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Friday, September 30, 2011

The Roots of Baul come from India!! Not Persian, Not Uzebekistan????? Not Canada or the Usa??


Sri Nabani Das Khyappa Baul on the cover the first ablum made in the USA with Purna Das Baul and others in his group.
The Vaishnava Bauls of Bengal have been around for thousands of years since the start of the story. They are the oldest group of Vaishnavism in Bengal. They have been singing the Hare Krishna Mahamantra for thousands of years before Sri Nityananda in the 1500's started the revival of Vaishnavism along with his best friend Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabu. Nityananda was a Baul and his "oral" tradition of singing and dancing as spiritual messengers from village to village were easily passed onto his best friend Sri Chaitanya.

In my research I have read Bauls originate from Persia?? This is not true, perhaps something else originated from Persia (today called Iran) but not the Bauls. Baul is a sanskrit word and they originate from India.They are sanskrit scholars, poets, Indian philosophers, perhaps the new Baul singers are not but the Bauls were for thousands or years previous to this. I have heard they originate from Uzbekistan??? I won't even comment on that one.. and I have heard Bauls are from Bangladesh, which also is wrong, why because Babukishan and family traveled to Bangladesh in the early 70's and there were no Bauls there, perhaps a few but all they were singing was Lalon Fakir songs. Babukishan's  mother Manju Dasi being from Bangladesh was the first person to start to preserve Lalon Fakir songs before this no one cared, today preserving Lalon Fakir songs has become multi-million dollar business of creating stories that Baul is from Bangldesh and is of sufi origins to collect money from UNESCO. ?? It is "Kali Yuga" what is real is seen as unreal and what is unreal is seen as real for the sake of money. Please do not destroy the history of the Vaishnava Bauls for the sake of fame or money, the Bauls are ancient and deserve to have their lineage preserved as acurately as possible.

It was Nabani Das Baul who had a long and lasting association with Rabindranath Tagore and Nabani Das Khyappa Baul was Allen Ginsberg's Guru, he may have written a song about Lalon Fakir but he never met Lalon Fakir. It was Nabani Das Khyeppa Baul who was associated with Allen Ginsberg, Rabindranath Tagore along with other poets, authors ect.. It was Nabani Das Khyappa Baul who was Indira Gandhi's dance teacher at Vishwabharti University. It was Nabani Das Baul who taught at Vishwabharti... and it was Indira's father Nehru who aske Nabani Das Baul to sing at all the inagural ceremonies of India.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Montreal Symposium Baul, Bollywood, Fusion Music


Montreal Gazette reviews.. "Babukishan in Montreal Quebec Canada"

http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2011/09/26/pop-montreal-2011-babukishan-das-baul-at-casa-del-popolo-sept-25/

Some shows you just know are going to be worth checking out. A Bollywood soundtrack maestro playing the intimate Casa del Popolo during Pop Montreal is a no-brainer, and Babukishan Das Baul did not disappoint, Sunday night. Bauls are “a group of non-denominational mystic minstrels from the Bengal region of India,” according to the Pop programme, and their lineage dates back centuries. With over 44 albums and 150 film scores to his credit, not to mention having performed, toured and/or collaborated with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Ravi Shankar and Miles Davis, Babukishan brought an impressive pedigree to the stage. In a characteristically classic example of initiative, Pop Montreal director Dan Seligman explained how he had bought one of the singer’s albums a while back, recently tracked him down on the web – living in Vancouver – and invited him to play at the fest. Aside from his appearance Sunday night, Babukishan gave an afternoon workshop (Baulin’ With Babu) and performed at the Sacred Sunday variety show put on by Patrick Watson (who is reportedly interested in working with him).

For his Casa set, he was backed by a makeshift Montreal combo including experimental/worldbeat percussionist Will Eizlini (Shalabi Effect) and singer-songwriter-banjoist Lisa Gamble (recruited from the crowd to play a traditional one-string instrument called the Ektara, which she had never touched in her life). The two were later joined by a guy on tambourine and a woman on keyboards. Together they provided a spare but evocative background for Babukishan to sing and add his own percussive elements. He has a rich, husky voice that evokes other worlds and eras. Not content to have the audience seated (on the floor) and paying utmost attention, after a few songs he asked everyone to get up and dance. But what could have been a bad idea highlighting the majority of the crowd’s embarassing hipster whiteness (though there was a small contingent of Bengali music fans in the room) somehow turned into a dynamic, interactive, cross-cultural/generational musical exchange. Two songs later, people were chanting along to “Hare Krishna!” (I kid you not), as Babukishan encouraged all to “close your eyes, move your body.” And it wasn’t weird or pretentious or cheesy! The man had a powerful yet utterly unpretentious presence that brought everyone into his world, carrying us along on a most unique and enjoyable ride. A fest highlight; let’s have him back.



 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Raikamal film clip with a Baul kirtan from this lineage.. along with actor being Nabani Das Baul

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QhEKMhhklU



This is a film about Nabani Das Bauls life the writer of this film is 'Tara Shankar' who spent years with Nabani Das ... The song this actor is singing is written by Nabani Das Baul. The actor was Nabani Das's friend Nitish Muke...rjee who played the part, he spent month learning from Nabani to play this part.. Nabani never like acting ect.. This movie is from an novel Bok Babaji about Nabani Das Baul..in Bengali it was never translated into english..


The cult of kirtan maybe was popularized by Sri Chaitanya but he got the cult of kritan from Sri Nityananda as Nitai was a Baul and they had been singing kirtan and Baul songs for thousands of years. Chaitanya was a scholar and best friend ...of Nitai and the Hare Krishna mahamantra, kirtan ect naturally flowed to his best friend Chaitanya.. this has been written out of history .... and this needs to be told, it is from the oral tradition not a book tradition of personal opinions based on gathering devotee's and selling books. Jai Nitai..

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Statue of Nabani Das Khyappa Baul, he was the Baul who inspired Rabindranath Tagore.


Brajabala Dasi and a Statue of her husband Sri Nabani Das Khyappa Baul. Nabani Das Baul is the Baul who inspired Rabindranath Tagore, Tagore had this statue commissioned in honour of Nabani Das Baul. Nabani Das Baul gave Rabindranath the name Ravi Baul and Tagore gave Nabani the name Khyappa Baul before this no Baul ever used the name Khyappa.

This statue can be viewed in front of the Agricultural department Krishi Bhavan at Vishva Bharti University, in Santiniketan, it is a symbol of the rural culture of Bengal. Vishava Bharti is the University Tagore created...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Baul Tantra, Mantra, Yantra vs Tantic Sex

Baul Tantra, Mantra, (Gopi Yantra) vs Neo Tantric Sex?


Baul Tantra, Mantra Yantra - (Gopi Yantra)  
vs Tantra as Sex.

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I was having a conversation with BabuKishan this morning about this description of Bauls that says,

"Many of them ( Bauls) practice a type of psycho-physical manipulation or tantric yoga which emphasizes control of sexual union, the purpose of which is to enable the couple to achieve a break with phenomenal existence, to escape the endlesscycle of death and regeneration, and to achieve a state of eternal stability or samadhi. This practice involves the retention of semen during intercourse and the ingestion of bodily secretions..."



There is nothing wrong with this description of Sacred Sexuality, however, you will see this over and over like a broken record as if this is the only focus, of what Baul is, it is not. People from all over the world and India flock to Shantiniketan searching for this freedom and wanting to meet Bauls. This can prove to be dangerous for many unsuspecting innocents. Listen Baul is extinct do not waste your time, many fakes are taking advantage.

Baul Tantric practices:

I am not writing this pertaining to any other lineage. So if you are reading this and thinking or learning for some other person that calls themselves a Baul master, this does not belong to them or their made up lineage. This only comes from this lineage. Please do not copy, I have seen my writings copied and pasted in other articles. 

Nayika sadhana partner sadhana - where all focus goes to the soul mate, sadhana of a partner constant connection, mystical love, strong attachment, all imagination and poetic thought is directed around the partner. Concentration and focus are needed a deep yogic focus as there are so many distractions in this world today. 

The partners feel each other deeply if one is sick the other feels the connection is strong, they are joined at the heart and above the head tied together no words are needed. This is soul to soul and has very little to do with the body. These practices take a lifetime, they are not meant to be shared with just anybody. You must both be an accomplished Yogi before even grasping. It take great wisdom. Baul is not a beginners path and from what I understand there are very few if any left that can teach this appropriately. Most people just suck the unsuspecting Yoga or Tantric tourists in and it can be very dangerous.

Rati car-dande sadhana, Kama and Kamini sutra, desire, again a mystical yoga not regular unconsious sex. Bauls use the word Rati Sangam for mystical union between soul mates or Monar Manush, a women Baul is called a Baulini. 

This sadhana is a higher level advanced mystical practice not for regular people. In most traditions we are taught to give up attachment but without attachments there is no deep love, this goes against the grain of what many are teaching. This again, take a lifetime to master. Just as if one is a wise old kung fu master, you do not automatically arrive here. It take great wisdom.

Love a love that is ecstatic, crazy, wild, love and a love in all the hearts bhava's (moods), then comes years and years of being a mystic, sadhana and meditation as a couple. To do the Rati practices you must be awakened and have all your energy channels open. Baul Kundalini Yoga is flowing waves of bliss (ananda larhari).
Udasi Bauls do not even need a partners they can easily reach to that level through their mystical sadhana of creating all inside their factory including their ideal women.

There are many false things written about the Bauls, it is really difficult to get to the truth or to know who is a real Baul.  One reason is for some reason Baul has become a business for so many. There are so many fakes trying to copy this lineage, there are so many fakes who are just Baul singers and not very good at that but fooling outsiders and westerners who have not got a clue what is good singing and what is not. Yoga is getting boring so tourist attraction Bauls are convincing people with their new exotic looks and a smiley Bhava that they are it. Much discernment is needed in knowing who is real and who is not. But I can say anybody fundraising on behalf of Baul today is not a Baul. (period and certainly is not from a lineage because this is the only lineage of Baul. (period)

If sex is all writers seem to write about Baul then Bauls will be extinct faster than thought, Baul is a huge tradition, a Baul should be lightening and a genius in all matters. There are new Baul singers using Baul and this lineage duping people into thinking either they are Bauls or changing this beautiful ancient Lineage of Vaishnava Baul that originates in Ekkachakra Birbhum Bengal. There is no other Lineage of Baul, (period) and that should be your first clue to fake. Nobody ever used Lineage in regards to Baul until I started to write. Babu wrote 3 Books on Baul in the 1980's he also, wrote about HIS lineage. Ask Babu questions he will tell you who is who? It is better to ask than waste your time.

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(Brajabala Dasi) Babukishan's beloved Grandmother raised him until he was 8. When Nabani Das Khyapa Baul his Guru and Grandfather passed away in 1969, Brajabala sent him to Calcutta to be with his birth father and mother Purna Das Baul and  Manju Dasi. His mother and father sent him to the Ramakrishna Mission as if he were an orphan. He lived it, he has many incredible stories. In retrospect in Babu Kishan's mind he only knew Nabani Das Khyapa Baul as his father.

 Brajabala knew all the stories as she spoke oral Sanskrit and was also, from Ekkachakra she passed on much of the lineage to Babu from birth until she passed when Babu was about 40 years of age. 


Brajabala Dasi was very much a guru to Babu Kishan as was Nabani and Purna Das Baul. Babu had many Guru's including Sitaram Das Omkarnath, Anandamayi Ma, and all the Swami's at the Ramakrishna Mission. There are many more to include right now.

Baul is a beautiful ecstatic mystical bhakti lineage and most of the PHD holders took their research from this lineage in which they have been given only a very limited point of veiw. This is an oral tradition it is almost impossible for an outsider to try to teach what Baul is because it is more indepth than what appears to the eye?

 Baul can only be taught by a lineage Baul. It takes years and years if not a lifetime to learn Baul philosophy, Baul songs, Baul poetry, it is not simple or easy. There is one new Baul women singer that says it only takes women 3 years to learn Baul, that is not the truth, if Brajabala Das,  Radharani Dasi or Manju Dasi were alive they would shut down that kind of talk. 

Just as real Yoga is not simple or easy. The Tantra Bauls practice has nothing to do with the Neo Tantra of the West. Baul is a mystical shamanic tantric sadhana not sexo magic. Baul is an internal sadhana. It is about learning what is inside, a sort of Daoist qigong, energetic mystical tradition, the path of Radha where Radha and Krishna reside in the heart of the beloved. I hear people focus on the sex part over and over, the four moon practice, deha sadhana, is not the focus of what a Baul is. 

This one and only Lineage of Bauls is called 'The Rasa Lila Mystics' because they capture the (Rasa) or juice and hold it inside of themselves, they distill or grind this juice into Love, they keep what works and grind and polish it into a beautiful play. 


Bauls are poets, philosophers, singers, dancers, they are not 'afflicted by the wind,' they are wind catchers, they practice what they call 'vayu dharma' or pranayama. The are only mad wild crazy for the divine, they worship Radha and Krishna in their heart, in their soul. 

A message from Babu Kishan below!

Today 2017 people love Baul song due to my family and our dedicated lifetime work of pioneering Baul around the world for over 70 years before there was Facebook, can you even imagine how difficult it was.

 Before my family  nobody knew who and what Baul was, we are the only lineage of Baul going back thousands of years. We have always been around and in the villages of Bengal as Guru's and teachers the spiritual newspaper before the newspaper. The original Das and Dasi Hare Krishna singers and dancer. My Grandfather and Guru Nabani Das Khyappa Paul was part of the Freedom Movement in India singing before Nehru gave his speeches as Paul has always been known as the biggest attention intoxicating through the honey of their song.

​Nabani Das Khyapa Paul sang for Nehru before all his talk all over India. Then my parents (Purna Das Paul and Manju Dasi) and myself (Krishnendu Das Baul aka Babu Kishan) did the same for Indira Gandhi and her son's Sanjay and Rajiv Gandhi. We sang on thousands of stages all around India hundreds of times.

My parents and the women in my lineage were legendary, they are the first and we are the only Lineage of Baul. Nobody in Baul every said Lineage except me and now there are others making up stories that are not true.


"So please go in a smooth flow like a trance of river and sing for Moner Manush, just saying because I am watching someone's youtube who is singing my Grandfather poetry but naming a different poet? Don't be fake, we know you are, don't make people stupid or saying and setting up for preservation. Baul is already preserved my dear, that is why you are singing the songs from my Lineage. 

Pranab Mukerjee (The President of India) a relative and great friend of this Lineage, ask him who Purna Das Paul and Nabani Das Paul are? 
If fact ask him who Babu Kishan is? These people were not mad, Pranab's father loved Nabani Das Khyapa Baul.

Even though people are liking but they mostly do not have any training in Baul music or musical ability, of course they screwing the wonderful lineage of Baul!

We didn’t have internet back then and it was so difficult to communicate and travel around the world. The hard time we had a hard time we had was to make was to make a road very easier for new comers!! 

From what I hear they (the new Baul singers) are not Baul Masters and need voice lessons, beyond voice lessons, development of voice quality, you cannot even sing in a cord or track! Just singing Sakhi re…… then what, or trying be more tourist attractions spinning hair around and theatrical Bauls then Sadhana? They need more and more practise, all my life I composed music for World's top musicians and recorded singer like Lata Mangaskar and Asha Bhosle and many other. You can call me egotistical but it is my lineage I am an award winning music composer. I know tone and pitch and you are way, way out of tune.  

Be a Baul do great work, help people and inspire people but don’t make up 4 generations and sing the songs from my lineage giving other poets names it has already been recorded and documented before you were born. If someone gave you miss information that is not my problem it is yours.

Please do the practise and don't makeup stories and drama, just be true Baul!! 

Love u all, my blessing with all my brothers and sisters, don't try to be Nabani Das Khyapa Baul or Baul Samrat Purna Das just salute them have a great respect for them they are the one who gave you a chance to be Baul!! 


Joy Guru!! Don't even try to be them, you cannot even dream!! You don't even know how was hard to making this Baul from a village to International platform!! Not easy, and of course only are one which is the last oldest BaulLineage in Bengal and World!!


Don't make stories, first learn how to sing and do Sadhna of Baul!! Just keep focus on what you are doing! Who can sing like Purna Das Baul, Manju Dasi, Radharani Dasi, Brajabala Dasi or any of my lineage? We are the only lineage, I can tell you who everybody is and where they came from except for the new Bauls who are young and now I am seeing these bizarre stories.

The end Babu Kishan !


Sri Nityananda of Ekkachaka Bengal India is part of this lineage of Vaishnava Baul, lineage of the Baul Avadhuta.  This Lineage of Paul is the only lineage of Baul there is no other. Nityananda of Ekkachakra is where they come from.

The lineage Bauls from Birbhum are the origins of Vaishnavism in Bengal India. They are the original Hare Krishna singers and dancers of Bengal India thousands of years before this new Vaishnava movement began.

Baul is about 'Love and Devotion' Bhakti Yoga and deep sadhana, the real Bauls spoke Sanskrit as this is the way the oral traditions are transmitted, they sing their songs in Bengali so the villagers can understand, because the villages did not necessarily speak sanskrit. 

The Vaishnava Bauls appear very simple but in actual fact they were way more intelligent than any western British educated scholars, their memories were astronomical as they had recorded in their minds all the stories of yoga, upanishads, stories of Krishna and Radha.

Babu Kishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul and Grandfather Guru Baul Saint the Avadhuta Nabani Das Khyapa Baul

Baul Saint, and Baul Guru Sri Nabani Das Baul, he is the Baul who inspired Rabindranath Tagore and initiated Tagore into Baul giving Tagore the name Ravi (Robi) Baul. They have a huge history and that story is for another time
Sri Nityananda also called Nitai was a Baul, an exalted Avadhuta, history was rewritten by modern day writers who were mostly orthodox or scholars who were not from inside the tradition. The stories of this lineage are within the songs of the lineage this is what an oral living lineage is, it is not a book translated lineage. Book translations are usually distorted because most writers have a personal opinion or are on a mission for something, be it devotee's, preaching, temples or money from the sale of the books?
We are writing books to preserve all that has already been preserved by this lineage. We need to set the record straight but it is not an easy task and will perhaps take years. It should be noted that Baul does not need to be preserved by outsiders who are "now fundraising" in the name of Baul. 

Baul is already preserved all it only needs translating into English. The songs have already been recorded going back into the 1950’s. I have no idea why new Bauls are now fundraising to preserve Bauls, oh my goodness what is going on.
Our personal mission is to translate as much as we can into English of our tradition and keep it as close to the truth of what a Baul is. This can only be done by someone actually in the tradition not by a new comer who has already taken Nabani Das Khyappa Bauls songs and attached other poets to Nabani's poetry.  It is very strange to an owner of the tradition to have a new Baul singer making up stories, making up lineages. 


The Bauls message is for all people and is especially necessary to today's world but that does not mean the message should be watered down or distorted. 

Of course Baul also changes to adapt to the world but it is in desperate need of being preserved accurately. 

Anytime you hear someone associate Baul with neo tantric
sex, you can be guaranteed this person or group does not have a clue what Baul is about. Or fundraising on behalf of Baul I warn you ahead of time they are not of any lineage. Baul has nothing to do with Bangladesh, I can qualify everything coming out of the fundraising team from Bangladesh and any of the new Baul tourist attractions. Fundraise for your own cause not for the cause of Baul, making people stupid.

Brajabala Dasi and Nabani Das Khyapa Baul


Many call Baul Traditional Folk songs because the Bauls did not speak english and this was a category that foreigners could understand and people outside of Bengal. 




Please understand that Baul songs are not folk songs, their songs are spiritual songs and this particalar lineage is a lineage of Baul kirtan, many of their Baul kirtan's have been taken and used by others saying they are songs of their made up lineage but that is not so and we are archiving all the songs that belong to the Bauls, this should at least be credited to them.


Writers are focused on sex as sex sells easily and attracts curious people, there is a freedom this implies and it looks attractive to become a Baul, tantric sex all day, smoking ganja all day, singing, dancing and begging for money, no sadhana? This is definitely not Baul this is another huge distortion making the Lineage Bauls extinct. Also, many have become a tourist attraction with long dread locks, this is not Baul. 

Bauls are free birds in that they are seeking ecstatic union (yoga) with their beloved Radha/Krishna, Shiva/Kali. This takes place through their lineage songs which are seeds of higher philosophy, this is where their union comes from, you can feel it, you can hear it and if you do not you are not listening to a Baul. 




The body has the God's and Goddess's in the altar of the heart. The body is the temple of the soul, this is the tantra, this is the technique, this is their samadhi, this is their God/dess intoxication comes from, they know the technique. Baul is about high level philosophy it is not about the mundane. The lineage Bauls I am talking about and there is only one lineage of Bauls.



Baul songs are not folk songs, they are seed songs of higher philosophy, one must know the discourses that go along with the song. Babu listens to what Bauls are singing they are either singing his family lineage songs or are singing folk songs, some sing his lineage songs but shorten them thus destroying the meaning. 

Babu has also heard Bauls singing Bollywood songs that have nothing to do with Baul, in and of itself there is nothing wrong with this but to call the songs Bauls songs is wrong? 

A real Baul usually will not tell you anything, therefore, this is a good opportunity for the new Bauls to dress like Bauls and when a scholar or a reporter comes to Bengal they usually have interviewed a new Baul on the, "philosophy of Baul" or the reporter and scholars usually focus on one aspect.

My question who owns the truth about the Bauls 'a scholar' or a New Baul singer who has created a tourist attraction and a fake lineage, OR 'a lineage Baul from within the lineage', who is the authority? 

'Wikipedia or a lineage Baul?' or 'PhD's' or a tourist attraction making up a lineage?' 

Should the authority on Baul be the lineage, or should it be the scholars, the problem is Baul is almost extinct there are only a handful of lineage Bauls left. I can tell you this family is the only family of Bauls who brought Baul to the world. Others just copy and follow, go where they go, do what they do.

It is a huge task to try to preserve this lineage, so in the meantime this leaves the door open for all sorts of nonsense.

 These neo Bauls like the neo Tantrics and neo Yogi's of the east and west only tell the person a very limited view of Baul from copy and paste, they repeat the same thing over and over, copy, paste, copy, paste, singing only folk songs saying they are Baul songs. 

The roots of Baul are in Sanatan Dharma the Bhagavad Gita, Radha and Krishna, the roots of Baul are not in Buddhism or Islam. They accepted Buddhist and Islam Sufi into their fold, because Bauls are the biggest peacekeeper. That does not mean they became them.


"Lineage Bauls are the origins of Vaishnavism in Ekkachakra Birbhum Bengal, they are the original Rasa Lila Mystics. 

They are an oral (Sanskrit) tradition as all Indian Traditions were, they are not a book tradition of modern interpretations and personal opinion. What the Lineage Bauls know has been passed down through Sanskrit, many new age Vaishnava reformers have distorted the truth about Vaishnavism in Bengal and created cults which have done more harm to the Bauls."

It is surprising to Babu that even people he has known write the wrong stories about Bauls. Even more surprising the number of people he has taken to Bengal, talked about his lineage who have either made films or wrote books and they do not even thank him, cut him out completely and thank the western scholars. 

There is one professor from the USA who had him sign papers to get university grants for her to study Bauls only to cut him out completely, everybody wants funding and what a great thing to do get the funding through a lineage Baul then interview Neo Bauls who have a very limited knowledge of the Bauls? This is very disrespectful and is creating such a distortion in the history of what Baul really is. There are very few real Bauls left, they are almost extinct. I mean really must you keep using the Bauls of India.

The One and Only Legendary Bauls Purna Das Paul and Manju Dasi who traveled the world for 70 years. They are the pioneers of Baul and Baulini. They are the first and only.

Tantra is shakti sadhana, tantra is the science of light, the science of life. Tantra is technique, on how everything is put together. Tantra Mantra Yantra, formula, for instance Babu is an expert of the Tantra of Indian. 

Music and sound the technique using a scientific formula to bring the Dieties to life through sound. Same with the Bauls their songs are their sadhana, their tantra is through their songs this is why so many people are mesmerized with the Bauls because of the thousands of years of sadhana or Lineage of having the Lineage passed on from one generation to the next through Sanskrit. 

How Baul got stuck on sex is perplexing? They do have mystical sadhana's but people have made it so dirty with all the fake Bauls taking advantage.

Babu is also a master the smashan grounds, tantra, mantra, yantra, as he was born into this sadhana from his grandfather (not all Bauls are this kind of Tantric, only the avadhuta's are.) Nabani Das Khyapa Baul was initiated by Bhama Khepa among others at Tarapith. He traveled all over India, Nepal and Tibet.




 When talking Tantra in the west it is always about sex, why, because sex sells. 

Sex is not Tantra and selling it as such is misguided, call it sacred sex. It is really disrespectful to the Indian people when Tantra is only referred to a sexual sadhana's, Tantra is technique. 

Tantra is a Sanskrit word, it originates in India, so Tantra is Indian. If one wants to be a Tantric learn jyotish, sanskrit, ayurveda, mantra..Shakti Sadhana. If one wants to learn sex sacred sexuality, do not call it Baul or tantra. 



Hard work and sadhana does not attract people, 12 years of sadhana with a Guru does not attract anyone. And if anyone tells you for women only 3 years, this is not true, it takes lifetimes. Brajabala Dasi, Radharani Dasi were Sanskrit scholars it comes from the soul and soil of Birbhum. They never would do or behave stealing the poetry of Nabani and this lineage making up stories and lineages that are not true. This is not the way of Baul women, being a tourist attraction show.

There are many Bauls smoking ganja who are addicted to it, however, their power and knowledge are gone because the ganja is smoking them. 

There was a time when ganja was a sacred herb it was used to cure all sort of ailments and the real authentic avadhuta bauls in deep sadhana smoked ganja, however, the ganja did not smoke them. Ganja was used for sadhana, one never depended on it.




Yes sacred sexuality is part of certain Baul practices but this is only a drop of what is real Baul, just as asana and meditation are part of Baul. A Baul does not reject anything, they embrace all knowledge yoga ect. This practice as described as being Baul at the beginning of this article is meant to be between only sadhaka and sadhika, it is only meant to be between husband and wife never shared with others, it is private in a committed relationship of soul mates and really is not central theme of what Baul is?

Babu's grandfather the legendary Sri Nabani Das Khyappa Baul used to generate so much spiritual heat he used to meditate under water on the bottom of a pond. He was rare. As Babu say's don't try to be Nabani Das Baul or Purna Das Baul.



Fakir, aul, sai, derbesh, is sufi it is not Baul.

In the past many different groups were wandering around Bengal and they were lumped together under 'Baul', they were not Baul, however, the British had a huge disdain for all wandering people, they were treated badly and they all were called Baul, at the time even the British educated Bengali's did not understand, they were too busy trying to please the British and gain some sort of respectful life. 

Fakir, Sai, Aula, Dervesh and Shah are not Baul but were lumped together with the Baul for terminology sake, however the Bauls are a unique and distinct sect, the oldest lineage being the Vaishnava Bauls who were sanskrit speaking people, they are brahmin and very educated in the oral tradition.

Baul is like modern Yoga being described as Asana, gymnastics ect.. The Body is not the sole organ of all experience and knowledge Parampara is, the Guru is. 

The Guru to the Baul is the greatest but let me tell the Guru must be a Baul Guru and this is very difficult to get because the ones that are calling themselves Baul Guru are NOT. This can be proven and we see and know what is going on. We can give the whole history on most of the Bauls that are calling themselves Baul.

Purna Das Paul, Indira Gandhi, Manju Dasi all great friends.

Baul is a 'Guru Parampara Tradition.' The oral tradition and Guru are the means to knowledge, the oral tradition has been transmitted for thousands of years through Sanskrit, the Bhagavad Gita all knowledge of Yoga, Bhakti Yoga is the sole organ of experience.

 Babukishan, say's, "why come to Baul, go to sex education, why even come to Baul, do not destroy Baul by the misconceptions, mostly all Phd on Baul are completely wrong or they only have an aspect and they beat that aspect to death. "

Baul is inner connecting to the divine in a ecstatic mystic way, it is not about outer, grab a partner try some Psycho physical manipulation, this is such a gross misconception and it is really boring and a huge insult to the authentic Bauls. To a Baul the Guru is the path, the Guru passes on all knowledge through the oral living lineage that is thousands of years old.

You can feel the universe inside of you that is Baul, as above so below. The original authentic Baul will never tell you their sadhana, only paramapara. Bauls were the newspaper before the newspaper, singing Hare Krishna every morning to the villagers as a wake up call.


Bauls in general as posted on the internet did not associate with anybody this family did. Some went to this Bauls associations and copied and tried to be them. 

Many Bauls are using this lineage. Allen Ginsberg made a comment about Lalon Shah and they associate Ginsberg with Lalon, no no no .... Allen Ginsberg is only associated with Babu Kishan, who was a close friend visiting him every year for decades. Why? because Allen always said, Nabani Das Baul who he met was his Guru and was consistent in that until his death.


Bob Dylan too was a friend of Babu Kishan's and you will see his father and uncle on the cover of John Westley Harding, Babu Kishan is listed on Bob Dylan's web site of the Who is Who. He also, performed all over the USA with Bob Dylan's 1986 East, West Tour. 

I could go on and on. I don't know why people do this, preserving Baul and writing about Baul as if there are Bauls in Bangladesh. Baul is not and never was a place of Baul. This is a new phenomenon to raise money. Writing books on Baul all the while following this lineage but making up stories and new Baul lineages to raise money and preserve Baul. Baul is already preserved. 

Lalon Fakir was a great poet he was never a Baul, I will qualify this. Bhaba Pagala was not he Baul he used to hang out with Babu's family, he used to babysit Babu and his brothers. He never ever said he was a Baul. He loved Baul he was not a Baul. My next article will go one by one telling who is who?

This lineage and family are the only Bauls who have associated with, when you read Bauls associated with Bauls did not only Babukishan and family did. Bauls in general as posted on the internet did not. I t should read Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das or Purna Das Baul or Nabani Das Baul associated with:

Allen Ginsberg,
Bob Dylan,
George Harrison
The Rolling Stones,
Indira Gandhi,
Rabindranath Tagore
,
Jawaharlal Nehru,
Tara Shankar Bandhypadhya,
Kavi Nazrul,  Bidhan Chandra Roy,
Pankoj Mollick,
R. C. Boral,
S D Burman,
RD Burman,
Bimol Roy,
Sakti Pado RajGuru,
Uday Shankar,
Nitish Mukherjee,
Nitin Bose,
Shantidev Ghosh,
Ajit Ganguly,
Deben Bhattacharya,
Pahari Sanyal,
Timir Baran,
Allauddin Khan,
Dr. Amartya Sen's Grandfather Kshiti Mohan Sen,
Ram Kinkar Baij,
Sita Ram Omkarnath,
Ravi Shakar,
The President of India Pranab Mukerjee,
Sonja Gandhi,
Rajiv Gandhi,
Dr. Ananda Shankar Roy,
Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi,
Tv Producer Abhijit Das Gupta,
Jyoti Basu W Bengal former chief Mininster, Diretor General of India Radio.
Dr Bhupeen Hazarika,
Mithun Charabhorty,
Bapi Lahari,
MF Huissen,
Chuni Goswami,
Shyam Benegal,
Amitabha Bachchana,
Satyajit Ray,
Mrinal Sen,
Zakir Hussain,
Ratan Tata and many, many more. 


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Babukishan Das Baul and Trishula Das
'Babu Kishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul'

Born into Lineage Baul Sampradya,
Sanskrit Scholar, 12 years as a Vedic Monk @ the Ramakrishna Order. BA Indian Philosophy, MA Indian Music Calcutta University.

40 years traveling worldwide promoting his ancient and only Lineage an Oral Living Lineage.

Master of Indian Classical, Folk, Baul & Bollywood Music


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Friday, September 2, 2011

Radharani Dasi Baul and her husband Gopal Das Baul


"The first Dotara used by authentic Lineage Bauls in India was by "Gopal Das Baul" in the early 1940's he was the husband of Radharani Dasi Baul ( Babu's aunt who was the biggest most famous Baul women for her revolutionary firsts as a Baul women, she was a sweet magical Baulini with a voice that is a heavenly gift.) Gopal Das Baul who was a disciple of Nabani Das Khyeppa Baul, Nabani said, Gopal of all my students you are the best, what can I do for you. Gopal said, "I want to marry your daughter, Radharani, please allow me to be in your family and take care of Radharani all her life." Gopal Das was pure Vaishnava, a true sadhaka and a disciple who was true.

Radharani Dasi Baul was the first official Baul women to record on,  "All India Radio" but she was very shy and after she recorded a few songs she never returned. Bauls are not about collecting students and building temples they are rare and very authentic innocents in this world. In the 1960's a movie called Raikamal was made about Radharani's life, written by one of Bengals top writers, "Tara Shankar." In 1985 a movie called Togori was also made about Radharani's life, Babukishan was fully involved in this movie right down to the design of the dress that the actress playing Radharani would wear. A very historic family Lineage of Bauls....from thousands of years back singing the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra in Bengal from the beginning of the story, way before Gaudiya Vaishnavism or the Bauls ancestor Sri Nityananda also know as Nitai. So when Nitai met his best friend at the time Sri Chaitanya his oral ancestoral way of living and singing naturally flowed into Sri Chaitanya, the stories are in the oral tradition so much of the modern cults coming out of Gaudiya have been repeating the same made up stories over and over.

Gopal Das was the son of the Ekchakra Nityananda Temple, and he was a great sweet maker. Nityananda Mahaprabu was a Baul and from this lineage."

Both now deceased, Baul is becoming extinct, and distorted, the lineage and all it's rasa is almost gone.
Jai Bangla Baul of India.

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