The tradition to which our attention is being drawn in this post appears under various names or none at all. This is the tradition associated with the names, primarily, of the Bulgarians Peter Deunov (d. 1944) and his disciple, Mikhaël Aïvanhov (d. 1986) and, secondarily, with more recent (contemporary) teachers such as Olivier Manitara (in Canada) and Zor Alef (in Bulgaria). The different teachers may have different emphases, but the tradition itself is always presented by master teachers in a coherent non-syncretistic way that is appropriate to the times and environment.
It is a welcome publishing event that Prophet for Our Times: The Life and Teachings of Peter Deunov, edited by David Lorimer, has been recently reprinted by Hay House (September 2015). This one of the best books available in English for an introduction to this remarkable spiritual teacher of the last century. Lorimer repeats a wonderful anecdote about Peter Deunov (Beinsa Duono) to the effect that the divine teaching is not preached in a propagandist manner:
“An ardent disciple came to him asking advice on how to spread the good news of love. He thought of procuring a soap box on which to preach, but Beinsa Douno said: ‘No, not like that!’ … Beinsa Duono asked him whether he had ever breathed the mountain air fragrant with violets. Yes, indeed he had. ‘Then,’ continued the Master, ‘you must have breathed this marvellous perfume without seeing the violets. You might then have discovered the little flowers which were sending you their perfume hidden under some shrub. This is how we work, like violets. Our radiant thoughts, our noble feelings, as well as our useful and unselfish actions are like the perfume of the violets. If you meet a questing soul, just say a couple of words. Light a little sacred flame and leave it. This may seem an insignificant deed, but because this soul is connected to other souls, they too will be illumined. Such is the law.”