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Quotes please..

Post by borris83 » Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:55 pm

Please post the inspiring quotes from your favorite teachers which can open up something inside us and add more clarity.. Everyday we read many things but there are few quotes which you might have found to have transformed something inside you...

Let me start with some of the Adyashanti's quotes...


Selling Water by the River


Many seekers do not take full responsibility for their own liberation, but wait for one big, final spiritual experience which will catapult them fully into it. It is this search for the final liberating experience which gives rise to a rampant form of spiritual consumerism in which seekers go from one teacher to another, shopping for enlightenment as if shopping for sweets in a candy store. This spiritual promiscuity is rapidly turning the search for enlightenment into a cult of experience seekers. And, while many people indeed have powerful experiences, in most cases these do not lead to the profound transformation of the individual, which is the expression of enlightenment.





In speaking regularly with spiritual seekers, it dawned on me one day how addicted so many of them are to the power of charisma. They swap stories about how powerful this or that teacher is and compare experiences. They get a charge from it, many mistaking charisma for enlightenment. Charisma attracts at all levels: political, sexual, spiritual, etc., and it feeds the ego's desire to feel special. The ego loves getting hits of power—it's like a form of spiritual candy. The candy may be sweet but can you live on it? Does it make you free?

Freedom is not necessarily exciting; it's just free. Very peaceful and quiet, so very quiet. Of course, it is also filled with joy and wonder, but it is not what you imagine. It is much, much less. Many mistake the intoxicating power of otherworldly charisma for enlightenment. More often than not it is simply otherworldly, and not necessarily free or enlightened. In order to be truly free, you must desire to know the truth more than you want to feel good. Because if feeling good is your goal, then as soon as you feel better you will lose interest in what is true. This does not mean that feeling good or experiencing love and bliss is a bad thing. Given the choice, anyone would choose to feel bliss rather than sorrow. It simply means that if this desire to feel good is stronger than the yearning to see, know, and experience Truth, then this desire will always be distorting the perception of what is Real, while corrupting one's deepest integrity.

In my experience, everyone will say they want to discover the Truth, right up until they realize that the Truth will rob them of their deepest held ideas, beliefs, hopes, and dreams. The freedom of enlightenment means much more than the experience of love and peace. It means discovering a Truth that will turn your view of self and life upside-down. For one who is truly ready, this will be unimaginably liberating. But for one who is still clinging in any way, this will be extremely challenging indeed. How does one know if they are ready? One is ready when they are willing to be absolutely consumed, when they are willing to be fuel for a fire without end.




If you start playing the game of being an "enlightened somebody," the true teacher is going to call you on it. He or she is going to expose you, and that exposure is going to hurt. Because the ego will be there, standing in the light of Truth, exposed and humiliated. Of course, the ego will cry "foul!" It will claim that the teacher made a mistake and begin to justify itself in an effort to put its protective clothing back on. It will begin to spin justifications with incredible subtlety and deceptiveness. This is where real spiritual sadhana (practice) begins. This is where it all becomes very real and the student discovers whether he or she truly wants to be free, or merely wants to remain as a false, separate, and self-justifying ego. This crossroad inevitably comes and is always challenging. It separates the true seeker from the false one. The true seeker will be willing to bare the grace of humility, whereas the false seeker will run from it. Thus begins the true path to enlightenment, granted only to those willing to be nobody. Discovering your "nobodyness" opens the door to awakening as beingness, and beyond that to the Source of all beingness.




Do not think that enlightenment is going to make you special—it's not. If you feel special in any way, then enlightenment has not occurred. I meet a lot of people who think they are enlightened and awake simply because they have had a very moving spiritual experience. They wear their enlightenment on their sleeve like a badge of honor. They sit among friends and talk about how awake they are while sipping coffee at a cafe.

The funny thing about enlightenment is that when it is authentic, there is no one to claim it. Enlightenment is very ordinary; it is nothing special. Rather than making you more special, it is going to make you less special. It plants you right in the center of a wonderful humility and innocence. Everyone else may or may not call you enlightened, but when you are enlightened the whole notion of enlightenment and someone who is enlightened is a big joke. I use the word enlightenment all the time—not to point you toward it but to point you beyond it. Do not get stuck in enlightenment.




Ego is the movement of the mind toward objects of perception in the form of grasping, and away from objects in the form of aversion. This fundamentally is all the ego is. This movement of grasping and aversion gives rise to a sense of a separate "me," and in turn the sense of "me" strengthens itself this way. It is this continuous loop of causation that tricks consciousness into a trance of identification. Identification with what? Identification with the continuous loop of suffering. After all, who is suffering? The "me" is suffering. And who is this me? It is nothing more than a sense of self caused by identification with grasping and aversion. You see, it's all a creation of the mind, an endless movie, a terrible dream. Don't try to change the dream, because trying to change it is just another movement in the dream. Look at the dream. Be aware of the dream. That awareness is It. Become more interested in the awareness of the dream than in the dream itself. What is that awareness? Who is that awareness? Don't go spouting out an answer, just be the answer. Be It.




Enlightenment means the end of all division. It is not simply having an occasional experience of unity beyond all division, it is actually being undivided. This is what nonduality truly means. It means there is just one Self, without a difference or gap between the profound revelation of Oneness and the way it is perceived and lived every moment of life. Nonduality means that the inner revelation and the outer expression of the personality are one and the same. So few seem to be interested in the greater implication contained within profound spiritual experiences, because it is the contemplation of these implications which quickly brings to awareness the inner divisions existing within most seekers.




Spiritual people can be some of the most violent people you will ever meet. Mostly, they are violent to themselves. They violently try to control their minds, their emotions, and their bodies. They become upset with themselves and beat themselves up for not rising up to the conditioned mind's idea of what it believes enlightenment to be. No one ever became free through such violence. Why is it that so few people are truly free? Because they try to conform to ideas, concepts, and beliefs in their heads. They try to concentrate their way to heaven. But Freedom is about the natural state, the spontaneous and unselfconscious expression of beingness. If you want to find it, see that the very idea of a someone who is in control is a concept created by the mind. Take one step backward into the unknown.




There is nothing more insidiously destructive to the attainment of liberation than self-doubt and cynicism. Doubt is a movement of the conditioned mind that always claims that “It's not possible,” that “Freedom is not possible for me.” Doubt always knows; it "knows" that nothing is possible. And in this knowing, doubt robs you of the possibility of anything truly new or transformative from happening. Furthermore, doubt is always accompanied by a pervasive cynicism that unconsciously puts a negative spin on whatever it touches. Cynicism is a world view which protects the ego from scrutiny by maintaining a negative stance in relationship to what it does not know, does not want to know, or cannot know. Many spiritual seekers have no idea how cynical and doubt-laden they actually are. It is this blindness and denial of the presence of doubt and cynicism that makes the birth of a profound trust impossible, a trust without which final liberation will always remain simply a dream.




All fear comes from thought in the form of memory (past) or projection (future). Thought creates time: past, present, and future. So fear exists and comes from the perceived existence of time. To be free of fear is to be free of time. Since time is a creation of thought, to be free of fear you must be free of thought. Consequently, it is important to awaken and experience your Self outside of thought, existing as eternity. So question all notions of yourself that are creations of thought and of time—of past, present, and future. Experience your eternalness, your holiness, your awakeness until you are convinced that you are never subject to the movement of thought, of fear, or of time. To be free of fear is to be full of Love.




Many spiritual seekers get "stuck in emptiness,” in the absolute, in transcendence. They cling to bliss, or peace, or indifference. When the self-centered motivation for living disappears, many seekers become indifferent. They see the perfection of all existence and find no reason for doing anything, including caring for themselves or others. I call this "taking a false refuge." It is a very subtle egoic trap; it's a fixation in the absolute and all unconscious form of attachment that masquerades as liberation. It can be very difficult to wake someone up from this deceptive fixation because they literally have no motivation to let go of it. Stuck in a form of divine indifference, such people believe they have reached the top of the mountain when actually they are hiding out halfway up its slope.

Enlightenment does not mean one should disappear into the realm of transcendence. To be fixated in the absolute is simply the polar opposite of being fixated in the relative. With the dawning of true enlightenment, there is a tremendous birthing of impersonal Love and wisdom that never fixates in any realm of experience. To awaken to the absolute view is profound and transformative, but to awaken from all fixed points of view is the birth of true nonduality. If emptiness cannot dance, it is not true emptiness. If moonlight does not flood the empty night sky and reflect in every drop of water, on every blade of grass, then you are only looking at your own empty dream. I say, “Wake up!” Then your heart will be flooded with a Love that you cannot contain.




Maybe I can point you to the great Reality within you. Maybe you will awaken to the direct experience of Self-realization. Maybe you will catch the fire of transmission. But there is one thing that no one can give you: the honesty and integrity that alone will bring you completely to the other shore. No one can give you the strength of character necessary for profound spiritual experience to become the catalyst for the evolutionary transformation called "enlightenment." Only you can find that passion within that burns with an integrity that will not settle for anything less than the Truth.




Enlightenment has nothing to do with states of consciousness. Whether you are in ego consciousness or unity consciousness is not really the point. I have met many people who have easy access to advanced states of consciousness. Though for some people this may come very easily, I also notice that many of these people are no freer than anyone else. If you don't believe that the ego can exist in very advanced states of consciousness, think again. The point isn't the state of consciousness, even very advanced ones, but an awake mystery that is the source of all states of consciousness. It is even the source of presence and beingness. It is beyond all perception and all experience. I call it "awakeness." To find out that you are empty of emptiness is to die into an aware mystery, which is the source of all existence. It just so happens that that mystery is in love with all of its manifestation and non-manifestation. You find your Self by stepping back out of yourself.




Ramana Maharshi's gift to the world was not that he realized the Self. Many people have had a deep realization of the Self. Ramana's real gift was that he embodied that realization so thoroughly. It is one thing to realize the Self; it is something else altogether to embody that realization to the extent that there is no gap between inner revelation and its outer expression. Many have glimpsed the realization of Oneness; few consistently express that realization through their humanness. It is one thing to touch a flame and know it is hot, but quite another to jump into that flame and be consumed by it.

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Post by Sighclone » Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:39 pm

Borris -

Great stuff from Adya, thanks -- I'll add some later.

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Post by HermitLoon » Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:08 pm

I am not an object in Consciousness but its source, its Witness, pure shapeless Awareness.
You are and I am. But only as points in consciousness; we are nothing apart from consciousness. (92) You are not the body. You are the immensity and infinity of consciousness. (264)
The source of consciousness cannot be an object in consciousness. To know the source is to be the source. When you realize that you are not the person, but the pure and calm witness, and that fearless awareness is your very being, you are the being. It is the source, the inexhaustible Possibility. (65)
Discard all you are not and go ever deeper. Just as a man digging a well discards what is not water, until he reaches the water-bearing strata, so must you discard what is not your own, till nothing is left which you can disown. You will find that what is left is nothing which the mind can hook on to. You are not even a human being. You just are - a point of awareness, co-extensive with time and space and beyond both, the ultimate cause, itself uncaused.
If you ask me "Who are you?", my answer would be: "Nothing in particular. Yet, I am." (318) I am not my body, nor do I need it. I am the witness only. I have no shape of my own. You are so accustomed to think of yourself as bodies having consciousness that you just cannot imagine consciousness as having bodies. Once you realize that bodily existence is but a state of mind, a movement in consciousness, that the ocean of consciousness is infinite and eternal, and that, when in touch with consciousness, you are the witness only, you will be able to withdraw beyond consciousness altogether.
From "I Am That" by N. Maharaj

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Post by karmarider » Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:42 pm

"Do not seek Truth; instead simply cease to cherish concepts." Seng-ts’an

“You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?” Rumi

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Post by mmy » Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:02 am

“Love is picnicking with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich under the shade of an oak tree while everyone else is searching for-or claiming to have found-God or Enlightenment.” -Scott Kiloby


“Thinking that people are supposed to do or be anything other than what they are is like saying that the tree over there should be the sky. I investigated that and found freedom.” -Byron Katie


“No person, no body, is responsible for now always being now. This is how Life is. It takes no effort, not even the slightest, for now to be – just as it takes no effort for Consciousness to be. Try to separate the Consciousness I Am presently being from this now. It can’t be done.” -Peter Francis Dziuban


“Don’t wait for someone to tell you how the world is or what the world is. Only settle for firsthand discovery. Don’t wait for some leader to herd you into a particular direction. Even if you believe it is the best direction, you must not settle for anything less than the direct experience of what exists deeper than the senses, deeper than thoughts, feelings, conclusions, and the way you have put it all together.” -Gangaji


“I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I've been knocking from the inside.” -Rumi

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Post by borris83 » Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:18 am

Thanks Andy, Hermitloon, Karmarider and mmy...

They hit the nail on the head, I liked this one very much:
“I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I've been knocking from the inside.” -Rumi
It gives an amazing insight that we are knocking from inside to find the truth...

Here is another quote that I read today:


All that (apparently) stands in the way is the story that something more or less or different is needed. You can't make that story disappear because that very effort is part of the story, as is the "you" who longs to be free of the story. The stories and the illusion of encapsulation can only be seen for what they are, as they arise, here and now. If they are not seen through, then it may appear that "you" are lost or bound or in trouble. But is there really a "you" who is lost? Is the screen ever burned by the fire in the movie?

Words and concepts are complicated; reality is utterly simple. You can't eat the menu or live in the map, and these words are an invitation to see through all beliefs and ideas, even the very subtle ones from Advaita or Zen or this text. Truth is not hidden, but obvious and unavoidable. It is not in the future, but only now. When all that mental clutter of seeking and trying to figure everything out and trying to get somewhere is seen to be nothing at all (and nothing personal), when it is clear that you are beyond all appearances, and that all appearances are nothing but you, the One Mind, then there is no one left to awaken. This can be called liberation, but why call it anything? - Joan Tollifson

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Post by borris83 » Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:24 am

You can read the entire part of the excerpt from Joan Tollifson from here:

http://www.joantollifson.com/waking.html

I read this and sent her an email thanking her for this wonderful stuff... I had also asked some questions and got some insightful responses.. That was about a year ago but I think the emails are still there with me...

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Post by Eggman1 » Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:24 pm

I collect quotes considering them to be condensed wisdom and truth. Here are some favorites I have accumulated:

Slight not what's near, while aiming at what's far.
-- Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC)

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
-- Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
-- Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

God is at home; it is we who have gone for a walk.
-- Meister Eckhart

All the blessings which you pray to obtain hereafter could be
yours today, if you did not deny them to yourself.
-- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Gregg
Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves -
regret for the past and fear of the future.
-- Fulton Oursler

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Post by Peaceman » Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:40 am

Intelligence is the capacity to be silent, to be awake, to be able to see the truth
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A little foolishness, enough to enjoy life and a little wisdom to avoid the errors,that will do
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Meditation is the balance. Meditation is the bird with two wings: freedom and love
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The ego is human; egolessness is divine.
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The ego is hell; egolessness is paradise

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All the religions have been teaching, "Renounce the world." I teach you, transform the world
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All that can be experienced is not necessarily explainable, and all that can be explained is not necessarily explainable
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People say love is blind because they do not know what love is. I say unto you, only love has eyes; other than love, everything is blind
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Life is closer to music than to mathematics, because mathematics is of the mind, and life throbs in your heartbeats
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Once you are free of past a tremendous realization happens: you are free of future also
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Sex is meaningful only when out of lust, love is born. Love is meaningful only when out of love, prayer is born
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Life cannot be conquered because the part cannot conquer the whole. It is as if a small drop of water is trying to conquer the ocean
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Thinking is the absence of understanding. You think because you don't understand. When understanding arises, thinking disappears
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Love more and you will be more; love less and you will be less. You are always in proportion to your love
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Life is in love, life is in flow, in give and take and sharing
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Don't be an interpreter of reality, be a visionary. Don't think about it, see it!
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Love is the first step towards the divine, surrender is the last. And two steps is the whole journey
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Live each moment as if it the last moment. And nobody knows - it may be the last

Love can never possess. Love is giving freedom to the other. Love is an unconditional gift. It is not a bargain
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That is the whole art of life - to die moment to moment so that there is no hangover
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Love is not manageable, it is simply something that happens, and the moment you try to manage everything misfires
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Life is illogical. It is wild. In life, contradictions are not contradictions but complementaries
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Love dispels fear just as light dispels darkness
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Meditation is a flower and compassion is its fragrance
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Zen is the way of spontaneous - the effortless effort, the way of intuition
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The moment ego disappears, all the secrets are open secrets. Life is not like a fist; it is an open hand
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Knowledge is the barrier to knowing. When knowledge is dropped, knowing flowers
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Live, Love, Laugh
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Never sacrifice your life for anything! sacrifice everything for life! Life is the ultimate goal
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Be Realistic, Plan for a Miracle
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Fly without Wings, Walk without Feet, Think without Mind
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An Empty Mind is the Temple of God

Osho

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Post by Elise » Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:57 am

Great quotes guys! Thank you. Lovely Adya quotes Borris. Does anyone have any more Adya ones?

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Post by Peaceman » Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:37 pm

Timeless perfection is an inconceivable concept.
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The human form turns to dust pretty quickly too, and when it has gone it is as if it had never been
Is that tragic or cruel? Only if you create a separate identity for each form, if you forget that its consciousness
is God-essence expressing itself in form. But you dont truly know that until you realise your own God-essence
as pure Consciousness.
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When you act out of present moment awareness whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality
care and love- even the most simple action.
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There can be a great deal of unconscious ego investment in pain and suffering
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The mind itself is not dysfunctional. It is a wonderful tool. Dysfunction sets in when you seek yourself in it and mistake
it for who you are.
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Time and mind are in fact inseparable
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They (unconscious people)have a strong emanation of anger that certain people pick up subliminally and that triggers their own latent anger
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Attention is like a beam of light ---the focused power of your consciousness that transmutes everything into itself.
Tolle

(have searched all over the site for erict's slot on Tolle quotes and cant find it !)
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Post by Peaceman » Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:39 pm

Silently a flower blooms,
In silence it falls away;
Yet here now, at this moment,
At this place,
The whole of the flower,
The whole of the world
Is blooming.
This is the talk of the flower,
The truth of the blossom;
The glory of life is fully shining here.

- Zenkei Shibayama

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Post by Peaceman » Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:42 pm

The practice of true reality
Is simply to sit serenely
In silent introspection.
When you have fathomed this
You cannot be turned around
By external causes and conditions.
This empty, wide open
Mind is subtly and correctly
Illuminating.

- Hongzhi Zhengjue (1091–1

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Post by Peaceman » Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:45 pm

Through the rise and fall of empires,
through the creation of vast bodies of symbols that give shape to our dreams;
through the forging of magic keys with which to unlock the mysteries of creation;
through it all we are marching from epoch to epoch towards the fullest realization of our soul.
- Rabindranath Tagore ( 1861-1941)

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Post by Peaceman » Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:48 pm

If your ears see,
And eyes hear,
Not a doubt you’ll cherish
How naturally the rain drips
From the eaves!
- Daito Kokushi

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