The master Beinsa Douno – Petar Danov
(1864 – 1944 )

The words I have spoken to you will never die. These are living words and everything I’ve said will happen.

The master Beinsa Douno – Petar Danov
(1864 – 1944 )

The words I have spoken to you will never die. These are living words and everything I’ve said will happen.

1864 – born on the 11th of July (the 29th of June by the Julian calendar – the Day of St Petar) in the village of Nikolaevka, near the Black Sea, in the district of Varna. Petar Danov was the third child in the family of Konstantin A. Danovski (an Orthodox priest and teacher) and Dobra Georgieva (her father, Atanas Georgiev, was a National Revival functionary and a mayor of Nikolaevka).

1872 – entered the Elementary school in Nikolaevka.

1876 – 1881 – studied and obtained his secondary degree in the male school in Varna.

1886 – Graduated from the American Theological School in Svishtov.

1887 – 1888 – Taught in the village of Hotantsa, Ruse district.

1888 – 1892 – Travelled to the USA, where he graduated from Drew Methodist Seminary in Madison, New Jersey.

1891 – 1893 – Studied at Boston University School of Theology, graduating on June 7, 1893 with the thesis “The Migration of the German Tribes and their Conversion to Christianity.”

February 3, 1894 – Completed a one year course in Medicine at the University of Boston.

1895 – 1900 – At the age of thirty-one Petar Danov returned to Bulgaria. He refused to become a Methodist preacher or an Orthodox priest in Varna.

1896 – Published the book “Science and Education” – an analysis of humanity’s circumstances at that time, suggesting the possibility of a new culture.

1897, March 7 – At 33 years old, Petar Danov had a mystical experience in the village of Tetovo, Ruse Region, that revealed his spiritual mission together with the spiritual name Beinsa Douno. This was a turning point in his life and the beginning of his activities as a spiritual teacher. At that time, his followers called him Master Beinsa Douno, or just the “Master.” The same year he founded the Society for the Spiritual Elevation of the Bulgarian Nation and published his mystic booklet “Hio-Eli-Meli-Mesail.”

1898 – In Varna, before the members of the Charitable Society Maika (Maika means mother in Bulgarian) Beinsa Douno delivered a message calling for his countrymen and women to awaken both socially and spiritually – “An Appeal to the Bulgarian nation.”

1899 – Wrote “The Ten Testimonies of the Lord” and “God’s Promise.”

1900 – Summoned his first three disciples: Penyo Kirov, Todor Stoimenov and Dr Georgi Mirkovich, to the first spiritual gathering in Varna.

1900 – 1942 – held annual spiritual gatherings in different locations throughout Bulgaria: in Varna (1900 – 1908), in Veliko Tarnovo (1909 – 1925), in Sofia (1926 – 1941), in the Rila and Vitosha Mountains. Initially attended by people personally invited by the Master, these gatherings were usually held during the summer months.

1901 – Wrote “Seven Conversations with the Spirit of God” in the village of Novi Pazar. That same year he wrote still another conversation with the Spirit of God, entitled “The Three Things.”

1901 – 1912 – Traveled throughout Bulgaria, giving lectures, carrying out phrenological research and studying the fundamental characteristics of the Bulgarian nation.

1901– Published 5 phrenological articles titled “Heads and Faces.”

1906 – Beinsa Douno spent long periods of time in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, in the house оf Petko Gumnerov, at 66 Opalchenska Street. There he began to offer lectures open to the public.

1912 – Wrote the sacred book, “The Testament of the Color Rays of Light” in the village of Arbanasi, close to the old Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo.

March, 1914 – Summoned a prayer gathering for the beginning of the Spiritual new year and announced the advent of the Age of Aquarius.

1914 – began to offer regular Sunday lectures in Sofia that were open to the general public. These lectures were recorded in short-hand by disciples who were also stenographers. Later on they were written out, edited and published in the series “Power and Life,” which represents the fundamental principles of the New Teaching.

1917 – 1932 – Offered a special spiritual course for married women in Sofia.

1922, February 24 – opened the Spiritual School in Sofia, with two classes offered: a General Class for all followers and disciples, and a Special (Youth) Class for unmarried disciples who were mainly focused on their spiritual development in relation to The New Teaching. He delivered these lectures twice a week over the course of 22 years (1922 –1944).

1922, March 22 – The first tent was built on the Baucher meadow (near Sofia – the capital city of Bulgaria). This is the beginning of the settlement of the “Sunrise” community, where master Beinsa Douno gathered his listeners, followers and disciples and built a unique Bulgarian spiritual society.

The first settlers of the “Sunrise” community lived in tents. Later, on recommendation of the Master, they built wooden houses

1922, August 21 – In a spiritual gathering in Veliko Tarnovo, Beinsa Douno gave the song “Fir-fur-fen”. This was the beginning of the ”musical exercises,” which ended in 1944 with “The New Genesis.”

1927 – The Spiritual center “Sunrise” was gradually established near Sofia, and Beinsa Douno moved there with many of his disciples.

The hall at “Sunrise” community

1929 – The first summer tent camp was carried out at Seven Lakes in the Rila Mountain. It became a tradition for followers from Bulgaria and abroad. This spiritual school still takes place each year in August, with thousands from all over the world in attendance.

I have come to enliven you, to enlighten you, to help you, to give you knowledge and wisdom, to comfort you by taking on a part of your sorrows, and to give you the joy of hearing God’s Living Word.

1930 – 1944 – Held early morning lectures on Sundays – introducing a new element of his spiritual work, known as “The Morning Word.”

1932 – 1934 – Beinsa Douno gave the first “28 exercises” of PanEuRhythmy (The Supreme Cosmic Rhythm) – a system of rhythmic meditation comprised of melodies, lyrics and plastic movements performed outdoors in the early morning to music. Later he added the “Rays of the Sun” and the “Pentagram.” Paneurhythmy was fully developed by 1942.

1936 – A member of the political party “Democratic Accord” attacked the Master. Blows to the head caused a brain hemorrhage resulting in paralysis. Despite his injuries, Beinsa Douno, together with his disciples, travelled to the Seven Rila Lakes on July 14. There, he made a full recovery on August 12, 1936.

March 22, 1939 – Beinsa Douno wrote “The Eternal Testament of the Spirit” – a letter to his disciples.

1944 – Spent the worst months of the Second World War (January 11, 1944 – October 19, 1944), in the village of Marchaevo, near Sofia, in the house of Temelko Temelkov. He was surrounded by a large group of disciples. This house was later preserved and still functions as a museum.

December 20, 1944 – Delivered the lecture “The Last Word.”

1944, 27 December – The Master Beinsa Douno (Petar Danov) ended his earthly life in Sofia. By special permission he was laid to rest in the Izgrev district. This sacred place is now a beautiful garden and a National Cultural Monument. It is open for visitors seven days a week at no charge.

Master Beinsa Douno left behind an invaluable spiritual heritage of 4 400 talks and lectures, prayers, formulas, Paneurhythmy, 180 songs and melodies, musical, breathing and other exercises, spiritual methods and practices for group work, self-development and conscious living.