Korean Gurus Inspire Nepali People

Rev. Moon and his wife make a recent visit to Nepal

Today, I went to Kantipath, the main marketplace in Kathmandu. I saw a group of young people who were selling pens and dairies. One member of the group, Sagun Sharma, 22, requested that I buy at least one item. I asked him why. Another, Shyam Shrestha, 19, very politely described their campaign to me.

“The campaign is for self-help,” Shyam said. “Our gurus told us that the ideal family and global village would be established only through such a campaign.”

Sagun and Shyam were inspired by Rev. Sun Myung Moon, one of the most controversial religious gurus of the right, and his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. The “True Parent” — Moon — has convinced nearly 10,000 Nepalese to take part in his world campaign. The self-help campaign is but a small part of it.

A Cult of Christianity
Theologically, the Unification Church is, at best, a cult of Christianity. It does not represent historical, biblical Christianity in any way. Leader Sun Myung Moon’s theology can only be described as insane.
Given the fact that the Unification Church rejects the essential doctrines of the Christian faith, teaches heresy, and engages in unbiblical practices, Christian churches can not have unity and/or any form of cooperation with the Unification Church or its front groups.

The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) of Nepal organized two grand ceremonies to encourage the Nepali people to follow Moon’s ideology. Moon addressed the ceremony at Birendra International Convention Center at New Baneshwor in Kathmandu on Nov. 23, 2005. Mrs. Moon delivered her exciting speech in the same venue on June 1, 2006.

The crowd thundered with applause when the Moons delivered their exciting speeches. As many as 5,000 people including academicians, political leaders, and prominent personalities gathered to listen to their speeches.

Moon, who is also the owner of the right-wing American newspaper The Washington Times, told the audience, “I am declaring a message from God to humanity in this age.”

According to Saroj Khanal, a spokesperson for UPF, there are more than 10,000 followers of Moon in Nepal. The campaign, however, is being run worldwide.

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Taranath Ranabhat, who was also the chairman of the program’s organizing committee, said that people could benefit a great deal from the teachings of Moon. He also said Moon and his wife were given bejeweled crowns by Congressman Danny K. Davis.

According to Ek Nath Dhakal, the secretary of UPF, a movement has emerged to uplift the ideal of marriage and family as the foundation for lasting peace.

“At its heart is the vision and work of Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, who have dedicated their life to making that ideal a reality,” he said. “Another principle lived and taught by Rev. Moon is living for the sake of others.

“Moon’s vision is the family as an instrument of peace. In families we learn to love, trust, and live for others: the virtues that lead to peace. A global movement for the blessing of marriage seeks to renew the ideal of God-centered families as the owners of true love. Ideal families beyond race, culture, and religion are the models for living together in peace, creating one family of humankind,” Dhakal said.

According to Shyam, more than 500 youngsters are involved in the self-help campaign. In the end, I bought a pen, which cost 45 Nepali rupees.

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July 16, 2006

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