Three Nada yoga programs with transcendental music (abbreviated as TLM) released by Gulan (aka Andrei Gulaikin) in 2015 have been received enthusiastically by meditation practitioners and fans of ambient music.
The three “TLM 1”, “TLM 2” and “TLM 3” series have been created for conscious, organic and smooth movement from audible external sounds towards the space of subtle internal sounds; in other words, a session using this kind of music represents a process of transformation by means of first focusing on external sounds and moving towards internal ones.
In recent years, as a result of TLM programs becoming generally known, considerable feedback have been received from meditation practitioners as well as fans of deep ambient. These reviews and responses present a series of interesting descriptions of transcendental, psychotherapeutic (as in the case of use of TLM for achieving sleep) and even psychedelic experiences. While the main goal of “TLM” is to achieve a transcendental state of consciousness, certain “concomitant effects” associated with the mental activities of a contemplative or psychedelic nature, or falling asleep during the practice, may also occur among certain audiences.
“Here there are no rhythms, no sharp sound peaks, here is serenity.”
In TLM, besides a full atmospheric electronic sound, one often encounters both “resonating” sounds, reminiscent of the hum of so-called “singing bowls” of different frequencies and timbres, along with the altered smooth sound of Indian strings. Also, in these compositions one can hear very subtle echoes of the church organ, violins, wind instruments, etc.
Each TLM program lasts 1 hour and consists of 3 parts or phases. The first phase, some 20 minutes long, presents a dynamic multi-layered sound, leading to the strengthening or “tensioning” of concentration, followed by the main phase – that of “transcendence” (about 20 minutes). The third phase concludes the session (some15 -20 minutes). The practicing person at the initial stage hears musical harmony, intense, intersecting sound effects and chords, where one can trace a slightly emotional harmonious component, used to enhance the effect of natural “immersion”, thereafter, as mentioned above, begins the transcendental phase, which is hard to define verbally. The spectrum of varied experiences a person faces during the practice could be better understood if one participates in an actual session itself – either alone or as part of a small group.
All three TLMs are of varying intensity and form of presentation. Thus, TLM 3, when compared to TLM 1 and TLM 2, has a less pronounced dynamic beginning and a tranquil continuation, while TLM 2, on the contrary, is the most intense and dynamic composition of them all.
To a novice, these compositions at first may even seem like some kind of cacophony, however, as one becomes gradually involved in the practice, more and more subtle sounds will open to him, stimulating a series of deep spiritual transcendental experiences of the mind. Depending on the state of the mind, the nervous system, and other external factors, the practitioner has to select for himself the TLM program that is best suited for him at a the moment.
In 2020 and 2021, taking into account the recommendations of the practitioners, a correction of the quality of TLM programs was performed, including adaptations for multiple “acoustic conditions” of listening experience – headphones, room area, loudspeakers etc. During group meditation, the recommended room space should not exceed 60 square meters; the maximum recommended number of participants is 8 to10 people.
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