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Biographical Information about Petar Danov— the Master Beinsa Duno

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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.

 

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* 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.

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** 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.

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*** 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.

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