Monday, June 27, 2011

Das, Dasi and Khyeppa/ Khyappa/ Khyappi Ma for females..

"Mirror of the Sky" first published in 1969 "Mirror of the Sky" is the name Rabindranath Tagore gave Sri Nabani Das Baul... Sri Nabani Das Baul is the first Baul to popularize Baul, and introduce Bauls to the world.......this is the lineage of Das and Dasi Baul. If you see this next to a Bauls name the Baul should come from this lineage.. Also Khyeppa or Khyappa.. as that is also the name Rabindranath Tagore gave to Nabani Das Khyappa Baul...

The Mystic Bauls sings,
"My skin and bone are turned to gold...
when the inner man and woman meet...
when Krishna and Radha become one...
My skin and bone are turned to gold...
...I am the reservoir of love...
       as the waves."

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Baul song from this lineage

A thief fell upon the master's garden.
The master is absorbed in sleep.
The darwan hes kept the key. ( Darwan is the watchman.. the security)

The thief is so clever that
leaving the owner alone,
he catches hold of the darwan

He says, "Give me the key, fellow, otherwise you'll gasp for breath--
you'll go secretly to court."

The thief, finished with everything, goes there-to Khaepa Syam Sundor's garden.

Krishna is sometimes called the "thief of love"; Hari actually implies "one who steals"-the heart and soul being understood. The garden He is stealing from in the song is the human body which is controlled by an ego wrapped in the materialistic sleep of the senses. The Thief knows the gatekeeper (darwan), the mind, has kept the key, and bullies him to hand it over, even threatening him with justice since he has abused his position. Then the Thief goes away to the poet's "garden."

Baul song written by Sri Nabani Das Khyappa Baul.. this song belongs to this lineage.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Pioneers of Bauls, the first Bauls to go oversea's, and the last Great original Baul of Bengal Sri Nabani Das Khappa Baul.. Reclaiming The Bauls of Bengal!..

Reclaiming the Bauls of Bengal !!

Only a Baul, a true lineage Baul knows who or what a Baul is? Only a Baul knows where they come from. The code is stored in the Baul songs.. the songs are seeds of higher philosophy.... Scholars can only speculate, writers can only speculate.. and new Baul singers can only speculate.. Baul is from an oral living lineage and these Bauls know who they are!!! They are Sanskrit speaking, poets, philosophers, based on Indian Philosophy with the rasa (juice) of Buddhism,  and Sufi added.... as time went on and Buddhism and Sufi flowed into Bengal so did they flow naturally into parts of Baul philosophy... which is based on Hinduism..  

Baul is an ancient oral living lineage and these Bauls know who they are!!! They are Sanskrit speaking, poets, philosophers, based on Indian Philosophy with the rasa (the juice) of Buddhism, and Sufi added.. There were and are so many different individuals and groups of wandering people around Bengal and many just started calling themselves Baul like a generic term to lump all wandering people together, lumping Sufi's, fakir's, sai, aul, dervesh all together and all the other groups and individuals wandering the county side calling them all Bauls but in fact not all of these people are Bauls. 

This in fact was because of lack of understanding on behalf of the British and Muslim invaders of the time.. They did not like indigenous Indian people, or Indian people for that matter and saw them as pesks.. they thought all Indian people were uneducated and low, many Bengali's took on the same attitude, it was either survive and become like the British or be treated as one of these uneducated degraded beggars. However, the real Bauls were educated in the oral system of sanskrit meaning they had tremendous photographic  memories and were actually more educated than what any degree at Oxford University. Bauls most certainly were not beggars, they were like spiritual bards, they were the newspaper before there was a newspaper, their songs are how to be a yogi.. how to live an enlightened lifestyle.. how to learn from nature, they were given Dakshina for their songs.  These seed songs of higher Indian Philosophy were passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years in sanskrit and they sang in Bengali to the people of the village in the same way Tulsi Das translated the Hanuman Chalisa in the language people could understand. 

Some are creating archives trying to preserve Baul in the British mode in the model of the Western Scholar or interviewing new Baul singers but they actually do not have the details of the lineage in them. They new Baul singers are shortening songs or singing folk songs, Baul songs are not folk songs...There is a huge lack of basic understanding of the basics of what a Baul is or who the real Bauls are..

It is just one big mess now because everybody thinks they know what and who the Baul are?? In the past 100 or so years some Vaishnava orhodox new age British educated reformers have arrived to preach. It is through my extensive research I have come to understand who the real psuedo Vaishnava Asampradaya's are and it most certainly is not the Bauls, the Bauls have been an innocent pawn of this group since day one. It is this group who has become very degraded over the past 30 years using the Baul names such as  Das and Dasi...ambitous preachers who called the Bauls degraded and other names due to their misunderstanding on who the Bauls are and on the say so of a few men. These new age Vaishnava reformers took the posture of the British and of course they were educated by the British oh yes they learned sanskrit and translated the texts but they had no roots and provided a very othodox British Christian monothesitic view of Vaishnavaism .. They made up their lineage and all sorts of stories regarding their ligitamacy as a lineage. I am not going to mention any names but they have big rich temples.. sell books and the ones on top live like kings, to think they are still putting down the Bauls writing all this non-sense collecting money, collecting devottee's. Everybody knows that the temple business is big business  with a heavy load of karma over their heads.. They worship Nityananda but do not even know who he is...creating a story so fantastic it is amazing people believe it.. not all are bad but at times they act like the taliban of Vaishnavism. (Opinion by Trishula Das based on estensive research.)
Baul is used by everybody, I do not really understand why but all these groups and people think it is ok to make Baul what they want or say nobody really knows what Baul is??.. what an insult to the lineage Bauls..only a Baul who is a real Baul know what a Baul is.. and just because people do not understand what a Baul is they have no right to make statements such as this.. Surely everybody understands karma and the destruction of the planet and all idigenous peoples of this earth.. Indigenous people are Maa's and yes Radha/Krishna's children you can destroy them but there is a price to pay.

Sri Nabani Das Khyappa Baul, Babukishan's Grandfather was a Lineage Vaishnava Baul of Bengal who also was a Kali/ Shiva Sadhaka and remember if you know anything about Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma it is polytheistic. Nabani Das Baul was an Avadhuta, he walked in the footpath of his ancient ancestors. The lineage is that of the Great Vaishnava Saint, Sri Nityananda of Ekkchaka West Bengal who was Sri Chaitanya's best friend.  Nityananda  was a Baul, Chaitanya was a scholar..Nityananda had been singing and dancing the Hare Krishna mahamantra for thousands of years... These Bauls are from an oral living lineage thousands of years old. Why is there so much distortion?? again it is the new age reformers with big printing presses who chose to write against the Bauls perpetuating the British othodox view against Bengali people.

Perhaps it is because India had been conquered many times. Times were so different from when the scholar Edward Dimmock went to Bengal 1950's. This  American scholar had good intentions but only concentrated on bits and pieces of what Baul is. Along with some of the newer scholars this produced an intellectual liquidation and distortion of what Baul is.. Their were also many writers on Baul from France who introduced Baul to the world through their scholarly writings, in those days no Baul would ever tell you the truth about Baul they had a long history of having their lineage being disected they protected themselves from outsiders by purposely misleading the scholars by action and word. The Bauls always included anyone could call themselves a Baul, real Bauls do not care and purposely mislead people to keep the insincere away....(Do not feed perals to swine.)   

Baul has nothing to do with the hodge podge the PHD's wrote about,  they recieved their Phd's taking all the bits and pieces of what they thought was a few rupees to the poor Bauls. Do you really think Bauls will give away easily their whole lineage sadhana. You can not buy Baul most of these phd's thought they could but they never gave anything back, just lecturing around the world as if they are the authority. They perhaps thought they were doing the right thing but this has led to so much distortion by ignorance and the destruction of a idegenous people of India.

Most of the books or writings about Baul were writen by western scholars for their PHD's, they probably never thought that a Lineage Baul would ever be an educated Baul with a BA in Indian Philosophy and MA in Indian Music from Kolkata University who could read and speak english would ever live outside of India.

Baul is a mystical SACRED ancient practice and there is such a lack of integrity from writers writing books, it is cut and paste writing books to make money, some can justify well I am a Phd doing research trying to preserve the ancient knowledge of Indian but at this point it is intellectual, spiritual, artistic liquidation of a culture that belongs to these people, where is the integrity, do they give anything back to the Indian people who they took the knowledge from, or is it just for their own personal benefit, a way to make a living. Think about it???.. it is an insult to have Baul preserved by anyone who is not a Baul or to take new Baul singers as the authority on Baul. Baul is a high philosophy.. and so degrading for it to be taken and writen about as if Baul is just a joke. Babu will write all the stories, this has been part of the down fall of this ancient tradition..

Mystical practices should always be secret and were always kept secret! Bauls knew that people use them, they already knew about intellectual liquidation of their Santana Dharma...being mystic seers they always could see where the future has been is no different for the new yogi's or the neo tantra, making money off of the Indian people and then arguing it does not originate in India.

Rabindranath Tagore the great poet, novelist, musician, playwright, and artist from Santiniketan, Birbhum, West Bengal, India, knew Sri Nabani Das personally, Nabani Das was the Baul who inspired Rabindranath. They were great friends, Rabindranath built Nabani a place to do his sadhana on his land, he made a statue of Nabani Das, he took pictures of him that you can see at the Royal British Museum in London. There was a long history between the two, and many stories to be told. Rabindranath Tagore knew a little bit about Bauls, and developed an interest learning more and more to finally be inititated into Baul by Babu's grandfather Nabani Das Baul. One may ask why is Nabani Das Baul's name not writen more about in Rabindranaths writings, it is because Nabani being a real Baul never wanted to be known. Rabindranath used names like khappa or  Mirror of the Sky... he used code names for Nabani Das Baul. There were also some other famous Bengal writers who were so connected and very close friends of Nabani Das Baul. English translations outside of Bengali are not accurate the writers made fairy sexual tales to attract people and now they are the one who are now acting as authority on Baul. Babu says.. Give me a break. Babu will write about all the foreigner that came to Bengal he will write about all the mishaps.. about everything that is destroying Baul including those in his own family and lineage. It really will be Baul unplugged.

Through this association, and over time Rabindranath became Baul. Nabani gave Rabindranath the name Ravi (Robi) Baul, and gave him a guduri (dress) . Many top poets from around the world would travel to see them, they were all intringued, thus Rabindranath started the Poush Mela in honour of Sri Nabani Das Kyappa Baul. Most people do not know this or the history because has not been written about.. and everything that is written is just repeated over and over.. the same story half of it not true.

Rabindranath named the bridge at the Pous Mela Nabani Das Setu. Nabani Das's name has not been preserved the way it should have been, now is the time to start to tell his story. At Tagore University outside the prayer room there is a tree where Nabani Das used to sit, it it preserved there to this day. There has always been some jealousy between Purna Das Baul and his family this has been a major cause of the Baul lineage being degraded and distorted. It is too bad that a son can not preserve the history of his father... they are just now talking about Nabani Das Baul and showing his picture.. Babu has tried to preserve his lineage but has found it difficult to fight against storm of jealousy.
Nabani Das are you a mad maker machine, you have completely changed me with your song, dance, and your smile.

Rabindranath gave Nabani the name "Kyappa Baul" before Nabani no Bauls or sadhu's used the name Khappa, Babu will say there a few Bauls today that use the name but perhaps they knew Nabani Das. Rabindranath wrote about Nabani Das.  Rabindranath Tagore used the tune from a Nabani Das Baul song for Rabindranath's song about Nabani Das Baul ..
"Amare paraye paraye khepia berai".... Rabindranath Tagore wrote this song and dedicated to Nabani Das (Khappa Baul) " 
Baul is a mystical SACRED ancient practice and there is such a lack of integrity from writers writing books, it is cut and paste writing books to make money, some can justify well I am a Phd doing research trying to preserve the ancient knowledge of Indian but at this point it is intellectual, spiritual, artistic liquidation of a culture that belongs to these people, where is the integrity, do they give anything back to the Indian people who you take this knowledge from, or is it just for their own personal benefit, a way to make a living. Think about it???.. it is an insult to have Baul preserved by anyone who is not a Baul or to take new Baul singers as the authority on Baul. Actually it is an insult to yoga also. Baul is a high philosophyand it is degrading for it to be taken and writen about as if Baul is just a joke and through speculation. . Babu will write all the stories, this has been part of the down fall of this ancient tradition. The regarding Allen Ginsberg will be told by Babukishan aka Krishnedu Das Baul he knew Allen Ginsberg from 1985 or a 12 year period until Allens's death in 1997. Babu would visit Allen many times as he started to visit America about once a year, he would listen to stories when Allen spent time in Bengal and with his grandfather. 

Baul is like water in the dessert... Bauls are mirages.. you can never catch a Baul, you can think you finally have the Baul or the story only to get there to realize it has disappeared, it is the same with Baul knowledge it is endless and has deep roots, just when you think you have captured it, it has another layer upon layer..... Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul.
Sri Nabani Das Khyappa Baul, Babukishan's Grandfather was a Lineage Vaishnava Baul of Bengal. Nabani Das Baul was an Avadhuta, he walked in the footpath of his ancestors. The lineage is that of the Great Vaishnava Saint, Nityananda Mahaprabu.  Nityanada from Ekchakra West Bengal was a Baul.. These Bauls are from an oral living lineage thousands of years old.

Nityananda Mahaprabu.. Jai Nitai.. Jai Guru Nityananda was a Baul!

Before Baul Guru Sri Nabani Das Kyappa Baul, sent his 2 sons oversea’s in 1967 for several months this varies from according you talk to form anywhere to 2 and half months to 7 months. At that time there were not many people outside of India who had ever met a Baul from Bengal.  Purna Das had previously traveled outside of India to Russia in the 1950's, and this was the first time Bauls had ever gone overseas. They created history and inspired a whole new generation of Bauls to cross the ocean.

Babu has been preserving his oral living lineage for 40 years, he has written 3 books on Baul the last one being published by Ravi Shankar and George Harrison in 1985 now out of print but to be re-released soon.. As an authority by sadhana and scholarship Babu is a living lineage holder,  he finds it absurd when he reads writer, writing and spreading all sorts of mis- information on Baul. Bauls have been distorted, used and maligned for centuries. There are many well meaning people trying to preserve Baul but unfortunetly they are talking to all the wrong Bauls, the Bauls who are not versed in the lineage, the Bauls who do not even know the Baul songs, they are singing folk songs or some even Bollywood songs?? This is the way with all indigenous people and it leads to extinction.

Sri Nabani Das was very sick and on his death bed, and he never wanted to leave the soil of Bengal, he was one of the last of real authentic Bauls and there was no way that he would ever leave India even if it were not for the fact that he was so sick. Nabani instead sent his two sons, Purna Das Baul who was Nabani's eldest son and who was the first Indian volcalist to travel orverseas, Purna Das very famous Baul singer in India, millions of people had already listened to him sing across India, along with his came his younger brother Laxshman Das Baul a light hearted, magical mystical singer, you could call him the Bob Marley of Baul... also Hare krishna Das Baul..Sudhananda Purna Das's his relative, and Jiban Das.

Ashok Fakir the tricky translator who was named as Purna Das Baul's secretary brought his wife and young daughter, telling Purna Das Baul that he could not bring his wife Manju Das. To A Baul it is important that their wife goes everywhere with them, this is part of their Sadhana. Those months that Purna Das and his group spent in Woodstock created a real hardship for Purna's wife and family and the other Bauls families. Purna's wife Manju Das had 3 little sons, and their servant Madan Das. They did not have any money, they did not know when Purna would come back home. The servant Madan Das arranged to help them. This was a very real and damaging time for Purna Das's family they never had a ruppee and were suffering in Kolkata. Purna das and group were recording record after record with the hope of at least making some money to bring back home. To this day they have never recieved a ruppee from any of the recordings or royalties. and you wonder why the Indian people are upset about the intellectual aritist musical liquidation of their culture. Think about it??  There is a whole set of stories of how they suffered in America also, the cultual differences, the food, the cold, lack of understanding.

None of these Baul could speak english putting them at the mercy of Ashok Sakar (Fakir) ...he was a clerk in kolkata not a journalist and he had other plans.. He told everyody he too was a Baul and a Fakir a Tantric, he mislead and decieved everybody. This is nothing new the Bauls have always been used by many people using Bauls to become famous, it is the story for many indigenous cultures.

Interestingly enough Ashok Sarkar ended up living in Vancouver, B.C. Canada, and passed away in April 2009. Ashok saw Babu at the local Hare Krishna temple and wanted to talk to Babu but for some reason Babu did not talk to him. Babu only realized it was him when he read the local Georgia Straight article about Ashoke Fakirs death in April of 2009 only to realize Ashok had passed away only weeks after they first made eye contact... Ashok became a very colourful person in Vancouver and had also raised a family here. Babu has since been in conversation with his son in Santa Barbara.

Sri Nabani Das Khyappa Baul

Nabani was a very intense simple sadhaka, and to the eye he may have appeared like a wild, mad man, he was not mad in the regular sense, he was God/dess intoxicated mad. He was a mystical avadhuta with a magical smile, he was wild and ecstatic with love, mad for God, he was a true Baul, and a great Poet, he knew everything in the oral tradition, all the stories, all the songs. Most of the Bauls today are singing Nabani Das Baul songs, they do not even know who wrote the songs and should give some credit to this very rare Baul who is was the last of the  great Bauls.

Bob Dylan, and Purna Das Baul
George Harrison (Beatles), and Allen Ginsberg (The American Beat Poet), were some of the first famous foreigners to arrive in Santinekitan, they started to learn about the Vaishnava Bauls. Both becoming great friends, and supporters of this lineage.

Allen Ginsberg went back to America, and told Albert B Grossman about Nabani Das Baul and his ecstatic, blissful, magical, mystical song, and dance from Bengal. Albert B Grossman, (Bob Dylan’s manager at the time) was searching for different kinds ethnic musicians, as The Woodstock Committee had appointed him in charge of the ledgendary first Woodstock's ethnic department. Babu learned all this from the legendary father of Rock Journalism
Al Aronowitz... (Rolling Stones, Village Voice, Washington Post and New York Times.) 
Al Aronowitz was the man who introduced Bob Dylan to the Beattles and Allen Ginsberg... 

When Alen Ginsberg shared his recording of Nabani Das Baul aslo showing his pictures to Albert Grossman, Grossman was impressed, and intrigued, he said it would be great to present have Nabani Das at Woodstock.

Ravi Shankar, was slected as Indian’s first insturmentalist to come, and Nabani Das Baul was selected a Indian vocalist. Albert B Grossman with his wife came to Kolkata in 1967 this is when they met the Bauls and Nabani Das Baul the Baul who Allen Ginsberg had been talking about for years. This is how the Bauls arrived in America through Albert and his wife because of Allen Ginsbergs talking about Nabani Das Baul.. The Bauls arrived first in San Francisco then after some concerts went on to Woodstock staying for months jamming with Bod Dylan and The Band. This was a shock to Purna Das Baul and contingent because it was cold and food was not what they were used to.. They were in the wilderness of Woodstock and did not speak english.

Bob Dylan had never heard of Baul before, for him this was a new kind of music.
Purna Das Baul, and Laxman Das Baul became really close friends with Bob Dylan, and The Band, jamming for some have said 6 months in Woodstock. That is how Baul is related to Bob Dylan, it is through this family that Bob Dylan learned about Baul. He respected Purna Das, but was more friendly with the younger fun loving Laxman Das Baul (Bob Marley of Baul), perhaps because they were closer in age, and Purna Das being the older more serious one.
Babukishan, his mother Manju Das, father Purna Das Baul and 2 brothers.
Years later in 1985 Babukishan would travel and perform with Bob Dylan on his cross the country US tour, and became really good friends, and exchanging music.

Years later in the early 80's after Babu was sending letters back and forth to Al Aronowitz the father of rock journalism, Babukishan the ever dutifull son made his way to New York by himself to meet with Al Aronowitz at the Rockerfeller Centre. Al told Babu to meet him at the Rockerfeller Centre they hit it off and became close friends...Al set up meeting with Allen Ginsberg, this is when Babu also became good friends with Allen Ginsberg, all arranged everything.

Then on November 14th in New York Babu brought his parents all the way from Indian as he had arranged a surprise meeting for his father to reconnect with Bob Dylan.. Babu brought him all the way to the USA and met with Garth Hudson to also re-record a new recording of the Bauls and The Band fusion music, in which Babu composed all the music for 8 songs. 

Babu organised the recording with "The Band" the Baul of Bengal fusion album, it was Babu's composition, he arranged the album but the album disappeared....hmm, .. Babu remembers he also brought 3 guys from New York to Wookstock for this recording  a local New York Indian Tabla player named Badal Roy, Badal was the  local Raga restaurant Tabla player, and he brought  2 other guys from the Brooklyn Iskcon Temple, Lakshmi Das and Vaiyasaki Das they worked in the Hare Krishna kitchen department.. He brought them to particapate in the album and they really wanted to meet, "The Band." Vaiyasaki played the kartals as did Lakshmi Das. Al Aronowitz said to Babu, "oh Babu why did you bring those Hare Krishna guys?' Al Aronowitz thought they were just too much, he wasn't into their trip.

A year later Babu got a letter from Garth saying he was releasing an album called "Sea to the North" Babu was so surprised his compositions from the year earlier recording in Woodstock with Garth had Babukishan listed as a percussionist, he was surprised that he was not listed as a composer of the track...  

It was not easy to bring his parents and himself to USA and again with no value for their music.. .. Sea to the North is not Babu's composition but what he is saying they used Babu's composition on the album without giving him proper credit or letting Babu know that they are using his tracks.....  Garth Hudson knows the truth .. Babu had brought this to his attention.

Babu took Purna Das inside Bob Dylans concert at Madison Square Gardens as a surprise to meet Bob Dylan after all those years with the help of Garth Hudson and Al Aronowitz and he was very thankful.....and all Bob Dylan said to Purna Das Baul was how was Laxshman Das Baul, everybody loved the carefree younger brother of Purna Das Baul. In 1985 Babukishan would travel and perform with Bob Dylan on his cross the country East West US Tour.

Babu is grateful to Al Aronowitz because he made it all happen. It had been almost 18 years since there was contact between the Bauls, and Bob Dylan The Band, or the Grossmans, and Ginsberg. Babu had listened to his parents for years talk about what they had lost out on that first trip because those people in America never paid any royalties or not a single ruppee to the Bauls music but they were selling records and when they would go to Europe they would hear their music being played, Babu thought if he could meet them they could re-record..

There were many people that Babu set up meetings and reconnections with the help of Al Aronowitz to reclaim some of there royalties but the music producers disappeared. Babu's Dad told him to contact Peter K Siegel and others Peter was the music producer for these albums, "Indian street Music" from Nonesuch.. "The Bauls of Bengal" from Electra, and "The Bauls at Big Pink" Buddha Records. None of them would meet with Babu they were selling music recorded by the Bauls and not just any Bauls but his family making money, they probably never  thought a Baul would come to America educated and speaking english and wanting to know why his family is not profiting of any of these albums? People use the lyrics of the Bauls, the music of the Bauls but for some reason do not feel they owe them anything?

 Babu contacted all the record companies as Babu at the time was Asia's (India's), CBS music label manager and consultant, he had been releasing all the top music of the world in India for Bob Dylan, Micheal Jackson ect... all these American artists were recieving royalties from oversea's so why not the Bauls of Bengal's, where were their royalties.. Babu found out the royalities were going to the individual Producers account. These people know, who they are, they know what they took from the Bauls and we will be writing about this in our book with more details, so stayed tuned to the Bauls unplugged. Who would have thought a Baul would ever figure it all out? Who would have thought India would rise again and want to reclaim their spiritual, intellectual, property that had been liquidated by foreigners?

Babu developed a very strong friendship with Al Aronowtiz until Al passed away in 2005 .It was Babu who reconnected to all these people and continued to  make a trip every year to keep everybody inspired about the Bauls of Bengal.

Any meeting with any of these people in the 1980's and onward was all due to Babukishan and his effort to help his parents reconnect. Babu as a one man show has continued to keep Bauls in the limelight with much effort and time. He worked tirelessly spending his own money arranging and making a trip every year to America.

 Baul songs are not Folk songs..many today are singing Bangladeshi and Bengali folk songs, or they are singing only the very simple songs, and shortening down the songs to make them simplier. Baul is more than dressing like one, holding an ektara in one hand, and singing folk songs. It certainly has nothing to do with smoking ganga in a regular sense, some Bauls smoked ganja for certain sadhana's, most Bauls did not and it certainly is not attracting people with all this talk of tantric sex.

Baul women never ever had jata or dread locks, this is something new. It all sounds like a paradox Sri Nabani Das Baul was an avadhuta Baul, these types of Bauls are rare, yes he did smoke ganja like any other wandering sadhu, or shiva baba's, the ganja did not smoke him.. He did constant sadhana... The regular villiage Bauls did not smoke ganja.

The lineage is not about ganja or tantric sex as stated by many writers in which many imposters, or Baul singers have aligned themselves with. Perhaps Neo Tantri Sex has been the quest of many people who have wanted to learn about Baul or who used to hang around with the Bauls, you can usually tell by what they write. The writers who mention Baul is about some sort of neo tantric sex you can be assured they do not know what they are talking about or they have been mislead by some Bauls who were trying to attract people??

Bauls keep their knowledge inside. They keep there sadhana inside. They are lovers of Hari, if there is no love... Hari is not there. They are the mystics, they lived in a different world than ordinary people.

Young Krishnendu Baul playing Sri Khol 
This is the short real true story of how Baul is known in the modern world outside of India. It is this family, this lineage that has travelled all over the world since 1966 trying to preserve this ancient oral tradition of Vaishnava Baul…otherwise who would know what Baul is???
Actually Purna Das Baul went to Russia in the 1950's. He has been traveling for more than 70 years, and Babukishan has been traveling for more that 40 years, preserving, educating about the Baul of Bengal.

This is the beginning of the story of the first Bauls to travel to North America. Purna Das Baul had already been to Russia, and won a Gold medal in IPTI musical youth festival for his singing.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Krishnendu Das Baul aka Babukishan

Already Famous as "Krishnendu Das Baul in Bengal" as a composer, poet, film maker, promoter, personal composer and organizer for his father "Purna Das Baul's" career.. Although Krishnendu had already been working for years in Bombay in Bollywood (Indian Cinema) he was still living in Kolkata and traveling back and forth. He left Kolkata in 1989 and changed his name to Babu Kishan so that he could start new and that he did. 

He was R D Burman's assistant for 13 years up until R D Burmans death and while in Mumbai he composed 150 musical scores for Indian Cinema and 44 albums for top musicians and singers in Bollywood.

Some people in Bengal are now just realizing Krishnendu Das is Babukishan. If you have been wondering where Krishnendu Das Baul went and have tried to contact him over the years but were told by his Kolkata family "that they did not know where he is??? or that he was too busy??? or we do not have his telephone number??" please feel free to contact him at

The complete story will come in his upcoming book.. The Life of Babukishan...Baul unplugged..
Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul is currently living in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Cananda... but will be back to India soon....

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Baul Mystic Tantra vs Neo Tantra as Sex.

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

Baul Tantra, Mantra Yantra - (Gopi 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 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..."

This is not the focus of what Baul 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. 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.

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 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.

(Brajabala Dasi) Babukishan's beloved Grandmother raised him until he was 8. When Nabani Das Khyapa Paul 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 Paul 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.

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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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