Cham Bumo Gyeong: Episode 146
Cham Bumo Gyeong
Book 6: The World Tours and the Global Mission
Chapter 1: True Parents’ World Tours
Section 1: The First World Tour, Asia
Section 2: The Second World Tour, Paragraph 08
True Father arrived in New Delhi on September 7, 1965. In addition to India, he visited eight other Asian countries and established holy grounds in each. In New Delhi, True Father met with Sir Anthony Brooke, from the Sarawak ruling family, who was also staying there. From the 12th, Father took time to view sites in the city of Calcutta and then visited Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Hong Kong and the Republic of China (Taiwan) until September 28. After Father arrived in Japan on September 29, he visited Nikko on October 1 and Hakone on the 5th, and spoke about Japan's mission as the Eve nation. On September 6 he climbed Mt. Fuji. True Father returned to Korea on October 10, having been away for 256 days.
46 The last time I toured the southern countries, the most difficult thing was the heat. It is incredibly difficult to do missionary work in intensely hot places. During my one-week stay in Calcutta, India, the temperature rose to 41 degrees Celsius (105.8 degrees Fahrenheit). I realized that it must be very difficult to witness in such a place. Is there anyone among you who would go there? If you think about it, more Asian people live in the tropical regions than in the Far East. Even in China, half of the entire population lives in the warmer region. If you look at the ratio, more people in Asia live in the south than in the north.
47 You must become a person who can stand in the most difficult position and take responsibility for the most difficult jobs in the Japanese Unification Church. In order to accomplish our goal, we must move forward relentlessly. If we cannot accomplish this in our generation, then we must absolutely accomplish the goal even if it is through our second- and third-generation descendants. When the worldwide storm rages, the victory of the people will be decided based on how many are ready to follow God's Will. Unification Church members are conducting an unseen global movement, but at some point this will be revealed and become a force to be reckoned with. That time will definitely come. When it does, if Japan stands at the front, she will become the center of the world.
48 The future problem is how to move the world. To do this, we must accomplish three things: First, our ideology must be thorough. Second, we must strengthen our organization. Third, we must work together through joint activities. Therefore, we must confront communism with strong organizational power and energy. We cannot move forward without being systematic.
For us there is no day and night. We must forget even about eating. I want to raise such people. The same goes for Japan. Soon the Japanese government will have no choice but to pay attention to the Unification Church. That time will come. Japan will be saved by all of you. When that foundation is established, and when we go over that summit, then we must engage in organized activities.
Section 2. The Second World Tour
The global mission
In 1969, from February 2 to May 2, True Parents conducted their second world tour, visiting 21 nations. They presided over a meeting with regional directors at the Tokyo, Japan headquarters on February 2, and then arrived in Nagoya the following day to attend the final performance of the Little Angels in Japan.
On February 4, they began their tour in the United States. From March 16 they traveled to England, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel and Iran. Father and Mother departed Tehran and traveled via New Delhi, Bangkok and Hong Kong to arrive in Tokyo at around midnight on April 18. They returned to Korea on May 2.
1 1969 is a very critical juncture in history, when we must overcome a great obstacle. It will enable us to rise from the level of the Korean people and determine the destiny of the nation. This is necessary in order to recover the world that has been lost. This is also a time in which nations in Asia will face their greatest challenge. With this reality guiding my determination, I will tour the world for 100 days.
New members among you, no matter how you have lived in the past, must now establish a tradition based on understanding this incredible teaching of truth. You older members must not deny your past accomplishments, but sacrifice even more. You who are younger need to become pillars of the future Unification Church. You need to establish this teaching as a starting point for the people and the nation of Korea, and advance until we accomplish our goal.
You must create the Korea that loves the people and the nation while attending God. If you do this, 30 million people will open their arms and welcome God. This nation of Korea will influence the whole world, and God's sovereignty will be praised in all nations. We need to establish the foundation not only to unite the world, but also to open a new historic era in the 20th century and beyond. This is the path that we Unificationists have to walk.
2 As we enter 1968, the times are changing. The fact that God's Day was inaugurated means that we have brought victory and recovered the original base that the first human beings lost in the Garden of Eden. Before, the providence of restoration was carried out by sacrificing the people on God's side. From now on the direction of the providence of indemnity has changed and the opposite is happening. We have entered the era when rather than using people on His side as sacrificial offerings, God now can advance the providence of indemnity through sacrificing people on Satan's side.
For this reason, when we look at the international political climate, we see a new worldview from Western Europe emerging even in Eastern Europe. Furthermore, those world leaders who were boasting of their power and authority are now declining. They are facing an era in which their power and influence over the world, which peaked, will now diminish. My view, from the providential perspective, is that the three years from 1968 to 1970 will be critical for the providence. We have to effect comprehensive changes and advance to the next stage. Even the political situation in Asia is drastically changing. In particular the situation between the North and the South on the Korean Peninsula is dangerous. We need to overcome challenges, especially in 1969.
3 The present era is incredibly intense. As I toured the globe I felt that the world is demanding our teachings. Momentous change occurred between 1965 and 1969. The world has changed in unimaginable ways. This is true for the United States, for Europe, and elsewhere. We can sense that nothing in the world can be resolved other than by our teachings. As time passes this will only be more and more apparent. Without our teachings, the world will gradually decline into the realm of death.
4 From now on, you need to pray for the unification of Korea. Until True Parents return from their world tour, everyone; man or woman, young or old, must pray at the holy ground whenever you have time. If you cannot go there to pray at dawn, please go during the day or in the evening. Please think about how I shed tears at this holy ground in the early years. Please think about the path of suffering that I walked as I chose the holy grounds and established Parents' Day, Children's Day, and Day of All Things. You must understand how much effort I made leading up to God's Day on January 1, 1968. God was miserable, I was miserable, Unificationists also were miserable.
Now that you have the responsibility to establish the foundation for the unification of Korea throughout the world, you need to pray so fervently that the rock you sit upon is moved to tears and all of nature bows its head. I should ask you to fast during lunch while I am on the tour, but I do not want to do that. Instead, please pray hard at the holy ground. Sing "Song of Unity" to stimulate your heart for the unification of Korea and its people, and for the unity of all humankind in God's providence of restoration. Pray with all your heart and mind at the holy ground that all people will follow your example. In addition, pray that by the time I return home, you will have inspired many people of the world to sincerely desire and pray for the unification of the Korean Peninsula.
5 When I visited Jerusalem during my world tour, I went to the Mount of Olives and saw an ancient olive tree. It occurred to me that this might have been the tree under which the three disciples, Peter, James and John, fell asleep as Jesus offered three prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane 2,000 years ago. It might have been there that Jesus reproached them, and that Jesus ’ disciple, Judas, committed the unbelievable act of betrayal. It could have been the place where such tragic events occurred. Nevertheless, some people who come here think, “Jesus fulfilled his purpose of coming to this earth by dying for me.” How lamentable!
6 I felt a big difference between 1965, when I toured 40 nations, and 1969, when I toured 21 nations. In view of God's providence of restoration, I concluded that the world's situation is converging with the direction in which God's Will is moving.
When I went to America in 1965, I observed that Americans, as citizens of the leading democratic nation, had a sense of pride that theirs is the only country that can solve the world's problems. I could sense this just by looking at their society. But when I visited America this time, I could see that the American people recognize that neither the problems of America nor of the entire democratic world can be solved by America's strength alone.
When I noticed this overall trend, I keenly felt that the time is pressing for us to fulfill our mission. It goes without saying that Southeast Asia and the entirety of Asia, along with all European nations, are just like America. In light of this, as Unification soldiers we have a tremendous responsibility to fulfill our global mission, centering on the Unification Principle.
7 I asked the American members, "Do you think that because America is across the Pacific Ocean, it is alright to pull out of Vietnam? Communism is also in the United States. If the United States leaves Vietnam, then wont countries like Brazil and Mexico follow in Vietnam's wake? When I went to South America in 1965, I found that most people carried an anti-American sentiment. In these circumstances, if neighboring countries are engulfed by communism and turmoil starts in a country like Mexico, is it not obvious that a war could break out right at America's front door? Don't you think that within ten years communism could also engulf America?"
This is what could actually happen in America. That is why I said that America must not retreat from Vietnam and decline in its readiness to defend against communism. I have been emphasizing the importance of pushing to prepare the front line so that a bulwark of defense will stand firm in America.
8 I asked the American members, "Do you think that because America is across the Pacific Ocean, it is alright to pull out of Vietnam? Communism is also in the United States. If the United States leaves Vietnam, then wont countries like Brazil and Mexico follow in Vietnam's wake? When I went to South America in 1965, I found that most people carried an anti-American sentiment. In these circumstances, if neighboring countries are engulfed by communism and turmoil starts in a country like Mexico, is it not obvious that a war could break out right at America's front door? Don't you think that within ten years communism could also engulf America?"
God first made the environment. We have now entered an era in which if we shift energies just a little, the world will move in the right way. The young people of the Unification Church would not think of saying that God does not exist; they would not dream of it. God is not an abstract being, but dwells within the sphere of our daily life. His heart is not conceptual but empirical, one that we can actually experience.
Unless we go through the course of restoration on all levels, entering the realms of the individual, family, tribe, people, nation, world and cosmos, and then establishing the realm where Satan cannot accuse us, we cannot say that we have established the conditions necessary to receive the Blessing.