The Power of Attracting the Universe

December 14, 2010

November 28, 2010,  Cheon Bok Gung, Yongsan Seoul Korea

Main Sermon:

Today, I would like to talk to you about the “Power of Attracting the Universe.” Let’s first start with our World Scriptures.

We start with Islam today. This is from the Qur’an, from the sixth Sura.  Let’s read this together:

“No vision can grasp Him, but His grasp is over all vision; He is above all comprehension, yet is acquainted with all things. Aju.”

Let’s look at Judeo Christianity. This is from Isaiah 45. Let’s read together. This is very short but very powerful.

“Truly thou art a God who hidest thyself.” The Unseen, yes.

This is from the Diamond Sutra, the 26th chapter from Buddhism. Let’s read together:

“Who sees me by form, who seeks me in sound, perverted are his footsteps upon the way; for he cannot perceive the Tathagata.” which is the Buddha. The ‘dust come one’ actually in Sanskript but basically it means the Buddha.

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The Holy Name

December 10, 2010

November 14, 2010,  Cheon Bok Gung, Yongsan Seoul Korea

Main Sermon:

Today we want to talk about the Holy, Holy Name! Yes!

Let’s first look at the World Scriptures. We’ll start with Islam and the Koran! This is the fortieth Sura, 65th verse. Let us read together!

“He is the living One; there is no God but He! Call upon Him, giving Him sincere devotion! Praise be to God, Lord of the worlds! AJU!”

This is from the Kata Upanishad from Hinduism. Let’s read together! “This syllable indeed is imperishable Brahman; this syllable indeed is the end supreme. The One who knows this syllable will surely obtain whatever he desires”. AJU!

This is from Nichiren Buddhism, particularly from Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō tradition, a Japanese form of Buddhism.

Let us read together! “All Buddhas in the universe throughout past, present and future invariably attain buddhahood with the seed of the five characters of Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō” AJU!

“Let’s give praise to Thee” Sadharma Bunderika Sutra in Sanskrit.

From Christianity, Psalms 145, verses 1 and 2. Let us read together:

“I will extol Thee, my God and my King and bless Thy Name forever and ever

“Every day I will bless Thee and praise Thy Name forever and ever” AJU!

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Speech of Hyung Jin Nim during Hoon Dok Hae at Germany

December 7, 2010

Camberg, Germany, August 29, 2010

Guten Morgen! I hope, I said that right? It’s actually quite freezing in Germany. So maybe we can open some windows and really get cold, to stay awake. (laughter) I am heading to Great Britain today and then back to Korea. So, we have some Brits here? (cheers) All right, all right! We are very grateful to be able to come to Europe at this time.

Actually we never planned to come to Europe, at this time, because I feel that I haven’t finished all my work that I have to do in Korea first. From the very beginning people requested, “Please do a world tour”. But I felt from the beginning, it is not appropriate for me to do a world tour. I felt that I have to first make real results that I can show. So we worked in Korea and we are able to turn around the media. We are now able to be fully self-sufficient as a church, which means that we don’t receive any support from our brothers and sisters in Japan. We are actually at a stage now where we can support them. Just a little bit, but it is so much different from the situation that was before. So, we are very proud of that.

Church Growth in Korea

As you know, the church in Korea in 1970, as in many countries, had nationwide about 16,000 members. That was a lot of members. There were no real big mega churches at that time, so that was a huge congregation that father had. But then by 2005 we had about 11,000 members attending Sunday service. So as you see, we did not even get one new member as a movement. We didn’t grow. We didn’t just stagnate, we grew negatively. So we’ve lost members. This is, of course, not good. We had to address this problem. There were very serious changes that had to be done.

I am very happy to say that after about a year and a half of making systematic changes, we are becoming transparent as a church and strengthening the organization. I am very grateful for my brother Kook Jin Hyeong who helped me greatly in that task. We went from 11,000 members all the way up to 23,000 in about a year and a half. We are very proud that the Unification Church is now a growing church in Korea. It’s now a much more popular church than what it was in the past. The media has very kindly helped us. You can see that they were honest and they were moving in a trustworthy direction. There is a lot of exciting things going on in Korea, but we are still not anywhere near where we have to be.

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