The Resolution of Grievances for Mutual Beneficence
The Lord of Dao (Doju) set methods of cultivation based on the ideas contained in the Supreme God (Sangje)’s Reordering Works of the Universe. Through these methods, humans can participate in Heavenly Work and in return for this virtuous deed, they can transform themselves into perfected human beings. In other words, if humans take part in The Reordering Works of Heaven and Earth and serve the will of Sangje, they will have divinities enter into their minds to help renovate their spirits and transform them into new human beings.
However, the renovation of oneself are not merely confined to only ourselves. As it is said in the Jeon-gyeong, “The center of the universe is the human mind” (天地之中央心也, Gyoun 1:66) and “It is the human mind that determines the way how Heaven, Earth, and Humans use their virtues.” (天用地用人用統在於心, Haengrok 3:44). The human mind is not separate from nature, but herein it can be known to be the hub of all things that is connected to the entire universe. This means that humans are connected to all tangible and intangible beings that inhabit all microscopic and macroscopic worlds beyond and within time and space.
There are enmities and resentments that have piled up over unfathomably long ages. These are the results of frequent episodes of misconduct triggered by the principle of mutual-contention that characterized the Former World. These grievances and grudges were deeply rooted in the microscopic world including even our own cellular structure, and this is also connected with macroscopic worlds such as Heaven and Earth. Thus, as the microcosm and macrocosm are connected as one in their yin and yang relationship, if we enlighten our minds through our cultivation in order to resolve all grievances and grudges, then the whole universe will begin to change itself into a world of mutual-beneficence (Sangsaeng). Hence, it should be understood that the Supreme God (Sangje) performed the ‘Reordering Works of Heaven and Earth’ to resolve all grievances and grudges while merely using one instrument: the human mind.
Therefore, there have existed all kinds of beings (from both microscopic and macroscopic worlds beyond time and space) who are negatively affected and plagued by our previous misconduct and transgressions. They can include grudge-harboring spirits or any negative atmospheric situations caused by or related to ourselves throughout countless cycles of incarnations starting from time immemorial. Thereby, these beings have become deeply rooted in our own minds and bodies while bearing grievances and grudges that have been accumulated against us. They have been dormant or sometimes even active in our minds and bodies in the form of energy (qi). Also, these beings, and we too, are interrelated and interconnected with Heaven and Earth as an organic body. While realizing these facts, one should thereby know and believe that Sangje came to human world as a Grievance-Resolving God (Haewon-sin) and should endeavor to resolve all grievances and grudges through utmost sincerity and faithfulness towards Sangje.
Only after all of these realizations are embraced and performed, are we then able to finally enlighten all these entangled beings that affect our minds and bodies as grudge-harboring spirits and free them from any obstructions that they face in their own dimensions. This is what we call the ‘Resolution of Grievance for Mutual-beneficence (Haewon- Sangsaeng)’ and this is how we gradually transform ourselves. If this is done, then the whole world can finally be transformed into the Earthly Paradise of Mutual-beneficence. This process is called the ’Great Opening to the New World (Gae-byeok).’
When the universe has been newly opened in this way, all the walls that have been blocked during the Former World will become one revealing the Earthly Paradise of the Later World (Hucheon-seon-gyeong) wherein there are no blockages in dimensional walls. This is the ultimate purpose for which Sangje descended into human world and carried out The Reordering Works of Heaven and Earth (Cheonji-gongsa). However, the completion of the Reordering Works of Sange has now been left in our own hands. According to His saying, “Heaven designs the plan for a given work (謀事在天), and humans realize and complete that work (成事在人).” This is why it is absolutely important for humans to realize this context and, with this in mind, put all their efforts into resolving all grievances and grudges whether dormant or active within themselves.
Consequently, it is commonly believed that most existing religions advocate seeking eternal blessings and pleasure in a heavenly paradise after death even though suffering must simply be endured in the present life. For such religionists, this is the final purpose of their beliefs which will be realized only after death. Conversely, Daesoon Truth gradually perfects our surrounding physical environment including ourselves through cultivation in this lived reality, and this eventually frees us from all forms of suffering in our present lives.
The true act of Gratefully Reciprocating Favors (Boeun) first involves realizing that Sangje resides within oneself and that we live within the body of Sangje, and then, devoting ourselves to fulfill our mission by resolving grievances and grudges for the mutual-beneficence of all life. That is the only true comfort that we can provide for Sangje.