In Silence Sacred Masculine Series

July 5, 2021 | 17-minute read

Simon Bartholomé,
Eloquently Shining Light on Spirituality

In this Sacred Masculine series, we are honoring the divine masculine energy that exists in all of us, across lands. The masculine body, the assertive, logical, and analytical warrior, the action-oriented force, the Yang. We are featuring men who inspire others to build their own conscious projects, or businesses in the field of technology, spirituality, or any field of their choosing.

 

Simon's thoughtful curation of spiritual teachers' quotes and teachings on his Facebook account had garnered a following of almost 14,000 people across the globe. He consistently and tirelessly shares and spreads the sages' wisdom, in a way that's accessible and kind. His work is a great source of inspiration and many of us are learning through these. We want the world to get to know him, so that we can build a web of conscious men and women who are sharing their brilliance and compassion, which in turn help other humans and animals in a way that’s centered, respectful, informed, and discerning.

 

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Please describe the wonderful work that you do in promoting spirituality and tell us who your audience is.

The "work" I do is primarily to spread the teachings of great spiritual teachers by regularly posting quotes from them. These excerpts are intended to provide readers of all kinds with an insight into these valuable teachings. My audience consists mainly of people worldwide who are already on the spiritual path. There are certainly also numerous people who come into contact with that deep wisdom for the first time, through these quotes and are drawn to it, so that they start their own journey inwards. 

 

Outside of Facebook, I've been trying for years to convey this valuable information to as many people as possible. I have written a few books on the subject, but they are only available in German. I have also given public lectures and led seminars, especially for hospices. 

The focus is on assisting people to come to self-realization and - as a result - enabling them to accept and deal with the physical death of their loved ones.

How did you get started with this work? What compelled you to start sharing these?

 

Even in my childhood, I felt an unusually strong interest in the depth of life. My father tried to raise me religiously and talked to me about God at every opportunity. He was a lifeguard and saved four people from drowning. One of them had a near-death experience. I already suspected that in the face of such phenomena, something could not be right with the prevailing materialistic worldview. 

 

Later on, I interviewed many near-death experienced people and read hundreds of books about it. Finally, through intensive experiences in regular deep meditation, I received unequivocal confirmation for all that I had previously studied on a more theoretical level. Since it now went beyond a mere conviction and turned out to be a tremendous enrichment for "my life", the motivation increased immeasurably to let my fellow human beings participate in this treasure.

Your Facebook page says “To define yourself is to limit yourself. Without labels, you remain the infinite being.”

This resonates with us at In Silence. Would you please share what this means to you and what you’d like your audience to take away from this message?

That's a quote by Deepak Chopra. Most people fill this area of ​​their profile with personal information and roles they play in human life -- professionally or privately. Beyond all identifications with such self-images, however, there is something inexpressible that has no name and is impossible to define because it is completely limitless. This is our true Self. 

 

Terms in human language that I think are most suitable to refer to are consciousness, awareness or being, but these are just words, and the finger that points to the moon is not the moon. When one has recognized the unlimited within oneself beyond any doubt, then the motivation to emphasize the limited properties of the surface identity diminishes enormously.

Your constant, consistent, good quality posting of spiritual content on your Facebook page is admirable. In SIlence is all about this. How do you keep the pace and stay consistent through all the events in your own life and the world; and why do you think it’s important to share these? Sometimes it’s hard to keep going.

 

In the beginning, it is necessary to always remember what underlies everything, so that one is not overly hypnotized by the constantly changing phenomena and situations of everyday life, which lead to self-forgetfulness and cause suffering. 

This is the common state for most people. 

Many look at spirituality as a hobby that they engage in from time to time. If it is not recognized as the absolute essence of life itself, then it cannot fully develop its true value. Seriousness and persistence are the key. Since most people do not have enough passion to fully immerse themselves in this topic, I would like to help them at least through small daily reminders not to lose sight of it completely. 

Spiritual poverty is mankind's greatest problem. That is why I feel it is so important to encourage other people to return to the essentials and to remember that our true being knows no problems, that no incident can harm the radiant essence that we really are. 

Then life can be walked through with ease and fearlessness, and there is something playful about it. 

We are not on this planet to fight for survival. We are here to be joyful and happy, and to give expression to it, because imperishable happiness and joy itself are our original nature!

 
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In Silence Sacred Masculine Series

July 5, 2021 | 17-minute read

Simon Bartholomé,
Eloquently Shining Light on Spirituality

In this Sacred Masculine series, we are honoring the divine masculine energy that exists in all of us, across lands. The masculine body, the assertive, logical, and analytical warrior, the action-oriented force, the Yang. We are featuring men who inspire others to build their own conscious projects, or businesses in the field of technology, spirituality, or any field of their choosing.

 

Simon's thoughtful curation of spiritual teachers' quotes and teachings on his Facebook account had garnered a following of almost 14,000 people across the globe. He consistently and tirelessly shares and spreads the sages' wisdom, in a way that's accessible and kind. His work is a great source of inspiration and many of us are learning through these. We want the world to get to know him, so that we can build a web of conscious men and women who are sharing their brilliance and compassion, which in turn help other humans and animals in a way that’s centered, respectful, informed, and discerning.

 

Simon Bartholome photo2.jpg

Please describe the wonderful work that you do in promoting spirituality and tell us who your audience is.

The "work" I do is primarily to spread the teachings of great spiritual teachers by regularly posting quotes from them. These excerpts are intended to provide readers of all kinds with an insight into these valuable teachings. My audience consists mainly of people worldwide who are already on the spiritual path. There are certainly also numerous people who come into contact with that deep wisdom for the first time, through these quotes and are drawn to it, so that they start their own journey inwards. 

 

Outside of Facebook, I've been trying for years to convey this valuable information to as many people as possible. I have written a few books on the subject, but they are only available in German. I have also given public lectures and led seminars, especially for hospices. 

The focus is on assisting people to come to self-realization and - as a result - enabling them to accept and deal with the physical death of their loved ones.

How did you get started with this work? What compelled you to start sharing these?

 

Even in my childhood, I felt an unusually strong interest in the depth of life. My father tried to raise me religiously and talked to me about God at every opportunity. He was a lifeguard and saved four people from drowning. One of them had a near-death experience. I already suspected that in the face of such phenomena, something could not be right with the prevailing materialistic worldview. 

 

Later on, I interviewed many near-death experienced people and read hundreds of books about it. Finally, through intensive experiences in regular deep meditation, I received unequivocal confirmation for all that I had previously studied on a more theoretical level. Since it now went beyond a mere conviction and turned out to be a tremendous enrichment for "my life", the motivation increased immeasurably to let my fellow human beings participate in this treasure.

Your Facebook page says “To define yourself is to limit yourself. Without labels, you remain the infinite being.”

This resonates with us at In Silence. Would you please share what this means to you and what you’d like your audience to take away from this message?

That's a quote by Deepak Chopra. Most people fill this area of ​​their profile with personal information and roles they play in human life -- professionally or privately. Beyond all identifications with such self-images, however, there is something inexpressible that has no name and is impossible to define because it is completely limitless. This is our true Self. 

 

Terms in human language that I think are most suitable to refer to that reality are consciousness, awareness or being, but these are just words, and the finger that points to the moon is not the moon. When one has recognized the unlimited within oneself beyond any doubt, then the motivation to emphasize the limited properties of the surface identity diminishes enormously.

Your constant, consistent, good quality posting of spiritual content on your Facebook page is admirable. In SIlence is all about this. How do you keep the pace and stay consistent through all the events in your own life and the world; and why do you think it’s important to share these? Sometimes it’s hard to keep going.

 

In the beginning, it is necessary to always remember what underlies everything, so that one is not overly hypnotized by the constantly changing phenomena and situations of everyday life, which lead to self-forgetfulness and cause suffering. 

This is the common state for most people. 

Many look at spirituality as a hobby that they engage in from time to time. If it is not recognized as the absolute essence of life itself, then it cannot fully develop its true value. Seriousness and persistence are the key. Since most people do not have enough passion to fully immerse themselves in this topic, I would like to help them at least through small daily reminders not to lose sight of it completely. 

Spiritual poverty is mankind's greatest problem. That is why I feel it is so important to encourage other people to return to the essentials and to remember that our true being knows no problems, that no incident can harm the radiant essence that we really are. 

Then life can be walked through with ease and fearlessness, and there is something playful about it. 

We are not on this planet to fight for survival. We are here to be joyful and happy, and to give expression to it, because imperishable happiness and joy itself are our original nature!

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What’s your process for this? It’s a lot of work, it's essential, and not easy! We’re thankful for this content. Do you think you’ll expand into a podcast, or something else?

 

For now, I'm not planning a podcast. I have to admit that my technical knowledge is very limited. And I hardly ever make plans, at least not for the distant future. Basically, I keep an attitude of openness and will use every opportunity that presents itself to convey the knowledge to my fellow human beings, provided they are interested and open-hearted. At the moment, Facebook is arguably the main means of dissemination.

I (Jean) am one of the readers of your compilation of quotes of spiritual beings that came to Earth. It’s an amazing source of wisdom, inspiration, and motivation. How did you come to the decision to make this compilation and what’s your plan on this for the future? Would you be writing a book of that sort?

 

Glad to know that you and so many others love the book! I didn't really decide to create the book, but the impulse came gradually and I simply followed it wholeheartedly. I always thought it was a shame that there are so many great books on the subject, but none really unites all spiritual teachers. Basically, that's not really necessary, because they all say the same thing anyway. However, the choice of words sometimes differs greatly, so that not everyone can understand every teacher. So I believe that everyone will find guidance in this book because of its diversity. 

Since there is no such book on the market, I just had to put it together myself. I'm currently working on several other projects of this kind.

First, I'm putting together another mix - this one will be finished soon. Furthermore, a book about Bruce Lee is already in the making. That one will contain many spiritual insights from the great martial artist that are sure to surprise many readers. 

And there will be another book that focuses on the teaching of Ramana Maharshi. 

Like the first, I will upload all these works as PDFs and offer them to interested people for download.

There are videos of your martial art practice. In Silence will soon produce content around this and other ancient art of physical practice. Would you please share how you got into it, and how the practice impacted your overall well-being? Did it have any effects on your spirituality?

 

I started practicing martial arts when I was 15 for various reasons. As a child, I was already fascinated by great boxers, for example. In my youth I was bullied at school, so it made sense to acquire certain skills in order to be able to defend myself. At that time, I had poor self-esteem and the increasing skills brought a big change. My success in the sport made me “somebody”, before I later learned through the spiritual studies that the greatest joy is in being nobody.

There is actually a connection between martial arts and spirituality. Bruce Lee, who has always been my greatest idol as a martial artist, gained deep spiritual insights that I was unable to understand at the time. Many Asian martial artists meditate regularly, and it is well known also in the West that the mind often plays a greater role than the body. All of this served as a basis for me, so to speak, to venture a transition from the physical aspect of martial arts to the non-physical. You could say that my fanatical martial arts training back then served to a certain extent as preparation to finally go beyond.

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How do you remain centered and grounded to yourself in the middle of all your work, activities, responsibilities and passions in life? Do you have a spiritual practice like yoga, meditation and the like?

 

There was a time when I meditated regularly, that is, for at least half an hour every day. The year 2016 in particular was marked by meditation for me, at the end of the year I spent several hours in deep meditation almost every day until I had a completely unexpected out-of-body experience. After that, the length and regularity of my meditations decreased. It was just a helpful process, where the aim was to confirm the knowledge in my own experience and to establish myself in it as best as possible, but more important than meditation as a temporary practice is to fully integrate that ‘state’ into everyday life. 

Today I rarely sit down to meditate with my eyes closed. Basically, meditation takes place whenever we are free from thoughts. So you can enter meditation at any time with your eyes open, even in the so-called waking state. 

A lot has changed since my phase of intensive self-exploration and the significant experiences. 

 

For example, even deep sleep has been a state of complete awareness for me since then. I say that it is impossible to be really unconscious. Consciousness is not a phenomenon that comes and goes. It is ever-present. As a result, we are always aware, whether we know it or not. This is also the case in deep sleep, but then we are usually not aware of being aware. The latter has changed in my case through meditation.

When I am confronted with complications of all kinds in everyday life and the mind wants to turn them into a problem, I usually manage quite quickly to realize that my real self has nothing to do with it. If one traces those thoughts and feelings back to their source, one will find that consciousness itself is not afraid and always rests in perfect peace. This is not an idea, but a fact of experience. 

Turning inward is highly recommended when the external circumstances are challenging. The circumstances are never perfect. This is precisely an invitation to become aware of the true perfection and completeness that can only be found within yourself.

What does “Divine Masculine Energy” mean to you? What do you think is the importance of tapping into this energy in this day and age? 

 

To be very honest, the term “Divine Masculine Energy” has no meaning for me. The Divine has no gender, it is beyond both feminine and masculine. 

 

Jesus said, “When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the upper like the lower, and if you make the male and female one so that the male is no longer male and the female no longer female, then you will enter the Kingdom!”

 

Both male and female are expressions of the Divine, and as such have a beautiful purpose. 

The desire in a man to find a woman and the other way around is the desire to overcome duality.

As long as we emphasize gender, we emphasize the illusion of duality. Male and female always refer to the body and spirituality is all about remembering that we are not limited to our bodies.

How can other men tap into their divine energy and would you encourage that? Why?

I would like to encourage all people, men and women, to question their conditioning and start the journey into the infinite vastness of their own being. 

I can only confirm with all my heart what all the fantastic spiritual teachers have been emphasizing for hundreds and thousands of years, namely that there is nothing greater than being aware of your true Self, to realize and experience yourself as the All-One.

Do you think there is an intersection where Big Technology and Spirituality collide, that helps uplift people’s lives? If there’s none, how do you think they affect each other in moving human lives and consciousness onwards and upwards?

 

Spirituality is timeless because our true being is timeless. The essential truth never changed, only the guideposts. All the sages have used the language of their respective times and cultures to point to the truth. But what is pointed out is always the same. 2,000-3,000 years ago consciousness was in the same stateless state that it is now and always will be. Only the content of the human mind has evolved, from which technology resulted. 

I don't see any direct connection between technology and spirituality, because the only “tool” needed in self-investigation - and that is what spiritual life is primarily about - is one's own consciousness. And our spirit is independent of any technological equipment, of course.

Since, as already mentioned, my technical knowledge and skills are severely limited, I, unfortunately, can't say too much about it anyway. But I can assure everyone that self-realization is possible under all conceivable circumstances.

Finally, it can be mentioned that one advantage of today's technology is indeed that through it one can obviously send spiritual impulses to people all over the world easily and quickly, for example in the form of Facebook. 100 years ago it would have been unthinkable for me to reach so many people.

What would you like to say to our audience when it comes to relating with animals and using technology and spirituality to tap into the Divine Masculine Energy, to help heal themselves, their relationships and the world?

Indeed, animals are an important issue in spirituality as many people still fail to understand that there is no essential difference between all the wonderful living beings. 

Although humanity has overcome many old dogmas, including the misconception that only humans have an immortal soul, universal compassion, which encompasses all forms of life, is not yet widespread enough.

Every living being is an expression of the same consciousness, from the blue whale to the flea, and of course this also applies to the flora. 

A person who has really understood and recognized - not only as an intellectual idea but as a crystal-clear realization - that there is only one life that underlies all forms of life, will not deliberately harm any living being.

In our books, you are a great example of a man living a conscious life, based on the content you share on your page. It’s beautiful, rare, and essential. What is your personal definition of Conscious Living, and how do you think this impacts the current world events and the future?

My definition of Conscious Living is to embody spiritual self-knowledge in all areas of human existence. You could also say, my definition of Conscious Living is: Loving! 

Because love and compassion are the natural consequence of realizing that we are all one.

If you always strive to be respectful towards all living beings, you are undoubtedly making a valuable contribution. The impacts may be much greater than can be seen from external appearances. 

Whoever knows himself and lives this knowledge influences his surroundings in subtle and mostly invisible, but highly effective ways.

As the great sage, Ramana Maharshi said: “Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.” He himself was able to kindle a spiritual fire in the people who enjoyed his presence solely through his incredible radiation.

The individual characteristics of the examples for Conscious Living may differ greatly from one another ... There are great masters like Maharshi who only wear a loincloth and possessed nothing, and there are also today’s spiritual teachers like Eckhart Tolle, Rupert Spira, or Adyashanti who are married and seem to lead a normal civilized life at first sight, but what they all have in common is unconditional love.

What’s your advice to young men and women who aspire to follow in your footsteps of becoming truly fit and strong?

I suppose “truly fit and strong” refers to the condition and abilities of this body. If you find it desirable to acquire certain physical skills, for example in martial arts, then regular training is the key to success and development. In the 15 years that I've been training martial arts, I've come to believe that despite strong will and hard work, not everyone has the potential to become a world-class fighter, but through constant practice, everyone can grow beyond what he or she has considered possible. 

You shouldn't get discouraged too quickly, setbacks are to be expected in the beginning. In my first fights, I received a terrible beating and seriously considered giving up the sport immediately. But I kept on and it paid off.

I want to point out that there is really never a need to compare yourself to anyone in terms of skills. The joy of expressing yourself in a variety of physical ways is much greater if you don't make it into a competition.

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Do you have any other messages for the readers that you would like to share?

I feel the impulse to share a profound experience that happened about 4,5 years ago. It will enable you to understand why there is the constant motivation to spread spiritual wisdom. If there’s only a single man or woman who pays attention, whose heart is touched, and in whom this activates the remembrance of eternity, that’s enough. 

I’ll try to describe the indescribable, which is quite a challenge, also due to the limitations of my English.

About a decade ago I started to intensely study spiritual literature, mainly books about near-death experiences, and made my own research by interviewing near-death experienced people. Looking at all facts, I was highly convinced of the truth underlying such reports. There's more than enough objective evidence for the fact that consciousness is independent of a body, but without a subjective experience some doubts might survive. So having heard that similar adventures can occur during meditation, I started to meditate on a regular basis. And of course, when you compulsively try to make something happen, it doesn't. I seriously wanted to leave this body to get confirmation, and the funny thing was that the spiritual practice which was originally triggered by a specific desire, killed all desires, including the one to leave the body behind. 'I' was diving so deep that no personal will remained, not even a thought about an out-of-body-experience. And that's when it happened... The day before 'I' had meditated for six hours, abiding as pure bliss itself, in total silence, all thoughts, sensations and visual perceptions completely absent. 

 

Then – 28th December 2016 – 'I' was again in deep meditation, when suddenly a perception occurred. I was watching down to 'my own' head, like a bird that's flying approximately one metre above it. There was no movement from the inside to the outside, it was instantaneous, like blinking and you're out of the body. I could see everything so clearly that I would have been able to count the hair on ‘my’ head. Immediately the thought appeared, "Who's that?", and there was the quick realization that it's 'me', or more accurately, Simon. I recognized the familiar couch on which the body was sitting. There was the impulse to look into the observed man's face, to go for sure. Again, with no movement, I immediately found myself elsewhere, seeing the body from a different perspective, this time looking straight into the face from an opposite position. I saw Simon sitting there with eyes closed. It was pretty strange because I had never seen "myself" with closed eyes before, and also not in 3D. I saw the body called SB in exactly the same way I used to see "others".  I’m talking about an actual visual perception, in no way compareable to dream or imagination. Compared to that intensity, a common everyday experience through the body is dream-like. 

 

I realized beyond the slightest shadow of a doubt that whatever happens to the body does not happen to me. Honestly, if the body would have been broken right before my non-physical eyes, it wouldn’t have bothered me. I looked at ‘my’ body just like I looked at the couch, meaning without any attachment.

 

I'm short-sighted, so without glasses I’m not able to see accurate details from a distance, but at that moment I saw everything with perfect clarity. I also noticed that the ‘shadow’ of the nose in the field of vision was missing, which is something we fail to realize because we're so used to it. You may become aware of it right now while reading this. 

 

Although I appeared to be still kind of located, I realized there was nothing that could possibly limit myself, except believing a conditioned thought. I would have been able to instantly embrace the whole of existence.

 

The dominating feeling during this out-of-body experience was astonishment, simply because it was unexpected. Though I have to say this experience is not as spectacular as one imagines it to be, it’s not exciting or sensational. It actually feels totally normal, because being without the gross body really is our natural manner of being.

 

Suddenly all visual perceptions disappeared, and I found myself in the timeless state again. When I came back to the so-called waking state in/as the body, I remembered everything very clearly, and cried being overwhelmed by the profound effects of this experience.

On that day, if there were still few doubts left despite the previous study, they were buried once and for all. There’s no chance for a comeback. They are gone forever.

 

An experience like that is nothing special, it happens every single day to thousands of people all over the world. Most are afraid to talk about it because they fear being considered crazy by those who are still victims of conditioning. I don’t mind about that. As I said, if there’s only a single fellow being in whom it activates the remembrance of eternity, that’s enough!

I'm not kidding and very serious about all this. It's a crystal-clear realization, based on direct experience. 

 

This has absolutely nothing to do with beliefs and opinions, and it's incredibly important to understand this. My biological family never gets tired of calling it a matter of belief – this is an enormous misconception. Most people have no idea what they miss by holding onto their ignorance.

 

When one finds the greatest of all treasures, one naturally wishes to share. That's why spiritual teachers write books and give retreats. There is essentially only one of us, so the misery of another is mine, and so is his/her happiness. I remember very well the life based on the belief of being a separate self, and I can honestly say that what I considered as happiness back then was indeed only a poor shadow of it. Today there can, of course, still be physical pain, 'negative' thoughts/emotions, but they're always observed from a placeless place where nothing happens, where eternal peace alone reigns. There really is no suffering. May all beings get to know this bliss, and be established in that, as that.

 

There are two ‘things’ every single human being on planet earth can know with absolute certainty – first, that we are; second, what we are. So you can be aware of the undeniable presence of awareness, and you can discover the nature of awareness. Because you are that.

When we know the nature of what we truly are, which is all-encompassing, our life is an expression of boundless love.

 

Nothing could ever be as precious and significant as that. This is most essential in life. Everything else is secondary.

 

It's not about transforming into a ‘better’ person. It’s not about personal progress. It's about recognizing yourself as that which is beyond all personalities, that which is already ever-perfect and complete. No person in existence – however smart, attractive, physically strong, or financially rich it may be – can ever compare to the infinite vastness that is the one and only Self of everyone, with no exception.

 

Please don’t wait for specific experiences, instead, investigate that which underlies all experiences.

 

It’s not necessary to have an out-of-body experience. It’s enough to consistently practice self-inquiry the way great sages such as Ramana Maharshi taught it – holding onto the pure ‘I am’, being aware of being aware. If you trace back the ‘I’ to its source over and over again, it naturally disentangles from all the illusions with which it has identified. The belief of being a separate person is nothing but a habit, based on conditioning. When this habit is not maintained anymore, it naturally disappears, revealing the true Self of pure Consciousness, our indestructible essence, beyond birth, death, fears, and sorrow. Suffering is not an inevitable consequence of human life, as most people believe without ever questioning this devastating collective assumption. Rather, suffering is the natural consequence of the ignorance regarding your true nature.

 

The reason why people never get enough and always want more of anything is because even if you gain and possess the whole world, it is still less than your own Self, which is eternal and infinite. Anything that is less than eternity and infinity can and will never satisfy you for long because it's against your true nature. You are unlimited consciousness, so don't limit yourself by giving your heart to shadows, all the things that come and go - while you are really ever-present. Only self-realization is the source of lasting happiness.

 

One thing left to say… many students of non-dual wisdom believe that death is like deep sleep. That is a misunderstanding. I know first-hand – and am not afraid of saying this – that seeing and even thinking does continue when the brain is gone. The brain was obviously still placed inside of the head, which was observed from a distance. I can swear to you that you and even your individuality are not limited to the body. And I can promise you that your ‘passed’ loved ones are as alive as you, always.

 

No matter who you believe to be, no matter if your current life situation is satisfying or not, no matter in which condition your body-mind is at the moment, I assure you from the bottom of my heart that all is well, that you are absolutely perfect, that you are immortal, that you are infinity itself, here and now. 

 

There is no doubt about this. 

Thank you.

 

“Discover your undying Self and be immortal and happy.”

Ramana Maharshi

Deep gratitude to Simon for sharing his depth of knowledge and profound experience with us. 

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