ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday January 20, 2008
Vol. 42 - No 34

A healer, mentor and distinguished man

Deshamanya Dr. P. R. Anthonis celebrates his 97th b’day on January 21

Deshamanya Dr. P. R. Anthonis

In every profession during an era, there rises an individual who in his lifetime is justifiably accorded a historic dimension and a legendary status for his achievements and the impact he makes on society. Dr. P.R. Anthonis, a healer, teacher, mentor and gentleman par excellence is an accomplished, distinguished man, warm hearted and clear in his thinking.

His achievements are many, his collection of Gold Medals and the honours conferred upon him are unbelievable. He is one of those rare people who live an exemplary life, practising his skills to heal human suffering.

The clarity of his purpose exposes the foundation of the inner heart. He has not followed where the path may lead but instead where there is no path he has left a trail. He is a true Buddhist, following the teachings of the Awakened One, with a desire to be awakened and not merely as one who labels himself as belonging to a particular religion.

" Even though one goes about adorned, if one is calm, controlled, restrained, is chaste and has laid aside the rod towards all beings, such a one is a Brahmin, such a one is an ascetic, such a one is a bikkhu." - Dhammapada

He is a family man, who praises his beloved wife Ruby as his perfect partner of 58 years. Always the skilled surgeon, Dr. Anthonis performed his last operation on December 30, 2007, on the threshold of completing 97 years. But this may not be his final operation.

He accepts almost every invitation and has a busy schedule every day visiting patients, hospitals, meetings and functions. He still sits impeccably dressed in his Consulting Room at his residence, wrapped in golden memories, ever ready to heal the mind, heart and body of any human being who seeks him out.

Sir, you are a true son of Sri Lanka, a colossus in the medical arena. As you celebrate your 97th birthday on January 21st, we wish you continued good health, love, peace and tranquillity you so richly deserve. We are proud and blessed to know you. You are truly a legend in your own time.

"Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Therefore give yourself fully to your endeavours. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths. Remain steadfast…..and one day you will build something that endures, something worthy of your potential."

- Epicetus, Roman teacher, Philosopher. (55-135 A.D.), Bertie & Indira Kulatilake

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