Western Baul Podcast Series
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Western Bauls are characterized by their practice of dharma (spiritual teaching), which involves developing awareness of our inner states through self-observation, recognizing the basic assumption we make about being separate from God or All that exists, and nurturing an innate longing for spiritual freedom. They recognize that, in essence, all spiritual traditions have examples of those who have realized that there is no separate self to substantiate—though one will always exist in form—and that “There is only God” or oneness with the creation. Practice is not a matter of philosophy but is expressed in ordinary, everyday affairs, and often in music and song about devotion to Life and to the Guru who shows the way through the world of suffering and illusion. It is also conveyed in service to all of humanity. As named by Lee Lozowick, Western Bauls are kin to the Bauls of Bengal, India, with whom he shared an essential resonance and friendship. The Eastern Baul tradition, which arose in around the 14th century, is known to adapt and utilize principles of other spiritual traditions in expressing the living teaching.