Wednesday, January 9, 2013


6 DAYS A WEEK AS STREET CLEANER A Chinese millionaire has worked as a street cleaner for 15 years in order to set a good example for her two children. Yu Youzhen came from a poor background as a vegetable farmer to make her millions in property. So her son and daughter would learn the value of money, Yu took a job as a sanitation worker for the Wuchang district authorities in the city of Chengguan. She gets paid £130 a month. She gets just one day off a week and has to arrive for work at 3am every morning. "I want to set an example for my son and daughter," she explained. "A person can't just sit at home and eat away a whole fortune."
In her job, Yu is responsible for 3km (1 mile) of streets and works six hours a day. She and her husband worked night and day to save money for a house. They became the first family to build a three-storey private house in their village of Huojiawan.

They rented out spare rooms in the house and saved enough money to build more properties, working their way up to three five-storey buildings. In 2008, the land she had built on was requisitioned for redevelopment. As compensation, she was given 21 apartments by the government. She sold off four off them to finance further investments. According to the South China Morning Post, Yu is the proud owner of many apartments worth more than 10 million yuan (approximately $1.5 million). Her co-workers say they cannot understand why Yu would come to work every day. "Mrs Yu's family is so rich, yet still she comes to put up with this suffering," one said. 
Yu's plan to set a good example appears to have worked. She told her children: "If you don't work, I'll donate the apartments to the country." As a result, her son works as a driver earn about £200 per month while her daughter works in an office on £300 a month.

Yu Youzhen, 53, who lives in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has become a symbol of hard work and determination in China. Yu is wealthy, but she does something most rich people do not. Six days a week she wakes up and goes to work as a sanitation worker for the city. Yu has kept her job, which involves scrubbing the streets and emptying trash cans, since 1998, and grew up in poor circumstances. When she came into the ownership of the expensive apartments in the city in 2008, she was determined not to become lazy like many others who came into ownership. "I want to be a role model for my son and daughter. Her children are following in her footsteps, with one son working as a driver and a daughter working in another job. This is an example to imitate. The sublime occupation is to render service to God, and one must follow the example of the great saints conscious of God who have served the Supreme with their respective skills.

"Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues". 
People in general always require a leader who can teach the public by practical behavior. A leader cannot teach the public to stop smoking if he himself smokes. Lord Caitanya said that a teacher should behave properly before he begins teaching. One who teaches in that way is called ācārya, or the ideal teacher. Therefore, a teacher must follow the principles of śāstra (scripture) to teach the common man. The teacher cannot manufacture rules against the principles of revealed scriptures. The revealed scriptures, like Manu-samhitā and similar others, are considered the standard books to be followed by human society.

Śrīla A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda :
Bhagavad-gītā As It Is - 3.21
Chapter 3: Karma-yoga - Verse 21.
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase Network

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

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