Tag Archives: Garden

Thank you Bee!

29 Dec

Thank you Bee! ~a Swamystery nano blog

Why should one thank a bee for stinging him/er!”
(“கேள்வியும் நானே, பதிலும் நானே”ன்னு ஒரு புது blog series ஆரம்பிக்கலாம் போல இருக்கே..!


The two hands in this picture belong to the same person.
One easy conclusion anyone can arrive at is that the person certainly has two hands. ✌Hmmm… Now that you’ve figured that out quickly, let’s dig up some more details…

The left hand is how both hands look, almost bereft of any fat, pretty much any day.(oh, have you ever noticed that almost 95% of hand emojis depict the right hand )!
The right one isn’t infected by any யானைக்கால் வியாதி type disease and will return to its fat-free original state, probably in a day. Oh yeah, I can clearly hear your big sigh of relief!

If at all one has any morbid thoughts about how one may look while being obese (we all do, at some point in time, so you aren’t alone ), then there’s an easier way to find that out, instead of indulging in food.
*Just get stung by a tiny bee.*
Yep, it’s actually that simple!


The tiny (in comparison to our 6 feet mighty form, to which we inadvertently end up comparing every damn being we see ) bee one insect which shoots first and then asks  questions, a la the lone Clint Eastwood type weary (& wiry) westerner’s adversary. (is that a ‘toy gun’ emoji, ‘coz, I couldn’t find a real one, which is actually a wonderful thing – not just for emojis).
Okay, it stings first & then buzzes to issue a warning.☝


The bee is a live example of the dictum *மூர்த்தி சிறிது, கீர்த்தி பெரிது*, quite literally. The sting hurts terribly far a minute or two, starting with a burning sensation. There’s no a stung person can simply ignore it and continue the ‘ignorance is bliss’ (it isn’t, btw) BAUHumbug routine, since it’s fast and furious like a missile, actively seeking more skin surface targets to bombard, ummm… sting!


But the swelling and numbness stay for hours, to remind one about the folly of one’s misadventures, in no uncertain terms – such as clearing the dead leaves and branches in the home garden (even if the said garden is just a patch of green in the balcony), without checking for the presence of – stinging – insects, and perhaps snakes (one slithery being did end up somehow in our 4th floor apartment, a few years ago, which even the expert who came to catch & release it found hard to explain – especially since it was a young one, though at nearly 2 feet it was quite a grown up young snake).


Someone did exactly that today and got the message loud and clear!
That bee was probably annoyed at its home, a honeycomb few square inches in size, being disturbed and instantly stung the disturbing object – happens to be a hand of a silly human – to express its feelings, which obviously wasn’t that jubilant, on this particular Sunday morning. Phew…

Getting stung despite knowing the presence of a bunch of them, hidden away in the foliage, was a stupid thing to do. So, no complaints there… Really.

Anyway, the silver lining in the Sunday stinging episode is, the stung person now knows how he might be, if he were obese. That’s always a good thing to know, since it’ll keep him even more aware of the need for diligence and discipline in his Sadhana (spiritual practices) and sticking to the moderate intake of healthy food. And add a few kms of walking or cycling too to the stay-healthy daily to-do list, perhaps. A healthy body and clutter-free mind are as useful to a seeker as it is to a survivor.

So, the conclusion is *Thank you bee*… I guess..!

~Swamy | @PrakashSwamy

The Gardener!

30 Sep

A Garden is a place of serene beauty. Some of us have our own in the backyards or balconies of our homes. Some others visit a Garden to enjoy the vista and immerse ourselves in its natural splendor.

The souls that create and nurture a Garden are the Gardeners. For them, every single flora – from the tiniest sapling to the mightiest tree – in the Garden is like a child. They take utmost care to ensure all of them are nurtured well to blossom into a flowery plant, fruity tree, shiny grass or healthy shrub. They tend to Life in its most natural form.

There are two types of Gardeners. One who designs a Garden with a variety of flora and the other who waters, disinfects and prunes the plants and fertilizes the soil regularly.

The first type of Gardener will move on from one Garden to another, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t got any affinity for the plants in any of the Gardens that he designs.

The second type of Gardener will remain in a Garden but spend equal effort for nurturing all the plants in that garden.

Both are important for any Garden as Gardens will wither without the Gardeners’ care, knowledge, support and commitment.

Organizations are also Gardens. Talent Gardens. Associates are the colorful and diverse Flora. And Leaders are its Gardeners. At least they’re supposed to be.

Most of us only consume fruits and flowers that grow in a Garden. Or enjoy the grassy patch for a walk or just lazing around. And almost completely ignore the shrubs. We rarely contribute to a Garden’s growth and well being directly. Actually many aren’t even aware that we’ve to. And most won’t bother as ignorance is bliss.

Same holds good in the organization Garden too. We utilize the flora, aka associates, as resources to deliver results; meet milestones; chase targets; build businesses. We assess the yield regularly and appraise the output annually. We end up treating them as commodities rather than Life forms.

Imagine doing this in a natural Garden. The result will be a catastrophe that will wipe out most Life.

Talent needs tender care and continuous nurturing to blossom into its full potential. Associates look forward to their Leaders to provide that care and attention. They need nurturing to grow. And glow!

A nurtured plant will yield better output. A cared associate will deliver better outcome, wholeheartedly. Joyfully.

A blossoming plant will spread the fragrance. A well tended team will spread the cheer around. Their cheer will be infectious enough to positively impact other teams that haven’t experienced such care.

A glorious Garden with vibrant flora will bring in the bees, butterflies and birds. A nurtured organization will retain and attract more talent.

All of us may not be natural Gardeners. But we can learn to be one. Anyone who’s even dabbled a bit in Gardening can vouch that it is a joyful pursuit. Joy begets Joy!

Remember, there are two types of Gardeners. Which type of Talent Gardener we want to be is our choice, naturally.

Whichever type you choose, be a caring, knowledgeable, supportive and committed Gardener!

Note: All photographs in this post were taken by @PrakashSwamy in the USA, where he & family enjoyed spending time in Gardens and other places of natural splendor, practicing his craft of being a serious amateur photographer – with a Canon EOS Rebel film SLR (Mrew might blink for a change, as they were either born or grew up in the Digital era 😉

உயிர்மெய்

ஸ்வாமியின் தமிழ் பதிவுகள்

G.Sairamesh's Blog

Business of helping people Prosper & Grow

Coach4excellence's Blog

Committed to the business of helping people to effectiveness & growth!

Joshi Daniel Photography

Images of People Photoblog

E-Learning Provocateur

A blog by Ryan Tracey

Donald H Taylor

This is an archive blog. Please visit donaldhtaylor.co.uk

Leadership Freak

Empowering Leaders 300 Words at a Time

Been there, Seen that

Unraveling Life’s mysteries, one blog post at a time!