queen stand in the place
of the father and the mother; and the
children stand in the place of the princ-
es, that is, the place of sons and daugh-
ters. So looking at the three generations
as one family, the grandparents repre-
sent God, the earthly father-king and
the earthly mother-queen represent the
parents; and their sons and daughters
become princes and princesses. Thus,
each of these three generations is repre-
sentatives of kingship. If we talk about
the grandparents we are talking about
the past, if we talk about the parents,
we are talking about the present, and if
we talk about the children, we are talk-
ing about the future. When these are all
linked together, the past, the present and
the future are all connected in them. (219-
244, 1991.9.8)

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1083

Health is the most important thing.
Even if you are sick with a cold, you
should have healthy feelings. It is impor-
tant to practice having a facial expres-
sion that betrays nothing to other peo-
ple. Even if you have a cold, you should
not look sick or appear worried when
you are facing some difficulties. When a
man looks worried, you should ask what
is wrong and comfort him, always with
a happy expression. (131-283, 1984.5.3)


2. Warnings about Hell

Rivalry in worldly increase distracts you
Until you visit the graves.
Nay, but you will come to know!
Again, you will come to know!
Would that you knew now with certainty of
For you will behold hell-fire;
Indeed, you will behold it with sure vision.
Then, on that day, you will be asked
concerning pleasure.
    Qur’an 102

There was a rich man, who was clothed in pur-
ple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously
every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named
Lazarus, full of sores, who desired to be fed with
what fell from the rich man’s table; moreover
the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor
man died and was carried by the angels to
Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and
was buried; and in Hades, being in torment,
he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off
and Lazarus in his bosom. And he called out,
“Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and
send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water
and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this
flame.” But Abraham said, “Son, remember that
you in your lifetime received your good things,
and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now
he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.
And besides all this, between us and you a great
chasm has been fixed, in order that those who
would pass from here to you may not be able,
and none may cross from there to us.”
    And he said, “Then I beg you, father, to send
him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers,
so that he may warn them, lest they also come
into this place of torment.” But Abraham said,
“They have Moses and the prophets; let them
hear them.” And he said, “No, father Abraham;
but if some one goes to them from the dead,
they will repent.” He said to him, “If they do
not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will
they be convinced if someone should rise from
the dead.”
    Luke 16.19-31

In the garden of the city of Sieu-Shui-Siuen,
there once lived a man by the name of Fan Ki,
who led a wicked life. He induced men to stir up
quarrels and lawsuits with each other, to seize
by violence what did not belong to them, and
to dishonor other men’s wives and daughters.
When he could not succeed easily in carrying
out his evil purposes, he made use of the most
odious stratagems.
    One day he died suddenly, but came back to
life twenty-four hours afterward and bade his wife
gather together their relatives and neighbors.
When all were assembled he told them that he
had seen the king of the dark realm who said
to him, “Here the dead receive punishment for
their deeds of evil. The living know not the lot
that is reserved for them. They must be thrown
into a bed of coals whose heat is in proportion to
the extent of their crimes and to the harm they
have done their fellows.”
    The assembled company listened to this
report as to the words of a feverish patient; they
were incredulous and refused to believe the story.
But Fan Ki had filled the measure of crime, and
Yama, the king of hell, had decided to make an
example of him so as to frighten men from their
evil ways. At Yama’s command Fan Ki took a
knife and mutilated himself, saying, “This is my
punishment for inciting men to dissolute lives.”
He put out both his eyes, saying, “This is my
punishment for having looked with anger at my
parents, and at the wives and daughters of other
men with lust in my heart.” He cut off his right
hand, saying, “This is my punishment for having
killed a great number of animals.” He cut open
his body and plucked out his heart, saying, “This
is my punishment for causing others to die under
tortures.” And last of all he cut out his tongue to
punish himself for lying and slandering.
    The rumor of these occurrences spread afar,
and people came from every direction to see the
mangled body of the unhappy man. His wife and
children were overcome with grief and shame,
and closed the door to keep out the curious
crowd. But Fan Ki, still living by the ordeal of
Yama, said in inarticulate sounds, “I have but
executed the commands of the king of hell, who
wants my punishment to serve as a warning to
others. What right have you to prevent them
from seeing me?”
    For six days the wicked man rolled upon the
ground in the most horrible agonies, and at the
end of that time he died.
    Treatise on Response and Retribution (Taoism)

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