Cheon Seong Gyeong 1202
The age in which Jesus was not welcomed by the established Jewish faith must be restored through indemnity. Thus, there should be a phenomenon opposite to the time when Israel and Rome united against Jesus. The Korean government was united with America, and Christianity was opposing me persistently through these governments that were against me. I had to stand in such a position and restore this situation through indemnity. In my generation, I developed a national level foundation, and brought great victory. My strategy in America since 1974 was therefore to connect the foundation of this spiritual victory to the substantial world stage through the young generation of the world. Over a 3-year course, until my deadline of 1976, I waged a substantial war in earnest on the national level in America. (138-216, 1986.1.21)
Cheon Seong Gyeong 1476
Where can you find the root of your life? It lies with unfallen parents. Then can the unfallen parents of goodness be found here? As the Lord with dual characteristics, God created the universe and human beings in His image to reflect His dual characteristics. Adam is the manifestation of His male characteristics and Eve His female characteristics. From this perspective, although we usually say, “Our Heavenly Father,” because He is just one being, the concept of God actually includes the idea of God being “Our Heavenly Father and Mother.” (140-123, 1986.2.9)
Prayer and Worship
3. Prayer from the Heart
There is a polish for everything that becomes rusty, and the polish for the heart is the remembrance of God.
Hadith of Tirmidhi (Islam)
“To serve the Lord your God with all your heart” [Deut. 11.13]. What is a service with the heart? It is prayer.
Sifre Deuteronomy 41 (Judaism)
Set me free, I entreat Thee from my heart;
If I do not pray to Thee with my heart,
Thou hearest me not.
If I pray to Thee with my heart,
Thou knowest it and art gracious unto me.
Boran Prayer (African Traditional Religions)
Let the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord,
my rock and my redeemer.
Always let a man test himself: if he can direct his heart, let him pray; if he cannot, let him not pray.
Talmud, Berakot 30b (Judaism)
Of all the prayers of the heart, the best prayer is the prayer to the Master to be given the grace of properly praising the Lord.
Adi Granth, Maru Ashtpadi, M.5, p. 1018 (Sikhism)
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart…
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence,
and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of thy salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors thy ways,
and sinners will return to thee…
The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
People are granted birth into this world by the kami. Accordingly, the mind of a person is something which communes with the will of the kami, and one must thus avoid doing anything which would impair that mind. To be visited with the blessings of the kami, one must first direct one’s mind wholeheartedly to prayer; to be granted the protection of the kami, one must make a foundation of honesty. In this way, the person’s pristine, undefiled mind will be awakened to the original, profound way. Records of the
Enshrinement of the Two Imperial Deities at Ise (Shinto)
Prayer is an act of daring. How else could a mortal utter a prayer before the Kings of Kings?
Nachman of Breslov (Judaism)