In loving memory of Ah Feeti (Ah Pak, guardian/mother) of Chinese Pagoda, Magon Street, Port-Louis.
Blessings to late Ah Feeti (Ah Pak) for your courage in raising me, for mustering divine strength in the face of adversity. I have never doubted the mutual love and respect that we have between us shared, despite the physical distance.
Ah Pak, you taught me not to be fooled by someone’s appearance, their beauty or ugliness, age, wealth or poverty, niceness or meanness, and to recognize that there is goodness and integrity in us all, no matter how deeply buried it is.
Ah Pak, you often told me that, once we recognize Buddha’s spark in others, we blow on it and strengthen it.
Ah Pak, you also taught me that all objects, be they animate or inanimate, need blessing.
Buddha has created them and so it is up to us to strengthen them and feed them so that they can fulfill Buddha’s purposes.
Ah Pak, you taught me that when we give blessings, we strengthen life in the same way as when we water the plants we are feeding life.
Ah Pak, you were a nun of many blessings. You blessed life and provided nourishment for the soul.
Death is the end of a lifetime, but not the end of our relationship.
My heart is filled with loving memories of my relationship with you.
RIP and we love you forever.
Drs Stephanie, Jeremy and Justin Chitpin and family would like to thank François Woo and his team; and all the worshippers for your sympathies, kindness and generosity in this difficult time.
* Published in print edition on 14 September 2021
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