/Babu Kishan has been teaching Lineage Baul worldwide for 45 years !

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"

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

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 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 yantra vs Tantra as Sex.....

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 endless cycle 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..."

This is not the focus of what aBaul is?? 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. 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. If this is all writers seem to write about Baul then Baulswill be extinct faster than thought.
(Brajabala Dasi (Babukishan's beloved Grandmother who raised him until he was 8, she passed on much of the lineage to Babu from birth until she passed when Babu was about 40 years of age... she was very much a guru to him.)

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 pointof 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. 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 tantra sadhana not sexo magic, it is an internal sadhana. It is about learning what is inside, a sort of Daoist qigong. 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. I call the Bauls '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.
(Sri Nityananda of Ekkchaka Bengal India was a lineage Baul and is a descendant of Babukishan's lineage, there has been so much distortion about who he was by New Age Vaishnava reformers who have tried their best to degrade the Bauls and write them out of the history of West Bengal as degenerates. 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 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.)
(Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul is a lineage Baul who is the first Baul to receive a modern education with a BA in Indian Philosophy, MA Indian Music from Kolkata University, he is the first Baul to be a monk in the Ramakrishn order. He is the first Baul to compose fusion music, the first Baul to live in North America. He is the first Baul to be a successful composer, and filmaker in Indian Cinema. First to be a Music Composer producing over 150 musical scores and 44 albums. He is fluent in Sanskrit, Hindi, Bengali, English and a number of other languages including the stories of his oral living lineage of Baul. Nobody ever thought a Baul would live in North America or read what people are writing about Baul, well Babu can read and he is here to set the record straight.)

Because of this repeated nonsense as stated in the first paragraph most writers copy and paste or do not ever write that Bauls are poets, philosophers of all things Indian, that they worship Radha and krishna in their hearts, that there is a lineage of Bauls going back to and originating thousands of years before Sri Nityananada of Ekkchaka West Bengal India, Jai Nitai who was Sri Chaitanya's best friend.
(Baul Saint, and Baul Guru Sri Nabani Das Baul, he is the Baul who inspired Rabindranath Tagore, This is a picture used of him on the album Bengali Bauls the Big Pink from the Woodstock recordings, the Bauls never recieved a penny from this album that became famous??)

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 this and set the record straight but it is not an easy task and will perhaps take years. Our personal mission is to preserve what we can of this tradition and keep it as close to the truth of what a Baul is as written by a lineage Baul, someone from a very long lineage of Baul who is not a new comer, someone who has already introduced the world to Baul and has promoted Baul for 40 years. Someone who is educated in the oral tradition and who also educated in the British style of education. Baul history, should come from a living lineage holder of Baul, parampara, the Bauls should have a basic understanding of who the writers were of the songs.
Nityananda from Ekkchaka West Bengal is Babu's ancestor he is the ancestor of the Vaishnava Bauls.

There isvery limited knowledge about this because the truth has been so distorted from modern reformers with big printing presses among other things. The Bauls message is for all people and is especially necessary to todays 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 tantricsex, you can be guaranteed this person or group does not have a clue what Baul is about.
( 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.

Bauls are free birds in that they are seeking ecstatic union (yoga) with their beloved Radha and Krishna, Shiva and 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.

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 lineage Baul from within the lineage', who is the authority??. 'Wikipedia or a lineage Baul?' or 'PhD's' or 'Lineage Bauls??' 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.
(Babukshan's uncle Laxshman Das Baul or Luxman Das Baul)

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.
("Lineage Bauls are the origins of Vaishnavism in Bengal, they are the original Rasa Lila Mystics. They are an oral 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.
Tantra is shakti sadhana, tantra is the science of light, the science of life..Tantra is technique, on how everything is put together. Tranta Mantra Yantra, formula, for instance Babu is an expert of the Tantra of Indian Musicand 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??

Babu is also a master the smashan grounds, tantra, mantra, yantra, as he was born into this sadhana fromhis grandfather (not all Bauls are this kind of Tantric, only the avadhuta's are.) 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 sacredsex. 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, devotion and sadhana does not attract people, 12 years of sadhana with a Guru does not attract anyone. 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 used to generate so much spiritual heat he used to meditate under water on the bottom of a pond.
"Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul, modern Baul from Bengal, lineage Baul, and an Award winning Music Composer. Babukishan says, a Baul should recieve the highest of educations both in the Sanskrit, the oral tradition and modern education. This can be done, to be a Baul is to be extraordinary the challenges facing the Bauls is to be extraordinary otherwise extinction is certain."

Fakir aul sai darbesh is sufi it is not Baul, it is Fakir, Sai, Aul, Darbesh (Dervish). In 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, this is a 'Guru Parampara Tradition.' The oral tradition and Gurua are the means to knowledge, the oral tradition has been transmitted for thousands ofyears 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 misconceptions, mostly all Phd on Baul are just speculating and wrong or they only have an aspect and they beat it to death. "Babukishan remembers one scholar from the United States who places himself as an authority on Baul, he remembers this scholar gathering information and taking pictures of his family in Bengal, only to come to the US to see his books all published with pictures of his family and information from his family, being used without a thank you or without acknowledging his family in his material??"

Baul is inner connecting to the divine in a ecstatic mystic way, it is not about outer, grab a partner try somePsycho 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 thatis 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

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traveling worldwide promoting his ancient Oral Living Lineage.
Master of Indian Classical, Folk, Baul & Bollywood Music

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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A rare photo of Babukishan's Grandfather, his Guru and beloved "Baul Saint" Sri Nabani Das Khyeppa Baul the Baul who inspired Rabindranath Tagore, scholars, poets, authors, Bauls in Bengal others India and abroad in the 1900's.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Purna Das Baul not your regular Baul!

With the invention of "Youtube" we are now able to see some Baul singers. Purna Das Baul is a lineage Baul and Pioneer of Bauls who has achieved international success. He is Baul Samarat (King of the Bauls) and the first Indian vocalist to travel outside of India starting in the 1950's. He is almost 80 years old and still very popular in India. He is the Baul that Bauls aspire to be like, they dress like him, try to sing like him, they followed his father Nabani Das Khyeppa Baul, and his sister Radharani Dasi and now his son Babukishan who is the first Baul to do Baul fusion music, become a music composer, the first Baul to Tollywood, to Bollywood, to Hollywood in Film and music. Everyday more Bauls are trying and doing Baul fusion and even singing in some movies. Just like his grandfather, and father Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul has achieved an unlimited amount of milestones as a Baul. He is the first and only Baul to live in North America. He is the first Baul to be a monk in the Ramakrishna order, the first Baul to be educated with a BA in Indian Philosophy and MA in Indian Music. Although don't get me wrong real authentic Bauls spoke sanskrit in the oral tradition and in some way the real Bauls were way more educated than any western form of education because everything, all Indian Philosophy, all the stories of Krishna and Radha, Ram and Sita and Yoga were remembered by word of mouth. They are idigenous Bengali people not tribal but indigenous Indians who lived a Vaishnava lifestyle since the beginning of the story going back thousands of years.