Saturday, November 2, 2013

Bai "pulled" till he could to help 300 children....

'' The best way of evading the fire of hell lies in feeding the hungry , providing water to the thirsty , removing the wants of the needy and befriending the miserable .''- Sufi.
In 1987, a 74-year old rickshaw puller by the name of Bai Fangli came back to his hometown planning to retire from his backbreaking job. There, he saw children working in the fields, because they were too poor to afford school fees.
Bai returned to Tianjin and went back to work as a rickshaw puller, taking a modest accommodation next to the railway station. He, sometimes, waited for clients 24 hours a day, ate simple food and wore discarded second-hand clothes he found. He gave all of his hard-earned earnings to support children who could not afford education.
Using the money he earned from peddling trishaw, Bai Fang Li has contributed to finance more than 300 poor students in their tuition fees and living expenses, helping them to complete their studies.
His daughter recalls “He suffered throughout his life, saving on food and drinks, stitching his torn pants over and over again. When you throw away his old pants and buy new ones for him, not only that he does not want to wear them but he also gets angry.”
When the elder peddles trishaw, his clothes, hat, shoes and socks all do not match, as if he is a beggar. “I had never bought any clothes before. You see, the clothes that I wear are all picked up from the clothes people threw away. Look at my shoes, they are different, even the socks inside are different! The same applies to my hat; it was also collected from dumpsites.” he said.
His family members who could not resist looking him like that have advised him but to no avail. In response to that, he simply picked up a bun and said to his children “What is so hard about this? This bun is the product of the farmers’ hard work. People throw it away; I pick it up and eat it; isn’t this a way to reduce wastage?”
Bai has never thought to be rewarded. When asked about what he expected of the children, his humble reply was “I only want them to study hard, get a good job, be a good person and to give back to the country.”
In 2001, he drove his rickshaw to Tianjin YaoHua Middle School, to deliver his last installment of money. Nearly 90 years old, he told the students that he couldn't work any more. All of the students and teachers were moved to tears.
Bai passed away on September 23, 2005, in a hospital  leaving behind an inspiring legacy. Hundreds turned up at his funeral.
In total, Bai had donated a total of 350,000 yuan to help more than 300 poor students continue with their studies.
A rickshaw-puller who wore used clothes and had no education, supported 300 children to go to school at such an old age most wish to retire & do nothing...
There is always time to do something, if only one wills it.
Bai willed it and pulled it off quietly.
-Inputs from Siddique Ahmed. (I'm very grateful to you and reading it makes me very humble and inspires to do much more....much more. Thank you.)

22 comments:

marina s rao said...

GM Master & all blogmates.

Hat's off 2 Bai - M S Rao

J.R.Julius said...

To Sir & All,
Wish You a Happy Diwali.

Kalyan Kumar said...

HAPPY DEEPAVALI MY SIR & ALL

rajiv malik said...

very touching and inspiring , ilango ji !
wish the entire just nifty family a very happy, prosperous and healthy diwali !

vk said...

Namaste Guruji.
I would like to translate into telugu and send it to local magazine. Please permit me.

Piyush Sharda said...

I think in the whole human race few have done such deeds. my salutations.

venkatapathy l said...

Namaste Ilango Sir.

Really humbling sir. Thank you, thank you very much.

Regards,

LV

rajiv malik said...

For the bulls it was Dhanteras, for bears it was dhan Ke liye taras.

Manish said...

Touched and inspired master,

Take this opportunity to wish you and your entire family Happy Navchaudas and Happy Diwali !!!

Regards Always

Social Media Earthworm said...

Beautiful .... tears swelled up in eyes and soul felt the warmth of Bai . One more heart warming must read Weekend food for the soul piece from the master

Gita said...

Second you "Social Media Earthworm"..

A very humbling feeling..Master - An inspiring gift on this special day.

Thanks.

DNSHUKLA said...

I salute anyone who does anything for the education of children. Very very Happy Deepawali to Master and Blogmates.

veer said...

Wish you all a Happy Diwali

ram said...

Wish u and your family and our blog mates very happy diwali sir...

ram said...

Wish u and your family and our blog mates very happy diwali sir...

San said...

Happy Diwali to Ilango Sir and JN Friends

shriram said...

Dear Master & JN Family,

Wish u all a very happy & sparkling Deepavali !

Rishi Justfintech said...

Respected Master & JN Family,
Wishing everyone a very Happy Diwali & a prosperous new year.
Justfintech team
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paddy said...

Great message Master!! Thanks for sharing!!

Happy Diwali to you and JN Family!!


dharmu mishra said...

respected llango sir
wishing you and your family happy diwali
for me sir your guidings and teachings are just like a ignited candle which is helping me to walk in the tricky ways of sharemarket with courage and confidence
if Bai Fang Li would have been in sharemarket insted of rikshaw driving and he would have been blessed with ur teaching and guidence in trading he would hv searved millions

i thank u with the bottom of my heart

Kameshwara Rao said...

For upcoming Diwali

When you shop and come back, avoid talking about your purchases in the ric/taxi in which you travel. The driver will feel bad because he can't buy the same for his kids. When you burst firecrackers, give some to your watchman so he can give it to his kids. You dont need so many anyways. When you ask your maid to clean the house stand beside her and help her with her work, she will be cleaning two houses this diwali. When you make some sweets give it to the kachra vala who comes to your house, so he may have something nice to hold for a change.

We will surely have a Happy and a Prosperous Diwali, there are other people less fortunate than us, who won't. Don't make them feel that. Include them in your love.

This diwali don't just increase Diabeties, pollution and your credit card bills. Increase smiles. :) :)

Stockathon said...

Dear Ilango Sir & Friends...

Wish U a very Happy Deepavali !!!

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