Disciple Nominated for Award
One of our members at the
Mission Center, Ananda Ma, often pulls weeds
along the sidewalks in our neighborhood and keeps the
walking space clear and beautiful. Another walker
was so impressed by her volunteer efforts (it is quite
something to see a woman of Ananda Ma's age spending
hours pulling weeds on her own time) that they decided
to nominate her for the Silver Horizons
Hall of Fame award! This award honors
"outstanding seniors over the age of 65 who have
demonstrated a lifetime commitment to community
It is great to see Mission
members being recognized for doing good works and
serving the community. In fact, with our teachings
everyone can and will become outstanding citizens.
That is another benefit that the Mission
is bringing to humanity. However, we should not become attached to praise and create big egos, but glorify God who has done these good works through
and realize that if we follow Maitreya's
teachings, we become good/outstanding people!
Others will notice that the people
in the Mission are Godly, moral,
hardworking, etc., and will become more interested in
learning about the teachings. They may spread the
word to others of this new organization and how
upstanding its members are. Eventually the
Mission will create a reputation for
excellence, quality, and righteousness, and everyone
will realize that we really have something exceptional
that is worth looking into and following.
The woman who nominated Ananda
Ma and the Silver Horizons organization now know about
the Mission and that one of its members
does praiseworthy volunteer work. Therefore, at
least in our local community, the first step has been
taken towards the vision explained above.
So, do good works because they are
Good to do, not to be recognized for them.
However, if you are recognized, accept it,
Praise God, let all know it is God who does it
through you, and use it for
God. The best way to spread the Mission
is by example!