A Bulgarian Sage

Prophet for Our Times: The Life & Teachings of Peter Deunov by David LorimerProphet for Our Times: The Life & Teachings of Peter Deunov – Edited by David Lorimer Foreword by Dr Wayne W. Dyer

Reviewed by Ravi Ravindra

This is a welcome new edition of the book published more than twenty-five years ago about the great spiritual teacher Peter Deunov. Master Deunov (1864-1944), clearly a great luminary emerging from the Western tradition, deserves to be much more known than he is.  His life and teachings have been little known perhaps owing to the Communist rule which was imposed on Bulgaria for decades.

The editor, David Lorimer, presents the teachings of Peter Deunov succinctly and with clarity and insight. He came in contact with the teachings of the Bulgarian Master more than thirty years ago and has been actively involved in this work ever since. David is very familiar with the spiritual heritage of the whole world and recognizes the quality brought by Master Deunov.

Peter Deunov—his spiritual name was Beinsa Douno—was a great and inspiring teacher of eternal wisdom, embodying tremendous profundity and great simplicity.  His teachings provide practical aids for living in harmony with the earth, with fellow human beings and with God.  His way of looking at life was through what he called Divine Love, the love that never changes and never varies. He very much emphasized the mystical meaning of esoteric Christianity, not simply believing this or that, but actually living the teachings of Christ by a subtle gnosis, emphasising loving God, loving fellow human beings and one’s enemies.

It is a historical fact that the official keepers of a religious tradition are often at odds with those who wish to fulfil the tradition. The more organized a religion is the greater is this tension. Christ himself was accused of destroying the tradition whereas, as he said, he came to fulfil it. Peter Deunov himself was persecuted by the Bulgarian clergy and was treated as a traitor to the Church. He said, “They stir the people against me and say that I am defiling the name of God, that I am undermining the authority of the Holy Church.  My question is: Where is your God? Where is the Son? The Son of God is the son of love. Where is your love? I can see no trace of love anywhere.”

To underscore the importance and profundity of the teaching of Peter Deunov, let me quote only two of his remarks:

“If anyone asks me, ‘Why do you love and serve God?’ I shall say, ‘Because God loves me.’ Service and work are always the way to respond to love. Love works.”

“We preach the Christ of Love, which supports and fills every heart; we preach the Christ of Wisdom, which illuminates every mind; we preach the Christ of Truth, which liberates and elevates the world.”

David Lorimer deserves our gratitude for bringing the teaching of Master Peter Deunov to a wider public.  The world will be a better place if more of us could follow his teachings.

Ravi Ravindra is author of The Pilgrim Soul: A Path to the Sacred Transcending World Religions

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