Live Your Life as You Would in the Kingdom of God

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Cheong Seong Gyeong 2068

The roots of patriotism must be
planted in the family. It is not within the
offices of towns and counties, but in the
family. So… have you followed my dec-
laration to work for the tong ban break-
through activities? Have you done well
or not? You, professor, have you done
well or not? How many times have you
wandered through the night determined
to breakthrough at the local level? That is
the problem. If you do not possess a more
sorrowful heart for the nation than you
felt when your own father passed away,
you cannot save the nation. If you don’t
feel more sadness and pain in your heart
than when your own mother or your
own relatives pass away, then the uni-
fication of North and South Korea will
not happen. This is how I see things.
When you professors enter people’s
homes, you should grab hold of their
hands and, choked with tears, utter an
appeal for them to work together for the
unity of North and South Korea. That
one word of appeal would be more pow-
erful than a thousand words spoken by
a scholar passing by. That’s the reason I
have formed the Professors and Students
Federation for Unification and connect-
ed the professors who are willing to save
the neighborhoods with the students
Then, united, they should rally together
all the sons and daughters of the neigh-
borhoods. That is my direction. (176-112,
1988.5.3)

Cheong Seong Gyeong 1158

You should earnestly long for the
Parents. You cannot receive salvation
without attending the Parents based on
their being the motivation for your life,
the entirety of your hope and the root
of all your ideals and happiness. Have
you ever tried offering attendance like
that? You should understand this clear-
ly. Hence, you should have the convic-
tion that you are a child who can become
eternally one with True Parents, and have
it so firmly that you can transcend your
consciousness of your own being. Oth-
erwise, it will not work. (30-237, 1970.3.23)

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Chapter 3

Joy

3. Leading a Joyous Life

The Holy Spirit rests on him only who has a joy-
ous heart.
Jerusalem Talmud, Sukkot 5.1 (Judaism)

Let us live happily, without hate amongst those
who hate. Let us dwell unhating amidst hateful
men.

Let us live happily, in good health amongst those
who are sick. Let us dwell in good health amidst
ailing men.

Let us live happily, without yearning for sensual
pleasures amongst those who yearn for them.
Let us dwell without yearning amidst those who
yearn.

Let us live happily, we who have no impediments.
We shall subsist on joy even as the radiant
gods.
Dhammapada 197-200 (Buddhism)

Awake, O north wind,
and come, O south wind!
Blow upon my garden,
let its fragrance be wafted abroad.
Let my beloved come to his garden,
and eat its choicest fruits.
I come to my garden, my sister, my bride,
I gather my myrrh with my spice,
I eat my honeycomb with my honey,
I drink my wine with my milk.
Eat, O friends, and drink:
drink deeply, O lovers!
Song of Solomon 4:16-5:1

Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

God comes and extends His blessing to whatever thing you do with pleasure. (308:214, January 5, 1999)

If two-thirds of your life of seventy or eighty years was sorrowful, to compensate for the sorrow of those years, why don’t you make the remainder of your life a joyful time centering on God? Live your life as you would in the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is where one gives, and gives again. God is giving. Parents give to their children. The parental heart is such that even after giving, it wants to give and give again when there is something better to give. (34:141, August 30, 1970)

Why does a man need a woman, and a woman need a man? It is so they can resonate with God’s love. It is to reach a state of ecstasy where they exclaim, “Wow, it is wonderful!” They are too happy even to eat or sleep. A man and woman need each other because only in the fullness of conjugal love can they resonate in full consonance with God’s love. (102:21, November 19, 1978)

The horizontal love between a husband and wife blossoms with God’s ideal love, and the fragrance of their love resonates throughout the universe even as God adds His love to their love. This is the perfection of the parent-child relationship between God and human beings.
The heavenly Parent sings of His children’s happiness, their hopes and everything about them. Together the Parent and His son and daughter sing of love.
It does not end there. To that precious gift, the love they possess, God adds a third dimension of love. Then their universe expands like a balloon when air is blown into it. Their world used to be flat, but now it is big enough to hold all the created beings in the world with room to spare. It materializes with the power of their love, permeating the whole. (101:35, October 28, 1978)

People Living Ordinary Self-centered Lives Lack Stimulation

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Deuteronomy 15

After the Lord your God gives land to each of you, there may be poor Israelites in the town where you live. If there are, then don’t be mean and selfish with your money. Instead, be kind and lend them what they need. Be careful! Don’t say to yourself, “Soon it will be the seventh year, and then I won’t be able to get my money back.” It would be horrible for you to think that way and to be so selfish that you refuse to help the poor. They are your relatives, and if you don’t help them, they may ask the Lord to decide whether you have done wrong. And he will say that you are guilty. 10 You should be happy to give the poor what they need, because then the Lord will make you successful in everything you do.

11 There will always be some Israelites who are poor and needy. That’s why I am commanding you to be generous with them.

2 Chronicles 21

18 After this happened, the Lord struck Jehoram with an incurable stomach disease. 19 About two years later, Jehoram died in terrible pain. No bonfire was built to honor him, even though the people had done this for his ancestors.

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Chapter 3

Joy

2. Divine Joy Surpassing the Pleasures of the Senses

Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

What is the way to live in joy and ecstasy? Most people’s eyes are too dim to see, their ears are too dull to hear, their noses are too numb to smell, their tongue too numb to taste, and their limbs too heavy to move. What is the way to live in unity—my eyes, my ears, and all my sense organs all knit together with my nervous system, all united into one? What is the shining way that will not only satisfy me in my personal life, but will also satisfy my family, clan, country, world, and even God?
(95:181, November 13, 1977)

People living ordinary, self-centered lives lack stimulation. But if your life is filled with God’s grace, you will feel newness in your spirit every day and experience your surroundings as ever new and fresh. Every morning there is something new; every evening there is something new. When God’s grace is rolling in like waves, you can feel the mystery in three dimensions. Anyone who experiences life like this is a happy person. (30:134, March 21, 1970)

When you become a child of God and dwell in His love, your joy has no limit. You breathe in and out with the entire universe. We are meant to be intoxicated by the love of God. Can the artificial intoxication provided by drugs or alcohol even remotely compare? In the realm of God’s love, every need is satisfied. All your body’s forty trillion cells are dancing together. Your eyes and ears, your hands, and all the parts of your body revel in the rapture of joy. Nothing else can ever match it. God’s love is real, and it is our highest aspiration to pursue this love. We must have it. (69:79-80, October 20, 1973)

The fact that we can rejoice this day is something to be grateful for.
But we must understand:
If we cannot link today’s joy with the joy of tomorrow,
today’s joy becomes for us as an enemy,
a condition for sorrow, difficulty and lamentation.
Joy, we know, is not only good,
and sorrow is not only bad;
the question is our investment of inner effort
to link joy and sorrow to the accomplishment of our purpose,
and how much our joy and sorrow connect
with the values of God’s Will. (43:10, April 18, 1971)

Even a Slave Can Enjoy the Pleasures of the Body

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Cheon Seong Gyeong 1726

The substantial realm of the dual
characteristics is intended to become
God’s partner and return to Him
through true love. It is the origin-divi-
sion-union action. The internal nature
and external form, which were origi-
nally one, come together again sub-
stantially through the blessing of Adam
and Eve. At this place where everything
unites, God comes there to unite with
man and woman, who are united. I’ve
spoken these great words. God is that
near to us. There is nothing better than
coming to know God, who used to be at
the depths of our minds. In accordance
with His command, we should walk the
path of victory unerringly throughout
the course of our lives. (250-108, 1993.10.12)

Richard: This profound teaching explains how God fundamentally manifests in the Blessed sexual union of husband and wife.

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1273

The path of restoration begins from
the era of the servant of the servant and
passes through the eras of the servant,
adopted son, and true son. Then, if you
were to pass through the eras of servant
of servant, servant and adopted son
could you then form a relationship with
the era of the true son? You cannot form
a relationship with the era of the true
son just like that. You must establish the
foundation of faith, the foundation of
substance, and finally the foundation for
the Messiah, as laid down in the Divine
Principle. What that means is that you
need to receive the Messiah. The Mes-
siah is the true Son of God. The adopted
son and the true son are of different lin-
eages. That is why conversion of the lin-
eage is necessary. (55-192, 1972.5.9)

Richard: The Blessing is the ceremony of the conversion of lineage: See here.

World Scripture and the Teachings of
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Chapter 3

Joy

2. Divine Joy Surpassing the Pleasures of the Senses

The kingdom of God is not food and drink but righ-
teousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Romans 14.17

The Infinite is the source of joy. There is no joy
in the finite. Only in the Infinite is there joy.
Ask to know the Infinite.
Chandogya Upanishad 7.23 (Hinduism)

God has promised to believers… beautiful man-
sions in Gardens of everlasting bliss. But the
greatest bliss is the good pleasure of God: that is
the supreme felicity.
Qur’an 9.72

The bliss of lusts and heaven-world equal not
One sixteenth of the bliss of craving’s ending.
Udana 11 (Buddhism)

Having tasted the flavor of seclusion and the
flavor of pacifying the passions, he becomes free
from anguish and stain, imbibing the taste of the
joy of the Dhamma.
Dhammapada 205 (Buddhism)

Anybody can enjoy the pleasures of the body, a
slave no less than the noblest of mankind; but no
one allows a slave any measure of happiness, any
more than a life of his own. Therefore happiness
does not consist in pastimes and amusements,
but in activities in accordance with virtue.
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics 10.6 (Hellenism)

When totally free from outer contacts
a man finds happiness in himself,
He is fully trained in God’s discipline
and reaches unending bliss.
The experiences we owe to our sense of touch
are only sources of unpleasantness.
They have a beginning and an end.
A wise man takes no pleasure in them.
Bhagavad-Gita 5.21-22 (Hinduism)

The Self-existent is the essence of all felicity…
Who could live, who could breathe, if that bliss-
ful Self dwelt not within the lotus of the heart?
He it is that gives joy.
Of what is the nature of joy? Consider the
lot of a young man, noble, well-read, intelligent,
strong, healthy, with all the wealth of the world
at his command. Assume that he is happy, and
measure his joy as one unit.
One hundred times that joy is one unit of
the gandharvas; but no less joy than gandharvas
has the seer to whom the Self has been revealed,
and who is without craving.
One hundred times the joy of the gandharvas
is one unit of the joy of celestial gandharvas
[angels]… One hundred times the joy of the
celestial gandharvas is one unit of the joy of
the pitris… joy of the devas… of Indra… of
Brihaspati… of Prajapati… of Brahma, but no less
joy than Brahma has the seer to whom the Self has
been revealed, and who is without craving.
It is written: He who knows the joy of
Brahman, which words cannot express and the
mind cannot reach, is free from fear. He is not
distressed by the thought, “Why did I not do
what is right? Why did I do what is wrong?” He
who knows the joy of Brahman, knowing both
good and evil, transcends them both.
Taittiriya Upanishad 2.7-9 (Hinduism)

We Are Born to Experience Love With God

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Exodus 20

12 Respect your father and your mother, and you will live a long time in the land I am giving you.

13 Do not murder.

14 Be faithful in marriage.

15 Do not steal.

16 Do not tell lies about others.

17 Do not want anything that belongs to someone else. Don’t want anyone’s house, wife or husband, slaves, oxen, donkeys or anything else.

Psalm 69

69 Save me, God!
    I am about to drown.
I am sinking deep in the mud,
    and my feet are slipping.
    I am about to be swept under
    by a mighty flood.
I am worn out from crying,
    and my throat is dry.
    I have waited for you
    till my eyes are blurred.

World Scripture and the Teachings of
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Chapter 3

Joy

  1. Heavenly Joy

Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

Joy begins in the heart of God, and it is fulfilled in human beings. The heart of the invisible God is manifested in the hearts of visible human beings. (27:29, November 15, 1969)

Why are human beings born? It is to experience love with God and with all creation. Conversely,because human beings exist, God can love and be loved, and love can fill the universe. (81:334,December 29, 1975)

What is God’s purpose of creation? Is it analogous to what we human beings aspire? God created out of the desire to rejoice and be happy. What brings God joy? Money? His creatures? Certainly itis not the material things that people like to own. God created heaven and earth so that He could experience joy through love.
     Then, what do all creatures desire more than anything else? Because God’s purpose of creation is to experience joy through love, all creatures likewise seek a relationship of love with God, toexperience joy. Accordingly, all creatures interact with one another in order to be linked with God’s love. (114:63, May 16, 1981)

The meeting point of the human heart and God’s heart is the starting point of happiness. (Way of God’s Will 1.8)

When people feel good, they want to be with their parents, siblings, and relatives so they can share their joy. Happiness is eternal, and what is eternal is of the heart.
     The center of the universe is the parent-child relationship, that is, between God the Father and each one of us as His sons and daughters. The ultimate purpose of human life is to find our Father,form an unbreakable bond with Him, and experience joy. (12:104, December 16, 1962)

When God sees you loving His creatures, He says, “Wonderful! You are doing something that I cannot do”; and He loves you. God will want to show His love to you. Maybe He will stretch out His arms and hug you from behind, whispering, “Yes, you are great!” This happens. God will hug you out of joy.
     Suppose that while God is embracing you from behind, you turn around and hug Him. Would God say, “You shouldn’t do that”? What do you think? What if you give God a long, long bear hug? God would say, “It’s good! I like it! I like it!” God cannot but like it. He and everyone, everything,will like it. You would be in ecstasy.
     After that experience, what if you just lie around aimlessly, smitten with love-sickness? Would God be displeased? No, He would burst into laughter, saying, “Ah, My love must be really good! Ha,Ha, Ha!” Then He would say, “Amen.”…

What might happen the next time you meet God? God is as smitten with you as you are with Him, so you can do anything together; it doesn’t matter. You and God might hug each other, or ridearound on each other’s back, or wrestle on the floor one on top of the other. If you took God out somewhere, He might attach Himself to your hip like a tail. Wouldn’t that be the ultimate state of bliss? God, humanity and all things of creation want to experience it. (111:170, February 15, 1981)