My wife, my neighbor Ajita and I are gradually coming up with a list of symptoms that could serve as a guide for fanatics to self-diagnose. Here’s what we have so far:
You may be a Hare Krishna fanatic if …
… you are perfectly comfortable with “That’s prajapla!” as the end of a conversation.
… have ever demanded a list of ingredients when invited around for prasad at a devotee’s house.
… ever gone so far as to seriously consider the legal consequences of cutting out someone’s tongue for blasphemy.
… you opt to sleep on the floor next to the bed when staying at a relative’s house.
… when a stranded driver asks if you can jump start her car, you reply, “No. That would be a waste of Krishna’s energy.”
… you cooked your own dinner at the vegetarian party Mum put on for you.
The reason I’m posting these here is so that we can collaborate. If you think of some additions to this list then please leave them as comments to this post.
The possibilities are endless and so many of us have tons of experience to draw upon. We’d like to keep them general enough not to offend anyone in particular, although we completely admit that most of what we’ve come up with so far have been inspired by real life events (cringe).
We called our friend Urjesvari who has the perfect sense of humor for this sort of thing. We’re going to call back tomorrow and see what she comes up with, so stay tuned.