My good brother William wrote:

Bodhisattva awareness?

Brother Carlton, can you explain, in Your understanding, the
similarity, difference or relationship between Bodhisattva, The
Buddha, Nirvana, Jesus Christ, True Parents, and Cheonji In Chambumo?

William.

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Hello William.

Herein, I attempt to define and place all of these terms into some meaningful juxtaposition to one another.  You ask me to do so, in my own words–i.e. according to my own understanding.  So I hope you will bear with me and with the complexity of the exercise you have placed before me.  Most of what I might relate is probably old news to you, so pardon me for where my redundancy might come across as patronizing.

Please understand first that the words above stretch across several different languages (and by necessity, cultures), requiring us to exercise “poetic license” when trying to feel and appreciate the fullness of the content carried by a string of Roman characters (alphabets) that are, themselves, imperfect vessels for conveying all connotative meanings fully:

Sanskrit/Pali (Buddha, Nirvana?);  Aramaic/Hebrew (Jesus?); Greek (Christ?); English (True Parents?); and Korean/Chinese-Hanja (Cheonji and Chambumo?) …


1.) Bodhisattva:

Bodhi — awakened
Sattva — consciousness

Thus a Bodhisattva is someone who is awakened from the illusion of the false primacy of self-centered desire, into the realization of the true, higher purpose of life:  To attain oneness with the Heart, Will, and Zeal of God (i.e. the fulfillment of the Family Pledge.)  Would you count yourself among the awakened?

Family Pledge
https://homeostaticism.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/our-world-our-promise/

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A Bodhisattva, then is someone who is not only awakened but–like Jesus, like Shakyamuni Buddha–has little concern to enter into the peace and rest of Heaven (or into Nirvana) until all sentient beings are awakened to the same heart of commitment:  The purpose of a Messiah, is to raise up Messiahs…

Romans 8:29 —  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

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A Truly Awakened Consciousness possesses a True Parental Love and is committed to raising all into that same manner of relationship with God

On the difference?  an excerpt
http://climatization.wordpress.com/on-the-difference/

[25] Such a being, unprecedented, an excellent jewel, in whom there is born a concern for the welfare of others such as others have not even for themselves, how is he born?

[26] That jewel, the Mind [the Awakening, Original Mind], which is the seed of pure happiness in the world and the remedy for the suffering of the world, how at all can its merit be measured?

[27] Worship of the Buddha is surpassed merely by the desire for the welfare of others; how much more so by the persistent effort for the complete happiness of every being? …

[32] People honor someone who gives alms to a few people, saying, “He does good’, because he contemptuously supports their life for half a day with a moment’s gift of more food.

[32] What then of the one who offers to a limitless number of beings, throughout limitless time, the fulfillment of all desires, unending until the end of the sky and those beings?
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So my question back to you would be, “Is this potential not y/our own?”

Meditation on these ideas,
a will to write these ideas in our hearts–how different is that conviction from what Jesus, himself, asks of us… ? :

Matthew 5:48 — Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

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2.) Nirvana:

  to extinguish; as in, “extinguishing” self-centered desire (and igniting God-centered desire); thereby, entering into oneness with the True Love, True Compassion, True Parental Heart of God the Father who is the source and the ultimate returning. (bold, italics my own clarification)

Compare with Family Pledge number eight:

Family Pledge
https://homeostaticism.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/our-world-our-promise/

The Old, the New, and The Completed Testament aim at the oneness of Humanity and God, in love–centered on True Love, a quality of relationship that would make absolute faith, love, and obedience second nature (much easier than the struggle that characterizes the current fallen and rebellious state of humanity.  Extinguished would be our misplaced accusation of God and one another; replaced by a reconciliation by virtue of the liberation and acquittal afforded by our understanding of the original ideal of creation and understanding of the fall from our First Estate (understanding the motivation, process, and fruits of the Fall of humanity).

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3.) Jesus Christ:

In the context of this discussion… Jesus has all the makings of a Bodhisattva; but he also has some additional distinguishing characteristics:

— A) The Anointing; he comes as the Christ (Anointed); consecrated to accomplish a certain purpose, as a King, assuming a royal priesthood, in the lineage of David, fulfilling a prophesy by which the Holy One of Israel (the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) determined to bring to pass The Promise made to Abraham, and The Promise of God’s Original Ideal of Creation.

To fulfill this Promise, the people must be saved from the fruits of their sin, called from darkness into light, into an awakened consciousness (achieving the realm of the Bodhisattva); that they (with Jesus) might be the first born of many”

Matthew 1:21 — And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Romans 8:29 —  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

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— B) A New Adam: Jesus comes to fulfill what the first Adam failed to accomplish: The Original Ideal of Creation, wherein Adam, himself, would have been Anointed of God, would have become one with God–maturing into an awakened consciousness, perfect (in heart) as his Father is in heaven, inheriting the True Parent Heart and Love of God, the Father.

The Theory of Reincarnation viewed from the Standpoint of Resurrection through Second Coming  http://www.unification.net/dp73/dp73-1-5.html#2.4

— C) The Blood of Christ:  Christians sing and preach about the power in the blood of Christ.  Some teach that the power comes from the sacrifice that Jesus was able to make on the Cross, and suggest that Jesus was predestined to make that sacrifice. We learn through a new understanding that, in fact, Jesus had power to forgive sin, even before he died.

Matthew 9:6 — But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

This power came not merely on credit, by virtue of the cross that was to come, but because conditions were already fulfilled, thanks to God’s planning (95% of the sum total condition needed) and thanks how much Karma had been paid over the previous four hundred years (since Malachi)–by those called and chosen to be offerings (humanity’s 5% portion of responsibility, to answer and fulfill the call).

See

Change of Blood Lineage Tamar, Bathsheba, and Mary ?http://www.unification.net/bif/bif-3-2.html

These qualifications (A, B, and C) are not the sum total of the characteristics that distinguish Jesus from other Bodhisattvas.  But they are some of what comes to mind, readily.

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4.) True Parents (and Jesus) :

— As the chosen people did not understand the time of the visitation of Jesus–as in Jesus being the Christ (the Anointed), the fulfillment of long-awaited prophesy–then Jesus (the New Adam) was not able to find or meet his intended bride (the New Eve), that they might fulfill what the first Adam and the first Eve was supposed to but could not fulfill:  A God-centered oneness from the individual level through, family, society, national, worldwide, and cosmic levels.

True Parent then is, on one hand, the standard that everyone (since Adam) has the potential to be, yet a standard that could not be brought to completion until someone (True Father) established the Foundation of Faith and the Foundation of Substance, by which a certain number of people could surrender themselves to become themselves acceptable offerings before God and Heaven, through faith, love, and obedience, on the foundation of Moon Sun-Myung’s faith, love, and obedience before Heaven–demonstrated at the risk of his life.

Both True Parents and Jesus come on the foundation of God’s Providence (God, himself, having provided the process by which a chosen people could create enough Karma beyond the realm of which satan could invade).

Therefore, 95% of God’s portion of responsibility was met by/with the required 5% of human responsibility–That meeting of joint responsibility allowing for the condition for a new lineage to be launched on the earth.

Moon Sun-Myung would have to champion that condition, as Jesus had to do. Both (coming as New Adam’s, to embody the fulfillment of prophesy, as Bodhisattvas) had the possibility of failing, but both (on the individual level) could eventually live up to the demands of the age–although the generations around them both have proven deficient (on the family, society, and national level): Both generations–in the time of Jesus, and in this generation–have been “found lacking.”

However, unlike in the time of Jesus, somehow Father could continue to amass enough people who could share the Karmic debts incurred by the repeated failures of the those called and chosen in this age.  Somehow, through repeated “deaths” and Father’s willingness again and again to “march into hell for a Heavenly cause,” the providence of God’s will could be prolonged and the realm outside of satan’s accusation could be expanded.

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5.) Cheon-ji-In Chambumo?

— Cheon (heaven), Ji (earth), In (humanity); Cham (True) Bumo/Pumo (Parents)… suggests to me the concept that Moon Sun-Myung and wife (Han Hak-Ja), have fulfilled enough conditions to expand and champion the realm of God’s Ideal of Creation–relative to the “resurrection of humanity” from the depths of hell (1. form spirits) to adopted children of God (2. Life spirits) to restored “Children” of God (3. Divine Spirits)–in both Heaven (in the spiritual world) and on the Earth.

Jewish people tend not to believe that Jesus fulfilled the qualifications necessary to meet the conditions that would certify him to be the prophesied Messiah.  They wait still for that fulfillment, and anticipate the second coming of Elijah before the great and terrible day of the lord (before the first coming of the Messiah).

Likewise, Unificationists can believe that True Parents are the fulfillment of the prophesy of the second coming of Jesus Christ: but faith and results of faith, only, will make that belief operable:  Jesus claimed that the second coming of Elijah would not be from the sky literally–although Elijah went into the sky (according to the Bible)…

Jesus (The Second Adam) claimed that a man, born on the earth (John the Baptist) was the second coming of Elijah.  John went forth in the Spirit and Power of Elijah (as the second coming of Elijah, long awaited by Israel).

Coming on the Clouds?
http://www.unification.net/dp73/dp73-2-6.html#2.3

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Likewise, if the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions of today cannot be convinced and convicted of the value and significance of the concept of “True Parents”–convinced by the faith of the cloud (crowd) of witnesses gathered around the Lord of the Second Advent (True Parents)–then this generation, too, will miss the time of “Christ’s” (the newly named Anointed) visitation, as the Third Adam.

Revelation 2:17  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

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Revelation 3:12  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

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Therefore, ours too is an awesome challenge and responsibility in this day and age. 

The consequences of our failure will be catastrophic, as were the consequences upon that generation, 2000 years ago, when they failed to catch and ride the merit of the age then, to the long-awaited fulfillment of God’s original ideal of creation.

Like the 2nd Adam (Jesus) in his day, the 3rd Adam (True Father) in this day, then, is beholden to our absolute faith, love, and obedience if True Parents are to truly consummate God’s ideal of creation, God’s hope and will for these end times.

They are to be distinguished from us, though, insomuch as they represent the opening of the restored First Estate (the lineage meant to be multiplied before the Fall, outside of the realm of satan’s accusation).  By virtue of God’s providence, and on the foundation of certain victories of some percentage of those who were called, chosen, and eventually justified by God, The 3rd Adam could accomplish the conditions necessary to become the first True Parents:

By God’s grace and on the foundation of the victory of Jesus, and on the merit of so many saints and sages throughout history, then True Parents are the first couple to stand firmly on the merit of the age; and when that merit crumbled under the faithlessness of those called and chosen for this age, True Parents had the foresight and the wherewithal to reconstitute the conditions (Karma) necessary to prolong and advance God’s providence and expand the realm of God’s blessing out far enough for there still to be time (in their life-times) for the establishment of the New Heaven and the New earth.

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In conclusion:

We return the original question:  What is the
similarity, difference or relationship between Bodhisattva, The
Buddha, Nirvana, Jesus Christ, True Parents, and Cheonji In Chambumo?

The True Parents of Heaven Earth and Humanity (“Cheon-ji-in Champumo Nim”) are Bodhisattvas (Championing the realm of Awakenened Consciousness).  The key difference between them, the Buddha, and other Bodhisattvas has to do with their relationship with God, and their relationship to God’s Providence:

Like Jesus, True Parents are the Fruit of a certain Dispensation
(a Providence of God) to raise up a New Adam, a New Eve worthy to receive a New Anointing originally meant for the Original Adam and Eve (when the original children of God were in their First Estate, before the Fall of Humanity).  Jesus could not gain the faith, love, and obedience of the people chosen to receive him.  Therefore, although he is a Bodhisattva and could multiply a realm of spiritual salvation, Jesus could not consummate the physical salvation, the physical Kingdom of Heaven of Heaven on Earth.

The Promise of the New Heaven and the New Earth is yet to be consummated and substantiated by the multiplication of that lineage which is outside of the realm of satan’s accusation.  Through the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls us all to be perfect as our Father is in Heaven–to be like him, Bodhisattvas endowed with True Parental Hearts.


The Similarity, Difference or Relationship between Jesus and True Parents

While Jesus could establish the ideal of a True Man, and a True Son, the merit of the age 2000 years ago was not sufficient for Jesus to go on and establish the New Heaven and the New Earth in his own day, 2000 years ago.  Therefore, he aborted that possibility, and promised to come again–when the merit of the age (The Karma on a national and global level) might allow the Marriage of the Lamb:

At that time, at the Second Coming of Christ (the Third Coming of Adam), not only should a standard of a True Man and a True Son be established; rather, the stand of a True Woman, and a True Daughter should be established with a Trinity formed between an Anointed Adam consummating God’s ideal of conjugal love with an Anointed Eve.  As a function of the Marriage of the Lamb, the standard of a True Husband and a True Wife, a True Couple, A True Father and a True Mother will be established.

Rev.19:7-9  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready… And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

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Thereby, the standard of the original lineage of God, intended before (and without) the Fall, will be consummated, allowing for the propagation of the Original lineage of God.  Consequently, with the consummation of True Conjugal and True Parental love of God through a “perfected” Adam and a “perfected” Eve, the New Heaven and the New Earth can be fulfilled:

A True Family, True Society, True Nation can expand the realm of True Love, outside the realm of satan’s accusation, establishing a New True Earth and a new True History.  Humanity, restored through “in-grafting” will multiply a people characterized by physical as well as spiritual salvation. When such people of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth die, they will awaken into the realm of the New Heaven:  A spiritual world outside of the realm of satan’s accusation.

Isaiah 11:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

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Isaiah 65:17  For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

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Isaiah 66:22  For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.

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2nd Peter 3:13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

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Revelation 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

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Buddha came 500 years before Jesus Christ.
  The concept of being a Bodhisattva is helpful towards propagating the mission that Jesus came to fulfill–and that we are charged to fulfill by the Sermon on the Mount left for us by Jesus.  But there is a qualitative difference between Jesus and ourselves, owing to the merit of the age upon which he was born, and for which he was conceived to wield.  Likewise, there is a qualitative difference between Course and the Anointing prepared for True Parents, should they fulfill their portion of responsibility, upon the foundation of the merit of this age.

That difference can best be understood by comparing the conviction we have, ourselves,
with that shown by Jesus (at the risk of his life), and the conviction of True Parents (at the risk of their lives):  Namely, the conviction to stand on the word that the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand–to be accomplished in my life time, based on my fulfilling my own portion of the responsibility that Heaven has give to me to fulfill.

How many sons or daughters of God have lived with the conviction that “I” must establish the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth (and in Heaven), together with God, and in my life time… ?   Jesus had such conviction, such faith and self-definition.  So does True Father.  Because of True Parents, then, we have the example and standard whereby we, too, might chose such conviction.

Only we, then, can answer the question as to what is the similarity, difference or relationship between the Bodhisattva, that “I” am, and the Buddha, Jesus Christ, True Parents, and Cheonji In Chambumo?  If I were perfected enough, as my Father in Heaven, would I chose Nirvana (extinguishing my ego and merging with God) or would I chose to remained convicted towards the enlightenment and restoration of every single sentient being, until all are Bodhisattvas, until all are mature enough to enter the New Kingdom of Heaven in the spiritual world?

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The Anthropology of Perfection

http://minjokability.wordpress.com/the-anthropology-of-perfection-ss-eng-2011/

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With Your Whole Soul

http://minjokability.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/with-your-whole-soul/

Praise is an expression of Gratitude.
It lightens the way of Grace and Heaven’s fortune

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We have a work to do, on many levels.  We need power to overcome inertia.
Recently, I heard a song that reminded me of one of the greatest sources of power available to us:  Praise.
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I Never Lost My Praise (Tramaine Hawkins)
http://www.jango.com/stations/274470268/tunein?song_id=489557

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Some context

Excepted from Luck vs Fortune
http://climatization.wordpress.com/on-the-difference/

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“Let us pursue then the way of fortune, we need not rely on mere luck:  Let us desire (and live for) the welfare of others. What are we, if not awakening Bodhisattvas, ourselves?  The venerated Shantideva, an 8th-century Buddhist scholar from northern India, wrote a fantastic guidance:  The Bodhicaryavatara (or, In Praise of the Awakening Mind). ”

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In Chapter One of The Bodhicaryavatara , one excerpt speaks so well of the way to build fortune, and exchange luck for fortune, instead:

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[18] From the moment one takes on that Mind (of Original Heart and Zeal) to release the limitless realm of beings, with a resolve that cannot be turned back;

[19] From that moment on, though he may doze off or be distracted many times, uninterrupted streams of merit like the bursting sky continuously pour forth.

[21] Immeasurable merit took hold of the well-intentioned person who thought ‘Let me dispel the headaches of beings’.

[22] What then of the person who longs to remove the unequalled agony of every single being and make their virtue infinite?
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Excepted from Luck vs Fortune
http://climatization.wordpress.com/on-the-difference/

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When we have the fortune enough to understand that we (the willing) can be “the person who longs to remove the unequalled agony of every single being and make their virtue infinite”

Then can we appreciate anyone ahead of us, any beside us, or any behind us who has decided to proclaim Messiahship (Matthew 5:48) and take on that awakened consciousness.

We can be grateful for, and offer praise to, the source of theuninterrupted streams of merit like the bursting sky continuously pouring forth.” (See Romans 8:28)

We can be inspired to multiply this awareness and consciousness.

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Be encouraged, and encourage others.

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I Never Lost My Praise (Tramaine Hawkins)
http://www.jango.com/stations/274470268/tunein?song_id=489557

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Psalms.9

  1. [1] I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
  2. [2] I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
  3. [11] Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.
  4. [14] That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.

Take My Life (Micah Stampley)
http://www.jango.com/stations/274470268/tunein?song_id=474519

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Psalms.28

[7] The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

[3] Let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.
[4] Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.
[5] A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.
[6] God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

Set Me Free  (Myron Butler & Levi)
http://www.jango.com/stations/274470268/tunein?song_id=448245

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Psalms.34

[1] I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
[2] My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
[3] O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
[4] I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
[5] They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
[6] This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
[7] The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
[8] O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Only Imagine  (Antwaun Stanley)
http://www.jango.com/stations/274470268/tunein?song_id=476364

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By Osprey61

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Psalms.68

[3] Let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.
[4] Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.
[5] A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.
[6] God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

Praise Saved My Life  (Jonathan Nelson)
http://www.jango.com/stations/274470268/tunein?song_id=414259

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Better is the sacrifice of Praise

Psalms.69

[30] I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
[31] This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
[32] The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.
[33] For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.
[34] Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and everything that moveth therein.

His Eye Is On The Sparrow  (Tanya Blount & Lauryn Hill)
http://www.jango.com/stations/274470268/tunein?song_id=477784

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Psalms.71

  1. [6] By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.
  2. [8] Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.
  3. [14] But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.
  4. [22] I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.

Live Free  (LeCrae)
http://www.jango.com/stations/274470268/tunein?song_id=201235

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Psalms.145

  1. [2] Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
  2. [3] Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
  3. [4] One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
  4. [10] All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.
  5. [21] My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

Grateful  (Hezekiah Walker)
http://www.jango.com/stations/274474633/tunein?song_id=598165

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By Luciano Closs

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Psalms.150

[1] Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
[2] Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
[3] Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
[4] Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
[5] Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
[6] Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalms 150  (J.Moss)
http://www.jango.com/stations/274470268/tunein?song_id=173773

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Hebrews.13

[12] Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
[13] Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
[14] For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
[15] By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
[16] But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Stand  (Daryl Coley)
http://www.jango.com/stations/274470268/tunein?song_id=486780

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1 Peter. 2

[9] But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
[10] Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
[11] Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
[12] Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

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The Hip, The Hop, The Good (youtube compilation)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AdYnFY_bZ0&list=PL3574669B86A67B27&feature=plpp

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By Sanzen

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Light of Grace

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photo by John Valentine

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During the night, returning to my apartment,
early in the morning hours from working on student papers,
I caught a glimpse of the half-moon, high in the late May pre-dawning hours.

Immediately, I was hit by the joy of the moment’s clarity:
that the same light illuminating that half of the moon
was , in the same moment, illuminating the other half
of the earth–where my family was experiencing the latter portion of the afternoon.

In a parallel existence we were experiencing the same light,
momentarily–though I from within the shadow of a parallel night.

Grateful for the experience,
I went to sleep for a brief respite and woke up to
a Holy Song resounding in my dream, “Oh, Light of Grace.”

Although I have not played the guitar for several weeks now,
I rose up to grab my guitar and
spent my morning devotionals singing that song
over and over :

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Light of Grace
http://www.unification.net/german/hsongs.htm#038

Oh, Light of Grace, shining above,
Lighting my dim shadowed way,

Oh, Light of Grace, easing my pain,
You have shown that God is love.

Chorus:

	I'll give my life, and my love, unto the one God of love.

Though clouds may come, hiding His face,
Hiding the smile of my God,

Though clouds may come,
Still He is there,
Shining brightly, Cod is love.

Amid the storm, tossed on the sea,
Beacon of hope, guiding me.
Amid the storm, shelter is near,
Trust in Him for God is love.

All things decay, passing away,
Only the light shall remain;
All things decay; still there is One,
True and faithful, God is love.

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Synchronicity

As this lyrical reflection is from Holy Song number 38,
I am reminded of the "I-Ching" and of
Hexagram number 38 : "Opposition" (규)

THE JUDGMENT

OPPOSITION. In small matters, good fortune.

When people live in opposition and estrangement they cannot carry out a great undertaking in common; their points of view diverge too widely. In such circumstances one should above all not proceed brusquely, for that would only increase the existing opposition; instead, one should limit oneself to producing gradual effects in small matters. Here success can still be expected, because the situation is such that the opposition does not preclude all agreement.

In general, opposition appears as an obstruction, but when it represents polarity within a comprehensive whole, it has also its useful and important functions. The oppositions of heaven and earth, spirit and nature, man and woman, when reconciled, bring about the creation and reproduction of life. In the world of visible things, the principle of opposites makes possible the differentiation by categories through which order is brought into the world.

THE IMAGE

Above, fire; below, the lake:
The image of OPPOSITION.
Thus amid all fellowship
The superior man retains his individuality.

The two elements, fire and water, never mingle but even when in contact retain their own natures. So the cultured man is never led into baseness or vulgarity through intercourse or community of interests with persons of another sort; regardless of all commingling, he will always preserve his individuality.

Let us maximize the benefit
of the comprehensive whole...

--- Dad
    https://homeostaticism.wordpress.com/

… That we might be perfect, as our Father is in heaven (Matthew 5:48)

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Video Cosmic Assembly Program

Cosmic Assembly for the Settlement of the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind and for the Proclamation of the Word by God’s Substantial Self

Reverend Sun Myung Moon
Easter Sunday
April 24, 2011
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Songdo Convensia — Incheon Korea
Westin Palace Hotel — Madrid Spain
Hotel Marriot Rome Park — Rome Italy
Bristol Hotel — Oslo Norway


Distinguished guests participating in today’s event, I am truly happy and grateful to see you at this new assembly.

What I am about to proclaim to you today is part of the course of True Parents’ tour that is to proclaim the ultimate conclusion and fulfillment of all aspects of the providence of restoration during the lifetime of the True Parents. The path taken by the True Parents shall serve as a tradition and historic example; thus, I am proclaiming that all of you should model your life course on this path, become families that pledge to inherit and fulfill the will of God that True Parents have already accomplished, and be true to this pledge…  Continue to full speech

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Seven Deaths and Resurrections of True Parents

Explanation by Reverend Yong  JinHyung

 

December 9th 2009 at the Headquarters Church in Seoul South Korea

http://iunificationist.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/seven-deaths-and-resurrections-by-rev-jin-hung-yong/

1.)  경기도  경찰부  (Gyeonggi-Do  Police Headquarters)

1944 October – 1945 February

2.)   정주 곽산지서 수감

1945 October

3.)  대동부안서 수남

1946 August 11th – November 21st

4.)  흥남감옥  수난

1948  February 22nd – 1950 October 14th

5.)  서대문혛무소

1955 July 4th – October 4th

6.)  댄버리 연방교도소 생활  (Danbury Correctional Facility)

1984 July 20th – 1985 August 20th

7.)  헬기추락

2008 August 19th  5:13 pm

Interesting story by Rev.  Michael Brazil:

Well, I always love the tradition that our senior pastor had for us, in a bit of humor before our sermon. How about you, do you like the humor? (Yes!) You know, we did a little poll—and we were told Hyung Jin Nim thought that maybe members didn’t like it (the interesting story). So we did a little survey and it was like, ninety-eight percent liked the humor. So, I have a little interesting story—maybe, hopefully—for you. And this is about a minister who, around Christmas time, had all the remaining teeth pulled, so he had to get dentures. Can we see that slide? There we go! For those of you who are not so familiar, those are what we call dentures and you notice there the top part we might call the gums. The first Sunday after the minister received his new dentures he preached for ten minutes. The second Sunday he preached for only twenty minutes, but on the third Sunday he preached for 1 hour 25 minutes. Now, the congregation was somewhat confused and they asked, “Well, Minister, why?” And he said, “Well, on the first Sunday, my gums were so sore, it hurt to talk, so I only talked for 10 minutes. The second Sunday, my dentures were hurting a lot so I spoke for twenty minutes. But on the third Sunday, I accidentally used my wife’s dentures and I couldn’t stop talking!”

Introduction of Guest Speaker by Rev. Michael Brazil

As you may have noticed, our senior pastor is not here today. He actually is in Taiwan holding a Blessing ceremony, officiating at it. But we are very blessed today to have a very special speaker, and this very special person by the name of Rev. Jin Hung Yong] has  lived twenty-four years of a public live in our movement. For ten years he worked in the Unification Church history-compilation committee. Nine years, he worked as a minister, and for the last two years he’s been leading the department for education and witnessing at the Hyup-Hae and here at the headquarters church. In his spare time he’s working on a doctorate in education. So I’d like for you to join me in welcoming our special speaker today, Rev Jin Hung Yong.

Main Sermon by Rev Jin Hung Yong:

Good afternoon. I am very happy to have the opportunity to speak to you all today.

It reminds me of the times we had service together at Heuk Sok-dong with Rev. Kyle Toffey and with Rev. Brazil. We used to have our English service over there at Heuk Sok-dong. Let’s read together from the Divine Principle (p.137): “The changes a person experiences when he is resurrected and enters the governance of God take place in his heart and spirit. These internal changes also purify his body, transforming it from a haunt of Satan to a temple of God.” Aju.

Now, from the Bible (Romans 8:6): “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” Aju.

Today I’d like to share with you some of the meaning behind True Parents’ seven deaths and resurrections. I really feel I must share this information with everyone at the headquarter’s church and our members around the world.

Hyung Jin Nim talks a lot about the seven deaths and resurrections but he hasn’t had a lot of time to explain the details of it to us. So, first we’ll start by talking about who is Rev. Moon who has experienced these seven deaths and resurrections.

We know what resurrection means, right? It means salvation.

We’ve heard about resurrection a lot in the Divine Principle. From our point of view, it means being saved from a fallen state. From the point of view of the Messiah, resurrection means restoring God’s will. So True Parents have described resurrection as a process by which today we are closer to God than yesterday and each day we are improving. As a Messiah, to accomplish resurrection is an extremely meaningful accomplishment.

We were created by God but then, because of the Fall, we fell away from God. So for us, returning back to God’s direct dominion, that is resurrection. Jesus came in order to recreate mankind back into the state of being in God’s direct dominion. But Jesus was not able to accomplish that completely because he went the way of the cross. He did manage to accomplish the spiritual resurrection but the physical body remained in the realm of Satan. So Jesus died once, was resurrected once, spiritually. And forty days after, he reappeared to mankind and was able to establish a very huge Christian church foundation based on that one resurrection.

In comparison, True Parents have undergone seven resurrections. True Parents have faced death seven times and been resurrected seven times, not only spiritually, but spiritually and physically. This means that True Parents have an extremely huge gift to give to mankind because of the victory of those resurrections. That’s the grace of the seven deaths and resurrections.

So, let’s look at the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection.

Before his death, Jesus was described as a Messiah to the Jewish people. In Matthew, he is described as one who goes beyond the rules and breaks the rules (Matt. 12:10). They described him as a colleague of Beelzebub, the prince of demons (Matt. 12:22), and he is described as the one who brings the sword to separate and judge the nation of Israel (Matt. 10:34).

He came to save mankind but he was crucified. After three days following his death, he was resurrected and from that time his appearance was entirely different from before his death. For example, St. Paul who tried very hard to kill Jesus during his lifetime, was transformed after Jesus’ resurrection and came to follow Jesus. Because he thought Jesus was dead and then Jesus appeared to him, he was transformed and began to lead Jesus’ followers. From that time on, he listened to every word that Jesus said and he began to be Jesus’ most faithful follower.

This put the nation of Israel in a position relating to the Roman kingdom. Originally Jesus was in the nation of Israel, but after the resurrection, the Christian church [was] established in the Roman kingdom, so Rome became the religious center. The disciples began to preach that Jesus has reappeared, Jesus has resurrected. They traveled all over the place and the Christian church began.

If we look at Jesus before the resurrection and after the resurrection, we see a completely different picture. After Jesus’ resurrection the providence to really save mankind throughout the world began. So the fact that the Messiah was resurrected held great meaning for all of mankind. True Parents have gone a course of seven deaths and resurrections and completing the eight stages. So, in a sense, we have to die to really become the true son of God.

The eight stages start from the bottom: servant of servants.

Because mankind fell, they ended up in the position of 1) servant of servants, even below the position of angels who were kind of like servants. So first they had to be resurrected up to the level of 2) servants, and on up through the levels of 3) adopted child, 4) step child,  5) children, 6) mother and 7) father, finally able to 8) enter God’s eternal kingdom. These are the vertical eight stages. These are the eight stages all fallen men have to go through to be victorious.

True Parents have also discussed that we need to go through eight stages of horizontal [resurrection]. We have to accomplish victories at the 1) individual, 2) family, 3) tribal, 4) race,  5) nation, 6) world, 7) cosmic levels. Only if we accomplish these eight vertical and eight horizontal stages, can we escape from the realm of Satan and become (establish) God’s kingdom.

If you look at the chart starting from the bottom, True Parents have accomplished all seven levels of resurrection going to the eighth stage. Through Father’s work, he has gone through all the stages from servant of servant going all the way up to father, and the horizontal stages starting from the individual, family, race and so on. So the fact that Father has been able to go through the seven deaths and resurrections and complete all of these stages to get up to the eighth stage, it proves that he is the Messiah.

1.)  경기도  경찰부  (Gyeonggi-Do  Police Headquarters)

1944 October – 1945 February

The first resurrection was in the prison at Gyeonggi do. Father was imprisoned in October 1944. He was imprisoned for about 4 months until February 1945. He was in the position of servant of servants. When he was in Japan studying, just prior to this, he had been participating in independence movement activities. Like all of Korea, under the rule of Japan for 40 years, Father had been in the position of servant of servants. So he came back to Korea and his name was on the list of people who had participated in independence activities in Japan. This is what got him in trouble the first time. The government ordered a list of people who had been doing independence activities, and his name appeared on that list. He was subjected to seven kinds of torture while he was in prison during that time in Gyeonggi do, so he shed blood and suffered. It was severe suffering.

Even while he was being beaten, he did not come to hate the guards who were beating him. “Later on when I get out of this prison, and this person comes to understand who I am, I need to have him not hate me, and I not hate him,” he thought. “Actually he (the torturer) is also the son of God.”  More than about the pain and suffering that Father was going through, he was concerned about how to save the guard who was inflicting the pain on him.

2.)   정주 곽산지서 수감

1945 October

The second death and resurrection was at the Jeongju police station in North Korea. He was imprisoned for about a week during October of 1945. This was right after the World War was finished and Korea was getting out from the rule of Japan. Father at that point decided to go a public course and cut off from his physical family, from his parents and his brothers. The reason he got in trouble this time, externally, was because he had brought South Korean money to North Korea and was using it, so he looked suspicious. So we have to feel that this money represented not just money but the people of Korea, because Korean people had been divided into south and north. So he had democratic money and he was using it in the communist north, and he got in trouble. So we have Korea, the nation chosen by God, but it was divided into democratic and communist parts and Father at that time began his public mission. Father said, “From a normal point of view, this looks very severe and harsh, but in order to take the course of the Messiah, it’s necessary to separate from my family. This is the path the Messiah must take.”

3.)  대동부안서 수남

1946 August 11th – November 21st

The third time Father was imprisoned was by the internal security forces in 1946, from August 11 until November 21. There was a person in the John the Baptist position, Kim Baekmun. This person had a huge church, a huge following, that God had prepared to meet Father, but this minister was not able to proclaim Father as the Messiah. He should have attended Father as the Messiah and brought all his followers to Father but he did not. There were other religious leaders that were also prepared to meet Father at that time. Some of them did admit that he was the Messiah. They said he was the Messiah but they didn’t follow him and they didn’t help him.

If we look at the course of events that Father went through in North Korea up until about 1960, we can see that it parallels Jesus’ course very closely. Rev. Kim Baekmun was so surprised to hear that the Messiah was there. In the case of Jesus, John the Baptist was not able to proclaim Jesus as the Messiah and bring his followers to Jesus. And the disciples also, their faith wavered because of John the Baptist’s actions. Because of that, Jesus had to go to a new place, to Jerusalem, to try to find new, stronger disciples. He did not find highly trained religious people as he should have had. He found people—fishermen, prostitutes, tax collectors—twelve, who were willing to follow him.

He should have had the twelve top leaders from the Jewish church as his twelve disciples. So, he had to take a much more sorrowful course with twelve people who were really not very qualified to be his disciples, and we know that finally one of those twelve people betrayed him in the end. Because Judas betrayed him to the authorities in the end, Jesus ended up going to the cross. The authorities, Pontius Pilate, who was in charge of the case, knew that Jesus had no sin and he said, “I cannot punish this man.” So he let the Jewish people choose and they sent Jesus to the cross. And as we said before,  three days after his death, Jesus resurrected, and for forty days as a spiritual person he re-collected twelve faithful disciples.

True Parents have followed  the course of restoring the course that Jesus went. Kim Baekmun should have followed True Father after receiving the revelation, and collected twelve disciples together, but he did not follow True Father and Father did not get the twelve disciples at that time. So again, there were twelve religious leaders prepared to follow Father but because of the lack of faith of their leader, Kim Baekmun, they did not follow him and he went to North Korea and found a secondary group of disciples: Inju Kim, Wonpil Kim, Dalok Jung and others. And some of those who were not following him betrayed him to the authorities, which led to him being imprisoned. Finally the security police also realized that he was not guilty. He was innocent. But then he was arrested again, suspected of being a spy, and sent to Heungnam labor camp.

4.)  흥남감옥  수난

1948  February 22nd – 1950 October 14th

Heungnam was not a regular prison. It was a place where they basically worked people until they died. So even in that place, where basically the purpose of it was to kill people, Father managed to find twelve disciples, inside there. Jesus found his twelve disciples when he was present in spirit after the resurrection, but Father found twelve disciples in spirit and physical body. So there in Heungnam prison, Father passed the tribal and racial level of restoration.

And as you’ve heard before, during the Korean War, UN forces liberated the prisoners at Heungnam prison and, in that way, Father’s life was spared. After escaping from Heungnam, Father said this: “After being tortured and returning to my dark cell in the moonless night, I cleaned my wounds and offered my appreciation to heaven. I could not cry for myself. I could only cry for Heavenly Father who has shed His blood and tears for mankind.” Even though he was undergoing tremendous suffering, he could not express that suffering because he did not want to make God any more sorrowful than He already was. He came to know a lot about Heavenly Father’s heart while he was in Heungnam.

5.)  서대문혛무소

1955 July 4th – October 4th

After Heungnam, Father was imprisoned again in Seodaemun prison in 1955. From July 4 until October 4, he was held in the Seodaemun prison. The reason he was imprisoned this time was because there was a big flack raised about many students from Yonsei and Ehwa Universities who were following him, and therefore got expelled from school. This was shortly after the Korean War finished and Ehwa and Yonsei Universities were both missionary schools, made by American missionaries in Korea—very strong Christians.

The whole country was very poor, in a poor state at the end of the war. When Father was speaking many people were listening to what he said. There were 800 students in the dormitories at the colleges and they all were moved by what Father was saying. These 800 students started coming regularly to hear Father speak. At the Christian university (Ehwa), the president of the university, President Kim, was very perplexed at what kind of religion could draw 800 of his students. He sent some professors to go find out what kind of place it was.

There were six [professors sent]. Yang YunYong was one of the professors. She was also very moved by what Father had to say. She said “This is not a regular message. This is from God. Now I understand why our students are going to the Unification Church.” She told the president of the college, “All of us need to go this way – follow the Unification Church.” The president of the college was worried that if the whole Korean country became Unificationist, they wouldn’t receive any support from Christian United States any more.

He sent some more of his best professors – Han ChungHwa, Choi WonBok, Lee JungHo. Every one of them came back to him and said, “You need to believe what this man is teaching.” He took out his last hidden card. He had a professor whom he had raised as his student and then who had studied in America and had come back – Kim YoungOon. He sent this professor to hear Father.

At this time, YoungOon Kim was being raised to be the next president of the university. She had major stomach problems at that time and her health was not very good. So  YoungOon Kim also went to hear what Father was saying but she did not go inside the church; she listened through the open window. All morning she listened and she was also very moved. She stayed and listened through the afternoon and her mind began to change. She stayed and listened for three days and she was convinced that this was the word of God. She joined the church.

The president of the university was very distressed. He fired the six professors who had become members of the church and kicked out seventeen students who had joined the church. These six professors and seventeen students became very loyal followers of True Parents. They helped start with Father the Saemaul movement (movement to restore the race). The Saemaul movement was very instrumental in President Pak’s time. President Pak was very impressed by the Saemaul movement and that’s why he gave the land where we built the Little Angels theater and school.

6.)  댄버리 연방교도소 생활  (Danbury Correctional Facility)

1984 July 20th – 1985 August 20th

The sixth resurrection was when Father was held in Danbury from July 20, 1984 until July 4 of the following year. As you probably all know, [for] the imprisonment of Father in Danbury prison the excuse was some unpaid taxes, but really it was just that they wanted to put Father in prison. The Fraser committee members had a very communist attitude and they didn’t like Father’s highly religious work. While Father was in prison in Danbury, we started a coalition of Christian ministers that grew to include 7000 Christian ministers. And the True Children and True Mother began a very devotional life while Father was in prison.

So, when Father came out from Danbury, it was a very victorious resurrection. Seven thousand American clergy also visited Korea at that time as the holy land of True Parents. And in the period just after Father came out of Danbury, communism was finished. Father met with Kim Il Sung, he met with Gorbachev. You have to consider that this was a world level victory because the United States had put Father in prison and the United States is a world level power.

7.)  헬기추락

2008 August 19th  5:13 pm

You all heard about the seventh resurrection last year: the helicopter accident. YeongHo Kim, a movie director, was out fishing in the area and he saw a vision. He saw a rainbow and hordes of people in white clothes surrounding the helicopter. There was also a famous actor with him, SangSoon Kim. They didn’t know if this was a dream or something real when they saw it. When they got home and turned on the news, they realized that what they had seen was Rev. Moon’s helicopter accident. And after that, they were convinced that Father was the Messiah and they joined the church.

This helicopter accident was not just a miracle; it was a sign from God to show, “This is my son, this is the Messiah.” Jesus’ crucifixion was handing over his physical and spiritual body to Satan. Finally he was resurrected only spiritually, but his physical being was not resurrected. But True Parents have been resurrected both physically and spiritually through these seven resurrections.

If we compare Jesus’ resurrection and Father’s resurrection, True Parents were substantially resurrected. Jesus shed blood on the cross. True Parents were resurrected without shedding blood. Jesus died alone and had to go and re-gather his disciples when he was in spiritual form. True Parents were not alone. They had their followers with them in the helicopter and their followers saved them. Jesus had to witness to himself as the Messiah after his resurrection. But there were many, many people to witness to True Parents as the Messiah. They did not have to do it themselves.

Let’s look at Jesus before and after the resurrection.

Before the resurrection, Jesus was more interested in the external world. After the resurrection, there was the Pentecost, and the spiritual experiences began. He gathered his disciples again. Instead of centering on himself, his words centered on heaven. Before the resurrection, he had habits that kept him from being absolute in his faith but after the resurrection, his faith became absolute. Before the resurrection, people were not sure he was the Messiah, but after it became very clear that he was the Messiah. Only after the resurrection people were convinced he was the Messiah and had spiritual experiences and followed him.

The Pentecost, following the resurrection, was the most active period for his disciples. He was just there spiritually but [through] it (his disciples) became very active. This very tiny religion that had started in Jerusalem became huge, through Rome spread to the entire world. Through this one resurrection, Jesus was able to accomplish a worldwide foundation.

Imagine now, True Parents have been resurrected seven times, physically and spiritually. So at this time, we need to believe in True Parents and lead a clean and holy life. We need to become one with True Parents. We need to live for others. We have to throw away all our old habits and become a model family following True Parents. We are the people who should be following those eight stages of resurrection. We need to clean ourselves internally and join with True Parents. Now is the time we have to understand our position. Now you know that you, too, can be resurrected through True Parents’ resurrections. This is what I wanted to share with you today. Thank you.

 

 

More on the Seven Deaths and Resurrections

 

Follow True Love

(Seven Deaths and Seven Resurrections)

— HyungJin Moon
July 18, 2009 — Headquarters Church, Seoul Korea

http://www.tparents.org/Moon-Talks/HyungJinMoon-09/HyungJinMoon-090718.htm

Possible:

a global economy
free of adverse exploitation
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photo
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What it means to be Human:  A Flickr Slide Show
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43527770@N06/favorites/show/

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Structural Violence:

What it is…

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and

Who is doing what about it…

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Kucinich on Pfc Bradley Manning
http://www.truthout.org/my-experience-dealing-department-defense-regarding-pfc-manning-has-been-kafkaesque/1302764400
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John Pilger on: Transparency and Accountability
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8SrRTEW338&feature=related
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Navdanya — Nine Crops…
http://www.navdanya.org/home
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The CNN Freedom Project
http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/
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Not For Sale Campaign
http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/action/modern-day-abolitionist/
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Call + Response:

The Documentary (More)

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Call + Response (Activism)

http://www.callandresponse.com/blog/ (Home)

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Movie Review

“Call + Response”:
A rough but impassioned call to end human trafficking

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“Call + Response,” directed with no-budget commitment by Justin Dillon, is a rockumentary aimed at bringing global attention to the crisis of international human trafficking. It combines alt-rock performances (Cold War Kids, Talib Kweli, Imogen Heap) with shocking undercover footage and impassioned testimony by celebrity activists, journalists and politicians.

By Jeff Shannon /  (a special to the Seattle Times)

An open call for awareness and activism, the rockumentary “Call + Response” is a grass-roots effort to bring modern slavery to the world’s attention. Financed entirely through donations, and with 100 percent of its profits directed toward eliminating human trafficking, it’s an eye-opening look at how 27 million children around the world are being bought and sold as slaves for sex, labor and warfare…

… How much impact “Call + Response” will have is anyone’s guess. But when you see a 4-year-old sex slave, ignoring this crisis is no longer an option.

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Even back in the day…

TuPac was on to something …

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*  Tupac Clips from “Rhetoric” class:

His Legacy (Makaveli)

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Brenda’s Got a Baby

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His Talk at the Malcolm X Banquet

What is Makaveli talkin about?  What motivated him?

What was his end game?  What does Machiavelli have to do with Makaveli?

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Changes

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*  Commentaries

M.K. Asante Jr.
Enough disrespect: Return rap to its artistic roots

http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/2004-10-25-rap-music_x.htm

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Michael Eric Dyson and Cornel West On Hip Hop

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Faith Complex: Michael Eric Dyson on Hip-Hop Theology

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And then too,

There was Machiavelli, himself:

To everything there is a season,

and a time for every purpose under Heaven… ?

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The Qualities of the Prince (14 thru 19)

http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/pdfbits/machpr2.pdf

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Mental preparations for war:  The prince should study
historical accounts of the actions of great men, to see how
they conducted themselves in war; he should study the
causes of their victories and defeats, so as to avoid the
defeats and imitate the victories; and above all he should
model himself on some great man of the past, a man who no
doubt modelled his conduct on some still earlier example, as
it is said Alexander the Great modelled himself on Achilles,
Caesar on Alexander, and Scipio on Cyrus. Any reader of
Xenophon’s life of Cyrus will see how much Scipio profited
from imitating him—how he conformed himself in honesty,
affability, humanity and generosity to what Xenophon reported
of Cyrus.

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A wise prince will follow some such rules as these. He
won’t idle away times of peace; rather, he will use them as
an opportunity to increase his resources to manage times
of adversity, so that if his fortuna changes it will find him
ready to fight back

(Chapter 14)

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To summarize:  On the conspirator’s side there is nothing
but fear, jealousy, and the terrifying prospect of punishment;
on the prince’s side there is the majesty of his rank, the
laws, and the protection of his friends and the state.

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Add to these factors the good will of the people and it’s almost
impossible that anyone should be so rash as to conspire
·against a prince·. Conspirators usually have to fear that
something will prevent them from going through with their
plot; but in this case, ·where the people are on good terms
with the prince·, the conspirator also has to fear what may
happen after the crime, because the people will be hostile to
him and won’t give him shelter.

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Of the countless examples of this that could be given, I
select just one, which our fathers might actually remember.
Annibale Bentivoglio, who was prince in Bologna. . . .was
murdered by the Canneschi ·in 1445·. The only one of his
family who survived was an infant, Giovanni. Immediately
after the assassination the people rose and murdered all
the Canneschi. This came from the popularity that the
Bentivoglio family enjoyed in those days in Bologna. It was
so great that although after Annibale’s death there were no
Bentivogli left who could rule the state, the Bolognese heard
about a Bentivoglio in Florence, who until then had been
thought to be the son of a blacksmith, sent to Florence for
him and gave him the government of their city; he held it
until Giovanni was old enough to take over.

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The lesson I draw from all this is that a prince shouldn’t
worry much about conspiracies against him if his people are
well-disposed towards him; but if they are hostile to him
and hate him, he should to fear everything and everyone.
Well-ordered states and wise princes have taken every care
not to drive the nobles to desperation and to keep the
common people satisfied and contented; this is one of a
prince’s most important tasks.  (Chapter 19)

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On the correlation of
Machiavelli and Makaveli
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In the brief time we had in class, I put forward the notion that perhaps Machiavelli was not as much the amoral opportunist that many have made him out to be.  I am always looking for the pros as well as the cons in anyone’s position.  And I could find some very helpful and positive ideas mixed in between the lines of what Machiavelli had to say.

From the passages quoted above (excerpted from chapters 14 and 19),   we can see that Machiavelli does encourage some sense of pursuing what is good, and even moral…  But the key is that the Prince that Machiavelli is grooming has a responsibility for the well-being of the realm.  Makaveli (TuPac)  too, had to encourage a people besieged by hostile forces–in a hostile environment that has resulted from hundreds of years of “structural violence”–2Pac had to encourage the young princeses and princesses of his day to worry less about the proprieties of good language, good education, and good manners (good as determined by social standards of a larger culture that had marginalized them).

Like Machiavelli, Tupac was trying to encourage his wards to be leaders concerned for the good of the “hood”–so as to raise up his people out of the oppression of an onslaught against their own greater destiny and higher dignity.

Being “Warriers” though is not necessarily promoting an eye for an eye.  Gandhi campaigned against such violence, as it would make the whole world blind.  On the other hand, Gandhi was not in favor of  non-action–rather, he favored “fighting” non-violently… employing the powerful means of “Soul” Force:

On Soul Force 101:

“Jesus Christ, Daniel and Socrates represented the purest form of passive resistance or soul-force. All these teachers counted their bodies as nothing in comparison to their soul. Tolstoy was the best and brightest (modern) exponent of the doctrine. He not only expounded it, but lived according to it. In India, the doctrine was understood and commonly practised long before it came into vogue in Europe. It is easy to see that soul-force is infinitely superior to body-force. If people in order to secure redress of wrongs resort to soul-force, much of the present suffering will be avoided.” (p. 90)
Speeches and Writings of Mahatma Gandhi, 1933

Soul Force 102:

“Buddha fearlessly carried the war into the enemy’s camp and brought down on its knees an arrogant priesthood. Christ drove out the moneychangers from the temple of Jerusalem and drew down curses from Heaven upon the hypocrites and the Pharisees. Both were for intensely direct action. But even as Buddha and Christ chastised, they showed unmistakable gentleness and love behind every act of theirs. They would not raise a finger against their enenmies, but would glady surrender themselves rather than the truth for which they lived. Buddha would have died resisting the priesthood, if the majesty of his love had not proved to be equal to the task of bending the priesthood. Christ died on the cross with a crown of thorns on his head defying the might of a whole empire. And if I raise resistances of a nonviolent character, I simply and humbly follow in the footsteps of the great teachers.” (p. 90)
Young India, May 12, 1920

Therefore, as unlikely as the comparison may seem to others, I am inclined to see some similarity (though abstract or figurative) in what Machiavelli was promoting together with what Gandhi and even Lao Tzu were promoting:  Allow the Idea of the Good to work through you for the good of the community (the State, in Machiavelli’s or Lao Tzu’s realm of influence),  even for the global community (relative to Gandhi, Jesus, or Buddha’s field of influence).

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Refecting back on the legacy of Tupac Shakur,  we see a child of a Black Panther (the next generation of a movement derailed by Cointelpro), promoting “Thug Life”–not glorifying it in the way that the subsequent  commercialization of Hip Hop came to do.   On the contrary, in an effort to raise the “ghetto” youth from the gutter, he sought to identify with their plight and assure them that, against the world, against all odds, they could make it up and out of that oppression–by being mentally prepared (like Machiavelli encouraged) for the war that is being waged around them, about them, and against them.

Tupac was a man with a mission.  Then the suspicion stands to reason that forces larger than gang-land violence had a vested interest in the demise of the young revolutionary.  The mystery remains:  who really eliminated Tupac (and Bob Marley, for that matter, another such revolutionary using music as a volatile medium).  The greater mystery though is what might have been intended through such genius, what might have come about in America and in the world, if Tupac (and Marley) had lived to reach a ripe old age and fulfilled the Providence prepared for such revolutionary visionaries?

One Love / Bob Marley / Playing for Change
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xjPODksI08
 
TuPac’s Wisdom
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEMrhRNOex4
 
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More on
the correlation of
Machiavelli and Makaveli,
historically speaking

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THE THEORY OF REINCARNATION

VIEWED FROM THE STANDPOINT OF

RESURRECTION THROUGH SECOND COMING

… For the providence of restoration, God has called many individuals and given each an appropriate share of the total mission, in order to accomplish the whole purpose. Meanwhile, each man has transferred his mission to many similar individuals in succession, until the mission is finally accomplished, having passed through many individuals throughout human history.

The providence of restoration, beginning on the individual level, is headed for the final goal of the restoration of the entire cosmos, after passing through the family level, national level and worldwide level. Therefore, the mission of a certain person, though it may be a part of the whole, would begin first as an individual mission, and then broaden in scope to a family mission, national mission, and finally to a worldwide mission. Examples of this in the Bible include: Abraham, with both an individual and family mission; Moses, with a national mission; and Jesus, with a worldwide mission.

Also, the spirit men who left the missions unaccomplished on earth descend to earthly men whose missions are similar to those with which the spirit men were charged while on earth, and cooperate with them for the accomplishment of the will. Seen from the standpoint of mission, the physical body of the earthly man serves as the body of the spirit man. The earthly man, receiving the cooperation of the spirit man, would accomplish the mission of the spirit man as well as his own. In this case, the earthly man is the “second coming” of the spirit man who cooperates with him, so he often takes on the name of the spirit man. Therefore, the earthly man frequently appears to be the reincarnation of the spirit man. To take an example from the Bible: John the Baptist, in the course of fulfilling his mission through the cooperation of Elijah, had to accomplish the mission which Elijah had left unaccomplished while on earth. Jesus called John the Baptist “Elijah” (cf. Sec. II, 3.2–182) because John’s body was the substitute for Elijah’s body.

In the Last Days, the earthly men in charge of specific worldwide missions are in a position to succeed the spirit men who formerly had these missions on earth, and to accomplish these missions. Accordingly, these spirit men descend to earthly men of their choice and, by cooperating with them, accomplish the missions which they left unfulfilled in their earthly lives. Therefore, the earthly man, receiving the cooperation of the spirit man, is the second coming of that spirit man; he also appears to be the reincarnation of the spirit man. This is why many people in the Last Days claim to be either Christ, Buddha, Confucius, or the “Olive Tree” or the Tree of Life. The doctrine of reincarnation, upheld by Buddhism, comes from an interpretation of external appearances, without knowing the theory of “resurrection through second coming”….

(Resurrection, from The Divine Principle)

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The True-Parental Teachings
of  The Reverend Sun-Myung Moon
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If you made it down this far,
then you may be one of the few troopers interested in
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Noam Chomsky on: Externalities-meaning “systemic risks” beyond
the “instititutional requirements” of short-term profit (circa 45:30)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiwAFIgGCkQ
 
 
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Guarding Awareness (Chapter 5)

From: The Bodhicaryavatara

(The Way of the Bodhisattva)

by Santideva (India, 8th Century AD)

http://www.amazon.com/Bodhicaryavatara-Oxford-Worlds-Classics/dp/0199540438/

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Excerpt:

[5:79] One should speak confident, measured words, clear in meaning, delighting the mind, pleasing to the ear, soft and slow, and stemming from compassion.

[5:80] One should always look at people directly, as if drinking them in with the eye: depending upon them alone, Buddha-hood will be mine.

[5:81] Great good arises from continuous devotion towards the fertile fields that are the Virtuous and our benefactors, and from the application of an antidote in the case of one who suffers.

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The Application of an Antidote…

Water Crystals and “Champumo Nim Og Mansei!”
http://vimeo.com/channels/iunificationist#19283913

“We enter into giving and receiving healing action with a heart
to give blessings and True Love Energy to True Parents… the subject of love
in this providential age of restoration.”

— Reverend HyungJin Moon

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Earth Harmony Sons and Daughters

Cheon il Guk Motto for 2011 (clarification…)

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“Cheon Il Guk will be everlasting when the Parents of heavenly emotion and Children of earthly harmony each settle to the greatest degree, completely become one body and together settle the cosmos” (unofficial translation)

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Literal Translation and Transliterations (unofficial translation)
(Note: the Chinese character for “bound” (“Chak”) pictures a ram bound as a sacrificial offering)

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Cheon    Jung    Pu     Mo
천       정      부     모
Heaven Affection Father Mother
Earth Harmony  Son  Daughter
지     화       자      녀
Ji    Hwa      Ja     Nyeo

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Jung Chak  Jong  Choi
정    착     종     최
Set Bound  Final Utmost (at last)
One Body Complete Accomplish
일    체     완     료
il    Che   Wan   Ryo

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Cheon   Ju      Jung  Chak
천     주        정    착
Heaven Dwelling  Set  Bound
Heaven One Nation, Ten-Thousand Years
천     일   국        만          세
Cheon   il   Guk      Man         Sei

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Alternative Unofficial Translation


Long Live the New Heaven and the New Earth (Cheon il Guk):

Heaven’s Dwelling is Settled, a Sure Offering;

as Fathers and Mothers, one with Heaven’s Affection; and

Sons and Daughters, in Harmony with the Earth; together accomplish, finally,

Perfect Oneness and are themselves Settled, a Sure Offering.

“Do by not doing”  (?)

Lao Tzu

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Sometimes, great achievements are accomplished through “none-action”… Like Gandhi’s Non-violence, non-compliance, civil disobedience… Also, the non-action of Jesus might be such an example–allowing himself to be nailed to a cross and asking God’s forgiveness of those persecuting him, rather than “acting” in a revengeful way.

But I believe that a key interpretation of acting by not acting is achieved when we take our ego out of the way and allow the Dao or the Will of Heaven to direct our thoughts, words, and actions: Then, even though “we” are acting, not “me” but a higher consciousness is acting through me. In that moment, “I” am no longer identified with my smaller self in a self-centered way, but “I” am surrendered to my Largest Self, centered on the Heart of the Organic Whole of which you, I, and our smaller selves are a part.

The love and benevolence that comes from such surrender to a higher Agent doing the doing, can have a profound good effect or influence on the environment and on others.

His Rhetoric

Lao Tzu’s rhetoric, speaking in Aphorisms that make use of paradox, causes the reader to pause and think… As we try to “cooperate” with him and “force” his words to make sense, we can learn something that, at times, can be more profound than explicit instruction–which often we tend not to retain, anyway.

Perhaps, by “not doing” he is referring to the ability to leave off self-centered (individual) desire, and allow a larger Self-centered (whole purpose) desire and consciousness to work through us.

Think about that line again, and again, and yet again…

Imagine… if more people sought to “do” in this larger-consciousness way–and sought to “not” do,  or not live in only a small self-centered way–then the force of the personality of such enlightened none-action oriented agents could have a profound effect on “market” economies, even on economies of scale!

Lao Tzu was not advocating the idea of no action, altogether.  His idea of “Doing by not doing” is meant to cause us to think more deeply.  One way to interpret this “action”  of  “not-doing” is to consider the difference between playing the piano or letting the piano play you:  To force the music, or let the music instead express its deeper sensitivities through you.

To “do by not doing” requires us to meditate on the Tao, on “TaeGeuk,” on the source of Life, Creation, Existence… In so doing, we move back from a close-up, self-centered mode of action, to a more creative, a more free and evocative kind of action that has the potential of unexpected results–owing to some unknowable, intangible, invisible, yet substantial forces that may come into play by the change in wave-lengths pulsing through our brains (which, themselves are merely the shells of our minds)…

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For more in this vein:

In Search of the Heart of Lao-Tzu

by Nur Abdur Rashid

Excerpt:

… The Richard Wilhelm edition of the Tao Te Ching is a particularly salient interpretation. Though there be many translations, particularly by oriental scholars translating from East to West; Wilhelm makes the Heart of Lao Tzu much more accessible (to Westerners, at least), by relying on some very helpful Judeo-Christian concepts and diction that might elude most scholars and translators who are native to Asia.

Wilhelm explains, for example, that the Chinese word Te may be translated as moral virtue, or bounty, or “to be grateful,… but he goes on to prefer the translation: Life. On this choice Wilhelm writes:

I have decided to [so] translate this [Te] throughout; and to justify my decision I give its Chinese definition: ‘What beings receive in order to come about is call TE’. I have therefore translated the word as ‘Life’ (following John 1:4: ‘In him was life, and the life was the light of Man’). It would have been equally possible to translate Te as ‘nature’, ‘essence’, ‘spirit’, ‘power’ — translations which have been used frequently in the Analects of Confucius; but I have avoided these here, because they clash with other terms used in the text. The common rendering ‘virtue’ — which is more appropriate to later treatises on morals — suits Lao Tzu even less than it suits Confucius.

The efficacy of this choice on the part of Wilhelm is particular appreciated in a passage I personally found most inspiring and insightful–in Book II (Te), the very first passage that introduces the Te of the Dao Te Ching. Passage 38 reads:

Whosoever cherishes Life
does not know about Life
therefore he has Life.

Whosoever does not cherish Life
seeks not to lose Life;
therefore he has no Life.

Whosoever cherishes Life
does not act and has no designs

Whosoever does not cherish Life
acts and has designs.

Whosoever cherishes love acts but has no designs.
Whosoever cherishes justice acts and has designs.

Whosoever cherishes morality acts
and if someone does not respond to him
he waves his arms about and pulls him up.

Therefore: If DAO is lost, then Life.
If love is lost, then justice.
If justice is lost, then morality.

Morality is the penury of faith and trust
and the beginning of confusion.

Foreknowledge is the sham of DAO
and the beginning of folly.

Therefore the right man abides with fullness
and not with penury.
He lives in being, not in sham.
He puts the other away and adheres to this.

There is a progression down from the highest state of grace, Life — to something that, while noble, is makeshift in nature.

Let us consider that decline while comparing a more ordinary translation, courtesy of D. C. Lau, Professor Emeritus, Chinese University of Hong-Kong:

On the left Wilhelm’s choices; on the right Professor Lau’s choices

Wilhelm —– D. C. Lau

Life —– Virtue
love —– benevolence
justice —– rectitude
morality —– rites

Let us attain to Life, then; and all else (subsequent) shall be added unto this.

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

In Humility we do not boast of what we ‘know’ — as if we ‘know’…
Without self-centered desire, then “Self” may act
and the historical “I” may embody a degree of “Life” which
overshadows even love and makes justice and morality obsolete.
“And My Law shall be written in their hearts.”

Psalms 40:8 — I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
Hebrews 10:16 –This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them …

Another favorite rendering that I find most helpful to us all, is Wilhelm’s introduction of the term or the idea of the “Man of Calling” – in place of the less descriptive translation: “sage.” The Man of Calling, has something to do, something to further, even in his preference for the focus on the Dao, beyond. The Man of Calling is:

The man who embodies Life in himself, the ideal man; the individual who, by putting away his individual inclinations and wishes, completely corresponds to the principle of Life. He does not live himself and does not seek anything for himself, but lets Life express Itself through him. In this position he is, in a sense, a cosmic power….

See complete exposition:

In Search of the Heart of Lao-Tzu

and the soundtrack ! :

In Christ there is not East or West
http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/PsH/540

Adaptations of an adaptation:
http://www.americansongwriter.com/2011/02/behind-the-lyric-mavis-staples-in-christ-there-is-no-east-or-west/

Sheet Music
http://mountaindulcimer.ning.com/group/hymnandworshipsongplayers/forum/topics/a-mixolydian-hymn-in-christ?xg_source=activity