Sunday, 6 July 2014

The doers work and the thinkers solve

The bonsai ashram near Mysore beckoned the weekend bikers. Vivek and Aryan geared up to visit the place that they had heard of but never seen.

“Vivek, are you done with your packing?” asked Aryan. “I filled the man machine with her favourite brand of coke,” Aryan chuckled, referring to the previous occasion, when their bike had halted mid-way for want of fuel!

“I am waiting to hit the road,” an impatient Vivek said, before rushing outdoors!

The two friends chatted all the way from Bangalore to Mysore. They liked seeing places and meeting people. They felt it taught them a lot about their neighbourhood and made them more tolerant.

The Kishkinda Moolika Ashram was the brain child of His Holiness Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji. The art of Bonsai is believed to have originated in a small Chinese village and this particular Bonsai ashram began in 1966.

The art of Bonsai is believed to have originated in China...

 When Vivek and Aryan reached the ashram a breath taking view greeted them. After their first round of inspection they sat down in a quiet corner of the garden. Vivek was particularly attracted by one Swamiji who was giving instructions to people who worked in the ashram.

He called one person and told him that he had a problem with one of the grass patch and asked him to solve the problem after analysing the issue.

He then called another person and told him to work the grass so it looks perfect!

...the patch of grass at both places seemed to be the same!

Though he pointed in two different directions, the patch of grass at both places seemed the same. Intrigued, Vivek walked slowly to the Swamiji and asked him what the difference was in the two jobs.

The Swamiji looked at Vivek and smiled gently.

“I see that you noticed. You are a keen observer! The job is the same, but the people are different,” he explained.

"If you know how to change your instruction to suit the person, any job becomes simple," the Swamiji said, before he continued. 

“Some people view every job as a challenge. To them you must make it appear as a problem. Some people are scared of problems. To them you must make it sound like a work. The doers work to complete a job, while the thinkers solve problems on the way towards achieving their goals. Even if the goals are the same, different people like to take different paths,” concluded the wise man.

"So, which is the best way to do a job," Vivek wanted to know.

"In completing a job, you need the same amount of physical and mental ability. Whether you are a thinker or a doer there has to be a seamless coordination between the mind and the body," replied the Swamiji, wisdom resounding in every word of his!

On their way back Vivek narrated the story to Aryan.

“Don’t you think we can successfully apply this lesson in office,” Aryan seemed thrilled!

“Every travel teaches us a unique lesson. I wish I could travel every day,” sighed Vivek.

If you know how to change your instruction to suit the doer, any job becomes simple!

“I am predominantly a doer and need work to keep me busy. So I have no complaints,” Aryan chuckled into Vivek’s ears.