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Christian Dorofeev
Christian Dorofeev

Soul Of The Forgotten Wow

A forgotten one is a massive entity related to the Old Gods. The only known specimen was encountered and killed by Arthas Menethil and Anub'arak in the Inner Kingdom of Azjol-Nerub shortly after the Third War. It commanded the n'raqi group called Faceless Ones and was described as "an unfathomable horror of a long forgotten time".[1] It had been released from the dark below by the earthquakes that were being caused by Illidan Stormrage's sorcery in his attempt to destroy the Frozen Throne[2] and emerged from the ice to block Arthas and Anub'arak's passage to Icecrown. In combat, it summoned large tentacles and used fire spells against the Scourge forces.[1] Upon being defeated, the creature's death stirred the depths of the Old Kingdom and caused the caverns to begin crumbling in on themselves.[3]

Soul Of The Forgotten Wow

In Azjol-Nerub, forgotten ones seethe below, eager to return to the world above.[4] The being at the Master's Glaive in Ashenvale is described as a "dead" forgotten one.[5] Forgotten ones are categorized as aberrations in an index despite lacking stats elsewhere.[6]

The essence of our being is God. This is a beautiful teaching but it is also important to be grounded in other realities. We are a soul, but our soul is inside a physical body which we need to work with. The yamas are related to the instinctive area of the mind, the part of us which is like animals. The yamas focus on tendencies such as lying and stealing, that need to be restrained or controlled.

This morning focusing on the Yamas and a little bit on the Niyamas. Before thinking through what I was going to say, I thought I would start out with the first Yama. Start there with Ahimsa, reviewing that. Then, as I looked at all the beautiful material Gurudeva had written on the Yamas and Niyamas, I realized that, that wasn't really the beginning. That we needed to step back and take a look at the concept of the Yamas themselves before we jumped into the first one. So, this is kind of an overview on the Yamas. Of course, in our teachings we emphasize that man is a divine being. Man is a soul, a spiritual being. At the essence of that soul is God Siva. At the essence of our spiritual being, not only are we spiritual, we are also one with God at the depth of our spiritual being.

However, it is important also to be grounded in other realities. We are a soul but where is our soul? It is inside our physical body, it is in there, not standing alone. It is not sitting up there in the Sivaloka in the Third World, blessing us all. It is encased, it has a physical body around it. So being in a physical body, we not only have a soul, we also have an instinctive and an intellectual mind which we need to work with. The phrase that Gurudeva uses is the three phases of the mind, which reminds us that there is the three-fold nature we are dealing with here. The instinctive, the intellectual and the superconscious or the soul. We have three phases of the mind.

In thinking about that I remembered something that I had forgotten, which is the usual way. Cognizantibility, you remember what you remember. Then you forget what you have forgotten! Not normal speech. You remember something you forgot. In this case, I remembered that Gurudeva, in the past, had certain of his sishya learn horse back riding. That doesn't sound too unusual. But he did it in the spirit of their learning to understand and control the instinctive mind. That is what he said, "By doing this, you will gain a better understanding of how the instinctive mind works and how to control it, just by learning to control a horse through the reins."

40 years ago, like pretty much everybody in the world, I was glued to my TV set watching Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin set their spacecraft down on the surface of the Moon, and then go out and walk around on it and, mission accomplished, take off again and come gloriously home. I still get a little quiver in my soul when I think of those two guys and that wonderful week.


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