Who We Worship
We Worship Gucheon Sangje, the Highest Celestial Deity
and Supreme God of the Ninth Heaven
Who Exercises Absolute Authority over the Universe
The Supreme God’s Descent into the Human World
The object of belief in Daesoon Jinrihoe is the Supreme God of the Ninth Heaven (Gucheon Sangje), who is the highest celestial deity and exercises supreme authority over the universe. He made a ‘Great Itineration’ around the world in response to the petition and request of all divine sages, buddhas and bodhisattvas, who have existed since time immemorial.
Stopping on this eastern land of Korea, He spiritually resided in the statue of Golden Maitreya Buddha in the Geumsansa Temple at Moak Mountain in North Jeolla Province where He stayed for thirty years.
On September 19, 1871, He was born as a human being to the Kang family in North Jeolla Province. His honorific name was Jeungsan. The Supreme God (Sangje) Kang Jeungsan proclaimed the unprecedented truth to the human world throughout His 40 years of life which He committed to ‘Reordering Works of Heaven and Earth’ and ‘Opening a New World.’ Then He passed into heaven and ascended to the throne of ‘Gucheon Eungwon Noeseong Bohwa Cheonjon Kangseong Sangje,’ as the Supreme God.
Gucheon Eungwon Noeseong Bohwa Cheonjon Kangseong Sangje
Gucheon (the Ninth Heaven) is the highest heaven where Sangje coordinates all the deities of Heaven and Earth.
Eungwon (in Response to the Supreme God) indicates that any phenomenon or existent thing, including heavenly bodies, is unable to come into being without having first received a command from the Supreme God.
Noeseong (Lightning and Thunder) is a heavenly command and the sound of benevolence. It is created by uniting the two vital qis (the circulating life energy that is inherent in all things) of yin and yang. Noe (Lightning or Electricity) is the essence whereas Seong (Thunder or Sound) is its function. Lightning and thunder can create energetic movement and changes that affect all things and beings by simultaneously causing the ascent and descent of heavenly qi (天氣) and earthly qi (地氣). This is how all creatures are born and grow and how all things are created on the earth; as lightning (or electricity) is the only source-energy and fundamental force that enables their existence. Therefore, we can say lightning is the ultimate source of all existence in terms of exercising control and offering nourishment. This is why Noeseong is called as ‘a heavenly command and the sound of benevolence’.
Bohwa (Vast Becoming) signifies that every being in the universe owes its existence to the benevolent activities of the Supreme God.
Cheonjon (Majesty of Heaven) indicates that Sangje is the greatest and holiest deity throughout the Three Realms of Heaven, Earth and Humanity.
Kangseong Sangje (the Supreme God Kang) is the honored name of the omniscient and omnipotent Supreme God. He exercises the Great Authority over the Three Realms and He rules, directs, and attentively watches over every being and event.