Abide In Me, and I In You

Cheon Seong Gyeong 2288

We need to know that human liberation is God’s liberation. The liberation of your families, clans and nations consoles God who sorrowed over the loss of His family, clan and nation. In my life, I will recover the lost cosmos and dissolve God’s anguish. I have no wishes or thoughts for myself, except to practice absolute faith, absolute love and absolute obedience. If asked to die, I will head straight for death. Even at the risk of my life I will not turn back.

Cheon Seong Gyeong 702

After that, all kings will stand in the realm of Abel. You do not know this since you are on earth, but in the spirit world, unity is achieved instantly. Thus, with all kings centering on Korea, 120 nations can be completely united. Since those who can become Abel before that king – those who believed in Judaism or Christianity and died, all established those kingships in preparation to serve the Messiah, and all Abel peoples within the sphere of religion who in turn revere him – will become completely united.

Spiritual Union

Spiritual union is the final goal of the religious mystic. the experience of this unity is profound; it can hardly be described in words. a person in this state is united with God and united with all existence, all distinctions dissolve between subject and object, knower and known.
Mystical union is less common in conventional religion, particularly in the Abrahamic faiths whose uncompromising monotheism requires an absolute distinction between the infinite God and even the most saintly of his creatures. yet the scriptures of Judaism and Christianity speak of a beatific vision, an encounter with God’s presence that transforms the viewer. in Islam, traditions attributed to Muhammad himself undergird the unitive experiences of Sufi mystics.
Father Moon affirms all these varieties of unitive experiences. by learning to live in love, he teaches, we can draw close to God’s mind and heart, share God’s experiences, and move as appendages of God’s body. We dwell in God, God dwells in us, and we experience mystic oneness with all his creations.

1. Becoming One with God

Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me?  
    John 14.10

Heaven and earth contain me not, but the heart of my faithful servant contains me.
    Hadith of Suhrawardi (Islam)
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
    John 15.4-5
As rivers flow into the sea and in so doing lose name and form, so even the wise man, freed from name and form, attains the Supreme Being, the Self-luminous, the Infinite. He who knows Brahman becomes Brahman.
    Mundaka Upanishad 3.2.8-9 (Hinduism)
Meditate upon Him and transcend physical consciousness. Thus will you reach union with the Lord of the universe. Thus will you become identified with Him who is One without a second. In Him all your desires will find fulfillment.
    The truth is that you are always united with the Lord. But you must know this.
    Svetasvatara Upanishad 1.11-12 (Hinduism)
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into His likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
    2 Corinthians 3.18
Bright but hidden, the Self dwells in the heart. 
Everything that moves, breathes, opens, and closes
Lives in the Self. He is the source of love
And may be known through love but not through thought.
He is the goal of life. Attain this goal!
    Mundaka Upanishad 2.2.1 (Hinduism)
Every Buddha Tathagata is one whose body is the Principle of Nature (Dharmadhatu-kaya), so that he may enter into the mind of any being. Consequently, when you have perceived Buddha, it is indeed that mind of yours that possesses those thirty-two signs of perfection and eighty minor marks of excellence [which you see in Buddha]. In fine, it is your mind that becomes Buddha, nay, it is your mind that is indeed Buddha.
    Meditation on Buddha Amitayus 17 (Buddhism)
In spontaneous joy is rising the mystic melody;
In the holy Word my heart feels joy and perpetually disports.
In the cave of spontaneous realization is it in trance,
Stationed on a splendid high cushion.

After wandering to my home [true self] have I returned,
And all of my desires have obtained.
Devotees of God! completely fulfilled is my self,
As the Master has granted a vision of the Supreme Being,
Realized by mystic illumination.
Himself is He King, Himself the multitude;
Himself the supremely liberated, Himself of joys the Relisher;
With Him seated on the throne of eternal justice,
Ended is all wailing and crying.

As I have seen, such vision of Him have I conveyed—
Only those who are initiated into this mystery have its joy.
As light is merged into Divine Light, has joy come:
Nanak, servant of God, has beheld the sole, all-pervading Supreme Being.
    Adi Granth, Majh, M.5, p. 97 (Sikhism)

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