Reasons of Religious Conflicts

Religious wars continue to occur because many politicians use the enmity between religions to satisfy their selfish designs. In the face of political power, religions often waver and lose their way. They lose sight of their original purpose, which is to exist for the sake of peace. All religions have a responsibility to advance the cause of world peace. Yet, lamentably, we see that religions instead become the cause of conflict. Behind this evil we find the machinations of politics, with its power and money. The responsibility of a leader, above all else, is to keep the peace. Yet leaders often seem to do the opposite and lead the world into confrontation and violence.

Leaders use the language of religion and nationalism to hide their selfish ambitions. Unless their hearts are set right, countries and nationalities will wander in confusion. Religion and love of one’s nation are not evil in their essence. They are valuable if these impulses are used to contribute to building a global human community. When the claim is made that only a particular religion or ethnic group is right and when other religions and ethnic groups are treated with disdain and attacked, religion and love of nation lose their value. When a religion goes so far as to trample on others and treat other religions as worthless, it no longer embodies goodness. The same is true when love of nation is used to emphasize the righteousness of a person’s own country over others.

The truth of the universe is that we must acknowledge each other and help each other. Even the smallest animals know this. Cats and dogs do not get along, but if you raise them in the same  household, they embrace each other’s offspring and are friendly toward each other. We see the same thing in plants. The vine that winds its way up a tree depends on the trunk to support it. The tree, however, does not say, “Hey, what do you think you’re doing, winding your way up my trunk?”

The principle of the universe is for everyone to live together, for the sake of one another. Anyone who deviates from this principle faces certain ruin. If nationalities and religions continue maliciously to attack each other, humanity has no future. There will be an endless cycle of terror and warfare until one day we become extinct. But we are not without hope. Clearly there is hope.

(from the book: As a Peace-loving Global Citizen by Reverend Sun Myung Moon)

Where is the God

Where is the God

Am I His son

Have I been left alone

Was I chased from home

 

Where is the God

Does He recognize me

Has anyone seen Him

Does anyone miss Him

 

Where is the God

What is He like

Is He comforted

Could anybody hug Him

 

Where is the God

Is He full of sorrow

Does He know laughter

Has He ever felt joy

 

Where is the God

Will you show the way

Would you come with me

To the eternal place

 

Where is the eternal place

 

 

-Joshua Dragon-

Blessings

Grass blade

Snowflake

Raindrop

Breeze

 

Jungle

Blizzard

Rainfall

Hurricane

 

Sunlight

Star shine

Blue sky

Air

 

Scorch

Ice cold

Dark night

Dust

 

Smile

Laughter

Touch

Hug

 

Abandoned

Tears

Burden

Fears

 

All you can ask

All you can give

All you can love

All you can hate

 

Inner scale

Consciousness

Balance

God-given

 

Compass

Passionate

Eternal

Love

 

You can be the Blessing

You can make a Blessing

Everywhere and anywhere

Inherit

 

His Heart

 

 

-Joshua Dragon-

SMM Quotes – 209

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“How wonderful is our world when you understand that God created the universe for us, that He did not create it just for His own enter­tainment or for fun, but through devoting Himself out of profound love for us! We should be deeply grateful in realizing that our Father created the entire cosmos just for us. With that heart we need to walk through the garden looking at flowers, grass and trees, lis­tening to and appreciating the chirping of birds, admiring the flowing water and the gentle breeze. Looking at all this, you cannot but realize in your heart how wonderful this world is!” – Reverend Sun Myung Moon

SMM Quotes – 208

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“No matter how much suffering you may experience in your activities, and no matter how much you are persecuted by your environment, you should be able to always remain standing before the face of God.” – Reverend Sun Myung Moon

SMM Quotes – 207

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“When Jesus said that there is the Kingdom of Heaven in our mind, the mind is, of course, the original one, and it also means that the Kingdom of Heaven has nothing to do with he who did not recover his original mind.” – Reverend Sun Myung Moon

The Things We Want To Be Proud Of

Everyone has a name, and everyone wants to be proud of his name. Each person also wants to be proud of all the parts of his body-his limbs, his eyes, and all his faculties. Someone who doesn’t think he is attractive wants to find something which he thinks will make him more attractive. A woman might wear accessories, like earrings, rings, necklaces, for instance, to make herself look more beautiful.

People want to extend their sense of pride to include their parents, wanting to be proud of the way they look and behave. They count their merits by the ways in which they are good or not so good. They also want to be proud of their brothers and sisters and other relatives.

After that, we want to be proud of the things we own, such as our home or automobile. We also want to be proud of our country. Most people stop right there at the level of the country; they don’t know how to think beyond that level. Today many people feel they cannot think about anything other than themselves, not even their parents, and certainly not their country. But if the world is one, then that world should be their country. In that case, Americans would not only be proud of Niagara Falls, but would also take pride in the great falls in South America and Africa, which are even grander than Niagara. Americans could be proud of the Himalayas, as well as the Rocky Mountains.

The greater a person is, the longer is the list of things in which he takes pride. A person of narrow vision cannot see far away, no matter how much he may want to. Naturally he will have to find a source of pride close at hand. But when a person has broad vision, he can look out to far distances and can have more things to be proud of.

What kind of people can we be proud of in history? No matter how great or how unimportant people may be, the basic pattern of life is about the same for everyone: we eat three meals a day, we sleep so many hours, we get married and have children. Great or small, people all live according to these same basic patterns. Then how do we decide who is the great person and who is the lesser person?

Comparing a person who lives for his country with a person who lives for the world, which can we say is the greater person? Even though we do the same work side by side with each other, if one person is thinking about a larger purpose then he is certainly greater than the others.

People can be proud of things higher and greater, or wider and deeper than themselves. People talk about the Rocky Mountains as the highest part of America, and of Death Valley as the lowest point. Someone who hasn’t been there might imagine that it is some extraordinarily deep gorge, but it is not very impressive when you actually see it. This is one example of how people want to be proud of something which is high and deep, or wide and great, something which lasts a long time.

What is it that you would like to have pride in as Americans? Perhaps you are proud that America is such a big country, but bigness has very little value when you realize that here many people are fighting each other. Families fight amongst themselves, communities are divided according to income, and black and white people don’t trust each other. When you find these things, then the size of the country really doesn’t matter. What kind of people are living in America, then-big people or small people? Are the majority of Americans only concerned with trifling things?

Before you speak of any person as being great, you have to think about the meaning of greatness. Of all the people throughout history, we can speak of only four greatest saints, Jesus, Mohammed, Confucius, and Buddha. Did they have big, fancy houses and lots of possessions? No, all of them were persecuted and despised in their own time. Jesus said, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have their nests, but the son of man has nowhere to lay his head.” Is that characteristic of a great man? During his time Confucius was like a “nameless dog” as he put it, the way people pushed him around. He didn’t have a regular job, but chose to beg for his food and to travel, teaching and learning. Buddha was born into a palace as a great prince, but he gave up all that and embraced hardship instead. He went to the mountains to pray and discover spiritual truth. No one really wants to live a difficult life, but these four men chose such a life, and today everyone considers them great.

Does the definition of greatness change according to the times? Is it guaranteed that the criterion for greatness will never change simply because Americans vouch for it? Who is the central figure, the master of America? If it were God, would America be as it is today? It must be someone other than God! Maybe you say that the media is the master of America, but does anyone want to live for the sake of the media? Is money the master? Even the almighty dollar goes up and down in value. Do you want a master which changes morning and evening?

The Things We Want To Be Proud Of
Reverend Sun Myung Moon
October 25, 1981

Father! I have been on a mission…

Father!
I have been on a mission
Long forgotten time
Feels today
It feels I have failed
And You are
You are still with me
Backing me up
Helping to get back to my feet
What a tremendous heart is
To trust in a changing
Immature one.

 

You have liberated me
So many nights
Life was short
And there You stood
Feels like yesterday
You have never let me down
Despite my deeds and words
Stubborn willingness to fail
To see the Truth,
The Real You.

 

Father!
My message is mute
I can not talk
I feel unworthy
Grace-given son of Yours

 

I wish to be a day
A wish for all of us.

 

-Joshua Dragon-