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DEUTER/BHAGWAN SHREE RAJNEESH, CHAITANYA HARI
New age masterpiece from krautrock mystic
, this album contains the music for the first two stages of an hour long kundalini meditation developed for westerners by
(later known as
). The stages involve listening to the music and "Shaking" (stage one), "Dancing" (stage two), and "Witnessing" (stage three). These stages are not really meditations but a sort of preparation to facilitate meditation. Rajneesh had been trying to teach the practice of direct meditation for ten years before he realized his effort was futile: "I would say, 'Relax', to those I was teaching. They would appear to understand the meaning of the word, but they could not relax." He developed a technique that would activate the body with intense movement, creating tension in order to allow for the stillness of the meditation. Deuter and Rajneesh (along with a team of disciples that tested and consulted on these methods) collaborated to make music that would (in stage one and two) occupy the mind and compel the body. The music of stage three was designed to relax the body and compel the mind to awareness, acting as a transition to stage four, which is silent, with the person lying down, (actually) meditating. Speaking about music, Rajneesh wrote, "Between sounds of music there are gaps of silence. The authentic music consists not of sounds, but of the gaps. Music can make you aware of those gaps more beautifully than anything else." While living at the ashram as a disciple of Rajneesh, Deuter produced a series of compositions to be used in these "active" meditations. They were recorded using a multitrack tape machine and an assortment of acoustic and electronic instruments - guitar, tambura, bells, percussion, and synthesizers. The playing style is repetitious yet dynamic, incorporating loops, Indian classical motifs, musique concrète, and pastoral acoustic passages.
, never released on vinyl in the states, is presented here for the first time with the full length tracks. It was originally released in 1979.
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