Today many are calling themselves Baul Masters, give me a break, don't even go there. Even Westerners have called themselves Baul Masters when they have not even had a Baul Guru. What an insults to the only Lineage of Baul? Baul is an indigenous to Birbhum Guru shishya Parampara.
It is thousands of years old and is being reduced, watered down, and stolen by outsiders who are taking who have taken Nabani Das Baul names off his poetry.
Hijacking a tradition calling themselves legendary. Babu Kishan is coming back after all the decades of preserving his lineage of Baul? Baul is extinct, it has been preserved that is why you are singing the songs. Respect the ones that walked before. In this age of Internet anybody can be famous but can you be authentic and stop all this drama.
"Nabani Das Khyapa Baul, the last authentic Lineage of Born in 1890's in Ekkachakra Birbhum, passed in 1969"
(No one can pretend to be Nabani)
All Bauls follow Nabani - Ektara Baya Nupoor (ankle bells) that is only his style. Yet, you will see NEW Baul singers, copy and follow who have created Sri Sri Guru's claiming lineage when there never was a lineage. Babu Kishan knows who is who he has lived it since the 1960's and NO ONE would even know about Baul in India or around the world without his pioneering work, lifetime work preserving Baul and teaching Baul around the world at Universities and all.
Yet, you will have self promoting Baul actors claiming and name dropping, dressing as and using all the songs of this lineage, and even worse changing the narrative of who and what Baul is? Teaching wrong teachings, watering down and being self serving trying to create something for themselves when it is not their lineage in the first place.
Baul does not need any new Baba or Maa, come and join us I will save Baul, I will preserve Baul please donate. Baul has already been preserved back in the 1960- 1980's by Babu Kishan.
This photo is to all those who think Baul is simple and it is not about YOGA.
Sri Nabani Das Khyapa Baul was a Guru Master of Yoga & Tantra as he was an adept and Avadhuta @ Tarapith where he was blessed and initiated into Tarapith Sadhana by Bhama Khyepa. Today Tarapith is completely different.
This photo was taken by Richard Lannoy in 1954, in Suri Birbhum Bengal.
Nabani Das was the Baul inspired and initiated Rabindranath Targore into this Baul lineage, Tagore Named Nabani Kheppa and "Mirror of the Sky". Nabani gave Tagore the name Ravi Paul. Nabani was the first and onlyBaul to teach at Tagore's University in Shantiniketan, his student was Indira Gandhi who remained loyal to this Lineage of Baul until her assassination.
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