Posts tagged Unification Church
Posts tagged Unification Church
From what I’m aware, Kat lives rent-free in a flat owned by the UK church. She has been there as long as she has lived in London. Many members are upset about this situation as the church is subsidizing her living expenses, costing them tens of thousands of pounds per year in missed rental income.
Unfortunately UK church leadership doesn’t have the authority to kick her out (being ‘true family’ and all) and the matter is seen as too trivial to European leadership.
Heavenly True Parents and the Sages’ Wives
Moon married these six women to religious leaders, or sages, in the spirit world. With Myung-hee Kim he had fathered a child – Hee-jin Moon born in 1955. Won-bok Choi was known as ‘Second Mother’ for many years. It is probable that Moon had pikareum and yongch’e ceremonies with all of these women. Yongch’e imparts a new spirit body which would enable these women to then ‘restore’ the sages in the spirit world. This would make a connection between these sages and Moon. It is a shamanic practise to mobilize leaders (often military leaders) in the spiritual world to work with the shaman to achieve the shaman’s goals. The favors of the spirits are gained through performing rituals and ceremonies.
1: Jong-ok Lee 李貞玉. (Moon married her to Mohammed)
2: Myung-hee Kim 金明煕. (married to Socrates)
3: Chung-soon Chang 張貞順. (married to Jesus)
4: Kyŏng-Jun Lee 李京埈. (married to Confucius)
5: Hyun-shil Kang 姜賢實. (married to Augustine)
6: In the oval, Won-bok Choi 催元福. (married to Buddha)
For an explanation of Moon’s pikareum and yongch’e rituals see:
Kirsti L. Nevalainen, Change of Blood Lineage through Ritual Sex in the Unification Church
“Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Unification Church, has declared himself as the Messiah and Lord of the Second Advent. He claims he has come as the Messiah at the end of the world as the Bible prophesied. He saves fallen satanic people by removing the original sin from them through The Blessing of Marriage ceremony. The Blessing of Marriage ceremony of the Unification Church is directly derivative from the pigarum [pikareum] or yongch’e ceremony of Korean messianic groups from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. A pigarum ceremony means ‘change of blood lineage’ and a yongch’e ceremony means ‘receiving a new spiritual body’. A male spiritual leader united sexually with his female disciples and a female spiritual leader had ritual sex with her male followers. The Unification Church practiced the pigarum or yongch’e ceremony from the 1940s until 1962 when The Holy Wine Ceremony and The Three Day Ceremony replaced this original sexual ritual. Both of these ceremonies are integral parts of The Blessing of Marriage.”
Unification Theology and Religious Syncretism
“The most fascinating example of religious syncretism in Korea is the Unification Church. Sun Myung Moon openly confesses that his special revelation, although primarily Christian, integrates the best aspects of Buddhism and Confucianism. Unificationist metaphysics especially shows the influence of Eastern dipolar concepts of reality and deity. Furthermore, the Rev. Moon boasts about his claim that he is a Korean shaman – in the best sense of that word of course.”
Nick Gier – Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, University of Idaho, USA
“Moon the shaman Another of Moon’s identities is the shaman, who claims to have journeyed to the spirit world, where he met many religious figures, and conversed with God, Jesus and Satan. The discovery of Satan’s “secret crime” — allegedly the consequence of prolonged conversations with Satan, culminating in the discovery that Eve and Satan had a sexual relationship, which led to the “Fall of Man” — has been crucial to Unificationist theology. Surprisingly, however, there is no mention of Moon’s shamanic activities, despite the fact that the movement’s emphasis on spiritism appears to be increasing rather than decreasing. Heung Jin’s death in 1983 was followed by members purportedly receiving messages from his “returning resurrection” and, after the death of Moon’s mother-in-law — known to members as Dae Mo Nim (“revered mother”) — a large shrine and pilgrimage centre was opened at Cheongpyung in Korea, where a medium called Hyo Nam Kim mediated messages from her, and where members were sent for extended periods of training in the Principle.”
George D. Chryssides, University of Wolverhampton, U.K.
Introduction to ‘The Unification Church in America – A Bibliography and Research Guide’ 1987
“One, however, cannot fully understand the resonance of Rev. Moon’s thought, particularly in Korea and Japan, without understanding the importance of an indigenous shamanism in these countries. Shamanism is Korea’s oldest and one of the most important indigenous religions. In its expression the shaman, a priest, communicates with spirits or deities while entranced. Koreans under foreign subservience have always felt a special security in their indigenous guardians against evil spirits and misfortune, and Dr. Young Oon Kim asserts that Koreans of all classes have turned to the Mudangs (shamans) for guidance in periods of stress (Kim, Y.O. 1976, vol. 3: 175). I have also observed that many Americans have turned to Spiritualistic mediums in times of similar need. Spiritualism, akin to shamanism, and also an indigenous American religion, has as its protectors the native American Indian guides who speak through the medium. Rev. Moon’s asserted ability to communicate with the spirit world makes the Uniﬁcation Church related to both shamanism and spiritualism.”
J. Stillson Judah, Professor Emeritus, History of Religions, Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
“Neither Mrs. Moon’s leadership nor Hoon Mo Nim’s ministry [in the body of Hyo-nam Kim], however, can be seen as “feminist” in the western sense. Hoon Mo Nim’s ministry, which is essentially shamanistic, is in many ways typical of the traditional spiritual role of women in Korea’s male chauvinist society. Mrs. Moon’s authority, meanwhile, derives from that of her husband, although she appears to be emerging now as a leader in her own right.” Schism in the Unification Movement: The Theological Dimensions (an insider’s view)
Dan Fefferman (UTS) October 12, 2012
Sun Myung Moon: speech given on October 13th 1970 in Seoul, Korea
“Change of Blood Lineage: The Real Experience of Salvation by the Messiah”
“The realm of total perfection cannot be achieved without a condition for restoring fallen Eve. The Holy Spirit and Jesus must give rebirth centering upon original love. In order for Jesus to be born, God in His providence prepared a certain historical foundation of heart. That providence must involve the womb of a woman.”
Pikareum explained in Moon’s own words:
Dan Fefferman gives a helpful explanation of Pikareum:
Neil Salonen is asked about pikareum:
Hyo-min Eu was one of the ‘restored’ 36 couples.
He describes pikareum here:
Hyo-min Eu article in Japanese:
Moon and Hak Ja Han with the Pak family. Sam is sitting next to Hak Ja Han.
Sammy, Moon and the Four Fallen Natures
In the video link here https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=780873878595586¬if_t=video_processed Rev Thompson is giving a lecture on the fact that Sammy Pak is Sun Myung Moon’s son and that his wife Hak Ja Han knew about it and condoned it. (Who’s he telling this to? First and second gens? Or just second gens?) In fact Rev. Thompson is bragging about it as though cheating on Hak Ja Han was a painful sacrifice SMM had to make for heaven’s sake. (Ok all you men out there; stop laughing…. on second thoughts go ahead and laugh. You deserve that much after everything you lost to the Moon farce.) He goes on to “justify” the whole affair and all the players in the affair with the idea that SMM got it into his head … that he needed to father 12 sons. Then Rev. Thompson tells us that Hak Ja Han said her husband should stop having sex with other women in order to get those 12 sons by saying she should be the one to give him 12 sons.
OK. Let’s use some logic here. Everyone knows there are no guarantees that any pregnancy will result in a son. So, how many mistresses should he have taken to his bed in order to ensure he would have 12 sons? What if one of his mistresses kept having daughters? Would he have kept having sex with her in the hope that “eventually” she’d have a son? Or would he move on to another mistress at some point? And, if Hak Ja Han was begging her husband to stop having sex with other women in order to gain 12 sons, but she didn’t have 12 sons for him, which we know she did not, then what? Does not having 12 sons mean SMM failed God and that it’s his wife’s’ fault for not letting him have mistresses? I don’t know; should we shame Hak Ja Han for blocking God’s need for SMM to have 12 sons?
Are you really buying into this kind of foul play on the three blessings?
Does anyone really believe that God would ask this of a messiah who is supposed to clean up the blood lineage of the human race? Doesn’t anyone see how this would create a major stumbling block for all the other religions of the world to accept Moon as the messiah of the family? How many families would be enough for Moon? How many would be too much?
Even his own children came to see adultery as acceptable behavior because they saw it practiced by their father. So it doesn’t take a whole lot of deep reasoning to figure out where the holes are in all this justification of sex outside of the “one man/one women/one family” theme you are taught to shout at every public event in your life.
Let’s see how the four fallen natures measure up to all this? Which side do they prove wrong… Moon’s side or the side of those who have walked away from him and his teachings?
The Four Fallen Natures
First. failure to see from Gods point of view… Isn’t going outside the marriage bed to have sex with someone other than your own spouse a failure to see from God’s own Divine Principled point of view of one man, one wife, one family? If not then why not change the three blessings to include adultery? If not, then why not?
Second. Reversal of dominion… Isn’t putting other women in your marriage bed reversing the dominion of the wife by putting other women where only the wife belongs? Isn’t the theme of SMM that it is Satanic to misuse your sexual organ?
Third. Justification… Isn’t blaming your sexual fall on God really a very immature form of justification? The bible says this about justification:
Isaiah 5:20 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
Fourth. Multiplication of evil… Look at the Moon children. Many of them are divorced, some have had sex before marriage and some have committed adultery because it’s what they grew up seeing their father do. If you are outraged and confused about In Jin and her lovers Alistair and Ben then you should understand that she learned to justify and multiply evil by observing her parents standard of family life.
If Rev Moon actually was the messiah of the family then shouldn’t we all be following his standard by getting divorced, having children outside of marriage and then cheating on our spouses? Yikes! It almost sounds exactly like the very thing we were sacrificing our lives to take out of the world doesn’t it?
Re-posted from WIOTM
Annie Choi with Sam Pak
But this family values crusader harbored a secret. While [Moon] was promoting marriage as the solution to society’s woes and inveighing against “free sex,” his personal life was full of philandering—including at least one adulterous relationship that produced a son. To hide the boy’s identify from his followers, Moon instructed his right-hand man, who was also the founding president and publisher of the Washington Times, to raise the child. Moon’s illegitimate son, Sam Park, who is now 47 years old and lives in Arizona, also helped guard his father’s secret, by staying silent. Until now.
Park, who has shaggy salt-and-pepper hair and a mellow demeanor, resides in Phoenix with his 77-year-old mother, Annie Choi [or Soon-wha Choi]. Their story, which I touched on in a recent article about the unraveling of Moon’s empire in The New Republic, casts a spotlight on the hidden history of Moon’s church, a strange but influential institution that has maintained close ties to the Republican Party since the Reagan era.
Choi joined Moon’s church along with her mother and sister in the early 1950s. At the time, the family lived in the southern Korean city of Pusan. Moon had fled there after escaping a communist labor camp in North Korea, where he was imprisoned, reportedly on bigamy charges. Initially, he had only a few dozen followers, who met in a two-room house on the outskirts of town and were expected to sacrifice everything for the church. For young female members, this included their virginity. Choi says the initiation rites for early female disciples involved having sex with Moon three times. She also alleges that Moon kept a stable of a half-dozen concubines, known as the Six Marys, and inducted her into the group when she was 17. Sometimes, she adds, he would assemble them all in a circle and take turns mounting them. Choi’s account is consistent with those of other early followers, who claim that Moon’s church began as an erotic cult, with Moon “purifying” female followers through sexual rites. (One former acolyte [Chong-hwa Pak] published a book on the topic in Japan.) [The Tragedy of the Six Marys]
According to Choi, Moon persuaded her mother, whose husband owned one of Korea’s largest insurance companies, that their family played a special role in God’s plan: Just like Jacob, who married two women and had children by them and their handmaids, Moon would marry both of her daughters, and they would give birth to the world’s first sin-free children. Choi’s mother was so devoted to this vision that in 1954 she sold one of the family’s homes and gave the proceeds to Moon. Soon thereafter, he opened a church in Seoul and his movement began to flourish. By 1959, more than 30 churches had sprung up around Korea, and Moon’s teachings started to spread to other countries.
But that year Moon’s marriage plans hit a snag, when Choi’s older sister abandoned the church and broke off the engagement. Rather than marry Choi, in late 1959, Moon, who was then 40, began casting about for another bride. He quickly settled on his cook’s daughter, a shy 17-year-old girl named Hak Ja Han. After their wedding in early 1960, Moon—whose church was rapidly expanding into the United States—began teaching that marriage was the key to salvation. He and his new wife would create the “prototype of the perfect family” and give birth to sin-free children. Followers could join his sinless family by keeping themselves chaste until Moon married them off in one of his now-famous mass-wedding ceremonies and then building strong, faithful families of their own.
During this era, Moon preached that sex outside of marriage was the worst possible sin. But Choi and other insiders allege that Moon’s philandering continued long after his own marriage. Choi says she kept having sex with him regularly until 1964, when she moved to the United States to attend Georgetown University, in Washington, DC. Prior to her departure, Choi claims, she and Moon were married in a secret ceremony at his church. The following year, Moon made his first trip to the United States and stayed for several months with his deputy, Bo Hi Pak, near the nation’s capital. During the trip, he spent a good deal of time with Choi. (One photo from the era shows the two of them and Pak huddled in front of the Washington Monument.) Before long, Choi was carrying Moon’s child.
This news could have destroyed the fledgling American movement, but Moon and Pak made sure that didn’t happen. Choi says Moon instructed her to hide her pregnancy and give the child to the Pak family to raise. As he traveled Asia and Europe over the next few months, Moon sent Choi a string of tender postcards, praising her “noble heart” and giving additional instructions, including what to name the baby: “Deliver the message to Bo Hi [Pak] and his wife to use Kyung.”
According to Choi, the Paks, who already had five children, pretended they were expecting another. Mrs. Pak stuffed her midsection with an expanding mound of cloth diapers to mimic pregnancy. When Choi went into labor, Pak drove her to a Washington, DC, hospital and passed her off as his wife. The Paks were even listed as the child’s parents on his birth certificate. (Lawyers for Bo Hi Pak and his wife, who now live in Korea, did not respond to interview requests.)
After the birth, Pak dropped Choi off at her apartment and took the baby to his family’s home in northern Virginia. It was a snowy day. Choi, who still believed Moon was the messiah, recalls her small apartment feeling vast and empty, as she sat weeping into her soup. “I asked myself, what am I doing?” she recalls. “But then I reminded myself: I was born for this mission. My personal dreams are no big deal.”
Choi stayed in the United States to be near her son, who was born Samuel Pak, but went by Jin Kyung (a combination of the name Moon requested and the character “Jin,” often used in Moon family names) or the American name Sam Park. At the time, not even the Pak children knew Sam was not their biological brother.
Choi dropped by periodically and lavished the child with affection. When Park was in elementary school, she also began inviting him for dinners and sleepovers at her place, a colonial-style townhouse on a quiet Northern Virginia cul-de-sac. But Moon took pains to distance himself from Park. While he regularly visited the Pak home, especially after moving to the United States in 1971, he avoided conversing with the boy. “He never asked me anything: How old are you? How’s school going?” Park recalls. “It was as if he was making a point of not showing an interest.”
When Park was about 13, Choi finally told him who his parents were. “When she said it, it made so much sense,” Park recalls. “Of course, she’s my mother! How could I not have seen if before?” Park continued living with the Pak family, but gradually Moon’s 13 other children began to figure out that he was their half brother. Not all of them took it well; Park says that the eldest of Moon’s sons, Steve [Hyo-jin Moon], once pointed a gun at him and threatened to rape and kill his mother. (Steve, who had a taste for cocaine and high-caliber weapons, was famously prone to violence. He would die of a heart attack in 2008, at the age of 45.)
… The legal battle has taken a heavy emotional toll on both of them, [Choi and Sam] and their financial situation has grown increasingly shaky. Their Phoenix home is on the brink of foreclosure, and Park is inching toward bankruptcy. Whatever the outcome, they are ready to finally leave their painful double lives behind. By going public they also hope they can help other Moon disciples break free from the Unification Church. "So many people sacrificed for the movement, but they didn’t really know what they were sacrificing for," Choi says, weeping. "I used to worry about my financial future and about my son’s security. But now it’s very clear to me: My job is to light the candle—to light a candle so that people can see that the entire movement was built on a lie."
From Mother Jones. Written by Mariah Blake.
Complete Mother Jones article here:
See an extract about Sam and his mother from The New Republic article here:
The complete The New Republic article is here:
Annie Choi standing next to Moon in 1965 in Washington, D.C. From left to right: Mrs Pak, Pauline Phillips (Verheyen), Ms Choi, Jhoon Rhee, Moon, Won-pok Choi and Bo Hi Pak.
An agreement signed by Samuel Park, Annie Choi, and Bo Hi Pak in which Park and Choi agree to keep Park’s parentage a secret in exchange for money.
Kenji ‘Daikan’ Ohnuki
In 1987, my husband told me something shocking he had kept secret for about 2 or more years. Steve was close to the Ocean Church national director, Kenji “Daikan” Ohnuki … Daikan began to confide in him as he had planned to leave the church and concentrate on supporting his family. He offered my husband this advice, “Steve, don’t have a beggar’s mind”.
What he confided in Steve shocked him when he first heard it. They were in Daikan’s car leaving the New Yorker Hotel for Tarrytown. During the drive suddenly Daikan began to reveal something Steve never expected to hear. Daikan related his experience back in the 1960s in Washington DC. He had driven a young Korean woman to see Sun Myung Moon at a private home. When he returned to pick her up and drive her back to her home, she confided that she had just had sexual intercourse with Mr Moon.
Steve was shocked and confused in hearing this explosive claim and he sat on it, never sharing it with me until years later when we left New York for Santa Barbara, California. Daikan paid us a visit and this stirred up Steve’s memories. We lived in our own home and were were not in contact with the church at that time and I suppose he felt it was safe to share this information with me.
I was gobsmacked and I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was just Daikan’s invention, but little did I know how right he was. I now believe he drove Annie Choi to have sex with SM Moon at the Pak home, which is where I believe Sammy Pak Choi Moon was conceived.
This incident should make all UC members question every part of the beliefs they have upheld. Was Mr Moon a sinless man? Did he practice what he preached? Should members simply believe everything they are told, or have they been deceived?
I believe it’s time for objective examination and the end to decades of deceit.
Karen Alleyne Taylor
Kenji “Daikan” Ohnuki travelled with Moon to Gettysburg, north of Washington DC, on June 25, 1965.
Daikan took the photos of Moon with ex-President Eisenhower when they met there.
Kenji “Daikan” Ohnuki is listed as an 1800 couple here (couple 49)
Watch Rev. Kevin Thompson admit to the existence of Moon’s love-child Sam Pak.
Another year, another birth certificate.
January 28, 1966. Arlington, Virginia
Bo Hi Pak and Ki Sook Yoon both lied on this legal document.
Sam’s parents were Sun Myung Moon and Soon-Wha Choi (Annie Choi).