2008.05.22 19:00 - From Rumi, with Love

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    The Guardian for this session was Pema, the comments are his.

    That evening, I arrived at the tea house a bit early, and saw that already various friends had gathered there. While still rezzing, I began to listen to the conversation.

    Dakini Rhode: hi Pema
    stevenaia Michinaga: evening…depending where you are now

    And the next thing I new, SL had kicked me out again. It would take me a full five minutes before I succeeded to log in again. Arriving once more, I fell into the middle of the conversation. It seemed like a conversation of the previous one, six hours ago, which I had just read, but where I had not been present, since I had been asleep.

    Dakini Rhode: dhukka means “wobbly axle”
    Dakini Rhode: what we translate as “life is suffering”
    Dakini Rhode: is “life is a wobbly axle”
    Dakini Rhode: i reflected on that…
    Dakini Rhode: hi Pema
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: seems it is sometimes
    Types Sideways: and?
    Dakini Rhode: always
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: hi Pema
    Dakini Rhode: always wobbly
    Pema Pera: Hi everybody!
    stevenaia Michinaga: evening Pema
    Pema Pera: slowly rezzing here
    Types Sideways: wobbly when we dont fit maybe
    Dakini Rhode: you are still grey
    Types Sideways: when we fight
    Dakini Rhode: when we expect it to be not wobbly
    Types Sideways: yeah
    Types Sideways: good analogy
    Types Sideways: hi Pema
    Dakini Rhode: ohoh where did Pema go
    Types Sideways: hes here
    Dakini Rhode: oh i see yes
    Dakini Rhode: still grey to me
    Dakini Rhode: hi Stim :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello Stim
    Stim Morane: Hi all!
    Pema Pera: HI Stim!

    It was clear that the SL rezzing `weather’ was rather sluggish that day. Stevenaia had taken up a position in the corner.

    Pema Pera: Steve, would you like to join us in the middle?
    Types Sideways: nice to meet you Stim
    Types Sideways: Steve
    Stim Morane: Hello Types!
    Types Sideways: hi:)
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: hi Stim
    Stim Morane: Hi!
    stevenaia Michinaga: …smile, interesting I can actually see everyone nicely and hear all from here, thank you
    Types Sideways: cool
    Types Sideways: heard a nice rumi saying today
    Types Sideways: want to hear?
    Pema Pera: sure!
    Types Sideways: lets see
    Pema Pera: And good to see you again here, Ecstasy!
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: thank you Pema

    Types recited his Rumi quotation, just when Jack was joining us.

    Types Sideways: let your heart smile
    Types Sideways: because a diamond is only worth something when it shines
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: wow
    Dakini Rhode: :-))
    Pema Pera: Hi Jack!
    Jack Milgrom: Hello
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: Hi jack
    Dakini Rhode: Hi Jack
    Pema Pera: wonderful saying, Types
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: that is beautiful Types
    Types Sideways: good pointer
    Dakini Rhode: it seems to get to the point better because it’s poetic
    Types Sideways: yeah
    Types Sideways: I love that
    Pema Pera: some poetry can have an almost mathematical precision
    Types Sideways: math?
    Dakini Rhode: haha you would know Pema
    Types Sideways: uh oh
    Types Sideways: how so?
    Pema Pera: math is also indirect, like poetry
    Types Sideways: ahhh
    Pema Pera: if you look at the words and the lines of the paper
    Pema Pera: it does not mean anything
    Pema Pera: but if you have enough of a shared background, it all comes to life
    Pema Pera: and is very precise and recognizable
    Jack Milgrom: an interesting observation Pema

    We moved on from math to macha.

    Types Sideways: so your a math guy?
    Types Sideways: Pema?
    Pema Pera: partly
    Pema Pera: my specialization is theoretical astrophysics
    Types Sideways: oh
    Pema Pera: and math is part of theoretical physics
    Types Sideways: like space?
    Pema Pera: space is an essential mathematical concept, yes
    Pema Pera: there are many mathematical spaces
    Pema Pera: starting with a mathematical model of normal space
    Pema Pera: and then getting more and more abstract
    Types Sideways: if you say so have you had a geisha serve you Macha yet?
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Pema Pera: I did have a macha latte just an hour ago
    Types Sideways: oh man
    Pema Pera: here in a coffeeshop
    Types Sideways: Im jealous
    Dakini Rhode: haha i had one this morning
    Pema Pera: where I am typing now
    Pema Pera: y’all come visit!
    Types Sideways: ok
    Pema Pera: in Kyoto
    Types Sideways: we are there
    Types Sideways: now
    Ecstasy Dreamscape smiles
    Pema Pera: yes
    Types Sideways: with you
    Pema Pera: but drinking macha may be a bit difficult . . . .

    I commented on Types’ ferocious samurai looks that evening.

    Dakini Rhode: we have macha here in the pot
    Dakini Rhode: no geisha
    Types Sideways: ahhh
    Ecstasy Dreamscape giggles
    Types Sideways: got mine
    Cha-No-Yu Japanese Tea Ceremony (Taupe): Please enjoy your ceremonial cup of cha, Dakini Rhode-san. Goziemashta arigato.
    Pema Pera: goes well with your outfit today, Types!
    Types Sideways: heeheh
    Types Sideways: ty
    Types Sideways: saurai
    Types Sideways: traditional armor
    Chawan : Mmmm, delicious green cha made in the ceremonial Japanese tradition, Dakini Rhode, so refreshing!
    Chawan : Mmm..
    Types Sideways: samurai
    Chawan : Mmm..
    Pema Pera: yes, you would be able to defend us all in Japan, Types!
    Chawan : Mmm..
    Types Sideways: hehehe
    Types Sideways: just for looks
    Chawan : Mmm..
    Types Sideways: and zen
    Jack Milgrom: As much as I enjoy it here, I have things to attend to in RL.
    Jack Milgrom: I hope to see you again soon
    Chawan : Don’t you feel at one with nature now, Dakini Rhode so peaceful and relaxed.

    Jack took off, and Dakini returned to Isen’s reading of dukkha.

    Stim Morane: Bye Jack!
    Types Sideways: bye
    Pema Pera: Thanks for stopping by, Jack!
    Pema Pera: Does anyone have a question or comment about Playing or Being or anything like that?
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: by Jack
    Types Sideways: whats that?
    Types Sideways: :))
    Dakini Rhode: being
    Pema Pera: Types, there may be nothing like that :-)
    Types Sideways: :)
    Types Sideways: what else can we do?
    Types Sideways: but be?
    Dakini Rhode: being on the wobbly axle
    Types Sideways: hehehe
    Dakini Rhode: just before Pema and Stim arrived
    Dakini Rhode: I mentioned something Isen said..
    Dakini Rhode: that dhukka should be translated “wobbly axle”
    Dakini Rhode: “life is wobbly”
    Dakini Rhode: and Pema I thought about playasbeing…
    Dakini Rhode: and trying for “continuity”
    Pema Pera: I like that, dhukka as wobbly, out of kelter, with friction, not flowing freely
    Dakini Rhode: and wondered… is continuity attainable?
    Dakini Rhode: i think of it as just wobbly, that’s the way it is
    Dakini Rhode: interesting different ways to think of wobbly

    I mused about continuity.

    Pema Pera: not attainable but it is recognizable — strictly speaking, in the sense that it is already there but we tend to overlook it — not meant as a trick answer; I really think we should start with the orientation that nothing can be attained
    Pema Pera: we express
    Pema Pera: can’t attain
    Pema Pera: already there
    Pema Pera: Being
    Pema Pera: we can ignore
    Pema Pera: but not lose
    Types Sideways: hard to see because its always there?
    Dakini Rhode: now you see it now you dont?
    Pema Pera: yes, too close to see, you could also say
    Types Sideways: yes
    Pema Pera: and yes, seeing varies
    Types Sideways: yes
    Pema Pera: but that doesn’t matter
    Pema Pera: IT is always there
    Pema Pera: that is the support, the resource
    Pema Pera: that is the “don’t worry be happy” root
    Types Sideways: no problem
    Pema Pera: radically so
    Types Sideways: uh oh
    Types Sideways: problem

    Types, after having stated “no problem” found an unexpected new problem in the fact that he had started to levitate.

    Pema Pera: in the middle of the greatest trouble we can suddenly recognize that, fall into that
    Types Sideways: levatating
    Pema Pera: rising above us all, Types
    Dakini Rhode: too much macha
    Types Sideways: hhehe
    Types Sideways: does it go down?
    Dakini Rhode: you need to stand up to go down
    Types Sideways: sound profound
    Dakini Rhode: lol true
    Types Sideways: stand up to go down
    Dakini Rhode: stand up then sit again
    Dakini Rhode: profound
    Dakini Rhode: :-)
    Types Sideways: up is down
    Types Sideways: k
    Types Sideways: thx
    Pema Pera: yes, great teaching Dakini (sorry, lag)
    Types Sideways: great teaching
    Dakini Rhode: the wobbly axle?
    Types Sideways: :)
    Pema Pera: wobbly bicycle perhaps?
    Pema Pera: can’t ride without wobbling slightly
    Types Sideways: wobbly stability
    Types Sideways: maybe
    Stim Morane: It was nice to see you all, but I have to go now … till next time!
    Pema Pera: See you, Stim!
    Dakini Rhode: night, Stim
    Stim Morane: good night!
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: nite Stim
    Stim Morane: bye Ecstasy!

    After Stim left, Ecstasy mentioned the refreshing simplicity of just `be’.

    Pema Pera: Ecstasy, have you gotten a chance to play a bit with Being, in some way or other, perhaps?
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: no i have not
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: formally …
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: looked at anything
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: but i know that i say “be” a lot at times to myself and appreciate the simplicity..
    Pema Pera: that’s a great gesture!
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: in not overworking or complicating things particularly like me emotions
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: but try to experience “now”
    Pema Pera: such gestures have already the power to radically change our life
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: like the piece isen gave on “attention”
    Hotaru Myoo: Hiya!
    Pema Pera: Hi Hotaru!
    Types Sideways: hi
    Dakini Rhode: hi Hotaru!
    Hotaru Myoo: Greetings…
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: hi hotaru, *smiles
    Hotaru Myoo: sorry to miss the evning activities

    Hotaru joined us, and the conversation continued to flow, while I brought up the 9 second explorations.

    Pema Pera: Ecstasy, have you tried to stop for a few seconds sometimes?
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: stop?
    Pema Pera: we have been experimenting here with what we call a 9-second practice
    Pema Pera: for a few hours every day
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: oh?
    Pema Pera: we try to stop what we are doing roughly once every quarter of an hour
    Pema Pera: and for 9 seconds we take a break
    Pema Pera: take a breath
    Pema Pera: and see whether we can look beyond our normal horizon
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: wow
    Pema Pera: http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/ contains a very short introduction
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: i could have benefited from that earlier today
    Pema Pera: just a few pages
    Pema Pera: (^_^)
    Pema Pera: what happened earlier?
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: i have been so caught up in grief over my 16 1/2 year old kitty (twinkie) who died last week
    Types Sideways: uh oh
    Types Sideways: lost Dakini
    Types Sideways: oh no
    Pema Pera: yes, I remember you mentioned that the other day, I’m sorry to hear that, it must be a great loss
    Pema Pera: after such a long time
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: the grief has just been phsically aching inside of me for everywhere i look i look for her and she is not there
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: i start to talk to her and remember “oh she is gone” :P and then the feelings hit me like an avalanche and the momentum just nails me
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: so to take a step back or time out like you described would help
    Pema Pera: if you can try the 9-sec practice for a couple hours, over a few days, I would love to hear what kind of difference that would make
    Pema Pera: we are here four times a day
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: i have no rl kids, she and my other kitty same age who died last year were my kids
    Pema Pera: once every six hours, 1 am 7 am 1 pm 7 pm SLT
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: ok i will try that
    Types Sideways: is that the kitty in your proflie?
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: ty
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: yes my girl and my little boy
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: can’t imagine when i hear of people losing spouses what that would be like

    Hotaru gave her own very helpful angle on life and death.

    Hotaru Myoo: I think that is why we have animals in our lives..
    Hotaru Myoo: one of the reasons
    Hotaru Myoo: to understand and come to grips with the cycle of life
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: hmmmm
    Hotaru Myoo: we will all outlive our animal friends
    Ecstasy Dreamscape nods
    Hotaru Myoo: we learn from their unconditional love
    Ecstasy Dreamscape smiles “yes”
    Hotaru Myoo: their way of being
    Hotaru Myoo: is a path we can all learn from
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: yes
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: wow that is good
    Hotaru Myoo: they give us reflection on how to live
    Hotaru Myoo: moment to moment
    Hotaru Myoo: I think the PaB will be a wonderful device for you as you work through this
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: i will go to the website and read up
    Hotaru Myoo: focus on the ‘is’ and not the ‘was’
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: ahhhh ok
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: thank you Hotaru that is powerful
    Pema Pera: yes, thanks Hotaru! It is so nice to hear PaB descriptions from many different angles
    Pema Pera: Play as Being
    Ecstasy Dreamscape smiles “thank you Hotaru”

    Hotaru, our fire fly, continued, through the joy of texting:

    Hotaru Myoo: that brings up the ideas of memeory
    Hotaru Myoo: the power of memeory
    Hotaru Myoo: momory*
    Hotaru Myoo: haha
    Hotaru Myoo: memory*
    Ecstasy Dreamscape giggles thinking of doing same thing
    Hotaru Myoo: and the life of memory
    Pema Pera has the image of a meteoritic fire fly
    Pema Pera: or meteorological fire fly
    Hotaru Myoo: we have talked about (lol) being…
    Hotaru Myoo: in it’s many forms
    Hotaru Myoo: has memory been addressed?
    Hotaru Myoo: in previous conversations?
    Pema Pera: ((Ecastasy: Hotaru means fire fly))
    Pema Pera: I don’t think so Hotaru
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: hmm, wow i have walked around here all day trying to remember how she felt in my arms
    Pema Pera: at least I don’t remember now :>)
    Ecstasy Dreamscape giggles
    Hotaru Myoo: we are our memories
    Hotaru Myoo: but just as essential…we are what we forget
    Hotaru Myoo: we are programmed to forget
    Hotaru Myoo: as well as remember
    Hotaru Myoo: selectively?
    Hotaru Myoo: perhaps
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: before she was gone i made a huge effort to try to remember for future and now i try so hard to bring it back and it makes me in a knot

    Types came up with another angle, followed by Dakini.

    Types Sideways: so we are like internet cookies Hotaru?
    Hotaru Myoo: yes!
    Hotaru Myoo: without the precision
    Ecstasy Dreamscape smiles
    Dakini Rhode: a box of cookies
    Types Sideways: :)
    Hotaru Myoo: along with the crumbs
    Dakini Rhode: ecstasy if i may suggest
    Dakini Rhode: when a loved one has died
    Dakini Rhode: they need to move on
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: ahh
    Dakini Rhode: it helps them if we can let them go…
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: mmm
    Dakini Rhode: we may see them again, in time
    Dakini Rhode: your cat may come back to you
    Ecstasy Dreamscape takes deep breath
    Dakini Rhode: just a suggestion
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: thank you Dakini i appreciate that, i really had not thought of that before
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: not like that

    Types had to leave, and the conversation continued.

    Types Sideways: bye all
    Types Sideways: RL calls
    Dakini Rhode: bye
    Hotaru Myoo: Bye Types!
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: bye Types, *smile
    Hotaru Myoo: Good to see you!
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: i love this consideration of “being”
    Hotaru Myoo: try considering it every 15 min
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: reminds me of “be here now”
    Dakini Rhode: ahh
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: what a concept
    Ecstasy Dreamscape smiles
    Pema Pera smiles too
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: i heard john lennon recently “let it be” and i thought wow he got it way back then
    Pema Pera: yes
    Hotaru Myoo: indeed he did
    Pema Pera: that can be a very powerful mantra, all by itself
    Hotaru Myoo: honto ni
    Pema Pera: hai
    Ecstasy Dreamscape nods thoughtfully
    Pema Pera: many of us seem to know a smattering (or two) of Japanese, Ecstasy :-)

    Dakini provided yet another angle.

    Dakini Rhode: here is a thought: how many Beings are there?
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: cool
    Pema Pera: one Being
    Pema Pera: ultimately
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: i love sushi, *giggle
    Dakini Rhode: so then we are not in fact separate
    Pema Pera: indeed!
    Dakini Rhode: and the kitties are not in fact gone
    Hotaru Myoo: it is exponential
    Dakini Rhode: they have only shed their coats
    Dakini Rhode: their old worn out coats
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: wow i love that, i felt a twinge at that thought
    Dakini Rhode: time for new coats
    Ecstasy Dreamscape smiles thinking of kitties flying free
    Dakini Rhode: :-)))
    Hotaru Myoo: I think of the butterfly ..
    Ecstasy Dreamscape laughs “oh that is lovely dakini”
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: yes shedding and breaking free of the cocoons
    Dakini Rhode: :-)))

    By then it was time for me to leave.

    Pema Pera: I’m sorry but I’ll have to leave now; great being here with all of you! — thanks for finding us again, Ecstasy, please come back whenever you feel like!
    stevenaia Michinaga: night pema
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: thank you Pema very much for also being here
    Dakini Rhode: bye Pema
    Pema Pera: night everyone!
    Hotaru Myoo: thanks for letting this run long too!
    Pema Pera: please continue
    Dakini Rhode: i need to take my leave too
    Hotaru Myoo: so glad to be with you all!
    Pema Pera: don’t let me break up the party :-)
    Dakini Rhode: i didn’t think I’d make it this late :-)
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: thank you everyone this has been so beautiful to hear and feel these things
    Hotaru Myoo: _/!\_
    Dakini Rhode: Namaste
    Hotaru Myoo: nice work!
    Hotaru Myoo: haha
    Pema Pera: _/!\_
    Hotaru Myoo: Take good care Ecstasy!
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: _/!\_
    Dakini Rhode: be well, Ecstasy!
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, be well
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: thank you Hotaru you too
    Dakini Rhode: (and all)
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: thank you stevenaia and dakini, :-))
    Hotaru Myoo: the plasure ia all mine
    Hotaru Myoo: :)
    Hotaru Myoo: nite all!

    While most of us got up and left, Steve indicated he was ready to stay for a bit longer.

    stevenaia Michinaga: If you say I can sit for a bit
    stevenaia Michinaga: watch your head
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: oops, nite Hotaru
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: big beams
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: hehehehe
    Pema Pera: sit for a bit here Steve?
    Pema Pera: sure, of course, any time!
    stevenaia Michinaga: take care Ecstasy
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: well take care and i will come back more often, i love the discussions of such good things.
    Pema Pera: and thanks again for joining our guardian group
    Pema Pera: Steve
    Pema Pera: thanks, Ecstasy!
    stevenaia Michinaga: I hope to volunteer shortly
    Pema Pera: sure, any time, Steve!
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: thank you stevenaia, pema, take care and be safe
    Pema Pera: you too!

    Suddenly Steve and I were the only two left.

    Pema Pera: It really seems that something is working here, it feels, something beyond any of us individually, I find it quite amazing
    Pema Pera: Each meeting I just walk in, no idea what to expect
    Pema Pera: nobody knows
    Pema Pera: and yet often something quite profound comes out
    Pema Pera: from nowhere
    stevenaia Michinaga: there always seems to be something new to learn
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes
    stevenaia Michinaga: something from nothing
    Pema Pera: yes, learn and and share, learning by sharing
    stevenaia Michinaga: from the void comes change
    Pema Pera: yes!
    Pema Pera: openness to the void is all that is needed
    Pema Pera: and this group here is remarkably open
    Pema Pera: no rules, no expectations
    stevenaia Michinaga: I jsut need to feel a bit more comfortable either through visiting or by your 9 secs or by time
    Pema Pera: np!
    Pema Pera: you can take your time
    Pema Pera: people here are very welcoming
    Pema Pera: each in their own way
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, I am not uncomfortable with the people
    stevenaia Michinaga: somethings I am just unfamiliar with
    stevenaia Michinaga: much of the eastern thought

    We talked about practice, and I remember the interesting story that Steve had told earlier about having been told to look up from cmoputer programming work to save what he had done.

    Pema Pera: have you tried the 9-sec thingy a bit?
    stevenaia Michinaga: no not yet
    Pema Pera: may be fun to try for a couple hours a day, for a few days
    stevenaia Michinaga: it will take a bit to work that into my practive
    Pema Pera: wouldn’t take long :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: practice
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, I work with one other so I could make the time and place
    Pema Pera: didn’t you mention doing this already, as computer work breaks?
    stevenaia Michinaga: well in the past yes
    Pema Pera: so you may have more experience already than any of us :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: but remember, my moments were replaced by software improvements
    stevenaia Michinaga: thats actually what I am trying to do, is align or re-align what I may already have into another context, your 9 sec or something similar
    Pema Pera: can you say a bit more about the other context?
    stevenaia Michinaga: any re-alignment is a learning experience
    Pema Pera: yes
    stevenaia Michinaga: part motivation and part focus
    stevenaia Michinaga: I actually work with a Buddist, but know very little about it
    stevenaia Michinaga: actually most Buddists I know are very hostle people in many respects, so much for the vegatarian theroy about them not being hostle
    stevenaia Michinaga: I eat plenty of red meat and I’m quite mellow :)
    Pema Pera: haha, yes, I know what you mean
    stevenaia Michinaga: it just must affect my typing
    Pema Pera: I’ve had plenty of experiences like that too
    Pema Pera: what we are doing here is not Buddhist
    Pema Pera: even though there is overlap — but there is overlap as well with Hindu, Taoist, Sufi, with Christian mysticism too
    Pema Pera: and with science, not to forget
    stevenaia Michinaga: of course

    I mentioned my hope to bring our exploration outside the context of religions.

    Pema Pera: I hope we can have some people join us without any religious background whatsoever
    Pema Pera: it would be great to see how they would explore the 9-sec thing
    stevenaia Michinaga: I realize what you are doing is not religious based, makes it very appealing
    Pema Pera: thank you, I consider that as one of the highest forms of praise for me, I appreciate that very much!
    stevenaia Michinaga: you are welcome, and I enjoy your humility
    Pema Pera: when people come here from a religious background, I deeply appreciate that too, and I want to resonate with that, which is easy for me, since I recognize the power of those approaches — but I also recognize the pitfalls and I want to be open to those who want to avoid those pitfalls
    Pema Pera: thank you, Steve!
    Pema Pera: actually I myself want to avoid those pitfalls
    Pema Pera: which is one reason I don’t call myself a Buddhist
    Pema Pera: people are often surprised hearing that

    We continued to talk for a bit longer, but then my internet connection crashed. It took quite a while to get it back up again, and finally I said goodbye to Steve through IM.

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