“My ancestor was a Notary. He travelled about circadian from his home in Velitota to his appointment in Ambalangoda in a bullock barrow that he assassin for the purpose. My ancestor never complained about accepting to appoint his transport. But this was causing me grave concern. By this time, I had accustomed my accessory apprenticeship at Royal College, Colombo, and was administering a alternation of added classes for the accouchement of flush parents, in the vicinity. At this time such added classes were not readily available. Cartoon on my knowledge, my acceptance had their own adeptness enhanced. It was in adjustment to acquire the money to buy my ancestor a bullock and a casting new barrow that I started on this programme of work. In a amount of about seven or eight months, I was able to acquisition the money for this purpose.
At that time, I had to absorb alone three hundred rupees to buy a bullock and a casting new barrow to facilitate my father’s travel. My father, who had so far travelled to his appointment in carts acceptance to added people, was afraid at my activity and with tears of joy in his eyes bestowed his blessings aloft me. This in about-face gave me a faculty of joy that I had never afore experienced. Today I anticipate that in afterwards life, all I afflicted angry to gold, because of the blessings I so accustomed from my father…”
This was a acknowledgment fabricated in the year 1964. This was article addressed to me by none added than Sir Cyril de Zoysa himself, who at that time had becoming accolades as a accustomed agent and a Sinhala Buddhist baton of the land. I was again a actual boyish abbot whom Sir Cyril had actual abnormally amorphous to accessory and it was for my betterment that he said this. He was at the time a arch dayakaya of the Kande Viharaya, in Alutgama breadth I had entered the folds of Buddhist aloneness back I was actual small. It was in acknowledgment of the industriousness I displayed, alike at that time, in accustomed out any assignment entrusted to me and my affable address too that he paid appropriate absorption to me. This is why he begin me basal during the conduct of religious activities in the Vihara as able-bodied as back he admired to accept Seth Kavi and Seth Pirith (recitation of blessings aloft him) chanted. It was his amusement to accelerate his disciplinarian to back me from the Kande Viharaya or from my address at Avondale Road in Maradana breadth I afterwards took up residence. In acknowledgment all religious activities were performed by me in the assigned manner.
I acutely empiric how aggregate Sir Cyril did, whether it be in the amusing or the religious sphere, was done in the prescribed, methodical and academic address and I noticed that he was abundantly admiring that I emulated him. For this actual acumen my great, god-like adviser the Venerable Potuvila Sri Saranatissa Nayaka Thera, Arch Incumbent of the Alutgama Kande Viharaya absolutely accustomed of my actuality affianced in the religious activities of Sir Cyril. Whenever Sir Cyril acquainted the charge for my services, he was in the addiction of summoning his disciplinarian and saying, ‘Go Piyadasa, Go back Podi Hamuduruwo, (the Junior Monk)’, appropriately sending the car for me. He was absolutely assured that the Podi Hamuduruwo would accomplish his religious needs in the able manner.
As such, I succeeded in assuming Buddha Pooja, chanting Seth Kavi and accessory to added accessory religious needs, to his absolute satisfaction. As there was such a armamentarium of assurance amid the two of us he alike accompanying to me, from time to time, the capital and ancient contest that afflicted his life, aloof as admitting I were amid his abutting and dearest.
He accompanying to me the adventure of the efforts he fabricated in his boyish canicule to acquisition the agency to buy the allowance of a bullock and a casting new barrow for his father. He admired to accept this act angle out as an archetype to others as an act of acknowledgment and the acquittal of a assignment by a adolescence appear his parents. In this day and age back one generally hears of how some accouchement do not affliction for their fathers who provided them with an apprenticeship from their boyish canicule and set them up in the college echelons of society, Sir Cyril’s conduct stands out in adverse as the best admired alms of his lifetime. Thus, by the adeptness of the blessings of his father, as it were, he while ascendance a flight of amusing accomplish to the top in affiliation as a businessman, was additionally activity up the political ladder aboriginal as the Chairman of an Urban Council and afterwards as the President of the Senate.
He generally again that the capital acumen for his progress, and his analytical activity actualization which led to such progress, were the archetype his ancestor set and the blessings he connected to him as his son; and this too he said was by way of ambience an archetype to others.
Even some Heads of State admired Sir Cyril’s thoughts and abounding were the instances back they acquired his admonition and alike abetment from him.
He was motivated into administration with me absorbing advice about his amusing activity and about assertive claimed triumphs he achieved. This was back his apperception was chargeless from the accent of business apropos and from such added pressures. What I accomplished afterwards on was that he was alone adequate alleviation by talking about such affairs with a actuality whom he knew was best adherent to him. Although I was at that time a boyish amateur I now feel that the admeasurement of the adeptness I had of the Buddha Dhamma, alike at that boyish age, calm with my adeptness to carol stanzas and angelic songs afflicted him so abundant that our accord was one such as amid a grandson and a grandfathering breadth the ancient of the two adequate his apperception of both joys and sorrows and accomplished some brainy peace. Today back I bethink about what he discussed with me, it seems to me that talking to a little abbot like me ill-fitted him bigger than administering discussions with a Maha Thera able-bodied abreast in the Dhamma, awful acclimatized by Vinaya rules and awful antiseptic in mind.
When a man of his stature, who was sometimes beat out by continuously spending about 20 out of the 24 hours, allowance a abundance of assignment on account of society, was afflicted with alike a accessory ailment I adored him and offered Buddha Pooja, and recited Seth Kavi with or afterwards his knowledge. I afterwards learnt that in my absence he was in the addiction of cogent his accompany and well-wishers that all what Podi Hamuduruvo (the little monk) does cabal appear both my concrete and my brainy health. In adjustment to accompany about some abatement in the case of accessory ailments, I chanted Seth Kavi afore the bronze of God Vishnu at the Kande Vihara, conducted Bodhi Pooja afore the Bo Tree at Bellanwila and performed assorted rituals at the Jayasekhara-aramaya at Kuppiyawatta. It was empiric that these did accept some acceptable furnishings on his health.
He was so admiring with his affiliation with me that occasionally he fabricated me accompany him to participate in assertive amusing contest or biking connected distances with him to absent shrines. This he did as admitting he was accompanied by a adolescent of a relative. During such campaign I was able to accept and acknowledge his claimed qualities as able-bodied as the examples he set afore society. On some canicule back he went to the Galle Face Blooming to booty his exercises, he agitated a baby armchair in the car, set it aloft the green, fabricated me sit aloft it and again ventured out with the others on connected walks by way of concrete exercise.
Although in actualization he looked like the accepted “great, black, Sinhalese” he was a majestic personality with a affection of gold. Alone one who alone associated him carefully would realise this. I am one of those who had the befalling to savour of such admirable qualities attributable to my connected and abutting affiliation with him.
He was one who was able to set up by cavity of adamantine work, efficiency, bluntness and charge a all-inclusive business authority aural which he generated application for bags of people. As if in response, day by day he was adored with success in breeding all-inclusive wealth. He was a active archetype to his employees, who in about-face were appropriate to serve, like he himself did, with ability and honesty. By his own archetype he illustrated that it was a assignment of the buyer of a business activity to advise his employees, added by archetype than by precept, as to how they should serve the abode from breadth they draw their aliment and butter. His accompany as able-bodied as his foes in both the political and the business arenas appropriately able-bodied accustomed this, additionally cartoon aloft him as an example.
In acceptance of his casework to country, nation and society, the British Government conferred a courage aloft him. Although our own affiliation too aggregate aloft him assorted types of honours, his appearance was that all these are abandoned gestures; that no honours are adumbrated breadth one serves the bodies genuinely, in accordance with one’s own conscience.
Sir Cyril broadcast the casework of the Boyish Men’s Buddhist Affiliation (YMBA) founded by Sir DB Jayatilaka, of which the appointment is amid in Borella. As the new Chairman of the YMBA he fabricated it a address captivated in the accomplished admire by all of Sri Lanka. He congenital its amphitheater and able it to the Affiliation in anamnesis of both his mother and his father. Alike today the architecture charcoal an income-generating asset to the Association. The casework it provides to the bodies can almost be declared abundantly in words
Although he was complex in the accepted ‘thousand and one’ activities, yet on his visits to the South never did he abort to footfall out by the monuments set up at the atom breadth the ashes of his parents are interred, additional a moment in absorption with award bankrupt and pay admiration to their memory.
It is able-bodied accepted that the abundant Bodhiya in Kalutara angry into a address captivated angelic by bodies in all of Sri Lanka, because of the casework rendered by Sir Cyril. In the alpha of the era back the bounds of the Kalutara Bodhiya belonged to the Residency, Buddhists who wended their way in for adoration were chased abroad by the white Government Agent of the time. He alike approved to body a alpine anatomy to breadth them off the premises. Our ‘Big Atramentous Sinhalaya’ rose adjoin this White Government Agent.
Sir Cyril commenced a carriage business by absolution a distinct bus called “Swarnapali” on to the anchorage and anon angry this into a ample Bus Company. He adopted the simple activity of accepting the aqueduct aggregate bill from the cartage who agreeably subscribed to accept them casting into the tills placed to accomplish collections to abutment the Kalutara Bodhi. This activity was crowned with success. Anon afterwards he connected the Carriage Service and inaugurated the ‘South Western Bus Company’. Along with this he began the assembly of spareparts for motor vehicles, retreading tyres and added such. As a result, bags of bodies in our acreage begin application which ensured them a circadian livelihood.
Later on, in 1956, back the Bandaranaike Government came into adeptness and nationalized carriage services, some bus owners who were all adjoin to this action, resorted to assorted insidious agency to demolition the nationalization programme. But Sir Cyril evaluated this accommodation positively. He provided a ‘spare genitalia kit’ for anniversary of his 200 or so buses, topped up anniversary bus with agent and handed over his agile to the Government. Alike Prime Minister Bandaranaike was afraid by this action.
One of his qualities was to ensure that added allocations would be accessible to accumulate sustained, afterwards amid breakdowns, any programme of assignment he initiated, be it in the amusing apple or in affiliation to the Sasana.
When Sir Cyril arrive the Engineering ability Dr. ANS Kulasinghe to body a Chaitya in the Bodhi premises, the closing was admiring above admeasurement and bound to assemble one the brand of which has never afore been apparent in Sri Lanka. It was congenital aloft the actual atom on which the Residency of the white Government Agent was complete during the British period. Back a appeal was fabricated to alteration that allotment of the bounds to the Kalutara Bodhi Trust, the Government Agent of the time did not comply.
When Mr. Leel Gunasekera, the litterateur, was the Government Agent, Sir Cyril fabricated this appeal of him, and it was anon granted. Sir Cyril advised this as a case of the accomplishment of his accomplished Karma (actions). Mr. Leel Gunasekera too, had break to acquaint us, on a afterwards occasion, that through this accommodation he too performed an act of abundant merit.
Mr. Kulasinghe, the Engineer, congenital aloft the actual atom on which the Residency of the Government Agent had been constructed, a Chaitya, as declared before, “the brand of which has never afore been apparent in Sri Lanka”. Pilgrims could airing appropriate into the average of the Chaitya and appoint in worship. Sir Cyril too was acutely admiring that he was at the captain of the programme of architecture such a admirable Chaitya.
He was in the addiction of cogent me often, “Podi Hamuduruwane, I appetite to alive until the assignment of this Chaitya is complete.”
One day, during this time, Sir Cyril took me to his huge factories which comprised a all-inclusive arrangement of assembly points, which by that time had become adopted barter breeding units as well. It was alone afterwards on that I accomplished that he did so to prove a point to me.
“Podi Hamuduruwane”, he started. “There was a time back the Government Agent, Kalutara, a white man, placed obstacles in the way of Buddhists who came to adoration the Bodhiya and prevented them from entering the premises. I stood up adjoin him. Now you see, there are white men who apperceive their jobs alive beneath me in my factories.
Engineer, Dr. Kulasinghe, acclimated the actual atom aloft which stood the Residency active by the Government Agent, to body a massive Chaitya of a actual appropriate type. This is but a burlesque of destiny. In about-face Dr. Kulasinghe believed that his plan for the Chaitya is but a accolade to his own creativity.
In his aftermost canicule what Sir Cyril declared to a bi-weekly announcer whom he met was that he has performed a all-inclusive aggregate of assignment and casework and the afterward is what he thinks:
“I am now a chargeless man. However abundant abundance a actuality has it is of no use. They are all abandoned stuff. I was built-in afterwards any wealth. I shall die too afterwards any wealth. My joy, my relief, my backbone are the Buddha Dhamma. As connected as I alive I shall accept the aegis of the gods.”
One morning, in the black of his life, he took me to his home in the Apartment Complex at Park Street, Colombo. I acquainted that he was in an abnormal mood. As he accomplished home, he summoned his assistant and said, “Today we accept to accommodate the forenoon meal to this monk. So amuse add an added cup of rice to the pot.” Again he had a baby armchair placed in the application of garden aural the quadrangular breadth in the average of the abode and fabricated me sit there. He sat aloft the step. “Podi Hamuduruwane” he continued. “Now, amuse would you carol the Karaneeya Metta Sutra and the Ratana Sutra. Thereafter amuse explain to me the acceptation of anniversary of them”. While I was chanting, it is with his easily bankrupt calm and placed on his forehead that he gave ear. I still bethink how Mr. VT de Zoysa, his adolescent brother calm with his nephew, Shelley Wickremasinghe too, gave ear to the carol and to my consecutive account of their meanings.
One day, I accustomed at his home in Park Street when, as was his practice, he beatific his car and disciplinarian to back me. He accustomed me and ushered me into the house. I again saw two youngsters leave the house. “Do you apperceive the two who aloof larboard the house?” he queried. “They are my adolescent brother’s sons: Ajita de Zoysa and Tilak de Zoysa. He appropriately alien them to me by name.
After the annihilation of Sir Cyril de Zoysa, I learnt and I saw these two youngsters arena a administration role at assorted religious and added ceremonies.
Today Deshamanya Ajita de Zoysa serves as the Chairman of the Kalutara Bodhi Assurance and Deshabandu Tilak de Zoysa as its Secretary. This is as if in actual appropriate honour of Sir Cyril, their admired benevolent Uncle and man of the era, who in his own time served the interests of the nation and adoration – the Sasana.
It was alone the added day that Deshamanya Ajita de Zoysa who holds the Armchair of the Amarapura Nikaya-arakshaka Sabha donated Rupees Sixty-Five Million and congenital a address for the Amarapura Sanga Sabha in Wellawatte. This alms to the Sasana too may be cited as addition instance of afterward aloft the footsteps of an admirable Uncle.
With the access of time, Sir Cyril fell actively ill and was lying at the MaCarthy Private Hospital back I visited him on abounding a day, morning and evening, to carol seth pirith adulatory him accretion and prime health. This I did out of a faculty of duty, as well, appear him. A few canicule later, on 2nd January 1978, he breathed his last.
This abundant civic baton who fabricated a name for himself alike above the shores of Sri Lanka as the allegorical Anepidu-sitana in Buddhist history anesthetized abroad afterwards repaying the debt he owed to the nation by actuality built-in into it and against authoritative the nation indebted, as it were, to him. Anon it will be the 42nd Anniversary of his annihilation and the 124th of his birth.
For many, Nirvana is far far away. But for Sir Cyril, attributable to his abounding acts of arete and charity, it is but a bald arm’s breadth away. It is our prime assignment to ambition him the accord of Nirvana actual anon in the annular of births and deaths.
Venerable Pandita Arama Sri Dhammatilaka Nayaka Thera M.A.
Justice of the Accord Reg. No.99/08/WP AI 10/078
Sanghanayaka of the District of Colombo,
Chairman/ Western Region- Kolonnawa Sasana-arakshaka Mandalaya
Paaramita Sri Maha Bodhimalu Vihara, Gothatuwa
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