The Law of Cause and Effect: Being Kind to the Servants and Being Selfless Is Rewarding

PureInsight | August 29, 2005

[] Yang Chengzhai was a famous poet in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 – 1279 A.D.) His wife's maiden name was Luo. She was a very nice lady. Even in her 70's, she would get up early in the cold winter to cook congee for her servants for breakfast. She would wait until all the servants had their breakfast before she told them to start working.

One of her sons Yang Dongshan once asked her, "It is so cold. Why don't you order the servants to prepare the congee in the morning?"

She replied, "Servants are human beings just like you and me! It is cold in the morning. I must warm up their bodies with hot congee before they start working."

She gave birth to four sons and three daughters. She insisted on nursing all the children herself instead of hiring a wet nurse. She explained, "The wet nurse would not have breast milk left for her own baby. I won't be able to face my conscience if I hire a wet nurse to nourish my children and starve hers."

Later all of her three sons passed the imperial government official qualification exam.

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