In church yesterday, Rev. Tiago spoke of a story he’d heard when he was back in Brazil, studying to be a minister for the Church of PL (Perfect Liberty) It was about Oshieoya-sama . (This is the honorific title of the spiritual leader of PL, Rev. Takahito Miki). He was telling us that when Oshieoya-sama was younger, (still in high school) he felt that it was important to know about computers, and that the new technology would one day play an important role in the church and society. He focused and studied hard,what he learned he taught to others in his church group. The subject matter was advanced for his age group and academic level, but he applied himself, and eventually he wanted to take the required exams for certification on this IT technology. The exams were attended and taken by students in senior levels he was the only one who was still at the high school level. When the results were finally posted, of all the students who had taken the tests, only 5 made the grade. 1 of which was Oshieoya-sama. On being told of his accomplishment, his first reaction was one of concern, on how the others had done.
Because of his achievement at such an early age, he was signaled out to be interviewed. Always he included his fellow students, always when asked a question, on how he had managed to get such grades and pass the exams, he referred the question to one of the other graduates, by saying ,” thank you, yes WE worked hard,” and then he would turn and ask the other student to explain the complexities of the subject. He did not accept the attention on himself and his hard work, but on the hard work of the others who had also achieved their goals. Yes he was the youngest, but he knew that in allowing the others to have their time being interviewed it would help them along their career paths.
I so appreciated hearing Rev. Tiago talk about Oshieoya-sama. His little story was a reminder for me to put into practice more, the 21 Principles in PL, in particular #4 to live with the spirit of Misasage (Devotion) working for the happiness of others.
It is so easy to get caught up in our own little worlds. In PL we are encouraged to pray for the happiness of others and society. to strive to do things for the sake of other, and pray for their happiness as well. Many of us will often review the PL 21 Precepts. How often do we review the 21 Principles? the PL 21 Principles, are the practical guidelines for our daily lives as PL members. They assist us in practicing the PL 21 Precepts, they are specific guidelines how how to live the PL WAY. (an artistic life) and teach us how to reach a positive state of mind. Anyone wanting to know more about what Rev. Tiago had to say yesterday, or to consult with him, Rev Tiago de Medeiros Chagas – firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 613-225-1850
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Even when we think we have put our best effort into what we are doing, we may have overlooked something. with a humble mind, take a second look, check for that there isn’t something you’ve missed. Mistakes and oversights happen. They are just part of life… little hiccups along the way.
Smile… have a great day….. do your best to spread sunshine and happiness to others. Blessings be…………….. Oyashikiri