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Duck Soup for the Soul : The Way of Living Louder and Laughing Longer Paperback – April, 1999

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Life is easier when you laugh...Swami Beyondananda, who never metaphysical question he didn't like, says life is Duck Soup-fun, easy, a piece of cake-when you are the laughingstock.

So get up off your assets and let Swami show you how to release your jestive blockages and turn any stew you're in into Duck Soup.

You're guaranteed to get struck by enlightening, and you'll see that: Fun is FUNdamental; A laugh track has been provided; The reason you're in the material world is to get more material; Non-judgment day is at hand; You are unique, just like everyone else; Whatever it is, peace on it!

About the Author

Swami Beyondananda is the brain child and alter ego of writer Steve Bhaerman, whose workshop "The Alchemy of Humor" is nationally known. Swami has been called a cross between Ram Dass and Haagen Dasz, a combination of Groucho and Gandhi. His nationwide syndicated monthly column delights millions and has been described as "comedy disguised as wisdom" and "wisdom disguised as comedy."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hysteria Publications; 1St Edition edition (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887166289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887166287
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 5.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,526,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With just the right humorous spice and some very ducky spiritual stock, Swami Beyondananda (aka Steve Bhaerman) mixes up a batch of healing stories that build strong funny bones and remind us to increase the laugh-force on the planet. Each chapter is as funny as it is wise, as you can intuit from the Swami's advice that we can alter our own reality (and the reality of those around us) by Making Fools of ourselves, remembering to Tell-A-Vision, being Esteem-Generators, and Committing Random Acts of Comedy and Beautiful Nonsense. Have fun learning how to drive your own Karma... while making sure you don't run over anyone else's Dogma!
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I read this book a while back, but today I was reminded of its significance. When the drive-thru at my favorite fast-food restaurant was swamped with cars, when a large SUV drove the wrong way through the narrow driveway and when I ended up behind a boat festooned with a grass skirt, I remembered Steve's counsel that our purpose for being in this life is to gather comedy "material." My friend and I drove away laughing so hard we made strange snorting noises, could hardly catch our breath, and had to peek through our eyelashes to even see where we were going. If you do not think life is all that funny, then I recommend this book. Perhaps your "jestive system" is clogged and in need of treatment. You can find the needed remedy in "Duck Soup for the Soul."
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Everyone knows that Swami Beyondananda is at least the Second Funniest Comic Swami in the Universe. With this book he proves he just might be the funniest (sometimes).

I first met the Swami when, in a previous incarnation, he saved me from being eaten by the lions in the coliseum in ancient Rome with, as usual, an outrageous pun.

Just as the brawny beasts were closing in on me at the Open Mike, despite my protestations that I was about as religious as Richard Dawkins, he pretended to answer his cellphone, much to the mystification of lions and gladiators alike, since the only form of communication at that time was basically grunts, trumpets, and cries of painful death, and said:

"Tell Dino that I'd love to be in his next Sword and Sandals Epic, but right now I'm performing at -- well, just tell him I'll Call And See Him!"

Which actually felled several of the brawny beasts right on the spot. At that point, he snapped his fingers and in came his royal litter with the whole muscular nubian slave Woody Strode thing complete with lovely nymphs scattering rose petals and season tickets to the Nicks carrying the two of us to Sardi's where we shared a couple of drinks and laughed at the vicissitudes of mortal existence, whereupon, after suddenly dissolving in a flash of smoke and a puff of light, the Swami left me with the bill, which I was only too glad to pay, considering how he had saved my fat from the fire, and delicious fat it was too as I recall.

Suffice to say, this is the book that asks the burning question, Why A Duck?, and then proceeds to answer it with all the powerful profundity and peerless panache we have come to expect from the Swami.
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I love this author!--many laughs! This author is unbelievably clever with words and ideas. His work, a treasure to read more than once.
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