Baul is a mystico-religious cult which flourished on the soil of Bengal during the early process of Hindu-Buddhist-Islamic synergy. Its occult root may be traced back through time even to the pre-Vedic Tantric cults.
Lalon, the great exponent of Baul philosophy, belonged to the mainstream of the original Baul cult which, although a melting pot of Sufi, Tantric and Vaishnava world views, was an unique syncretism of Dehatatwa and mysticism. Lalon added a critical social dimension to the already spreading subaltern stream of consciousness. His songs inspired Rabindranath Tagore to ‘plunge into the river of beatitude.’ We are sure the readers of this book will also have the same opportunity through the able translation of Samir Dasgupta.