We Love Because He First Loved Us

A Christmas blog by Andrew Derricutt.

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1978

    When you observe the nations sur-rounding Korea today and consider the situation of the world, you will see that it would be unfavorable for the powerful nations if war were to break out on the Korean peninsula. In particular, Communist China needs to revive itself in order to stimulate the development of its science and technology, and to join the ranks of the developed nations. However, if North Korea were to invade the South, it would create considerable problems for China.
    Communist China is thinking of associating with Korea from now. I am fully aware of this. Why not Japan? Because Japan invaded China earlier this century, the Chinese believe Japan will invade their economy. Considering this situation in which Communist China is trying to connect with Korea, an invasion of the South by North Korea is not something China would condone. What about Japan? Likewise, the Japanese do not want this. They want to have exchanges with Korea too. (170-212, 1987.11.15)The Chinese population is about 1.2

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1512

Why should you give birth to children? It is so that you may experience the inner heart of God the joy and delight He felt at the time of the creation of Adam and Eve. That is why those who have not experienced childbirth may fail to appreciate their parents, their husband or wife. That is how they will end up. They may have loved in the past and in the present, but they cannot expand in the future. The grandparents represent the past, the parents the present, and the children the future. The family is where these three can unite as one. (216-192, 1991.3.31)

Living for Others

3. In Creating the Universe, God Gave Everything for the Sake of His Creations

We love, because he first loved us.
    1 John 4.19
Heaven is eternal and Earth everlasting.
They can be eternal and everlasting because they do not exist for themselves,
And for this reason can exist forever.
Therefore the sage places himself in the background,
but finds himself in the foreground.
He puts himself away, and yet he always remains.
Is it not because he has no personal interests?
This is the reason why his personal interests are fulfilled.
    Tao Te Ching 7 (Taoism)
At the beginning, mankind and the obligation of selfless service were created together. “Through selfless service, you will always be fruitful and find the fulfillment of your desires”: this is the promise of the Creator….
    Every selfless act, Arjuna, is born from the eternal, infinite Godhead. God is present in every act of service. All life turns on this law, O Arjuna. Whoever violates it, indulging his senses for his own pleasure and ignoring the needs of others, has wasted his life. But those who realize the God within are always satisfied. Having found the source of joy and fulfillment, they no longer seek happiness from the external world. They have nothing to gain or lose by any action; neither people nor things can affect their security.
    What the outstanding person does, others will try to do. The standards such people set will be followed by the whole world. There is nothing in the three worlds for Me to gain, Arjuna, nor is there anything I do not have; I continue to act, but I am not driven by any need of my own. If I ever refrained from continuous work, everyone would immediately follow my example. If I stopped working I would be the cause of cosmic chaos, and finally of the destruction of this world and these people.
    Strive constantly to serve the welfare of the world; by devotion to selfless work one attains the supreme goal in life. Do your work with the welfare of others always in mind. It was by such work that Janaka attained perfection; others, too, have followed this path.
    The ignorant work for their own profit, Arjuna; the wise work for the welfare of the world, without thought to themselves. By abstaining from work you will confuse the ignorant, who are engrossed in their actions. Perform all work carefully, guided by compassion.
    Bhagavad-Gita 3.10-26 (Hinduism)
The threefold offspring of Prajapati—gods, men, and demons—dwelt with their father Prajapati as students of sacred knowledge.
    Having lived the life of a student of sacred knowledge, the gods said, “Speak to us, sir.” To them then he spoke this syllable: “Da.” “Do you understand?” “We understand,” said they. “You said to us, ‘Restrain yourselves (damyata).’” “Om,” said he. “You do understand.”
    Then the men said to him, “Speak to us, sir.” To them he spoke this syllable: “Da.” “Do you understand?” “We understand,” said they. “You said to us, ‘Give (datta).’” “Om,” said he. “You do understand.”
Then the demons said to him, “Speak to us, sir.” To them he spoke this syllable: “Da.” “Do you understand?” “We understand,” said they. “You said to us, ‘Be compassionate (dayadhvam).’” “Om,” said he. “You do understand.”
    The same thing does thunder, the divine voice, here repeat, “Da! Da! Da! Restrain yourselves. Give. Be compassionate.” One should practice this same triad: self-restraint, giving and compassion.
    Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 5.2.2: The Voice of Thunder (Hinduism)

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