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Flowing Towards Dreams Fulfilled

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Accept, Learn, Let Go-Message in a Book

Let Go...Ganga Sunset

I just began a new book on my Kindle… chosen by random from the huge collection I’ve accumulated. The first chapter began with the above quote.  Just put it on a nice photo to make it prettier…but the message is just what I needed at the moment!  I am Grateful and Blessed as always

with love light and JOY

Jane

 

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What better way to celebrate Passover, the Festival of Spring, than with magical photos of Nature and its Blessings

Nature Walk

This photo was taken a couple of years ago in  a New Jersey Wood.  For more magical, blessed photos of Nature, please check out the links below and enjoy!

https://notinindia2012.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/the-magical-charms-of-nature-and-the-healing-sound-of-water/

https://notinindia2012.wordpress.com/2012/12/26/the-blessings-and-magic-of-nature/

https://notinindia2012.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/back-to-nature-five-minutes-from-my-house/

https://notinindia2012.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/nothing-nutures-like-nature/

https://notinindia2012.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/the-blessings-of-nature-2/

Enjoy and a Happy Passover to all who celebrate it.

See you after the Holiday

With love light and JOY

Jane

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This lotus was photographed a couple of years ago in Sarnath, Buddhist center near Varanassi.  I thought it a fitting background for this idea.

Lotus pond in Sarnath

Think about it…I’d love to hear your comments and feedback.

The message is quite profound …truly thought provoking. We generally allow our emotions to determine our response to others. If we would take the time, become aware and alert to what is behind the emotion, be mindful of where its source is within ourselves,  before we respond, before we judge…life would be so much simpler, balanced and tranquil.

with much love light and JOY

Jane

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The Blessings of Nature

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

~ John Muir

I hope you enjoy the gallery below (click on any photo and you will be able to see the entire series in full size)-photos taken one lovely Fall in the States.

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…and a special thanks to http://travelgardeneat.com/2012/09/26/one-more-reflection-of-gratitude-nature/ for this lovely quote!

with love light and JOY

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The Divine appears in so many ways, Those who are aware will always know it

Love shows in so many ways, Those who Love will always see it

The Divine speaks in so many ways Those who are awake will always hear it ~ Nardeep Pujji

Fiery Sunset Rishikesh

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious; It is the source of all true art and science.” ~ Albert Einstein

Sunset Over the Ganga-Varanassi

 

with love light and JOY

Jane

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Just for Today I Will Love and Respect Every Living Creature

thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself…leviticus 19:18

If we look at the above, the fourth of the Reiki Principles, it appears to be fairly straightforward.  It is pretty obvious to us that one of the most important things in this world is to love and respect others, show compassion and tolerance, patience and understanding etc.  We also know that we must be kind to EVERY living being and this would of course include animals, insects, plants etc., etc.

The original wording of the principle as stated by Dr. Usui is slightly different, but the message is more easily understood with the above paraphrase which I prefer using in my Reiki classes and in my own daily meditation practice.

And the profoundness of the principle, if we truly think about it, opens the door to an entirely new way of perceiving the ups and downs of our lives, of relating to instances where we feel we have been wronged by someone, or taken advantage of, even purposely hurt or embarrassed, or injured in any way. Of relating to the different people who come into our lives and the way we accept and embrace all that is sent our way by God and the Universe.

In addition, if we add just two small words to the above principle, it changes the impact and intent even more deeply.

Just for Today I will Love and Respect Every Living Creature…INCLUDING MYSELF!!  If we do not truly love ourselves, how can we possibly love and respect our neighbor??

I will try and give insights into the following two questions we must try to answer:

1.  Can we truly love and respect others if we don’t do the same for ourselves

2.  Can we truly be expected to love and respect EVERYone??

Before going any further into the idea of loving even those who we perceive as causing us pain or wishing us ill, let us, just for a moment, think about our relationship with ourselves.

  • Do you love yourself?
  • Are you proud of yourself?
  • Do you respect yourself?
  • Do you take yourself for granted?
  • Do you put yourself down?
  • Do you say unkind things about yourself ?

Just for the next week, in addition to saying this principle each day with your daily prayers, meditation or whatever your regular practice is, try delving a little deeper into it.  Pay attention during the day to the thoughts that you have regarding the things you do.  Check the impulse to criticize yourself, or be compassionate with yourself. Note how you feel when you make a wrong decision, or get lost on the highway, or break a dish you are washing, or burn the supper, or simply forget to do something important.  What feelings do you have, what words fill your head at the moment (stupid, clumsy, thoughtless, lazy). What sensations do you feel physically in your body?  Where? Are you automatically hard on yourself, or, perhaps, compassionate and understanding.

Think about this for a week, and I think you will be quite surprised at what you find.  Many of us cannot even say out loud “I love myself”, “I think I am great”, “I am perfect just as I am”, etc., but even those of us who CAN say these things and truly mean them, are still too often overly critical of ourselves.

I would even think to perhaps state the principle in a little different way.  Instead of “Just for today I will love and respect every living creature…(including myself)”…How about:  “Just for today I will love and respect myself in the same way I imagine I love and respect every other living creature” .  Said in that way, it might make it easier for us to realize how much more compassionate we can be with others, how much more tolerant and understanding, how much more patient and loving, than we tend to be with ourselves.

Like a caring mother

Holding and guarding the life

Of her only child,

So with a boundless heart

Hold yourself…. And all beings

…Buddha

“We might quite readily offer such care to others, but we can learn to offer this same kind of gentle attention to ourselves.  With the tenderness we might bring to stroking the cheek of a sleeping child, we can softly place a hand on our own cheek or heart.  We can comfort ourselves with words of kindness and understanding. ” Radical Acceptance”, Tara Brach, PhD.

For once again, if we do not GENUINELY love and respect ourselves, our pretense at loving and respecting every living creature is just that…pretense… Self love is the first step in truly loving our fellow creatures.  And when we love and respect ourselves, everything and anything that happens to us, can be dealt with in a healthy way.

Only when we come to terms with our own shortcomings and learn to accept ourselves exactly as we are, to extend unconditional love to the beautiful person we are, to be compassionate with ourselves even when we are not all we expected of ourselves, to love and respect ourselves and recognize the beauty of our soul within…to feel worthy and deserving and freely offer praise and genuine respect to ourselves…only when we cherish our own being, no matter where we may find ourselves at a particular moment, or stage in our lives, only when we offer ourselves encouragement and love at each step along the way and appreciate our accomplishments-no matter how small, only when we stop taking ourselves and our own needs and wants for granted and understand that we are just as worthy and deserving as everyone else…only when we truly love and respect ourselves can we begin to truly love the next person.

Many people will say “I don’t expect anything from the next person (my children, my spouse, my co-workers, etc.) that I don’t expect from myself.”  Well, perhaps we are much too hard on ourselves!  Others find it easy to extend loving-kindness, compassion, patience, tolerance, understanding, forgiveness and encouragement to others, while they dole out to themselves judgment, blame, anger, belittling words, harsh accusations, lack of forgiveness, etc.

But it is only when we can find the way to love ourselves unconditionally that we can truly understand the words:

thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself...leviticus 19:18

The idea has obviously been around for a long time and is not a new concept developed by Dr. Usui… The Great Hebrew Sage Rabbi Akiva said “This is the most important point in the Torah…the rest is just commentary”.

The idea of loving the next person as we love ourselves becomes very easy as we simply extend the same gracious and loving attention to everyone that we do to ourselves.

And that will bring us to the second part of this discussion…loving and respecting EVERY living creature:

Let us look at this idea of loving and respecting EVERYone …. This would seem almost impossible when we think of some of the strange, difficult, inconsiderate, spiteful and even abusive people who we meet in our lifetime.    But there is a profound lesson in extending understanding, forgiveness, compassion , patience and tolerance to those who truly wish us ill.  It brings us once again in contact with the idea of FAITH…faith that God is sending these people into our lives for a loving purpose…no matter difficult that may be for us to see.

(see my blog post re: forgiveness at this link: https://notinindia2012.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/living-in-the-shadow-of-the-past-and-the-power-of-forgiveness/  )

We must learn to Cherish those we dislike, even those we perceive as enemies, for they are gifts from God and we must be thankful for this blessing and pray for the wisdom to learn the lesson these people have been sent to teach us

We draw to us those who will help us learn about ourselves.  Each time we are presented with a challenge dealing with another, we are really being presented with an opportunity to look inside ourselves to see what about us it is that needs working on, so that we may grow.

The idea of loving each and every person, no matter what, is quite difficult, almost impossible, but I present the idea to you for further thought and consideration, together with the following collection of quotes and insights: 

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.
HH Dalai Lama

Everything that irritates us about others
Can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Carl Jung (1875-1961),
Psychologist ~

I have learned silence from the talkative,
tolerance from the intolerant
and kindness from the unkind.
I should not be ungrateful to those teachers.
Kahlil Gibran ~

What angers us in another person
is more often than not an unhealed aspect of ourselves.
If we had already resolved that particular issue,
we would not be irritated by its reflection back to us.
Simon Peter Fuller
(from ‘Rising Out of Chaos’) ~

No-one can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) ~

Nothing can hurt you
unless you give it the power to do so

A Course in Miracles ~~

The main teachers of patience are our enemies.

HH Dalai Lama

Every person sent to us is a blessing meant to teach us a lesson we need to learn.

I leave you with the above thoughts and truly hope you will begin to ponder your own actions on a daily level regarding the different ways you relate to yourself and your Being.  The thoughts you generate regarding yourself, the feelings you encounter on both the emotional and physical levels when you “do something wrong” or feel dissatisfied with yourself, the amount of loving kindness and compassion , love and respect ,you extend towards yourself each day, etc.

I wish you all much love and compassion, patience and tolerance and freedom from fear to accept and embrace all that is sent your way by God and His Loving Universe.

with love light and JOY

Jane

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Living in the Shadow of the Past and the Power of Forgiveness

Like your shadow on the sidewalk when the sun shines behind you, holding onto painful past memories darkens each forward step which could instead be filled with light.

UN-Forgiveness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die

The above statements may seem obvious, and simple, but  they are most profound and warrant further thought and attention.

Holding onto the past is probably the most universal of all human behavior patterns. It is the rare individual who lives his life entirely in the present, unburdened by influences from the past. At the same time, it is one of the main causes of worry, tension, pain, sadness, depression, anger, grief, hate, jealousy, discontent, even physical illnesses – just about everything and anything that each of us would be much better off without.

 

So, how can we rid ourselves of this terrible burden? There is only one way.

Forgiveness!

Forgiveness does not necessarily mean condoning things that happened to us or that were done to us by strangers, and even more difficult to deal with, by those close to us. It means reaching a point in life where we simply decide “Enough!”. I will no longer allow the past to rule my life and take possession of my thoughts, feelings, reactions and dictate the way I live each day. The burden of the past is heavy enough to weigh us down until we are bent over and unable to move, stuck in a place we do not wish to be in, but which we do not have the energy to move out of.

Only by dumping this terrible burden can we again feel light, joyful, fresh, young, energetic, enthusiastic, creative, loving, caring, compassionate, patient and tolerant, content, vibrant and full of peace and tranquility.

I am attaching (at the end of this post) some wonderful short statements, dealing with the power of forgiveness…and how our past effects each step we take in the present.

There are also many wonderful techniques which can help up to  forgive and then easily  release the past and move out of its shadow. I will do my best to describe the one which I find most effective. This is from both personal experience and the experiences of many of my clients who have moved on to wonderful new places in their lives after combining the technique with other subtle forms of energy work such as Reiki and Bach Flower Remedies-but it is a technique which can work entirely on its own if taken seriously and done properly and with intent.

Forgiveness Exercise:

  1. Using a full size notebook or pad (A4, letter size), take a page and fold it in half lengthwise.
  2. Number each line from 1 to 70.
  3. Choose a person you wish to begin forgiving. This can be as simple as a teacher in the first grade who made you stand in the corner or as deep as an abusive parent. It can be yourself (but this is better left until later on in the forgiveness work) or even God! You may want to begin with something small and move on to the heavier duty things once you get the hang of the exercise, but there is no reason why you cannot “jump right into deep water” if you so choose.
  4. On the left hand side of the page (remember, there is a fold line down the middle of the page), start on line one, and on each line up to 70 write: ” I (your name) completely and totally forgive (name of other person).”
  5. You will write this 70 times.
  6. While writing this short but powerful sentence, thoughts will begin to come up into your head “Why the hell am I doing this?” “This is silly” “There is NO way I will forgive this person”, “Look at what he did to me when he….” Etc., etc. Every single thought, without censorship and without comment , judgment or contemplation, you simply write down on the RIGHT side of the fold. As they come, as they flow, just write and then immediately go back to writing the other sentence 70 times. DO NOT STOP TO READ OR THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE WRITING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FOLD LINE.
  7. Once you have written this 70 times, take the piece of paper and BURN IT.
  8. Do this for a full 7 days FOR EACH PERSON. And burn at the end of each day.
  9. At the beginning of a new week, choose someone new to work on.
  10. As the days go by, the thoughts that immerge from the depths of our subconscious will become less and less. There will probably be no more left by the end of the week regarding the person involved. If there ARE still many thoughts, do the same person for a second full week! But this RARELY happens.

Once the person is taken care of and the papers are burnt, you will feel an enormous lightness overtake you. It is quite remarkable. It really does work!

If something is unclear about the above, please feel free to comment below and I will explain further. I wish you all wonderful new days filled with the relief of “dropping” the weight of the past from your shoulders, and standing tall of joyfully embrace each new day.

…and as promised:  further food for thought regarding forgiveness.

  • “Healing requires taking action–it is not a passive event.’
  •  ‘What drains your spirit drains your body. What fuels your spirit fuels your body.’
  • ‘We have converted our wounds into a type of relationship currency that we use in order to control situations and people.’
  • ‘Healing means getting over the pain, not marketing it.’
  • ‘Therapy is a boat to cross the river, we just have to remember to get off on the other side.’
  • ‘Master your responses to external events–don’t attempt to control them.’
  • ‘Forgiveness is like a rough diet with no payback — you won’t like it until it’s over.’
  • Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness.’
  • ‘Forgiveness doesn’t look attractive until we get to the other side.’
  • Present time energy is its own transformer. The more energy you have in present time, the more voltage you can move through you.
  • ‘Call back the energy you are wasting on events of the past.’
  • We are never being punished, only being taught. Everything is a teaching.
  • ‘It goes without saying that not every healing crisis will have a ‘fairy-tale ending,’ but every effort you make, regardless of how insignificant it may seem to you, will always bring you closer to a state of spiritual and physical health.’
  • What is wrong with us that we have to have yesterday’s grief with us today?
  • Forgiveness is a path to my inner laboratory.
  • Get bored with your past, it’s over! ‘
  • Release the need to know why things happen the way they do.’ ‘
  • Never look to another person to make you happy–happiness is an internal, personal attitude and responsibility.’
  • ‘Life is essentially a learning experience. Every situation, challenge and relationship contains some message worth learning or teaching to others.’
  • ‘Practice forgiveness of others.’
  • ‘Positive energy works more effectively than negative energy in each and every situation.’ ‘
  • Our emotions reside physically in our bodies and interact with our cells and tissues.’
  • ‘Nothing empowers our ability to heal as much as our love and forgiveness.’
  • ‘The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.’
  • ‘Spiritual teachings encourage us to grow past and through painful experiences, each of which is a spiritual lesson.’
  • ‘Illness can develop as a consequence of behavioral patterns and attitudes that we do not realize are biologically toxic until they have already become so.’ ‘
  • I am forgiving not for you, but for me. I am forgiving because I want my power back.’
  • ‘Get over it.’
  • ‘Feeling victimized only adds to your illness, and should it become a full state of mind, would qualify as an illness in itself.’
  • ‘We are addicted to the power of the wound.’
  • ‘Release victim consciousness and embrace forgiveness.’
  • We can achieve a genuine sense of peace about life only by releasing our need to know why things happen in terms of human reasoning and by embracing Divine reasoning.’
  • ‘We cannot seek to heal an illness without first looking into what behavioral patterns and attitudes need to be altered in our life.’
  • For every time zone that we are in, other than here, we drain our life energy.
  • Law of the gods: get bitter or better.
  • A forgiving heart is an honest heart.
  • Blame is a form of energetic cancer.
  • If anyone tries to complicate your life – turn and walk away from them
  • If it’s not about you, it’s not about you
  • You can’t understand what you can’t understand
  • Don’t make simplicity hard
  • Your task is to learn the lesson that the teacher has for you rather than to resent the teacher
  • Seen symbolically, our life crises tell us that we need to break free of beliefs that no longer serve our personal development
  • Our lives change externally as we change internally
  • View every experience as a blessing and a remedy that serves your well-being.
  • Illness can be a teacher, companion, or challenge-but not a punishment.
  • Healing requires that you admit the truth about yourself.
  • Embrace the changes in your life.
  • Bless your difficulties and ask to see their hidden guidance.
  • Be mindful of how often you judge others.
  • Become mindful of your reasons to stay angry
  • To be unable to forgive is to live in hell, burdened, miserable, angry
  • Get in present time and forgive the people who have hurt you
  • We are not meant to stay wounded
  • To blame the other players in our drama for helping to teach us what we need to learn is the height of foolishness
  • Understand that all experiences either make you bitter or better
  • Practice the art of transformation
  • Become mindful that remaining in a conflict is a choice
  • Learn that the way to set change in motion is to bless and appreciate even the most difficult parts of our life
  • Recognize whether you love yourself enough to heal
  • Realize you choose to stay angry when you can choose to heal
  • Sometimes the strings to our past are burned because we need a new beginning

 
With much love, light, health, tranquility and JOY.
Jane

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I have put together my first collection of  thoughts, observations, understandings and lessons learned which I have posted over the past 10 years  on several blogs.  (the dates noted refer to the original post date).  Hope you find something here to make you think…would love comments, “likes” and ratings if you care to take a minute or two.

with love light and JOY

Jane

Tapovan Village - Rishikesh

August 30 2003

Before the “next thing” we sometimes need a period of “no-thing”…very cleansing and relaxing and a good way of renewing energies for whatever is to come.

Sept 7 2001

… I had interesting dream…in which I heard a voice saying “accept the night as the day” and understood it to mean that all things come and go in their own time and according to master plan and both nite and day, easy and hard, happy and sad, fast and slow, peace and upset, everything follows each other and must come together…you cannot have one without the other.

Sept 15 2001

I am surrounded here by nature and it is no wonder that green is the color of the heart chakra. G-d has chosen to make this the main color for all the beauty He has created and to show us his infinite love for all mankind. The peacefulness and strength of the trees, which truly do invite us to be like them “be rooted and at peace and then grow”

Sept 19 2001 The magic of music

The tabla and sitar  are instruments which, if you let them, simply take care 0f all the chakras together. The tabla ranges from root chakra to solar plexus in tones and beats and frequency and the sitar perfectly matches in range from the heart up to the crown chakra. The music had me floating outside of myself for almost a full hour and although I almost fell asleep at dinner, I am now full of vitality and energy…amazing what music can do.

Oct 5 2003

I decided to try the Triund path (A trek up from Dharamkot, Dharamsala)-not to get to the top-just to walk it for awhile, and now I am sitting quite deep in the forest (went off the beaten path) and just enjoying. I don’t need to get “to the top” to take pleasure in what these forests and mountains have to offer. Others may see a spectacular view today at the top, but how many of them truly enjoyed the journey up?

 October 11 2003

MOUNTAINS:
I am drawn to their mystical, magical, majestic peaks
which climb ever higher
Urging heart, mind and soul to soar to the sublime heights of
Divine Unity.

 October 18 2004

Only Love can bring good things into this world and into our lives. If we deny our soul’s desires and needs, we block out its light. We become dark and dull. We no longer shine from outside, we have no true joy or happiness. My soul is now rejoicing and my face is bright with smiles and the glow of happiness.

 October 28 2004

“Learn to properly digest life…you must digest only one meal at a time”

 Nov 1 2004

… the terrible things we do to ourselves when we “sell our souls” for any reason….freedom in the sense of being true to yourself no matter what and not thinking that someone else can make life easier for you or that love can bring you freedom…these things are external and temporary …only what comes from inside and is true is what is real and right….

 Nov 1 2004

You do not always need the right reasons-you need the right feelings. Learn this and you have learnt the important lesson.

October 2004

Unhappiness is the food of anger – Buddhist monk lecturing on patience

All shit stinks!! – same monk !

 MORE GREAT QUOTES and THOUGHTS TO MAKE YOU THINK!

“The most creative moments have often arisen at times when circumstances appeared most helpless.”

” If we fear someone we give them power over us.
So be gentle but don’t allow yourself to be trod upon”

” There are no fresh starts in life.
But there are new directions – learn to zig-zag.”

” Try loving your enemies – if nothing else, you’ll confuse them”

 “Life will always give us what we know we are worth
It never fails to take us at our own valuation”

 “They always come so quickly those turning points in life.
And always down a lane we are not watching.”

 “When a difficulty presents itself – remove it at once if you can
For the longer you look at it, the less you will like it.”

” Bad times are good times to prepare for better times.”

” There is no dependence that can be certain but a dependence on yourself.”

” Before you discuss anyone’s faults…
Take time to count to ten…
Ten of your own!”

” You can have Fear or Faith – not both”…Mutant Message Down Under

 ”when you keep fretting about [the outcome of ]something you’ve done, you can’t give your mind to anything else”….”expect the best-always expecting the best and usually you will get it!” ruskin bond

 Sign in a restaurant: “Regard the one who reveals your faults, as the one who tells you about a hidden treasure”

 “The fact that many a man who goes his own way ends in ruin means nothing…He MUST obey his own law” (which I understand to mean soul/heart whatever) From the book Snow Leopard pp. 45 quoted from C.G. Jung-Collected works.

 “The absurdity of a life that may well end before one understands it, does not relieve one of the duty to live it through as honestly and generously as possible” snow leopard

“Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous”

…AND-if this is not enough for today…If you want a link to a full post with quotes…check this out:

http://mindfulnessjournal.wordpress.com/2006/06/14/thoughts-become-thingschoose-the-good-ones/

 

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Just felt like passing along some inspirational quotes … Note the authors – it is quite interesting!

with love light and JOY

Jane

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for someone else – Benjamin Franklin

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth – Muhammad Ali

If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime –Jack Kerouac

 Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not – Dr. Seuss

 Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil. Elie Wiesel

 The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it. – Albert Einstein

 Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike – J.K. Rowling

 If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you to go on in spite of all. And so today, I still have a dream. – Martin Luther King

 

 

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