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Malabika et Sanjay vivent à Calcutta en Inde et s’affilient à la philosophie Bâul.
Les Bāuls sont des groupes de musiciens itinérants qui parcourent le Bengale, en hindī, on les appelle bardāī, mot probablement de la même origine que notre barde.
Ce sont des hindous hétérodoxes qui ignorent le système des castes, les rituels de toutes sortes. Leur croyance est un syncrétisme indo-musulman, incorporant des aspects venant du soufisme et du bouddhisme et des pratiques issues du yoga et du tantrisme. Proches de la philosophie de Kabīr, ils refusent la séparation entre les communautés hindoues et musulmanes, la différence entre hommes et femmes. Les Bāuls vénèrent la divinité qui se trouve seulement dans le temple intérieur de chacun, pour eux le temple ou la mosquée sont des obstacles sur la route de dieu.
Le but étant d’harmoniser le corps, l’âme, et l’esprit
Malabika and Sanjay live in Kolkotta, India and bring around the world the Baul philosophy.
Bauls (Bengali: বাউল) are a group of mystic minstrels from Bengal, which includes Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal. Bauls constitute both a synthetic religious sect and a musical tradition. Bauls are a very heterogeneous group, with many sects, but their membership mainly consists of Vaishnava Hindus and Sufi Muslims.They can often be identified by their distinctive clothes and musical instruments. Lalon Shah is regarded as the most celebrated Baul saint in history.
Although Bauls comprise only a small fraction of the Bengali population, their influence on the culture of Bengal is considerable. In 2005, the Baul tradition of Bangladesh was included in the list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Baul music celebrates celestial love, but does this in very earthy terms, as in declarations of love by the Baul for his bosh-tomi or lifemate. With such a liberal interpretation of love, it is only natural that Baul devotional music transcends religion.
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 achhe prane
tai here taye shokol khane
Achhe she noyōn-taray, alōk-dharay, tai na haraye–
ogo tai dekhi taye Jethay shethay
taka-i ami je dik-pane
The man of my heart dwells inside me.
Everywhere I look, it is he.
In my every sight, in the sparkle of light
Oh, I can never lose him–
Here, there and everywhere,
Wherever I turn, he is right there!
Their religion is based on an expression of the body (Deho Sadhana), and an expression of the mind (Mana Sadhana). Some of their rituals are kept hidden from outsiders, as they might be thought to be repulsive or hedonistic. Bauls concentrate much of their mystic energies on the four body fluids, on the nine-doors (openings of the body), on prakriti as “nature” or “primal motive force”, and on breath Sadhana.
The Bauls are an ancient group of wandering minstrels from Bengal, who believe in simplicity in life and love. They are similar to the Buddhists in their belief in a fulfillment which is reached by love’s emancipating us from the dominance of self.