Mike Brooker's home on the Web
Welcome. Bienvenue. Swagatam. Namasté.
what the cyber world needs, another personal homepage from a guy named
Mike! Yes, I know that Mikes are a dime a dozen, and for years
Michael has been the most common given name for boys in the
English-speaking world. (It's also popular in the non-English
world, as the name translates easily: Michel, Miguel, Mikhail,
etc.) But around my yoga buddies and spiritual fellow-travellers,
I sometimes go by the Sanskrit name Keval (means literally "whole", or
"absolute", and is the root stem of kaivalya "liberation")
hence the alternate title for this home page.
Who I be:
After evolving through
numerous lifetimes, the "Mike Brooker" incarnation of a Homo sapiens
took birth in this body on March 18, 19something in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. Never mind
the year...suffice to say I was born during the Eisenhower and
administrations, but after the Dodgers and Giants moved west!
also lived for a while in Windsor, ON, Montreal, PQ, Sudbury, ON, and
have racked up almost enough time at the Kripalu Center to qualify as a
registered voter in the state of Massachusetts,
my home town is the 5th largest incorporated city in North
America¹ ², Toronto,
Ontario, Canada. I have dual
Canadian and U.S. citizenship, as well as being a citizen and the de
facto Head of Government of the Inner
of Patria (Sanskrit: Antarbhumi Ramrajya), a
independent micronation - at least it is in cyberspace! I am a
graduate of the School of
& Interpreters at Laurentian
I also have a diploma in Library and Information Technology from Seneca College. Languages
that I have studied, or at least have a working knowledge of, include
German, Russian, Latin, Hindi, and Sanskrit. I even attempted to
my own language, "Patrienish",
as a high school student, to serve as one of my micronation's official
intend to post my résumé on this website! Other than my
micronational job as a Congressman in the Congressus Patriaë (Patria's
national assembly, where I represent the city of East Castoropolis in
the Precinct of Cæsarea), let's just say I have been gainfully
employed, albeit in a few jobs that majorly sucked in the last
century. A good chunk
of this site will be devoted to my spiritual evolution on the path of Sanatan
Dharma - also known as Vedic Dharma, Sanatan Vedic Dharma, and
inaccurately in the Western world as "Hinduism" - and affirming this
as a universal spiritual path in the 21st century. Read all about
in Hinduism Today
magazine. Although I grew up in two of Toronto's major Jewish
to Hebrew school as a child, spent several childhood/Nixon
summers at Camp Northland/B'nai Brith,
was Bar-Mitzvah'ed, spent my teenage years at Forest Hill Collegiate
80% of the students were Jewish), and even had a close friend and
grade-school classmate who became a rabbi, I would have counted myself
Hindu on the Census of Canada, had I received the long census
form that included questions on religion and ethnicity. I began
doing yoga in 1989 and experienced a spiritual awakening that began
late in that year, inspired in part by
the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, but in a
part by my going beyond the hatha yoga postures to study some of yoga's
spiritual context. I fell in love with many of the Hindu deities,
and chanting in a way that I still can't explain intellectually.
to paraphrase the late Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign
in my heart I know it's right. Having always been interested in
(I can still recite from memory most of my Bar Mitzvah Torah and
portions), my interest in Sanskrit came naturally.
That's me as a 5th grader in the Nixon administration, with my
long-deceased pet rats, Goofy and Templeton. The latter name was
borrowed from Charlotte's Web. They've since evolved into
higher forms of life. But beware - the laws of karma can go both
ways. Your next birth may be as a rat! If you are fond of
pet rats <:3 )~~ visit The
I am not related to another Michael Brooker, a 6' 6" guard/forward
who played for Vince Carter and Michael Jordan's alma mater, the University of North Carolina in
1999-2000. You can still read his bio
and stats here, although he has since graduated and never even
got a sniff of the NBA. I am also not related to a Michael
works for Foreign Service Canada in Ottawa, though I wouldn't mind
having his job!
And oh yes, I am still single. I would like to meet some
unattached, non-smoking, spiritually-evolved yogic women, although I
have an autism-related disability,
and/or misdiagnosed for over 30 years) that severely affects my social
and may make intimate relationships impossible, not that I've tried
much since the Carter administration or the summer between high school
and first year university.
¹ Since the creation of the
so-called "Megacity" on Jan. 1, 1998 in which the provincial government
forcibly merged the City of Toronto with the cities of North York,
Scarborough, East York, York, and Etobicoke, only New York, Los
Angeles, Chicago, and Mexico City have larger populations within their
municipal limits than Toronto.
² Although 43 people died of SARS in the Toronto area in the
spring and early summer of 2003, and the World Health Organization briefly
a travel advisory, the disease is now just a memory. If you plan
won't kill you, and neither will H1N1 a.k.a. Swine flu, but the
gun-toting gangs and thugs in this rapidly
decaying out of
control city might.
What's on this site:
There's also no java script, finicky applets, and other fancy doodads
that add little to the content but could crash your browser and make
the page painfully slow to load.
- Visit the Inner Realm of Patria
(Antarbhumi Ramrajya) a micronation that has its roots in
some role-playing games I first got into as a single-digit age
child. Although Patria's recorded history began around 1973, when
it evolved as a means of surviving - or escaping from - grades 8 and 9,
it has been an independent
micronation since June 30, 1818 (an auspicious date in a previous
In Patria, yoga is the national sport and Sanskrit is one of the
Inaugural Address, traditional speech opening the 48th
Congress of Patria.
- Guru's Gallery: Photos, info
links for some of the gurus, swamis and yoga masters from whom I have
teachings and inspiration since beginning my spiritual journey on the
of yoga, Hinduism and Sanatan Vedic Dharma in 1989.
- Bapuji's Bhajans: Devotional
songs composed by Swami Kripalvanandji, my spiritual "grandfather".
- Duel of the Divine Mothers: A
page in which I compare and contrast Mata
Amritanandamayi and Karunamayi,
two female gurus who are revered as living incarnations of the Divine
Bharat Yatra 1995-96: Photos
and memories of my yatra (pilgrimage) to India in December
- Sanskrit Sadhana: A page of
some of my favourite Sanskrit prayers and slokas (verses) from
the Bhagavad Gita and Devi Mahatmyam (a Hindu scripture
devoted to the Divine Mother).
- DX Dharma: A page devoted to my
hobby/passion of "DXing" (listening to distant stations on the AM and
shortwave bands) and links to DX clubs, favourite broadcasters, etc.
- There used to be a ballpark: My
baseball page - a tribute to some now-defunct Major League stadiums
I have visited.
- Jell-O Coin-a-Rama: My tribute to
Jell-O's car and airplane wheels - a piece of early 1960s Canadiana,
from my childhood collection.
- My Asperger
page: A little bit of inside dope about Asperger syndrome.
What's NOT on this site:
- Pictures of my cat, who had to be put to sleep because of feline
leukemia : -(
- Baby pictures, dancing babies, and other terminally cute
- a "Links" page. You will find my favourite links liberally
sprinkled throughout this page and the other pages on this site.
- Links that open in new windows. I assume you know what the
[ <= ] (back) button on your browser is for.
- Pages that stream music when opened. I particularly detest
this, especially when you can't stop the music by hitting ESC, as 99%
of the time that I am online my computer's sound card is also occupied
with a RealAudio stream, mp3 or CD.
- a Blog. I don't have enough free time to write that kind of
thing, or to read other folks' blogs, most of which are self-indulgent
wastes of bandwidth.
- Why the Red Ensign, which was good enough to die
for at Dieppe and Vimy Ridge, should still be Canada's flag, and why The
Maple Leaf Forever is a more patriotic song than O Canada.
These topics are more than adequately dealt with here.
- My political views (once NDP,
but now tending toward Libertarian).
Not that it matters until Canada adopts some form of proportional representation
whether as a Constitutional Monarchy or as a Republic with a
ceremonial "President" replacing the Queen/Governor-General.
- My versions of conspiracy theories regarding the assassinations
of JFK, RFK, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, and John Lennon.
You wouldn't want to hear them.
Root, Root, Root for my home teams:
September 11, 2001 -- Like Dec. 7, 1941, June 6,
1944, or Nov. 22, 1963, the date stands alone and needs no further
explanation. Please visit The Sept. 11 Digital Archive
and let's hope Osama bin Laden and the other sick thugs who perpetrated
this cowardly, dastardly act are eventually brought to justice or have
they've been escaping since 9/11/2001 brought to them. God
America! My country 'tis of Thee! As a U.S. citizen,
am entitled to some flag-waving jingoism! At least to remember
victims of 9/11, not to cheer on George W. Bush's war on Iraq,
only to make Dubya look like a big hero, finish the job for his father,
clinch his legitimate election in 2004, and leave an unwinnable war --
not to mention a f***ed up economy -- for Barack Obama to inherit
on and after Jan. 20, 2009. Any idiot
that Saddam has nothing to do with 9/11 or Al-Qaeda, and had no WMD's
to boot. (Of course, 12/26 - the
tsunami that struck Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka,
etc. on Dec. 26, 2004 - was far worse than 9/11 in terms of destruction
lost. But can you get angry with or go to war against God?)
Dayashakti Sandra Scherer
In memory of a wonderful, nurturing teacher, who passed away (much too
soon) of breast cancer. I will always fondly remember
and workshops, particularly the "Riding
the Wave" that she developed during and after her many years as a
Restore the Red
Ensign - Canada's true flag!
Thank you for
visiting. If you like this page, or even if you want to tell me
"your page sucks", please e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please copy or
cut & paste the address into your e-mail system. Sorry for
inconvenience, but I have removed the <mailto: > tags to stay one
step ahead of the spammers, who often use "scavenger bots" to harvest
addresses from Web pages. Spammers will be larted, though it may
not help much to get the buggers thrown off ISPs.
If you have Yahoo!
you can chat with me live. My "buddy name" is Patria1818 You can also follow me on Twitter or poke me on Facebook.
This site was
hosted by Internet Direct which used to be Ontario's #1
Internet Service Provider, back in the days when 56k dial-up was
considered cutting-edge fast, before it was swallowed up by Look
Communications, which in turn was swallowed up by Telnet Communications. But
at least they let me
keep the Idirect.com domain name and my old e-mail address.
© 1999-2009, Mike Brooker. Page updated Oct. 22, 2009.
Reproduction in whole or in part without the express written consent of
the creator of this page (that'd be me, not Brahma the Creator) is bad
karma and a violation of Canadian and international copyright laws to
boot. Spamming is
even worse karma. Ahimsa does not apply to those bottom-feeding