Who We Worship
When facing despair and calamities, people naturally look to deities, buddhas, and bodhisattvas to find some sense of solace. Unbeknownst to humanity; however, deities, buddhas, and bodhisattvas have their own source of solace, and that is none other than the Supreme God of the Ninth Heaven (Gucheon Sangje). It was He whom they petitioned in humanity's darkest hour, and it was He who descended into the world to rectify disorder and reveal the path to an everlasting paradise. Brick by brick, this path is paved as we collectively resolve grievances and grudges, live in accordance with mutual beneficence, and serve one another in gratitude through Daesoon Truth revealed by the Supreme God.
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 entered 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 Kang Jeungsan. 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,' 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 no phenomenon, including heavenly bodies, is able to come into being without a command from the Supreme God.
Noeseong (Lightning and Thunder) is a heavenly command for benevolence. It is created by the two vital forces of yin and yang. Noe (Lightning or electricity) is the essence whereas Seong (Thunder or sound) is its function. Lightning and thunder can cause energetic movement and changes by simultaneously causing the ascent of heavenly energy and the descent of earthly energy. This is the means by which all creatures on the earth are born and grow as lightning and thunder control and nurture them. They are the fundamental source of vital energy for all beings born into existence. This is why Noeseong is called as 'a heavenly command for benevolence'.
Bohwa (Vast Becoming) signifies that every being in the world owes its existence to the benevolent activity of the Supreme God.
Cheonjon (Majesty of Heaven) indicates that Sangje is the holiest and greatest 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.