We Cannot Be Exempt From the Common Destiny

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When husband and wife enter the room of love, they must feel that they are entering it together with God. When their minds and bodies attain perfect oneness, the husband should consider that his wife is the queen of all queens under heaven, the most beautiful woman in the world, and his absolute, unique, unchanging, and eternal body. He must think of her and love her as he would his own body, as a body of love. When subject and object partners become as one in love, they come to own each other’s love. They also come to own each other as well as their possessions. As they each have the same value, the entire universe becomes theirs. This means that they must be able to sense God. Thus, everyone must be able to serve God in their lives and have the experience of having loved Him. Only then will they become royal families and kinfolk that belong to royalty in Heaven. When God beholds such Blessed Families from the heavenly world, they appear to Him as brightly shining stars. As such, they always bring Him joy. (297-167, 1998.11.19)

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The already married couples are those who had married without God’s permission. On the victorious foundation achieved by the True Parents, these couples stand in the position of Adam’s couple of having formed the relationship of love at their own discretion without having fallen, that is, of having fulfilled love voluntarily. Thus, all youths who are of the same age as Adam and Eve at the time of their Fall will belong to God’s side. Even fallen couples can attain a position similar to that of other Blessed Couples who are the direct descendants of the true Adam. Since these couples stem from a different lineage, they must be engrafted as couples. (242-102, 1993.1.1)

The Rise and Fall of Nations

Great is the appointment of Heaven!
There were the descendants of Shang—
The descendants of the sovereigns of Shang
Were in number more than hundreds of thousands;
But when God gave the command,
They became subject to Chou.
They became subject to Chou;
The appointment of Heaven is not constant…
Before Yin lost the multitudes,
Its kings were the assessors of God.
Look to Yin as a beacon;
The great appointment is not easily preserved.
The appointment is not easily preserved;
Do not cause your own extinction.
Display and make bright your righteousness and name,
And look at the fate of Yin in the light of Heaven.
    Book of Songs, Ode 235 (Confucianism)

If there is an evil-minded king who practices wrong teachings, interferes with the disciples of the Buddha, slanders them, speaks ill of them, hurts them with sticks and swords, robs them of their daily necessities, and bothers those who support them, the king of Brahma Heaven and Indra will immediately send foreign armies to attack him. Also his evil acts will cause several sufferings: civil wars, famines, unseasonable storms, fighting, and lawsuits in his country. They will also cause him to lose his country before long.
    Great Collection of Sutras (Buddhism)

In the land of softly lapping waves, the
Heart of the kami has turned hard.
Leaving the capital in ruins, which
I see, and feel how sad.
    Man’yoshu I (Shinto)

The Lord protected Khorasan from Babur’s invasion
And on Hindustan let loose terror.
The Lord Himself punishes not:
So He sent down the Mughal Babur, dealing death as Yama.
As the people wailed in their agony of suffering,
Didst Thou feel no compassion for them?
Thou who art Creator of all—
Should a powerful foe molest one equally powerful,
Little would the mind be grieved;
But when a ferocious tiger falls upon a herd of kine,
Then must the Master be called to account.
These dogs that despoiled the jewels [India’s resources] and wasted them,
Now shameful will be their end.
Thou alone dost join and unjoin—
Such is the greatness of Thy might.
Whoever arrogates to himself greatness,
Tasting all pleasures to satiety,
In the eyes of the Lord is only a worm picking grain.
    Adi Granth, Asa, M.1, p. 360 (Sikhism)

Thus says the Lord,
“For three transgressions of Israel,
and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;
because they sell the righteous for silver,
and the needy for a pair of shoes—
they trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth,
and turn aside the way of the afflicted;
a man and his father go in to the same maiden,
so that my holy name is profaned;18
they lay themselves down beside every altar
upon garments taken in pledge;
and in the house of their God they drink
the wine of those who have been fined.
“Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them,
whose height was like the height of the cedars,
and who was as strong as the oaks;
I destroyed his fruit above,
and his roots beneath.
Also I brought you up out of the land of Egypt,
and led you forty years in the wilderness,
to possess the land of the Amorite.
And I raised up some of your sons for prophets,
and some of your young men for Nazirites.19
Is this not indeed so, O people of Israel?” says the Lord.
“But you made the Nazirites drink wine,
and commanded the prophets,
saying, ‘You shall not prophesy.’
“Behold, I will press you down in your place,
as a cart full of sheaves presses down.
Flight shall perish from the swift,
and the strong shall not retain his strength,
nor shall the mighty save his life;
he who handles the bow shall not stand,
and he who is swift of foot shall not save himself,
nor shall he who rides the horse save his life;
and he who is stout of heart among the mighty
shall flee away naked in that day,” says the Lord.
    Amos 2.6-16

A few more moons, a few more winters, and not one of the descendants of the mighty hosts that once moved over this broad land or lived in happy homes, protected by the Great Spirit, will remain to mourn over the graves of a people once more powerful and hopeful than yours. But why should I mourn at the untimely fate of my people? Tribe follows tribe, and nation follows nation, like the waves of the sea. It is the order of nature, and regret is useless. Your time of decay may be distant, but it will surely come, for even the White Man whose God walked and talked with him as friend to friend, cannot be exempt from the common destiny. We may be brothers after all. We will see.
    Chief Seattle (Native American Religion) 

On us shall descend some awful curse,
Like the curse that descended in far-off times.
Thus speaks the Creator of men,
But the men refuse to listen.
On us shall descend some awful curse,
Like the curse that descended in far-off times:
We have but one word to say:
Idle about! Sink in sloth!
Men of such kind will gain nothing from the
For they know not His voice.
He is the one who loves man.
    Dinka Prayer (African Traditional Religion)

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