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‘Swami for Precedent World Win Tour’ returns to town

Swami Beyondananda or the “Cosmic Comic” brings back his “Swami for Precedent World-Win Tour” Saturday to Grass Valley where his “campaign” began last February with his annual State of the Universe Address.

With this year an election year, the swami, whose real name is Steve Bhaerman, is campaigning for a brand new “precedent,” or as he explained, “government of the people, by the people, for the people where the government does our bidding, not the bidding of the highest bidder. If we truly choose a new precedent, a new president will surely follow.”

The Santa Rosa writer-humorist hopes to influence audiences with his latest performance, which mixes spiritual comedy and politics.

“Time to try something new,” Bhaerman explained, “because if we keep doing what we’ve always done, we will only get what we’ve always gotten. Like spending our energy getting even. What a waste! An eye for an eye only creates blindness. So I have another new ‘precedent’ for the new millennium: Don’t get even … get odd!”

His new book, “Swami for Precedent: A 7-Step Plan to Heal the Body Politic and Cure Electile Dysfunction,” uses humor to encourage readers to promote a more just, healthy and sustainable world. Wanting to turn spiritual “devotees” into political “votees,” Bhaerman founded the Right to Laugh Party (“one big party, everyone is invited”).

Swami first appeared in Pathways Magazine, a Michigan-based holistic health, personal growth, spirituality, politics and community publication that Bhaerman co-founded in 1980. When he took the Swami act on the road six years later, Bhaerman began syndicating a monthly “Ask the Swami” column, which appears today in about 35 print and online publications dealing with holistic, political and environmental subjects.

Previously, Bhaerman was a labor history and ethnic studies professor at Wayne State University in Detroit and at the University of Michigan.

Some of his other books include “Driving Your Own Karma: Swami Beyondananda’s Tourguide to Enlightenment” and “Duck Soup For the Soul: The Way of Living Louder and Laughing Longer.” His cassettes include “Yogi From Muskogee” and “Don’t Squeeze the Shaman.”

Bhaerman is also heard on Jerianne Van Dijk’s radio show on KVMR (found on the FM dial at 89.5 FM from 7 to 10 a.m. Fridays).

Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. performance at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center (410 S. Church St.) is $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Advance tickets are at the California College of Ayurveda, Harmony Books and BriarPatch.

The performance is sponsored by the college. Call 274-9100 to charge tickets or for more information about the performance. Check http://www.WakeUpLaughing.com on the Web for more information on Bhaerman.

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