Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Kumbh Mela - an in-depth report and analysis


Tonight will be the largest gathering of mankind in its history with four crore pilgrims as millions are pouring in with bags and children on their head walking for miles and miles with faith, love and devotion in their eyes. This is true "dharma" This is our true "Bharat".

People say that one can get lost in the kumbh, but i believe that this is the place to find oneself. The travel in this extraordinary divine energy should be within.

Only then can one learn to be alone in the crowd.

My in-depth Kumbh Mela report - part 1 (4th Feb 2019)
Things can be seen in superficial, subtle and causal ways (स्थूल, सूक्ष्म, कारण रूप).

Kumbh Mela is spread over 47sqkms temporary housing of lakhs of people on a soft, sandy, wet land near the rivers Ganga and Yamuna at Prayag. 

The mela is beautifully planned with lakhs of tents on wide walkwayz paved with metal sheets, 1.25 lakh toilets, cheap stay and food for poor, constant cleaning of roads by thousands, reasonably clean rivers, well designed water supply, drainage and security who are well trained and behaved (we asked many policemen for different directions and roads - and everyone knew all sectors and were helpful). Could not believe that we were in UP.

The methodical procession on the 4th morning with crores of excited people shouting "Har har mahadev" without much pushing and jostling was an example of brilliant crowd management.

The scale of operations and rush of people was mind-boggling. It was said that there were 5 crore people yesterday. These look awe-inspiring but theoretical numbers, but the moment you experience the crowd, its just surreal.

Just goes to show that once the administration decides to do something, it can achieve unimaginable success, provided the duration is relatively short. The huge election exercise is another example of the same.

In-depth Kumbh report - part 2 - Subtle (5th Feb)

Millions of people, thousands of temporary ashrams of saints and temples, air full of havans, hymns and prayers.

While there may be charlatans, fake sadhus, power politics and egos- what i observed was something very interesting.

There are crores of people of all creeds and castes - they can enter any ashram, meet any saint, eat together in community kitchens spread across the kumbh. No distinction.

There are all kinds of saints - brahmin, kshatriyas, vaishya and shudras. There are men, women and transgenders. There are people from all parts of the country and the world. Sikhs, sufis, jains, Buddhists, some muslims too. Anyone and everyone searching for the TRUTH.

The hierarchical, caste structure of Hindu society is not visible anywhere. Whenever one attends any lectures or speeches, all we hear is about searching the underlying unity of all beings. There may be exceptions, but too few and far.

The media reports regarding discrimination and separation based on stray incidents seems so distant and false. The proponents of divide-and-rule are trying their best to find and accentuate faultlines in our society. But, Hindu society seems to be truly moving in the right direction - of overcoming caste differences and searching for unity among all castes and religions. Its a long and arduous path, but in the kumbh, it seems as if the saints are showing the path.

Much needs to be done, but we are on the way.

Musings: (6th Feb 2019)

Before writing the third part of in-depth report of the kumbh mela, I would like to advice many who are justifiably cynical of religious people and such melas. I understand their concerns as there are a large number of exhibitionists, charlatans, fakes and frauds in the religious arena.

Let me paraphrase from the book "Autobiography of a Yogi".

Yukteshwar Giri goes to the kumbh mela in Prayag in 1894. There he meets Babaji, the head of his lineage for the first time. This is his conversation.

"What do you think of the Kumbha Mela?’ Babaji enquired.

"This fair is nothing but a chaos of noise and beggars. I wonder if Western scientists, patiently enlarging the realms of knowledge for the practical good of mankind, are not more pleasing to God than these idlers who profess religion but concentrate on alms. I am greatly disappointed, sir.’ Yukteshwar said, ‘Somehow saints and this commotion don’t seem to belong together.’

“‘Child,’ the master said, ‘for the faults of the many, judge not the whole. Everything on earth is of mixed character, like a mingling of sand and sugar. Be like the wise ant which seizes only the sugar, and leaves the sand untouched. Though many sadhus here still wander in delusion, yet the mela is blessed by a few men of God-realization.’ unquote.

Kumbh Mela report 3- the causal (deepest level) (8th Feb 2019)

Science, human development and intellectual growth has been growing in two directions for many centuries: the external and the internal.

The western scientists, philosophers, planners, politicians, medical men and researchers have been instrumental in huge strides for mankind, especially in European and American countries for the last few centuries. These are outwardly organizing structures. But just external development is incomplete. People in western society are suffering loneliness, dissatisfaction and are searching for answers to bigger questions.

The other method which is more powerful is of sourcing knowledge by diving deeper into one's self and through deep study and introspection creating technology and processes to enrich existence. This is called the Indian knowledge system (IKS). While the search, results and documentation of this IKS has been present since thousands of years, it is only now that the philosophy and the usage of some of these IKS like meditation, yoga, ayurveda etc is being recognised and followed by the world. 

This evolving philosophy, science and knowledge has been documented by various wise men over a period of time.  Not centred on one person or one period.

Modern westernised indians look sceptically at various processes like tantra, mantra and yantra. These processes have been deeply researched and these powerful energy-enhancing techniques have been masked and offered as rituals to make it popular and easy-to-use. Branding hindu religion as superstition and ritualistic is like throwing the baby with the bath water.

Different paths towards self-realization have been intelligently structured depending on the inclination of a seeker whether meditation (राजयोग) , devotion(भक्ति योग), sewa (कर्म योग) or Knowledge (ज्ञान योग).

In this kumbh, was fortunate to meet key members of the leadership of the hindu religious organizations that has been operating with great effectiveness for over 800 years- with its myriad संप्रदाय, अखाड़ा, आश्रम, मंदिर and other institutions. They have their own rules and policies that have been operating since over 800 years extremely successfully. These policies are well defined, all-encompassing, just and constantly evolving. It is this organization that has enabled the Hindu worldview to withstand and sustain various aggressions by foreign invaders and served the religion equally well during monarchy, foreign rule and now western democracy.
People of different beliefs, different castes and gender are part of the leadership. Its principles of collective leadership, conflict-resolution and consensual, collaborative decision-making process is truly impressive.

The kumbh has been designed to be a regular meeting place of various branches of these organizations, seekers from all over the world (some of them who only come out of their abodes in the Himalayas) and the lay people in demarcated places during times when the planetary position is at its most powerful.

In the kumbh mela, you may find some of the greatest rishis (the scientists), saffron - clad seekers of truth (sadhus) who have left everything for the ultimate search, the warriors (Naga sadhus - who stay naked even in the biting cold), some God-touched souls as well as researchers in different aspects of life. These are the true astronauts who are trying to stretch the boundaries of humanity.

This is a different world- a world of seekers for self-realization, a world of people in search of the Truth, a world focusing as much on science, validation and facts as the western world-but with a more holistic and integrated approach.

But if one wants to look for those diamonds, one has to look beyond the dust, the noise, the chaos, the fakes and the charlatans. One needs to look deeper - beyond the apparent/superficial beyond the subtle to the causal.

This kumbh, I pray that there should be a synthesis between both worlds - the western and indian. That would be mutually enriching and could transform humanity.

Mayank Gandhi 9920788909

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Karma Yoga - chapter 3

Chapter 3 - Karma- Yoga

1.     Self-realization or achieving the Truth is difficult without cleansing your body internally.
2.     Therefore, one must follow a two-step process – (a) Kriya yoga, followed by (b) Meditation.
3.     The spiritual reality on getting down solidifies to become the sthul sharir by the time it reaches the mooladhar. The journey of descent passes through the six chakras, one-step at-a-time. From the formless to the body form, from the unaware to the awareness, from the nirakar (formless) to the newly born, from Shiva to Shakti.
4.     To reach the Real self, the upward climbing will have to start, from Shakti to Shiv, from mooladhar to Ajna chakra, from ignorance to knowledge, from darkness to light, from limitations to infinite.
5.     Kriya yoga is the process of cleansing by practicing a certain kind of pranayam that steadies the breath and the mind. The kriya involves entering the breath through the sushumna and putting pran vayu into apana vayu and apana vayu into pran vayu. This breathing takes place from the ajna chakra to the mooladhar chakra and from the mooladhar to the ajna chakra. This pranayama entails repeated ascent and descent through the sushumna while focusing on the 6 chakras. The mooladhar to the sahasrara will have to be made one. One will have to be mingled with the next, in this way, the previous mingling with the next will reach the ajna. By repeated ascent and descent, the power stationed at mooladhar in its sleeping position will be awakened.
6.     The seed or semen or the power is created at mooladhar (Earth) and stays behind the swadhistan (Water), inside a fluid. The upward flame of Manipur (fire) propels the kriya power upwards through the anahata (air) that bears/holds the vyom (sky) of visuddha. Visuddha is the sound that needs to be penetrated upwards to reach the light of the ajna chakra.
7.     From penetrating the sound of the visuddha chakra, one enters the light in which is impregnated the whole world. And inside this light is a dark area /cave called the Brahmari Guha. Entering this cave where the Divine is situated, a living being can achieve the ultimate truth.
8.     This is the paravastha of kriya, when Shakti (power) unites with Shiva and gets liberated. When the atma meets the parmatma or individualized brahm meets the eternal brahm, the liberation occurs. And when that happens the paravastha of kriya is achieved. This location for the meeting or unity is the brahm-vyom or the kootasth or the ajna- chakra.
9.     Also, there are thousands of nadis that carry passion. This passion can be neutralized by its purification. The purification process is the kriya by which prana of life in these nadis is taken by constant sadhana and placed in the brahm-vyom (the eternal sky in the kootasth). This kriya burns the passion in these nadis.
10. Various clouds of ignorance of different intensities have covered the Solid, Subtle and Causal bodies. It is only by sadhana that these clouds can be dispersed. For removal of the dust/clouds from the solid body, one needs to have a strong and intense desire to do sadhana. For dispersing the clouds over the subtle body, one should start intense sadhana and during the sadhana – one will see various milestones like flashes of light / music / sounds or different sights. But to cleanse the causal body, forceful sadhana is needed. This entails purification of all 72,000 nadis and one can then enter the brahm, where savikalpa Samadhi can be attained.
11. The human being creates its own subtle body according to its previous deeds. Then depending on its fate, it creates its body with the help of a mother and father. The reason for this body, life and death is present only till one achieves the true knowledge.
12. It is very difficult to be in constant stage of sadhana. The way towards that is by initially bringing nature under the influence of sattva and gradually turning it to the stage above the gunas, where no waves arise.
13. This play of prana can only be stopped if all elements - the mind, brain and ego unite is brought under sattva and along with the atma they become one. Their separate existence is no more and they become pure, true and silenced.
14. Someone who has achieved the paravastha of kriya and is situated in the kootasth takes himself as witness. They are unattached and are silent witness to the actions of the three gunas, the mind, brain, body and ego and all their actions.
15. In paravastha’s higher stage- one realizes that the soul is one with nature and understands that they perform none of the actions, thus they are not influenced by happiness or sorrow. And to reach the paravastha – the only way is practice and understanding that the Divine is the sole “doer”.  Surrendering to the Divine is the best policy and judgment, and that will take away life’s sorrows. And that when the mind is totally under the true self-intelligence, nothing good nor evil can touch him, since all actions are being done by the Divine. One becomes inseparable from HIM.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Clear-cut evidences. God is a computer programmer (3)


I wrote in the earlier parts, about why it is likely that God is actually a computer programmer and the Universe is just a computer game. The hypothesis was well received, but it was just a theory. And how does one validate a theory?

Hindu philosophy consists of six darshanas (philosophies, worldview, teachings) one of which is Nyaya darshan.  This darshana’s significance is the systematic development of logic and methodology to validate a theory. So, let us use some of its key processes to check whether this hypothesis of “God is a Computer Programmer” meets its rigid criteria.

There are four means of obtaining knowledge – perception (by the five senses), inference (conclusion based on the basis of reason and logic), comparison (a consideration or estimate of the similarities or dissimilarities between two things or people) and word/ testimony of reliable sources (like the study, research of scientists and/or credible people like Rishis).

As you read the theory, you may find problems, doubts, contrariness and errors. That is natural for a new theory that makes claims that is in contrast to the traditional worldview. So, let us correct or resolve them by a systematic process of reasoning and technique.

We shall break up the validation of the theory in two parts.

Firstly, in this blog, we shall make some logical explanations about why the Universe cannot be anything else except a computer simulation.  And in the next blog, we shall look at some experiments and findings of quantum mechanics and see if the results of those landmark experiments validate our theory.

God is a Computer Programmer (part 3)

For centuries there has been strong views and arguments on either sides on the two contrary schools of thoughts about existence

1. Material makes the mind (materialism – a theory or belief that nothing exists except matter and its movements and that consciousness and will are wholly due to material agency.), or

2. Mind makes the material (spiritualism – a theory that the is the only reality and that it controls matter.)

In this part 3, we shall show that the Cosmos operates through the spiritual model in which materials are created through spirits or the mind. And there are enough indications to show that that mind is from outside the Universe. And that existence is nothing more than a computer simulation. In short, we are living in a computer. And a computer programmer has made the software.

Let us look at five broad arguments to make our claim
1.     Big Bang
2.     Pixelated Universe
3.     Programming
4.     Maximum Speed
5.     Identical parts

Big Bang:

The Big bang started from a tiny particle (size of half a proton or less than a billion, millionth of a cm) 13.8 billion years ago and then kept on expanding its space like a balloon. This is our cosmos. While nearly all of the cosmos seems to be an empty void, in reality this vacuum of “space” comprises the interplanetary medium. It includes various forms of energy.

Now we know that energy cannot be created nor destroyed. So, if entire cosmos is filled with energy, then where did so much energy come from?

But, if the Universe is a computer simulation, then the program always start from the will of the computer programmer and begins from zero state. Every time a virtual reality starts up – a Big Bang appears from the perspective of the game. Information influx starts from zero state. Reality starts from nothing because before starting, there was no space-time.

Pixelated Universe:

Physicists discovered that matter is indeed quantized (sub-divided into small but finite particles). Matter consists of fundamental, indivisible particles, billions of times smaller than an atom.  Hence, nature is actually a matrix of computable bits of space, time and energy in quantized form. Everything is made up of individual bits. Which means that the Universe is made up of components and therefore, it is computable.

Like a moving picture that actually consists of millions of pixelated images, the Universe is also made up of billions and billions particles that come together to create reality. These particles are finite and therefore computable.


Prof. James Gates is an American theoretical physicist, known for his work on super symmetry, super gravity and super string theory. He discovered strange, error-correcting codes deep in the equation of super symmetry.  This special code consists of strings of bits of ones and zeros that are embedded deep in the reality matrix. So, there is now a discovery of coding that has created this universe and is at the base of existence. Prof James Gates talks about this form of computer code, which he refers to as “adinkras”.

The core structures of reality work similar to how a computer works. For example, when we paint a picture using computer software, the core state of the colors and shapes in the picture are made up of ones (on) and zeros (off). We do not see the picture as ones and zeros, because the Central Processing Unit (CPU) processes the binary codes as colors and shapes. Binary codes are very simple but with the right combinations, they can help computers create magnificent things.  Creation seems eerily similar to the Matrix films, which depict a world where everything in a human being’s experience is the product of a virtual-reality generating computer network.

The simple process of using binary codes to create things within the hardware of computers is similar to how Creation creates our external reality or material world.

This data fits simulation hypothesis better than materialism.

Maximum speed and finite size:

Nothing has ever been seen that travels faster than light. So, maximum speed has an upper limit. If reality is a computer simulation, then the program needs a finite processor. If there was no maximum speed cap, then all processes would become infinite, and our theory of world being a computer world would be false.

The Universe is expanding like a balloon. Which means that there is a boundary and a finite size. Without a boundary and a finite size, it would become impossible for a computer simulation.

Identical parts:

Every digital object created by a computer has an identical building block because every object is created by the same code. While the processed image looks different, the digital pixels embedded within the image are identical.

Similarly, every object in the Universe looks and seems different, the parts at the quantum level in the same class is the same, be it photons or electrons or similar. Every object arises from the same.  

Therefore the simulation hypothesis suggests that this is the case because the same program creates each bit.


Taken together, all these show sufficient evidence that the Universe is a computer simulation and we are all avatars/players in a program made by a computer programmer called GOD.

But, is this enough evidence? How does the theory match the cutting-edge experiments in science and the latest theories of quantum mechanics? Let us examine that in depth in the next blog.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hypothesis - God is a Computer Programmer (part 2)

The hypothesis that I present here for a new worldview on existence is an extremely rational and logical explanation based on empirical evidences and cutting edge experiments. It would be diametrically opposite to all that one has read, heard or believed in for all one’s life. If read with an open mind, it can alter one’s concepts of life, God, religion and everything that is profound in your life. A world view that could challenge the perspectives built over generations, faith, traditions and social life. Old traditions, views and practices builds a groove in one’s mind map, making it very difficult to remove the impressions built over decades.

It is my earnest request to focus the search light of reason and logic before accepting or rejecting this theory. If I can create a sliver of doubt in the minds of the readers and make them read and think more about this alternative worldview, then I would have achieved my objective.

Like the illiterate mathematics genius Srinivasan Ramanujam who found mathematics equations through intuition, I got my understanding of Truth and Reality during my automatic meditational trance. I received the answers to my questions (1) Who am I? (2) What is existence? (3) What is my role in existence? And (4) How best do I play that role, NOT by way of deep and detailed study or by a brick-by-brick building of a theory. Ramanujam got the answers to maths problems in a vision and then had to work backwards to find the basis of the answer. Similarly, my understanding of Reality came during these meditational trances, or as Ramanujam calls it, through “Words of  God”.

To validate that these answers were authentic and not figments of imaginations or mind games, I started research and studies to validate and verify the intuitive or subjective knowledge that I gained. The process was top-down rather than bottoms-up.

So, let us begin this journey into the unknown. Use the beacon of reason to explore a completely new perspective. For more information, google “Simulated Reality” and read articles and scholarly writings on the subject. You could also watch videos on you tube.

God is a computer programmer – part 2

A few decades back, computer games were very basic like a Pacman, Motor racing etc. Today, we are playing computer simulation games that are extremely sophisticated and complex. The transformation in the complexity of the games is due to two reasons – one, increasing level of computational speed and two, demand and creation of a high level of interactive games.

I would like to introduce you to a genre of online computer games called Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). This is a genre of games that is  played online in the computer by a massive number (millions in some cases) of players taking on roles or avatars simultaneously.

Player : A player joins the game by selecting an avatar or character that will be part of the online computer game. While selecting an Avatar, he can individualise and give it important characteristics to make the avatar unique. So, the player is offered various options of characteristics (some games have over 120 different options) from which he has to select.  Some of the choices that he has to make is – proportion of each element from the five elements (air, fire, water, earth or ether), decision which brain cortex is more developed, whether he is strong or intelligent, whether hot headed or calm, whether family oriented or fighting for the team etc etc.

Millions of people join this game, each of them simultaneously creating an avatar for themselves. These avatars can enter the game from anywhere in the world. These millions of avatars play the game, engage with each other in a dynamic environment that keeps on changing and evolving - every micro-second.

The avatars are given the power of choice, intelligence and free will.

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The players 
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The Avatar
Background : This computer game uses the five elements as well as the four forces of nature to create a fascinating and dynamic environment. The ever-expanding Universe beginning with the Big Bang and the formation of the various heavenly bodies, the earth, the inhabitation of the Earth with slowing down of the gases to form solids, the beginning of living beings starting with plants, insects, fish, birds, animals and finally mammals, all connected with each other in a wonderful pattern becomes the background of the game.

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The maya or the matrix
Design : The laws of nature and parameters of the Universe take on values that are consistent with conditions for life of the avatar rather than a set of values that would not be consistent with its existence as observed on Earth. If, for example- the electrical force between the electrons, the range of temperature of the sun, air pressure, gravity, the dance of the helium and carbon nuclei, the natural calamities like earthquakes, rising water levels, volcanic activity etc. did not lie within a certain range, the avatars would die. Similarly, within the microcosm - if there was a slightest difference in an organism at the chemical, genetic, cellular, tissue, organ or system level - life would not exist.

Everything is beautifully balanced. The level of oxygen, nitrogen and other gases, the oxygen and nitrogen cycles, the water cycle, the cyclic nature of life, day, seasons and years. The gravitational force that makes us live on earth and for the earth to rotate and revolve. The brilliantly designed Universe with its millions of solar bodies.
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The macro design
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To the micro (super string)
Intelligence: While accepting that the microcosm has the same intent as the macrocosm, I would like to give just few examples of the purposeful intelligence of the game.

·         The avatar playing through the human body consisting of 10 trillion cells, each of them receiving thousands of signals every second in the form of proteins and molecules.

• A cell in the lung, for example, has its own intelligence to receive and process the millions of signals, convert them into chemical reactions which are appropriate for its cellular regeneration, propagation, functioning of the lungs, functioning of the respiratory system and the health of the body to create conditions for existence and prosperity of all its parts. A cell in the kidney with exactly the same physical characteristics of the lung cell would perform different chemical functions appropriate for its role.

• There seems to be a capacity to make choices operating inside each cell in our body, down to the level of individual proteins and enzymes. DNA itself is a kind of "text" that functions through a coding system called "genetic code," which is strikingly similar to codes used by human beings. Some enzymes edit the RNA transcript of the DNA text and add new letters to it; any error made during this editing can be fatal to the entire organism; so these enzymes are consistently making the right choices; if they don't, something often goes wrong leading to cancer and other diseases.

• Luther Burbank worked on the cells of cacti to demonstrate its innate intelligence "While I was conducting experiments to make 'spineless' cacti," he continued, "I often talked to the plants to create a vibration of love. 'You have nothing to fear,' I would tell them. 'You don't need your defensive thorns. I will protect you.' Gradually the useful plant of the desert emerged in a thornless variety." 
·         As so on and so forth

Game : What a brilliant game !

The avatars do not just have interaction and engagement with the other human avatars in the game but everything else in the Universe – rock, soil, plants, fish, birds, insects and animals. All of these are bound by separate rules and characteristics. Then, there are pet animals and birds that can interact much closer with human avatars. All these living beings including human avatars have a pre-determined life-death cycle. All parts of the environment and avatar are connected at the source level. In the next few blogs, we will go deeper into the game aspect.

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A typical MMORPG

Imagine: Do check some of the MMORPG games on the internet to understand the level of the computer simulation that is prepared right now, with extraordinary graphics and virtual reality. Now imagine the level of MMORPG that a computer programmer can create in the next 10000 years? Don’t you think that a good programmer can make OUR Universe with humans? Can they not create an environment based on the five elements and the four fundamental forces that is similar to our Universe?

Elon Musk says “There is a one in a billion chance that we are NOT living in a computer Simulation.”

But :  But, this is just a hypothesis. Where is the hard evidence, proofs and findings that establish that our Universe is a computer simulation?

Next time we shall look at some of the evidences, proofs to establish that we “exist in a computer simulation”. We shall also look at the recent findings of quantum physics and see if our hypothesis fits its findings.

I will end with an interesting hymn from the Rig Veda (the oldest Veda). It says that there was nothing till an idea or desire manifested itself into existence. Gods were then created by the avatars of this manifestation. So, man created God. This “Nasadiya Suktam” or the hymn of Creation seems as if it was written about a Computer Programmer, getting ready to create the game of life.

There was neither non-existence nor existence then.
There was neither the realm of space nor the sky which is beyond.
What stirred?

There was no distinguishing sign of night nor of day. 
That One breathed, windless, by its own impulse. 
 Other than that there was nothing beyond.

Desire came upon that One in the beginning, 
that was the first seed of mind. 
Poets seeking in their heart with wisdom 
found the bond of existence and non-existence.

Their cord was extended across. 
Was there below? 
Was there above? 
There were seed-placers, there were powers. 
There was impulse beneath, there was giving forth above.

Who really knows? 
Who will here proclaim it? 
Whence was it produced? 
Whence is this creation? 
The gods came afterwards, with the creation of this universe. 

Who then knows whence it has arisen?
Whence this creation has arisen –
perhaps it formed itself, or perhaps it did not - 
the One who looks down on it, 
in the highest heaven,
only He knows 
or perhaps even He does not know.”
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