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Friday, July 15, 2011

Ektara - Gopi Chand - Gopi Yantra - Jai Guru

Gopi Yantra

The Vaishnava Bauls of Birbhum Bengal use a yantra called the Gopi Yantra or Gopi Chand also known as the Ektara, a one stringed instrument that is the Baul symbol of peace and unity for the Bauls of Birbhum Bengal. The gopi yantra originates from this living lineage of Vaishnava Baul the lineage of Sri Nitai (Nityananda) of Ekachakra Birbhum Bengal India.

The Gopis are the lovers of Krishna, when Krishna would play his flute they would go mad with divine love and come running to Krishna. The sound of the Baul Gopi Yantra can make one mad with divine desire of love, the Gopi Yantra is a mystical trance instrument. 

The Ektara is the symbol of the Bauls the one string signifies uinity, this lineage calls it the Gopi Chand, because they are forever in Yoga or union with their beloved Radha and Krishna.

The above black and white Photo was taken by Rabindranath Tagore, it is a photo of the only legendary and last authentic traditional Baul he left the planet in 1969.

 Nabani Das Baul is the Grandfather and Guru of Babu Kishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul. Nabani and Brajabala raised Babu Kishan until he was 8 years old when in 1969 Nabani passed away and Babu Kishan was sent to Calcutta to be with his birth Parents Purna Das Baul and Manju Dasi and his 2 younger brothers. His stay with them did not last long as he was sent like an orphan to the RamaKrishna Mission. Many stories to be told, some very sad, and some very good. 

When Babu first came to Calcutta his birth mother Manju used to bribe him with sweets to call her Maa. It was very difficult for Babu because from the moment he was born all he knew a Bora Baba and Ma was Brajabala Dasi and Nabani Das Khyapa Baul.

Babu Kishan spent 12 years at the Ramakrishna Mission of course he would eventually spend much time with Purna Das Baul and Manju Dasi and after 12 years when he was going to become a Sanayasin they pulled him out and he became the most dedicated manager, music producer for them. This was some of their most successful time for them. Babu Kishan wanted so badly to have that family and be loved he would do anything for them.

However, Babu was different and they could not teach him to lie or to be dishonest. He was not like them and so completely different from his brothers, none of them took any interest in any of his accomplishments. In some ways they thought they had trained or brainwashed him to be a servant for them.

To this day they never understood nor do they know the amount of music Babu Kishan produced in Indian Cinema, 60 albums released, 150 musical scores, over a thousand albums released. As an outsider this is incredibly sad to me, in many ways they were jealous of him, which is strange but I am not Indian. The amount of help that Babu Kishan gave them, the amount of money, his life savings to help them, support them, even when he had a family of his own, he would be so torn by their fights and the things they would say behind his back to other people.

More to come in Babu Kishan's new book, historical Baul completely unplugged.