Osho Quotes on Bauls
- Baul is one belonging to a secret society
of mystics. Just as Zen is in Buddhism and Sufis are part of Islam
and Hassids are part of Judaism, Bauls are the flowering of the
Hindu tradition; they are the highest flowering.
- The word baul means a madman. The bauls
are really mad -- madly in love with God.
- Bauls have been very extraordinary people.
The word BAUL means MAD. Bauls were mad mystics. They have talked in
all sorts of paradoxes; but very beautiful. They are not
philosophers, they are mad poets. They are not proposing any logical
thing, rather on the contrary 'they are trying to show you something
- Bauls were great mystics of such beauty
and depth that people started thinking that they were mad. So the
literal meaning of the word "baul" is mad; it means: the mad mystic.
Their whole life was so utterly different, so radically different
from the ordinary life, that naturally they looked mad. They danced,
they sang, they moved like madmen, traveling up and down the country
singing songs of joy, of celebration. Naturally they looked mad,
because in a world of suffering how do you conceive of celebration?
In a world where everybody is miserable, the man who is dancing and
has laughter in his soul looks simply out of place, outlandish, mad,
stoned, not in his senses. Hence the word "baul" -- it means the mad
mystic. Slowly slowly they have disappeared; very few Bauls are
still alive. But the glory is gone because this country no more
welcomes the real mystic. It still talks about mysticism, in fact
talks much about mysticism, but its heart has become materialistic.
- The Bauls are called Bauls because they
are mad people. The word 'Baul' comes from the Sanskrit root VATUL.
It means: mad, affected by wind. The Baul belongs to no religion. He
is neither Hindu nor Mohammedan nor Christian nor Buddhist. He is a
simple human being. His rebellion is total. He does not belong to
anybody; he only belongs to himself. He lives in a no man's land: no
country is his, no religion is his, no scripture is his. His
rebellion goes even deeper than the rebellion of the Zen Masters --
because at least formally, they belong to Buddhism; at least
formally, they worship Buddha. Formally they have scriptures --
scriptures denouncing scriptures, of course -- but still they have.
At least they have a few scriptures to burn.
Bauls have nothing -- no scripture, not even to burn; no church, no
temple, no mosque -- nothing whatsoever. A Baul is a man always on
the road. He has no house, no abode. God is his only abode, and the
whole sky is his shelter. He possesses nothing except a poor man's
quilt, a small, hand-made one-stringed instrument called AEKTARA,
and a small drum, a kettle-drum. That's all that he possesses. He
possesses only a musical instrument and a drum. He plays with one
hand on the instrument and he goes on beating the drum with the
other. The drum hangs by the side of his body, and he dances. That
is all of his religion.
Dance is his religion; singing is his worship. He does not even use
the word 'God'.
- Lovers, the followers of the path of love,
Bauls, make love their undercurrent. They eat, but they eat with
love. The walk, but they walk with love -- because the earth is holy
ground. They sit under a tree; they sit with love -- because the
tree is divine. They look at somebody; they look with love --
because there also is divinity. Everywhere they see their beloved,
in each movement they remember their beloved. It becomes their
- Bauls don't know much philosophy; they are
not philosophers. They are simple people of the earth. They are very
simple people who can sing and dance. Their words are simple. If you
love, if you trust, their small gestures can reveal much.
- The religion of the Bauls is very
down-to-earth; it believes in the here-now. It does not say that
paradise is somewhere else; it is here, and you cannot postpone it,
and all postponement is dangerous, suicidal. If you cannot discover
it here-now, you will never discover it anywhere else because you
will remain the same. And whenever you will be, life will always
come in the form of here-now. So the only door to reality is here,
this very moment.
- Bauls are not philosophers. They are more
like poets -- they sing, they dance, they don't philosophize. In
fact, they are almost anti-philosophical, because they have come to
see that whenever a man becomes too head-oriented he becomes
incapable of love -- and love is going to be the bridge. A man who
becomes too head-oriented goes farther away from the heart, and the
heart is the center which responds to the call of love.
- Don't imitate: imitation creates falsity,
pseudo-ness, inauthenticity. Just feel your own way and don't bother
about what others say. It is nobody else's business. Don't bother
about what churches say, organizations say -- listen to your own
heart. Bauls are very individualistic. Religion has to be
individualistic because it is a process of individuation. But what
other religions have done up to now is to destroy individuality and
try to make everybody a part of the crowd. They have created mobs,
and they have destroyed individuals. Bauls are rebellious about it.
- The Bauls have no character. They are men
of consciousness, but not of character. In fact, a man of
consciousness never has a character. Character is a fixity,
character is an obsession, character is an armor. You have to do
only that which your character allows. Character can never be
spontaneous. Character is always imposed by the past on the present.
You are not free to be, you are not free to respond; you can only
The Baul believes in the SAHAJA MANUSH, the spontaneous man. The
Baul says the spontaneous man is the way to the essential man. To be
spontaneous is to be on the way towards being essential. Every child
is a Baul. So as I see it, in the beginning -- if there was, any
beginning -- the whole humanity must have been like Bauls: true,
authentic, sincere, mad, deep in love, rejoicing -- rejoicing the
opportunity that God has given, rejoicing the gift.
- BAULS are very active people, whirlwinds
-- dancing, singing, and yet very inactive people as far as God is
concerned. They say, "Whenever YOU think is the right time, come;
you will find me waiting. I am helpless, I don't know where you are.
I am helpless, I don't know how to find you. My only prayer is that
you help me to allow you to find me." They simply dance and wait,
they sing and wait. This waiting for God is their prayer. If you can
wait you will pass through a great transformation. Nothing is needed
to be done; simple waiting -- but it needs great trust. Otherwise
the mind will say, "What are you doing? If you are not going to seek
Him, you will never find Him."
Bauls say, just like Lao Tzu, "Seek and you will miss. Seek not and
find." He is here; your seeking takes you somewhere else. He has
already come. The guest is at the door; He is knocking. But you are
so occupied inside the mind -- maybe occupied for Him, thinking
about Him, but so occupied -- that you cannot listen to the moment,
and you cannot be open to the herenow.
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Osho - The Bauls
have no character. They are men of consciousness