Where Is Heaven?

Where Is Heaven?

Many people think about death and have questions about it but there is no one who knows the answers to their questions. Each religion talks of a world beyond this world: in Buddhism, it is said the world of paradise, where Buddha resides, exists. In Christianity, it is said that heaven exists. However, no one knows which place is true.

In any case, heaven is a world that exists and hell is a world that does not exist. Man is born into the world with a limited amount of time. During his time in the world, he stands at a crossroads of living or dying. However, no one in the world truly realizes this. No one knows whether he will die or live, because man does not have true knowledge that comes from wisdom.

There have been billions of people on Earth who lived seventy to eighty years and passed away. While many people believe they moved on to another place, the only thing that is certain is that they have disappeared from this world.

The principle of the world is that you exist because the ground exists; the ground exists because the Earth or the foundation exists; the Earth, sun, moon and stars in the sky exist because the empty Universe exists. This is the origin or the original foundation. This original foundation is the master of the Universe and only this original foundation is Truth.

For us, people, our lives in this world are the same as dreaming a mere dream. From the perspective of the everlasting existence, Truth, which has existed since the beginning, we are dreaming a dream that lasts only for a split-second.

The original foundation or the place beyond material existence is Truth, the master of the Universe and the Creator. This existence is a non-material, immortal and living existence; it is the master of the world; it is the Jung and Shin of the Universe that is the master of the world; the Universe’s Soul and Spirit. The only eternal existence in the Universe is this existence. For man to live forever he must be reborn with the Soul and Spirit, or the body and mind, of this existence. Otherwise, there is no such thing as eternity in the world.

The human mind is the mind of sin and karma; a false mind world which has copied what belongs to the real world. What is in the world is true but man lives not in the world but inside his own mind which is like a video. This world is hell; an illusionary world. It is false and it does not exist in the real world. From the viewpoint of the real world, it does not exist. In other words, the illusionary world of the video does not exist in the world.

Since man does not live in the world and instead lives in his mind – a copy of the world that overlaps with the world – when he dies he simply disappears. However, when he erases his self-made mind world which is false, the original foundation remains.

If we think about it, the original foundation existed before you were born and it exists now. It will still exist even after you die. Unless you swap your mind to this existence of Truth, which is the origin, an eternal land does not exist. Doesn’t the Universe still exist even after both your mind world and yourself disappear? Material matter in the Universe exists because your mind exists; even after all material matter is erased, the sky still exists. When you become this empty sky and you are reborn from this sky, you will never die.

Only this place is the land without death and this land is a world where one lives forever. If man discards his mind world and his self living in it, he will have the mind of the origin and if his mind becomes this mind of the origin, his mind will become the mind of the world. Within this mind of the world, one’s true soul that is the substance of Truth must be reborn. Only then can his body and mind of the true soul live forever in this world even after the body disappears.

It is here that heaven exists. God or Buddha exists in the mind of a person who has become one with the mind of the world, and it is here that heaven also exists. He who has become this mind has the mind of the world. He will live forever in this land, in the world of the Soul and Spirit, where everything in this world is as it is.

Because it is said that we will live with this body in this land, some people and some religions believe that it is the physical body that will live forever. However it is Truth and the principle of nature that man’s physical body cannot live forever. As scientists have proven, even the stars in the sky, including the Earth, have life spans and can only live up to fifteen billion years. It is not the material form that lives, but the original foundation, the Soul and Spirit which is Truth, which will live forever here in this land of Truth. Such a place is heaven. To be reborn and to live in this heaven, one must discard his mind of sins and karma that has turned its back on the world. He must become the mind of the world and within that mind, the world and one’s self must be resurrected as the Soul and Spirit, in order to live in this land which is heaven.

– Woo Myung

From <Stop Living In This Land. Go To The Everlasting World of Happiness. Live There Forever>

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Acceptance Is The Greatest Thing Of All

 

Acceptance by Woo Myung
 

Acceptance Is The Greatest Thing Of All

 

Acceptance is the greatest thing of all because

it means to embrace everything without discernment.

One embraces so that

one may be awakened of that which one has embraced.

Being awakened does not mean

to gain enlightenment by

discerning until one knows for sure

what is and what is not;

rather, it means to gain enlightenment despite such discernment;

it means to discern until one knows it for sure,

yet not be bound to one’s discernment;

it means to discern with the Mind that is absent of self.

Because this Mind embraces the narrow minds of others,

it is the Mind of great mercy and great benevolence;

it is the Mind of true, great heart.

According to Nature’s flow,

acceptance is the wisdom of life,

in which a life that follows this flow is

a life of acceptance.

Acceptance is perfect,

and so it belongs to nothing.

Yet it allows for everything to become one;

it allows us to live seeing things just as they are

so that though one may teach,

one does not belong to the teachings –

one just teaches,

one simply does it –

which is why it is acceptance.

 

– Woo Myung

 

Faith

 
Faith by Woo Myung
 

Faith

 

Faith generally means

to believe in a certain subject,

but true faith means

to believe in what one has within oneself.

To merely believe in a subject

is to believe in an image of one’s own delusions.

To have faith in what is within

is to believe because the heart believes.

This is true faith.

Even when it comes to believing in Truth,

believing in some vague trueh is

to believe in a truth of one’s own conceptions and habits.

In other words, delusion breeds faith in a delusional truth.

To have faith in the fact that Truth exists inside you,

is for you to have Truth;

furthermore, to believe it with your heart,

for true faith means to believe with the heart.

 

True faith is when

one’s true heart – one’s true Mind – believes that Truth exists.

In the Bible, there is the phrase,

“to believe with the heart and answer with the mouth.”

This means that one must acknowledge

that Jesus Christ, who is Truth,

exists in one’s heart – in the Mind inside oneself –

and answer with one’s mouth that, indeed, Truth exists;

this means that person has been enlightened

and that he has received an answer to his prayer of repentance.

 

– Woo Myung

 
 

Episode 20. A King and A Pigeon

A long, long time ago, there was a truly merciful king. He committed himself to reach enlightenment and someday, attain Buddhahood.

One day, a pigeon was chased by a hawk. The pigeon screamed and flew into the king’s bosom.

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The hawk that was chasing the pigeon sat on a branch and said to the king, “Give me the pigeon back. That is food for my dinner.”

“I cannot give this pigeon back to you. When I pledged to attain Buddhahood by practice, I also pledged to protect all creatures.”

“Aren’t I included in those creatures? How dare you not show mercy to me and even steal my prey?” The king was embarrassed by what the hawk said. However, the king can never take a life.

The king did not hesitate to cut off flesh from his leg and give it to the hawk. But the hawk was demanding flesh as heavy as the pigeon.

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The king brought a scale and weighed his flesh and the pigeon. The pigeon weighed much more than his flesh. The king cut off his flesh from another leg and weighed it. It was still lighter than the pigeon. The king continued to cut off flesh from his body – his arms, hips, chest, and so on, and put it on the scale. However, it was still lighter.

In the end, he loaded his entire body on the scale. The weight was finally the same. The king was neither resentful to the hawk nor regretful for what he had done.

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“Although I cut my own flesh and bled, I felt neither pain nor regret. I kept pursuing enlightenment with a consistent attitude. If it were true, my body would recover its original state.” As soon as he had pledged, all of a sudden, his body recovered its original state.

This story is from a Buddhist Commentary.

Dying Is Living And Living Is Dying

The Mahaparinirvana Sutra, a Buddhist holy writing, says that in the future, in the world of the future Buddha, parinirvana or perfect death can be achieved. Parinirvana is to die completely, without holding onto anything. What this means is that one must discard all that is of the human mind and body. Thus, death means to discard or eliminate.

Death means to not exist. To die a ‘big’ death is to die fully without anything remaining – when man kills everything in his mind and discards all preconceptions and habits. This is parinirvana or nirupadhishesha-nirvana (nirvana without residue). When one dies completely, the original mind, the origin, the mind of the universe, is revealed. This is the mind of the origin; it is God, Buddha, Allah and Haneol-nim. This is Truth. When man who is false completely dies and he has the mind of God, Truth, and he is reborn with the Soul and Spirit of God, he will live forever in heaven – in the world of immortals, the land of Truth.

There is a saying in the Bible that he who tries to die will live and he who tries to live will die. This essentially has the same meaning as the sutra above: once one’s false self completely dies, his true self is reborn and lives in his land that is true. So, in order for the true self to live, the false self must die. Man believes that he is alive but as he does not exist in the true world, he is a dead entity.

The only way for man who is dead to live, is to discard the false man. Falseness must die, if the new, true man is to be reborn and live. People often think that when the Savior comes, their bodies will live forever or the souls of their bodies will live forever. However, they are dead because they do not have the mind of the true world and their true souls are not born in the true world.

It is nonsense to say that one can truly live, if one has not died and resurrected while he is living. When one repents his sin, it is the death of his self. It is the complete elimination of one’s self that has turned his back on Truth. Without true repentance that is death, one’s false self lives in sin that is the false world. This is not truly living; it is death. Only those who have died completely will live forever in the land of Truth.

From <Stop Living In This Land, Go To The Everlasting World Of Happiness, Live There Forever> by Master Woo Myung

The Cycle Of God

 

The Cycle of God by Woo Myung

 

The Cycle Of God

 

In order for man’s consciousness – his – mind –

to be changed into the Mind of  God,

his human self must exist no more;

by God’s consent,

he must be reborn as God, Himself.

In order for both man’s and God’s cycles to coincide,

all but God should be absent from his mind.

Only then will his cycle be in sync

so that he can be reborn as God.

Only those who have become God

may live in God’s Land.

 

– Woo Myung

From Despair To Hope

From Despair To Hope

There were people living in the world even a long time ago. The many people who lived in the world throughout the ages have all disappeared, silently and without a trace. While they lived, they were attached to the realities of their daily lives and they suffered because of their minds of possession, but despite all of their agonizing over the meaningless events of life, no trace of them remains. Ultimately, there is no meaning in human life.

The only way for man to live forever and escape from suffering and burden is to die while he is still living. Only then can he find his true self. His true self is God who remains when he is dead.

Even if all people and the world disappear, what remains is the existence without form, taste, scent, sight, hearing and feeling. That is, the existence – for which these minds have completely ceased – remains: the original foundation. If one is reborn from the original foundation, he and the world become eternal and never-dying immortals, and both the world and man live, for they become God that never dies.

Discarding falseness and becoming real is the only path to life. People want to become real but at the same time keep the falseness; there are not many people who know that they can only become real if they throw away what is false. They have such strong attachments to their falseness that they look for Truth within it. They do not know that Truth does not exist within falseness – that is how foolish people are. The right way, or the answer, is to discard falseness so that only Truth remains, and to be reborn as Truth.

– Woo Myung

From <Stop Living In This Land. Go To The Everlasting World of Happiness. Live There Forever>

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