Peter Deunov ( July 11, 1864 – December 27, 1944), also known by his spiritual name Beinsa Douno, and often called the Master by his followers, was a Bulgarian philosopher and spiritual teacher who developed a form of Esoteric Christianity. He is widely known in Bulgaria, where he was voted second by the public in the Great Bulgarians TV show on Bulgarian National Television (2006-2007) after the BBC format. Deunov is also featured in Pantev and Gavrilov’s The 100 Most Influential Bulgarians in Our History (ranked in 37th place). According to Petrov, Peter Deunov is “the most published Bulgarian author to this day.”
His most famous disciple was Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov. Of Deunov, Albert Einstein once wrote: “All the world renders homage to me and I render homage to the Master Peter Deunov from Bulgaria.” During Deunov’s time, while serving as the Vatican’s ambassador to Bulgaria, the future Pope John XXIII called him “the greatest philosopher living on the Earth.”
In 1914 he gave his first public lecture, Behold, the Man! (Ecce Homo in Latin), published later in the series Power and Life. Deunov began to give regular Sunday lectures which were based on the elaboration and explanation of a Biblical passage.
In 1921 the community Izgrev (Sunrise) was established. A site at what were then the outskirts of Sofia, it was the gathering place in the mornings for Deunov and his disciples. Many followers started building nearby and the place eventually became the center of a large spiritual community. Deunov gave lectures in the newly constructed Lecture Hall. In 1922 he initiated two new streams of specialized lectures in addition to the Sunday lectures, and from 1930 began delivering “morning talks” on Sunday mornings before dawn. The themes of the different lecture streams were wide-ranging and encompassed, among others: religion, music, geometry, astrology, philosophy and esoteric science. Overall, Deunov gave approximately 3700 lectures in the three decades between 1914 and 1944. His thoughts were also recorded in talks, private conversations, and early letters.
From 1932 to 1944 he developed the Paneurhythmy exercises: a sequence of exercises performed to music, to achieve inner balance and harmonization. These exercises continue to be practiced in Bulgaria – especially during August in the Rila Mountains – and, to a lesser degree, throughout the rest of the world by different groups of followers.
Several thousand of Deunov’s lectures were recorded by stenographers and are documented in the form of deciphered stenograms (some modified by editing and others left intact). These contain the essence of Deunov’s teaching. There are also a number of songs and prayers, among which The Good Prayer from 1900 is regarded as the most special. Several additional books were compiled or written by Deunov himself.
Deunov taught his disciples many physical and breathing exercises for the purpose of remaining healthy and vital. He also promoted vegetarianism for ethical reasons, being against cruelty of any kind.
World War II Bulgaria didn’t have a Schindler, and it didn’t have a list. It had a white-bearded mystic named Peter Deunov and an entire nation standing behind him. Together, they saved Bulgaria’s 48,000 Jews from the Holocaust.
Bulgaria wasn’t in the best position during the Second World War. Fenced in by the Soviet Union on one side and Europe on the other, it was forced into the middle of the action. That’s why it’s all the more impressive that Bulgaria is one of only three mainland European nations where the entire Jewish population survived the Holocaust. (Denmark and Finland were the other two, but their relatively small Jewish populations were geographically isolated.) For staying strong in the face of Hitler and his Nazi directives, the Bulgarians credit one man—Christian mystic Peter Deunov.
For the full story, see: http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/19/peter-deunov-how-one-man-saved-bulgarias-jews/
Love, by Peter Deunov
“Love is the world in which the Divine Spirit lives.
The greatest world known to sages of all times, the world of which Christ speaks, is the world of Love.
And when we say that God is Love, we understand that Love is the essence from which all things proceed.
All worlds, through all eternity, have come forth and shall come forth from the source of Love.
Everything in the world lives in Love and by Love.
Everything that we see – stellar systems, suns, planets – all are manifestations of Love.
The entire cosmos in its completeness, the whole physical world is Love, manifested and materialized.
This is the great “body of God”.
Outside of Love, we do not know God. Love is connected with all living beings.
There is not a living being – there is no living matter – that is not influenced in one way or another by Love, that is not closely connected with it.
God, who is Love, is not only outside us, in the universe, but within us also.
He is the living bond between all that is “without” and “within”.
Love enfolds all within itself. Love in itself is infinite, and everything outside it is finite.
Therefore, we say: Only Love is eternal. From it flows all life. Love brings the fullness of life.
Good, which is a fruit of Love, is contained within it.
Wisdom is also contained within Love, because it represents the forms through which God’s Love is manifested.
Truth is included within Love, too. It is the purest image of Love.
Righteousness is also included within Love.
Therefore, the absolute Divine Love implies absolute Righteousness.
Where there is no righteousness, there is no love.
The physical aspect of Love is Righteousness.
In order that Love be manifested on earth, there must necessarily be Righteousness. Love is long suffering and charitable, but absolute Love requires absolute Righteousness.
Only he who is enlightened with Righteousness is capable of receiving divine Love.
Christ is Love, manifested in Righteousness, which shines forth within those who love Him.
Love is only for the great, strong souls.
Enormous energy is hidden within the man in whom Love dwells.
Remember: Love is not for the sick. Love is only for healthy people.
The [spiritually] sick and the dead do not love. Only the living, who are filled with the Divine Spirit – they are the ones whose hearts pulsate with Love.
Do not be deluded: the [spiritually] sick, the spiritually dead, are not illuminated by Love.
And when you hear someone say: “I am a man of cold reason, I cannot love, I have no time to spend on such trifles,” know that that man is foolish.
The wisest, the greatest thing in the world is Love.
The wisest Being, of whom it is said that He is Love, loves. He Who has created the worlds, Who has made everything, Who has filled everything with life, Who has made all sacrifices – He loves, and this pygmy with his “cold reason” has no time to love!
Christ descended to earth to proclaim Love, and the persons of “cold reason” cannot love!
Journey through the heavens, the whole universe, tour through all worlds, and all will tell you that God is Love.
And if you ask an angel: “Does God love us?”, he will answer you: “Better ask me to give up all my consciousness, everything that I have acquired throughout all ages, than oblige me to answer your question – whether God loves you!”
Indeed, God cannot be untrue to Himself. If we accept that God could be untrue to Himself, we admit that there exists some exterior force that could limit Him. And that is unthinkable. Love is unchanging. It always illuminates us.
Remember the words of the Scripture: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
This means: that because God loved the world, He sacrificed His most beautiful, most elevated, His “only begotten Son,” in order to uplift those souls who believe in Love.
And truly, one can believe in but one thing: in Love. Any other belief is false.
Love stands above nationality. Love stands above any religion. Love itself creates the religions.
There are no religions in the divine world. There exists only Love. The atmosphere of the divine world is Love. Therein everything breathes Love.
Religions appear because Love cannot manifest itself on earth.
If you wish to do the will of God, by all means, replace religion with Love.
Then everyone who loves you will be priests and ministers in your temple.
The greatest thing in the world is to come to know God as Love.
The beauty of our life is in our connection with God, who is Love.
Love contains within itself all conditions, all possibilities, all methods by which the human soul might develop to its fullness.
Only love can awaken within the soul its hidden potentialities.Science and art cannot be the stimuli for the awakening of the human soul. This is temporary knowledge.
The only true work in the world is the science of Love. It is the great object of learning for the soul.
When man becomes conscious of love as a great and mighty power, his soul and spirit awaken, and he enters into actual connection with the physical, the spiritual, and divine worlds. Only through love can man understand the relationship that exists between these worlds, as well as the meaning of life.
Do not forget one thing: in the life of a man there are only ten good opportunities to come in contact with love. Every ten years there is a possibility for that mighty power to start working. The remaining part of man’s life is assigned to learning.
If man succeeds in grasping one of those possibilities – one of the rays of the great sun illuminating the entire cosmos – then everything that is lofty and noble in his soul will begin to bloom, bear fruit and ripen.
The fruits of the soul ripen only under the rays of that sun.
When the first ray of Love shines out for you, you will experience within your soul such indescribable bliss, such light, such a mighty impulse in your mind, and such a striving of your will, that all obstacles of the world will begin to melt before you.
A few moments of existence within the divine Love are infinitely more precious than a thousand years of ordinary human life spent in great pleasures and enjoyments.
In loving, we seek God. We have to love God in order to receive and experience Him.
In receiving Him, we experience His wisdom.
It is written in the Scripture: “Thou shall Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and thy neighbor as thyself.”
This is the only law that manifests itself in three worlds.
Loving God, you are in the divine world.
Loving yourself, your soul, you are in the spiritual world.
Loving your neighbor, you are in the physical world.
If man adheres to this law, there will be no power in the world that can resist him, no thought that will not be subject to him and that will not help him to attain his ideal.
However, remember a great truth: only God loves because God is Love. There is no man who can love of himself.
Man can be only a channel of Love, but he cannot love of himself.
To want someone to love you, means that you want God to love you.
God, desiring to manifest His Love towards you on earth, has to select a person as an instrument and manifest Himself to you through this person.
It is enough even if only one person on earth loves you.
Love, in its divine sense, is an intelligent manifestation of two exalted souls at the same level of mind, of heart and of aspirations – two souls equally noble and spiritually uplifted.
Only two such souls can understand each other.
Love between two such souls is like music. Because only two true virtuosos can play together.
Often you ask: “Who loves us?” In the presence of the person who loves you in the divine way, whatever grief you might have, whatever disappointment you might have gone through, they all disappear at once. You will feel relieved and enlightened.
Love is recognized by the following feeling: when a person loves someone, he sympathizes with him, he treats him as he treats himself. If this feeling is not manifested, indeed, there is no Love.
The feeling of forgiveness comes out of love. Only love forgives.
True Love is stronger than death. He who loves never dies. Love brings immortality. People die because of lack of love.
If a mother has strong and unfailing love towards her children, death cannot take them away from her. Nothing can separate two beings whom love has united – death nor any power on earth. Love forms the most enduring ties in life. And when two souls are linked in such an enduring union by the power of love, they form one soul, twice as mighty and bright, with two consciousnesses. These two souls, when they meet another two souls united in this same way, come in contact with them and form a still mightier soul. The four souls then unite with another four and form a still mightier collective soul. So this divine process of love continues, that alone is able to form enduring, inseparable unions between souls.
In this way, all souls unite in the divine Love into a whole so mighty, so enduring that no power in the world can sever its inseparable ties.
Each soul of that whole lives within the other souls and they live in it. Thus unity in plurality and plurality in unity is realized.
The salvation of man depends entirely on Love. And when Love manifests itself in man, even though he has fallen, he can at once rise above the circumstances.
The happiness of man too depends on love. In happiness man feels a broadening and a completeness, due to the Love that has come to him. Then man hears the voices of all living beings and feels the pulse of the universal life.
Love is the collective manifestation of all intelligent beings who have ended their evolution and have become one with God. The love of one of these beings is the collective love of all.
And if the love of one being is not the collective manifestation of all intelligent beings, it is not love at all.
Therefore, the supreme, ideal love is manifested in love towards all people without their suspecting its source. To love men even when they hate you and wish you evil, to serve them continually, without their knowing it – that is ideal love, that is serving God. This is one of the fundamental traits of divine Love – it comes to us regardless of whether we are sinners or not.
Magic strength is hidden in Love. It is the key which opens everything that is closed. Love has its own sacred name – the lost magic word that the cabalistic searched for throughout all ages.
The sacred name of Love – that is the magic key to immortal life. With it all negative energies are transformed into positive ones. A man can do anything with it. That is why it is said that everything is possible through Love.
The only power that can magically reconstruct the entire being of man is Love. It has to penetrate everywhere within him, penetrate to the smallest recesses of his soul in order to transform him.
Love must fill the human spirit. It must manifest itself fully, perfectly, boundlessly within the human soul. It must abide also in the heart of man as its essence and content. It must act in his mind as a cherished power.
There are four manifestations of Love in man.
Love is aspiration within the heart.
Love is feeling within the soul.
Love is power in the mind.
Love is principle in the spirit.
And that is the whole cycle of development, from beginning to end.
Love as aspiration moves toward the center of the earth. These are the roots of Love.
Love as emotion moves toward the sun – these are the branches. Love as power is manifested only in geniuses and in saints. It is manifested in all who sacrifice themselves for a divine cause.
Self-sacrifice is a manifestation of love as power.
Only a man who has intellect can attain the realization of love as power.
Love as principle is just entering the world.
It embraces everything.
When Love manifests as power, there exist attraction, repulsion and contradictions.
When Love manifests as principle, all contradictions cease.
Man must pass through all phases of love. He has to pass through love as aspiration – through its roots; through love as emotion – through its branches; through love as power – through its blossoms, and then enter into love as principle to taste the divine fruit of Love.
The world will not be transformed until Love permeates it.
Love is a great fire that brings life.
There is not a more terrible power than Love for those who are in disharmony with it.
The torments of hell will be theirs. The fire of Love, like a great wave, is coming now into the world.
It will melt everything that cannot endure the high intensity of Love.
When Love is not understood correctly, its sweet juice, by the action of a certain astral fermentation, is turned into a peculiar type of wine.
People get intoxicated by this wine when the impulse of love appears within them and they commit thousands of sins and crimes.
But you, who think, recognize this wine of human love, which is formed subsequently from the sweet juices of Love.
Go fearlessly down to the roots of Love.
Expand yourself among its branches.
Bloom as a flower of Love.
Become the fruit of Love.
And when you enter into the world where Love’s fruits ripen, you will sing the song of him who has completed the great circle of Love – from roots to fruit.
Listen to that song:
“God is Love,
full of life –
life of the gentle Divine Spirit,
the Spirit of sanctity,
the Spirit of charity,
the Spirit of complete peace and joy for every soul.”
And you will hear the response of the loving souls:
“We shall walk on that path of Light,
within which reigns Divine Love.”
The Master Speaks, Peter Deunov