More Work, More Cleverness

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Spoken By Supreme Master Ching Hai At Raising Center, Cambodia July 21, 1996 (Originally In Chinese)

Only when you are grown up, then you'll know how hard it is to earn money. Some parents eat little, spend little, because they want to buy things for us. Therefore, we should show filial piety to our parents. In school, we should study hard, make our teachers happy. When we get home, we should help out with the housework. Then we will become clever. Lazy children become more and more stupid. That's true! Do you think I am clever? (Children answer: Clever!) Yes! Because I started to work when I was young; I helped my parents and the servants with the chores at a young age. Use your brain, only then will it become clever. Everyday we have to look for work to do, then the brain will become clever. Do whatever you are able to help your parents. If you can not wash both your socks, then wash only one. Wait until you grow up, then you can wash both socks. Learn to wash your own clothes. Later, you will get use to it.