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DHARMA

Q: What is the fruit of one’s life?

Bhagavan: If a person understands that he must conduct himself according to the true principles of life, that itself is the fruit of great tapas (spiritual practice) done in his previous life. Those who do not think in this way are merely wasting their time.

— Living by the Words of Bhagavan, p. 246

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Я хотел бы рассказать известную индийскую притчу, которую очень любил Рамакришна. Она поясняет, насколько трудно вмещать в голове сразу два уровня сознания и видеть мир одновременно многообразным и единым. Один гуру помог своему ученику осознать себя тождественным той силе, которая поддерживает весь мир и которую с богословской точки зрения принято называть «Богом». Мысль о том, что он един с Владыкой и Бытием Вселенной, очень взволновала юношу, и он шел от гуру целиком поглощенный новыми переживаниями. Выйдя на дорогу за околицей деревни, он увидел шагающего навстречу слона с паланкином на спине и, как заведено, восседающим на его шее погонщиком. Юный претендент на святость как раз размышлял над утверждением:
«Я — Бог. Всё вокруг — Бог» и, завидев могучего слона добавил к нему очевидный вывод:
«Слон — тоже Бог». Огромный зверь, чьи колокольчики звенели в такт величественной походке, неуклонно шел вперед, и погонщик завопил:
«С дороги! С дороги, болван!» Но восторженный паренек по-прежнему размышлял:
«Я — Бог, и этот слон — Бог», а после криков погонщика подумал: «Как Бог может бояться Бога? Разве Бог обязан уступать место Богу?» События развивались стремительно: погонщик истошно орал, а погруженный в медитацию юноша не оставлял ни своего возвышенного прозрения, ни места посреди дороги. Наступил момент истины: подойдя вплотную, слон попросту обвил невменяемого мальчишку хоботом и отбросил на обочину. Испуганный и потрясенный юноша безвольно рухнул и был раздавлен — не буквально, но душевно. Поднявшись, он не стал даже отряхивать одежду и бегом помчался к своему гуру за объяснениями. Он поведал о случившемся и упрекнул учителя:
— Ты же говорил, что я Бог!
— Так и есть, — ответил гуру. — Ты Бог.
— Еще ты сказал, что всё вокруг — Бог.
— Это правда, — подтвердил гуру. — Все на свете — Бог.
— Значит, и тот слон — Бог?
— Да. Слон тоже Бог. Но почему ты не прислушался к голосу Бога, который кричал сверху, чтобы ты убрался с дороги?

Джозеф Кемпбелл
Мифы, в которых нам жить

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Просветление не для трусов и слабаков, оно для тех, кто обладает силой и может сражаться со слабостью привязанностей и отождествления с личностью. Стой на своих собственных ногах, не нужно ни от чего зависеть.

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СПОНТАННАЯ ПЕСНЯ, ПОЯСНЯЮЩАЯ УЧЕНИКУ
РАЗНИЦУ МЕЖДУ ЗНАЮЩИМ АБСОЛЮТ И НЕСВЕДУЩИМ
(джняни и а-джняни)

Истинный мастер-джняни,
тот, кто в своем видении, созерцании Брахмана
истинно взошел на четвертую бхуми и даже выше,
даже когда говорит об относительных путях и учениях,
разделяя понятия, говорит философским языком,
мирским языком,
или вообще говорит о мирском,
или говорит чепуху,
или лжет - все равно он истинно говорит
только о Брахмане и все его слова - святая,
воистину великая,
запредельная освобождающая Дхарма,
которая всегда желанна людям и радует даже богов.

Человек же мира сего, сансарин,
даже когда он правильно говорит об Абсолюте,
о том, что за пределами всех описаний и бхуми,
цитируя писания, все равно -
говорит только о мирском.
Истинный мастер-джняни,
даже когда думает о мирском,
будучи погружен в сат-чит-ананду,
думает лишь о Брахмане,
человек же мира сего, сансарин,
даже когда думает о Брахмане,
думает только о мирской сансаре.

Истинный мастер-джняни,
даже когда кажется,
что он занят мирскими относительными делами -
проявляет игру Брахмана
и пребывает нерушимо в Брахмане,
человек же мир сего, сансарин,
даже когда он сидит неподвижно
в медитации,
выполняет аскетичную садхану йоги,
подобно святому, или читает мантру,
или проводит ритуалы,
все равно он не покидает сансары,
пребывает в сансаре.

И почему?

Потому что джняни, растворив свое эгоистичное "Я",
всегда естественно пребывает в свете божественной милости,
будучи растворенным в Брахмане,
осознает себя нераздельным с Брахманом,
и не имеет никаких понятий о мирском или о Брахмане,
потому он всегда пребывает в Брахмане.

Пребывая в сахадже и осознавая себя днем и ночью,
он не делит на мирское и священное,
и потому пребывает в великом
священном Брахмане без перерывов,
осознав пять тайных пространств в своем сердце
и пребывая нераздельно со светом Брахмана.

Он не покидает Брахмана когда ест,
ходит, говорит, работает, спит или лежит,
и все его так называемые действия -
никакие вовсе не действия,
а спонтанная лила-игра Абсолюта.

Соединив сансару и нирвану,
он неотрывно пребывает в Брахмане
во всех девяти действиях и сорока пяти активностях,
а потому все его действия как мирские,
так и духовные - иллюзорны, подобны сну,
радуге, миражу, сыну бесплодной женщины,
и полностью освобождены в Брахмане,
будучи ничем иным, кроме игры Брахмана.

Совершая действия и будучи единым с Брахманом,
он устойчив в чувстве "Я - Брахман" (Брахма-ахам-бхава),
свободен от чувства "Я делаю",
не стремится к плодам и результатам
и ограничение делателя (кала-канчука)
не действует на него.

Проявляя желания, такие как желание еды,
сна, жилища,
обладание одеждой,
желание помогать другим и т д.
он, будучи в сахадже,
естественном созерцании Брахмана,
совершенно отрешен от них, целостен,
не имеет понятия о себе,
как о желающем,
твердо пребывая в измерении полноты Абсолюта,
как своей природе ума
и ограничение желаниями и чувство неполноты (рага-канчука)
никак не действует на него.

Изучая, узнавая, читая что-либо в качестве игры,
он не имеет понятия о себе, как о познающем субъекте - "Я",
и о том, что он что-либо узнает или изучает,
он всегда нерушимо, подобно алмазной скале,
остается во всеведающем знании Брахмана,
поэтому ограничение познанием (видья канчука)
никак не касается его.

Думая, проявляя чувства, оценки, действия,
он не разделяет их с Брахманом,
поскольку днем и ночью поглощен Брахманом,
естественно осуществляя
такую великую нидидхьясану,
он никогда не покидает святого престола Брахмана,
все его мысли и чувства, будучи нереальными,
подобно сыну бесплодной женщины,
игриво освобождаются в природе ума,
подобно кругам на воде,
подобно следу птицы в небе,
подобно эху в горах.

Действуя в ограниченных условиях причин-следствий
закона кармы, места, времени и обстоятельств,
он, будучи естественно погруженным в Брахман,
не имеет никаких понятий о Я, о причинах,
и следствиях, о месте, о делении времени
на прошлое, настоящее и будущее,
об обстоятельствах,
и потому ограничение временем (кала-канчука) и кармой,
местом и обстоятельствами (нияти) не действуют на него.

Человек же мира сего,
даже овладев умственным пониманием Брахмана,
даже совершая правильные действия на это не способен,
потому что он наделяет Брахмана
ограничениями в своем уме,
не свободен от идеи "Я" (анава мала),
несвободен от иллюзии многообразия (майя -мала),
несвободен от действия (карма мала),
несвободен от умственного понимания Брахмана,
и даже когда он совершает правильные действия,
стремясь к Брахману,
ограничения-канчуки, такие как кала,
видья и прочие - влияют на него,
и поэтому это так, это воистину так.

А потому, следует, не удовлетворяясь лишь
малым умственным пониманием Абсолюта,
усердно стремиться практиковать садхану,
чтобы обрести истинное,
великое понимание святых и сиддхов,
то, которое истинно освобождает
и свободно от любого неведения.

✡ Шри Гуру Свами Вишнудевананда Гири
"Наставления Пробужденного"

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Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.

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As long as there is a wanting
for someone or something
to make you happy,
this is a sure way to create
a sense of lacking and
misery in yourself.

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The real Master looks into your mind and Heart, sees what state you are in, and gives out advice which is always appropriate and relevant. Other people, who are not established in the Self, can only give out advice which is based on either their own limited expe­rience or on what they have heard or read. This advice is often foolish. The true teacher will never mislead you with bad advice because he always knows what you need, and he always knows what state you are in.

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Grace is from God and works in the depth of the soul whose powers it employs. It is a light, which issues forth to do service under the guidance of the Spirit.

The Divine Light permeates the soul and lifts it above the turmoil of temporal things to rest in God. The soul cannot progress except with the light, which God has given it as a nuptial gift; love works the likeness of God into the soul. The peace, freedom, and blessedness of all souls consist in their abiding in God's will. Towards this union with God for which it is created the soul strives perpetually.

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GANDHI'S VISIT TO ARUNACHALA

ANNAMALAI SWAMI REMEMBERED
ASHRAM LIFE,
part 5

Gandhi's visit

In the 1930s Mahatma Gandhi came to Tiruvannamalai to make a political speech. Since the organizers had selected a piece of open ground about 400 yards from the ashram as the location for the event, many people in the ashram had hopes that the Mahatma would also pay a call on Bhagavan.

When the day of the speech came, I, along with many other devotees, waited at the ashram gate in the hope of catching a glimpse of Gandhi as he drove past. When he finally passed us he was very easy to spot because he was being driven to the meeting in an open car. Rajagopalachari, a leading Congress politician who had organized this South Indian speaking tour, was sitting next to Gandhi in the car. As the car was moving very slowly I ran alongside it and saluted Gandhi by putting my palms together above my head. To my astonishment and delight Gandhi returned my greeting by making the same gesture. The car stopped for a few moments near the ashram gate but it started again when Rajagopalachari gestured to the driver that he should drive on and not enter the ashram.

Rajagopalachari later became chief minister of the Madras Presidency, a region that included most of South India. After independence he became the first Indian to hold the office of Governor-general.

One of the ashram's residents, T.K. Sundaresa lyer, went to the meeting and presented Gandhi with two books: Aksharamanamdlai and Ramana Sannidhi Murai. As he was presenting the books he quoted a verse from Aksharamanamalai: '0 Arunachala! Gem of awareness, shining in all creatures low or high, destroy the meanness in my heart.' Gandhi auctioned the books and gave the proceeds to a harijan welfare fund.

Aksharamanamalai is a long poem by Bhagavan in praise of Arunachala. Ramana Sannidhi Murai, written by Muruganar, is a collection of poems which praise Bhagavan.

After the meeting was over I went to the hall and told Bhagavan the story of how Gandhi had greeted me on the road. I also mentioned that Rajagopalachari had made the driver go straight to the meeting, thus denying Gandhi a chance to make^a brief visit to the ashram. Bhagavan replied with a very interesting comment.

'Gandhi would like to come here but Rajagopalachari was worried about the consequences. Because he knows that Gandhi is an advanced soul, he fears that he might go into samadhi here and forget all about politics. That is why-he gestured to the driver to drive on.'

A few days later, when Gandhi was in Madras, Krishnaswami went to see him and managed to get an interview with him. When he introduced himself to Gandhi as a resident of Sri Ramanasramam, Gandhi remarked, 'l would love to come and see Bhagavan but I don't know when the time will come'.

One or two of Bhagavan's devotees who attended Gandhi's meeting have reported that Gandhi did make a serious attempt to visit Bhagavan. He cut his speech, which was originally scheduled for ten minutes, to about five minutes in the hope of using the extra time to make a quick visit to the ashram. However, Rajagopalachari, who had a long-standing dislike of Bhagavan, dissuaded him from making the visit. After a few minutes discussion during which Rajagopalachari made it quite clear that he was completely opposed to the visit, Gandhi backed down and allowed himself to be driven to the next political meeting.

Rajagopalachari openly expressed his disapproval of Bhagavan. When one of Bhagavan's devotees called Amritanatha Yatendra once paid a call on Gandhi, Gandhi made a few polite inquiries about Bhagavan.

Rajagopalachari, who was also present, turned to Nehru, the future Prime Minister, and said, 'What is the point of sitting in a cave in a kaupina [loincloth] when the country has so many problems and Gandhi is being put in jail for struggling for independence?' Gandhi turned to him and put his finger to his lips to indicate that he should not criticize in this way.

Although Gandhi continued to express an interest in seeing Bhagavan, he never came to Tiruvannamalai again.

— Living by the Words of Bhagavan, p. 101

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In the forest of ignorance lurks a deer,
The deer called alienation.
Taking out the great bow of wisdom and skillful means,
And shooting the single arrow of ultimate truth,
The deer dies – yes, conceptual thoughts die!
There is the flesh – a feast of non-duality,
And, the taste is that of Great Bliss (Mahāsukha),
And the goal, the Mahamudra is accomplished!

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Though he expresses with manifold variety of chattering,
The mind of the Yogi does not depart from the one.
In that oneness, there is not even oneness!
Therefore, the manifold is also free from any basis.
He dwells like a madman, careless and vacant,
In effortless conduct, like a baby.



In the state of carefree enjoyment of one’s realization,
When the plight of confused beings become evident,
Tears come forth through the power of overwhelming compassion.
Exchanging self for others, (the Yogi) engages for the benefit of others.

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Those who understand both speech and silence are in Samadhi. If you speak when you know, your speech is free. If you are silent when you don’t know, your silence is bondage. If your speech is not attached to appearances, it is free. If your silence is attached to appearances, it is bondage. Language by itself is not bondage. Because, language by itself is not attachment. And, attachment has nothing to do with language.

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ANNAMALAI SWAMI REMEMBERED
ASHRAM LIFE,
part 4

Bhagavan would also occasionally get angry with other ashram workers if they deliberately disobeyed him. There was an office worker called Mauni Srinivasa Rao who once incurred Bhagavan's displeasure by trying to override his instructions. One of Mauni Srinivasa Rao's jobs was to draft replies to all the spiritual queries which came to the ashram by post. These first drafts would be shown to Bhagavan, who would then scrutinize them and make all necessary corrections. On one occasion,

Mauni Srinivasa Rao refused to accept that Bhagavan's corrections were definitive. He corrected Bhagavan's alterations and sent the letter back to the hall. Bhagavan went through the letter for the second time, deleting all the corrections which had been added by Mauni Srinivasa Rao. When the letter went back to the office, Mauni

Srinivasa Rao again altered some of Bhagavan's corrections. He brought the new draft to the hall and tried to get Bhagavan to read it, but Bhagavan refused even to look at it.

Instead, he threw the letter at Mauni Srinivasa Rao and said, very angrily, 'You do what you like!'

Sometimes Bhagavan showed his displeasure in more subtle ways. One night, after the evening meal, there was a big quarrel in the dining room which resulted in Subramaniam Swami hitting Krishnaswami in the face. Krishnaswami immediately went and complained to Bhagavan but Bhagavan appeared to take no interest in the matter.

Someone had paid for a big bhiksha for the following day, which meant a lot of work for everyone in the kitchen. Ordinarily, Bhagavan would have come to the kitchen at 3 a.m. to help Subramaniam to cut the vegetables but that morning he remained in the hall and made Subramaniam do all the work by himself. Subramaniam spent the first two hours wondering why Bhagavan was late but eventually he realized that he was being punished for attacking Krishnaswami. Bhagavan confirmed his theory by refusing to talk to him, or even look at him, for the rest of that day. Although Subramaniam worked full-time in the ashram, it was well-known that he had little interest in the spiritual life. Once, while Bhagavan was talking to me in the hall about the unreality of the world; Subramaniam Swami came in and listened for a while. After a few minutes, he interrupted by saying, 'How to make the world disappear from the mind?

Bhagavan, knowing that he had no real interest in spiritual matters, responded to his query by saying, 'Go and swallow a ball of ganja [cannabis]. That will make the world disappear.' And then he carried on talking to me.

Bhagavan always discouraged people from taking ganja but in this case, his flippant reply was rather appropriate. Both Subramaniam and his father were ganja users and neither of them had any serious interest in spiritual matters.

— Living by the Words of Bhagavan, p. 99

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A CINEMA SHOW

The body thought is a distraction from the Self. For whom is the body or birth? It is not for the Self, the spirit. It is for the non-self which imagines itself separate.
Just as a miser keeps his treasures always to himself and never parts with them, so the Self safeguards the vasanas in that which is closest to itself, i.e. within the Heart.

The Heart radiates vitality to the brain and thus causes it to function. The vasanas are enclosed in the Heart in their subtlest form and later projected on the brain, which reflects them with high magnification.

This is how the world is made to go on and this is why the world is nothing more than a cinema show.

— Conscious Immortality

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Please, understand that the Guru stands for reality, for truth, for what is. He is a realist in the highest sense of the term. He cannot and shall not come to terms with the mind and its delusions. He comes to take you to the real; don’t expect him to do anything else.

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Господь ищет сердца, преисполненного любовью к Богу и ближнему - вот престол, на котором Он любит восседать и на котором Он является в полноте Своей пренебесной славы.

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Truth is for earnest seekers, not for those of idle curiosity. It is easy to believe when one sees; there is nothing then to deny. Supersensual truth is deserved and discovered by those who overcome their natural materialistic skepticism.

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Who is the Guru, after all? He who knows the state in which there is neither the world nor the thought of it, he is the Supreme Teacher. To find him means to reach the state in which imagination is no longer taken for reality.

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A radical 'fruit cure' or a 'long fast' without necessary knowledge of when and how to discontinue the fast often cause serious impairment of an already weakened vital energy.

— Tragedy of Nutrition

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The quickest horse that carries you to perfection is suffering.

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It requires something more than intelligence to act intelligently.

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Weaning His Child

Annamalai Swami was born in 1905, November 14th and came to Sri Ramana in 1929 after leaving his family and home. Bhagavan was his god and guru who guided him day after day. Soon he was asked to supervise the constructions of all the main buildings that were started at that time. Besides being a strenuous task in itself – he was allowed to have an umbrella and sandals – Bhagavan used the constellation for a training ground for Annamalai and Bhagavan’s brother Chinnaswami, who was called the ‘sarvadhikari’ which means ‘Ruler over all’. The ashram needed a manager that could assert himself and many were afraid of his strict ways. Throughout his years of service, Bhagavan arranged it in such a way that Chinnaswami’s plans were changed by Annamalai Swami. After instructing him very detailed, Bhagavan always ended: ‘If Chinnaswami comes and argues with you about this plan, don’t tell him that I asked you to work like this. Pretend that you are doing it on your own authority.’ Of course, this led each time to a big clash.

After serving in this challenging way for more than a decade Bhagavan embraced Annamalai seemingly in jest. This triggered a deep experience of the Self and ended the working phase in the ashram for him. He moved to Palakottu, as sadhu-colony close by and began an intensive meditative life that finally culminated in the realization of the Self. The following touching narration tells how Bhagavan severed the outer relationship between them.

‘These nightly visits were a special time for me. Whenever I visited him Bhagavan would always talk to me with a lot of love and affection. Unfortunately, as I was soon to discover, this period of my life was drawing to a close.

A few days later, when I entered the hall, Bhagavan covered his head and face with a dhoti and refused to look at me. This was very unusual. He normally greeted me with a few friendly words whenever I entered the hall. He behaved in exactly the same way on the two nights that followed.

On the third day, I asked him, ‘Why is Bhagavan covering his face like a Muslim woman every time I come into the hall? Does this mean that I should not come anymore?’

Bhagavan replied, rather cynically, ‘I am just behaving like Siva. Why are you talking to me?’

The first sentence of Bhagavan’s answer is a literal translation of a phrase which has the more general meaning, ‘I am sitting here, just minding my own business.’
I took this to be an indication that Bhagavan didn’t want me to come to see him anymore. I walked out of the hall and stood under a tree. After some time Bhagavan called me back into the hall. I noticed that there was no one else there at the time.
‘Are you an atheist who has no belief in God?’ asked Bhagavan.

I was too puzzled to make a reply.

‘If one has no faith in God,’ Bhagavan eventually continued, ‘one will commit a lot of sins and be miserable. But you, you are a mature devotee. When the mind has attained maturity, in that mature state, if one thinks that one is separate from God, one will fall into the same state as an atheist who has no belief in God.

‘You are a mature sadhaka [spiritual seeker]. It is not necessary for you to come here anymore. Stay in Palakottu and do your meditation there. Try to efface the notion that you are different from God.’

I left the ashram and never went back again. Although my room is only about 200 yards from the ashram gate, I have not visited the ashram once since that fateful day in the 1940s.

About twenty days later, as Bhagavan was walking in Palakottu, he came up to me, smiled and said,
‘I have come for your darshan’. I was quite shocked to hear Bhagavan speak like this even though I knew he was joking.

When I asked him for an explanation he said, ‘You have obeyed my words. You are living simply and humbly as I have taught. Is this not great?’

Though Bhagavan had asked me not to come to the ashram any more, I still thought that I had the freedom to talk to him when he visited Palakottu. Bhagavan disabused me of this notion shortly afterwards when I went to see him while he was walking on the hill.

He turned to me and said, ‘You are happier than I. What you had to give you have given. What I had to give I have given. Why are you still coming to see me?’
These were his last words to me. I obeyed his instructions and never approached him again. I still had Bhagavan’s darshan when he came on his daily walk to Palakottu but we never spoke to each other again. If we met accidentally he would walk past me, without acknowledging my presence.

Bhagavan had once told me: ‘Do not cling to the form of the Guru, for this will perish; do not cling to his feet for his attendants will stop you. The true Bhagavan resides in your Heart as your own Self. This is who I truly am.’

By severing the personal link between us, Bhagavan was trying to make me aware of him as he really is. Bhagavan had frequently told me that I should not attach a name and form to the Self or regard it in any way as a personal being.

Bhagavan gave me his grace and then severed the personal relationship between us. The bond of love and devotion was not separated; it was just restricted to the mind and the heart.

When Bhagavan became very sick at the end of the 1940s I was sorely tempted to visit him. I never succumbed because I knew that Bhagavan had instructed to stay away from his outer presence. Some people who were not aware of what Bhagavan had had told me (criticized this):

‘Annamalai Swami served Bhagavan for a long time’, they said, ‘but he is not coming to see Bhagavan now that Bhagavan is seriously ill.’

Bhagavan remarked, ‘He is the one who is not causing any trouble.’

Then he added, ‘You people are here but your minds are elsewhere. He is elsewhere but his mind is here. ‘

In the years that followed I tried to remain in contact with the real Bhagavan, the Bhagavan who exists eternally in the heart.’

- Living by the words of Bhagavan

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