If the Truth is not Cultivated, the Shame is Ours

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Who becomes the owner? It is the person who serves others the most. The person who serves others the most can govern and take command. Also, it is natural law that an inheritance will come to the person who lives for the sake of others. In love can be found the right of mutual participation, which means that both can freely participate in each oth-er’s lives any place, day or night. Do you need permission to go into your sons’ and daughters’ rooms? Do children need permission to enter their parents’ room? Of course not. If, within yourself, you have the mechanism with which to love God, you can be with Him wherever He goes. (170-199, 1987.11.15)

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When you look closely at Holy Scriptures, you cannot deny that the human ancestors engaged in illicit love and formed a relationship of parent and child Satan, centering on him. Human beings, who were supposed to carry on the bloodline of God and be born as the direct descendants of God through His absolute love, instead inherited the blood line of the devil Satan and were born as the sons and daughters of Satan. The eighth chapter of the book of Romans states, “But we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons… but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba! Father!” Adopted children are of a different bloodline. (53-261, 1972.3.1)


Born into an era of incessant warfare, the sage Confucius saw beyond the troubles of his own day and sought for the universal principles of morality that could be the basis of a peaceful world. He gathered a circle of disciples and traveled from kingdom to kingdom, seeking to interest the rulers in his ideas. Though he was rejected again and again, Confucius maintained an optimistic attitude, based on the faith that heaven was using him for a higher purpose. Though not accepted in his day, Confucius’ teachings became the foundation of East Asian civilization.
Father Moon respects Confucius for his faith in God, which he called “heaven,” and his single-minded focus to seek a higher truth transcending his meager circumstances. he regards Confucius as a counterpart to Jesus: he taught the outward form of social relations in the Kingdom of heaven, while Jesus taught and embodied its inward spirit.

1. Confucius Faced Hardships and Disappointments While Maintaining Conviction about His Mission

The border warden requested to be introduced to Confucius, saying, “When men of superior virtue have come to this [exile], I have never been denied the privilege of seeing them.” The followers introduced him, and when he came out from the interview, he said, “My friends, why are you distressed by your master’s loss of office? The kingdom has long been without the principles of truth and right; Heaven is going to use your master as a bell with its wooden tongue.”
    Analects 3.24
While Confucius stood alone at the east gate of the outer city the natives reported to Tsekung, “There is a man at the east gate… He looks crest-fallen like a homeless, wandering dog.” Tsekung told Confucius this story, and Confucius smiled and said, “I don’t know about the descriptions of my figure, but as for resembling a homeless, wandering dog, he is quite right, he is quite right!”Ssu-ma Ch’ien, Shih Chi 47
[Being surrounded and short of food], Confucius knew that his disciples were angry and disappointed at heart, so he asked Tselu to come in and questioned him. “It is said in the Book of Songs, ‘Neither buffalos, nor tigers, they wander in the desert.’ [A comparison to themselves] Do you think that my teachings are wrong? How is it that I find myself now in this situation?” Tselu replied, “Perhaps we are not great enough and have not been able to win people’s confidence in us. Perhaps we are not wise enough and people are not willing to follow our teachings.” “Is that so?” said Confucius. “Yu, if the great could always gain the confidence of the people, why did Poyi and Chuch’i have to go and die of starvation in the mountains? If the wise men could always have their teachings followed by others, why did Prince Pikan have to commit suicide?”
    Tselu came out and Tsekung went in, and Confucius said, “Sze, it is said in the Book of Songs, ‘Neither buffalos, nor tigers, they wander in the desert.’ Are my teachings wrong? How is it that I find myself now in this situation?” Tsekung replied, “The Master’s teachings are too great for the people, and that is why the world cannot accept them. Why don’t you come down a little from your heights?” Confucius replied, “Sze, a good farmer plants the field but cannot guarantee the harvest, and a good artisan can do a skillful job, but he cannot guarantee to please his customers. Now you are not interested in cultivating yourselves, but are only interested in being accepted by the people. I am afraid you are not setting the highest standard for yourself.”
    Tsekung came out and Yen Hui went in, and Confucius said, “Hui, it is said in the Book of Songs, ‘Neither buffalos, nor tigers, they wander in the desert.’ Are my teachings wrong? How is it that I find myself now in this situation?” Yen Hui replied, “The Master’s teachings are so great. That is why the world cannot accept them. However, you should just do your best to spread the ideas. What do you care if they are not accepted? The very fact that your teachings are not accepted shows that you are a true gentleman. If the truth is not cultivated, the shame is ours; but if we have already strenuously cultivated the teachings of a moral order and they are not accepted by the people, it is the shame of those in power. What do you care if you are not accepted? The very fact that you are not accepted shows that you are a true gentleman.” And Confucius was pleased and said smilingly, “Is that so? Oh, son of Yen, if you were a rich man, I would be your butler!”
    Ssu-ma Ch’ien, Shih Chi 47
This is the character of the man: so intent upon enlightening the eager that he forgets his hunger, and so happy in doing so, that he forgets the bitterness of his lot and does not realize that old age is at hand. That is what he is.
    Analects 7.18 

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