Master Jun Hong Lu’s Discourse on Question 105

THE YOUNGER GENERATION WHO HAVE THEIR ELDERS DO THEIR LAUNDRY WILL MEET WITH OBSTACLES IN THEIR CAREER

Question:

Will a mother and father-in-law who cook for their son and daughter-in-law gain any merits?  If so, will there be any depletion in the good fortune of the son and daughter-in-law?
When too much food is prepared and it can’t be finished, is it right to say that the person who throws it away will have their good fortune reduced and it has nothing to do with the person who cooks it.  As such, the one who does the cooking will gain merits? and their good fortune will not be depleted?

Answer:

In the event that too much food was prepared that it resulted in wastage, there will depletion of good fortune for both parties.  For the one who cooked, they are responsible, as they have failed to make a good estimation of the right amount to prepare.  As for the person who threw away the food, his good fortune will be reduced even more.

Elders who prepare food for their children will not gain any merits.  On the other hand, younger generations who always expect their elders to “serve” them will have their good fortune depleted.  There are some younger people who let their elderlies do their laundry, and many of them face obstacles at their workplace. Another sign of a lack of good fortune is when couples quarrel.

As such, should you wish to have ample food and clothing, it is best to handle all these chores yourself.  In the past, in the temples, a person who did not plough the field would not be offered any food.