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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Gosai Bauls of Birbhum Bengal - (Gosai) Das Baul and Dasi !

The oral living lineage of the Vaishnava Tantric Bauls of Birbhum Bengal is an ocean established thousands of years ago. The lineage is from Ekachakra Birbhum generation after generation. Baul is not just one or two generation, there is only one lineage of Baul, today many are watering down, changing the narrative and making up lineages, soon Babu will tell who is who.

This one and only lineage is Gosai which is spelt many ways today, (Goswami, Gosain). Nabani took the Gosai off and kept Das Baul and Dasi as he did not feel you should touch anybody’s feet except your own, bow to the soul (atma) within yourself. Das Baul and Dasi in Bengal comes from this lineage of Nityananda of Ekchakra who was a Baul Avadhut.

The new rivers flow into the ocean, but the ocean does not flow into the river. The ocean can not become smaller. Every day the ocean becomes more vast, fed by the river which cannot but seek unity. 

A seed will grow roots then grow into a beautiful tree full of lush leaves, flowers and fruit. The fruit of this tree is called Baul who are ‘Wind Catchers” who practice Vayu Dharma through Tantric Yogic practices. 

This fruit can only grow through Sadhana (practice). The juice or Rasa  Lila of Baul is alive because this lineage has kept the light burning for thousands of years of pure devotion. 

In my observations, the new Bauls are trying to change the unchangeable ocean of the Bauls of Bengal, severing the roots. Without the roots the tree will not grow for future generations. 

Baul is a mystical tradition of yogic sadhana, a Guru Disciple Parampara  Sampradaya, an oral Sanskrit living lineage like all indigenous traditions are dying a slow death to the modern world.