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1864: Petar Konstantinov Danov[1] was born on the 11th of July (29th of June by the Julian calendar—Saint Peter’s day) in the village of Hadurcha (present day Nikolaevka), near the Black Sea in the district of Varna. He was the third child in the family of the Orthodox priest Konstantin Danovski and Dobra Georgieva.
1872: Petar Danov entered the Elementary school in Nikolaevka.
18791884: He attended the all-male school in Varna, but did not graduate because of prolonged illness.
1887: Petar Danov graduated from the American Theological School in Svishtov.
18871888: He was a teacher in the village of Hotantsa, Ruse district.
August 1888: Petar Danov left for the United States and enrolled at Drew Theological Methodist Seminary in Madison, New Jersey.
May 19, 1892: He completed a preparatory course in Theology (except Greek) at Drew Theological Methodist Seminary, Madison, New Jersey.
18921893: Petar Danov enrolled in the School of Theology in 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–June 6, 1894: He attended only for one year courses in Medicine at Boston University.
1895: Petar Danov returned to Bulgaria, but refused to become a Methodist preacher or an Orthodox priest in Varna.
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 March 7, at the age of 32, in Varna, Petar Danov had a mystical experience that divulged his spiritual mission together with his spiritual name—Beinsa Duno. The same year he published his mystic booklet Hio-Eli-Meli-Mesail. This year was the 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—Bulgarian Sons of the Slavonic Family before the members of the Charitable Society “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 increasing number of followers.
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 Mount Vitosha.
1901-1912: The Master traveled across Bulgaria to hold lectures and performing phrenological research studies of the Bulgarian character.
1906: He settled in Sofia, 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 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 his stenographer disciples. Later, they were decoded, edited, and published in the series of lectures “Power and Life,” which presented the fundamental principles of the New teaching.
19171932: Beinsa Duno held a Special spiritual course for married women in Sofia.
19171918: During the First World War he was interned in Varna under the pretext that his Teaching was weakening the spirit of the soldiers at the front. The followers of the Teaching he shared increased after the war and reached approximately forty thousand people in the late 1930s.
February 24, 1922: 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 before the two classes twice a week in the course of 22 years until December 1944.
1927: A settlement called Izgrev (Sunrise) was established near Sofia (today 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 camp was carried out at the Seven Lakes in the Rila Mountains. The gatherings at the Rila Mountains and the 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.
September 21, 1930: The Master began a new series of the Teaching called: the Sunday Morning lectures, which continued up to April 1944.
1934: He presented Paneurhythmy (The Cosmic Rhythm of Life)—a series of 28 exercises containing music, lyrics, and movements. Later on, he added two more parts: the “Rays of the Sun” and the “Pentagram.” The Paneurhythmy was finally completed in 1942.
1944: Beinsa Duno with a group of followers spent the hardest months during the Second World War (January 14, 1944[2]–October 19, 1944) in the village of Marchaevo, near Sofia, in the house of Temelko Gyorev. This house is preserved and functioning now as a museum.
December 20, 1944: The Master delivered his lecture “The Last Word” to the General Esoteric Class.
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 garden, which is open daily to the public.
The Master Beinsa Duno has left an invaluable spiritual heritage contained in his numerous talks and lectures, prayers, formulas, and songs; physical and breathing exercises; spiritual methods and practices for personal and group work, for self-improvement and conscious living.
[1] 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.
[2] In some other sources January 11, 1944 was mentioned as the date when the Master departed for Marchaevo.

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