Paneurhythmy – Sacred Circle Dance beside Rila Lake-
Each morning, at dawn, when we were still asleep in our tents, we would be woken by the sound of a violin softly playing the tune of a song written by the Master called ‘Wake up, my brother!’ We would get up, and after quickly washing and dressing, we would climb a narrow path in silence leading to a large rocky platform where we would sit and meditate.
When the Master arrived, we would stand up to welcome him, then we would settle down again to meditate and pray and try hard to receive the etheric energies which were bursting forth on the horizon. The moment the sun rose, we would feel that all of nature, the mountains, trees, rivers, and lakes were vibrating in unison with this mighty power of life.
This rock we climbed each morning was a sacred place for us. Even though it was not very high, every summit can become a sanctuary, for symbolically each peak brings us closer to God. This sanctuary had the canopy of heaven as its roof.
Under this immensity, in the presence of the rising sun, how could we not be filled with a feeling of adoration for the Creator of heaven and earth? In this temple of God, we felt purified, enlightened and sanctified.
Then the Master would always say a few words, showing us the great wisdom hidden in each manifestation of nature and the ideal each one of us was striving to achieve by becoming workers of heaven and conductors of the divine life. Then, we would go back down to the camp where we would do the breathing and gymnastic exercises, and we would dance the Paneurythmy in a great meadow near the third lake.
Paneurhythmy with Peter Deunov beside the lake in the 1930s
Hundreds of brothers and sisters danced in a large circle, at the centre of which was the orchestra, as well as the Master whose presence inspired us. Still today, when I hear the first notes of the paneurhythmy, I sometimes feel transported to Rila. Once again I see the mountain tops reflected in those pure lakes and great eagles circling in the bright blue sky, and suddenly I am visited by the same inspiration.
Once Paneurhythmy was over, we would go back to the camp. Now, everyone was free to eat breakfast, walk or work. When it was fine and warm, the Master would advise us to expose our backs to the sun. He explained that its influence was different according to its position in the sky during the day (at dawn, in Bulgarian izgrev; at mid-day, obad; and at sunset, zalez), and its rays are most beneficial in the morning.
He said, ‘The spinal column and the solar plexus are reservoirs that are meant to receive the energies which come to us from the sun and which then circulate through our whole body. To receive these energies well, concentrate while placing the palm of the right hand on the solar plexus and the back of the left hand against the spine.’
There was always something to do during the days at Rila: some places needed levelling, paths needed repairing, wood gathering for the cooking or the evening fires. Cleaning also had to be done; the Master was uncompromising and demanded that we keep the camp in a state of perfect cleanliness.
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
To be continued
Life with the Master Peter Deunov – Autobiographical Reflections, Vol 2
Chapter 13 Summer in the Rila mountains
Autobiographical Reflections of Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov covers the period from 1917, the year he met Master Peter Deunov, to 1937, the year he left Bulgaria for France.