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General topics / Kunju Swami's Liberation Day -07.08.2014
« on: August 07, 2014, 09:36:16 AM »
Kunju Swami, Sri Bhagavan's one of the earliest devotees, attained Liberation on this day, at a ripe age of 90 plus,.

Kunju Swami served as one of the Maharshi's attendants from 1920 to 1932.  He was having a guru by name Kuppaandi
Swami in Kerala, who told him about Sri Bhagavan. Sometime in 1920, he left his home in Kerala with great eagerness
to have Sri Ramana darshan. 

When he reached the Skandasramam, he felt a thrill on seeing Sri Bhagavan.  He narrated about his boyhood to Sri
Bhagavan in Malayalam.  And how he has been doing Japa etc., Sri Bhagavan listened to him with a smile.

Later Sri Bhagavan said: 'First you know who you are.  See from where thoughts arise.  Turn your mind inwards and see
in the Heart. 

As they sat silently, Sri Bhagavan's Gracious look was fixed on him.  At that moment, all his confusions ceased and he
experienced a peace and bliss that he had never experienced before.

He worked as His attendant for 12 years.  Whenever he looked into His eyes for any length of time, he saw a bright
effulgence.  He was also filled with a strange peace and bliss. After each experience he would come back to his normal
physical state with a shudder. 

On several days Bhagavan's body would disappear in a flash and disperse into its component atoms.  A little later,
a smoke like form would appear and atoms would come together in a form that resembled particles of dust.  Finally
the body would reappear in its normal form. 

At Skandasramam, sometimes he never saw Sri Bhagavan lying on the bed fully stretched out on his back on his side.

In 1932, after serving Sri Bhagavan as attendant, he felt an urge to devote himself  entirely to sadhana.  As he entered
the Hall, he heard Bhagavan saying to others there that real service to Him did not mean merely attending to His
physical needs, it means following the essence of His teachings, that is, concentrating on realizing the Self.  This cleared     
his doubts and he shifted to a room in Palakottu to continue with his self inquiry and at the same time remaining close
and regular contact with Sri Bhagavan. 

He continued to stay but inside the Asramam, after Sri Bhagavan's Maha Nirvana.  He continued his sadhana till his ripe
age of 90 plus and attained self realization.  Thanks to Ganesan, his old age requirements were taken care of.


He has written his reminiscences only during his last years, called Enathu NinaivugaL. 

Arunachala Siva.         
     

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drsundaram and another asked me to post important verses of Ribhu Gita, with their meaning.  I checked the Tamizh version
of Ulaganatha Swamigal.  It contains 1924 verses in Viruttam meter.  It may not be easy to write all these verses and the
meaning thereof.

Then it struck me to choose only those verses selected by Prof. N.R. Krishnamoorthi Aiyer, a non believer in Sri Bhagavan's
teachings earlier and then a great devotee of Him.  He has chosen 122 verses from Ribhu Gita.  I propose to give only
those verses (these have been approved by Sri Bhagavan) and the meanings in blank verses as done by Dr. H. Ramamoorthy
and published by Society of Abidance in Truth, California, U.S.A.   
         
I shall cover about 5 verses per day, Sri Bhagavan willing.

Arunachala Siva.

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Today is the punar vasu star day.  The birth star of Sri Bhagavan in the month of Aadi (Aashada).  Sri Bhagavan
was born on punar vasu star day in the month of Margazhi (Dhanur).  Every punarvasu star day, the Asramam
performs special pujas for Sri Ramaneswara Mahalingam, with a golden casket adorned over the Lingam.  There
will be special meal today for lunch with sweets etc..

Here is a verse from IRai paNi NiRRal of Sri Muruganar in Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai:

வருந்தி மலர்த் தாள் வழிபட்ட
  வாதவூரர்க்கு அறம் உரைப்பான்
குருந்த மரத்தின் குளிர் நீழற்
  குலவி இருந்த குருமணியே
பொருந்த விளங்கு மான்மா நு
பூதி எனக்குப் புகல் என்றேன்
  இருந்த படிக்கே இருவென்றான்
எந்தை ரமணன் இறையோனே


I cried:

'Best of Masters!  You who shone
In the Kurunda tree's cool shade
To teach your devotee Vadavurar*
Full and clear, lay bare to me
The secret of Self Knowledge.'
Said Ramana, my Father and King:

'BE AS YOU ARE, YOUR SELF.

Arunachala Siva.     

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Today is the Liberation Day of Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni, one of the earliest devotees of Sri Bhagavan.

He was born in the year 1878 and thus elder to Sri Bhagavan.   He was a renowned Sanskrit poet and scholar,
was thus known by his title Kavyakanta - one from whose throat poems came out spontaneously.

After meeting Sri Bhagavan and having got convinced of His spiritual attainment, he, for the first time called him 'Bhagavan
and Ramana Maharshi.   

After hearing about Sri Bhagavan, he came with a voice trembling with emotion he cried, 'All that has to be read I have read.
I have performed japa to my heart's content.  Yet I have not up to this time understood what tapas is. Pray and enlighten me
about the nature of tapas.'

After listening to Muni, Sri Bhagavan  gazed silently at him as he sat in anxious expectation.  Then He said in Tamizh:
'If a mantra-sound is repeated and attention to the source from which the mantra sound is produced, the mind will be
absorbed in that.  That is tapas.'  Muni's heart was filled with joy.  He stayed on the Hill for some hours and composed
five verses in praise of Sri Bhagavan.  He also wished his disciples to call Him Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi.

In 1908, when Muni went to TiruvoRRiyur and did severe tapas for 18 days in a Ganapati Temple there, his kundalini
raised and was about to split open the crown.  He had unbearable pain and burning on the hear.  Sri Bhagavan who
had never left Tiruvannamalai, found that His body moved skyward and reached TiruvoRRiur and sat beside Muni
and touched his head.  The burning and pain subsided.

Again Muni wanted to composed 1000 verses under the title Uma Sahasram.  This was about to be read out in\
Arunachaleswa Temple.  But till the previous night he had composed only 700 verses.  He came to Pachiamman Temple,
where Sri Bhagavan was staying and sat before Him to help him.  He had come with five of his disciples to take down
the verses,. Sri Bhagavan looked at Muni and inspired him to tell out the remaining 300 verses in less than three hours.
Muni felt that it was Sri Bhagavan who was telling verse by verse through him.  Later though he revised the first 700 verses
a number of times, he never altered the last 300 verses.             

Muni was a prolific writer in Sanskrit.  He wrote Hara Sahasram, Indrani Sapta Sati and other works.  He also wrote
the Sanskrit version of Ulladu Narpadu under the title Sad Darsanam. 

He was also responsible for Sri Ramana Gita which contains questions by him and his disciples and the replies given
by Sri Bhagavan. The famous verse, Hrudaya Guhara Madhye... is in Sri Ramana Gita.

He had several noted disciples, Kapali Sastri, who wrote a commentary on Sri Ramana Gita and also a commentary
of Arunachala Pancharatnam.

Unlike Sri Bhagavan, Muni toured several places with famous temples and did tapas and yagna there. 
He went to as many as 50 temples. 

He wrote as many as 25 letters in Sanskrit, Telugu and Tamizh when he was staying in Sirsi, Karnataka. Under
each letter he wrote one or two poems in praise of Sri Bhagavan.  He wanted to write 100 poems but he could
do only 40.  This was collected by Sri Bhagavan and this became the Sri Ramana Chatvarimsat.

When he was in Karagpur, he took ill and on 25.07.1936 he merged in Arunachala. He was only 58 years old then.
Telegram was sent to Maharshi. Sri Bhagavan said in a choking voice:  When can we see again such a great
scholar as Nayana?   

His wife Visalakshi was also a great tapasvini.  She concentrated on Kundalini Yoga.  She was also an exponent of
Tara Vidya. She passed away on 27.07.1926  She was only 45 years then.         

The life and works of Muni has come out in 10 volumes compiled by his disciples.


Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Aadi Krittikai - 21.07.2014
« on: July 21, 2014, 09:26:55 AM »
Today is Aadi Krittikai star day in this year of  Jaya.  In all famous Murugan temples, special pujas will take place
today.  Krittika sisters brought Him up when He came from  the third eye of Siva.  The six children became one when
Parvati took them and embraced the.  The star of Muruga is actually Visaka.  But He is also called Krittivaasa for the
service done by Krittika sisters.

Ganapati Muni had a darshan of Sri Bhagavan as six faced golden colored babies merging into one.  In Sri Ramana
Gita, He praises Sri Bhagavan as an avatara of Muruga and also before that He was Jnana Sambandha.

Kanchi Mahaswami also says that Sri Bhagavan came before as Kumarila Bhatta and Jnana Sambandha. 

Arunagiri Nathar in several of his poems in Tiruppugazh said that Muruga was Jnana Sambandha.

Today there will be special festive pujas in all Muruga's  temples like Tiruchendur, Swamimalai and Tiruttani. 

There will be a car festival also in Pazhani and Tiruttani.


Arunachala Siva.       

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General topics / Diabetics and cure
« on: July 17, 2014, 06:12:01 PM »
Dear Krishnan,

You have posted that your diabetic readings have come to a reasonable level.  I am not sure where you have
written this post.  (in what sub-head.).  However I am giving a reply.

There is one small book which gives what padigams of Tevaram one should read everyday for curing some diseases.
Under this for diabetics and hypertension you have to read Jnana Sambandhar's Tevaram, 44th Padigam in Canon 1.
for getting cured throughout the life time.   You can trace this easily by browsing www.Shaivam.org. 

This is the padigam sung by the saint poet in a place called Tirup Paachil Achiramam also called Tiruvaasi nowadays.
This place and temple can also be visited by you once.  This is from Tiruchirapalli - Gunaseelam route and you can
reach Tiruchi by train and then engage a taxi or go by bus.

The padigam starts as 'thuNi vaLar thingaL thuLanki viLanka sutarch chadai suRRi mutithu..... 1.44. of Jnana
Sambandhar. 

Read this padigam (10 verses at least once in a day) and also visit that Siva temple once. 

Arunachala Siva.,   

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General topics / H.C. Khanna Liberation Day - 11.07.2014
« on: July 11, 2014, 08:23:31 AM »
Mr. H.C. Khanna came with his family sometime around May- June 1946 to have darshan of Sri Bhagavan.  He asked many
questions to Sri Bhagavan, inter alia, how to remove the idea that the body is not the Self and how to keep the Self in
Heart while doing occupation.  He had come from Kanpur.  His wife was an illiterate and had seven children.  She asked
how to do self inquiry with all the family chores.  Sri Bhagavan answered them with great patience and compassion;

The family returned to Kanpur after a few days.  Perhaps Khanna must have come several times to Sri Bhagavan after
the first visit and should have done self inquiry, thoroughly.  He attained Liberation later in course of time. 

His Samadhi is in Kurangu Thottam along with those of Cohen, Chadwick and Lucy Ma's Mother. 

There is not much reference about Khanna except in Day by Day of Devaraja Mudaliar in three places.

I met Khanna's son and his sons and daughters-in-law sometime during one of my visits to the Asramam.  He said
that he comes with his family every year once on his father's liberation day.   

Arunachala Siva.
         

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General topics / Cow Lakshmi Liberation Day - 09.07.2014
« on: July 09, 2014, 09:26:41 AM »
Today on the 9th July 2014. Cow Lakshmi Liberation Day is observed in the Asramam.  In the early morning itself, the
cow's idol in the Samadhi is decorated with a new saree, turmeric and sandal paste and kumkum and flowers.  The arti
is shown and then the Asramam authorities distribute prasad.

The Cow donated to the Asramam in 1926 by one Annamalai Swami of Gudiyattam was named Lakshmi by Sri
Bhagavan.  Though reluctant to take the cow in Asramam, Sri Bhagavan later agreed.  She died in 1948.  She had nine
deliveries in all four of which were on the Jayanti Days of Sri Bhagavan.  At the time of one such delivery, Kunju Swami
remarked: 'It is auspicious that the cow Lakshmi delivered the calf on Sri Bhagavan's birthday.'  Sri Ramana interrupted
him to say, 'Correct yourself Kunju, my birthday celebrations are taking place on the day Lakshmi has calved.'

Sri Bhagavan would visit the cow shed regularly.  Lakshmi also became greatly attached to the Maharshi and would,
of her own accord, walk from her shed into the Hall even when the Hall was full of devotees.  One day the cow came to
Hall, put her head on the Maharshi's shoulder and wept.  He gently stroked her head and said, 'Who has hurt you?
Stop crying. I am here to befriend you.'  Lakshmi stopped crying, gave the Maharshi a few licks and went away comforted.

Lakshmi would walk into the Hall from her shed a few minutes after the birth of her new calf and stand mutely before
the Maharshi, who would then address her: 'Lakshmi, you have come to tell me that you have a new baby. I will come
and and see your child.'

Lakshmi continued through the years as one of the favored devotees of Sri Bhagavan.  Whenever he visited Sri Bhagavan,
He would pay attention to her, stroke her, and feed her with mountain variety plantains, rice cakes etc., The possessive
way  in which she approached Sri Bhagavan and the attention bestowed on her made many devotees believe that there
was some special bond between them in an earlier birth.  It seemed hard to explain in any other way, the great solicitude
and tenderness that Sri Bhagavan always showed in His dealings with her.

Many old timers at the Asramam believed that Lakshmi was reincarnation of an old lady by the name Keerai Patti, who
had known Sri Bhagavan from His earliest days in Tiruvannamalai and had on many occasions prepared food for Him
almost up to her death in 1921.  Sri Bhagavan has also referred to the fact of reincarnation without committing Himself.

It is believed that Lakshmi brought a lot of luck and prosperity to the Asramam, a fact that was mentioned by Sri Bhagavan
Himself.

On the day of Lakshmi's liberation, the Maharshi sat beside her, took her head into His arms and gently stroked her neck.
He fixed His gracious gaze on her.  He kept her head in such a way that her right ear looked heaven wards.  (Siva is said
to say Rama Mantra to the dying patient on the right ear).  She passed away peacefully and was given a ceremonial burial
in the Asramam premises.  A Samadhi shrine built over the grace with her true to life statue, though of a smaller size, is
worshipped by the devotees to this day. An epitaph written by the Mahrshi in Tamizh verse confirmed her Nirvana.  When
Devaraja Mudaliar asked whether the use of the word vimuki in the epitaph was conventional or it really meant Nirvana, the
Mahrshi replied that it meant Nirvana.

Arunachala Siva.         
   
 

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General topics / Saint Manikkavachagar's Guru Puja Day - 2.07.2014.
« on: July 02, 2014, 04:47:12 PM »
Today is Saint Manikkavachagar's Guru Puja Day.  This is on Aaani (Jyeshta) month, Magha (magam) star day.  It is
observed in all Saivite Maths and also in temples like Tiruperundurai, Uttarakosa Mangai, Chidambaram etc.,

Once on a morning Sri Bhagavan was unusually calm not talking a single word to devotees.  His face and body
was shining brilliantly.  No one knew the reason.

In the evening before sunset, He started talking to devotees. When asked for His silence, He replied:  Today is
Saint Manikkavachagar's Guru Puja Day.  I was contemplating on that saint who was a Great Siva Bhakta.  He
merged with Siva as a Light on this day in Chidambaram temple.  He then shed copious tears! 

Today in Chidambaram, the utsava moorthi comes out in Bhikshatanar alankaram in the evening on a silver horse
for street procession.  He is followed by the moorthi of Saint Manikkavachagar, in a palanquin.

Arunachala Siva.       

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General topics / Kanchi Maha Swami's 121st Jayanti - 12.06.2014.
« on: June 12, 2014, 08:56:06 AM »
Today is the 121st Jayanti of Kanchi Mahaswami, Sri Chandrasekhara Sarasvati Swamigal.  There are celebrations
in Kanchi Math.  I request Sri Ravi to write a brief history of Kanchi Mahaswami in the Forum today.


Arunachala Siva. 

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General Discussion / Stray Verses in Tamizh
« on: June 08, 2014, 05:47:23 PM »
In Tamizh there are many stray verses and these contain parody, some insightful matters etc,

The following is from Poet KaaLamegam who lived sometime in 12th century.


கத்‌தும் கடல் நாகை காத்தன் சத்திரத்தில்
அத்தமிக்கும் போது அரிசி வரும்
குத்தி உலையில் இட ஊர் அடங்கும்.
இலையிலிட வெள்ளி எழும்.

The poets are usually poor.  Some of them move from place to place.  They are Saivites and Vaishnavites.  Once
KaaLamegam went to Nagappattinam for food.  He stayed in a food choultry and waited for food in the evening.

There, he found:

In the Nagai (Nagapattinam), in the choultry of Kaathan (a land owner and a donor), the grains will come when
the sun sets!  When those grains are pounded and made into rice and put into cooking vessel, it will be night
that is the whole town goes to sleep!  And when this rice cooked is served, on the leaf plate, it will be almost
very early morning, i.e. when the planet Venus appears in the sky.  (a predawn planet that rises on the eastern
sky!

Arunachala Siva.   

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Today is the Punarvasu star day of the month of Vaikasi.  Sri Bhagavan was born on the punarvasu day of the month
of Margazhi.  However, Asramam celebrates every punarvasu day with special pujas for Sri Ramaneswara Mahalingam.
The Lingam is adorned with a golden casket and there are nice flower arrangements on this day.  After the pujas,
a special feast is offered to devotees at lunch time.  Muruganar has composed a decad titled Punarvasu Vannam in
Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai.

However I am giving one verse from Thirup patai Ezhucchi (the rise of Holy Army) from Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai:



திருப் படை எழுச்சி

தேரத் தெளி ரமண தேசிகன் தாள்க்கு ஆட்பட்டீர்
சாரத் தகு சாதன நாற்படை எழுமின்
சேரப் பகை கண்டு சிந்தை சிதையாதீர்
வீரக் கழல் அணிந்து வெம் பகையைச் சாடுமினே.

Ye, surrendered to the Feet
Of Ramana, preceptor pure,
March in His four fold army, armed
With wisdom, weapon appropriate,
Fear not the foe however strong.
Be bold, heroic, fight and slay.   (731)


Arunachala Siva., 
   

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General topics / Maha Puja - 2014 - 22.05.2014
« on: May 22, 2014, 08:21:02 AM »
Today is Maha Puja in the Asramam, the day on which Mother Azhagammal attained Videha Kaivalyam.  The great Mother of
a great Brahma Jnani gave Her the reward of liberation, like Sankara did for His Mother Aryamba.

*

The scene is the hillock, PavazhakunRu.  Sri Ramana had left His uncle Subba Iyer's house at Madurai 28 months earlier
after His 'Self-hood experience' in July 1896.  Azhagammal had come in the sure faith that Her motherly love would be
sufficient to persuade Sri Ramana to return.  She had no idea of the supreme state of Her son.  Sri Ramana's physical
condition, the matted hair, long nails and a dirty body covered by a codpiece confirmed Her resolve that She should
somehow 'save Him'.  Sri Ramana was fully aware of His filial duty.  Besides, Sri Ramana always gives in return a thousand
fold more than what He receives. What indeed could be a true gift of a Jnani to His Mother?  To giver Her His own state,
of course, Ramana could, however, readily see that She was not yet ripe for it and He was not the one to thrust spiritual
benediction when one was not in a condition to receive it.  This is not to say that the Mother was not evolved.  Her womb
had nurtured the unique Brahma Jnani. Such a blessing was impossible but for ardent tapas which She must have performed
over several lives.  She had a generous heart and was all too ready to share,  along with Her husband Sundaram Iyer,
her wealth with the poor and needy. She had also grounding in Vedantic ideas.  But for all that, She was not ready for the
final spiritual assault.  Her motherly pride and love were dominant.  Hence, Sri Bhagavan let her go back, let her obey Karmic
law.  But at the same time, He made Her His first disciple by giving Her a written image pregnant with meaning.  The message
was that the ordainer is everywhere administering a just law.  Wisdom would demand acceptance of the law as it unfolds.
The seed has been sown.  It was bound to work.

They met only years later for a day in Virupaksha Cave up on the Hill.  Azhagammal asked for a boon, a child for Her
youngest son Nagasundaram.  This suggests clearly that She had come to recognize the stature of Her son.  It may be
because She had a vision of Him as Siva bedecked with snakes or it might have been because of the universal reverence
in which He was held. But this marks a special stage, for, reverence for the Guru is a pre requisite. This made it possible
for Her to surrender to Sri Bhagavan later, when She came to stay permanently with Him .

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.               

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There is a book by name Guru Vachaka Kovai, by David Godman, with meaning of each verse and also giving connected
teachings and conversations of Sri Bhagavan.  This book should be available with most of the Forum members.  Hence
I thought I should give original verses (with proper separation of compounded words as in Muruganar's verses) and also
Sri Prof. K. Swaminathan's translation, which came to be published in 1990.

Verse 1 of Guru Vachaka Kovai of Muruganar:


    குரு வணக்கம்  (Invocation to the Guru:)

அருள் அவா வால் மேல் அளந்து படாது உள்ளம்
தெருள் ஆன்மாவாத் திகழும் - மருள் ஆவாய்
நின்ற யான் என்னது என்னும் நீச மனப் பான்மை ஆறத்
துன்று போதச் சுடர்.
     
Arunachala Siva.

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Continued from the Mountain Path Issue of Jan.- Mar. 2014.

Part 9:

20th Jan. 1978.

During the waking state. whenever you do not feel love to attend to the Self, you cannot but attend to second and third
persons (things other than oneself, the first person) so at such times it is best to resort to sravana (studying Bhagavan's
teachings) and manana (reflecting on them).

Making intermittent attempts to attend to the Self is the most effective way to proceed. It is useless to struggle constantly
to attend to the Self, because that would be like standing deep in the mud and trying to lift something out;  the more you
try to do so, the deeper you sink.  A firm foothold  is necessary, and it is provided by sravana and manana. 

The foothold is Vairagya. (dispassion), which is freedom from desire to attend to any second or third person object, and
bhakti (devotion), which is love to attend only to the first person. 

Our whole life should go on in this way, with our mind  kept occupied in sravana, manana, and nididhyasana. (contemplation
on the Self).  Sravana, manana may take a long time, depending on the individual mind, but the correct nididhyasana takes
just a split second.  We may be able to turn 179 degrees from everything else towards the Self nit even that is not perfect
nididhyasana;  it is just an attempt to perfect nididhyasana, and is jumping a nine and a half feet across a ten foot wall. To land
safely on the other side, we must jump the full ten feet. Likewise, to experience ourself as we really are, we must turn full
180 degrees.

One must also know what type of sravana will be effective.  To be most effective, sravana must be focused and directed
unswervingly in just one direction, so reading this and that from numerous different gurus is not proper sravana. You must
find a guru with whose thought current you can agree, then discover what his real teachings are. And then practice
them alone.  Though there are various books in which Bhagavan's answers to visitors' questions are recorded, and though
they contain many useful ideas, reading them alone is not adequate sadhana, because many ideas in them are answers
that Bhagavan gave to questions that various types of people asked Him from a wide variety of perceptions, so such answers
often do not represent His core writings, since He always tailored His answers to suit the needs, concerns and aspirations
of each questioner and their ability or willingness to understand whatever He might say to them.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.               

 

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