Friday, July 29, 2011
Baul is a Guru Tradition, Parampara, passed down through family lineages for thousands of Years. You started learning Baul at birth, learning sanskrit and having the stories passed down. This is how it has been done in India for thousands of years, why change the story now, yes a Baul can adopt you like a son or daughter. It was passed between Guru and disciple, and the sishya was mostly always a father and son, mother and daughter. Remember this is an oral tradition, the Baul songs are seed songs of higher Indian Philosophy, they are not folk songs or ordinary poetry from any poet, Baul poetry is simple yet profound.
Beginning in the early oral traditions of the Upanishads (c. 2000 BC), the guru-shishya relationship has evolved into a fundamental component of Hinduism.
The term "Upanishad" derives from the Sanskrit words "upa" (near), "ni" (down) and "şad" (to sit) — so it means "sitting down near" a spiritual teacher to receive instruction. The relationship between Krishna and Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita portion of the Mahabharata, and between Rama and Hanuman in the Ramayana are examples. In the Upanishads, gurus and disciples appear in a variety of settings (a husband answering questions about immortality, a teenage boy being taught by Yama, the Hindu Religion's Lord of Death, etc.)
Sometimes the sages are women, and the instructions may be sought by kings.
In the Vedas, the knowledge of Brahman (brahmavidya) is communicated from guru to shishya by oral lore. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guru-shishya_tradition
This is Baul and the Baul lineage was passed down through family lines, from father & mother to son and daughter.. Mostly the father was the one who passed the lineage on but not always as in the Baul tradition.
Nabani Das Khyapa Baul
A Baul is like flowing water,
A stunning fragrant rose,
You can not catch a Baul,
Bauls are mysterious expansive oceans of love,
A bundle of Love that will enlighten the way,
There is no beginning and there is no end,
They leave no trace behind them,
They are children of God/dess,
They are everywhere, yet they are nowhere,
For the Baul there is no such thing as initiation,
There is only a river of perpetual learning and sadhana.
They will spend their whole life everyday 24/7 in the Guru bhava...
Whether the Guru is still here,
Or on the other side of the river of life.
Jai Guru Jai Guru Jai
"Baul Guru"Nabani Das Khyeppa Baul"on the cover of "The Pink" recorded in the USA 1967
"Baul Guru" ..Nabani Das Baul.. painting from West Bengal India
Babu's mother "Manju Dasi"the first women Baul to travel the world starting in the early 1960's, she introduced the harmonium to Baul singing. She is really truly a Legendary Baul along with all Babu's aunts and women in his lineage..his aunt Radharani Das was also ledgendary they made a movie of her life called Tagori in 1985, her singing was sublime, she was sweet, gentle and shy. Babu's grandmother Brajabala Dasi was also a legendary Baul women, all to be profiled in our book. There are still many Baul women from this lineage around.
Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul, Manju Dasi and Purna Das Baul, Pous Mela 1980's with thousands of people watching, Purna Das Baul is the only Baul in the history of Baul given Government security protection because of his popularity.
"Baul Guru", Babukishan @ the Rishikesh ashram of Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath, 2007. Babukishan is a poet, philosopher, Baul/Sanskrit Scholar, Master of Indian Classical, Folk, Baul and Indian Cinema Music. Born a Baul into the poineering Baul family that who brought Baul to the world. He has been preserving, lecturing, traveling the planet for 40 years. Starting with the many world tours with his legendary Baul father and mother, then on his own. Wandering from country to country, singing, lecturing at universities, worshops, forums, in temples ect..educating the world about the Bauls of Bengal.
"Baul Guru" Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul
The oldest living lineage of Baul, Jai Nitai and thousands of years previous.. This is picture of "Legendary Baul Guru and Baul Saint Nabani Das Baul" and "Brajabala Dasi" Lineage Baul. Grandson and "Lineage Baul Guru" Babukishan ..Jai Guru (Baul is a Guru tradition)
Nabani Das Khyeppa Baul (Baul Guru, Baul Saint)