The tree lives its life.
Its life is one that is lived standing firm.
No matter how much distress may befall it,
it remains silent.
The tree has no mind that it is living,
but people call it a tree
because it is of its image.
The tree simply lives its life.
The tree is able to live of its own accord
even though it has no sense of self.
There is no mind of self-inflicted turmoil in the tree.
The tree is an existence that must exist in the world.
It dislikes neither wind nor rain.
It just exists as it is in the world
and then leaves one day
without demanding to know why.
The tree has no attachments of its own –
only its instincts.
The tree simply lives but does everything it needs to do.144 The tree lives of its own accord
and dies of its own accord,
while man has his discernments of
what is good and what is bad.
The tree is a representation of the Universe,
and it lives and dies due to the conditions of Nature.
The tree exists in order for
the whole of creation to exist.
It exists in the world following harmony.
The tree has no specific purpose or objective,
but it is able to do its duty
due to the conditions of Nature.
Indeed the tree is a tree, but it is the Whole.
Though it seems to simply be,
the tree is able to exist for it is one with the Universe.
Woo Myung. The Enlightened World (pp. 90-91).
Human Life III
Do not sing or dance about human life. There is nothing to be had in it; there is nothing one can leave with. Hear me when I say that you have gained nothing from your fleeting life and that there is nothing to gain. Whether it is to gain or to have gained, are all things that you have created.
Woo Myung. The Enlightened World (pp. 90-91).
Human Life III
Do not sing or dance about human life. There is nothing to be had in it; there is nothing one can leave with. Hear me when I say that you have gained nothing from your fleeting life and that there is nothing to gain. Whether it is to gain or to have gained, are all things that you have created. That you have created them means they are your greed. So cast aside your greed - your mind of want. Do not sigh at passing pain. Do not be sad about passing solitude. Do not dwell on passing happiness. Do not discern the passing rights and wrongs. Be neither boastful nor sad about fleeting youth and old age. Life is a process that you undergo in the world. Your life never existed. So do not judge or blame the world. To do so is like crying and laughing while watching a movie, whereby once you step outside the movie theater, you are yourself. The world that is absent of your self is Truth. Therefore, come out into this Truth, for it is the only possible way to live; for it is the only true Way there is. Everything in this world is of a mere moment. They are all things that pass in a blink of an eye - things that, as time passes, are meaningless. Your unchanging self must exist outside of you. This alone will save you.
Woo Myung. The Way to Become a Person In Heaven While Living (pp. 192-193).
What Is Pride ?
Pride is the protection of one’s false self.
Real pride is when one has Truth.
One’s mind consists of the accumulation of false images.
One lives with that mind, and so the narrower his mind, the stronger his pride.
When one has no mind of self, he lives as it is, as he is shaped.
No matter what he encounters, no matter where the wind blows, he just lives as the wind, as the water.
Everything is one, everything is Truth itself, but in the narrow selfish minds of humans, there is no Truth.
One cannot live like wind and water because his mind cannot become the wind or the water, because it cannot become great nature.
When one throws away all of his desires, he sees all as it is and lives as it is; he is the highest one.
Even though he may suffer loss in the world, he lives in silent acceptance; he is the highest one. Only one whose mind becomes the mind of nature has no enemies.
When there is only Truth in his mind without any images of the shadows of human memories, he is one reborn as the mind of nature.
Because he is great nature itself, he is one with nature.
The Ordinary Is Extraordinary
The Ordinary Is the Greatest We think that for us to be great is not realistically possible; we believe, instead, that some other great being exists somewhere else. True greatness is to just live, to just exist, and to accept everything. True greatness is when one’s mind is the mind of nature, which has the entire universe. It is the mind that does not change and is ordinariness itself. To be extraordinary is to be outstanding. The person whose mind is the biggest and whose life is ordinary is the most extraordinary and the greatest. Greatness is to have the biggest mind. We think that the greatest person is one who has grand achievements, or wins a war. However, to defeat one’s self is more difficult than conquering millions of soldiers. The person who defeats his self and becomes Truth is the greatest. The person who has become Truth is the living, everlasting, and never-changing God and does not have self. He lives in the eternal world where only the greatest live. One who thinks he is the best will die imprisoned inside his own excellence, and one who thinks he is the greatest lives confined inside his greatness. But one who is just ordinary accepts everything and lives silently and harmoniously with others, and is, therefore, the greatest and the best. Only one who knows the law of nature and becomes Truth and works for the true world is Truth. This is the one who is the greatest.
Woo Myung. The Way to Become a Person In Heaven While Living (pp. 172-173).
The Method to See, Know,
and Become the Existence of Truth Truth is the soul and spirit of the great universe, which is the sky before the sky; it has existed before eternity and will exist after eternity; it existed before the beginning and exists after the end, after eternity. The Bible says God created humans in his own shape. The shape of God, the original existence, is the soul and spirit, which is the sky before the sky where the one God exists in the place where nothing exists. This existence, which is Truth, cannot be seen and known by people. They do not know what they do not have, and they only have in their minds what they have learned and experienced. They do not know God, Truth, because they do not have God in their minds, which are the size of their own shapes, their narrow and selfish bodies. For people to know Truth, they must have it in their minds; they cannot know Truth because they do not have it within their minds. When one’s mind is reborn as wide, as high, as low, and as big as the universe, he will have Truth within his mind; without fail he will clearly know the existence of Truth. When one’s mind becomes one with the existence of Truth through the absolution of his sins, his mind has the shape of God. When the mind and body of the existence called ‘self’ disappears and when one is reborn as the body and mind of Truth, he himself becomes Truth itself. He can see and know with his mind since he has Truth within his mind. He will know everything because he is a child of God, and a child of God is Truth. When people offer up all of their self to Truth, they will live because only Truth remains. However, one who has his self and tries to put Truth in his self will never obtain Truth, no matter how long he tries. Only a person whose body and mind has truly died and who has been reborn as the body and mind of Truth, will live forever. A person who has been to Manhattan knows about Manhattan. Likewise, only one who has Truth in his mind can see, know, and become Truth.
Woo Myung. The Way to Become a Person In Heaven While Living (pp. 178-179).
What Is True Compassion ?
To be truly compassionate is to be benevolent. To be benevolent is to be generous; to be benevolent is to be tolerant; to be benevolent is to be accepting; to be benevolent is to be forgiving; to be benevolent is to put oneself in another’s shoes. Only when you have the mind of the Creator, which is great nature and Truth, can you truly be benevolent. This is true compassion.
Woo Myung. The Way to Become a Person In Heaven While Living (p. 169).
Love each other. Love means to accept everything, to accept everything without judgment. Acceptance is to embrace. Acceptance is to see as is, to live as is, and to exist as is. Discernment of this and that derives from the human mind and exists because of one’s own conceptions. That is one’s false mind. Everything in the universe is already enlightened, everything in the universe is already living. Only humans do not know this, only humans have self. Love is acceptance, love is without judgment. One can love only when he is the Creator’s mind, only when he is the Great Soul and Spirit of Truth. One can love only when his mind is that of Truth and free from his self; true love is only possible for one who has the biggest mind. True love is only possible for the living who are reborn as the soul and spirit of Truth; only Truth can love. True love of the enemy is only possible when one becomes Truth. When you are Truth and without self, you see as it is, make no judgments, and have no discernment; this is true love. Great nature gives food and light from the sun, makes the wind blow, and gives water
Woo Myung. The Way to Become a Person In Heaven While Living (pp. 166-167).
The crystal clear river flows silently. Water flows from high to low without fail. In this water, there are fish that match the environment. This kind of thing must exist for that kind of thing to exist. Everything comes forth on its own according to conditions, everything disappears on its own according to conditions. Even though tens of thousands of kinds of things come and go, everything is the origin of the universe itself. People do not know that great nature never disappears. And they do not know that the sky, which is great nature and emptiness, is the master. They do not know this because they do not have the sky in their minds. This sky is omnipotence and omniscience itself; everything is the embodiment of the sky. Because the sky is living, it brings forth all creation; thus, it is omnipotent. There is nothing one cannot know with the wisdom of the sky, God; thus, it is omniscient. It is not about knowing the stories of humans but about knowing the laws of the origin of great nature, the origin of the universe. Knowing and becoming the sky is the foundation of wisdom. Great nature is the life of the embodiment of the sky.
Woo Myung. The Way to Become a Person In Heaven While Living (pp. 164-165).
True and False
Ask yourself whether you are true now, whether you are a completed person now. One who is not true will know that he is not true. Repent so that you may become true. To repent is to know that not being one with Truth is sin. Because, in your mind, you have tens of thousands of kinds of minds of attachments, which are self-centered, whereby you cannot be one with Truth nor be reborn as Truth. If you are the true one now, you will know that you are true, you will live reborn in the true world while living. Heaven is the true kingdom. It is the world where only those who have become Truth while living live; it is the eternal and never-dying world. It is not the world where the false live and go to. The false live in the false world, however, that false world does not exist and is dead. Only the true live in the true world. The false live in that non-existing world, which is hell; and in this non-existent, false world, man lives with the burden of pain forever. It is very rare to be born as a human. You cherish yourself the most, so, how can you let yourself die because you do not know the laws of the world? The most important thing in the world is for you to be saved. People come to this world, and live for their selves, and live sustaining their bodies with energy from the food that they eat. When your mind is reborn as the soul and spirit, you can live forever and ever even without your body. The soul and spirit of the universe is within you and your self is reborn as Truth and lives; you are true. A false person does not have the soul and spirit of Truth, therefore, once his body dies, it is death itself. A false person lives with the burden of pain and numerous kinds of stress. A true person has only freedom and salvation, there is no burden of pain and stress in the true world. Even though one lives forever, he lives as if it is one day. Only one who has gone to heaven will know the state of this true happiness. There is only one lifetime, so please become a true person and live in the true world. The difference between true and false is the difference between heaven and earth. The difference between heaven and earth is the difference between living and dying. It is the difference between existing and not-existing. This body lives on energy from food, however, one who is born as Truth, the Energy of God, will live as that existence, regardless of whether the body lives or dies. One who becomes true is rare. One who becomes true is precious. One who becomes true is the highest and greatest. The most extraordinary person is the one who becomes true. What Is Sin? Man is a sinner because he is not Truth. He is not Truth because he has created a self-centered self and has fake delusions in his mind. This is the sin or karma he commits during his life time; he is born as a sinner because his ancestors and parents were all sinners. We come to this world resembling the shapes of our parents and that is why we say that ‘the apple does not fall far from the tree.’ People’s minds are in the shape which is their body, because each of us is the collaborative products of our ancestors’ and parents’ sins. People are born with the mass of their ancestors’ and parents’ sins and karma. Initially, they live as the mass of those sins and eventually come to have their own minds they create during their lives; this is original sin and personal sin. People have only self-centered, selfish individual minds caring only about themselves; these minds cannot become one with Truth. Not becoming one with Truth is the only sin there is in the world. Escaping from this individual mind and being reborn as the body and mind of Truth, the Creator, is freedom from sin. One cannot be born again as Truth because he is not free from sin, which is his own frame of conceptions and behaviors. One is only totally absolved of his sins when he is reborn as Truth and no longer has his self.
Woo Myung. The Way to Become a Person In Heaven While Living (pp. 160-163). Cham Books. Kindle Edition.