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  1. H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Monday 22 March 2010--Trying to Revolutionize the Planet--and--Are Martial Arts Krishna Conscious?
  2. HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: '382' from The Yellow Submarine
  3. HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 'A Poem' from The Yellow Submarine
  4. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Svarupa-Sakti Mataji
  5. Gaura Sakti das & Adi Radhika dd, New Vraja Dham, Hungary: Radha Damodara
  6. HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 'Memories of Prabhupada with Giriraja Swami' from The Yellow Submarine
  7. HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 'Songs of Innocence' from The Yellow Submarine
  8. Japa Group: I Award Courage
  9. Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: Common Symptoms Of Heart Attack
  10. HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 'Today’s broadcast' from The Yellow Submarine
  11. ISKCON Panama Ratha Yatra 2010
  12. Gauranga Kishore das,USA: Baby Pictures
  13. David Haslam, UK: Can and Should We be Allowed to Question?
  14. Sutapa das, BV Manor, UK: Conservative or Liberal?
  15. Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: Gardens Gardens Anywhere
  16. Kaunteya das, Mayapura: ISKCON Membership - A Disciple of Srila Prabhupada Commented
  17. Kaunteya das, Mayapura: ISKCON Membership - What I wrote to "GBC Discussions"
  18. Gouranga TV: Remembering Bhakti Tirtha Swami (2009)
  19. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Monday 22 March 2010--Trying to Revolutionize the Planet--and--Are Martial Arts Krishna Conscious?

I cannot think of any more wonderful and fulfilling life than trying to completely revolutionize this planet under the guidance and blessings of the most empowered Vaisnava acharya in history, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. If he were physically here with us today, he would certainly be spearheading this greatest paradigm shift...

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HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: '382' from The Yellow Submarine SDGonline Daily updates

3:50 A.M.

All glories to the chanting of the holy names of Krishna which cleanses the heart of all the dirt accumulated for many years and produces the bliss of the ever-expanding ocean of Krishna consciousness. It is the life of all transcendental knowledge and helps us to get a taste of the nectar for which we are always anxious. Haribol.

You are glad to report
a good morning’s japa.
Bubbles of bliss and
satisfaction filled the hours.
I was wide awake and
tasted some nectar. It
is just a tiny perspective
of anandambudhi-vardanam compared to
the japa adepts, but for
me it was good and a
cause for celebration. Good
chanting is the foundation
of bhakti. Now I only
fear that I’m tired out
from my effort and
will be drowsy for my
writing and poem. But
the substantial part
is completed and you
should be satisfied.

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HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 'A Poem' from The Yellow Submarine SDGonline Daily updates

Sentiment for Krishna

I hope to be able one day to reach
Him in any condition without
the support of unessential things
by simply chanting His
holy names in silence
in my mind or maybe
one day healthy enough
to chant loudly with
my chest alone
in my room and rousing
sentiment for the Divine One.

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Svarupa-Sakti Mataji

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.18.32 - Compassion for all living entities is one of the qualities of a devotee.

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Gaura Sakti das & Adi Radhika dd, New Vraja Dham, Hungary: Radha Damodara

I found a very sweet darshan amongst the pictures from India, Goa that my husband recently showed. Here is Sivarama Swami taking Radha Damodara on a watery promenade.

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HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 'Memories of Prabhupada with Giriraja Swami' from The Yellow Submarine SDGonline Daily updates

Prabhupada Smaranam

Yadubara, Giriraja Swami and SDG on the morning walk with Prabhupada

I just spoke on the phone with my Godbrother Giriraja Maharaja. He is writing a book of his memoirs of Srila Prabhupada and is presently researching materials for the history of his first meetings with His Divine Grace in 1969. He is in an intense meditation on the subject. He told me that about a year after Prabhupada’s disappearance a Godbrother said in a lecture that it was not important to cultivate old memories of Srila Prabhupada. We should concentrate on carrying out his instructions in the present. Granted that it is essential to continue to push on the movement that Prabhupada created, I cannot agree (nor did Giriraja Maharaja) that remembrance of Prabhupada through the years that he was with us is unimportant. Giriraja Maharaja pointed out how touching and inspiring it can be to hear a devotee’s recalling a time he witnesses with Prabhupada and how it a affected him. These memories serve as impetus to encourage us in our personal service to Prabhupada in the present day and in the future.

The personal film footage of Prabhupada with accompanying recollections as compiled by Yadubara Prabhu, the video interviews edited by Siddhanta Prabhu, the many volumes of memoirs written by his disciples, and Prabhupada-lilamrita are all part of a growing, living library of reminiscences that enliven not only Prabhupada’s disciples but people who never met him or heard of him. “Churning the nectar” about Prabhupada is not a sentimental or unimportant thing. It is an essential part of his legacy and should not be neglected or minimized. We are fortunate to have so much of Prabhupada’s vani in his own written books and recorded lectures, and the memoirs serve as a supplement to his own works. We should be thankful to the devotees who have taken the time and effort to create his memoirs, and we should use our time productively by reading and watching these living legends. We will never be in danger of forgetting Prabhupada or cooling in our affection for him as long as we turn to these sources.

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HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 'Songs of Innocence' from The Yellow Submarine SDGonline Daily updates

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Using the dead bodies of flies to create cartoon humor is macabre. It is not actually funny. It is unkind. All life is sacred and should be honored. Even dead insects’ bodies (or what to speak of live insects’ or animals’ bodies) are not playthings for our amusement. There is a poem in William Blake’s Songs of Innocence which I cannot exactly remember but it goes something like this: “Little Fly/ Thy summer’s play/ My thoughtless hand/ Has brushed away.… Till some blind hand/ Shall brush my wing.” When we kill animals we run the risk of creating karma, which means the animal we killed has a right to come back in a future life and kill us. This is not a myth or fairytale but a fact of nature. As you sow, so ye shall reap. Everything comes around.

The cartoons with the insects are nothing compared to the billions of valuable cows that are slaughtered in high-tech slaughterhouses to satisfy the fastidious palates of the human meat-eaters. Vedic literature specifically calls for the protection of the cows. Cows give humans the most valuable foods, milk and milk products which nourish the body and even improve the brain tissues. The karma for cruel confinement, mistreatment and finally slaughter of animals in the fast-food, restaurant and meat retail business is so heavy that it results in wars in which humans kill humans on the battlefield. Earthquakes, tsunamis, famines and epidemics, which are usually traced to “Mother Nature” are actually karmic reactions to sinful activities, including the slaughter of animals. The material world operates under strict laws and random disasters are not just accidental or blind actions. The education of the laws of karma is sorely needed in human society. Unless education and reform takes place we cannot expect reduction in the horrors and sufferings that are common affairs in the world.

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Japa Group: I Award Courage

Hare Krsna my dear devotees, I hope your week has been blessed and your chanting peaceful and full of realisations with the Lord. The more we surrender to the Lord's names the more our relationship with Krsna gets stronger. I was reading a nice post from H.H. Sacinandana Swami about his experience in a hospital saying how he could surrender to Krsna and how the Lord kept His promise protecting him as a devotee. This are nice prayers from Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, hope you like it.

O Lord – You are full of compassion and mercy.
You surely drive away all fears – since everything is under Your control.
No one else in this world has the power to rescue me.
I have given up everything now and come to Your feet.
I am Your eternal servant and You my only maintainer.
I no longer belong to myself.
I am Yours.
From Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

We all have so many fears and attachments to this world but when we pray we reconnect our thoughts to the Lord and we try to enter into another world where Krsna resides and remains inside ourselves. I have said here many times that I usually remember the Lord in my darkest times in life, this is not good cause I should be in this surrender mood all the time, but in my case I feel more moved to pray and chant better when I am desperate and in emotional or physical pain.

I was very fearful when the doctor said I needed to undergo a surgery and this is the only way to fix a problem I have so then I thought what about my kids and my students and also my life, what if I die and many other thoughts came to me... so when I saw Maharaja writing about how the Lord protects us I thought that we need to trust the Lord protects His devotees and I will be with my beads and the holy names - I will be taking more shelter on this service and also I have a good opportunity to preach and distribute prasadam. So I became more relieved and now I am stronger to accept what is necessary to make this body healthier and stronger to serve the Lord more and more.
When we daily chant maybe we don't recognize our advancement or our faith increasing but when we are tested we are able to see how the Lord is protecting us and keeping His promises all the time. There is a wonderful text about the divine promise:

It is My vow that if one only once seriously surrenders unto Me, saying ‘My dear Lord, from this day I am Yours,’ and prays to Me for courage, I shall immediately award courage to that person, and he will always remain safe from that time on.
CC Madhya-lila 22.34; Ramayana Yuddha-kanda 18.33

May the Lord protect you always and show you where He is acting and protecting your life in all areas by seeing that your heart may become grateful of the Lords love towards you.

your servant,

Aruna devi
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Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: Common Symptoms Of Heart Attack

A serious note about heart attacks – You should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting.

Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.

You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack.

Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms.

60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up.

Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep.

Let’s be careful and be aware.

The more we know, the better chance we could survive.

If you think you are having a heart attack call 911 then chew some aspirin.

Should I take aspirin during a heart attack or stroke?

The more important thing to do if any heart attack warning signs occur is to call 9-1-1 immediately. Don’t do anything before calling 9-1-1. In particular, don’t take an aspirin, then wait for it to relieve your pain. Don’t postpone calling 9-1-1. Aspirin won’t treat your heart attack by itself.

After you call 9-1-1, the 9-1-1 operator may recommend that you take an aspirin. He or she can make sure that you don’t have an allergy to aspirin or a condition that makes using it too risky. If the 9-1-1 operator doesn’t talk to you about taking an aspirin, the emergency medical technicians or the physician in the Emergency Department will give you an aspirin if it’s right for you. Research shows that getting an aspirin early in the treatment of a heart attack, along with other treatments EMTs and Emergency Department physicians provide, can significantly improve your chances of survival.

Taking aspirin isn’t advised during a stroke, because not all strokes are caused by blood clots. Most strokes are caused by clots, but some are caused by ruptured blood vessels. Taking aspirin could potentially make these bleeding strokes more severe.

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HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 'Today’s broadcast' from The Yellow Submarine SDGonline Daily updates

Broadcast with question and answers, today’s poetry and readings from Free-verse Rendition of Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita — Remembering Srila Prabhupada (Vol1).

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Curso de Entrenamiento Vaishnava: This year the festival will be marking it's sixth annual parade and we would like to invite everyone along with their friends and families to join us in this most auspicious occassion where we will receive unlimited blessings from the lord and get our desires fulfilled.

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Gauranga Kishore das,USA: Baby Pictures

My aunt just sent me a cd with a bunch of family pictures on them so I thought I'd put a few up on the blog. I'm going to put the rest in an album on my facebook profile if you want to see the rest.

It is amazing how life just flies by.

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David Haslam, UK: Can and Should We be Allowed to Question?

Can and should we be allowed to question? Can we say that we feel that someone senior to us is wrong, if we feel there is evidence to suggest so? Or should we just blindly follow because someone has said we must do as they say and it is inevitably for our own good? I have been looking [...]

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Sutapa das, BV Manor, UK: Conservative or Liberal?

From a layman’s point of view, the Vedic culture may seem to delineate quite conservative social boundaries for women. Some may call this restriction, oppression, even subjugation, but one could also see it as a symbol of respect. The woman plays one of the most important roles in society. They are giving birth to and nurturing the future generation. These children will be tomorrow’s leaders, and the wellbeing and prosperity of society rests upon them. It’s no small task – for the woman or the child.

When the president attends a social function he is surrounded by numerous security staff and bodyguards. This is not because he is regarded as incapable, irresponsible, or weak. It is in fact, quite the opposite. The protection is a sign of the reverence and appreciation that society holds for his position and responsibility. The president readily accepts such arrangements, knowing them to be for his personal protection and simultaneously favorable for the execution of his duties. The Vedic culture unhesitatingly gave the same status to women.

Whenever any culture is analyzed it is imperative that we understand the goal behind it. If you see a shopper at Tesco's dressed in a spacesuit it may well raise a few eyebrows. However, if you go to a NASA space station and see a similarly dressed person stepping into a shuttle you won’t blink an eyelid. Why? In the second scenario, the culture, the goal and how they link together is extremely clear. Life’s ultimate goal is to understand we are all spirit souls – man or woman, black or white, its all inconsequential. The culture of the Vedas aims to create a peaceful, progressive and supportive environment within which everyone has a golden opportunity to strive towards this spiritual understanding. Although the psycho-physical traits of our bodies are undoubtedly temporary, to acknowledge and address them is extremely important in everyone's spiritual journey.

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Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: Gardens Gardens Anywhere

From our friend Madhava Ghosh's blog

Hopefully by the end of today I will have some lettuce planted in cold frames. I usually plant some radishes between the rows because they are up and gone before the lettuce will need the space.

Possibly by day’s end or tomorrow latest I will be able to get some tilling down to prepare beds for other veggies like spinach, peas, and potatoes. I also need beds for berries that I have received shipping notices on and more that will start arriving April 1st, including strawberries.

I am a step ahead of last spring in that last year was the first year I had gardened for quite a few years and the garden itself was a flat space. This year it is in raised beds I threw up last fall so they are drying out quicker.

There is rain starting Sunday, even a little snow forecast for Monday, and then several wet days, so I need to take advantage of the opportunity to prepare the ground. This time of year so those chances can’t be squandered as it could get wet for weeks again before being able to work the soil.

The soils here are clay based and working them when wet results in making your garden into a brick. I have dramatically improved the tilth (structural workability) of the soil over the years by amending with organic matter, but I still need to respect soil moisture levels and conditions.

So this morning it is finalizing my planting plan and then out into the garden.

Don’t think you are not able to garden, even with a small space you can do it. Here is a tiered planter you need little space to utilize.

Found here:

You can also find those hanging planters everywhere, including one for tomatoes where they grow out of the bottom of the planter. We tried one of those last summer, not because we needed the space, just to try it. I learned you need to continuously feed them. We watered it with a compost tea but I saw someone else who had one and it started out lush and green but by midsummer it had faded. It was one I drove by and observed, so my assumption was they just watered it, but to keep growth happening in containers, they need regular feedings.

Another tip someone gave me about those tomato upside down planters was that you take a piece of leaky hose (like used for irrigation) or perforated pipe and put that in the center and then fill in your mix around it. Then put the water in the top of it and it distributes it better. I also noticed in ours when I took it down that the constant watering (and it does need it almost daily) had made a hole in the top of the planting mixture from the impact of the water. That exposed roots to drying. Watering through a piece in the middle would eliminate that.

So good gardening wherever you are.

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Kaunteya das, Mayapura: ISKCON Membership - A Disciple of Srila Prabhupada Commented

A (very) senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada (in good-standing) wrote me
about what I posted on GBC Discussions about membership:


I wasn't at the presentation but I can say that Srila Prabhupada's actions
and position strongly support the idea that even if someone "bloops" he is
still a "member" of ISKCON. Srila Prabhupada shed tears over lost disciples.
He personally mentioned to them that he was "praying every day to Krsna"
that they would return. he was overjoyed when then came even slightly back
toward reenstatement. He rarely (only 2 x to my knowledge) turned anyone
away, and that was due to severe blaspheme. If those devotees had come
back, offered obeisances etc. I'm convinced that they would still me

So at least on that I fully support your position.

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Kaunteya das, Mayapura: ISKCON Membership - What I wrote to "GBC Discussions"

Below is what I posted on the pamho conference "GBC Discussions," in which
GBCs, Ministers and GBC Deputies are members. The context should be

For those who want to see for themselves the PowerPoint in question, you can
download it at:


Dear Members of the GBC Discussions conference,
Please accept my humble obeisances, all glories to Srila Prabhupada.

During the last AGM, HH Sivarama Maharaja gave an introduction of his vision for membership in ISKCON, prefacing it by saying that it was shared as an opportunity for thinking on the subject, not as a final conclusion.

Traditionally the younger members of an assembly speak first, so that they can freely express their views. If they were to wait for the more seniors, the yonger people would have to defer to the elders' views. On the other hands, if the junior speak first the elders won't be too affected by the juniors' views; the elders would still share their points and even correct the junior members, if needed.

In this spirit, and with your permission, I am sharing some concepts, inviting your corrections.

I will try to express myself respectfully (a great challenge for me!) but simultaneously I won't compromise on clarity.


I disagree on the presentation's approach and conclusions.

During the presentation I listed some 18-20 points of perplexity or
disagreent, but here I will only concentrate on the single central premise or underlying principle that appears to inform the whole concept.

We heard that membership in ISKCON should be based on following the rules and laws of ISKCON, just like membership of a country is based on following the rules and laws of that country.

The problem is that this is just not true.

Citizenship of a country is not based on following its laws.

Consider France (the country that was offered as an example); without
getting into the complex legalities ruling citizenship for immigrants or the
fine points of distinctions between nationality and citizenship (after all
this is only a general analogy and France a "casual" choice) we could say
that whoever is born in France from French parents acquires French

How would this fact translate to ISKCON's reality? We could say that anyone
who takes spiritual birth (initiation) from a ISKCON guru is an ISKCON
member (of course there could be other categories of membership, but this
appear to be the most immediate and logical).

Whoever joins the sampradaya according to the standard Rupanuga system ("gurupadasraya, diksa" CC Madhya 22.115) as applied in ISKCON Law ***must*** be considered a member of ISKCON.

The presentation argued that one who doesn't follow the rules of ISKCON should loose his membership, but the analogy with France (or any other country) doesn't support this view.

Consider that even French murderers do not loose their French citizenship.

They loose some civil liberties and rights but they remain French citizens.

How could this translate with ISKCON?

Certainly those who transgress ISKCON's standards and laws would loose the
adhikara for specific services (such as initiating spiritual master or
temple president) but what is the philosophical arguement demonstrating that they should entirely loose their membership?

The issue appears theological: Is there an "ontological" element in the process of initiation? The Sri Caitanya-caritamrita seems to imply that; in the words of Lord Caitanya (Antya 4.193):

diksa-kale bhakta kare atma-samarpana
sei-kale krsna tare kare atma-sama

“At the time of initiation, when a devotee fully surrenders unto the service of the Lord, Krishna accepts him to be as good as Himself."

One might ask, "What if the level of surrenders declines after some time, is still Krishna seeing the initiated devotee in a special way?"

This could be an example of the types of questions we should be discussing, in relation to membership.

The mood expressed in the following 1977 GBC resolution seems to indicate that there should be an ongoing spiritual sense of responsibility even towards inactive members:

"Each GBC man is responsible to try to recover the blooped devotees living in his zone."

The relation is indicated as ongoing and alive; the commitment from the leaders should continue regardless the spiritual status of the fallen devotee. Of course everyone can choose to disassociate from ISKCON, but the institution hould still -- according to the above resolution -- feel a sense of commitment to the person who had, at least at one point, surrendered to the process, considering him still a part of the spiritual family.

In conclusion: the analogy of membership of a country based on following the rules doesn't stand.


Waiting for your comments, and repeating that there are other perplexities
connected to the approach to membership presented at the AGM, I remain
willing to share and discuss more on this very important subject.

Thank you for reading.

Your servant, Kaunteya das

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Remembering Bhakti Tirtha Swami (2009)

Subido por gourangatv el 16/03/2010
Lokanatha Swami and Sivarama Swami talks about Bhakti Tirtha Swami. (magyar felirattal)

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1966 March 21: "Pratipada. I distributed Prasadam to all at Dr. Mishra's Apartment. In the evening there was meeting. Five ladies and gentlemen attended. Geeta explained about individuality of living entities. Income $2.00. No expenditure."

Prabhupada Journal :: 1966

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1967 March 21: "My dear Satsvarupa, you have not followed my instructions and now you are already in trouble. I do not know how I can help in great blunder. I can only hope that Krishna will help you."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1967

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1968 March 21: "ISOKRISHNA means International Society for Krishna Consciousness, and also, that Krishna is the All-Attractive Supreme Personality of Godhead. So it is all-round perfect.
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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1969 March 21: "Your comments about my disciples are so much encouraging for me. One who appreciates a sincere devotee is eligible to approach the Supreme Personality of Godhead."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969

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1971 March 21: "About the guru next door, as well as other so-called sadhus, why be disturbed? Sincere people will be attracted by the purity of your message."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971

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1973 March 21: "Yes, your Temple is always gathering nice devotees and I accept them. Now recruit many more young people to join our movement, it is their only future hope."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973

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1974 March 21: "Please impress on him that this second initiation is not awarded cheaply or automatically, and that he must be very strict. Have him hear the tape in the right ear."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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Shalagram das, Dallas, TX, USA: Community Garden Rules

We would like to share the rules of the Garden. Most of this was taken from the American Community Garden Association and we also added a little of our own flavor. It is one page long.

The idea is that each plot user should read and sign so that there are no misunderstandings down the road. We can pass [...]

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