Speeches of Hyo Jin Moon: Episode 49

Speeches of Hyo Jin Moon 2006-2008
Delivered Sunday at Belvedere Estate in Tarrytown, New York
Hyo Jin Moon Speaks on Joy, Page 190

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What's the purpose of putting you through that kind of process? To accept the eternal life that never ends. Time moves forward but it never ends. Yes, there are struggles in life, those peaks and valleys, but can you handle it? That's how we struggle, practically speaking.

What's the point? Why do you have to face dying? Think about a situation. What would make you feel okay about dying? When you think you know something. Think about that. Little kids become soldiers that defend their country. What kind of knowing keeps them going out knowing that they might not come back from their mission each day? They keep doing it because it is their duty. How does that work? What is that knowing? Do you have that kind of knowing as if you are a kid going into war? That kid might not be as dumb as you. He might be smarter than you, but he's willing to do that. What does he know that I don't know?

What do you know? What do you know about dying? If you want to be truly happy you have to know. Know what—what you are dying for. Dying is the ultimate way to discover why you were born. Only you know why. People die for all sorts of reasons, even patriotic. They do it because they know what birth is all about. That's how they think. That's who they are. They connect themselves from birth to death. That gives them that kind of defining answer, that knowing, that they feel, "Who is me?" Nothing else matters.

What is that? Only you know who the best you is. Only you know the true nature of your spirit, your mind, and your body. Yes, there can be some kind of standard, but it doesn't matter if you have a standard of measurement. In the end it's how you think that matters. What good is a law if no one is willing to accept it? What good is it if you have a government where you make laws superficially but everything else is corrupt? That country will pay for that. What good is a law when we, the citizens, don't understand the true meaning of it?

It's of no use. It will not work. When one man dies, like Father dies, everything will crumble. There is no guarantee. The only guarantee is what we're willing to die for. If we have more of that, we can change the world, because we know clearly who we're dealing with. Knowing is joy. Knowing increases our vulnerability and therefore increases our survivability. Let us survive as a unit—then we'd better know what we're dying for.

I hope everybody in the picture feels the same way. Otherwise, we're no different than anybody else as an organization. You have to get some basic things right or otherwise we're no different. What can we show that we're better at? We know how to squeeze money out of people, especially the Japanese. I don't think that's something we can be so proud of in comparison with other religions. I know they are guilt ridden because they did a lot of bad things, but that is in the past. We want to move forward. Okay. The only people that seem to like me are Japanese. (Laughter.)

There are a lot of things that we can appreciate—can give us joy. It doesn't always have to be big. It can also be the opposite. Find the meaning in life. Tweak yourself. Find what makes you feel joy in as truthful a way as possible. Don't put stupid thoughts in your head that it always has to be big. If small things give you that sense, that's the stuff that is tailor-made for you. That's what's necessary for you in the moment in time. That's what you need to focus on.

Always try to think in terms of duality. That will give you some sense of stability. It's very important when you try to go forward to have that sense of stability that you're going in the right direction for you. That might be the way. There are myriads of ways. Just look at it as a spectrum, night and day, that kind of spectrum, big and small, high and low, whatever. Max it out! Put it into the context of extreme. Wherever you understand the sense of joy, that's where it should start. Discover yourself.

I'm not asking you to do crazy stupid things. Don't take my words as an excuse to do all sorts of crazy stuff, okay?

As a church we need to give more information out. We can easily access knowledge, not just about what Father is doing. I don't always need to know exactly what Father is doing, because I know that he will do his course. 

Individually, we should try to make a difference. If you're not doing that, shame on you. There is no other way. Otherwise, what is right and what is wrong? It's difficult to admit that you're wrong. It's difficult to be punished. My joy will be to know that Shin-Gil has found his place and that he is okay and moving forward. That will give me joy, personally speaking. I could care less about the rest. Why? Because I'm a human being and I need to grow. I need joy. I need to know.

Did you see the "Extreme Makeover" on television? ABC realized that the cable channel's home improvement stuff is gaining momentum so they have "Extreme Home Makeover." People see their house and get excited. I suppose that's joy too. Some people cry their eyeballs out when they win the lottery. That knowing, right—ah! I got a nice house—I got a big bank account. Knowing it gives you joy.

What do you want to know? That's the question. You should ask yourself that every day. I wake up every morning and ask, "What am I dying for?" It's important. If you don't do it, nobody is going to do it for you. Certain things you just have to do for yourself. You sit on the toilet, you clean your own butt. Some things you just have to take care of yourself.

Something that is that important you consider it, like cleaning your butt after you go to the bathroom. You can't ask someone to clean it for you.

However, you chop it up between body, mind, and spirit. You have to measure it according to yourself. Make sure that you have the standard,  "When I go to the toilet, I clean my own butt." Like cleaning my own butt, only I am responsible for knowing exactly what I'm doing. I'm not going to blame anybody. If you see somebody with a dirty butt, that's their problem, nobody else has to clean it up for them. "It's your problem. It's nobody else's problem—and then you die." (Laughter.) It's not that bad. You're going to a place where you will actually feel the time, but it never ends.

One more point. In this lifetime nothing is forever, is automatic. There is manual labor involved, Okay? So, you have to find the joy. I don't know your name. I don't know your idiosyncratic stuff. You've got to find it.


Take care. See you next week.

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