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The Baul Tradition

Sahaj Vision East and West
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Book + CD Set
Publisher: 
Hohm Press
 | 
September, 2014
ISBN:
9781935387831
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$39.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This book (with accompanying music CD) traces the Baul Path, a Tantric spiritual tradition, from its earliest roots in the subcontinent of India, to its dissemination in the West in modern times.

In the East, for centuries, Baul bards and yogis wandered the dusty roads of Bengal singing and dancing with joy in praise of God. Their poetry-songs uplifted ordinary people, transporting all above the daily grind for survival and into a direct experience of the sublime.

Sahaja is the hallmark of the Baul Way, referring to the naturally ecstatic essence of being. According to the Bauls, sahaja nature is inborn, and underlies one’s human personality and habitual social conditioning. It is a blueprint of love, beauty, bliss, wisdom and dignity. From the Baul view, to rediscover sahaja is to love God.

The outstanding contribution of this book is its first-hand account of the introduction of Baul spirituality to the modern world through the life and work of Khepa Lee Lozowick (1943-2010), an American teacher and the spiritual Heart Son of Yogi Ramsuratkumar, the revered Beggar Saint of Tiruvannamalai, south India. In 2008, M. Young accompanied Khepa Lee to Bengal where they met with eminent Baul gurus and practitioners, many who had long awaited an exchange with their American "brother." On this trip, his band of Western Bauls shared their American rock and blues in a unique interplay between East and West.

Included is Sangeetha, a companion CD of Eastern and Western Baul Music. Complete lyrics to the music are also in the book.

Every element of traditional Baul culture has its counterpart in the West, and I was enchanted to rediscover—through the eyes and scholarship of M. Young—all the practices and forms I had become so familiar with: the music and dance, bhavas and rasas, lifestyle and dharma…
 

Baul is not a religion—it is a direct relationship to Reality. Baul is alive and well and much older than many scholars have documented. It is a juicy story in the telling. —Lalitha Thomas, from the introduction

The foreword is by Parvathy Baul, internationally acclaimed musician and representative of the traditional Baul path.

Publisher’s Description: 

This book (with music CD) traces the Baul Path, a Tantric spiritual tradition, from its earliest roots in the subcontinent of India, to its dissemination in the West in modern times.

In the East, for centuries, Baul bards and yogis wandered the dusty roads of Bengal singing and dancing with joy in praise of God. Their poetry-songs uplifted ordinary people, transporting all above the daily grind for survival and into a direct experience of the sublime.

Sahaja is the hallmark of the Baul Way, referring to the naturally ecstatic essence of being. According to the Bauls, sahaja nature is inborn, and underlies one's human personality and habitual social conditioning. It is a blueprint of love, beauty, bliss, wisdom and dignity. From the Baul view, to rediscover sahaja is to love God.

The outstanding contribution of this book is its first-hand account of the introduction of Baul spirituality to the modern world through the life and work of Khepa Lee Lozowick (1943-2010), an American teacher and the spiritual Heart Son of Yogi Ramsuratkumar, the revered Beggar Saint of Tiruvannamalai, south India. In 2008, M. Young accompanied Khepa Lee to Bengal where they met with eminent Baul gurus and practitioners, many who had long awaited an exchange with their American "brother." On this trip, his band of Western Bauls shared their American rock and blues in a unique interplay between East and West.

Foreword is by Parvathy Baul, internationally acclaimed musician and representative of the traditional Baul path.

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