with the modern sense of the word, which denotes the inspired people with anecstatic eagerness for a spiritual life, where a person can realise his union withthe eternal beloved - the Maner Manush (the man of the heart).
The Impact of Baul Geeti
The impact of these singers/songwriters is not restricted to rural Bengal.Through their simple tunes, rudimentary instruments and allegorical lyrics, they have captured the imagination of the world and have made a major impact onthe international cultural scene. The most famous living Baul, Purna Das, evenfound a place on the cover of Bob Dylan's 1968 album John Wesley Harding.
Rabindranath Tagore and the Baul Effect
The famous Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore was greatly influenced and inspired by Bauls. Here is a famous Rabindrasangeet (Tagore song), heavily influenced by Baul theme:
Amar praner manush achhé pranéTai heri taye sakol khane Achhe shé nayōntaray, alōk-dharay, tai na haraye-- Ogo tai dekhi taye jethay sethay Taka-i ami jé dik-panéThe man of my heart dwells inside me.Everywhere I behold, it's Him! In my every sight, in the sparkle of light Oh I can never lose Him -- Here, there and everywhere,Wherever I turn, right in front is He! The Lyrics
The lyrics often use an esoteric language called `sandhya bhasa' (wordswith hidden meaning). Besides, Bauls come from both the Hindu and Muslimcommunities; their object of worship is no conventional God or Allah, but `moner manush' (the man within) who can be reached by anyone through love and devotion.
The Roots of Baulism and Its Philosophies