PETER DEUNOV (1864 –1944)
I have passed through all mysteries of Life and now I am existing in the Spirit of Truth.
1864 - Peter Konstantinov Deunov was born on the 11th of July (29th of June by the Julian calendar - the Day of St Peter) in the village of Nikolaevka, near the Black Sea in the district of Varna. He was the third child in the family of Konstantin A. Deunovski (an Orthodox priest and a teacher) and Dobra Georgieva (her father Atanas Georgiev was a National Revival functionary and a mayor of Nikolaevka).
1872 - Peter Deunov entered the Elementary school in Nikolaevka.
1876 -1881 - He studied and obtained his secondary degree in the male school in Varna.
1886 - Peter Deunov graduated from the American Theological School in Svishtov.
1887-1888 - He was a teacher in the village of Hotantsa, Ruse district.
1888 -1892 - Peter Deunov went to the USA, where he graduated from the Drew Methodist Seminary in Madison, New Jersey.
1893 - He was conferred a degree in Theology at the University of Boston with the graduation thesis “The Migration of the German tribes and their Conversion to Christianity”.
1894 - He also took a course in Medicine at the University of Boston.
1895-1900 - Peter Deunov returned to Bulgaria, but refused to become a Methodist preacher or an Orthodox priest in Varna. He lived alone in seclusion and meditation, in prayer and profound inner work. During this period He received His Initiation and Mission of a Spiritual Master.
1896 - He published the book “Science and Education”, in which he analyzed the human path in the world drama and the coming of a new culture.
1897 - 33 years old, Peter Deunov founded in Varna a Society for Spiritual Elevation of the Bulgarian nation and published his mystic booklet “Hio-Eli-Meli-Mesail”. This was a turning point in his life – the beginning of his activities as a spiritual leader.
1898 - In Varna, before the members of the Charitable Society Maika (Maika means mother in Bulgarian),Peter Deunov delivered a message for the social and spiritual recognition of the Bulgarians - “An Appeal to the Bulgarian nation”.
1899 - He wrote “The Ten Testimonials of the Lord” and “God’s Promise”.
1900 – The Master summoned His first three disciples: Penyo Kirov, Todor Stoimenov and Dr Georgi Mirkovich to a meeting in Varna in July. It was the First Spiritual Council.
1900 -1942 - Annual councils were held, initially called meetings of the “Chain” – spiritual assemblies attended only by people personally invited by the Master. They were usually held in the summer in different locations throughout Bulgaria: in Varna (1900-1908), in Veliko Tarnovo (1909-1925), in Sofia (1926-1941), in the Rila and Vitosha Mountain.
1901-1912 - The Master traveled through the country. He gave lectures, carried out phrenological researches and studied the fundamental characteristics of the Bulgarian nation.
1901- He published 5 phrenological articles titled “Heads and Faces” in the Rodina Magazine (Rodina means motherland in Bulgarian).
1906 – Peter Deunov settled in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, at 66, Opalchenska Street, where He began to deliver weekly Sunday lectures open to the general public.
1912 - The Master created the sacred book “The Testament of the Color Rays of Light” in the village of Arbanasi, close to the old Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo.
1914 – He began to give regular Sunday lectures to the general public in Sofia. These lectures were recorded in short-hand by his stenographer disciples. Later they were decoded, edited and published in the series of lectures “Power and Life”, which presented the fundamental principles of the New Teaching.
1917-1932 – Beinsa Douno lectured a special spiritual course for married women in Sofia.
1917-1918 – During the First World War he was interned in Varna for a certain period of time. According to the government of that time his lectures “demoralized” the Bulgarian soldiers. The followers of the New Teaching increased after the war and reached approximately 40,000 people in the first 30 years of the 20th century.
1922, 24 February - A Spiritual School was opened in Sofia with two classes: a General Class and a Special Youth Class of disciples. The Master delivered his lectures before the two classes twice a week in the course of 22 years (1922 -1944).
1927 - The Izgrev Spiritual center was gradually established in Sofia and Beinsa Douno moved to live there with many of his disciples (Izgrev means sunrise in Bulgarian).
1929 - The first summer tent camp was carried out at the Seven lakes in the Rila Mountain. It became a tradition for the followers from the country and abroad. Nowadays it takes place every year in August as a spiritual school with thousands of participants.
1930 -1944 - The Master held Sunday early morning lectures – a new line in his spiritual work, the so-called Morning word.
1933 -1934 – He gave the first “28 exercises” of the PanEuRhythmy (Universal Cosmic Rhythm). Later he added the two parts “Solar Rays” and “Pentagram”. The PanEuRhythmy was finally completed in 1942.
1944 – Beinsa Douno with a group of disciples spent the hardest months during the Second World War (11 January1944 – 19 October 1944) in the village of Marchaevo, near Sofia, in the house of Temelko Gyorev. This house was preserved - nowadays it functions as a museum.
1944, 27 December - The Master ended His earthly path in Sofia. By the ordinance of a special permission he was laid to rest in the Izgrev district. His sacred place has turned into a beautiful garden, which is daily open for free visitation.
Beinsa Douno – Peter Deunov left an invaluable spiritual heritage in his numerous talks and lectures, prayers, formulas and songs, physical and breathing exercises, spiritual methods and practices for group work, self-development and conscious living.
After you go through a hundred million solar systems, you will come to me and then we will experience together the deepest Mystery of Life.
Translated by Maria Braikova
Edited by Janna Roupchina
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