there's only soMUCH we can do!

    Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 3:59 AM [General]

    This is the last entry linked to sharing with you an alternative understanding of Creation and how, once necessary, karma today, is still ours to shape.

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    All of us alive today can compare ourselves with the planet Earth.
    The Law of Attraction of Earth - gravity - symbolizes the reality that ALL things come from Above-Below.


    Everyone understands that in order to ascend anything and anywhere, any object or body needs to be propelled upward by some sort of energy. Not even birds can fly through sheer will.

    Reality is that the mightiest of acceleration can propel a mass of steel through the sound barrier - all the way to the moon - and beyond the pull of gravity.

    For us, humans, this mighty elevation can only be done by connecting Mind to Soul via responses made through the statics of Ego.

    Only Soul has the right energy. She has an energy that I like to compare to that of a drag racing car and its nitro propulsion that yields around 8000 horsepower. This propulsion, however, cannot be measured accurately because there are no dynometers strong enough to measure such an extreme power – but it, too, needs to be balanced.

    Ego's energy, like fossil fuel, is simply unable to do more than transmit from Soul to Mind.

    Any attempt to bypass Soul and attempt a so-called spiritual ascension simply propelled by the creative powers of the Brain, visualization and an ecstatic faith, can be compared to the elevation of a weather balloon.

    It will rise but will not enter the spiritual realm and will bring us down in a big SPLAT – imagine Nitro into a 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder car engine!

    As an aside, because we are inseparable from each other and inseparable from the whole of the cosmos, it is helpful to see a link between massive natural forces and our *Ego* eruptions.

    What if we were subjected to the same rules as planet Earth but in reverse?

    Here's how it can be explained: Earth supplies us with air and we have no choice whether we breathe or not - our lungs insist on breathing for us.

    Earth supplies us with a range of natural food products without which we neither function nor grow.

    Earth supplies us with solid ground on which to stand and we are bound to it by gravity.

    Earth is surrounded by a huge magnetic field and we cannot but react magnetically to every aspect of it in our days. We react magnetically to fauna, flora and to minerals, just as we react emotionally, mentally, spiritually and philosophically. Our attraction to each other is magnetic.

    All aspects of our interactions through body and thought are within the boundaries of our Ego - of our energy field - and cannot pass into timelessness.  Our thoughts do not pass into the 4th Dimension.

    And just as the planets above, we are swept into the processes of birth, growth and death. No one can sidestep any of these.  We are obliged to go through each of them, be it willingly or unwillingly.

    The only stage that we can control to some degree by bringing it forward, is death.

    ego is our most useful *enemy*

    Sunday, June 27, 2010, 2:44 AM [General]

    I'm finally reaching the end of this looooong blog on the link between Creation ... way back then and Karma/Ego ... now.

    Only one more post after this one and DONE! :)

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    Ego is not *a rose by any other name.*

    Psychology has its own definition/understanding of the ego – something in our personality that needs to be cancelled out or shrunk, at the very least, no matter what or how.

    Religion also has its specific understanding of the ego – one that equally maligns it.

    In reality, Ego and Karma are the only tools we have, the only tools we can use towards a cleansing of the channel that leads to Soul.

    Though Ego is neutral by nature, knee-jerks, automated reactions to any stimulus do feed the *low* end of Ego, the one that craves sensory gratification and the best of what the material world can tempt us with.

    Every time we react in a way that spells out Not now, Too tired, Can’t be bothered, Go away, You’re stupid, What’s WRONG with you!  – regardless of with whom we are engaging – we feed into that *low* end.

    Reality is that Soul constantly beams at us messages of Best Practice, but either we are unable to *get* them or we fail to understand them because Ego doesn’t reflect them back clearly for Mind to snatch in mid air and decode for us - or we DO understand them well enough but we ACTIVELY choose to sidestep Best Practice. We are unwilling to sacrifice time/space/money/principled opinion and/or pride.

    We are unable to soften and open up.

    We are unable to *give* and we choose to hold on to cold, old ideas, resentment and insecurities. We let our bad mood push us along.

    We create all the thoughts and images we need to shore up our stand until Mind ends up totally convinced that the decision made is the correct one.

    Soul sighs in resignation and curls up in her corner, knowing that the wait is going to be a long one before we action any positive change to our M.O.

    In not resisting our own thinking, we, bodies, allow Mind to indulge our base nature by feeding the *low* end of Ego instead of the *high* end of Ego – the soulful end.

    What we end up with is this great beam of pure energy reflected fuzzily though tantalizingly by a pitted mirror – the *low* end* of our ego and so ... what’s a good person to do, huh?

    ego is our tool

    Sunday, June 13, 2010, 4:04 AM [General]

    The link from one event to another event, from one mishandled test to the new one, though invisible, intangible and lacking any synaptic connection in Mind, is as real and as concrete as the knots that we knit.

    Soul dispenses tough love through Karma and through Ego, our energy field.

    Time to recap and move this along by introducing a few more supporting characters:

    Reversed Sight: we are so totally focused on *getting* that we fail to comprehend that all the frustrations and setbacks we get, be they big or small, are stimuli intended to force us to turn the reflection upside down and *give*. Oh, it’s not about giving money – that would be too easy. Much harder is to actively give of ourselves - and from the heart.

    Soul, you see, cannot but give of her energy and Ego's role is to project this energy outward for the benefit of others.

    Instead, usually, the Mind intercepts and interprets Soul’s message for us and the interpretation is too often steeped in negativity.

    Mind, in moments of small-mindedness, flicks that interpretation on to the nearest catalyst, the messenger, i.e. the friend, the boss, the child, the stranger in the street, the lover, the neighbour, the parent; and on to that situation or person, Mind’s default *me-first/mine-first* small-mindedness sticks like gum to shoe.

    I do believe in the Law of Attraction in as much as we do attract what is karmically intended to make us outgrow the way we are, like a bug struggles out of its chrysalis to live its life fully formed.

    Unfortunately, instead of growing and soaring, we shrink, skulk, become anxious and become ill.

    Ego has little Helpers = Mind, Senses, Thoughts a.k.a. Emotions, Consciousness etc.


    They are all integrated in the preset configuration of Ego/energy field. As Ego's little Helpers, their sole role is to transmit directly from Soul and back to Soul through Mind. They do that by hijacking Body’s basic wiring.

    What's a good person to do?

    Saturday, June 5, 2010, 7:17 PM [General]

    After some 20 posts started in the dawn of time when androgynous beings of light became separated 'by the rib' to become the beings that are familiar to us under the generic names of Adam and Eve, we have explored contemporary karma and this post the penultimate of this series goes on illustrating the choices that are ours to make many times a day when confronted with *something* that we are not immediately willing to accept because it challenges our comfort zones.

    In this post, we continue the exploration of option #1 and option #2 as they present themselves to us.

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    Though Ego is neutral by nature, knee-jerks, automated reactions to any stimulus do feed the *low* end of Ego, the one that craves sensory gratification and the best of what the material world can tempt us with.

    Every time we react in a way that spells out Not now, Too tired, Can’t be bothered, Go away, You’re stupid, What’s WRONG with you!  – regardless of with whom we are engaging – we feed into that *low* end.

    Reality is that Soul constantly beams at us messages of Best Practice, but either we are unable to *get* them or we fail to understand them because Ego doesn’t reflect them back clearly for Mind to snatch in mid air and decode for us - or we DO understand them well enough but we ACTIVELY choose to sidestep Best Practice.

    We are unwilling to sacrifice time/space/money/principled opinion and/or pride.

    We are unable to soften and open up.

    We are unable to *give* and we choose to hold on to cold, old ideas, resentment and insecurities.

    We let our bad mood push us along.

    We create all the thoughts and images we need to shore up our stand until Mind ends up totally convinced that the decision made is the correct one.

    Soul sighs in resignation and curls up in her corner, knowing that the wait is going to be a long one before we action any positive change to our M.O.

    In not resisting our own thinking, we, bodies, allow Mind to indulge our base nature by feeding the *low* end of Ego instead of the *high* end of Ego – the soulful end.

    So again: Great beam of pure energy reflected fuzzily by pitted mirror – what’s a good person to do?

    Amazing program but low RAM renders it useless – what’s a good person to do?

    If Mind chooses option #2, I, CC - body - will not be amending any karma. Instead, I will be presented in the fullness of time with a similar situation - except that that new one will, in all likelihood, be more difficult to execute than the original funhouse plan of having long-lost friends over for a get-together.

    Imagine! What if, instead of long-lost friends, it were a relative descending on us? And not just for dinner but for a week! For a month. How about FOREVER!

    mechanics of an aldult tantrum

    Monday, May 31, 2010, 2:15 AM [General]

    this conversation is soon to reach its natural conclusion. Only two more posts to go!

     

    Actually, it is to better explain the [spiritual] elements that form an adult tantrum that I felt compelled to go all the way back to an alternative take on Creation - the fist posts on this blog.

    Without a clear picture of the entire, huge, millenia-long backdrop of our daily moments, it is very hard to make sense of what makes us tick here & now - and how to attempt overriding whatever that is.

    Without a clear understanding of how karma, ego and Soul inter-relate, it is almost impossible to understand the mechanics of our human decison-making processes.

    So, if you've arrived to this post by accident and are puzzled, I'd suggest you go back to the source, a couple of pages back ;-)

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    Soul is the Overseer. She has infinite power.

    Ironically, though Soul is free of any automation, she is imprisoned within our chest and therefore can do no more than project her messages via the ego-persona which acts as a mirror reflecting to the mind/brain her images/messages in the form of thoughts and impressions.

    Soul is of the lightest form of energy and she is always pure and inseparable from the Cosmos/from the Divine.

    Ego has limited powers because she can only see the world through our senses and thus, unlike Soul who has infinite energy from which to sustain herself, because of her inherent limitation Ego has to burn up energy to remain buzzing.

    Ego is a centripetal force that attracts egoistical cravings to itself – like a magnet attracts all that is metal regardless of its shape and size - while Soul is a centrifugal force which spins Heart energy outwards from her core.

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    Back to the moment of the inner tantrum I have already referred to in preceding posts:

    What happens when faced withI situation I find quite annoying?

    Soul nudges me. She appeals to my better nature.

    Ego reflects the beam, Mind decodes it and I hear the little voice that is prompting me to be grown up about my darling’s funhouse plan and to deal with it with an open heart.

    Mind leaves me with 2 choices: Option #1. I throw my shoulders back, breathe with intent and agree that my annoyance reflects an energetic block inside of me, in my energy field.

    The block undoubtedly comes from Heart Chakra. Soul understands that I, CC - the body – needs to rise to the occasion and can rise to the occasion – hence this test. My little task, here, now, in the moment under my feet is to ACTIVELY accept What Is.

    What Is, is my darling’s wish for a get-together to reconnect with people we have not seen in a long time. I, CC – body - understand that ANY gathering is a huge opportunity to give from the heart.

    It is about a lot more than merely cooking up something - or having it catered - and serving it with drinks. I, CC – body - understand that the idea of that particular get-together has been sent to my darling's mind by my Soul as a way to test my Higher reflexes a.k.a. reining in my automated responses.

    Mind-over-matter [under duress] has no place in this discussion UNLESS it comes preceded by HEART i.e. let’s do whatever needs doing, but let’s always do it heart-over-mind-over-matter.

    Should I, CC – the body - shift into Higher gear to respond to the whisper of Soul as reflected by Ego and decoded by Mind, the get-together, once I ACTIVELY accept it, plan AND deliver from Heart, alongside my darling, will score me some nice soulful kudos for I will have acted for the greater good of all AND the greater good of self.

    If I actively choose option #1, by the time my darling comes home from work, I will be able to discuss with her the logistics of the get-together with an open mind.

    By actively challenging my comfort zones for the greater good of all and of self, I will be amending Karma inside Ego and, yes, as a bonus, I will have a good time with our guests AND my darling will think I rock – which is not anything to sneeze at. As an aside – I will add that, as is often the case, the moment we ACTIVELY accept Soul's dare, the dare disappears. It is vaporised.

    Option #2.

    I can keep tallying all the annoying traits of these friends we haven’t seen in months, which would confirm why our acquaintanceship has found itself interrupted.

    I can grumble about how untimely that get-together would be and also, OMG! I can even conjure visual images of the sink overflowing with dirty dishes, glasses and pans stacked everywhere, as well as the unavoidable hours of cleanup waiting for us the next morning.

    Energy already bristling, at the first opportunity, I, through Mind, will broach the topic of this gathering.

    An argument with my darling is sure to follow and then there will be the fallout of the argument to deal with. Soul understands that by creating such an obstruction, I, CC - the body - am feeding my base reflexes – the ones that have been purpose-built to indulge Me, My, Mine and I - above all else.

    It is only very recently that I have understood the meaning of the Biblical quote that states, “In the day when God created man. He made him in the likeness of God.”

    This energy field is the biblical image of God – our ego-persona. As I am not religious, I can substitute God for Soul and respect the integrity of the message, and what it says is that we, bodies, have within us all that we need to evolve through our Ego to become likeness of Soul – pure energy – in the fullness of time – at the end of many other lifetimes.

    I find this an interesting concept.

    Our aim, Mind’s aim, should be obvious by now!

    Saturday, May 29, 2010, 12:54 AM [General]

    this post is cont'd from previous, previous, previous *posts* - as we all are, if you know what i mean ... in this lifetime ;)

    Quick question that’s just popped into my mind:

    just as it is through the evolution of the species that we have supposedly *lost* the tail we have been told our early ancestors had inherited from the salamander, because we no longer needed it, why have we not yet lost our aura, our energy field, seeing as we have done absolutely nothing with it over the past couple of billion years?

    Why hasn’t it just faded away? Karma and Ego are partly inherited from our Karmic ancestors and partly reshaped by us on a moment-to-moment basis.

    Both Karma and Ego are the result of how Mind has responded to the long string of moments they have presented us since our birth.

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    Dear Reader,

    should you be interested in a better grasp on Ego and Karma – distilled for many books on spiritual philosophy and synergized by the teachings of Moriya, my ascetic mentor - you will find these  links, as well as the bite-sized videos created for you - particularly informative.

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    Quick facts about Ego-persona:

    Ego is not an entity. It doesn’t come in any size.

    The argument based on the theory that someone has a small ego while someone else is said to have an XXXL ego does not belong in this discussion – not any more than the notion of *dark* souls do.

    Ego is not something that can be excised from our brain like a gland or a piece of the neo cortex.

    Ego is not something we can sit on a chair and reason with it as we would with a fractious 3 year old child.

    Although it, too, is pure energy, Ego, like the face of the moon, generates no light of its own. Just as Moon reflects Sun’s light, Ego reflects Soul’s energy in our energy field/aura. Here is a rough illustration of how all the components interact together: Let’s compare Soul, pure energy, to the most amazing program money can buy and let’s say that Soul *runs* through an installation named Ego. Or we could say that Ego is the processor while Mind is the decoder.

    Generally speaking, most of us, neither Awake nor Aware nor present in the moment, are far from evolved and we could say that Soul's energy, bright and pure, comes to Mind reflected by Ego.

    However, like an old pitted mirror left in the corner of the attic, Ego’s surface is pitted and tainted. No matter how bright the light of Soul and the neutral energy of Ego, reflection can only be fuzzy.

    We could also humbly agree that Ego is like the old computer I gave away last year. Why did I give away that lovely laptop that was only 2 yrs old? Because it was not powerful enough to *run* the new programs I had begun using. So, in summary, splendid Soul is unable to do its thing because Ego’s surface is either dusty and stained ... or lagging.

    Our aim, Mind’s aim, should be obvious by now. If we want to feel the full energy of Soul, we need to restore the reflective surface of Ego, Soul’s mirror, or upgrade Ego, Soul’s processor.

    What's in our aura?

    Friday, May 21, 2010, 7:54 PM [General]

    cont'd from previous and the ones before that - just as we are :-)

     

    “Our previous acts determine our present life, and our present acts go to make our future. We reap now what we have sown in our previous births, and we shall reap in the future what we are sowing now.”[1]

    That does sound quite plausible but, as such reasoning is a bit heavy going for some of us, I thought I would concoct a very basic illustration of how Soul and Ego, Thought and Mind come together to interact with Karma.

    Here goes: 


    Here I am, indulging in a series of grumpy thoughts because, last night, my darling announced it was time to invite over a few friends we hadn't seen for quite some time.
    I reminded her that seeing as we all lived on average within 30 minutes of each other, if neither we nor any of them had organised a catch up get-together in over a year then, surely, there had to be a reason for that – at their end as well as at ours.

    And now, so many hours later, I am actively stewing about the flaws I perceive in my darling's funhouse plans. Thoughts of sabotage and mutiny flit across my mind.

    “Don't go there! Let it go,” says Thought. “Breathe! Stick to the moment that's under your feet,” she urges. “Why get all worked up about a plan that’s not even pencilled in?”

    Question:  where did this *little voice* come from?

    The obvious answer would be to say that it came from Common Sense a.k.a. Voice of Reason - and don't we all know that voice well ;-)

    This little voice brought to my consciousness by Mind is actually Soul's voice commonly known as Consciousness.

    EVERYTHING we do, think, say and feel emerges into our awareness compliments of Soul. 

    We do not have a self, not as such, but we do have Soul – all of us do and each soul is pure energy.

    No one – not even the worst of the international community’s current *enemies* - has a dark soul. There is no such thing as a *dark* soul.

    Karma and an Ego-Persona are the other two of our *drivers*.

    Karma and Ego are naturally neutral. They are as neutral as, in itself, fire is neutral – it can warm us, cook our food, stop a greater fire in its tracks, just as it has the potential to create havoc and devastation.

    The wind and the rain are neutral, too. So is uranium. So are cars.

    They each serve a genuine purpose. Electricity is neutral, too. Neither good nor bad, and we can’t live anymore without it. It just *is*. As for all natural and man-made resources, our safety depends on what use we make of these resources and how carefully we handle them.

    Similarly, it is the manner in which we interact with Karma and Ego that, too often, renders us energetically volatile and often hostile.

    That’s mostly because we understand even less about Karma and Ego than we do about electricity, wind and fire. And imagine the chaos in our lives – in the world - if we all mishandled fire and electricity on a daily basis!

    Soul uses Mind to push us in the right direction. Here is how she does it:

    Our Karma is embedded in our energy field a.k.a. our aura.

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    2. www.gita-society.com/bhagavad-gita-secti...

    what's that little voice I hear?

    Saturday, May 15, 2010, 7:36 PM [General]

    Finally from the Dawn of Time, we are now back here and now - back in the moment that is under our feet, the only real moment we can shape from the inside/out.

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    cont'd from previous posts [all 14 of them]

     

    That does sound quite plausible but, as such reasoning is a bit heavy going for some of us, I thought I would concoct a very basic illustration of how Soul and Ego, Thought and Mind come together to interact with Karma.

    Here goes: 
    Here I am, indulging in a series of grumpy thoughts because, last night, my darling announced it was time to invite over a few friends we hadn't seen for quite some time.
    I reminded her that seeing as we all lived on average within 30 minutes of each other, if neither we nor any of them had organised a catch up get-together in over a year then, surely, there had to be a reason for that – at their end as well as at ours.

    And now, so many hours later, I am actively stewing about the flaws I perceive in my darling's funhouse plans. Thoughts of sabotage and mutiny flit across my mind.

    “Don't go there! Let it go,” says Thought. “Breathe! Stick to the moment that's under your feet,” she urges. “Why get all worked up about a plan that’s not even pencilled in?”

    Question:  where did this *little voice* come from?

    The obvious answer would be to say that it came from Common Sense a.k.a. Voice of Reason - and don't we all know that voice well ;-)

    This little voice brought to my consciousness by Mind is actually Soul's voice commonly known as Consciousness.

    A series of 15 videos crafted from my articles on ALL matters of the soul.

    karma-newly born

    Friday, May 7, 2010, 8:50 PM [General]

    cont'd

     

    In pursuing their self-oriented lifestyle, our karmic ancestors turned the tables on Soul to assume top-dog status. In doing so, they enslaved their souls – our current souls - by trapping them in such a way that they could neither save them nor save themselves from the fate they created - one action at a time – as they went about living their lives.

    It is because of this turn of events that Karma was born. Passed on through Soul  and through Soul’s reflection on the ego, it has created the cycle of re-incarnation.

    Also from the “Katha Upanishad”, comes this lovely illustration of the process: “Even as the caterpillar, when coming to the end of a blade of grass reaches out to another blade of grass and draws itself over to it, in the same way the Soul, leaving the body and unwisdom behind it, reaches out to another body and draws itself to it.” [1]

    Although it does make Soul come across as a body-snatcher, clearly the “body” can only be that of each newborn.

    Unlike *dirty money* that somehow gets *laundered*, karma can only be laundered, one action at a time when we, by responding in a soulful manner to the choices reflected in our ego-persona, neutralize the pull of the self - away from all that we do for own gratification, for our personal ulterior motives, however well hidden, even from our mind, they may be.

    And by the billions – the vast majority of us incarnated again and again since the crust of the earth has hardened along with the skeletoned body of the early beings of light - we have never looked back.

    In a way, this hijacking of one organism by another is no different than when, due to an autoimmune disorder, the body turns on itself and the immune system mistakenly kills cells, tissues and organs.

    This is the logical place to quote the words of the Great Master, Ramana Maharshi, as discovered - synchronistically for this piece on Creation - in the morning mail from Moriya:

     

    "There was a time when we had free will. We could act as we pleased. We acted, and that act produced a certain result. That "result" became our destiny. We could not escape it. We acted again. This time our free will carried with it the experience of our first act and was qualified and limited to that extent. This act again produced results, and these results again curtailed our original freedom. Now that we have been acting and producing results for millions of ages, these actions and their reactions act upon us as our unavoidable fate called Prarabdha. Our body, mind, intellect, and reasoning are fashioned by these and make us choose a certain course. Our previous acts determine our present life, and our present acts go to make our future. We reap now what we have sown in our previous births, and we shall reap in the future what we are sowing now.”[2]

    cont'd

    1. The Upanishads, copyright Juan Mascaro, 1965 

    2. www.gita-society.com/bhagavad-gita-secti...

    Asleep @ the reins

    Sunday, May 2, 2010, 2:57 AM [General]

     

    cont'd

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    Nepenthe is a plant which Homer, the poet, has described as an ancient herbal drink so powerful that it eases grief and banishes sorrow from the mind.

     

    Here is a lovely poem, written by E.C. Note, about the need to observe and be aware.

    Give me Nepenthe With the lulling eyes

    To shut away the world!

    To sleep, to dream,

    And in this clover-scented air

    Slip through imprisoning Time

    And find my Spirit free!

     

    Alas, not thus Shalt thou escape from Time.

    Thou wilt return again

    And yet again

    Till thou hast paid The uttermost farthing.

     

    Didst thou not know Time is a debtor's prison?

    Whom dost thou owe?

    Owe not Nepenthe – E.C. Note

     

    From a text much more ancient, here is an extract that I particularly like from the “Katha Upanishad”, one of many early spiritual treaties, Upanishads, originally put down in Sanskrit between 800 and 400 BCE.

    "Know the Atman [soul] as Lord of a chariot; and the body as the chariot itself. Know that reason [mind] is the charioteer and the mind indeed is the reins.

    The horses, they say, are the senses; and their paths are the object of sense.

    He who has not right understanding and whose mind is never steady is not the ruler of his life, like a bad driver with wild horses.

    But he who has right understanding and whose mind is ever steady is the ruler of his life, like a good driver with well-trained horses.

    He who has not understanding, is careless and never pure, reaches not the End of the journey; but wanders on from death to death.”

     

    Once the new humans’ behaviors had become patterned, their ways of being were repeated by each of their subsequent incarnations – just like in real time, each generation casts a magnified lens over the shenanigans of the preceding ones. Millions of years later, these first humans’ biblical avatars were immortalised through the antics of Cain and Abel.

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