Sri Nabani Das Khyappa Baul on the cover the first album made in the USA with Purna Das Baul and others in his group in the 19060's.
The Vaishnava Bauls of Bengal have been around for thousands of years since the start of their story, Radha/Krishna Tantric Bhakti.
This lineage the only lineage of Vaishnava Tantric Bauls are the oldest group of Vaishnava in Bengal.
There is NO other lineage if you hear lineage it is false, making up stories to usurp Baul and this pioneering family who brought Baul from the village of Bengal to India and then to the world.
That story is complete and was over a few decades ago when Babu Kishan already preserved this one and only lineage. Fake Bauls now say, they are legendary, now calling themselves a Baul Master when there is not such a thing as a Baul Master, there is only Baul Guru??
Q lineage is a long line, not one generation. Many Vaishnava were not Baul.
Copying what this lineage has done, is trying to reinvent the wheel. Just because some random person followed this lineage but took all the names off the songs, followed them around the world and dressed like Purna Das Baul wearing the dress Babu Kishan designed, does not mean that person is a Baul, they may follow Baul rhough but that does not make a Nabani Das Khyapa Baul?.
If you're so called Guru is a Guru, he would have known how to speak oral Sanskrit? Did he speak oral Sanskrit? Just because someone is a Gosai does not mean they are a Baul either?
People may believe you but your consciousness is not very deep, you may feel like a 'saviour of Baul' and have traveled the world, faking it til you make it? However, you are really just a cultural appropriator?
When one makes it up as they go and teaches wrong false teachings this creates a 'cultural genocide', for instance, there are not 3 or 4 types of Baul, Baul is not from Turkey, Baul is not from outside of families. Baul is extinct, teaching wrong teachings at this point, 40 years after Baul has been preserved by Babu Kishan who has seen all the Bauls since the 1960's and knows who is who because he knew them all.
Question to ask?
1) Are you indigenous to Birbhum Bengal?
2) are you an oral Sanskritist?
3) do you speak Birbhum Bengali which is different from Assam?
Bengali, Bangladeshi Bengali, or any South Indian language?
4) Do you know who the poets are, of each song?
Instead of saying Bauls do not care, which is a lie?
5) Do you copy Nabani Das Khyapa Baul style, (Ektara, Baya hand drum, Nupoor (ankle bells) if you do, you can only come from this lineage?
Did your so called Guru or do you wear Babu Kishan's designed Patch work colourful dress, because if you do, you are following this lineage?
If in describing Baul, you describe Vayu Tula and Baul is a sanskrit word, you have just copied it from Babu Kishan.
I ask, why all the lying and telling fake stories.
The Vaishnava Tantric Bauls of Birbhum have been singing the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra for thousands of years before Sri Nityananda (Nitai) in the 1500's started the revival of Vaishnava along with his best friend Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabu.
Nityananda of Ekachakra Birbhum was a 'Vaishnava Baul Avadhut' and his "oral" tradition of singing and dancing as 'spiritual messengers' Guru's from village to village were easily passed onto his best friend Sri Chaitanya. Nitai (Nityananda Prabhu was an ancestor of this lineage).
No such thing as a Baul Master?
In my research I have read Bauls originate from Persia?? NO
I have heard they come from Turkey from a Baul Women singer? NO
The 2005 Unesco declaration as an Oral and intangible history, has a really dark side and the is, the petition for funding in preserving Baul came from a UN Bangladeshi official, who obtained the funding and ran away with all the funds. Almost sounds like a joke but it is not, he was instrumental in saying Baul is from Persia? NO
He used Baul and made up a story which is not in alignment with Baul. I have used this statement in the past and now as usual others have copied it, there is a shame that goes along with thus UNESCO Heritage declaration. How many people will keep making up stories and using Baul??
This is what Bauls do now, and others looking for funding, hey if this guy was successful, so will I perhaps I can become a rich Maa or Baba like the other fakes who accumulate large sums of money from the unsuspecting people who do not understand the language? One after the other, this is not new, it has been happening for decades.
A famed Baul Women singer, used to say Baul was from Turkey and yet she is collecting donations to preserve Baul, but teaches wrong teachings, ie) telling Berkeley there are 4 or 5 types of Baul, I could go on and on, I have documented it all?
This is not true, perhaps something else originated from Persia (today called Iran) but not the Bauls.
First of all #1 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, from another follower on the coat tails of this lineage??
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 or considered him a Baul, Lalon is poet, one must be more than just a poet to be a Baul.
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 Vishva Bharti University in Shantiniketan Birbhum... and it was Indira's father Nehru who asked Nabani Das Baul to sing at all the inaugural ceremonies of India, when India once again became a country.
Stop making up fake stories, taking the name of this one and only lineage off, and replacing them with your name. Stop creating lineages that are not in actual fact lineages, stop lying, stop using all the leg work Babu Kishan has done. He knows all the Baul Guru's for 60 years and your Guru is not a Baul Guru, he copied Ektara Baya and Nupoor (ankle bells) from Nabani Das Khyapa Bell.
Why constantly all these fake stories?
And most of all stop mentioning and name dropping Babu Kishan's stories, that are his to tell!!
Bob Dylan and the Band
Nabani was a professor at Shantinketan Birbhum Bengal
Stop using Baul to fundraise, making people stupid.
You want to be a Maa or maybe Ammachi perhaps start by telling the truth.