Osho speaks on the Bauls

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.”
The Baul word for God is adhar manush,
the essential man.

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.

— Osho Rajneesh, from The Bauls


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