- Guarding against Self-deception – Transformation of Human Spirit
- The first aim (Guarding against Self-deception) is to focus on our inner selves by opening up our authentic heart-minds as they are without fabrications. ‘Guarding against Self-deception’ means literally ‘do not deceive yourself.’ However, it does not merely mean ‘not to tell lies,’ but rather, it includes revealing our emotions or thoughts towards fostering mutual understanding and eventually finding harmony with others in every aspect of our cultivatory lives. This is because our heart-mind is the gate
and pathway through which all kinds of spirits enter and exit. Once they come to be unlocked, all affected active or even dormant sprits can easily reveal themselves, which can serve as a momentum to resolve their grievances or grudges through the merits of the ‘Great Dao of the Resolution of Grievances for Mutual Beneficence’ as revealed by the Supreme God, Sangje, during His Reordering Works.
The heart-minds of human beings have gradually deteriorated due to the time humans spent dominated by the principle of mutual contention. Consequently, all of people and also spirits have finally fallen into severe deviation from their original states of purity and their innate consciences while the grievances and grudges that affect them have accumulated. Our dispositions are negatively affected by those factors that come to embed themselves deep into our hearts and eventually manifest in our bad habits and behaviors.
Therefore, in order to resolve those grievances by enlightening all related spirits, there is no other way aside from cultivation based on ‘Guarding against Self-deception.’ When this is done, grievances in which we are entangled become eligible for resolution. This means that those spirits which negatively affect us will begin to awaken into enlightenment and ultimately, my own spirit will be transformed. By doing so, we can also correct our bad habits and behaviors, and furthermore, even our mental or physical disorders can also be rectified. However, it should be noted that on its own, this is not a sufficient condition for the ‘Resolution of Grievances for Mutual Beneficence’ but it is an essential prerequisite nevertheless. In other words, in order to achieve the perfect ‘Resolution of grievances for Mutual Beneficence (Haewon Sangsaeng)’ in our lived practice of cultivation, we need to adjoin it to the concurrent practice of the ‘Grateful Reciprocation of Favors for Mutual Beneficence (Boeun Sangsaeng) ’ This promotes the betterment of others and avoids the provocation of further grievances and grudges (Cheok) while living within our means based upon our principles of cultivation.
Through this process, we can gradually restore our innate consciences to reflect our noble human nature bestowed upon us by Heaven, which is a state of honesty and truthfulness free from avarice and selfishness. And the other accompanying aims can then be achieved in sequential order.
Consequently, ‘Guarding against Self-deception’ is the only mean by which human beings can purify and enlighten their heart-minds leading into the transformation of human spirit. In other words, through the cultivation based upon this aim, we humans can transform our spirit from the state of mutual contention, which has long burdened humanity, into a new state of harmony and mutual beneficence.
- Creation of Earthly Paradise – Re-creation of the World
- The third aim is for the world. ‘Earthly Paradise’ is a world enlightened through Dao, wherein the world will become one family so that people will be governed in reasonable and rational manner not by power or punishment. And they will live in perfect harmony without any conflict and struggle.
A man who is in government service, being moderate and rational, shall not have more honor than he deserves. People will no longer be subject to agony or distress caused from their resentment, avarice or lewdness. They will free themselves from suffering caused from disease or sickness and burial process after dying. They never age and never die.
In addition, there will no longer be any distinction between the rich and the poor. People will come and go anywhere at their choice. With heaven being lowered, people ascend and descend at their will even into ninth Heaven. Also, their wisdom will be ultimately brightened that people will be well-versed in the past, present and future and all the worlds both in humanity and in divinity.
There will be no longer three disasters resulted from flood, fire, and wind. Eventually the world will become literally an Earthly Paradise full of auspicious and propitious energy.
The current world shall be re-created into an earthly paradise, which is also referred to as the ‘Re-creation of the World.’ This re-creation is undertaken to greatly open up a new world of universal harmony and perfect Mutual Beneficence shared among all of humanity and spirits as well.