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What is the ‘Daesoon Truth’?

The ‘Great Creator and Supreme God of the Ninth Heaven (Gucheon Daewon Johwa Jushin*)’ who presides over the Three Realms (Heaven, Earth, and Humanity) with great authority, made a Great Itineration (Daesoon) around the whole world and then came to reside in a Golden Icon of Maitreya Buddha in Geumsansa temple at Moak mountain in Jeonju, North Jeolla province, Korea.

After inhabiting that statue for 30 years, He ultimately descended into the human world as Kang Jeungsan and carried out the ‘Reordering Works of the Universe.’ These Works were undertaken to rectify the disorder of the chaotic universe, realign Heaven and Earth into their proper order and open the eternal Earthly Paradise of the Later World. This will ultimately lead to the universal salvation of divine beings and humanity. Previously, they were in a devastated state wherein divine beings and human beings found themselves unable to communicate with one another and divine beings could not even properly communicate among themselves. Consequently, humanity had fallen into all kinds of calamities.

The problems they faced had all been caused by the accumulated grievances and grudges which had amassed gradually since time immemorial. These grievances and grudges had taken deep roots throughout various worlds including human worlds, divine worlds, and even invisible microscopic worlds all throughout the entirety of the infinite universe. The occurrence of the grievances is simply the result of the principle of mutual conflict that ruled and prevailed over all things, people and divinities in the Former World.

These Reordering Works were performed through an unprecedented and extraordinary way that could only have been created by the Supreme God. Namely, He made divine beings cooperate with human beings, and they thereby guided one another and engaged in mutual beneficence so as to resolve all grievances and grudges. The completion of this resolution will be achieved through the application of the principle of reciprocating favors out of gratitude.

Now, through the practice of the ‘Resolution of Grievances (Haewon)’ and the ‘Grateful Reciprocation of Favors (Boeun) for Mutual Beneficence (Sangsaeng)’ along with the mutual cooperation between divine beings and human beings, all grievances and grudges are set to be resolved. In addition, in order not to cause further grievances, we need to serve one another in gratitude and promote the betterment of others. If we do so, the whole world will be fully enlightened by Dao, all the various forms of mutual conflict and hatred will subside, and an Earthly Paradise of the Later World will emerge. This is what we call ‘Daesoon Truth.’

The Supreme God, Kang Jeungsan, revealed an unprecedented and unique truth known as Daesoon Truth which had never been known previously in the human world. He achieved this throughout His nearly forty year life by means of the Reordering Works of the Universe. After the completion of these Works, Sangje Kang Jeungsan passed into Heaven as a transcendental Being and then returned to the throne of Gucheon Eungwon Noeseong Bohwa Cheonjon Kangseong Sangje* in the highest Heaven. He is not only the Supreme God of the Ninth Heaven (Gucheon Sangje) but He is also Maitreya Buddha.

Daesoon Jinrihoe was established in 1969 in order to revere and practice the teachings of Holy Founder Jo Jeongsan, who inherited and upheld Sangje’s great will and aspiration throughout the founder’s fifty years of religious activities. These teachings consist of Tenets, Creeds, and Aims.

Through training and devoting ourselves to the realization of Daesoon Truth based upon these teachings, we can reach the true state of ‘Self as Dao and Dao as Self.’ Eventually, once we are fully enlightened to Dao, we will see all things clearly, be endowed with the knowledge and wisdom needed to fully understand everything in the universe beyond space and time, and even be empowered to do all things in accordance with our wills. This state is called ‘Absolute Spiritual Enlightenment’ or ‘Perfected Unification with Dao.’

We are now sharing this vision to encourage people who are inspired by our message or feel a karmic affinity with us to join Daesoon Jinrihoe. All are invited to work towards our aims of propagating ‘Daesoon Truth’ throughout the whole world, saving all divine and human beings, and creating an Earthly Paradise through the Renewal of human beings and the Transformation of human spirit.
*Gucheon Daewon Johwa Jushin : the divine epithet of Kang Jeungsan as the Supreme God. Gucheon means the ‘Ninth Heaven’, Daewon means “Great Origin’, Johwa means ‘Creation’, and Jushin means the ‘Lord God’. *Gucheon Eungwon Noeseong Bohwa Cheonjon Kangseong Sangje : the divine title of Kang Jeungsan as the Supreme God. It is also shortened to 'Gucheon Sangje' as an abbreviation. For more details, refer to Page 16.

The Reordering Works of the Universe

'The Reordering Works of the Universe' were a series of Great Works performed by the Supreme God (Sangje) in order to reform the nature of old Heaven and Earth ruled by mutual conflict and to optimize Humanity into a new form that is suited to the Earthly Paradise of Later World. The Great Works were performed exclusively through Sangje’s intervention in the divine(spiritual) world to reorganize its order and let all deities work in harmony.

The result of the Great Works has already manifested in the current world and can be observed in more and more events as time unfolds. These historical and current events occur in accordance with Heaven-ordered Predeterminations (Cheonji-dosu)* and such events will continue arising in this manner until the opening of the Later World.

The Great Works, performed by Sangje from 1901 to 1909, were mainly focused on setting up the means by which all kinds of grievances and grudges that had fully prevailed in Three Realms (Heaven, Earth, and Humanity) can be resolved and made to never happen again.

Sangje performed the Reordering Works through principles outside of our world, which means that they were not performed in the human world but in the divine world. As such, they could hardly be understood by people as they represented an unprecedented new law. He worked on the divine world (realm) and made it so that divine beings could attain the resolution of their own grievances and grudges first.

The Reordering Works of the Universe were preferentially performed as acts of celestial and terrestrial renovation. The Holy Works that rectified Heaven were: The replacement of the deities of netherworld as they had been the cause of chaos in human world, The replacement of the masters of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism which were the basis of culture in the Former World, and The resolution of Danzhu’s grievance as he was the first to bear a grudge in recorded human history.
The Holy Works that reorganized Earth were: Taking the essence of all cultures and brought them into unity with one another, Changing and unifying the energy of Earth (Shinho, New Trench Holy Work), and Enabling commodities and currencies among nations and villages to be exchanged freely.
All of these Holy Works were performed to elevate the world into an environment that improved human existence.

Through His great authority, the disorder of Heaven and Earth is set to be rectified gradually and thoroughly. However, what now remains is humanity’s own part, which must be performed by humanity itself for the sake of their own transformation. In other words, they cannot rely on any other being for their own transformation but have to carry on spiritual practices themselves in order to cultivate their minds and bodies so that all their grievances and grudges (known as ‘negative karma’ in Buddhist terminology) can be resolved and cleared away and they recover their pure innate conscience. It is referred to as ‘the enlightening of mind and discipline of character (修心鍊性)’ while ‘purifying and refining their energy and essence (洗氣煉質)’.

However, what made this transformation possible for humans was Sangje’s Great Works that made great deities enter into one’s mind and help correct his/her disposition and personality.

In conclusion, the Reordering Works of the Universe conducted by Sangje were a celestial and cosmic plan to renovate the existing old Three Realms (Heaven, Earth and Humanity) governed solely by mutual-conflict into renewed Three Realms governed entirely by mutual-beneficence. The renovated Three Realms are able to guide all kinds of beings including spirits, deities, humans, and other all living things into everlasting Earthly Paradise, wherein they can enjoy blissful lives during the Later World of 50,000 years.
*Heaven-ordered Predeterminations (Cheonji-dosu): Celestial and cosmic plans previously made by Sangje in the divine world, which will unfold through various events in the human world each in their own due time. *Danzhu: He was the son of the legendary Chinese Emperor Yao (Tang Yao). His mother was a concubine, San Yi.

The Resolution of Grievance for Mutual Beneficence

The Holy Founder (Doju) set methods of cultivation based on the ideas contained in the Supreme God (Sangje)’s Reordering Works of the Universe. Through these methods, humans can participate in Heavenly Work and at the same time, they can transform themselves into perfected human beings. In other words, as humans take part in the Reordering Works of the Universe and serve the will of Sangje, they will have divine beings enter into their minds to help renovate their spirits and transform them into new human beings.

However, the renovation of oneself are not merely confined to only ourselves. As it is said in the Jeon-gyeong, “The center of the universe is the human mind” (天地之中央心也, Gyoun 1:66) and “It is the human mind that determines the way how Heaven, Earth, and Humans use their virtues.” (天用地用人用統在於心, Haengrok 3:44). The human mind is not separate from nature, but herein it can be known to be the center that is connected with the entire universe. This means that humans are connected with all tangible and intangible beings that inhabit all microscopic and macroscopic worlds beyond time and space.

There are enmities and resentments that have piled up over unfathomably long ages. These are the results of frequent episodes of misconduct triggered by the principle of mutual-conflict that characterized the Former World. These grievances were deeply rooted in the microscopic world including even our own cellular structure, and this is also connected with macroscopic worlds such as Heaven and Earth. Thus, as the microcosm and macrocosm are connected as one in their yin and yang relationship, if we enlighten our minds through spiritual cultivation in order to resolve all grievances and grudges, then the whole universe will begin to change itself into a world of mutual-beneficence (Sang-saeng). Hence, it should be understood that the Supreme God (Sangje) performed the ‘Reordering Works of the Universe’ to resolve all grievances and grudges while merely using one instrument: the human mind.

Therefore, there exist all kinds of beings (from both microscopic and macroscopic worlds beyond time and space) who are negatively affected and plagued by our misconduct and transgressions, and, thereby, these beings become deeply rooted in our own minds and bodies. Namely, said grievances and grudges borne and accumulated from our relationships with these beings throughout countless cycles of incarnations starting from the beginning of time have been dormant in our minds and bodies in the form of energy (qi). Also, these beings, and we too, are interrelated and interconnected with Heaven and Earth.

While realizing these facts, one should thereby know and believe that Sangje came to human world as a grievance-resolving God (Haewon-sin) and should endeavor to resolve all grievances and grudges through utmost sincerity and faithfulness towards Sangje.

Only after all of these realizations are embraced and performed, are we then able to finally enlighten all these entangled beings that affect our minds and bodies (as grudge-spirits) and free them from any obstructions that they face in their own dimensions.

This is what we call the ‘Resolution of Grievance for Mutual-beneficence’ and this is how we gradually transform ourselves. If this is done, then the whole world can finally be transformed into the Earthly Paradise of Mutual-beneficence (Sangsaeng). This process is called ‘Gye-byeok,’ (the Great Opening to the New World).

When the universe has been newly opened in this way, all the walls that have been blocked during the Former World (walls in space that have been divided into 108 dimensions) will become one revealing the Earthly Paradise of the Later World (Hucheon-seongyeong) wherein there are no blockages in dimensional walls. This is the ultimate purpose for which Sangje descended into human world and carried out the Reordering Works of the Universe (Cheonji-gongsa). However, the completion of the Reordering Works of Sange has now been left in our own hands. According to His saying, “Heaven designs the plan for a given work (謀事在天), and humans realize and complete that work (成事在人).” This is why it is so important for humans to understand this and put their efforts into resolving all grievances and grudges through their own practices of spiritual cultivation.

Consequently, it is commonly believed that most existing religions advocate seeking eternal blessings and pleasure in a heavenly paradise after death even though suffering must simply be endured in the present life. For such religionists, this is the final purpose of their beliefs. Conversely, Daesoon Truth gradually perfects our surrounding physical environment including ourselves through spiritual cultivation, and this eventually frees us from all forms of suffering in our present lives.

The true act of Reciprocating Favors involves first, realizing that Sangje resides within oneself and that we live within the body of Sangje, and then, devoting ourselves to fulfill our mission by resolving grievances and grudges for the mutual-beneficence of all life. That is the only true comfort that we can provide for Sangje.