By Nhat Quan
Buddha has three things that can be done and three things that cannot be done. One of the three things that cannot be done is that the Buddha cannot save those who have no predestined relationship with him.
In the past, Mr. Anathapindika (Mr. Loneliness) met the Buddha, heard the Dharma, and joined the holy order, called the pure and liberated holy race. He wholeheartedly supported the Buddhadharma, vowing to serve the Buddha all he could. He directed the life of his entire family along this path and helped the poor and needy to be well fed and then directed them to the Dharma. Therefore, he was called by the world a supporter of the lonely. For the Sangha, he was the most effective protector of the Dharma, making full offerings to the monks. He entrusted his wealth to an old woman who was in charge of managing it. She saw that the bhikkhus kept coming to ask for this and that every day, so she got angry. The boss ordered, she did not dare to resist, but she was really unhappy. Because the property is not hers, she is responsible for keeping it inside and out, so she feels like an owner. Mr. Anathapindika knew that but had not had the opportunity to guide her to the Buddha.
At that time King Prasenàjit and Queen Mallikà were both devout Buddhists. Queen Mallika saw the situation in Mr. Anathapindika's house like that and wanted to create a predestined relationship with the housekeeper to meet the Buddha. Queen Mallika said to Mr. Anathapindika:
- Tomorrow in the king's palace, there is an organization to make offerings to the Buddha and the Sangha, you should arrange for that old lady to bring the offerings to the palace.
Mr. Anathapindika and his wife were very happy because they thought that the Buddha would save this old woman. Entering the palace, Queen Mallikà tried everything to keep the old woman. But this old lady seemed very strange, she just brought food in and hurried away, did not want to stay at all. Seeing this, Queen Mallikà ordered:
- You can't go back, you have to stay here to prepare to make offerings to the Buddha and the monks. Soon the World-Honored One will come, meet the Buddha and offer offerings, which is a great blessing. The old woman did not dare to argue, was forced to stay but was very angry.
When the Buddha and his disciples came, he released his light to illuminate everything, making everyone present there aroused. Only this old woman has not made up her mind. She was preparing offerings, and when she saw the Buddha coming to one door, she turned to another door. Buddha then released his own aura for her. On the four sides, she turned in every direction to see Buddha releasing his aura. At the end of the road, she lowered her head to the ground and tried to leave. Buddha said:
- I don't have the predestined to save this old lady.
But the Buddha knew that the venerable Rahula had the grace to save the old woman, so the Buddha sent Rahula to meet the old woman. Indeed, when she heard from afar that Rahula was coming, she happily went out to wait. Venerable Rahula came, she invited him into the house, inquired, and took care of all things… Reverend Rahula preached the Buddha's teachings to her. After hearing that, she understood the Way, and raised her mind towards the Three Jewels easily, without any difficulty.
The cause and condition in Buddhism are like that, the cause and the meeting, the retribution or the reward is not lost. Knowing this, you do not need to worry, just create a good predestined to be blessed. Whether you like it or not, you have to admit that whoever has a predestined relationship with you will be able to love and be close to you. Who does not have a predestined relationship with you, even if you meet again and again, you will not have any feelings. Thus, the word predestined in Buddhism speaks of the entire relationship between you and people from many generations to the present. If you don't have a predestined relationship, even if you meet each other, you'll still be strangers as if you haven't met. As I teach the Dharma every week, Buddhists from far away gather at the temple in large numbers, while the houses near the temple do not come. True that:
- With predestined conditions, thousands of miles are also close, but without predestined conditions, even if you meet each other every day, it's still as strange as not familiar.
The phrase "Buddha saves people with predestined" tells the truth that you are living, not imagining. In the sutras, every morning, before going into the city to become alms food, the Buddha used his celestial eye to see who had a predestined relationship with him today, and he went straight there to teach. Where there is no predestined He does not go.
Those who study and understand Buddhism will see very strange points. Like the Buddha holding a bowl to the village for alms, people called him to beg, but the Buddha said that he planted a predestined relationship with sentient beings
Once, the Buddha went for alms, saw some boys playing in the sand, and made a mountain of sand to play on the side of the road. Meeting the Buddha, there was a boy who gathered sand into a bowl and offered it as an offering. The Buddha received it and asked the Venerable Ananda to take it back and spread it around his monastery. However, later, history said that King Asoka was the reincarnation of the boy who offered sand to the Buddha at that time. So his hands are as rough as sand. He was the warlike king who was converted by the Buddha to become a Buddhist and was instrumental in spreading and expanding Buddhism to the Middle East, the largest missionary area in history. With the child's act of taking raw sand to the Buddha, but with a sincere heart, he later had the blessing of becoming a King, meeting the Buddha, and becoming the most effective protector.
Thus, it is clear that when the Buddha went for alms, he planted a predestined relationship with sentient beings. If the Buddha just sat in one place, sentient beings would have no chance to come to him. By sowing such conditions, he saved immeasurable sentient beings. That is the Buddha's meaning of sowing causes and conditions. He does two things at once:
- The first thing is to find someone who has a predestined relationship to save.
- The second thing, people who do not have predestined come to sow predestined.
Today, although monks and nuns do not go for alms, the temple is always open, Buddhists come to burn incense to worship the Buddha and make offerings to the Three Jewels, which is also a form of sowing conditions. The monks and nuns who receive offerings from Buddhists are to receive the predestined conditions that are sown with them. Therefore, when ordained as a bhikkhu and bhikkhuni, the monks and nuns wear robes with many pieces, symbolizing the fields of merit that sentient beings have sown with them. Thus, the spirit of sowing conditions of Buddhism is very clear. Those who are already predestined, the Buddha and the monks and nuns will save first. Those who do not have a predestined relationship find a way to sow. If you have a predestined relationship, you will find it no matter how far away, that is the special spirit of Buddhism.
Buddhism advocates that people with predestined people come together, not to encourage, not propagate, not to force. Monks and nuns quietly study, whoever comes to them is predestined, so they are willing to guide them. Therefore, Buddhism has no ambition to dominate humanity. You only guide those who are predestined, and those who are not, they are free to choose their path, their life. Thereby it is enough to see that Buddhism respects the freedom of each person, if there is a predestined relationship, then it will come together, if there is no predestined person, then it's okay.
Having that spirit, you should not think that you must force everyone to follow Buddhism, those who do not follow your religion will be angry at people. Such anger is contrary to the spirit of Buddhism. So when I take refuge in Buddhists, I often mention:
- The Buddha taught lay Buddhists to keep the five precepts, but if there are one or two precepts that Buddhists cannot keep, they should keep the three precepts first, the rest of the precepts will be kept later. Buddha taught you to practice, he teach you because he loves you, not because he wants you or everyone to obey and respect him.
Buddhist practitioners need to understand this clearly, and should not be upset or sad when they see that Buddhist followers are not as numerous as followers of other religions. Because it's fate. If it's not predestined, then there's nothing to be angry about. Understanding that, you will see that Buddhism is extremely gentle, not competing, not fighting with anyone. For those who need it, the monks and nuns are willing to guide them, if they don't need it, they don't force it, they don't insist. That is the meaning of Buddha's predestined people.
If you understand this spirit, monks, nuns, or Buddhists will see that there are few Buddhists in your temple, and many Buddhists in other temples will not be sad, because you know it's a different condition for each person. If you are sad, then you don't understand the meaning of the Buddha saving the predestined people. The monks or nuns previously planted a lot with Buddhists, so now there are many Buddhists. The monks or nuns in the past had few sows, so now there are few Buddhists, that's only natural, there's nothing to be sad about.
You should not understand that a person who is rarely visited by Buddhists is a bad practitioner, sometimes he practices very well, but because he has no predestined relationship with sentient beings, no one visits. And people with many predestined sentient beings will come in abundance. You Buddhists must understand the principle of cause and effect. The monks or nuns who receive offerings from Buddhists are sowing conditions. For example, Buddhists give me five or ten dollars, I get it. It was the Buddhists who planted a predestined relationship with me. As for me, I owe you a debt, so people often say the two words predestined and debt. If you have a debt, you have to pay. So now I pay you all the time. I owe you a lot, I pay a lot, I don't dare to rest, I don't dare to be tired. If the debtor is not blessed and has no morals, then he must pay by being his servant. And the virtuous ones pay their debts by teaching and guiding people to practice.
          If you understand that, then you will sympathize, if a monk or a nun is visited by a large number of Buddhists, you know that monk or nun has planted a lot of love with Buddhists.
          About making offerings to sow conditions, someone asked:
          - Teacher, making offerings to the Sangha is also giving, giving to beggars is also giving. So how are these two acts of generosity different?
The answer is:
          - Your respect for the Three Jewels and compassion for the poor, if you make offerings or give alms, the merit is no different. But with the poor, they are not destined to be of great benefit to you later. As for the cultivator, because there is merit and virtue, because of this merit, your destiny is also better. Just as a seed is the same, but if you sow it in soil full of fertilizer it will grow differently than when you sow it in arid, rocky soil. It's different there.
          If you understand the cause and effect, other people are rich, while you are poor, but your heart is still happy, not jealous. Because you know that other people's conditions are good, yours is poor, lacks merit, so you are poor. In the same way, if a cultivator sees a temple developing well and a large number of Buddhists come, then you know that is the predestined condition of a good Abbot, so you won't be jealous, that's you know how to practice. Those of you who have not mastered the principle of cause and effect, seeing someone more than you are sad, from which there will be troubles, that is, you have not yet learned to cultivate.
          You see this doctrine is very profound but also very simple, just because you do not see, do not understand, so the mind is not good with each other. In fact, who is better than you, you are happy to praise? If you act like this, everything will be fine. So if you practice, you must understand and apply the Buddhadharma in your daily life, in every word, action, and behavior, not by reading a lot of sutras but by suspecting that you practice a lot. If you read a lot of sutras without being able to apply the principles of sutras, you will still be bound by defilements as usual.
          Those who do not have a predestined relationship must create a predestined relationship. In the past, when I read Buddhist scriptures, there were times when I was a bit sad. When the Buddha went to places that were highly respected by Buddhists, he stayed at the monastery, the benefactors carried rice and water to offer a lot, and the monks did not use them all. The Buddha then asked the monks to feed the crows. I think the monks can't eat it all, then give it back, get a lot of it, and then give it to the crows to eat; So is it a crime? But later I learned that the Buddha taught to receive is to sow a predestined relationship with the worshiper. If the Buddha didn't accept it, the donor couldn't sow a predestined relationship, how could the Buddha save them later? Therefore, the work of the Buddha looks superficially like a waste, but really in the spirit of sowing conditions, to have the opportunity to teach sentient beings is too necessary.
          Today, some monks and nuns go to work and have a little money, and if anyone wants to make an offering, they refuse:
          - I have enough, please do not accept.
          - There are some Buddhists who do not dare to eat temple rice for fear of being in debt to the temple.
          This action seems to be very good, but in the future, there will be no predestined relationships. You should remember that the root of Buddhism is enlightenment and compassion, to save yourself and save people in a perfect way. Therefore, it is necessary to cultivate conditions with sentient beings. If you don't owe them, you won't meet, if you don't meet, how will you teach them? That is the wish of a Buddhist practitioner.
          Personally, I owe a lot to Buddhists in this life, because everyone who donates to me will accept it. Maybe it was like that in my previous life, so now I meet Buddhists. That is the debt that makes you and I meet again to guide and rely on each other to practice. The joy of the cultivator is here. If you run away, don't want to borrow money, and don't want to get involved with anyone, you won't have a relationship. That is the meaning of teaching and sowing conditions of Buddhism.
          In the world, people also have predestined relationships to meet and pay off. But from the point of view of Buddhism, it is different. When a meeting is a predestined relationship, helping and learning from each other, the more predestined, this lively little, then the next life will be. There are not many predestined conditions in this life, there will be more in the next life, that's the difference.
          On the path of cultivation, if you want to follow the Buddha from life to life, if you want to never be forgotten, never get lost, then you must sow a predestined relationship with the Three Jewels, right in this life until the next
          The question is how to sow?
         There are many ways to sow a predestined relationship with the Three Jewels. For example, Buddhists come to the temple and offer five or ten dollars to the box of blessings and dew to sow a predestined relationship with the Three Jewels, without the condition that the monks or nuns have to do anything for you. You need to understand what you do. If you do it without understanding, sometimes you unintentionally turn good deeds into bad ones, and at the same time make monks and nuns awkward. You must understand the meaning of making offerings.
          It is good that you sow karmic conditions with the Three Jewels by making offerings, but even more important in sowing conditions is to take refuge in the Three Jewels. If you have not become a Buddhist, and now want to have a deep relationship with the Three Jewels, you should make a vow to take refuge in the Three Jewels. You have taken refuge, reminding your relatives to understand the morals and take refuge together. It is sowing fate for oneself and for others. The fate of taking refuge is greatly blessed.
          For the Buddha, the deepest and most sublime condition is to help parents and relatives of all sentient beings to take refuge in the Three Jewels. Because of taking refuge in the Three Jewels, that good seed will not be lost forever. You take refuge in the Three Jewels and promise to follow the Buddha's precepts for life, follow the Dharma, and follow the Sangha, which is sowing a very deep seed. So from this life to many lives to come, you do not forget, do not lose. Many people ask this question:
          - The great, rich mandarins are thanks to the blessings of their previous lives. So why do they sometimes do evil in this life?
          Buddha taught that merit comes in two ways. If you do good but you don't have morality, then the blessing will only lead to enjoyment, and then you will forget it. For example, Some people have little wealth. When they see others suffering, they help them, so they are blessed. Although blessed, there is no moral seed. When working as a mandarin, being in a high position means enjoying merit, but he does not know anything about morality. After enjoying all the blessings, they create bad karma, then they have to suffer. As for the man who is a mandarin but gentle, there is a seed of morality. Thus in this life, they enjoy old blessings, and at the same time create new blessings, so they are promoted forever, blessings do not lose seeds, and morality does not decline.
          So when you talk about taking refuge in the Three Jewels, you are talking about sowing the seed of eternity, not losing it, not forgetting it. That is you sow the cause to eternally meet the Three Jewels. Those who have a predestined relationship with the Three Jewels in this life, meet the Three Jewels in the next life, and continuously cultivate, will quickly become enlightened. Blessing only leads to enjoyment, while morality leads you to true, lasting happiness. If there is no moral root, then the blessings will end, and you will suffer from the evil karma you have created.
          Now there are many people doing meritorious deeds, but not Buddhists. If you do good, you will be blessed, whether you are a Buddhist or not a Buddhist, but the difference is in being ethical or not. Therefore, people who know how to practice are always willing to help others. Just as Buddhists want to take refuge, monks give refuge. Is that beneficial for monks, nuns, or Buddhists?
          - You want to take refuge in the Three Jewels because you want to sow the seeds of the Three Jewels so that in the next life you will have a predestined relationship to practice.
          - Buddhists who keep the precept not to kill living beings will enjoy a long life in the next life.
          - If you keep the precepts of not stealing, then in the next life there will be no loss of wealth.
          - Keeping the precepts not to commit adultery, the next life will have a good and righteous body.
          - Keeping the precept not to lie, what will be said in the next life will be believed and obeyed.
          - Keeping the precept not to drink alcohol, smoke opium, and drugs, the next life will be intelligent and lucid.
          Therefore, taking refuge and taking precepts is to protect Buddhists from being safe in this life and the next life, not for the benefit of the monks or the Buddha. The Buddha and the monks, because they loved the Buddhists, wanted to guide people to know the Way and not suffer, so they encouraged Buddhists to take refuge in the Three Jewels.
          Next, sowing conditions by spreading the Dharma. As in these lectures, Buddhists have a predestined relationship with the monks, but there are also people who don't have a predestined relationship. But by hearing, understanding, and seeing the reason, we should develop a mind to cultivate, which sows a predestined relationship by spreading the Dharma. By spreading the Dharma, the listeners penetrate, so they develop the mind to cultivate. This is one of the ways of sowing conditions of the Buddha.
          Many people think that other religions do very strong charity work, and Buddhism does not care about this, just preaching sutras, so it is not realistic
          Preaching means speaking theory, is it beneficial or not?
          For example, if you go to work in a factory, every day earns money equivalent to your effort. In the afternoon, you visit the casino. So your wife and children are needy and miserable. Neighbors felt pity and brought some rice money to help. If it's the same every day, the neighbors can't help the rest of your family's lives. It only helps once in a while, so it's temporary. Now if a person who understands ethics, comes to you to advise you that your actions are harmful to yourself and your family, you should not continue that gambling path anymore. When you understand, you don't go to the casino anymore, on the contrary, you care about your wife's family and children. So between the person who gives money every day and the person who advises him to wake up, who is more precious?
          Therefore, in Buddhism, it is said that there are two ways of giving: first, giving money, and then giving Dharma. But the donation of the Dharma is more precious than the gift of money. Because, a moral saying people hear, understand, and remember forever in their hearts, makes the whole life change from bad to good. While helping with their money only lasts a few days, this is to say making them rely on humanitarian money, so they don't strive to move forward. Therefore, Buddhism advocates sowing causes and conditions by spreading the Dharma. With the teaching of the Dharma, make each person have a predestined relationship with the Buddhadharma so that they can develop the mind to practice and reach a place of peace and freedom.
          It is not only monks and nuns who can sow a predestined relationship by spreading the Buddhadharma. Buddhists who know how to cultivate and love people can also help friends by inviting them to listen to the Dharma or creating conditions for them to come into contact with the Buddhadharma. If someone has not had a predestined relationship with the Buddhadharma, you advise them to go and listen to the Dharma, listen and then they will understand, understand, and then practice. So you've planted a charm for them.
          The Lotus Sutra says:
          - If the person who comes to listen to the Dharma does not have a seat, it is also a great blessing to give your seat to the person who wants to listen to the Dharma. Because you have planted the Dharma for them. If you keep your conduct like that, maybe in the next life you will be a monk, saving yourself and others, and teaching more broadly. On the contrary, if you only take care of yourself, don't love, and don't remind anyone, later you will also be alone, and the merit cannot be fulfilled. Buddhists should clearly see, on the way to practice, that you must gather merit by sowing predestined relationships with each other, and then reap good moral results, and should not be jealous of each other.
          Once you understand the meaning of the phrase "Buddha saves people with predestined conditions", you will no longer quarrel, not envy each other, but only diligently cultivate your own morality. I wish all Buddhists who come to the religion have an open mind, and compassion and help each other. Whoever can do something, you should be happy, not jealous. You go to the temple with all your faith and love each other, practice together in pure morality, and do not let narrow and trivial thoughts lose the noble meaning of the religion. On the contrary, if you go to the temple a lot and form this faction, that group fights against each other, then even if you go to the temple a lot, there will be no good results.
          The meaning of Buddha's salvation is so realistic, so you should try to practice in accordance with the moral spirit of the Buddha. This is both good for the religion and beneficial for you. Understanding that is the real person who understands the Way, and takes care of it. If you don't understand that, you accidentally destroy the religion that you don't know. It's very important, you all need to be aware
          When the Buddha attained enlightenment, he contemplated the causes and conditions and saw that people were predestined to him, so he came to save them, not everyone could save them. Buddha also said that he can only save those who have predestined relationships with him. Buddha is better than us because he can save people with favorable conditions but also people with opposite conditions. As long as people have predestined relationships with the Buddha, he can save them. So if you read carefully the Mahayana or Theravada sutras, you will see that when the Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya, he contemplated the causes and conditions that the sutras record that he walked around the Bodhi tree for 21 days and nights to contemplate whether Whoever has predestined, He saves first. The Buddha can save sentient beings with three kinds of conditions:
          - Favorable,
          - Adversity and
          - Uncomely.
          Of these three conditions, favorable and unfavorable conditions, he directly saved. And without predestined, he indirectly through someone such as He sent Master Rahula to save the old lady housekeeper of Mr. Anathapindika. Because of this, He saved everyone. As for you and I, if we can do this, we will lose that, if we say we have to observe the cause and effect, then you and I don't have wisdom, so we don't know yet, so we need to consider carefully what we want to do. Personally, I have feelings and use my feelings to contact with life. With someone, if there is no love or respect, do not disturb each other, absolutely do not argue. I avoid evil causes and conditions, but without predestined conditions, even if I guide them, they don't like it and think the opposite, so leave it at that. For those who have sympathy to visit, appreciate and listen, I will talk about the Buddhadharma to guide them to practice.
          As for the pagans, I have not yet been able to teach, so I stay away to ask for peace to practice.
          As mentioned above, the Buddha has a predestined relationship with you, then he comes to guide you. But about you, how do you know you are a person with a predestined relationship with the Buddha?
You are like precious gems lying in a stone, if you don't take it out of the stone, if you don't grind it, the gem can't shine. You too can train yourself so that one day you can shine like precious jewels, training yourself is also planting a predestined relationship with the Buddha, relying on the Buddha's grace. Here are ten things that prove you have a predestined relationship with Buddha:
          1- In the mind, there is a Buddha
Cultivating Buddha is not on the outside but in the heart, what kind of mind do you have, whether you believe in the existence of Buddha or not? Having Buddha in mind is also having predestined relationship with Buddha.
2- Giving up lust
In the Buddhist scriptures, it is difficult to enter the pure realm if you have not cut off the self and love. Because love, hate, grace, and hatred are all obstacles to emotions. All your suffering is due to the pursuit of the wrong things. Today's stubbornness can turn into tomorrow's regrets.
If you don't bring trouble to yourself, then others can never bring trouble to you. Everything is because your inner self cannot get rid of bad desires. Being able to let go of that bad desire is also a predestined relationship with the Buddha.
3- Peace of mind
Your thoughts are very unstable, it is easy to be deceived, especially strange temptations that easily disorient you.
Buddha taught you to know how to use a calm mind to see life's gain and loss, making your nature manifest naturally. Peace in the face of life is the predestined relationship with the Buddha.
4- Work responsibly
You have a buddha mind that doesn't look at other people's mistakes, if you only look at other people's mistakes, you won't see yours. So you need to understand yourself, see clearly what you need to do, and also see clearly the consequences of what you need to do because you need to be responsible for that consequence. To be responsible for your actions is to have a predestined relationship with the Buddha.
5- Have righteous faith
While you suffer the most, as long as you have faith that suffering is not forever, you will definitely have the strength to overcome suffering, this is a form of faith.
It can be said that faith is the main path of human life, becoming a Buddha or becoming a ghost is also staying in one thought, if you have a good faith, it is also a predestined relationship with the Buddha. While you suffer the most as long as you have faith that suffering is not forever, good days will come...
6- Work with wisdom
In life, if you can use wisdom to see problems, you can save a lot of time and effort. It can also reduce a lot of afflictions and attachments, and has the effect of doing less and reaping more. To know yourself, to surrender to yourself is wisdom. Those who understand, can see the world with wisdom, and work with wisdom is also a predestined relationship with the Buddha.
7- Self-restraint
Self-restraint is the practice of wisdom, which is also the accumulation of energy. Restraint brings you pain, but the next day it turns to honey.
 Self-restraint is not the same as running away, because running away is a failure of the will, but self-restraint is not forgetting one's own mission to make the will more steadfast and patient. Learn to thank those who give you adversity. If you are good at restraint, you have a predestined relationship with Buddha.
8- Know how to be generous to everyone
Buddha's predestined condition is to know generosity. True compassion is not about loving those who love you, but also being tolerant and loving those who oppose you. Love others as you love yourself.
While others do not treat you well because of a misunderstanding, you need to have compassion and tolerance for that person. Bring wisdom to embody that person. Generosity towards people is also a predestined relationship with Buddha.
9- Know how to wait
When the opportunity to stay at cause and effect has matured, the Buddha of cause and effect will naturally come to you. Not having a predestined relationship doesn't mean there's never been a predestined relationship, everyone has a Buddha nature, and everyone has a mind to practice Buddhism. Be grateful for your surroundings, even adversity. Knowing to wait for predestined conditions is also having a predestined relationship with Buddha.
10- Live honestly
Buddha's predestined relationship is good, so when you live a good life, you are already aiming for Buddha's cause and effect, sowing the seeds of cause and effect with the Buddha Dharma.
In short, the life of people who borrow and pay, pay and borrow together, according to the Buddha, is a predestined relationship. As a cultivator, you already know the consequences of your words and actions, so if you have to create a predestined relationship, you have to cultivate a good predestined relationship so that you can meet each other tomorrow, and everyone will be good friends.
Once you understand the meaning of the saying that Buddha saves people with predestined conditions, you will no longer be in dispute, not envious of each other, but will cultivate morality. I wish all Buddhists to come to the religion to have an open mind, to sympathize with and help each other. Whoever can do anything, I am happy, but not jealous. In the same way, when you understand the saying that Buddha saves people with predestined conditions, I hope that when you come to the temple, use all faith, love each other, and study together in pure morality. You should not let narrow, trivial thoughts lose the noble meaning of the Way.
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