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  2. Blessings in small things Today we are going to think about the following statement: “The name of God lives forever”. Now I am going to read from the fourth chapter of John the Apostle. I am saying: every man needs 5 things in his life, and they are: strong legs and arms, good ears, good eyes and a well-developed brain to facilitate right thinking. If one is good, then one’s legs will be strong-without Goodness legs cannot be healthy; if one is fair, then his arms will be healthy- without Justice one’s arms cannot be healthy; if one is sensible then the ears will be healthy- ears cannot be healthy without sensibility; if one loves Truth, then one’s eyes will be strong- without loving the Truth, nobody can have healthy eyes; If one loves God then one’s mind will be very well developed- without loving God, man’s mind cannot be developed in the right direction, and consequently will be incapable of correct thinking. Some people will say: “The most difficult thing is for a man to be a good man”. However, this is not so. Believe me, the easiest thing for a man is to be a good man, there really is nothing simpler. And if one does not start from this, the easiest job, then it does not matter what tasks one undertakes, they will go unfinished. People should always start from the easiest job and finish with the most difficult. The man, who starts with the most difficult job, will invariably go back to an easier one. Sometimes the smallest good thing that one does can be even more precious than the largest thing imaginable. For example, if you are in a widow’s house along with her several small children and it is a cold winter day and wood has been placed in the stove, but there is nothing to light it with, you can do a very small thing by providing a match and the cold room becomes cheerful with light and warmth –the children are happy and so is mama. And your very small gift –a match did it. This little match, this very small gift could be considered more even more significant than creating a town or saving a whole nation. Why? Because, once lit, it is conceivable that this fire could burn forever. If you save the life of a man who is drowning, he could slip again and fall into the water again. If you prevent an entire nation from committing a great wickedness, it could revert to that same plan again. Blessings in small things are limitless in the broad panorama of real life and especially if the body: legs, arms, eyes, ears and brain are healthy and well cared for. In general, one cannot preserve one’s life if one’s legs, arms, ears, eyes and brain are not healthy. One can be saved from drawing merely by praying. If one loves God when one prays, then God will send somebody to fulfill His Will and save that life. When one prays, he is demonstrating evidence of a healthy attitude, and God immediately sends someone to help him, saying: “Go and help this man, because he wants My help!” The man, who goes to save the other, must realize that he is simply fulfilling God’s will; he is a witness to the Goodness of God. When you love somebody, you are a conductor, a witness to the Love which God sends via you-this is the way to think of it, this is the right way to think. If a man starts thinking how to do somebody Good for someone, about how to love God and how to help people, he will come to understand that alone, without God he can do nothing. Well, in the sensible world everything must be placed in its rightful place. Therefore, I am asking: what exactly is burning-the woods or the fire? The wood cannot burn without fire or can a fire burn by itself: fire burns only in the place where the burning is in progress. The heart beats, give rise to a pulse and sending blood to the whole body, thereby bringing warmth to the body. Thus, there is fire in the heart. Where life exists, there is burning and the opposite: where burning is in progress there is life. When you want to light a fire, you need wood. The wood is cut and carried and then the fire is lit. Those who do not take part in this job think that it is easy to light a fire; it is better for everybody to take part in cutting and carrying the wood; then, when you warm yourself by the fire, you will feel much more pleasure from it, because you joined in communal task. Now I would like to make the following suggestion: let each of you get a notebook and make some notes about the desires which you have. You should record how many times during the day you want to receive something from someone, and how many times per day you want to give something to others. It is interesting to work out later how many impulses you had to get something from somebody and how many to give something to others. Start collecting this data today and discover which desires predominate. Consider, for example, that you are starting to collect money from people to put in your bag. It is natural for a man to receive, but also it is natural to give to others. Now you have a right to receive, but afterwards Blessings in small things-page three We will see if you give from your collection to others, or if you put it all into your bank. A beggar works all day begging from people, collecting things, placing them in his bag and saying to everyone: “God has sent me to you to give me something”. In fact, he is lying. God sent him not to all the houses, but just to one place to beg. I am saying that mendicancy is a negative characteristic, which also exists in the Spiritual sphere: for example, someone might have a small joy, but he is not satisfied with it and he wants more joys to store and fill it up. If you have a small joy, be happy with it. Thank God for it, and do not ask for more for that day. You should learn the law, which regulates the joys and the sorrows of Life. Imagine that your clothes, your hat and your shoes are ragged, and you are wondering what to do, how you will go out to meet other people. Then a friend comes to you and gives you a pair of brand-new shoes. Do you have to think about not having new clothes or a hat? No, you do not. You should go to a quiet place and express your gratitude to God for that gift. If you thank God for that, then other things will follow. Give thanks for the shoes and do not think about other things. If you brood about not having new clothes and a hat, then the shoes will disappear. Gratitude gives you the power to cope with all the miseries of Life, no matter how great they are. When you are grateful the misery and the problems are overshadowed by the gratitude, and you can bear them more easily -this is the Spiritual law. When you are grateful for a small blessing and cherish it, additional blessings will follow to help you: this is the reward for everyone who values small blessings and shows gratitude to them. If you separate a small blessing from the rest, this small blessing will be not able to stand alone and there will be a gap in your consciousness. When a man has a new pair of shoes, but thinks about the old clothes and hat, he is in the same situation with God. For example, God says that he had forgiven us all his sins, but we have doubts and we say: “Is it not possible that he has forgotten one of them?” In other words when we have new shoes, how long will we have to remain without new clothes and a hat? Or do we have to stick with the old ones?” The first thing that you must achieve as a disciple is to be firm and to have unshakable Faith. Your Fait should not be like that of the beggar, who on meeting a rich man, begged him for help. The millionaire gave him 50 stotinki/ Bulgarian currency equal to 50 pence/ and said to him:” Come tonight to my house and I will treat you handsomely.” The beggar was unhappy with the money and thought: “What can I do with this money? I cannot even buy a packet of cigarettes! This millionaire was not prepared to give me more money and I am expected to go to his house in the hope of something more. I do not believe that!” It is the same as you. You meet God and ask him for help. He gives you 50 stotinki and asks you to go later to his house for more money and fine treatment. But because you do not know God, you do not believe Him, and you say: “This man gave me barely half a pound. How can I trust him to give me more and to treat me well tonight? I do not believe that! He is a miser. First, what shall I spend this money on? On shoes, clothes or on a hat? Who would wait until tonight? No, you should wait for a moment, you should go to that rich house, how he said to you and you would have everything-shoes, clothes, a hat and what is more you will be given food to eat well. I am asking you if we are not used to trust small blessings and to be grateful for them, how we can trust to bigger blessings. People nowadays Always expect something big and they do not see the small valuable things. A young man says: “If I had rich father to graduate a university in a foreign country, after that I could become a professor or a minister”; a young girl says: “I would like to get married to a young prince and I would do whatever I want “ All people expect something good to come into their life from outside. Even you become a professor, a prince, a princess or a minister-the life cannot be changed from outside. When somebody says:” If I was married and had a child it would be better?” I am asking you what you would do if you had a child. The child means the smallest goodness that someone has in their soul. If someone does not have this goodness in their soul, if he does not develop it and does not cherish it then it does not matter how many children, he will have he will stay childless-this is the great Truth in Life. Some people say” When I get married everything will start going in right direction in my life.” No, until the love came in your soul you would stay single; even if you had a relationship with a girl and you thought that you were married; this is not the real marriage. When the man falls in Love, he is married then. Love Comes just ones in our life and we can be married just once. When Love comes the man does not looks for anything else, he does not think about anything. Today everybody is looking for love-married and unmarried, well-educated and not so well educated, childless and people with children, young and adults-everybody. When Love come, they achieve everything, and their life become meaningful, they live in peace and obey the God’s laws. I say that everything people do on the earth is considered as symbols of the Spiritual world-this way Spiritual world lead you to real life. Physical world without spiritual world is a world of illusions. People get married and they stay single at the same time-they have children, but they are lost melt and disappeared as an ice. When a man of Love has a child, this child follows him in immorality as well-this child follows his father all the time and address him father; this word he wants to say: “Father, you are the source of Love.” The same happens on the Earth: when the child grows up, he follows his father and calls him father; this means: you, who have come from Love, start all your work with Goodness and Love. Goodness is a witness of the great Love So, when a man is given new shoes he begins to see more clearly. Why can he not see properly, wearing the old torn ones? Because his legs are cold, he is looking constantly towards them, and cannot think clearly. When people are cold, they cannot think properly: they close their eyes and see nothing. When they warm up, they open their eyes. Therefore, one should always wear good shoes. You can say:” Where is the connection between the shoes and the ability of thinking?” When a man put on his shoes, i.e. when Good comes to his legs, they become healthy and he walks pleased and happy, with open eyes and can see everything- this is a law, that refers to man’s conscience. Needs and weaknesses charge him with useless ballast, which stray him from the real aim in his Life. For example, somebody lives religious live for 5-6 years, but one day that man says: “Why Should I pray God, what I have acquired, I do not need any more these prayers, I do not need any more Gospel, I can live without them.” I can say, that this man cannot live a religious life, because his legs are naked, because his legs are not healthy; if he was wearing his shoes, if his legs, arms, eyes, ears and brain were healthy, he would go to the mountain and would pray God, he would give his gift to God and would consider serving God as a privilege. In the old scriptures of the Bible people offer a sacrifice to God, and people now go to God without anything, with empty hands. What does the sacrifice mean for the people before the Jesus Crest? Today people go to a lawyer, but if their hands are not full, he does not accept them- it does not matter how Good this lawyer is, after telling him what one wants, he will say: “You have to pay for these service 5000 leva.” Hearing, that you must prepare 5000 leva for that your eyes open wide-Why? One must prepare money for him, because he does not work for nothing. One says: “It depends on winning the case?”, but the lawyer says: “It does not mater win or fail the case I must earn money. When a lawyer asks money from the people, he does not open his eyes; when he hears the golden coins just then he opens his eyes. Today, whatever people do they expect to receive something for their job. There is nothing wrong for a man to receive recompense for theirs work, for their efforts-this is normal, but when I say that a man should work for nothing I mean the following idea: every work should be done by the law of Love, without connecting it with the money, which you might receive for it. It is not possible to be paid by money for each work done with true Love. And for each work, that is done without Love people pay money. A lawyer says: “I want the certain amount of money for that case”- this man works without Love. You go to another lawyer, who does not speak about money, take the case, investigate it, defend it and win the case; his client says: “I will give you no 5000, but 10 000 lewa (Bulgarian currency), because I am happy with the results of your work; I cannot pay for your efforts, but I would like to give you a small rewards.” This kind of relations exists just between sensible people. When you go to a grocery and ask for a kilo of sugar and the grocer measures the sugar, gives it to you and he neither ask for money or says how much it costs; you get sugar and you give him what you thing is valuable for it- these are the relations between people who have Love to each other and to God. But according to nowadays attitude between people, a grocer says: “You must pay for that sugar 25 leva”-the buyer pays 25 leva for the bill. In accordance to the law of Love the tradesman would say nothing, but the buyer would get a note of 50 leva and would say: “I am happy, that I have found some sugar in your grocery and what about the price I am ready to give you 1000.” What a wonderful world could we have if the relations between people were like this? I say: You cannot force people to Love each other because Love does not accept force, but God gives good lessons to people. For example, when people do not give anything to God, He sends thieves to their houses and says: “Because these rich people do not give anything to other Blessings in small things-7 For my sake, even they are very rich, let they give to you “Then these thieves break into somebody’s rich house with guns in their hands, steal what they want and leave the house. When they go out those rich people would say: “these thieves have stolen a lot of goods from us, but thanks God we are still alive.” This example is given to make the idea clear. We should understand that everything we have does not belong to us, is not ours, it belongs to God. How can somebody talk that he has deposited or withdrawn some money from the bank-nobody deposits any money into the bank, money exists anyway, without him. Other people had stroked coins and he thinks like he was the owner of that money; nobody owns the money: Man can say: “I have worked very hard for this money, how you can say that I do not own it?” The efforts and work are from the Life, they are not yours. If somebody named himself as a master of the Life, he must be a man of deathlessness. Deathlessness will come when all people follow the law of Love. Now they are studying the law of deathlessness; when they learn this law, they will know how to love each other. People do not live in accordance with the law of Love if they still are dying. Jesus says: “This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God” when you achieve the true knowledge of God, He will give people as a present Everlasting life -the life of deathlessness. You can ask: “When is it going to be, after how many rebirths?” This will be in the future, in very far future; the eternity is an area of Truth. So, when somebody speaks about the eternity, I get the idea of Truth-eternity is an image of Truth and Truth is unlimited. Consequently, everything can become reality in the area of Truth. Whether an idea becomes a reality in a year or two, one hundred, a thousand or more, all these are the boarders of the Truth-a minute or a century, a year or one million years, these all are boarders of the Truth. It means that a man can achieve something in a minute or in million years-what is the difference? If one can get the things, he wants in one million years, he will experience a lot of difficulties and uneasiness things, if one achieves his desires in one minute, he will hardly have any problems. For example, somebody says: “Do you know how many problems I have had until I have achieved this wealth, which I am enjoying now?” But all these things, he has achieved are external and they are not the subject of the Truth, nor the subject of the Life. I met an acquaintance once, who is a priest and he told me something concerning his life. He said: “I do not know what to do. I have got a house, children and worries about them, but God took my wife, and Left me alone to cope with all these problems. When she was alive, I was poor, our children were small, and our life was difficult. Then they have grown up, the life got better, but she passed away. Today even if I want to get married again, I am not allowed, because I am a priest. But I am tired of these problems, how can I struggle away from djubeto ( a type of jacket)? I miss my wife.” He is right. Why is this life without his wife? It means why one should live without experiencing Love. Life without Love is like the priest’s life without his wife. Nowadays everyone complains that there is not love in their life. This means that the signification of life exists just in Love. It does not matter how rich a man is, if he does not experience love in their life. One’s life is meaningless without Love. Then I said to that priest: Your wife can come back, she can resurrect again, because Love never die. Your wife can resurrect, and she can come to you tonight. -How? -If you fall in love with God? - How to find God and how I can fall in love with Him? I said: -If you have preached to God for long years, has spoken about Him, but you, yourself do not know where and how to find Him, why have you then misled people speaking and preaching about God? - I will ask God to forgive me, because I have been confused. It would be better if you could give me an advice how to struggle away from all these problems and how to find a new wife. And he is right. I will translate: djube means the people’s sins that alienate them away from Truth. When a man takes off this cloth called djube, when a man alienates away from sins and when Truth enlivens within him, then he will find his wife/ in the meaning of love/. And I said to that priest: -Take off your djube and come with me. -I would like to think about your offer for a while. And he has been thinking since then. Now I am telling you to get rid of your djubes because your love is everywhere. Do not put hope into your life for everything. Build your life on the base of the three most important things- God’s Love, Wisdom and Truth. Do not make difference in any work. If any work, even the smallest one is done for the sake of God’s Love, Wisdom and Truth, then it is good. If work is done for the sake of God’s Love, Wisdom and Truth it becomes very valuable. One can ask:” How to experience Love or how to achieve God’s Love, Wisdom and Truth?” I will answer you the way I have answered to the priest. You have written love letters for so many years and you say that you do not know how to experience Love-this is a contradiction. In the same contradiction fell the priest? He serves God, preaches to people for Love, and when he was told that there exists a new way of serving God and this way, he can resurrect his love, he does not believe and accepts just the old way. But just if he follows the new way, he will find God and God’s Love. To achieve this Love, one should make just a step forward, and this step is when one decides to give something from himself, to sacrifice for the Beginning of everything, for God-when he does this step then his problems will be solved. So, I would like you to remember the main meaning of this lecture. All useless things should be thrown away and the main thought should be kept-it will be the basic thought. Someone will ask: “How can we understand which useful and which thought is useless?” Imagine you have received a precious ring, placed in a small box wrapped in lot of papers. The ring itself is 25 grams, but with all papers wrapped it weighs more than a kilo. What will you do in this case? You will take the ring out of the box and will put it on your finger whereas all other paper you will throw away. Do you need to wear all the paper as well? After getting the Good opportunities in Life-It are a guarantee, a referee who sings under the reference letter to the bank in order to receive a loan from the bank. Everybody should have this kind of reference letter. Consequently, the reference letter is a Faith. You can go nowhere without faith. Faith is a rope on which the acrobat is playing; will is the stick, which the acrobat holds in his hands in order to keep equilibrium. If the equilibrium loses, he still can keep his body on the rope. But if the rope tears, he is hopeless-he needs a new rope. This is to say that without faith you cannot go from one side to the other side of the rope. If you want to go from one end to the other end of the rope you need to tense it first, to get the stick in your hands and to pass it. When you go to the other side you will be paid. And the violinist is paid after the playing. Who goes to dig the vines yard he is paid after the job is done-the worker is paid after the job is done. The lawyers make an exception from this rule. When a lawyer is given some case to defend, he says:” I will take this case, but I want to receive in advance at least the half of the price for it.” They have lost the reliability on people and say. WE have worked for too many people, who did not pay for our efforts and we want to insure ourselves in advance. “In spiritual world the law is the same as in a physical one-you are paid after the job is completed. Now the essential matter you must consider is for the things you need and for the things you do not need. The things you need are like the ring in wrapped papers; what does the ring mean? The ring means healthy legs, arms, eyes, ears and mind-this implies to warm heart, bright mind, strong will, broad soul and powerful spirit. When I am listing what everybody should have this sometimes mean that people restrict themselves in its meaning. When I say that one should have faith, this does not mean that one does not have faith. Everybody has faith, but not the faith that he should have. You cannot impose the faith mechanically. Because of that I am saying: you will go without fait; how it can be understood? Unless somebody becomes completely faithless, he cannot get real faith; in other words, nobody can find the right way, the Truth unless he stops believing in false things, in temporary things. For example, you follow some direction for years, while one day you will say: “I have not achieved anything following this direction!” When a man stops believing in unattainable things and gains Truth, then he passed into the faith; sometimes it can happen the opposite –some people goes from faith into the faithless. Some people go from Love towards the loveless whereas the other from loveless to Love-these are the ways that people go. When I speak about the Love and loveless it does not mean that you do not have any love. It means that many people now understand the love wrong way-they always connect it with the face of young man and woman. And they know that when the love comes, they must give a gift. A young pretty girl goes to an American millionaire and asks: “Do you want anybody to love you?” He looks at her, bends down his head, and is thinking about the answer -he knows that, if somebody loves him, many dollars will go out of his wallet; he knows that the pretty girl will cost him too much money. After thinking for a long time, he replies: “This question is very difficult, come in a few days and I will give you the answer.” He finds himself in a struggle between the love to his money and to a pretty woman, whom he must love. If he falls in love with a pretty girl, his money will run out. Contemporary people want to love, they know how to love, but they think about the big sacrifice that Love required. When we say to somebody that he should love God he says: “I want to live without any special arrangements.” That man is not ready to offer a big sacrifice, he is a banker who loves money and says: “I will think about it and after that I will give the answer.” Thus, a new understanding for the Live is required from everybody. For that reason, one should think about the way one goes-everybody should see his own weak feature. When somebody for example says:” We should love each other!” then my reply is: without God’s love people themselves cannot bring anything good to anybody. That love is like a wheat been which is sowed in a rocky place or it is like empty wheat spike. Have you ever seen how erected are the empty spikes? When a farmer looks at them, he has a deep sigh and says:” these strikes are empty, I cannot rely on them.” After that he looks at full strikes and says:” How nice is this wheat!” I say: there is nothing better than full strikes in our life-full strikes presents the God’s Love to people. When Love comes to us it fecundates everything, it develops one’s activity, rationalizes our thoughts, feelings and actions. When Love comes to us, we become strong, cheerful and happy. When we love somebody or something we look like a sunny day with a bright sky, when the Sun shines and the weather is warm and serine. 2 August, 1931, 5 am. _____________________ M. Ivanova
  3. Este video es un registro de los momentos más importantes del 1er Encuentro Latinoamericano de Paneuritmia que tuvo lugar en la ciudad de Quito/Ecuador en los días 27 a 30 de septiembre del 2018 y contó con la presencia de 70 personas de 7 distintos países. Durante el encuentro los participantes practicaron la Paneuritmia que es una danza-ejercicio- meditación y que tiene como fin ponernos en sintonía y armonía con el Universo. Ella nos prepara para poder lidiar con los retos de la vida en estos tiempos de expansión global y universal de conciencia y esta orientada hacia la cultura y el autoconocimiento, sin vinculo con cualquier segmento religioso o político. Además, practicaron ejercicios a la salida del sol, estudios en grupo, conferencias y canciones del Maestro Beinsa Douno. Importante: este no es un video didáctico o para aprender los movimientos de la Paneuritmia. Video producido por: KILLAKALARI FILMS, Y DELENTE CORTOS. Dirigido por: Natalia Herrera Manejo de Cámaras: Santiagobass y Natalia Herrera Postproducción y Edición: Santiagobass
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  5. If I Had Not Come "If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin." (John 15:22) „They would have no sin “. We look upon sin from a particular opinion and not in the way the modern people understand it. They consider for sin this which is not and what the true sin represents, they don't know. –Why?- Because they divide things into good and bad according to how they affect them, how they feel about them. A man considers every pleasant thing for good and every unpleasant thing for bad. He who lends him money passes for a good person; the one who doesn’t- passes for a bad one. This is a wrong conclusion. Someone may lend you money but he is a bad person; someone else does not lend you money but he is in fact a good man. Therefore, we consider the sin in principle regardless of the human personality and perceptions. Today, all people talk about the sin without being able to solve it. Whichever newspaper you open, every page contains description of the sins and crimes of people. If an apache steals from someone, they immediately starts chasing him because they consider the lie and theft as big crimes. If someone takes your money you sue him, a whole Eastern question is raised until they return it (the money). Everyone considers money as a great good. Money is only a condition, which people have exaggerated so much that they consider it as a goal in life. They say: It is impossible without money as well as without a sin. It is not like this. It could be lived without money and without a sin. Christ says: If I had not come and spoken to them, they wouldn’t have a sin. He connects the responsibility for the sin with His coming. - When does a man sin?- When he doesn’t listen to the words and advice of love. When a man sins, he first shows disobedience, then failure to do what he is told. It is said in the Scripture: "The payment of sin is death." This means: sin deprives man of the greatest good - life. If anyone asks why he should not sin, he will know that sin will deprive him of the greatest good he is given. "Why does God deprive me of life? The answer is in the verse: "If I had not come and had not spoken to them, they would not have a sin." In the first chapter of the Genesis. God commanded Adam and Eve not to eat from the fruits of the tree for knowing good and bad. As they did not obey HIM and did not fulfill His command, they did wrong. In this way, they brought the sin in the human life, which people cannot get free of even today.– What were these fruits?– This is not important. One thing needs to be known: As the rust corrodes the iron so does sin undermines the foundations of human life. The sin is fire that corrodes, stains and corrupts the human soul by depriving it from its body.–Can the soul not manifest without a body? – It cannot. As the salt cannot manifest without an acid and foundation, so cannot the human soul manifest without a body. Such is the law of the physical world. Therefore, in order for a chemical reaction to be carried out, two bodies that interact with one another are needed and a third body is formed. Fire is needed for this aim. It melts and oxidizes the bodies. Precious substances are melted by the fire, for example, gold, platinum, silver while the non precious ones are oxidized and decomposed. From the perspective of the Divine law, i.e. from the perspective of the alchemical law, which are the two bodies that interact? These are the Heaven and the Earth, comprised of the four main elements: air, water, fire and earth, i.e. from solid, liquid, airy and light or radiant matter. As a result of this interaction, man appeared, the fifth element called the "Little World". If the Earth and Heaven in man do not come together, how will the real, inner man be born? From the point of view of alchemy, the Earth is a foundation, the Heaven is an acid, and the man is salt. That is why, Christ says, "You are the salt of the Earth." Under "Acid", a Divine power that penetrates everywhere and makes, creates new worlds is understood. Under "foundation’, a set of forces that help the Divine power to gather the necessary elements for the creation of the man - the small world is understood. When it is talked about the Heaven, I do not envisage the paradise because this is a state and not a place of bliss. By talking to His disciples of bliss, Christ again understands states that a man goes through. He says: ‚Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.“ Under ‚poor in spirit’, a man who is easily melted and decomposed is understood. These are qualities of the salt. The good man must melt like the salt. As soon as you put a salt in the water it immediately decomposes without a protest, therefore the Kingdom of Heaven is its. The water is a foundation, a bearer of life, while life - one of the conditions for acquiring the Kingdom of God. So once he melts like the salt, a man is already entering the Kingdom of God. As it falls on the ground, the snow melts and in this way, it brings its blessing to life. As long as people smoulder and suffer and do not melt, the evil will spread and rule the world. Why do people suffer?– Because they are hard, they do not melt. It is said in the Scripture: „The heart of this people hardened’. ‚Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted’. When the cooking salt stays in the air, it absorbs the water and becomes moisturized, i.e. it starts dewing. In this way, it salts the bodies. Therefore, the one who mourns attracts the moisture, i.e. the life and in this way, he salts the environment, which he lives in. If you do not do the same you cannot get comforted. „Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the Earth. And the salt in the broad sense of the word is quiet and meek. When it dissolves in the water, it does not ferment, it does not make noise around itself. And in a dissolved state, the salt calmly awaits its time for the warmth to come from outside, to evaporate the water and re-appear again in its initial form - like a pure , crystalline salt. It knows that now it ill be purer than it was before. Therefore, the meek people are salt that moisturizes the air and starts dewing, it dissolves in the water and this state spreads all over the Earth, until it crystallizes again in beautiful, pure crystals. „Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled’. – When does a man feel thirst?- When he has eaten salty food. Then he needs more water. Only a man experiences thirst in different directions: thirst for water, knowledge, light, freedom, and others. It is however said: „they who have thirst and hunger for righteousness will be filled’. ‚ The meek one who resembles the salt needs to feel hunger for righteousness. Christ says to his disciples, "You are the salt of the Earth." He says about Himself, "I AM the light of the world." Salt plays an important role on Earth. Even the light cannot appear without salt. Indeed, the disciples of Christ were an environment through, which He was manifested. Salts consist of two things: metal and metalloid, or metal and a residue of acids. But the salts are not found either in the acids or in the bases. To explain how salt is formed, sow a wheat grain and watch how it grows and develops. Planting is a process of spirit and not due to either the Earth or the sun only. The Earth and the Heaven, united in one, provide conditions for the Spirit to manifest Itself. In the evangelical language, under "spirit" we mean salt. Where the spirit is, i.e. the salt, there is a consonant; where the spirit is absent, there exist contradictions. That is how the old people understood the spirit and so did they work with it. Old scientists have recognized the existence of four elements in nature: earth, water, air and fire. Modern scientists have considered this Teaching for wrong but the newest scientists agree with it and from this perspective, they maintain the existence of four states of the matter that correspond to the four great worlds. The Earth contains a lot of forces some of which people will study about in the future. The Earth is studied more from the outside and less from the inside. However, the outside view of the Earth and its inner contents are two different things. The occultists call the acid (which chemistry talks about) Heaven, while the base - Earth. The Earth in man constantly creates, acts, desires. This is the reason for a man to be constantly unsatisfied, always wanting something new. The Earth called a base, flesh - feeds the desires, shapes them and forms the human body from them. Therefore, there is a Heaven and Earth outside and inside man. He needs to know their service and to assist them. The desires and ideas come from the Heaven, and are realized on the Earth. She is the mother of the manifested man , while the Heaven – his father; the Earth is the soul, while the Heaven - the spirit of a man. They have worked in order to create him, they are still working in order to perfect him. Christ says: If I had not come and had not spoken to them, they wouldn’t have a sin." If there is no sin, there will be no death too. . If the acid and base did not interact, they would have manifested as destructive forces. Because they interact and form the salt - the bearer of life, the destructive forces do not manifest themselves. Life also exists in the acid and the base, but it differs radically from the life of the salt. Today's people understand the life of salt more than the life of the acid and the base. „If I had not come.“ Christ came to the Earth to deliver the people from sin, and thereby to free the human soul from the matter, with which it was entangled. "How will He release it?" - Through the acid He carries in the world. Only the acid is able to tear the bonds of matter. Only a man is able to release the closed bird from the cage. However, if it returns back to the cage, the bird dies. So, freedom is its life. Many of today's people are sentenced to live in a cage, that is, sentenced to premature death. When they do not realize this, they say: Here is the real life. As much as they are offered to leave the cage, they refuse under the premise that freedom is an empty work. When they come out of the cage, they already understand the meaning of life and freedom. A beautiful, black-haired, pink-faced and cheerful girl, marries a Don Juan who immediately closes her in a cage and deceives her with a little millet. She jumps in the cage up and down, rotates but stops singing. When he is satisfied, he throws her away and replaces her with another bird. Many women today are thrown out of the cages and are suffering. and mourning their days. "Why are they thrown out?" "For God has told them not to enter the cage, but they have not listened to Him. Today they bear the consequences of their disobedience. Whether you believe or not in my words is not important - you will try them. A day will come when your beloved will throw you out of the cage and you will believe my words. People divide themselves into men and women but are not true men and women. They play the role of such ones. The woman symbolizes love, while the man - Wisdom. Which of the modern women manifests love? Which of the modern men expresses the Wisdom? The woman will say that her heart has been burning from love. The burning of the heart is not love. The wood also burns but does not love. There is a huge difference between the burning of the heart and love. The love of modern people is transient, like that of the brood, who breeds songbirds in a cage. As the bird grows, he sells it and starts to breed another. One of David’s sons tried this love. He fell in love with his sister and pretended to be sick in order for his father to send her to look after him. When he experienced the human love, he despised his sister and drove her away. Today this love dominates the world. Today you love, the next day you hate. This is not love. A young man is burning from love towards a girl but when he cooks his meal on her fire, eats and then he says: I don’t need this pot. Sometimes, the girl cooks on her fire, sometimes the young man. This is how all people act. When they cook a meal on their fire, they throw the pot and say: Our life is nomadic.Why should we carry pots with us to weigh us. There are many pots in the world, both male and female. Where we stop, there we will look for a pot. However, this love leads to death. Knowing this, do not ask why people die. Quite simple. A man dies because his master has cooked a meal in his pot, has eaten well and has thrown the pot. When the pot is broken, his relatives gather around him, weep, read prayers for the comfort of his soul. Why are these memorial services? You say God so ordained. In response to their understanding, Christ says, "If I had not come and talked to them, they would not have had a sin; now, however, they have no excuse for their sins. " When the truth is being spoken, people say they are tempted. What temptation can a pot that is full of dirt talk about? It is another question, if it is righteous, i.e.pure. However, righteous people do not exist on the Earth. Every pot is covered with dirt either externally or internally, it carries dirt. One pot will say it is righteous and holly. I am not mistaken, I can smell the odor of dirt from a far. You cannot mislead neither Christ nor God in this way. In order to acquire purity and holiness, the pot has to be washed from outside and within. People wash the pot only from the outside and pass for devout. When the boy falls in love with a girl, he represents as gentle, kind, ready for all sacrifices. He says to the girl that he is ready to die for her. How would he die when he is not yet alive? Many of the nowadays people are more dead than alive. How is it then possible for the dead to die? It makes sense for the alive one to self-sacrifice for his beloved but in no way could the dead one self-sacrifice and die for other people. Therefore, do not trust a person who has long since died. It makes sense for a man to self-sacrifice, but not to die. Death is the work of sin. God says, "My soul is not delighted in the death of the sinner." Should someone say he dies of love, he does not speak the truth. He will not die, but he will eat his victim. He does not love the soul of man, but his wealth. You go to a beehive with bees, you burn incense on them in order to take their honey, and say you love the hive. You do not love the hive, but its honey. So does the devil do. When he comes to you he says, "How much do I love you! As you turn around, he cuts the fruit out of your tree and says, "Good bye! Next Year when you have fruit, I will visit you again. When someone dies, his relatives gather around him, weep and say, "He was a good man. - Why are they crying? - That the pot has left for somewhere. They say the pot broke, and we say it has got alive and has got free of the bonds of death. All people talk about love but no-one has seen it. If someone says they have seen love, this is the love of the ashes. Human love can only be seen in the fireplace, where it burns, incinerates and turns into ashes. Which woman and man are satisfied with their life as married? Everyone dreams of marrying but in the end they say it is not worth for a man to get married. Few people have married right and are happy with their life. Whoever is unhappy with love, he has come to the magnetic, unstable and transient love. It is the result of excitation of the small brain in man. Thanks to this, the young ones fall in love, attract each-other and when they separate one from another they fall out of love. Attraction, which is a result of the magnetism is not love. In order to magnetize, the young ones hold hands and kiss each-other. The true love does not manifest neither by holding hands nor through kissing. The magnetic love is the beginning of love, a condition for the manifestation of the acids and bases. That is the reason that the ones that have fallen in love become sour, nervous and unrestful. When she falls in love, the girl, gets annoyed, crossed, she cannot put up with anyone. Her mother thinks that she is ill and calls for a doctor to check on her. The girl is not ill but has a fire burning in her fireplace, the pot of food is cooking on the fire. As the girl is not accustomed to this fire, she is excruciated and suffering. When she cannot withstand the fire, she gets in despair and wants to commit a suicide. The same happens with the boy. They say that someone has committed a suicide from love. This is not true. Love resurrects, enlivens, rejuvenates man. What makes him commit a suicide is the result of unsustainable human feelings. In order not to fall under their influence, one has to listen to the voice of his Divine Soul, which protects him from the unclean pot. "I want to cook in it. "The pot is unclean, you do not need such a meal. Many modern people are nervous and ill and all is from love. You do not need love that shakes the basics of health, exhausts the nerves and leads to despair and suicide. And so, the first manifestation of love is this of the attraction, i.e. the magnetic love. The second manifestation of love is the friendship. It is a higher degree of love than the magnetic one. Every man wants to have a friend whom to share his thoughts and feelings with. However, the friendship is unsustainable too, it can easily be destroyed.- When does the friendship between two people not resist. – when it does not rest on a good foundation - in order to resist, it has to have three tangible points: to the physical, spiritual and Divine worlds. Two people become friends and start common work. Their relationship is mainly on the physical world. They become allies but it does not pass long, their friendship is spoiled, it cannot resist to only one connection. The third manifestation of love rests on the similarity between souls. When two people have similar thoughts, feelings and deeds they do not attract each-other, neither do they become friends but they connect in the name of the Divine in them. Their connection is inseparable. Nothing is capable of separating them. Only soulmates can connect in this way. „If i had not come and had not talked to them.“ – What has Christ talked to them about?– About the third manifestation of love. If people had accepted the Christ teaching, they wouldn’t have had a sin and would have become immortal. Now, because they live more in the magnetic love, they have sins and death watches them. People do not yet know the similarity as a manifestation of love, hence they are ill, suffer and die. Similarity between souls implies oneness in their manifestations, oneness in their views and understanding of the great virtues : love, wisdom, truth, righteousness and good. This does not mean that they are the same in the letter. They understand each-other in spirit, and not just in external manifestations. It is a great thing to be connected with a soul of inner kinship. What we mean by "truth" is fundamentally different from the common man's understanding. His truth means "cooling". Truth is the leaven of Divine life. This truth has been sought by the alchemists; this truth is looked for by the modern scientists too. Everybody is looking for the truth, but they do not find it, because they are looking for it in a wrong way, there where it is not. Instead of the truth, they come across a bird-man who puts them in his cage, with other birds. When he is satisfied with them, he throws them out. When people are talked about the magnetic love, they are scared not to loose the preciousness in themselves. What happens with the iron sawdust when it gets magnetized? It temporarily gets magnetized and soon it looses the quality of attracting light small bodies. However, the properties of the iron do not get lost. For the same reason, a man who lends himself to the magnetic love is temporarily attracted by it and changes only externally. However, he retains his inner qualities. As soon as he gets free from the influence of this love he remains externally and internally in the same way nature has created him. No force in the world is able to change the inner qualities of a man. In other words: no force in the world is able to change the Divine in man. What should your beloved ones be? – They have to be nude in spirit, to be able to melt; they have to be mournful in order to be comforted; they have to be meek in order to inherit the Earth; they have to be hungry and thirsty for righteousness in order to be satisfied. Hunger and thirst imply self-sacrifice.- Who does a man self-sacrifice for?– for his neighbour with an aim to elevate him. Christ says: „I came to the world to lay my soul down for my neighbour. I have a power to lay it down, I have a power to also take it away.“ You will say that everything you are talked about is good but you cannot agree with the thought that your love leads to death. It is not necessary to agree with my words. It is important to study your love and see what results it produces. We are not interested in the pots that are cooking in your fireplaces and God is not interested in them either. Look at how many of your pots have remained healthy, after they have cooked on your fire. Look at how many people have remained healthy after having eaten the food that has been cooked in your pots. Who from nowadays people have not died of love? Follow the love of your close ones and you will see that whoever has died, the reason for his death is either the magnetic love or the friendly love, which he has succumbed to. Modern people need cleaning but not in the way they clean themsleves in the bathroom. Someone goes in the bathroom and asks for a man to rub him until the dirt comes out of his body. This is not cleaning. In this way, you do not acquire purity and holiness, which you can enter God’s Kingdom with. Whoever seeks purity and holiness, has to alone get melted and enter the bathroom of the Divine life. In this way exactly will he become more white and cleaner than he has been earlier. „Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted’. The word ‚mournful’ implies growth in the virtues. You cannot grow in virtues if you do not mourn. If you are mournful for your mother, either you have to go to her or she needs to come to you. If you mourn for the light, you need to go to it. Only in this way, will you grow in the virtues. Therefore, if you want to grow and develop in virtues, first you need to go to God. This means, to give up all temporary connections on the Earth that impede your development. „Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the Earth’. The meek one is the salt on the Earth.- How does salt occur in nature? – In dissolved condition, in the sea water and as a mineral - rock salt. It needs to separate from the sea water and rock salt in order to get purified. If it is in a pure state, it represents the Divine life, which everyone aspires to. This life is a combination of the love and wisdom: love acts on the Earth while wisdom - in the Heaven. In order to understand what love and wisdom are, a man has to above all know whether he can get dissolved or not. – How would we guess? – Very simply, you will find a secret door to God’s Kingdom and there you will find out whether you can melt. In this way, you will understand the verse: „Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the Earth.“ Work and effort are needed for this, to sweat 99 times a day and everything in you to get dissolved for the Divine life. Only in this way will you understand the meaning of labour and work, of joys and sufferings. When you melt, you will rise up into the Divine world and everything earthy will remain on the Earth. When it is talked about the high world, some say they have seen it in their dream. The dream is not a real vision. To only see the outer form of things this is not yet knowing and understanding. This is like saying that a person is pure only because he is clean from the outside. Do you know what purity is? When a pure person enters your home, if you are ready for the Divine life, he will bring you the biggest blessing. If you are not ready, you will go through big suffering. He does not want you to suffer but your misunderstanding brings you darkness and obscurity. And Christ came among the Hebrews, he brought light to them through which he was showing the right path, but they did not accept Him and crucified Him. They gave up His light and accepted the darkness. While darkness and death are synonymous. This is what happens to everyone who gives up life. As soon as you give up life, death comes. Christ is the Path, Truth and Life. Therefore, whoever renounces Christ, enters hell, the place of darkness, the decomposition, the interruption of ties with all living beings. This means helping to destroy your own life as well as that of your neighbour. If you realise this, will you not suffer? Many are afraid of suffering. Fear is in place if it precedes sin. However, if you are afraid after sinning, your situation is bad. Therefore it is said: ‚The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’. If you mourn before you sin, it is good; if you mourn after sinning, it is bad. He who mourns before he has sinned can improve his life; he who grieves after the sin, comes across unbearable suffering. It is said that the anger of God is poured out on the children of disobedience. It is so for the present epoch but the future one brings a blessing to the righteous ones. It will be extremely demanding to the sinners.- Who am I from? – If you want to know who you are from, ask and answer yourself whether you melt, i.e.are you meek, do you starve and strive for the righteousness? – Do you get dissolved like the salt? I don’t dissolve.– You lose the first dice. Do you mourn? No. – You lose the second dice.– Do you have hunger and thirst for the righteousness?– No. – You lose the third dice. After that whatever the priests talk about, regardless of how the people calm you down. you will know that you are not saved. One of the qualities of Christ’s blood is the dissolution and melting. Therefore, he who drinks from Christ’s blood he will be saved. Therefore, Christ saves the man. Despite that the young girl thinks she is saving the young man, while the young man thinks that he is saving the girl. Both are on a wrong path. What salvation is this which makes them nervous, in despair and unsatisfied? The boy places his tentacles on the girl, like an octopus, and sucks her. And the girl does the same. This is the devil of the sea who manifests through them. In the new upbringing, the mother needs to tell the truth to her daughter, while the father - to his son. If the daughter has fallen in love and suffers, her mother needs to tell her: daughter, this is not love. Your pot and the pot of your beloved are not yet clean, you cannot cook in them. Assign your hope to God and He will show you, where your beloved is and how you will find him. I believe in only one God, Who has the power to teach us the great law of love. Everyone who has come with the thought of matchmaking, he necessarily hides a bad thought of some sort in himself The matchmakers want to gather two young people so that they can help each-other. In fact, it turns out differently. Instead of helping each-other, they start to fight who should take the first place. Here you are, the Bulgarians also fought for Bulgaria to become a great country. Did it become great? Not only that it didn’t but today they are also scared of the decision of the Alliance. What do the people from the Alliance think. What God thinks for Bulgaria. God has decided to take Bulgaria through fire in order to clean its pot. He says: I do not need Bulgarians who do not melt , who are not meek and mournful, who do not have hunger and thirst for the righteousness and truth. The same is valid for all peoples. „If I had not come and talked to them, they wouldn’t have a sin.’ Today, in all churches they pray for Bulgaria, let there be no sufferings on it, that is, its pot not to go through fire. The Bulgarians are afraid of the neighbouring countries taking more land and becoming more powerful. To take more land means to cook more bones in their pots. What would these bones bring to them? You will know: a man or nation that does not melt will be thrown out. This is valid for all people and nations without an exception. All people and nations can get melted but they don’t want because they are in the arms of their beloved who gives them different promises. He tells them that he will decorate them with diamonds, to shine from afar. Diamonds are not given for the octopuses. Everyone can work such diamonds out and carry them in himself. Only in this way can a man be brave, strong and ready for all sacrifices. If anyone asks what future they are expected to have, I will answer them: Your future is enviable if you melt, if you are meek and mournful, if you have hunger and thirst for the righteousness.– This is hardly achieved. Yet, it can be achieved. „If I had not come.“Because the truth has come, a man would either love or die - one or the other. When it dissolves, the salt does not disappear, but it becomes cleaner. Regardless of how many times you dissolve it in water, it does not get tired. However, if you put the tree only once in the fire, it disappears and turns into ash. If you resemble the salt, after your dissolution, you will crystalise again, i. e you will resurrect; if you resemble the tree, you will burn and will turn into an ash and will be thrown away on the heap. It is said in the Scripture that if the salt desalts it will be thrown out. And so, the blessings Christ talks about to his disciples are related to the salt. If a friend comes to you, ask him whether he wants to dissolve and melt like the salt: whether he wants to be meek and mournful, to have hunger and thirst for the righteousness. If he answers in the affirmative to all questions, he is a good man: if he answers in the affirmative to only one question without providing an answer to the other questions , keep away from him. This is what Christ has spoken to the people at that time. This is how it should be spoken to the current scholars, preachers, public figures and others. This is how the Christ teaching should be understood so that you don’t say one day: We splashed in water and were thirsty. It is a pleasant and easy job for a man to get melted. When bathing, he can check whether he dissolves or not. Children love bathing but so do the adults. Attention is required from them to test each-other whether they can dissolve and melt. This will lead them to self-knowledge. – How can I know whether I melt?– If someone steals a big sum from you and you do not get upset, you are able to melt. If you get upset, you cannot melt. If you go in the shoes of someone who suffers you are capable of melting. It is pleasant to meet such a person. He is good and has beneficial influence on the surrounding people. It is worth going down to the bottom of hell for one good person. The Heaven opens to him and your soul becomes joyful and light. It is pleasant to listen to musicians who do not only play but also feel and live in that which they perform. Many talk about love without feeling, penetrating and applying it. This means one thing is spoken while another is fulfilled. When you see a lambkin you say you love it. It responds bee-e. This means: isn’t there a person who actually loves me? You love the lambkin but think when it is killed you will have some meat from it. This is not love. Most people love each-other in this way: this is how many young men and women love each-other – In the end, one of them will always become a victim as the lambkin of his master’s butcher’s knife. The modern life is full of butchers. How many lambkins go as a sacrifice! I am astonished by the greatness of God, His mercy and love, His patience. He sees all people’s crimes and is patient. You feel doubt and suspicion everywhere. While someone is feeding you, you are with him. As soon as the abundance stops everyone leaves him. This is not Christianity, not a moral. I do not blame you but am pointing your weak sides, to look into yourselves and learn how to melt right. The world is overwhelmed by explanations in love. If you sacrifice, sacrifice for God, not for man. I do not want you to sacrifice or die for me. This is the greatest misfortune for a man. It is wanted from everyone to give up sin, transgression and disobedience. Get rid of the jealousy that ruins your souls. Clean your houses and then anticipate Christ to visit you. Put more love into your life. When making bread, when cooking, apply your love. And then whoever eats from your bread will be blessed. Bread, made without love, brings poison to man. Do not poison yourself, neither your relatives. No one has the right to cause the suffering and death of his neighbour. A pure and holy life is required of all. Everyone has to melt, become meek and mournful, to have hunger and thirst for righteousness. Christ says, "I am the light of the world." Therefore, whoever seeks this light will enlighten; whoever does not seek it, will walk in gloominess and darkness. You will say that the light is manifested through each lamp. Every light, whatever it may be, reflects the Divine Light, but the reflection disappears if it is not connected with the main source. The true light is in the human brain, not out of it. The light comes only from above. Whoever perceives the Divine life within himself, he begins to shine like the sun. And then the verse "You are the light of the world" is meaningful. So, while you are in the world, among people, work consciously, do not go into despair in order not to obstruct each-other. As you pass for cultural people, show your culture. Do not cause a reason for expelling the good people among you. They have come to help you. If you do not open your hearts for them, they will leave you. If they are to try the sting of a man, they can go among the beetles and bugs. They will be stung there too but at least they will protect themselves. The bug carries its sting in front, on its proboscis so that it can be seen. While the man carries his sting at the back. The human tongue is a sting hat breaks bones too. Whoever can take the poison out of his tongue he passes for a scientific and great person. „If I had not come and had not spoken to them “. Christ came among the people in order to show them how to live, how to fulfill the Divine Will, to work for the arrival of the Divine Kingdom on the Earth and for installing God’s glory. This is the positive side of the verse: If I had not come and had not spoken to them, they would not have a sin’. Sunday Lectures 02.03.1919 10:00 Sunday, Sofia Translated by Proletina Dragoeva-Jones
  6. Biographical Information about Petar Danov— the Master Beinsa Duno Dates and Events: 1864: Petar Konstantinov Danov* was born on the 11th of July (29th of June by the Julian calendar) in the village of Nikolaevka (the former Hadurcha), near the Black Sea in the district of Varna. He was the third child in the family of the Orthodox priest and educator Konstantin Danovski and Dobra Georgieva. 1872: Petar Danov entered the Elementary school in Nikolaevka. 1879–1884: He attended the all-male school in Varna, but did not graduate because of a prolonged illness. 1887: Petar Danov graduated from the American Theological School in Svishtov. 1887–1888: He was a teacher in the village of Hotantsa, Ruse district. 1888: In August, Petar Danov left for the United States and enrolled at the Drew Theological Methodist Seminary in Madison, New Jersey. 1892: On the 19th of May, he completed a preparatory course in Theology (except Greek) at the Drew Theological Methodist Seminary, Madison, New Jersey. 1892–1893: Petar Danov enrolled in the School of Theology at Boston University as a special full-time student. He graduated on June 7, 1893 with the graduation thesis “The Migration of the Teutonic Tribes and their Conversion to Christianity.” 1893–1894: He attended courses in Medicine at Boston University only for one year. 1895: Petar Danov returned to Bulgaria, but refused the offers to become a Methodist preacher. 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: On the 7th of March, in Varna, Petar Danov had a mystical experience that divulged his spiritual mission. The same year he founded a Society for Spiritual Upliftment of the Bulgarian nation and wrote a mystic booklet “Hio-Eli-Meli-Mesail,” which was published later. This year was a turning point in his life—the beginning of his work as a spiritual Teacher. 1898: The Master gave the talk “An Appeal to My People—the Bulgarian Sons of the Slavonic Family” before the members of the Charitable Society Mayka (“Mother”) in Varna as a message for social and spiritual self-determination. 1899: Petar Danov wrote “The Ten Testimonials of the Lord” and “God’s Promise.” 1900: The Master summoned his first three disciples: Penyo Kirov, Todor Stoimenov, and Georgi Mirkovich, M.D., to a meeting in Varna in July. This was the beginning of regular annual meetings with an increasing number of attendants. 1900-1942: Annual gatherings were held, usually in August, at different places: Varna and Burgas (1900–1908), Veliko Tarnovo (1909–1925), Sofia (1926–1941), the Rila Mountains, and the Mount Vitosha. 1901-1912: The Master traveled across Bulgaria to hold lectures and perform phrenological research studies of the Bulgarian character. 1906: He settled in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, at 66 Opalchenska Street, where he began to deliver his Word in the form of talks. 1912: Beinsa Duno worked on the Bible in the village of Arbanasi, near Veliko Tarnovo, and he completed “The Testament of the Color Rays of Light,” which was published in September, the same year. 1914: He began to give regular Sunday lectures to the general public in Sofia. These lectures were recorded in short-hand by the stenographer Todor Galabov**. 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 Duno held a Special spiritual class for married women in Sofia. 1917–1918: During the World War I he was interned in Varna under the pretext that his Teaching was weakening the spirit of the soldiers at the front. After the war, his followers increased considerably and approached forty thousand in the late 1930s. 1922: On the 24th of February, a School of the Universal Brotherhood of Light was opened in Sofia with two classes for spiritual students: the General Esoteric Class and the Special (Youth) Esoteric Class. The Master delivered his lectures twice a week until December, 1944, for nearly 23 years without interruption. 1927: A settlement called Izgrev (“Sunrise”) was established near Sofia (today it is a residential area of the city) as an intentional spiritual center for Beinsa Duno’s followers. The Master settled permanently there, where he lectured on various subjects in a hall specially built for this purpose. 1929: The first summer tent camp was carried out at the Seven Lakes in the Rila Mountains. The gatherings at the Rila Mountains and the Summer Spiritual School there became a tradition for the followers from Bulgaria and abroad. Nowadays they take place every year in August with thousands of participants. 1930: On the 21st of September the Master began a new series of the Teaching: The Morning Word (Sunday lectures at 5 a.m.), which continued until April, 1944. 1934: The Master presented Paneurhythmy (The Cosmic Rhythm of Life)—a series of 28 exercises containing music, lyrics, and movements. Later, he added two more parts: “The Sun Rays” and “The Pentagram.” The Paneurhythmy was finally completed in 1942. 1944: Beinsa Duno with a group of followers spent the hardest months of the World War II (January 14, 1944***–October 19, 1944) in the village of Marchaevo, at the foot of the Mount Vitosha near Sofia, in the house of Temelko Gyorev. This house is preserved and is functioning now as a museum, dedicated to the Master. ____________________ * The names of the Master are given according to the currently used European ISO 9 system for transliteration of the Cyrillic characters into Latin ones. You can see the same names given differently in other publications and references: Beinsa Douno—Peter Deunov/Dunow/Dunoff. ____________________ ** The Sunday lectures were hold until 1944. For the period 1914–1917, Todor Galabov (1870-1935), professional stenographer working in the National Assembly of Bulgaria, was short-handing and decoding the lectures of Beinsa Duno. After his leaving the country, Pasha Todorova (1888-1972), school teacher in chemistry, took over the work followed by Elena Andreeva (1899-1990), and later Savka Keremidchieva (1901-1945) joins them, thus forming a trio of dedicated stenographers. ____________________ *** In some other sources January 11, 1944 was mentioned as the date, when the Master departed for Marchaevo. On December 20, 1944 the Master delivered his lecture “The Last Word” to the General Esoteric Class. On December 27, 1944 Beinsa Duno ended his earthly path in Sofia. By the ordinance of a special permission he was laid to rest in the Izgrev quarter. This sacred place is now turned into a beautiful public garden, which is open daily to the public. The Master Beinsa Duno left an invaluable spiritual legacy consisting of numerous talks and lectures, correspondence, prayers, formulas, melodies and songs; callisthenic and breathing exercises; spiritual methods and practices for personal and group work, for self-improvement and conscious living.
  7. BIBLIOGRAPHY The works quoted below are based on numerous lectures and talks of the Master Beinsa Duno. 1. Boyan Boev, Acordirane na choveshkata dusha [Harmonizing the Human Soul], v. 2, Byalo Bratsvo Publishers, Sofia, 2000. 2. Razgovorite pri Sedemte Rilski ezera [Talks with the Master at the Seven Lakes of the Rila Mountains, 1929-1942], presented by Metodi Konstantinov, Boyan Boev, Maria Todorova, and Boris Nikolov, Byalo Bratsvo Publishers, Sofia, 2011. 3. Taini i otkroveniya [Mysteries and revelations], lecture held May 6, 1936, published in Pette vrati [in Bulgarian], collection of lecture of the General Esoteric Class, 15th year, Zhanua 98, Sofia, 2002. 4. Ozlobyavane, taga, skrab [Anger, sorrow, and grief], lecture held February 9, 1928, published in Malki i golemipridobivki [in Bulgarian], collection of lectures of the General Esoteric Class, v. 2, Sofia, 1936. 5. Panevrtimiya ot Beinsa Duno [in Bulgarian], presented by Svetozar Nyagolov, Videlina Publishers, Sofia, 1999. 6. Petar Danov, Panevritmiya [in Bulgarian], presented by Iliya Uzunov, unpublished. 7. Rakovodstvo za izuchavane na Panevritmiya [Instructions for learning Paneurhyhtmy], Byalo Bratstvo Publishers, Sofia, 1999. 8. Beinsa Duno, Panevritmiya [in Bulgarian], Byalo Bratstvo Publishers, Sofia, 2004 and 2013. 9. Paneurhythmy of the sisters [in Bulgarian], presented by Elena Andreeva, Maria Todorova, and Yarmila Mentzlova, with Katya Griva as consultant, Sofia, unpublished, 1946-1947; 1954-1955. 10. Beinsa Duno, Panevritmiya [Paneurhythmy], Heliopol, Sofia, 1996. 11. Slanchevi lachi—muzika, dvizheniya i govor ot Uchitelya [The Sun Rays. Music, movements, and words by the Master], Sofia, 1942. 12. Beinsa Duno, Panevritmiya—razumna obmyana sas silite na zhivatapriroda [Paneurhythmy—conscious exchange with the forces of Living Nature], Sofia, 1938. 13. Peter Dounov, Paneurhythmy—The Rays of the Sun and the Pentagram, presented by Viola Bowman, vol. 2, Connecticut, 1996. 14. The Circle of Sacred Dance. Peter Deunov’s Paneurhythmy, edited by David Lorimer, Element, Rockport, Massachusetts, 1991. 15. Beinsa Duno, The Pentagram, Byalo Bratstvo Publishers, Sofia, 2013. 16. Vsemiroviyat Uchitel Beinsa Duno i Veliko Tarnovo [The Universal Teacher Beinsa Duno and Veliko Tarnovo], v. 2, Alfiola, Varna, 1996. 17. Boyan Boev, Acordirane na choveshkata dusha [Harmonizing the Human Soul], v. 3, Byalo Bratstvo, Sofia, 2001. 18. Pentagramat i razvitieto na petata choveshka rasa [The Pentagram and the development of the modern humankind], presented by Svetozar Nyagolov, Videlina Publishers, Sofia, 1998. 19. Pentogramatpo Uchitellya [in Bulgarian] compiled by Boyan Boev and published in Izgrevat na Byaloto Bratstvo pee i sviri, uchi i zhivee [The Sunrise” of the Brotherhood of Light sings and plays, studies and lives], v. 12, Zhiten Klas, Sofia, 1999, 762-785. 20. The Testament of the Color Rays of Light, Byalo Bratstvo Publishers, Sofia, 2013. 21. Paneurhythmy—The First 28 Exercises Performed by Yarmila Mentzlova and Maria Todorova, Byalo Bratstvo Publisher, Sofia, 2004. 22. Panevritmiya—pesni na harmonichnite dvizheniya [Paneurhythmy—songs of the harmonious movements], Sofia, 1941. 23. Naj-novite gimnasticheski musikalni uprajnenija [The new callisthenic musical exercises], Izgrev-Sofia, 1933. 24. Izgrevat na Byaloto Bratstvopee i sviri, uchi i zhivee [The Sunrise of the Brotherhood of Light sings and plays, studies and lives], v. 1, Zhiten Klas, Sofia, 1993 and 2011. 25. Asineta, Panevritmiya [Paneurhythmy], Sofia, 1935. 26. Paneurhythmy—Supreme Cosmic Rhythm. Music, Ideas, Movements, presented by Ernestina Staleva and Antoaneta Krushevska, registered at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C, 1996. 27. Peter Dounov, Paneurhythmy, presented by Viola Bowman, v. 1, Connecticut, 1979. 28. Izgrevat na Byaloto Bratstvo pee i sviri, uchi i zhivee [The Sunrise of the Brotherhood of Light sings and plays, studies and lives], v. 8, Zhiten Klas, Sofia, 1998. 29. Iarmila Mentzlova, La Paneurythmie. Lepsychisme humain en Union avec I’Har-monie Universelle. Exercices d’initiation de Peter Deunov [in French], by Association “Les Amis de la Paneurythmie in France, 1984. 30. Beinsa Douno, Paneurhythmy—Supreme Cosmic Rhythm. Music, Ideas, Movements, presented by Ernestina Staleva and Antoaneta Krushevska, Byalo Bratstvo Publishers, Sofia, 1999 and 2004. 31. Beinsa Douno, The Wellspring of Good—the Last Words of the Master, Byalo Bratstvo Publishers, Sofia, 2013. 32. Vliyanieto na slanchevata energiya [The influence of the solar energy], published in Vtsarstvoto na zhivatapriroda [in Bulgarian], Sonita, Sofia, 1995. 33. Beinsa Douno, The Master Speaks, Sunrise Press & Books, Los Angeles, CA, 1970. 34. Boyan Boev, Harmonizing of the Human Soul, Byalo Bratsvo Publishers, Sofia, 2013. 35. Beinsa Douno, The Blossoming of the Human Soul, Byalo Bratsvo Publishers, Sofia, 2012. 36. Pesni ot Uchitelya [Songs of the Master], Sofia, 1938. 37. Panevritmiyata—madrost, filosofiya, otkrovenie [Paneurhythmy— wisdom, philosophy, and revelation], presented by Georgi Stoichev, Byalo Bratstvo, Sofia, 2007. 38. Razgovor sas sestra Vesela Nestorova, 7Mart, 2001, Sofia [Conversation with Vessela Nestorova on March 7, 2001, Sofia]. 39. Harmonizirane na energiite [Harmonizing the energies], lecture held November 8, 1922, published in Dopirnite tochki vprirodata [in Bulgarian], collection of lectures of the Youth Esoteric Class, Byalo Bratsvo Publishers, Sofia, 1994. 40. Dvepravila [Two rules], lecture held on January 11, 1933, collection of lectures, published in Rabota na prirodata [in Bulgarian], Heliopol, Sofia, 1995. 41. Woman—the Source of Love and Light, Byalo Bratsvo Publishers, Sofia, 2010. 42. Life after the Death of the Physical Body, Byalo Bratsvo Publishers, Sofia, 2009. 43. Prayers, Formulas, Devotional Songs, Byalo Bratsvo Publishers, Sofia, 2006. 44. Dance of the Soul, Peter Deunov’s Pan-Eu-Rhythmy, Sunbeams and Pentagram, by Ardella Nathanael, (revised and expanded edition with CD), Infinity Publishing, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, 2012. 1. Archive film with demonstration of Paneurhythmy at Igrev, Sofia, 1939. 2. Archive film with Beinsa Duno at Izgrev, Sofia, 1944. 3. Paneurythmie. Music et movements du Maitre Peter Deunov [in French], presented by Michael Ivanoff, privately published, 1945. 4. Peter Deunov, Paneurythmie [in French], Les Editions Amour et vie, Paris, 1954. 5. Dessins de la Paneurythmie Beinsa Douno [Drawings for the Paneurhythmy], Supplement au “Grain de Ble,” Paris, 1968. 6. Paneurythmie [in French], Peter Deunov, Editions Prosveta, Frejus, 1977. 7. Documentary film of Ernestina Staleva and Viola Bowman (disciples of Beinsa Duno) demonstrating the 28 exercises of Paneurhyhtmy, Leverett, MA, 1983. 8. Paneurhythmy, presented by Philip Carr-Gomm, Sunrise Books, Richmond, Surrey, 1986. 9. Paneuritmia—manifestacion ritmica del divino principio cosmico de creacion [in Spanish], presented by Aida Kurteff, KIER, S.A., Buenos Aires, 1988. 10. Le Mistere du Pentagramme, Peter Deunov [The Mystery of the Pentagram], De Zonneschool in Belgium, 1990. 11. The Sunbeams and the Pentagram, presented by Barnaby Brown, Scottisch School of Paneurhythmy, Glasgow, 1991. 12. La Paneurythmie de Peter Deunov - Mouvements et partition musicale [in French], presented by Muriel Urech, Editions Prosveta, Frejus, 1993, 2009, and 2010. 13. Panevritmia [in Bulgarian], presented by Krum Vazharov and Maria Mitovska, Vsemir, Sofia, 1993. 14. Paneurhyhtmy, presented by Krum Vazharov and Maria Mitovska, Vsemir, Sofia, 1997. 15. Igraem li pravilno Panevritmiyata, dadena ot Uchitelya? [Do we perform correctly the Paneurhyhtmy introduced by the Master?], presented by Antoaneta Yankova, Videlina, Sofia, 1998. 16. Dance of the Soul, Peter Deunov’s Pan-Eu-Rhythmy, by Ardella Nathanael, Esoteric Publishing, Carlsbad, California, 1998 17. Panevritmiya i lekuvane—shestte gimnasticheski uprazhneniya [Paneurhyhtmy and healing—the six gymnastic exercises], presented by Georgi Stoychev, Byalo Bratstvo, Sofia, 1999. 18. Beinsa Duno, Pesnite na Panevritmiyata [Songs of the Paneurhyhtmy], Sdru-zhenie Panevritmia, Sofia, 2001. 19. Paneuritmia. La Danza del Supremo Ritmo Cosmico [in Italian], Jupiter, Milano, 2002. 20. Panevritmiyata kato sistema za harmonichno razvitie na choveka i obshtest-voto [Paneurhythmy: a system for the harmonious development of people and society], presentations at the II Scientific Conference on Paneurhythmy, Sofia, 2003. 21. Seminar of the Committee for Paneurhythmy (Svetla Baltova, Yasen Daskalov, Atanas Atanasov, Ludmila Chervencova, Nikolay Konakchiev with consultants Georgi Stoychev and Ina Doynova), [in Bulgarian], at the Seven Lakes of the Rila Mountains, August 5-14, 2003, Bulgaria. 22. The Butterfly Dance, Peter Deunov’s PanEuRhythmy (in color and with coloring book), by Ardella Nathanael, Esoteric Publishing, Escondido, California, 2003. 23. Documentary film of Arlette and Jean-Luis Gobeau demonstrating the 28 exercises of Paneurhythmy as taught by Yarmila Mentzlova, Sofia, 2004. 24. Paneuritmia [in Portuguese], presented by Mariana Paunova, Editora Anhembi Morumbi Ltda, Sao Paulo, 2006. 25. Paneurhythmie [in German], Byalo Bratstvo Publishers, Sofia, 2007. 26. Taniec Motyla, PanEuRytmia: Peter Deunov [in Polish], (in color and with coloring book) by Ardella Nathaneal, WENA Publishing, Poznan, 2006. 27. Taniec Duszy, PanEuRytmia Beinsy Duno [in Polish], by Ardella Nathaneal, WENA Publishing, Poznan, 2007. 28. La Danza del Alma, la PanEuRitmia de Beinsa Duno [in Spanish], by Ardella Nathanael, Evera-Hijos de la Luz, San Jose, 2000; and Llumina Press, Tamarac, Florida, 2011 (revised and expanded edition). 29. La Danza de la Mariposa, la PanEuRitmia de Peter Deunov [in Spanish], by Ardella Nathanael, Panamericana, Bogota, 2011. 30. Ludmila Chervencova, Izsledvane na psihofizicheskoto vazdeystvie na Pan-evrtimiyata [Investigation of physical and mental influence of Paneurhythmy], Ph.D. dissertation 2012, State Arhives, Sofia, 2012. 31. Ludmila Chervenova, Panevritimiya, zdrave i blagopoluchie. Edin balgarski model za dvigatelna aktivnost [Paneurhythmy, health and wellness: a Bulgarian model of physical activity], Kliment Ohridski University Publishers, Sofia, 2013. 32. Patevoditel za izuchavane Panevritmiyata na Petar Danov [in Bulgarian], Sofia, 2013. * * * Beinsa Duno Paneurhythmy Third edition Compilation, translation, and presentation by Ernestina Staleva and Antoaneta Krushevska Cover design: Zhivko Stoilov Photography of the paneurhythmy movements: Zhivko Stoilov Diagrams: Vsevolod Yatsevich Compilation of songs: Ivan Dzhedzhev and Ivo Bonev Instrumental arrangements: Todor Pappazov Interior book design: Zhivko Stoilov Consultants: Svetla Baltova, Lyudmila Chervenkova, Georgi Petkov, Alexandar Stoychev, and Todor Papazov Editor: Sananjaleen June Hughes Byalo Bratstvo Publishers 1113 Sofia, Izgrev Gen. Shteryu Atanasov str., No 2 Tel. (+359) 24180110, 897847647 http://www.beinsadouno.org http://www.everabooks.com
  8. Paneurhythmy Music Supplement Instrumental Arrangements Compilation, notation, and arrangements by Todor Papazov www.paneurhythmy.us FOREWORD This supplement offers instrumental arrangements of paneurhythmy music. The leading melody is the music as given by Beinsa Duno, while the second melody and harmonization are composed and arranged by Filip Stoitsev (1907-1992), a disciple of the Master. The paneurhythmy movements in Bulgaria are often played by two violins with other accompanying instruments. There are different arrangements, but the goal here is to offer the instrumental music and harmony as they are most often played. The music notations for the second violin were acquired in the 1980’s from musicians who performed the paneurhythmy music during the time of the Master. As a harmony referral for the instrumental arrangements, the recording of Filip Stoitsev from 1971, with string orchestra, piano, and flute was used. It is because the second violin is composed by him, these arrangements stay very close to the orchestral harmonization. As on the original music notation for two violins there were no chords, in order to include them on the scores, that particular audio recording was used. The musical tempos and their values are taken from an audio recording of the Paneurhythmy in the Rila Mountains, 2011. Since there are some differences in metronome markings in publications and during performances of live paneurhythmy music, I recorded the rates in which they are actually played during the biggest celebration of Paneurhythmy—the gathering in the Rila Mountains in August. Thus, each musician is able to get an idea of how the Paneurhythmy is performed in Bulgaria. Some bow indications for two violins are included as an aid only, but they are not required. Each artist can change them, based on his or her own understanding. Todor Papazov
  9. PART I. THE 28 EXERCISES
  10. MUSIC AND LYRICS OF THE PANEURHYTHMY The music of the Paneurhythmy and the text of the songs Think, Aum, and The Sun Is Rising in Part I, and the Idyll in Part II are given by the Master. Some of the words in them are in Bulgarian, and others are in an ancient sacred language. The rest of the lyrics in Bulgarian are written by Olga Slavcheva and Vessela Nestorova, as requested by the Master. The lyrics in English are provided by Vessela Nestorova, and later refined by Barnaby Brown30. The English version of Think and The Rising Sun is included as well, but it is preferable that they be sung in the original form. Any part of the melody may be sang an octave higher or lower in order to be comfortable for the individual voice. Instrumental arrangements are included as well. Some melodies when played on a violin are one octave higher. Phonetic keys are provided below to help proper pronunciation of the text given in Bulgarian. _________________________ 30. The lyrics in English are not an exact translation of those in Bulgarian, but carry the spirit in meaning 31. The lyrics use the Latin transliteration of the Bulgarian letter “ъ” with the letter “â” instead of “a.”This is a modification of the official Streamlined System, and it is recommended by the Institute for Bulgarian Language to avoid confusion between the sounds of the vowels “a” and “ъ.”
  11. The Pentagram in the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria Paneurhythmy at Bonfen, France Paneurhythmy in Mexico Paneurhythmy in the United Kingdom Paneurhythmy in Costa Rica Paneurhythmy in Iceland Paneurhythmy in Kongo Paneurhythmy in Viena, Austria Paneurhythmy in Belarus Paneurhythmy at the Contra Costa Labyrinth in Walnut Creek, USA Paneurhythmy in Amherst, Massachusets, USA Paneurhythmy at the National Gathering in St. Louis, Missouri, USA Paneurhythmy in New York, USA Paneurhythmy at Sophia’s Garden, Sebastopol, USA Paneurhythmy at the Black Sea, Bulgaria Paneurhythmy in Plovdiv, Bulgaria Paneurhythmy in Plovdiv, Bulgaria Paneurhythmy in the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria
  12. Instructions for the Performance of the Pentagram General directions: The Pentagram is a symbol of the Cosmic Man. It is performed in a circle. As the circle represents infinity, when we perform The Pentagram, we express the development of the Cosmic Man. Each individual pentagram consists of 10 people arranged in two parallel rows with five participants in a line. Each group of 10 performs independently. Both rows of each group are turned to face the same direction and move counterclockwise along concentric circles (diagram 1). The distance between the front and back participants is approximately two steps (an arm length), and between the participants in each row is approximately four steps (two extended arms length), thus allowing free and unobstructed movements. The movement always begins with the right foot. One makes 2 steps in a measure. Arms move without interruption. The middle couple symbolizes the “Head” of the Cosmic Man. On each side of the “Head” are the “Legs” of the Cosmic Man, and the two pairs at the ends are the “Arms.” Music: The Pentagram (Barhan Berou)—56 measures, repeated five times, a total of 280 measures. Starting position Body straight, feet together, arms in front of the chest with palms down, middle fingers touching, and elbows horizontally to the sides (figure 1). The middle pair (numbers 3 and 8) is the “Head;” numbers 2 and 7, 4 and 9 are the “Legs,” and the end numbers 1 and 6, 5 and 10 are the “Arms” (diagram 2). Together the “Head” (3 and 8), and the “Arms” (1 and 6, 5 and 10) are called “Triad.” Sequence I. Forming the Pentagram Music: Musical theme 1 is played—16 measures. Movement sequence 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th measures: at the first beat of the music starting with the right foot, all participants take 8 steps forward following the arcs of the individual circles. At each step of the right foot the hands open horizontally to the sides forming a straight line (figure 2). At each following step with the left foot, the arms bend at the elbows horizontally returning back in front of the chest, palms down. Fig. 2 On the 4th measure, 2nd beat: the “Legs” make the 8th step in place by bringing the left foot to a halt beside the right foot while the “Triad” makes the 8th step forward. During these 4 measures, the “Legs” move 7 steps forward plus 1 step in place, and the “Triad” moves 8 steps forward (diagram 3). Note: The empty circles denote the previous position of the participants marked by . The arrows point the direction of the movement and the position of the center. 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th measures: the “Triad” (3 and 8, 1 and 6, 5 and 10) takes 8 more steps with the same movements of the arms as described above. The “Legs” (2 and 7, 4 and 9) stay in place, but continue moving their arms simultaneously with the “Triad.” On the 8th measure, 2nd beat: the “Arms” make the 8th step in place by bringing the left foot to a halt beside the right foot while the “Head” makes the 8th step forward. During these 4 measures, the “Legs” stay in place, the “Arms” move 7 steps forward plus 1 step in place, and the “Head” moves 8 steps forward (diagram 4). 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th measures: the “Head” (3 and 8) takes 8 more steps with the same movements of the arms as described so far. The “Legs” and the “Arms” stay in place, but continue moving their arms simultaneously with the “Head.” On the 12th measure, 2nd beat: the “Head” makes the 8th step in place by bringing the left foot to a halt beside the right foot. During these 4 measures, the “Legs” and the “Arms” stay in place, and the “Head” moves 7 steps forward plus 1 step in place (diagram 5). 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th measure: the next 8 steps are used to make adjustments and form the Pentagram. From the previous final position, shown in diagram 5, each one moves as indicated by the arrows to the new position corresponding to the end of each ray of the Pentagram (diagram 6). During this leveling the participants in each couple turn to face the center of the Pentagram and position one behind the other. The arms continue the same movements to the sides and returning to the chest as before. The participants in the “Head” position (3 and 8) keep their place, but turn to face the center of the formed Pentagram always moving to the right. The participant in the front row (3) remains in place, turning only to face the center of the formed Pentagram, while the partner in the back row (8) follows. The remaining pairs (“Arms” and “Legs”) move correspondingly so that each pair is now on an equal distance from the neighboring participants. The final positioning is shown in diagram 7. Sequence II. Exchange of Places Music: Musical theme 2 and 3—16 measures. Movement sequence: With the Pentagram already formed, an exchange of places follows which happens in two stages as illustrated in diagrams 8 and 9. First stage: The inside performer from each pair moves forward in an arc-like movement and takes the place of the outside member of the second couple to the left skipping the first one. At the same time the outside participants move forward two steps, thus taking the emptied space by the inside partner (who has already moved) so that the inside participants from another pair can come into place behind them (diagram 8). This is illustrated by the arrows in diagram 8. The movements of the inside partners are: 1 takes the place of 10 2 takes the place of 8 3 takes the place of 9 4 takes the place of 6 5 takes the place of 7 At the same time the movements of the outside partners are: 6 takes the place of 1 7 takes the place of 2 8 takes the place of 3 9 takes the place of 4 10 takes the place of 5 All this takes 16 steps while the arms of all participants continue to move to the sides and back to the chest. The final position after the movements described above is presented in diagram 9. Second stage: This exchange is repeated with the new inside and outside participants (diagram 9). This takes another 16 steps. In this way the members of the original couples are together again. At the end of these movements the participants are arranged as shown in diagram 10. With the exchange of the couples, now the Pentagram has for the “Head” 2 and 7; for “Arms” 4 and 9, 1 and 6; and for “Legs” 5 and 10, 3 and 8. In other words: the “Head” from the starting position has become the “Right Leg”; the “Right Leg”—the “Left Arm”; the “Left Arm”—the “Right Arm”; the “Right Arm”—the “Left Leg”; and the “Left Leg” has become the “Head.” Sequence III. Folding the Pentagram Music: Musical theme 3—8 measures (16 steps). Movement sequence: 33rd, 34th, 35th, and 36th measures: in 8 steps the participants prepare to resume the parallel line formation. In this part all turn to face the general direction of movement by revolving around each other as illustrated in diagram 11 so that the leading members of each group are again in the front position. The pair in the new “Head” turns to the right and remains in place. The “Arms” (4 and 9, 1 and 6) turn as follow: the “Left Arm” to the left, the “Right Arm” to the right. During this turning the inside participants (4 and 1) turn to the forward direction in place while their partners (9 and 6) move taking position behind them. At the beginning of the 33rd measure the “Legs” (5 and 10, 3 and 8) now facing the general direction start moving forward. In 8 steps (4 measures) they reach and come in line with the two “Arms” (4 and 9, 1 and 6), thus placing themselves between them. At the end of the 36th measure the four couples form two parallel lines. The arms of all participants move continuously to the sides and back to the chest. 37th, 38th, 39th, and 40th measure (8 steps): the “Arms” join the “Legs” and now all four couples move forward and in 8 steps align with the “Head” which waits for them by staying in place. If necessary, the “Left Arm” and “Left Leg” (4 and 9, 5 and The arms of all participants make the same movements. The five couples line up, side by side, in two rows (diagram 12). 10) make smaller steps than the “Right Arm” and “Right Leg” (1 and 6, 3 and 8) in order to be on one line with the “Head.” Sequence IV. March Forward Music: Musical theme 1 is played until Fine—16 measures (32 steps). Movement sequence As in the starting position the body is straight, feet together, arms in front of the chest with palms down, middle fingers touching, and elbows horizontally to the sides. After Sequence III, all participants start marching forward. 41th through 56th measures: at the first beat of the 41th measure, starting with the right foot, all participants march forward following the arcs of the individual circles while making circular movements of the arms as described below. On the 56th measure, 2nd beat: all participants make the last step in place by bringing the left foot to a halt beside the right foot. During these 16 measures, all participants move 31 steps forward, and bring the feet together on the 32nd step: a total of 32 steps (diagram 13). The arms make full circles in front of the face and the body, palms outward. With the first step, the arms make energetic wide circular movements, starting from below, then pass in front of the body, rise up above the head with fingers touching and palms outward. Then arms separate and descend completely to the sides of the body without touching it and resume the circle upward—fluently and without interruption (figure 3). When hands are in a raised position, the right foot steps forward and when hands are down—the left foot steps forward. Fig. 3 The ending position of the pairs after the march forward is the starting position for the next cycle. The final position after the first repletion of the whole cycle is presented in diagram 14. The radial position of each row toward the center should stay constant. The partners on the left, or inner circles, need to make smaller steps so as not to force those on the right, or outside positions, to almost run. The movement of the entire row is determined by the “Head” which is responsible for the correct alignment of the participants. From Sequence I until Sequence III the arms move continuously as described (figures 1 and 2). In Sequence IV they describe circular movements (figure 3). The whole cycle (Sequences I to IV) is repeated five times, during which each pair in turn becomes a “Head,” “Left and Right Leg,” “Left and Right Arm.” This signifies that every human soul passes through the basic experiences related to the Cosmic Man: Love, Wisdom, Truth, Justice, and Virtue. When one moves from the position of the Left Leg toward the position of the “Head,” one is following the Blue Ray of Truth. From the “Head” toward the “Right Leg” one is following the Green Ray of Justice. From the “Right Leg” toward the “Left Arm” one is following the Pink Ray of Love. From the “Left Arm” toward the “Right Arm” one is following the Yellow Ray of Wisdom. From the “Right Arm” to the “Left Leg” one is following the Orange Ray of Virtue. In this way, one receives the corresponding experiences needed to become a whole and complete human being. _________________________ 28 Veliko Tarnovo: the former capital of Bulgaria where the Master held spiritual gatherings during the period of 1909-1925. 29 The lyrics in English are not an exact translation of those in Bulgarian, but carry the spirit in meaning
  13. PART III. THE PENTAGRAM THE PENTAGRAM—SYMBOLS AND MEANING The Pentagram as a figure of sacred geometry, a five-pointed star, dates back to antiquity.The spiritual Teacher Beinsa Duno—Petar Danov gave it in its higher form at the beginning of the 19th century, at the threshold of the approaching New Age of Aquarius, the New Era of Light. At the spiritual gatherings (1910-1922), in the town of Veliko Tarnovo28 Beinsa Duno gradually presented the new image of the Pentagram and explained some of its component symbols. At the gathering in 1911, next to the portrait of Christ, a new drawing was hung—the graphic black and white representation of the Pentagram in its new form.The Master clarified some of the symbols shown on it for the first time. At the spiritual gathering in 1914 Beinsa Duno gave some more detailed explanations about the hidden meaning of the Pentagram and its correct use. In 1922 a new, bigger (180x140 cm) color Pentagram was placed in the prayer room of the building, where the spiritual gatherings in Veliko Tarnovo were taking place. It was an inspired work of art created by the Czech artist Franz Schlambora at the Master’s special request and directions. What is the Pentagram in its spiritual interpretation? It is a symbolic presentation of the Way to living a meaningful life—the Path of the spiritual student. It gives the five Great Principles inscribed inside the five rays of the Pentagram: Love, Wisdom, Truth, Justice, and Virtue. Each Principle has a corresponding color: pink for Love, yellow for Wisdom, blue for Truth, green for Justice, and orange for Virtue. These are expressed in human evolution as the five qualities of perfection which one needs to develop in order to become complete. When we take a close look at the Pentagram we can see that it corresponds to the human body. In fact, the Pentagram resembles a human figure with open arms and legs. Thus positioned—with the central ray pointing upward, the spread arms indicate that the person is moving, in other words, the Pentagram is a symbol of the human being in motion, in evolution. It also indicates the harmonious distribution of all intelligent forces acting in the awakened human being—this is someone who works for the Whole and serves God. The affirmation: In the fulfillment of the Will of God lies the power of the human soul, is inscribed in the circle surrounding the five-pointed star. As a form of sacred geometry, the circle symbolizes favorable Divine conditions for manifestation. Therefore, it is a symbolic presentation of the Divine in which we live; thanks to the Divine we all have life and favorable conditions to develop and achieve perfection. “Immersed in God”—that is the sacred meaning of the circle. If we look closer at the words inscribed inside the Rays of the Pentagram: Love, Wisdom, Truth, Justice, and Virtue, the meaning of Love, Wisdom, and Truth is clear, but what can we say about Justice and Virtue? Justice or Equality has a deeper meaning than its present interpretation in the modern science of law. Justice is manifested by the respect and honor we should have for all that is living in the world: the ox, sheep, spider; the small flies, and the blades of grass—as God lives in all of them, there is a Divine Plan for their future. So, by insulting animals we are violating the Law of Justice. The bounties which God provides are given to all, so they need to be rightly distributed among all living beings and everyone should benefit from them. The third meaning implied in the notion of Justice is that everyone is given a certain budget or a certain credit at one’s birth. As everyone is credited by the Invisible World, society should also provide all necessary conditions for one’s personal development and growth. When this is applied in practice, the Law of Justice is observed. What is the true meaning of Virtue? Love, Wisdom, Truth, Justice, and Virtue, these are all virtues. The word “virtue” is used in both: a broad and narrow sense. In its broad meaning it includes all virtues, moral qualities, and perfections. In the narrow sense virtue means good actions or doing good, and in an even more specific sense it implies a service to God. The numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, which are also inscribed inside the Pentagram, are numbers of the virtues. Then, there are three Cyrillic letters: В, У, Ж inscribed inside the circle around the Pentagram. They stay for: Великото Училище на Живота (Velikoto Uchilishte na Zhivota) meaning “The Great School of Life.” The Pentagram in fact depicts the Great School of Life in which we are enrolled to study. In the School of Life, we learn from our experiences. Everything that we encounter serves for our learning, advancement, and the development of our qualities, gifts, and virtues. Through this experience, we develop our mind, heart, and will. We learn and receive something from every person we meet because we are all interconnected in Oneness, though every human being is a specific and unique manifestation of God. By communicating with others, we come into contact with the Divine that is at work within each person.We learn not only from our contact with people, but also from our contact with all that exists: flowers, trees, stars, and mountains. Everything that surrounds us has a specific influence and teaches us, developing new aspects of our being. The obstacles and difficulties we encounter in life strengthen our will, make us think rationally and ingeniously in order to find out a way to remove them and go ahead. This is the meaning of the words Velikoto Uchilishte na Zhivota [The Great School of Life]. The Cyrillic letter “В” in the Pentagram can also stand for a Spiritual Leader, “У” for a Teacher and Savior, in other words: the spiritual Leader, Savior, and Teacher of Life. This is Christ who is the Leader of the Universal Brotherhood of Light. For all those who are willing to serve God, the first guideline and rule is written in the surrounding circle of the Pentagram: V izpalnenieto Volyata na Boga e silata na choveshkata dusha [In the fulfillment of the Will of God lies the power of the human soul]. These are extremely powerful words, and if we pronounce them with great concentration and faith, we can experience their extremely uplifting influence. As mentioned before, the circle as a form of sacred geometry presents the favorable conditions in which one is placed when advancing on the Way to Perfection. Human life, as it is described in the Pentagram, is surrounded by this circle. This indicates that with spiritual progress one will have favorable conditions and Providence, the Advanced Beings, and God Himself are going to protect and support that person. Throughout life such a person will always feel the guidance and support of the Invisible World. The Pentagram, as it is given by the Master Beinsa Duno, consists of three parts: the outer circle, the inner part, and the center which, taken together, represent the path of the human soul to perfection. These parts and the meaning of their components will be explained in detail below. THE OUTER CIRCLE OF THE PENTAGRAM The outer circle, in which the Pentagram is placed, represents the world or the School of Life on Earth. When one is still a young soul incarnating to gain some experience in life from now on, this one walks the outer path of the Pentagram. The symbols of the outer circle of initiation—a sword., cup, book, candle, and scepter—are outside the five pointed star. It means that one walks this path before becoming a spiritual student, while still living “in the world.” First Picture—The Sword At the beginning of one’s development one starts with exercising the primitive and egotistic force, making use of it, either rightly or wrongly, and this is symbolized by the sword.The sword presents the path of violence and aggression, the primitive and egotistic force, which serves only the individual or a small group of people, but not all people.A young and inexperienced soul uses this force without thinking about the consequences. The individual has not yet learned the Law of Karma—the Law of Cause and Effect. Second Picture—The Cup However, those who use violence in the world will learn their lesson, sooner or later. It is a Law: Violence begets violence. The so called “bitter cup” symbolizes the suffering that results from causing sufferings to others. The suffering is a method through which the human soul is awakened. Through suffering, one begins to understand that oppression and injustice are better not to be used. It is through suffering that one learns. Perhaps one does not always see the connection between the caused violence and the suffering which follows as a consequence. After passing away, one will clearly see this connection and will probably make a decision to come again to Earth and lead a better, more meaningful life. In this way, one can avoid suffering. Suffering also has another meaning. There is an esoteric Law, according to which suffering can be transformed into Love. All suffering endured by humankind is a preparation for the new human beings to come—the bearers of Love. The Master Beinsa Duno gave the following comparison: when milk is churned, the result is butter. In this case, the butter symbolizes Love. Suffering is a temporary phenomenon in life. The time will come when suffering will disappear because that which is causing it will also disappear one day. Suffering has yet a third meaning: the New Ideas will come from the Sun. Human beings cannot perceive them if their bodies are not refined and prepared for the higher vibrations. This refinement and attunement comes by passing through suffering. There is another Law which states: Suffering always precedes the birth of a New Idea in this stage of the human development. It signifies that the third meaning of suffering represents the labor pains of bringing the new human ideas to life. In the future, when human beings become more refined, suffering will not be necessary any more. That is why Beinsa Duno calls suffering a “Whip in the raised Hand of God.” Third Picture—The Book Through suffering we begin to study the Book of Life so that we can learn the Laws of Life and observe them. However, at this stage of development, we are still at the beginning of our awakening and have only read the first lessons from the Book of Life. Probably one will sometimes feel the connection between the violence employed, and the suffering that comes afterward. And so, by learning in this manner, the person in the third stage of development acquires practical knowledge and becomes wiser. However, this is still the beginning of one’s spiritual awakening, by learning the first lessons given in the Book of Life. Forth Picture—The Candle By reading the Book of Life and studying the language of Nature, one is coming to enlightenment. The light source represents the human mind; this is someone who reasons, who thinks because to think right implies to emanate light. This person is already aware of where to go and what to do. In the Pentagram, this phase of one’s spiritual development is symbolized by the lit candle. It means that a new light has illuminated the human consciousness so that the person may become a lit candle or a light-bearer. Through this light, one begins to see the greatness and beauty of the Divine Plan which leads from darkness to Light, from slavery to Freedom, from imperfection to Perfection, from sinfulness to Purity, and from ignorance to Knowledge. Fifth Picture—The Scepter When one is enlightened from within, this one comes to a scepter symbolizing power. Two is the symbol of power: sword and scepter; but these are two different types of power—the mundane power that kills and takes away; and the spiritual power that gives and resurrects. These two types of power are mutually exclusive. The scepter also indicates attaining a certain level of self-control and mastery over some of the forces and Laws in Nature. While the sword should stay in a horizontal position, the scepter is kept in a vertical position, which symbolizes the striving of the human being toward God. In the Master’s words: “You need to become a king of yourself—a self-master.” The scepter indicates the attainment of a certain degree of self-control. The selfmasters can restrain and transform the manifestations of their lower nature: the self-masters have learned how to control it and rule it. The scepter also has another meaning. In this stage of development, one is learning how to interact with certain powers and forces in Nature and how to make use of them. After passing these five phases of development depicted on the first circle of the Pentagram, the individual completes the external studies in life, most often without a conscious recognition of this. After that, one undergoes, in one or another way, an inner crisis of discontentment and dissatisfaction with oneself. Through this discontent the individual begins to search for the deeper meaning of life. Whoever has gone through the sword, the cup, the Book, the candle, and the scepter has already stepped on the Path of the spiritual student. THE INNER PART OF THE PENTAGRAM After completing the outer circle of Life studies, one can enter the inner part of the Pentagram. So far, the external life has influenced the human being without the active involvement of the human consciousness, but from now on one becomes responsible for one’s evolution. It already means an enrolment in the Divine School. This person will become a spiritual student, in other words, he or she will begin to consciously work on attaining the Divine virtues characterizing perfection. An English writer said the following, “When I see that someone works upon oneself toward perfection, I am filled with reverence. I feel that I am beholding something great. All ephemeral works fade before it.” In the inner circle of the Pentagram, there are again five steps in the development of one’s inner life. Each step is illustrated by a symbol. In the graphic black and white Pentagram, the symbols of the second circle are inscribed in the pentacle itself, whereas in the color Pentagram, which was given later, they are next to the tips of the Rays. The names of the five Divine Principles and virtues are inscribed into each Ray of the Pentagram. First Picture—A Staircase with Broad Steps Leading to a Door When the individual has succeeded to kindle the light of mind and to attain the scepter of wisdom, the first cycle of develop-ment—the worldly one—comes to an end and the second cycle of development—the spiritual one—the Path of the Disciple starts. This marks the beginning of the spiritual trials and exams. At first, the trials are easier so that the student can pass the exams; this is symbolized by a staircase with comfortable steps. The process is illustrated by the tip of Virtue, at the beginning of the Blue Ray of Truth, which leads upward to attaining freedom. The spiritual exams are of various types, similar to those encountered in daily life. Three examples are given below to illustrate this. When you have any kind of problem—big or small ones, or when you encounter obstacles and adversities on your life path and you do not take up to face them, but lose your courage, inner peace, composure, contentment, and joy of life becoming depressed and negative, you have failed your test. Another example for a test is your attitude when you lose something valuable. For example, you have performed scientific investigations for 20 years and have assembled them in a scientific work which is then lost. Without batting an eye, you should continue your daily routine as if nothing has happened. To retain your presence of mind and composure signifies that you have passed this exam. A third example for being tested is when you pass by a person in need, and you feel an impulse to give support, but you disregard it and continue on your way—then, you have failed the exam. During this stage of development, Truth begins to dawn in the human being. What is the significance of this? God is Truth; therefore, the dawning of Truth indicates the awakening of one’s Divine awareness. The spiritual student receives an impulse to follow God’s Path, to observe God’s Laws and to do God’s Will. This is only a glimpse of the dawning of Truth—the disciple will come to know Truth in its fullness only after embracing the ways of Love and Wisdom. Second Picture—The Teacher The second image in the middle circle of the Pentagram is that of a Teacher, whom the student meets. It is depicted at the beginning of the Green Ray of Justice. The Spirit of Christ begins to guide the disciple from within toward gradual inner changes. But this is just the beginning of the manifestation of the Christ Consciousness within the human being. In this phase of development, the spiritual student gradually enters the Path of Justice As mentioned before, Justice is respect and honor for everything that is alive in the world. On the other hand, Justice is the right distribution of the bounties provided by God among all living beings in the world. The third meaning of Justice is that every individual is given a certain credit at birth by the Invisible World. So, society needs to give to all its members according to their needs: each should be given the necessary conditions and rights for their proper development and well being. If this is followed, then the Law of Justice is observed in this society or nation. At this stage of development, the disciple is learning to live according to the Law of Justice. In the near future, one will make the first steps in this direction, and will gradually come to know the depth and the true meaning of Justice as a part of the one’s progress. Third Picture—The Steep, Stony Path Leading to a Narrow Door In this phase of development, the spiritual student begins to encounter more difficult and serious trials. This is indicated in the Pentagram by the steep and stony pathway, and the narrow door at the end. The steep path to the narrow door means renunciation or rejection of those worldly things which presented temptations for the disciple before that stage. After passing the path of renunciation, the student takes the Path of Love. Here the words of Christ are valid: “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”29 Here are a few examples of those more difficult tests to be taken: One important task for the disciple is to have Love for one’s adversary. When someone has caused you harm intentionally, you should not become embittered and offended, but you should forgive that person and begin to love and bless him or her. The Master said that Love for your enemy is one of the most difficult tasks to be solved in life. There is a Law which states: True forgiveness exists when you apply Love toward the person you forgive. As the Master put it: Who is great? Those who have Love for God. Another example for a difficult test is the thirst for power, fame, and wealth. If someone, in striving to acquire them, becomes unfaithful to one’s belief system and relationship with God, this one has failed the spiritual test at that level. A third example is when a great misfortune befalls you such as a serious illness or another hardship. In such case, do not lose faith and become discouraged, but rather preserve your peace and joy, strengthening your faith and prayers and believing that everything is for good and will be transformed into good. This is the trial of Job. Every spiritual student will inevitably face the trial of Job on the path of ascension. This is a required test for someone to receive initiation. The trial of Job is the greatest one in this phase of spiritual development. One of the Master’s followers asked him, “Is not our suffering similar to the trial of Job?” The Master replied, “No, your suffering is only that of an actor who is playing a role on the stage.” In the ancient esoteric schools, the disciples were required to pass through various trials purposely created by their Teachers. Today, when life is so complicated and many-faceted, there is not really a need of artificially created trials—life itself presents them to all. After passing through the trials, the disciple has been purified and prepared to embrace Love. Immersed in Love, the spiritual student comprehends that all past life was a preparation for entering the True Life of Love. Forth Picture—The Eye When Divine Love has been developed to a certain extent in the spiritual student, it brings Wisdom. The Eye symbolizes Wisdom. It is the Divine Eye, the place of the Divine Spirit, “...that will teach you how to understand the Divine Truths.” This is the symbol of the inner knowledge given only to the people of Love because they will not abuse it or misuse it. The disciple now has a deeper understanding of things—a more profound outlook on life, and has received Divine Wisdom within. In the outer circle, one receives only superficial knowledge, but in the inner circle one enters the Realm of Divine Wisdom, depicted by the Yellow Ray. The portals to the Temple of Wisdom are open to the people of Love. These gates open only to those whom the keys of Higher Knowledge—the Knowledge of the Great Divine Science can be entrusted. Why? It is because they will not misuse this Knowledge for personal purposes, but will use it to serve God and others. If this Knowledge is entrusted to someone who has not passed through Love, that person could misuse this sacred knowledge and bring great misfortune not only upon oneself, but upon all others. Fifth Picture—The Tree of Life When Love and Wisdom are attained, the Tree of Life begins to blossom. The life of the spiritual student is bearing fruit—virtue is manifested in the mystical sense of the word. In other words, the individual comes to the realization of the purpose of life—to the understanding that the meaning of life is in service to God and others, by accomplishing good deeds. Virtue is inscribed in the Orange Ray of the Pentagram as the fifth quality which the disciple develops after Love, Justice, Truth, and Wisdom. The greatest good that one can achieve is to serve God. Therefore, at this stage of life, the disciple is already enlightened and comes to know that the only thing which can give meaning to life is the fulfillment of God’s Will in service to the Lord. The Master says, “To act according to Love is already serving God. When you manifest Love, you serve God.” The highest form of such service is to show others the way to God, to assist in the awakening of their consciousness so that they may come to know God and begin to do the inner work by themselves. After passing through the five Rays of the Pentagram and deeply instilling those virtues in their hearts, the spiritual students perceive the words of the Master given at the end of The Testament of the Color Rays of Light: “Love the perfect way of Truth and Life. “Make Good the foundation of your home, Justice your measure, Love an adornment, Wisdom your shield, and Truth your light. “Only then will you come to know Me, and I shall reveal Myself to you.” The second circle of development—the Path of Dawn, ends with this. THE CENTER OF THE PENTAGRAM After passing through both the outer and inner circle of the Pentagram, the disciple enters the center, called also Sanctuary of the Pentagram. This is the starting point of the Path toward Perfection, Eternal Life, and Immortality. This is the starting point of the Path passing through total surrender and resulting in complete devotion to God’s Work and service to humankind. In this phase of development, the disciple takes the most difficult and extreme tests. Here is the Divine Center where one merges with God, yet that one still maintains one’s identity and uniqueness in the process of integration in which the human soul becomes one with God. In the center of the Pentagram we see two snakes as well as a straight line, a circle, a cross, and a half-circle. The two snakes show that human beings are struggling with their lower nature, which needs to be transformed, and the ego-based life should be replaced by Love and sacrifice. Here the spiritual student undergoes the greatest sufferings and goes through the most difficult test—the trial of Golgotha. When the higher nature is victorious in the human being, such person defeats the dark side within oneself and passes through the cross. The cross implies full self-renunciation. As a result, the human being becomes one with the Divine and completes one’s development. On this path to Perfection and Divinity, the disciples, as mentioned before, pass through the greatest suffering. They are left all alone; as if nobody takes care of them and they feel totally abandoned. It feels like everything has gone wrong and their aspirations and intents have vanished: all their hopes now seem to be in vain as if everything was lost. Great is the darkness around them; they pass through a dark tunnel. At this moment, they might feel very lonely, but in fact, many Light Beings are watching over them. They are anxious for them not to fail the most arduous of all tests. If, at that moment, they become discouraged and desperate, they have failed the test. But if, at this crowning moment, they realize that, in spite of the separation they are experiencing now, there is One Who has always loved them and Who is always with them, even now, and that is God—then they have passed the trial. At this moment they realize that one’s only support is God. If they achieve this revelation, they enter into the New Life of bliss, joy, light, and freedom. They become Immortal and finish the human phase of their evolution. This is the trial that leads to Ascension. All these trials, through which the disciples pass, enhance their progress, that is why they are needed. Through them they develop and improve their mind and heart, and strengthen their will power. On the other hand, these trials, which are accomplished through suffering, purify and transform the human lower nature and dark side. All worldly thoughts, feelings, and impulses burn in the fire of suffering through which they pass. These lower ego-based manifestations were obstacles to the fulfillment of the Divine. Now the Divine, the Higher Nature of the human being can be revealed and when the human soul becomes one with the Divine, it fully completes its development. The Eternal Day has come at the end. That is why we say that the Pentagram shows the Path of evolution of the human soul or the Great School of Life through which one needs to pass in order to become perfect. When the awakened souls have progressed in the Great School of Life and have passed through all trials, which are presented in the Pentagram, the affirmation: “In the fulfillment of the Will of God lies the power of the human soul,” becomes their guiding star. This is the final goal, the end result of the entire path of spiritual development, which has been traveled. This is the wisdom that was attained from the entire life journey. This is in fact, the final result, and the crowning achievement of the human evolution. Note: This chapter is a compilation of excerpts from references (15-20).
  14. DESCRIPTION OF THE MOVEMENTS OF THE SUN RAYS The participants are arranged in couples, which form ideally 12 rays, facing a common center. There are six pairs in each radius of the rays. The distance in a couple is approximately two steps (an arm length), and between couples, it is approximately four steps (two extended arms length). A circle of couples is formed around the perimeter of the rays. The distance between the rays and the outer circle is about four extended arms (approximately a few meters) in order to allow free and unobstructed movements of the couples in the rays and in the outside circle (diagram 1). “The participants in the rays are turned to face the center, while those of the outer circle—with their left shoulder toward the center. While advancing, the rays move toward the center; while returning—in the opposite direction. The movements, forward and back again, of the couples in the outer circle follow the circumference. “The movement always begins on the right foot. “The participants in the rays are arranged according to their height, with the shorter in the first front rows and the taller at the back. When the couple is a man and a woman, the woman takes the left position similar to the one at the beginning of the Paneurhythmy. If the participants are limited in number (not enough for the six couples for 12 rays), then there can be fewer couples, even just one, in the rays. In such a case, the outer circle also can have at least one pair corresponding to each ray. When the exercises are performed with live music, the singing begins from the musical piece 7—the meditation; whereas without instruments, the singing begins from the very beginning.” (5, 7, 11, 13) “The text of the song is: Zora se e chudna zazorjava [A wondrous dawn is coming]. Dawn is always svetla (bright), but seldom wondrous. The Master gave the first words of the ‘Sun Rays’ after a lecture and afterward I received inspiration for the rest of the lyrics... “For movement IV, Figure 1, Vessela Nestorova explains that the right foot returns to its original place during the circling. There is no forward movement with the right foot: ‘There is no forward movement of the couples in the rays before the meditation and the song Ti si me mamo. There is no moving forward to the center— everyone remains in their place.’ “During the meditation, the hands are as follows: the outside hands are extended high above the head to form a natural arc, while the inside hands form an undercurve. “During the singing of the words Kazhi mi sladki dumi dve, the arms are forming a cupola: the hands up to the wrists are higher and the elbows stay close to the body. “With Tuy e ray, there are no sharp movements. One makes five wave-like movements. There is no fluttering of the hands at the end of the movements.” (38) MOVEMENT I Starting position Body straight, right foot back, arms parallel with fingers straight are placed by the right side slightly downward (figure 1). Sequence I. Advancing Music: Musical section 1 is played once. Movement sequence 1st and 2nd measures: step forward with the right foot. Parallel arms and hands swing up graciously at an angle of 45o to the left finishing with a light clap. At the moment of clapping (on the 2nd measure, 1st beat) the right foot steps forward and the left foot is lifted in place (figure 2). 3rd measure: arms and hands, still parallel, move down in an arc to the left side at an angle of 45o. At the moment of their lowest position, the left foot steps back on its place (figure 3). The whole body swings gently backward. The right foot lifts and bends at the knee, toes pointing toward the ground. 4th and 5th measures: step with the right foot. Arms and hands are thrown forward. In their movement forward, at the moment when the hands pass in front of the chest, the left foot moves and steps forward; the right foot is raised in place. Simultaneously the parallel hands move forward and up, slightly to the right, to an angle of 45o, palms down and forward, no clapping (figure 4). 6 th measure: in an arc-like movement the parallel arms swing down to the right side of the body as in the starting position. These movements are repeated until the end of the musical section 1, which includes three times to the left with a clap and two times to the right without clapping. At the last beat, the right foot remains forward, the hands are placed on the hips and the weight of the body is shifted backward onto the left foot. Sequence II. Returning Music: Musical section 1 is played once. Movement sequence 1st measure: hands are gently placed on the hips and remain there until the end of the musical section. The right foot traces out a semi-circle and is positioned on the 3rd beat behind the left (figure 5). 2nd measure: the left foot makes semicircle and is positioned on the 3rd beat behind the right foot. These movements continue until the end of the music. At each step the body makes a slight bouncing like springing. Each semi-circle is performed in one measure, altogether 15 arc-like steps backward. MOVEMENT II Starting position Hands continue to be placed on the hips. The weight of the body is on the left foot. Sequence I. Advancing Music: Musical section 2-33 measures (16 measures played twice and 1 measure musical pause at the end). Movement sequence 1st measures: the right foot, which was left behind in the last sequence, moves in a semi-circle in front of the left foot, slightly to its left side and touches the ground with the toes (figure 6) 2nd measure: again in a semi-circular movement the right foot returns behind the left foot. The weight of the body remains on the left foot throughout the movements. 3rd and 4th measures: the movements of the right foot are repeated. 5 th measure: the right foot steps forward while the left foot is lifted from the ground. The weight of the body is now on the right foot. 6th to 10th measures: repeat the movements of the 1st to 5th, but with the left foot. Sequence I is repeated until the end of the musical section 2: four times with the right foot and three times with the left. The last, the fourth movement of the right foot is incomplete: it makes one semi-circle forward (31st measure), one backward (32nd measure), one forward (33rd measure) and then immediately starts Sequence II—Returning. Sequence II. Returning Music: Musical section 3 is played once (20 measures). Movement sequence The returning is as described in Sequence II of Movement I. One makes 20 steps altogether backward. At the last measure the left foot remains behind. MOVEMENT III Starting position Hands continue to be placed on the hips. Sequence I. Advancing Music: Musical section 4 is played twice with all the repetitions, total of 18 measures. Movement sequence 1st, 2nd, and 3rd measures: the weight of the body is on the left foot. The right foot is brought forward: slightly bent at the knee, with toes pointing downward, while the left springs lightly and rhythmically (figure 7). During this springing motion the right foot touches the ground with its toes twice and the third time steps a little forward and receives the weight of the body. 4th, 5th, and 6th measures: repeat the same movements of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd measures, but with reversed feet. This is repeated 6 times with the right foot and 6 times with the left foot. At the last measure the right foot remains behind, but quickly makes a semi-circle forward, ready to assume the returning. Sequence II. Returning Music: Musical section 5 is played once (13 measures). Movement sequence Returning is performed as described in Sequence II of Movement I. Thirteen steps backward are taken. Then the right foot is placed by the left: participants are ready to start the next movement. MOVEMENT IV Starting position Hands continue to be placed on the hips, feet together. Sequence I. Single Circling Music: The first part of the musical section 6 is played (10 measures). Movement sequence 1. With the first measure until the end of the music, the left partner from each couple makes a clockwise circle around the right partner in 10 rhythmic springing movements, starting with the right foot. The steps are graceful, with a slightly bent knee. One steps gently on the toes with a slight springing of the body. The circle is traced out in such a way that the left partner turns to the right, passing in front (figure 8), then turns behind the other, and after that returns to his or her starting position as presented for two couples in diagram 2. 2. Meanwhile the right partner remains in place. On the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4 th, and 5th measures: the weight of the body is on the left foot. The right foot is extended forward with a knee slightly bent, while the left one springs lightly and rhythmically. During this springing motion the right foot touches the ground lightly in front and taps four times with the toes, and on the fifth one it steps back27 on the ground instead, returning to the starting position. On the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th measures: the weight of the body shifts onto the right foot. The left foot is extended forward with a knee slightly bent, while the right one springs lightly and rhythmically. During this springing motion the left foot touches the ground lightly in front and taps four times with the toes, and on the fifth one returns to the starting position. Sequence II. Performance in Place Music: The second part of musical section 6 is played (8 measures). Movement sequence 11th to 14th measure: both partners extend the right leg forward, slightly bent at the knee, while the left one springs lightly and rhythmically. As a result of this springing motion the right foot touches the ground and taps three times with the toes, and on the fourth one it steps back on the ground, returning to the left. 15th to 18th measure: the left leg is lifted, slightly bent at the knee, (but not extended forward), while the right one springs lightly and rhythmically. As a result of this springing motion the left foot taps three times the ground close to the right. On the fourth measure the left foot steps on the ground to resume its starting position. MOVEMENT V Starting position Hands on the hips, feet together. Sequence I. Single Circling Music: The first part of the musical section 6 is played (10 measures). Movement sequence The right partner from each couple makes similar movements around the left as described in Sequence I of the previous movement (Movement IV). That partner starts tracing out a counterclockwise circle around the left one moving first in front, then behind the other partner, and afterward returns back to his or hers starting position—in 10 well-measured steps (diagram 3 for two couples). While circling, one steps lightly on toes and the body springs slightly (figure 9). Meanwhile the left partner remains in place and makes the same movements as described for the right partner in Sequence I of Movement IV. Sequence II. Performance in Place Music: The second part of musical section 6 is played (8 measures). Movement sequence Both partners make the same rhythmic tapping as described in Sequence II of Movement IV. MOVEMENT VI Starting position Hands on the hips, feet together. Sequence I. Double Circling Music: The first part of musical section 6 is played (10 measures). Movement sequence In ten measures with ten steps, both the right and the left partners of each couple circle simultaneously in opposite directions (figure 10). Each one of them moves in the same way as in their single circling, but with the following rule: when both partners are moving in the front part of the circle, the right one traces out the external semi-circle and, while at the back— the left one traces out the external semi-circle (diagram 4 for two couples). In other words, the centers of the circles they describe individually are now shifted lengthwise. The center of the right partner is shifted to the front, and the left partner’s center is shifted to the back, thus allowing space for the partners to pass each other when they meet in front and on the back before returning to their original places. Fig. 10 MOVEMENT VII Sequence II. Performance in Place Music: The second part of musical section 6 is played (8 measures). Movement sequence All make the same rhythmical tapping as in Sequence II of Movement IV. Note: Movements IV, V, and VI are repeated once more. Music: Musical section 7. Movement sequence The participants come close to each other and take hands, slightly turned toward the center. The inner hands (the left hand of the right partner and the right hand of the left one) are raised high above the heads and the outside hands are held low down so that they form a lovely wreath with the right palms on top (figures 11 and 12). In this position all sing the lyrics of musical section 7. Fig. 12 MOVEMENT VIII Music: Musical section 8 is played—13 measures repeated twice. Movement sequence The partners release their hands. The couples in the 12 radial rays turn with the whole body toward the center and those in the outside circle are with the left shoulder toward the center. The hands with elbows bent are placed just above and in front of the chest. At the beginning of each of the 26 measures, the hands lightly clap with the right hand more active than the left. After each clap the hands open slightly and are raised a little higher. In this movement the principle of liberation is expressed. At the same time everyone sings musical section 8: Ray, ray, ray [Paradise, paradise, paradise] and so on (figures 13 and 14). Fig. 14 MOVEMENT IX Sequence I Music: The first part of musical section 9 is played twice—total of 10 measures. Movement sequence The words: Kazhi mi, kazhi mi, kazhi mi sladki dumi dve [Tell me, tell me two sweet words] are sung twice. 1. Both hands are placed in front of the chest, one over the other, palms turned downward and with the right palm on top. At the same time one sings the word: Kazhi (figures 15 and 16). 2. When singing the word mi the hands open from the elbows in an arc-like movement as the opening of a flower, each one tracing an arc slightly more than 90o. This movement expresses blossoming (figure 17 and 18). The same movements are repeated to the end of the musical section, but the hands alternate positions: first the right hand is on the top, then the left, again the right, and so on. The hands are one over the other with every odd number word and are open at the even number word of the lyrics. Only at the last word dve-e one does both movements: placing the right hand over the left followed by opening of both hands. Sequence II Music: The second part of musical section 9 is played—8 measures. Movement sequence All sing the words: Tvoyte dumi dve, sladki dumi dve [Your two words, sweet two words] twice. Both hands are placed one over the other with palms turned down with the right palm on top. In this position one sings: Tvoyte dumi dve. Then the hands open and the words sladki dumi dve are sung. All this is repeated twice. At the repetition (from the 5 th measure) the left hand is over the right one. MOVEMENT X Music: Musical section 10 (5 measures) is played twice. Movement sequence All sing the words: Tuy e ray [This is paradise] three times and once the words Tuy e ray, ray. On the 1st measure, to assure enough distance for the movements, the partners take a step to the sides and open their arms horizontally outward at shoulder height, palms down. The arms make 5 wave-like movements imitating flying (figures 19 and 20). When one sings tuy, the hands move slightly downward and with ray the hands move upward except for the fifth time when they move down and up. The song and the five wave-like movements are repeated once more. Fig. 20 Note: The description of the exercises is not enough to give a complete and detailed idea of the movements involved as they are by nature uninterrupted and flowing from one to another. Therefore, it is advisable for those who want to learn the exercises to first observe and practice, and then this description will be truly helpful. _____________________ 27 The description underlies that there is no moving forward at the end when the foot comes down to the ground. The “Sun Rays” in the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria
  15. PART II. THE SUN RAYS PRINCIPLES OF THE SUN RAYS When the first spring flowers open their buds and the songs of the first migratory birds bring us a greeting from the warm places in the south, our hearts begin to fill with joy. These early signs herald the coming of the wondrous spring. This is a great celebration of life! Then all life shows its splendor and magnificence and generously offers its hidden treasures to all. But is not humankind going through a similar process? There is a similar correspondence in other areas of life as well. Many signs confirm that a Cosmic Spring is coming. Today a new Wave is entering the world. Regardless of the thunder of current events (World War II), awakened souls sense with joy the first rays of a new coming. The exercises described below are aptly named the “Sun Rays.” They herald the new day that is coming with gentle steps; they talk to us in their own language about its beauty. Is it possible to express in one word the Greatness which is now being born within our souls? Love is the new which is now coming into the world! Centuries before the coming of Christ, Love’s gentle Light began to illuminate human souls. First as a small spark, it gradually ignites within the human soul becoming the bright flame that will illuminate the world. The Wave of Love is already working on Earth and it is unconquerable! It is the only force in the world that melts all things, overcomes all obstacles, and conquers all difficulties. It is the only power that is ever-victorious. Now that phase in human history has come, in which according to the Laws of development, Love blossoms within the human soul. Human consciousness is awakening to a new revelation, a new insight into the depths of Creation that it may perceive the Core of Life: the Revelation that all is Love! Love has created all things in life; we are immersed in it. It comes from the stars, from every ray of the Sun, and from every fruit. We, too, should embrace Love voluntarily, outwardly as well as inwardly. It is the only key, the only solution to all problems: personal, familial, social, national, and universal. The new understanding which is now being born within souls is: all that is done without Love is not real—it bears no fruit. Love is like a precious stone which has been buried deep within the Earth’s womb for many years under great pressure and tension. In the same way that Love has withstood them, it now emerges to lead us toward freedom and expansiveness. It is the new that will save the world from all contradictions, suffering, and disappointments. Love will teach humans something new. For thousands of years, everyone has served only themselves; but from now on, humankind will learn how to serve the One Great Intelligence in the world. It is this great idea about the emergence of a wonderful new world on Earth which forms the foundation of these exercises and with which the music, movements, and lyrics are imbued. In other words, the beautiful process, which is happening now in the collective soul of humankind—a process of awakening, enlightenment, and liberation finds its external expression and manifestation in these exercises. This idea is like a unifying thread running through them from beginning to end. *** Movement is an expression of life. Water preserves its freshness only while in motion. Only then is it useful. If it stays in one place, it cannot do any useful work. Everything in Nature moves: the movement of the celestial bodies, the clouds, the lightning, the blowing of the wind, and the flow of the rivers. The only valuable movements are those taken from Nature. Movements that do not come from Nature are not harmonious. They are the opposite: they are harmful. Sometimes one makes unnatural movements or takes unnatural postures bringing one into contact with inferior currents. People are suffering because of unnatural movements. Beautiful, natural movements give meaning to life, infusing energy, and liberating us from limitations. Each type of movement is connected with certain forces in Nature and awakens a person to action and creativity. All movements are a specific language and communication. There are movements for each virtue, for each psychological state. For example, when someone reaches out to another person with good will, how can that be expressed in a movement? Specific forms of expression exist for compassion and so on. Every idea, every suffering or joy has a specific form of movement. The movements in the exercise the “Sun Rays” are taken from Nature. They contain within them the Rhythm of the Sun in a pure original form. This Rhythm is embedded within the music and the movements. These exercises have been taken from the temple of the initiates; they have been brought down to us from the higher realms of Nature. *** The movements in these exercises should not be sharp or jerky; they should be gentle and graceful, with beautiful lines. One should step first on the toes, and then on the heels. If one steps first on the heels, a compression of the spine occurs; and as a result, the steps are rougher, mechanical, and agitated. Stepping on the toes first activates the thought process; it connects us with the finer energy of the soul. When performing these exercises, the whole body should participate in each movement. With each movement all the cells need to be put into motion, and each part of the body needs to move within the energy field in which it is located. When every thought, every idea is able to find external expression in a specific movement, then this movement has a powerful influence in the world. That is why these exercises should be performed with complete concentration, with a vigilant consciousness. When one performs them, one should not think about trivial and mundane things: about clothes, shoes, and so on. When singing during these exercises, the energy needs to descend from the central brain to the solar plexus, and from there, return to the larynx. This means that while singing, the energy should pass first through the realms of Love, thereby acquiring life and the miraculous power to transform and heal, before it then passes through the larynx. In other words: when performing these exercises, one needs to dwell within one’s consciousness in the sublime world of Love. *** The participants are arranged in pairs and form two groups. One group arranges themselves in 12 rays facing the center, and the other group forms the outside circle around the rays. First, the couples in the rays move along the radii, and the outside participants follow the circle around the circumference. After that, the left partner starts circling around the right who remains in place, then the partner on the right circles around the left, and at the end, both partners circle simultaneously in opposite directions. Then each couple holds hands and sings the words: Ti si me, Mamo, chovek krasiv rodila [You have given birth to me, Mother, as a beautiful human being] and so on, followed by clapping. They then make movements similar to blooming and finally to flying. Additional explanation about each one of these movements is given below. The twelve rays represent twelve gates through which life enters into us. These are the 12 gates of life as expressed by the 12 signs of the zodiac. In “Revelation,” Chapter 21:12, there is a reference to the 12 gates. There are two currents of energy, which exist within Nature: one that flows from the Divine Wellspring of Life outward, and another that brings the energy back to the center. The first current is represented by the movement of the twelve rays toward the center. They go toward the center in order to receive the Divine Forces, and then return in order to infuse them into the outer circle, which is set into motion. The outside circle is set into motion by the forces received through the twelve rays from the Divine Center, from the One Infinite Intelligence. This process has its reflection—its analogy—in each area of life. For example, the human body has two currents: arterial and venous. The first current moves from the center to the periphery carrying pure blood; and the second—from the periphery to the center so that the venous blood may be purified and again enter into the circle of life. This cosmic process has its reflection in the Solar system. The Earth is orbiting the Sun. In this case, the Earth’s orbit represents the outside circle. Here the movements of the 12 rays signify the electromagnetic currents from the Sun to the Earth, and vise versa. The first current—from the Sun to the Earth—can be called “arterial.” It brings electromagnetic solar energies. The second can be called “venous”—it carries electromagnetic energies which, on the Earth, have lost their primordial rhythm. They pass through the center of the Earth and return to the Sun in order to regain their original rhythm. It is obvious that the movements of the 12 rays toward the center and back express the global cosmic process which occurs within the least and the great, within the individual and the collective, within the parts as well as the whole. It takes place within every organism, within the collective humankind, within the Solar system, and within the whole of Nature. This process supports the Wheel of Life—it is the great Rhythm of Life. Clapping with the right hand over the left as the participants first advance toward the center signifies the transmission of the positive energy of the right hand to the negative energy of the left hand. In this way, both hands are brought into attun-ement, and only in this way, can we step forward. This attunement is also expressed by the movements of the arms to the right without clapping, as if trying to fly. In other words: until we balance our energies, we cannot fly and cannot move forward. The action of returning takes place through the semi-circular movements of the feet that are made in sweeping arcs backward. This denotes that what has been taken from the center is now being transmitted to the outside circle. The lines that the feet circumscribe while approaching the center for the second time represent the magnetic forces: the forces of the heart. The movements of the feet during the third advance toward the center express the balancing of the electromagnetic forces; they express the will. *** As a result of the eternal cosmic process, humankind moves forward: from unstructured or unorganized life toward the structured or organized life. The next movements of the “Sun Rays” represent the historical path of humankind moving toward enlightenment. The movements 4, 5, and 6—the single and the double circling of the partners—represent that phase in the history of humankind when it exists within a closed circle of dense matter, and there is no way out. If we follow the history of human development, we will see how in the past human consciousness gradually descends into matter, loses its spiritual values, and becomes a material culture—even conscious awareness about the reality of the sublime realms of spirit is lost. In this phase humankind has been predominantly working with the material forces and laws. The forces of the spirit are limited and humankind exists within a closed circle. This is represented by the circling movements. The circling is individual and collective, in other words, humankind exists within a closed circle, in the individual life as well as in the collective. Yet the moment comes for the liberation from the limitation of the closed circle. The circling stops. The participants come to hold hands and sing the song: Ti si me, Mamo, chovek krasiv rodila. This process, through which humankind is passing, is to some extent, expressed in Bulgarian folk music. Folk music, in general, expresses the path of the nation’s soul. The path, which the soul of the Bulgarian nation treads, is expressed within the Bulgarian folk music. What is its special quality? It is the longing for something lost. In some songs the Bulgarian expresses his sadness about something lost; he exists within a closed circle. Sometimes he comes to moments of illumination and a spark of hope for liberation shines within him. This can be felt within the music. But afterward, the motif of sadness for something lost returns. This process is common to all humankind. The “Sun Rays” can also be defined as: the path of humankind from the closed circle toward Freedom. When we are troubled within, we exist within the old. We move around and around in a circle, and when we come to the same old place, we ask, “Is there no way out?” When one exists within the closed circle, one is like a horse that thrashes and flails. But when one finds a way out, one rejoices. Leaving the closed circle is the awakening of the human soul. It is liberation. Now is the time when this process of awakening is in store for the whole of humankind. The awakened human beings have come to know their essence, purpose in life, mission, and work in the world. They leave the world of torment, limitations, and tears; enter the world of music; and begin to sing with joy: Ti si me, Mamo, chovek krasiv rodila, umen da stana, dobre da mislya, dobre da lyubya. Tuy zhivota e na raya. [You have given birth to me, Mother, as a beautiful human being, that I may become wise, know how to think right and love well, for this is the Life of Paradise]. This is the great day for which the human soul has been longing and waiting throughout the centuries. This is the solemn tone expressed in Beethoven’s ninth symphony, in which after a long painful struggle of much suffering and disappointment, a light enters within and a gleam of understanding descends regarding one’s purpose in life. The “Sun Rays” exercise represents the great drama along the path of the individual and humankind. These rhythmic exercises possess the power to move this process forward and help in the transition from the realm of the closed circle to the joy of liberation. This is the moment when one breaks away from the chains of the closed circle and enters into the unlimited world of Liberation and Freedom, and when the first ray of Love emerges and shines within. After many long struggles from within and without, the solemn song of liberation from the chains of the past begins to sound. This is expressed by the words of the song: Ti si me, Mamo, chovek krasiv rodila. The chains have fallen away forever. One perceives life in a completely different way. Imagine a person who is set free after many years in a prison. With what joy does he appreciate the smallest blade of grass! How each ray of the Sun, every puff of the wind, and every glimpse of the stars are a source of great joy for him! Or imagine a seed buried in the cold wet ground, pressed into the darkness by the layers of soil. And yet, the forces inside the seed are powerful. They overcome all obstacles and the new shoot sprouts and begins to reach upward toward the Sun, vastness, and freedom. Something similar takes place when the Ray of Love shines for the first time within the human soul. This is like the emergence from a long, dark tunnel into a smiling, sunny, and full of flowers meadow. The song speaks about the Mother. It refers to the great Universal Mother—Intelligent Nature—from which the human soul has emerged. After finishing School, the soul comes to its Mother with fruit collected from its study and is ready to serve. The clapping, which follows, is an expression of the joy of entering into the New World that is coming now to Earth. This is our return to Paradise. And Life within Paradise is this: to dwell in Love! Positioning the hands one over the other represents the balancing of the two currents: the warm and the cold, the magnetic and electric. The lower part of the hand signifies the warm current—the heart; whereas the upper part—the cold current of the mind. After bringing these two currents into attunement, the hands open like a flower to the sides. This signifies the readiness to receive. The soul is blooming and receives the energies necessary for its uplifting, similar to the process of the opening of a flower bud so that it may receive the rays of the Sun. After that, the arms make movements similar to flying. This represents the path of light and the ripening of the fruit. One enters into the path of all opportunities for accomplishments, free of all limitations. All this is symbolized by flying—leaving the life of shadows and entering into the life of the Great Reality. *** With each right thought, emotion, or movement, one needs to gain something, to achieve something. Only that which brings gain is valuable. The criterion for the rightness, beauty, and harmony of a movement is the joy one feels when performing it. Everyone who does these exercises feels joy, refreshment, and uplifting—physi-cally and spiritually. These exercises have a healing and healthful effect for two reasons: 1. They awaken the dormant forces of the human organism. 2. They connect us with the living forces of Nature. Through these movements, we come into contact and harmony with the Laws of Nature in order that she can give us what we need, and that we can give back to her what she needs. These exercises revive and rejuvenate. They heal not only disease, but also all physical and mental imbalances. Through them, the human body as a whole vibrates musically—and there is no disease or poor health in the musical world. Therefore, through these exercises, we leave the world of disturbance, confusion, disappointment, discontent, worry, and anxiety and enter into the world of harmony. Those who perform the exercises consciously for a year will be healthy; they will free themselves or will be prevented from many diseases through raising the vital forces of the organism. People today suffer from atrophy of the small muscles of the body, due to lack of use; and this disrupts the blood circulation. These exercises have as a goal, among others, to exercise all the muscles of the body, not only through external movements, but through the vibration of the music as well. This music brings into motion the physical matter of the body, and then the electromagnetic energies are able to flow freely through the solar plexus and throughout the whole body. This heals and rejuvenates. In the future, a special healing music will exist for the various diseases—a specific music for each one of them. There is a Law of receptivity in respect to waves of a specific length and frequency of vibration. If we attune our “antennae” to certain wavelengths, it will receive them; otherwise, it will be indifferent. These exercises bring the organism and the consciousness into a condition of receptivity to the sublime solar energies necessary for the uplifting of the whole of humankind. Through these exercises, we come into contact with the Divine Intelligence, which exists in the world, and thus receive precious gifts. One enters into a higher realm. Through these exercises an exchange with the Advanced Beings takes place. They unite with us, and are then a part of us, and we—a part of them. These exercises liberate us from all chains, from all deep-rooted ideas of the past, and we enter into the world of Truth where we attain Freedom. They awaken the endowments hidden within the human soul that are awaiting development. These exercises bring peace on Earth! Nature is full of bounties which remain unused because people do not know the right methods. And yet, with all these bounties of Nature, Earth is a valley of tears! This is due to the unwise methods which people use. These exercises are a preparation of the body and the soul for a New Culture. These exercises need to be performed, starting on the 22nd of March, in every settlement, in every town, and village. They will contribute to the introduction of a new element into humankind. They will be like a ray of light in the daily life. They will introduce a great uplifting into the material life of society. They will awaken the powerful forces of progress. It is advisable for all those who desire the well-being of a nation to introduce these exercises into schools as well as adult community. All this is for the benefit of society. Introduction of the exercises into the schools and among adults will bring about great welfare and prosperity: a healthy and conscious generation which is ready to do the Work. (11:11-18)
  16. The paneurhythmy exercise “The Blessing” in the Rila Mountains
  17. 28. The Blessing [Promisal] “Bring the hands together over the head and move them downward. This movement expresses that we should freely accept God’s Blessings in all their abundance. 28 As the hands move upward to come together above the head, we come in contact with the energy of the Sublime World which we pull down to the physical world. When the hands reach the physical world, they separate. This means that we have polarity in the physical world. When we are in the physical world we are further from that Reality which underlies the Whole of Creation. “This exercise can also be referred to as a ‘method for making contact with the World of Oneness.”’ (12:83) “The exercise I gave you for invoking the Divine is of major importance. It is truly powerful as long as your thoughts and feelings participate. This exercise needs to be performed with sacred anticipation and then the Divine Blessing will embrace you. And know, that the Beings from the Invisible World are observing you, they want to see how you will perform it.(3:376) “Prayer should include within itself the qualities of Love, Wisdom, Truth, Justice, Virtue, and Compassion—as well as many other virtues... “Prayer is the most powerful act in a person’s life. It brings human thought, human feelings, and human will into one. Such prayer is powerful—through it, miracles come to pass. The human soul is nourished by prayer and devotional singing.” (43:8, 12) “Through prayer, we acquire energy from the Divine World. The Law of Prayer is similar to the Law of Nourishment. When deprived of food, one feels that something is lacking. When the soul is deprived of prayer, a need is also felt. Prayer is the inner necessity of the soul.” (31:99) Description Starting position The participants in couples are facing the center. Body straight, feet together, arms by the sides, mind concentrated. Movement sequence While pronouncing the invocation Da prebade Bozhiyat Mir [May Divine Peace abide], the arms are raised slowly out to the side and over the head until the fingers, with palms facing each other, touch, forming a sharp angle (figure 28). While pronouncing the rest of the invocation i da izgree Bozhiyata Radost i Bozhieto Veselie v nashite sartsa [and may Divine Joy and Divine Gladness arise in our hearts], the hands, with fingers still touching, are brought down and touch gently the crown chakra (Sahasrara) on the top of the head.Then they slowly separate, traveling down to the sides of the face as if pouring something over oneself; continue gliding down to the sides with palms toward the body; and finally return to the starting position. This movement and the invocation are repeated three times. Invocation: Da prebade Bozhiyat Mir i da izgree Bozhiyata Radost i Bozhieto Veselie v nashite sartsa. May God’s peace be with us. May God’s Joy and Gladness arise in our hearts. Note: Other invocations, carrying the spirit of the original meaning, are also used. “Divine Peace, Divine Joy, and Divine Gladness to rise in our hearts.” (27:78) “May the Peace of God abide and may His pure Joy and sacred Exaltation arise in our hearts.” (14:81) “May the Peace of God and the pure Joy of God live in our hearts forever.” (44:153) “May the Peace of God and the pure Joy of God rise and rest in our hearts forever.” “May the Peace of God and the pure Joy of God arise in our hearts forever.”
  18. 27. Breathing [Dishane] “Through this musical breathing exercise, one becomes acquainted with the musical methods which one needs to apply in life. Through them, one comes into harmony with Nature.” (12:82) “During breathing, one needs to observe the following Law: Love the air, and receive it with joy. This is the only way in which we can receive those blessings that the air provides. You should have gratitude toward God. The air has been provided by Him. It is required that God enters into you continuously and that you enter continuously into Him. When I inhale, God reveals Himself to me. When I exhale, I reveal myself to Him.”(31:125, 126) “The human being is immersed in music by nature and that is why one can sing and play music. So, one needs to step back, return to one’s initial state of music and song, of harmony and melody and from there, move forward. Knowing this, cherish the sacred thought that Life is music and song. Within Life, all is good and harmonious.” (35:318) Description Music: Musical exercises for correct breathing and singing. Each of the three musical phrases is repeated three times. Starting position The participants are arranged in couples in two circles, both facing the center, feet together, hands on the chest, palms toward the body, middle fingers touching (figure 27.1). Movement sequence During the playing of the first long note the dancers inhale through the nose and simultaneously spread their arms horizontally outward until palms face the front (figure 27.2). Beginning at the next note and continuing until the end of the musical phrase, the participants exhale slowly while singing the tones of the scale sounding the vowel “A” (as in “Ah”), and gradually bringing their arms back to the starting position. The exercise is repeated three times consecutively for each musical phrase. At the end the hands come to the sides of the body.
  19. 26. Early in the Morning [Na ranina] “This exercise has three sequences: semi-circular movements of one foot in front of the other; swinging motions with alternating feet; and parallel movements of arms and feet. “In the first sequence, the energies of the human body come into harmony. In the second sequence, we step once onto the heel and once onto the toes. The heel represents the physical world; the toes—the world of the mind. When we step onto our heels, we receive from the physical world; and when we step onto our toes, we receive from the mental world. In this way, we resolve the contradictions which exist in both worlds. All three positions open the way for the right use of Nature’s bounties.” (12:82) “This living energy only comes in the morning. For every task, there is a fixed appointed time. Those who desire to become great need to go out every morning and greet the Sun. They need to allow these powerful forces to work upon them. Get up early! Go out! Greet the Sun! What wonderful things are hidden within the rising Sun! If one goes out regularly in the morning, one will receive inspiration. “Wherever you go, whatever work you begin, you need energy. If you let the world influence you, the mundane affairs of your life will pull you off course. When you arise in the morning, you need to have one essential thought—that you may open like a flower.” (31:96, 102-103) “The physical world has one quality: movement. The world of the soul has two qualities: movement and feeling. The mental world has movement, feeling, and thought. This is the simplest explanation. “In the physical world, one gathers experiences assimilated later in the astral and mental worlds and extracts from them materials to build the body of Love.” (42:12, 27) Description Music: Melody 26 “Early in the Morning” (time signature 2/4)—24 measures repeated four times. The music is played once for the first sequence, once for the second sequence, and twice for the third sequence. Starting position The participants are arranged in the circle, the left arm toward the center, feet together, and hands on the hips with thumbs behind. Movement sequence Sequence I The hands are on the hips as in the starting position until the end of Sequence I. 1st measure, 1st beat: the right foot, outstretched, draws almost a semi-circle (a 120 degree arc) in front of the left foot and touches the ground to the left with its toes (figure 26.1). 2nd beat: the right foot sweeps back making a semi-circle to the right and is placed to the right, slightly to the side, toes touching the ground (figure 26.2). 2nd measure: 1st beat as the 1st measure, 1st beat (semi-circle in front of the left foot). 2nd beat: the right foot sweeps back making a semi-circle to the right and then returns to the left foot. 3rd measure, 1st beat: step forward with the right foot. 2nd beat: step forward with the left foot. 4th measure, 1st beat: step forward with the right foot. 2nd beat: the left foot returns to the right foot. 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th measures: repeat the same movements as in the first four measures, but with the feet reversed. These eight measures are repeated three times until the end of the melody (24 measures). Sequence II 1st measure, 1st beat: the partners join their inside hands as described in exercise 23, namely the right hand of the inner dancer over the left hand of the outer. The hands are raised at the height of the head, while the outer hands are on the hips. Simultaneously step forward with the right foot (figure 26.3). 2nd beat: step forward with the left foot, hands continue to hold. 2nd measure: as the 1st. The participants are holding hands. On the 2nd beat, when the left foot steps forward, they slightly lift on their toes. 3rd measure, 1st beat: step forward with the left foot. Rock backward on the heels while the toes of both feet are lifted. At the same time, the hands still together are brought down and back (figure 26.4). 2nd beat: swing forward on the toes of both feet, the heels are lifted. The joined hands are raised forward and up (figure 26.5). 4th measure: as in the 3rd. These movements are repeated to the end of the melody, altogether 24 measures. After finishing sequence II the hands are released. Sequence III 1st measure, 1st beat: step forward with the right foot, simultaneously the hands are placed on the hips. 2nd beat: step with the left foot (figure 26.6). 2nd measure, 1st beat: step forward with the right foot. 2nd beat: the left foot comes back next to the right foot. 3rd measure, 1st beat: the right foot steps to the side, the toes touch the ground. At the same time the arms stretch horizontally to the side, palms down (figure 26.7). 2nd beat: right foot comes back next to the left foot. At the same time the hands return to the hips (figure 26.8). 4th measure: as in the 3rd. 5th measure, 1st beat: the right foot, outstretched, is brought forward, toes touching the ground. At the same time both arms extend forward parallel and horizontal, palms down (figure 26.9). 2nd beat: the right foot returns next to the left and at the same time the hands are placed back on the hips. 6th measure: as in the 5th. 7th measure, 1st beat: step forward with the right foot and at the same time both arms go horizontally forward stretched out and parallel, palms down. 2nd beat: step forward with the left foot and at the same time the hands are placed on the hips. 8th measure: as in the 7th measure, but on the 2nd beat the left foot comes back to the right. 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th measures are performed as 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th measures, but with feet reversed. From the 15th to the 24th measures, the movements of the 3rd-12th measures are repeated. Then the whole Sequence III is repeated without interruption (altogether 48 measures), but this time one starts with the left foot and the hands move as in the 7th Fig. 26.9 and 8th measure. (15th measure, 1st beat: step forward with the left foot, and at the same time both arms go horizontally forward stretched out and parallel, palms down. 2nd beat: step forward with the right foot and at the same time the hands are placed on the hips. 16th measure: the same as 15th measure, but at the 2nd beat the right foot comes back to the left.) As the music ends, the feet come together and the arms to the sides of the body. Early in the Morning
  20. 25. Step by Step [Stapka po stapka] “One stands with the feet together and moves one foot at a time, first to the side and then to the front, followed by movement forward. When the feet separate, moving to the side or to the front, the energy of the Sun comes down to us. When both feet are together, the Earth’s energy is transmitted to the Sun. In this way, an exchange occurs. When the feet are apart, we and the Sun are positive in relation to the Earth: we receive from the Sun and give to the Earth. When the feet are together, the Earth’s energy is positive and flows to the Sun. “Through these movements, one develops the ability to perceive when the Sun is active and when the Earth is active. They help us to adopt the real methods that are hidden within Nature.” (12:82) “The music for the Paneurhythmy sequence, ‘Step by Step’, is in a minor scale. Taking a step forward or to the side is related to departure, in other words—to involution. Stepping back to the starting position is related to returning—in other words, to evolution.” (31:94) Description Music: Melody 25 “Step by Step” (time signatures 6/8, 3/8, 6/8)—96 measures Starting position The participants are arranged in couples in the circle, left arm toward the center, feet together. The hands are on the hips, thumbs behind. The hands remain on the hips until the end of the exercise, without change. Movement sequence 1st measure, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd beats: the right foot is extended sideways to the side and its toes touch the ground (figure 25.1). On the 4th, 5th, and 6th beats the right foot comes back to the left, returning to the starting position. 2nd measure is like the 1st. 3rd measure, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd beats: the right foot is brought forward, toes touching the ground (figure 25.2). On the 4th, 5th, and 6th beats: the right foot moves back next to the left. 4th measure is like the 3rd. 5th measure, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd beats: step forward with the right foot. On the 4th, 5th, and 6th beats: step forward with the left foot. 6th measure, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd beats: step forward with the right foot. On the 4th, 5th, and 6th beats the left foot comes back beside the right. From the 7th to the 12 th measure repeat the steps from the first six measures, but this time reverse the feet. The movements of these 12 measures are repeated to the end of the music. At the end of the exercise feet come together, arms at the sides of the body.
  21. 24. How Happy We Are [Kolko sme dovolni] “One steps forward and then rocks back and forth from one foot to the other. In the first sequence, the hands are free; in the second, the partners hold inside hands. The first part is the preparation. The second part teaches us how to acquire the ability of correctly appreciating Nature’s forces and how to give them the correct expression. These movements develop the ability to appreciate Nature’s bounties. (12:82) “Connect with Nature and receive from her knowledge and energy. You need to connect with Nature; if you make the right connection with her, you will learn in one day as much as you would from a professor in twenty years. Nature is generous to those who love her and to those whom she loves. If a person does not love Nature, she will wait for as long as necessary, until the time comes when that person’s consciousness awakens. “People of today desire happiness in life, but they do not understand its Laws. Happiness includes the following elements: faith, wisdom, imagination, and love. It includes also an understanding of the natural laws—those of solid, liquid, and gaseous matter—as well as those of light, electricity, and electro-magnetism. “The meaning of your life and your true happiness depends upon the fundamental understanding of Love. Where there is Love, there is also Life. And where there is Life, there is also Joy. In a home where Love abides, all are joyful.” (31:107-108, 175, 328) Description Music: Melody 24 “How Happy We Are” (time signature 7/16)—32 measures repeated twice, total of 64 measures. Note: The exercise is performed also in a longer version (160 measures) with additional lyrics given by a disciple of the Master. Starting position All participants are arranged in couples in the circle, the left arm toward the center, feet together, and hands on the hips with thumbs behind. All steps in this exercise should be performed without bouncing yet with light springing and elasticity in the joints. Movement sequence Sequence I Note: The hands remain on the hips throughout the whole sequence. 1st measure, 1st beat: step forward with the right foot. On the 2nd beat with a gentle swinging motion the weight of the body shifts onto the right foot. On the 3rd beat the left foot, which is behind, is slightly raised on its toes (figure 24.1). 2nd measure: step forward with the left foot, the right is slightly raised. 3rd measure, 1st beat: step forward with the right foot. On the 2nd beat with a gentle swinging motion the weight of the body shifts onto the right foot. On the 3rd beat the left foot, which is behind, is slightly raised off the ground. 4th measure, 1st beat: the left foot steps backward. On the 2nd beat with a light swinging motion, the weight of the body shifts onto the left foot. On the 3rd beat the right foot is slightly raised forward (figure 24.2). These four measures are repeated three more times, for 16 measures altogether. Sequence II 17th measure, 1st beat: step forward with the right foot. On the 2nd beat the weight of the body shifts onto the right foot. On the 3rd beat the left foot behind is slightly lifted. On the 1st beat the participants take each other’s inside hands (following the guidelines given in exercise 23) and on the 2nd and 3rd beats—swing them forward and up in a circular motion. The free outside arms mimic the motion of the inside arms, palms facing forward (figure 24.3). 18th measure, 1st beat: step forward with the left foot. On the 2nd beat the weight of the body shifts onto it and on the 3rd beat the right foot behind is slightly lifted. On the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd beats the arms in an arc-like motion move higher forward and upward, to an angle of 45 degrees. The inside hands are joined, and the outside hands are free, both making the same movements, palms forward. 19th measure, 1st beat: the right foot steps back. On the 2nd beat with a swinging motion the body weight shifts onto the right foot. On the 3rd beat the left foot is lifted forward, bent slightly at the knee. On the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd beats: the arms swing down and move back and behind the body (figure 24.4). 20th measure is like the 17th, but with feet reversed, in other words, stepping forward with the left foot. 21st measure is like the 18th, but with feet reversed. 22nd measure is like the 19th, but with feet reversed. 23rd measure is like the17th. 24th measure is like the18th. These 8 measures are repeated to the end of the 32nd measures. At the end of the 32nd measure, both hands of the participants are placed on the hips as it is described in the starting position. Sequence I and Sequence II are performed again until the end of the music. The exercise finishes with a step forward with the right foot, the body weight shifts onto the right and the hands are raised forward and upward. After the end of the exercise the arms are brought down to the sides of the body, feet together. How Happy We Are
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