By Trishula Das
Editor's Note: This is part 3 of an exclusive history series on Bauls and Baul music of Bengal. Also read Part-1 and Part-2 which are authored by Babukishan Krishnendu Das Baul. Check out our exclusive audio interview broadcast with Babukishan Krishnendu Das Baul available on-demand here.
Babu Kishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul is a Baul Guru, Master of
Folk, Classical, and Bollywood music. He has produced, promoted and
composed for all the top Bollywood Indian Cinema's musican's and
singers. He is the first Baul to compose Fusion Music, receive a modern
education with a BA in Indian Philosophy, MA in Indian Music, the first
Baul to live in North America. As a Music Director, Composer, for Indian
Cinema for 30 years, he has composed over 150 scores, produced 44
albums. A prolific writer, poet, and author of 3 books on Bauls. He has
been traveling the world promoting, teaching Lineage Baul for more than
40 years.He spent 12 years as a Vedic Monk with the Ramakrishna Order.
I was having a conversation with BabuKishan Das Baul this morning
about this description of Bauls that says, "Many of them (Bauls)
practice a type of psycho-physical manipulation or tantric yoga which
emphasizes control of sexual union, the purpose of which is to enable
the couple to achieve a break with phenomenal existence, to escape the
endless cycle of death and regeneration, and to achieve a state of
eternal stability or samadhi.
This practice involves the retention of semen during intercourse and ingestion of bodily secretions..."
This is not the focus of what a Baul is?? There is nothing wrong with
this description of Sacred Sexuality, however, you will see this over
and over again like a broken record as if this is the only focus, of
what Baul is?.... There are many false things written about the Bauls
and so many false Bauls, it is really difficult to get to the truth or
to know who is a real Baul.
If this is all writers seem to write about Baul then Bauls will be
extinct faster than thought. Baul is a beautiful ecsatic mystical
lineage and most of the PHD holders took their research from this
lineage given only a very limited point of view and now they are trying
to teach the lineage Bauls what Baul is?? It takes years and years if
not a lifetime to learn Baul philosophy, Baul songs, Baul poetry, Tantra
and Yoga.. it is not simple or easy. Just as real Yoga is not simple or
easy. The Tantra Bauls practice has nothing to do with the Neo Tantra
of the West. It is a mystical shamanic Tantra. I call Bauls the Rasa
Lila Mystics because they take the juice and hold it inside of
themselves, they distill this juice only keeping the very best of all
practices, they keep what works and grind and polish it into a beautiful