A young man is sitting on the street and crying. An old man passes by and asks, “Hey, why are you crying here alone?” “It is too painful to live. I lost my job today. I have my wife and kids. It is hopeless to maintain our livelihood,” replies the young man.
The old man says, “Hey, young man, you are still young but you are forgetting about what’s really important. In order to escape from the pain you are experiencing now, you need to realize that your life is false and exists like a shadow.”
The young man asks him back, “What do you mean?” The old man continues, “It is what it literally means. Life is false, an illusion and a dream. Someone said that life is like a bubble. The stories and pain you are experiencing now are all false. So you need to know that and escape from that bubble-like life. It’s important to find your true life.”
The young man says, “Hey, you don’t know my situation now. You are alone and have no wife and kids. But for me, I should give some food to my family and keep our life. You only care for yourself, don’t you?”
The old man says, “If you understand what I say, you could escape from your pain. I feel sorry for you. It was my pleasure to meet you.” The old man left.
From master Woo Myung’s book, Stop Living In This Land Go To The Everlasting World Of Happiness Live There Forever
God’s World Beyond the Human World
Man has been in the world for a long time; he is born in the world through the balance and harmony of creation and is able to live by the will of heaven and earth. However, he lives as he wishes; he makes his own world and lives thinking he is alive because of his own greatness. He does not know that he exists because the world exists. He does not have any thankfulness for the world and he only acknowledges what suits the framework of his mind; if it does not suit it, he rejects it as being wrong.
We need to think about what the source of the world is, that is, what the existence of the origin is. Let us think for a moment that we had not been born in the world; in that case, the universe would still exist. And if all the stars in the sky that were created by the universe had never been created, then only the empty sky would exist. This existence, the empty sky, existed before the beginning, exists presently and will exist an eternity after. It is the original foundation that exists of and by itself. It is the eternally-living, never-dying Jung and Shin, the Soul and Spirit, the Holy Father and Holy Spirit, Dharmakaya and Sambhogakaya.
There is absolutely nothing in this existence but the one God exists amidst the nothingness. The nothingness is the body of the universe and the one God is the mind of the universe. The word ‘holy’ refers to this existence; it is holy because it is alive and creates all of heaven and earth. It is the way of the world that all of creation comes from this existence and returns to this existence. The Korean euphemism for death, ‘he has returned’ means that when you die you return to this existence.
This existence is the origin, the source and the Creator. This existence is the master of the living universe. This existence brought forth heaven and earth and created heaven and earth. This existence itself is the master and owner of this universe and from the viewpoint of this existence, if man is living a self-centered life, he is not living a life of righteousness.
Man lives in his own mind and is thus a sinner who acts against the original foundation that is Truth and the master of the world. The original form of God is the infinite universe – the empty sky itself. Man was made to resemble God but he copies into his mind everything in the world that God has created and has constructed his own mind world. God is the world that is true, and what man has made is a world of a video, a type of picture. A photograph is a print on paper of what belongs to the world, but man prints and keeps in his mind of what belongs to the world and all that has happened in the world. The place where man is living overlaps the real world and so he mistakenly thinks he is living in the world but he is actually living inside a world of a video. This is his karma and the reason he is a sinner.
God’s world is not that of the human world, but the true world that can be seen. Even though man is born into the world, he has never once lived in the world. When he destroys his mind world and his self disappears, he can then go to the world of God, the true world. Beyond the complete destruction of the human world, the illusionary world, lies the true world, the world of God. When man who is a sinner and an illusion disappears, he can go to the true world of God.
Due to the fact that man is incomplete, people follow the words of saints and we have heard of those who strive to become saints themselves. However, only God knows the way to get to the land of God and only he can give new birth to those who have come to the land of God.
The world of God is the land where one lives as an eternal immortal. Therefore the Savior must be the master of the world. He will take people to the world of God and enable them to be reborn in this world and he will also enable the world to be reborn in the world of God. In other words, only when everything in the universe is reborn in the empty sky, the origin, as the substance of the empty sky, can it live eternally like the empty sky.
The human world is a false world,
The human world is a fake world,
The human world is a non-existent world,
The human world is a dead world.
The human world is one without life,
The human world is a world of hell,
The human world is a world of pictures,
And the human world is that of suffering and burden.
But God’s world is the world of reality,
God’s world is a real world.
God’s world is a world that exists,
God’s world is one that is alive.
God’s world is a world that has life,
God’s world is the world of heaven,
God’s world is what the pictures have been taken of –
The original form of the world.
God’s world is that of freedom and liberation.
The way to go to God’s world beyond the human world is by dying and completely destroying one’s mind world. This meditation has this method which is the reason it is causing such a sensation around the world.