Calcutta, India — Bauls smoking marijuana. The Bauls follow a mystic path. They believe that ultimate reality is not found in books and is not accessible to human reason. Transcendent knowledge can only be gained through direct mystical experience — not known but felt and experienced. Thus the Bauls sometimes seek to loosen the bonds that root a person in the world of ordinary phenomena. Music and intoxicants — mostly marijuana — are, among other things, vessels that transport a Baul into a spiritual world.
God has signaled
A new path.
Collect the holy books
And put them away.
The World’s Largest Alpona on a kilometer long stretch of Manik Mia Avenue in Dhaka, Bangladesh, for last year’s Poila Boishaakh. Shubho Noboborsho 1420 to Bengalis everywhere! Peace, prosperity, hope and inspiration to all!