ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Vol. 41 - No 38

The epitome of kindness and compassion he was a devoted follower of Buddhism

Nissanka Abeyewardene

On the morning of January 16, grandpa Nissanka left his abode to which he had recently moved in, saying cheers to the grandchildren, vowing to bring them the customary goodies as was the routine whenever he went on his marketing rounds. Hours passed, but there were no signs of him. His wife became anxious and so did the children. Frantic calls were given to hospitals and finally the message came through. The mercenary-minded private bus mafia had done it again - knocked down poor Nissanka.

Nissanka had a long and successful career at the Bank of Ceylon, having served in the various branches of the Bank, with the York Street Branch bidding him adieu. Later he served Lake House as an Editorial Assistant in which position he acquitted himself well.

Nissanka turned 79 last December but he didn’t look his age. He was an embodiment of fitness and bundle of energy. He flaunted his well-being by doing 35 push-ups on the trot. He struck to his daily constitutional like a prayer and sometimes courted the displeasure of those who offered lifts to him by declining them with apologetic courtesy because he valued his health-walk very much.

He was the epitome of kindness and compassion. Nissanka was besotted with religious worship and there was no doubt that he loved to listen to, and chant “Pirith” more than anything else in life. The encomiums showered on Nissanka in the oration of the incumbent monk of the Temple where he frequently visited, left the distinguished gathering of mourners convinced that this devoted follower of Buddha’s doctrine was a saint in human garb.

He was a true gentleman, faithful husband and devoted father whose moral excellence would have already ensured him a place in heaven.

May he finally attain the bliss of Nibbana.

By Bandula

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