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Bulgarian National Radio - Peter Danov's philosophy (2004)
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Peter Danov's philosophy - popular around the world

This year Bulgaria and the world mark the 140th birth anniversary of Peter Danov, a most venerated spiritual teacher with disciples in all five continents. Peter Danov was born in 1864 to the religious and enlightened family of an orthodox priest, founder of one of the churches in the Black sea city of Varna. Young Danov spent four years at the American Methodist School in the town of Svishtov, on the Danube, and later graduated theology from the Boston University in America, meanwhile attending lectures in medicine and other disciplines. In 1895, Peter Danov returned to Bulgaria with all the knowledge and experience he had gathered abroad. His mediocre opinion of church life, with its hierarchy and traditionalism, led him to establishing his own spiritual system. Danov became the founder of a teaching mixing basic Christian values with the postulates of other religions: living in harmony with nature, utilizing it energies, understanding and loving one’s neighbour, thinking and feeling in a right way, etc. “The whole world kneels before me, and I kneel before teacher Peter Danov from Bulgaria”, Albert Einstein said once. Lev Tolstoy also dreamed of meeting him right before his death, and fashion designer Paco Raban argues today that Danov’s ideas will be at the heart of the 21st century culture.

Danov developed a teaching which he preached for over twenty years in Bulgaria. His writings have been published both at home and abroad. He composed over a hundred and sixty songs and melodies. They are performed by his followers, who call themselves “The white brotherhood”. How can the tremendous popularity and impact of his teaching worldwide be explained?

“I think the main reason for Beinsa Duno’s popularity (this is his spiritual name) is the natural way of life his teaching prescribes, says musician Peter Ganev, Danov’s lifelong adept and director of the brotherhood’s choir, popularizing the teacher’s music. Its major goal is to bring people back to nature, to make them aware of where they come from and consider what direction their lives should take. It is true that material culture and the exponential technical advance are good in themselves, but they have to be congruous with the dimensions of human ethics. One must be in control of himself, to be moral, to think himself as part of nature rather than as its conqueror. Man is still a primitive and aggressive being, a consumer striving to reserve a place for himself in society and nature. Very often he overlooks the fact that he is not simply the crown of creation, but an atom among atoms in cosmos. Nowadays people have grown much apart from nature, and between themselves. They are closed unsociable, running after certain business, professional or personal goals, and forgetting in this run the meaning of life. Peter Danov’s teachings advocate reincarnation and karma. One is born again and again, and returns each time on earth to add to the spiritual richness of his soul. The soul is eternal and ever-developing. ”

Is it necessary that this development is always in the direction of spiritual growth?

“Peter Danov teaches that all things must develop in mutual harmony and in all directions simultaneously. Man should develop his mystical abilities and meditate reaching for the higher spiritual spheres, while taking care of his physical body, and his social and professional realization, meanwhile. The teacher had always advised his followers to study, to take up different crafts, to develop their skills, so that they can work and make a living. The White Brotherhood had been developing crafts such as gardening, printing, house decoration and others. Arts had been especially respected, and the same applies to music. Every morning they used to greet the dawn singing. This combination of music, words, exercises and dancing is called paneurythmy. ”

The paneurythmy is performed early in the morning out in nature in the period 22nd March – 22nd September, when sunlight and clean air charge the human body with energy. The traditional summer camp organized by Danov’s followers in the highest Bulgarian mountain of Rila, in what is know as the region of the Seven Rila lakes, begins exactly on the 19th August each year. According to Beinsa Duno, this is the time when all powers of light and reason gather on the sun.

“He says, we get together to receive part of these energies and messages on the ‘gathering days’ – that is, 19th to 21st August. The earth is then in an especially favourable position in relation to the sun, and if we are outdoors we could feel the natural magnetism of the sunrays. We subconsciously absorb their energy and transfer it to our close ones. ”


Author: Veneta Pavlova

English version: Antonia Apostolova

Published on August 17, 2004 at 3:01 PM BG

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