“The Path to the Future World of Peace” True Parents’ Address at GYF 2014
Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon’s Address (Summary) at the Global Youth Festival 2014
Read by Rev. Sun jin Moon, Director General, FFWPU International Headquarters
Sept. 23, 2014
Heaven Calls Young People with a Vision
Heaven’s providence has always advanced in a profound and mysterious manner through the unity of Korea and Japan. I sincerely hope that you young people of Japan become the leading figures who clean up the past, bring together Korea and Japan, and realize harmony in Asia and peace in the world.
When the world falls into confusion and the people lose track of their true center, Heaven calls young people with a vision. Whenever young people who listen to Heaven’s guidance and live for a cause join forces, then the doors open to a great revolution in that era.
A young person is someone who holds a dream in his heart, has the passion to achieve that dream, and fights through any kind of difficulty against injustice, and finally overcomes that obstacle. Such a person advancing toward his or her dream with iron will and resultant action can be considered a young person.
Discovering God’s Will and Setting Off to the World
My husband, Rev. Sun Myung Moon, received Heaven’s calling at the age of sixteen and strove to discover God’s Will. When he studied in Waseda High School here in Japan, he sincerely devoted himself to become a true person under the personal motto that he must achieve mastery over himself before desiring to have mastery over the universe. Ultimately, the young Rev. Moon uncovered God’s purpose of creation the Principle of Creation, the cause of sin and the human Fall and also the path of restoration humankind must walk in order to become the people God originally intended. He systematized the principles behind how things grow and develop in the natural world, and those behind the unfolding of history. Armed with this understanding, he set off on the journey to accomplish God’s Will.
When I was just six years old, it was prophesized that I would become the bride of Heaven and at the age of seventeen, I married Reverend Moon. My husband and I dedicated our lives to establishing a model of true parents, true teachers and true owners, and to educating people in this course. Even though the way to liberating God, bringing salvation to humanity and realizing a world of peace has been very hard, we walked this path with grateful hearts.
True Family is the Nucleus of a Peaceful World
Now, the world is calling for a true youth movement that opens up a new future. If you respond to Heaven’s call and fulfill your responsibilities, you will become heroes to be remembered in history; otherwise, you will disappear from history without any trace.
Human history has been the providence of restoration to establish one central figure. Finally, the Lord returned; found God’s bride, the only begotten daughter and together they emerged as the True Parents. Humanity has ushered in such a blessed era.
All people need to be able to meet our Heavenly Parent’s representatives, the True Parents. They should be able to attend and follow them. Only by doing so can humanity be rid of the original sin and be reborn as people of the originally envisioned standard, full of love and wisdom.
If true good men and women who practice true love meet True Parents, receive the Holy Blessing based on true love and then form exemplary families, then their families will become the basis for peace. A true family is the nucleus of a peaceful world. When a true family is expanded, a new era of true nations and a true world opens up.
Risking our Lives to Build the Foundation of Peace
My husband and I have put our lives on the line for the realization of peace.
His critique of the Juche Ideology and his statement that the two Koreas must unite through true love centered on our Heavenly Parent, in 1991, given at Mansudae Assembly Hall, the very heart of North Korea, created shockwaves. Our meeting with North Korean leader Kim Il Sung following such a critical moment opened a new door to the possibility of the reunification of the two Koreas.
In 1985, when the communist realm was at the peak of its expansion, hundreds of people from the Professors World Peace Academy gathered at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Geneva, Switzerland, which in those days was right across from the Russian Embassy, and made a historic proclamation. According to my husband’s guidance, scholars at the conference proclaimed that communism would collapse within five years.
A few years later, CARP students marched to the Berlin Wall in Germany, shouting out that the wall should disappear and prayed to God for that outcome.
Soon afterwards, an amazing event took place. The Berlin Wall collapsed. The collapse of the Eastern European communist bloc followed, and we witnessed the miraculous disintegration of the Soviet Union, where communism had originated, bringing about the end of the Cold War.
Even though there are many who contributed to this result, I believe Heaven was moved by our young members then, who risked their lives to carry out this ideological movement together with their prayer. They are the heroes and pride of history.
What kind of lives must people lead to become leaders of peace in a great revolutionary era?
First we must lead a life of gratitude. There will be mind and body unity in a grateful heart. When we empty out our hearts and repent, a life of gratitude can begin.
Second, we must live a life of forgiveness. When my husband was unjustly incarcerated at the prison at Danbury, he said not to pray for him but to pray for the United States.
Third, we should live a life of love. True love is a love by which we continuously live for others, investing in others and forgetting that we have done so.
Fourth, we must live a life of unity. Our original minds and conscience, and our bodies and minds, must become one centered on Heaven’s true love. When parents and children live in harmony within the family, when nations live in harmony within the world, and when the spiritual world and physical world harmonize, then and only then can an eternal ideal world of peace come about.
The Young People of Japan must lead the World to Salvation
We have laid the cornerstone for one world under our Heavenly Parent. If we begin the peace movement on such a foundation, our lives, indeed all of history, will certainly change.
Gratitude brings about heavenly fortune; forgiveness opens the hearts of people; and love moves people’s hearts. Let us all be grateful for everything, forgive our enemies, love our neighbors as we love ourselves and work in oneness for peace.
Young people of Japan! Let us move to the wider world and take the lead in saving this world.