How can we get 'happiness' and 'peace'?
When people are asked what they want, almost all of them say in no time,
"we want happiness and peace." However few people know the way they
can get happiness and peace. Though people don't know what happiness
is and what peace is, it seems that they want happiness and peace just
because their lives are tough.
And how can we get happiness and peace? From old times, many
teachings have been handed down in the world. Among them we hear the
word 'truth' a lot and sometimes the word 'truth' can be expressed by
different words in some cases. For example, 'Do'(Korean pronunciation),
'law' or 'promise' etc. have the same meaning as truth. When we give a
definition of truth on law or 'Do' 's view, it can be explained that truth is
way, the way to make the world exist. And 'way and virtue'(morality) means
that right behaviour cultivates great 'virtue'. Right behaviour and life are
exactly 'Do' and way as well. In other words, truth is the way, 'Do' is the
way and law is the way to let any phenomena exist. Promise is also
classified as the same meaning. In case we do not keep what we have to
do, happiness and peaces can not exist. Happiness and peace come to
exist when the condition is completed.
When we live the bright mind in the bright world, true peace comes to exist
in our mind. When we do not have any unhappy things, when it is
guaranteed that miserable things will not happen to us, the life can be
maintained peacefully and we can always feel peace. Otherwise peace
does not exist. When we keep our conscience in a righteous world, when
we make our conscience stand right, peace will exist in ourselves.
However these things have never been taught right in human society so far,
people came to forget how to get peace and it became the object which
exists in an ideal. People say that they want peace because life is tough
and uneasy. However people are overlooking the fact that the peace can
be obtained by their own efforts.
What is happiness indeed? What is the law of happiness?
Once we live without hunger, without loneliness and with bright mind; those
kinds of minds exist, that is happiness. In order to live without hunger,
loneliness and darkness, we ourselves should make those conditions.
Then, how those conditions can be made?
First, when we work hard, live frugally and put aside some money, the
property will increase. As a result, hunger can be got rid of.
Second, when we live diligently and frugally, we can get trust from others.
If we work hard without deceiving others, we can get trust and come to
make friends with good people. If we get accquainted with good friends,
talk with them, depend on each other and share blessings, we can lead a
life without loneliness.
Honesty is the third condition. When we do not lie, our minds get bright.
Therefore, being diligent, frugal and honest are just right way and law to
But there is a society where we can not get happiness no matter how
diligently, frugally and honestly we may live. In the circumstance that truth
and justice are ignored, those three conditions are not admissible in
certain cases. In the society where truth and justice are ignored, even
though we keep those three conditions, we can not feel happy easily. That
is because that kind of society is dark. No matter how bright mind have we,
it is difficult for us to see the light in a dark world. No matter how good
sight we may have, once we are in a world as black as pitch, there is no
difference between our vision and the blind's. On the contrary the blind
feels less uncomfortable while living in such a dark world.
Peace and happiness can not be mere words any more which exist in an
ideal. Peace and happiness are made just by ourselves. These two (peace
and happiness) have to be accomplished by ourselves. Nobody can bring
us peace and happiness except ourselves. And an enlightenment is
essential for us to get peace and happiness.
Enlightenment is the most important thing in human life and for the
enlightenment a lot of people have been playing all kinds of foolish things.
But we will never know even where the way to enlightenment is unless we
are awakened to the truth. In other words, we don't know which things are
on which way. If we don't know what makes things exist, it is difficult to
achieve our expecting goals.
The importance of life and the things in truth are what we always explain
through what is. Once we know the things in truth, we ourselves can lead a
life which we want. This is a very crucial point.
Today, we can see that lots of people debate on certain matters with the
greatest enthusiasm on media. But listening to the disscusion, we cannot
help feeling frustrated. Recently the debate on the subject of "Lay-off, How
can we solve the problem?" was on TV.
Each one of the professors of economics expressed his ideas hard but
listening to them carefully, we found out that actually they were talking
about what they themselves didn't know. They were insisting on their
opinions like this. " We should restructure" or "we should not".
Now, the urgent thing to be done in our society is not the discussion about
lay-off but the producing social environment in which everyone who wants
to work can do. It is important to build up the social environment in which
anyone who is healthy and able to work can work easily. And we can say
that today's system or conception - most people are tied up in the
company which is run by conglomerates, chaebol, and people are living on
it - is really wrong.
A nation can not take all the individual's place for his/her life.
A ruler can not take all the individual's place for his/her life and we can not
have a ruler undertake all the rights to live of over 40 million people. Then,
we should demand our right openly. "Make the society where we can have
jobs." This is an important thing. Actually, lay-off and restructuring are less
How can we make a profit producing goods when wage is fairly high. What
can we do paying people who are unnecessary and making unprofitable
goods? So far in this country government have been demanding that the
conglomerates do that. Therefore the government is cowed by the
chaebol. This phenomenan results in the a collusion between big
companies and government and insolvent operation. It seems that bad
finance of this country is much more than we thought. It might be over
hundreds of trillion Won.
Affection and love
Why this phenomenan happens? It's because everything is controlled and
meddled by only one person. I believe that because all our happiness is
swayed by ruling classes, there is no happy people essentially in this
country. In other words, when we get temporal comfort and come to have
lots of material for a while and we made our ideal come true, we think that
we are happy for the time being. But that is not true happiness.
Here is an example. When a passer-by gives a begger 5000 Won for food,
is this love? No, it isn't. This is pity and sympathy. But people often call this
love. This is actually a wrong idea. Love must be blessing.
Treating a begger to food with 5000 Won can not become love. It is giving
pity or sympathy. As it is mentioned before, gaining temporal satisfaction, it
can not be happiness.
Our reality in education
Why do we need education? The studies of techonology field such as
engineering are needed to develop our daily life and other studies mostly
are needed to know what is right and what is wrong, which is the biggest
purpose in our life, and cultivate our personality. The education to make us
know what is right and wrong is needed for us to be awakened to the
things in the world. But if the world is dark and justice is gone, the
education can not teach people what is right and wrong.
Actually, since 1970 there has been a strange trend in our society.
Somebody told that this was reported as a topic in other countries. "Korean
high school students go to school at 5 a.m. and come back home at 10
p.m. carrying their bags in order to prepare college entrance exam. This
kind of country exists in the world."
What is the reason to make sensitive young men stay at school? At school,
even though the students have to stay at school for over 15 hours, they are
never taught the studies for the accomplishment of their personality and
forced to memorize the writings of the textbooks. And the questions in the
tests are so tricky that they can not be solved easily. As a result, the
publication of commentary comes to be necessary and students are
forced to memorize its contents again.
Making up the right social envoronment will contribute to our gaining
happiness and peace. As it was mentioned before, when social
environment makes it possible to provide people with jobs, even people
who are not specially outstanding can settle down in their jobs. And
sometimes they find themselves worth living more and more by accepting
good teachings and frugal life. This is the way people can achieve
happiness they want.
They that know nothing fear nothing
In our country, this phenomenon seems to be so common that wrong ideas
and knowledge cause bad results. When we listen to the most intellectual
people, they are playing upon words.
When we go to farmers and ask them how to do farming, they give us
realistic answers. "This seed has certain kind of nature. So if we put it in
the warehouse for freezing and lower the temperature, it sleeps feeling that
winter has come. And then, if we take it out and plant it in the greenhouse in
the winter, it buds feeling that the spring has come since it already
wintered. " That is correct.
But the intellectuals are saying what does not fit in with the reality. Why this
phenomenon happens? This is also due to the social environment. When
we would like to know about a problem, first of all, we should look at 'what
is'. And then we should find out precisely why the thing became like that.
After that, the problem can be solved properly.
It is dangerous to prescribe for a patient without examining him who went
to see a doctor. First, diagnosis is needed and then prescription is to be
followed. However, today in our society, the diagnosis of the problem is
not made properly. Though doctors who diagnoses are not seen, fabulous
opinion of prescription is full. People who say the right thing are denounced
instead. All kinds of wrong opinions fabricated by wrong people make the
right people be denounced in a morning and make them bad people finally.
When a seriously ill patient is in hospital, the comfort words saying "You will
recover soon, Have courage, Be healthy and Get up" can not make him
healthy. To solve a problem, a reliable diagnosis is always needed and
then an accurate perscription should be followed.
Open your eyes on 'what is'
The true purpose of education is to make people know what is and
understand what is correctly. To know what is correctly, first we have to
recognize that the right thing and the wrong one exist in what is. And when
we come to know about what is and see what is, we call it enlightenment. If
the education can not make it possible for people's consciousness to see
what is, the education is a failure.
Today, the wrong education is responsible for our society getting into
trouble under the structure of conglomerates, chaebol. Take today's social
condition. People only from primary school are willing to work in a factory
with low wages. People just completed the junior high school choose jobs
as delivery men and vegetable sellers. And also they are willing to carry a
handcart and do farming. But the problem is the people with high
educational background. They want to use their brain but do not want
physical labour. So conglomerates are the only means and purpose of their
Why do we have to depend on others? Human beings are able to take care
of and be responsible for themselves. Once the government keeps the
society's justice, all the things can be solved by individuals. It is very pity
that our society still can not do such things.
'Everything comes to exist according to one meaning.'
A 'meaning' is law, truth, promise and 'Do'(way). We should not ignore the
meaning. It is the right thing for us to teach people to live abiding by the
meaning by the education or teachings.
It is true that Admiral Yi, Sun-Shin, General Eul Ji Mun Deok and people like
that shielded our country when it was invaded by other countries. But we
should not spend time just admiring them all the time. The important point is
that we ourselves have to become such people and all the nation have to
try to be an Admiral Yi, Sun-Shin and a General Eul Ji Mun Deok. "Andrew
Carnegie from America became the king of steel. In difficult circumstances,
he became the king of steel in the world and came to have both honor and
wealth.'' This is a good lesson. The important thing is that not just reading
his biography and admiring him but making ourselves be a Carnegie.
Education means to make all the young be a Carnegie and the most
important purpose of education is to make all the people holding dream and
courage brave commanders such as Admiral Yi, Sun-Shin and General Eul
Ji Mun Deok. However, for the past decades, this has never happened in
our society. And that is the problem.
Nothing convinces me why these days deserts the right thing and takes the
wrong one. The way we can lead our lives worthy of men is knowing what
is right and wrong. We should be able to defend ourselves by avoiding
what is wrong. Why should we try to avoid the wrong thing? That is
because to defend ourselves. We should not have a feeble thought that we
will rely on others while living.
Today, our society is unsafe and the problem of this unsafety can not be
solved easily. That is because social environment is not improved. If
something is wrong, we should abandon the wrong one.
Let's assume that you are gambling now. After playing the cards a few
times, if it does not go well, then you should stop. It is the best way to give
it up when you do not have any confidence. Even though you lost 9,000 Won
out of 10,000 Won, do not lose the rest of it, 1000 Won, trying to get back
your loss. Leaving the gambling place, you can think that you earned 1,000
Won in gambling today and unless you quit right away, we will lose even the
last 1,000 Won.
If we think we are in the wrong place, we had better leave the place right
now. If we think that there must be something wrong in our society, we
should break from the structure. If we make sure that something is wrong,
we should cut it off without hesitation. Today, our society is unable to make
up its mind.
This is the reason that our nation and society where a lot of people are
living are quite a distance from happiness and peace. If we are awakened
to what is, we ourselves are able to get out of the wrong place. This is the
way to bring glory to our society and nation.
Publishing of ?Nature's Teaching?
Unless we do not publish this book, we just live and die as incompetent
people who do not contribute anything to the world even though we know
the things in the world. That is why we publish this book. When we publish
ten thousands copies, if one of them is come into someone's possession
and teaches him a bright way, this job is a success. The purpose of our
living is to get our blessing and further, to bless others. If we know this
purpose, we should try more and more.
To put fertilizer on land is never wrong. When we cultivate the land, when
we make the land fertile and good, the land will surely give us good fruits.
Enlightening, loving and blessing others are making our social environment
good and it will become much bigger blessing and it will return us.
Therefore, personally, if it makes us suffer damage and feel agony, we can
not step back. Whether other people recognize this book or not, as time
goes by, everything will be known. But we don't mind about it.
The really important matter to us is that we are alive and we can present
one conclusion that the purpose of life is to bless ourselves. We should
behave with wise judgement for our lives. The important thing while we are
living is wisdom. If we distance ourselves from the wisdom and we see
what is wrong, we will make big mistakes. A small mistake at first, as time
goes by, it can be changed into a big one.
We strongly emphasize again that we should take a serious view of what is right and wrong and learn what is and be enlightened what is.
Copyright(c) 1999 by Society of Natural Science