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1 Peter Deunov, talk from March 22, 1914, in: Iskayte sila, imayte vyara, Sofia, 1994, pp 9-12.


2 Translated by Harrie Salman. Translations made by Marianna Radoulova and anonymous translators have been consulted. Redaction of the translation by Cora Manzano (Hawaii).


3 A reference to the book of Isaiah, chapter 48:1, where the house of Jacob, sprung from the stock of his son Judah, is addressed.


4 The years under Byzantine rule (1018-1186) and Turkish rule (1396-1878). The Bulgarians were under Turkish bondage as a punishment for the persecution of the Bogomils, as Peter Deunov later explained.


5 The two brothers St. Cyril (827/28-869) and St. Methodius (815/20-885), who devised the Slavonic alphabet, the so-called Glagolitic alphabet. During their missionary work in Moravia (863) they began to translate the Bible into the language of the Slavs (now called Old Bulgarian or Church Slavonic).


6 In these sentences not the angel Elohil, but God the Father and Christ are speaking. Quotation-marks placed by the translator.


7 The Bulgarian king Boris I (ruled 852-889, died in 907), who adopted the Christian religion in 865-866 and later introduced the Slavonic alphabet. He welcomed the disciples of the two brothers, St. Cyril and St. Methodius, in 886 and founded schools where they could teach and translate Biblical texts into Old Bulgarian.


8 King Boris I abdicated the throne in 889 and became a monk. When his son and successor Vladimir attempted to restore the pagan religion of the past, Boris emerged from his monastery to save Christianity and defeated him in 893. Vladimir was blinded and replaced by his brother Simeon.


9 In these sentences the Lord is speaking. Quotationmarks placed by the translator.


10 After the Bulgarian uprising of April 1876, Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire in 1877 and liberated the Bulgarian territories. A much smaller Bulgarian state was established at the Conference of Berlin in 1878.


11 God is speaking here. Quotation-marks placed by the translator.


12 It is not clear what kind of gift is referred to here.


13 This section is partly based on information given by Svetlana Christova.


14 Akordirane na choveshkata dusha (from the archives of Boyan Boev), Vol 1, Sofia, 1999, p 339.


15 Velichka Draganova and Lyudmila Dimitrova, ‘Spomen ot mladezhkite godini na Uchitelya’, in: Bratski zhivot, nr 39, July 2009.


16 Milka Kraleva, The Master Peter Deunov – His Life and Teaching, Sofia, 2001, pp 22-25, 30-31, Dnevnik na Uchitelya Beinsa Duno (Peter Deunov), Sofia 2001, Lichen belezhnik na Peter K. Deunov, Sofia 2010, Peter Deunov, Chio-Eli-Meli-Mesail, Sofia, 2003, Peter Deunov, Pisma do purvite uchenitsi, Sofia, 1999 and Peter Deunov and Penyu Kirov, Epistolarni dialozi, part 1, 1898-1900, Sofia, 2010 (part 2 is available on the internet).


17 The Wellspring of Good – The Last Words of the Master Peter Deunov, compiled by Boyan Boev and Boris Nikolov, Sofia, 2002, p 225.


18 Metodi Konstantinov, Boyan Boev, Maria Todorova and Boris Nikolov, Uchitelya, Sofia, 2005, pp 394-396.


19 Akordirane na choveshkata dusha, Vol 1, p 43.


20 The Wellspring of Good, pp 137, 161 and 276-277.


21 Milka Kraleva, The Master Peter Deunov, p. 42.


22 Peter Deunov, talk from March 22, 1914, in: Iskayte sila, imayte vyara, Sofia, 1994, p 11.


23 Arthur E. Powell, The Solar System – A Complete Outline of the Theosophical Scheme of Evolution, London, 1930. (accessible on Google Books)


24 The Wellspring of Good, p 364.


25 Rudolf Steiner, lecture from 4 November 1911, in: Das esoterische Christentum (Esoteric Christianity, Collected Works, vol. 130), Dornach, 1995.


26 Filip Filipov, Preslav Pavlov and Dimiter Kalev, The Bodhisattva in the 20th Century, Sofia, 2007. See also Robert Powell and Estelle Isaacson, Gautama Buddha’s Successor, Great Barrington, 2014.


27 Rudolf Steiner, lecture from 31 May 1908, in: Das Johannes-Evangelium (The Gospel of St John, Collected Works, vol. 103), Dornach, 1995.


28 Beinsa Douno, The Master Speaks (compiled by Georgi Radev), Los Angeles 1970, section on Wisdom.


29 Bernard Nesfield-Cookson, Rudolf Steiner’s Vision of Love, Wellingborough, 1983, pp 227-237.


30 The Wellspring of Good, pp 362-365.


31 Rudolf Steiner, lecture from 2 November 1918, in: Geschichtliche Symptomatologie (Historical Symptomatology, Collected Works, vol. 185), Dornach, 1982.


32 The Wellspring of Good, p 364.


33 Rudolf Steiner, lecture from 12 March 1916, in: Die geistigen Hintergründe des Ersten Weltkrieges (The Spiritual Background of the First World War, Collected Works, vol. 174b), Dornach 1994.


34 For a spiritual history of Russia see: Harrie Salman, The Invisible City of Kitezh – Russian people seeking their future. Bulgarian edition: Невидимият град – Духовната биография на руския народ, Sofia, 2014.


35 The Wellspring of Good, pp 270-275.


36 Peter Deunov, Toi suzdava, Sofia, 1999, p 119.


37 The Wellspring of Good, p 333.


38 Idem, p 337.


39 Idem, pp 339-340.


40 Akordirane na choveshkata dusha, Vol 1, 1999, p 320.


41 The Wellspring of Good, pp 223 and 338.


42 Idem, p 138.


43 Peter Deunov za Christos i novoto chovechestvo, compiled by Svetla Baltova, Plovdiv, 2011, p 139.


44 Idem, pp 151 and 169.


45 Idem, pp 153 and 167.


46 Idem, pp 114-115.


47 The Wellspring of Good, p 166.


48 Idem, p 165.


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