Best books on yoga philosophy

Top 5 Life-Changing Yoga Books: Philosophy, the Spiritual Side of Yoga and Yoga Sutras

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hey I’m Brent Larkin this video has been

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requested Maryna wrote into me through

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my facebook page and she asked for some

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book recommendations I could not be more

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thrilled to be making this video and I

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got so excited I actually have divided

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this video into two so in this video I’m

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gonna be talking about the spiritual

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philosophical yoga books that I love and

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recommend and in the second installment

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of this video which is going to appear

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on pure joys channel I’m going to talk

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about the books I recommend that are

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more about the physical asana postures

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so be sure to subscribe to both my

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doing a lot of stuff these days as well

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please note that I am presenting these

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books in priority order so I actually

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recently moved apartment you might see

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me here in a new space so I had to think

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very long and hard about which books I

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wanted to donate and which ones I wanted

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to keep so this video couldn’t come in

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at a better time because I’ve actually

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really thought about the books that mean

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the most to me and how I prioritize them

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number one we have Easter body western

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mind this is probably my favorite yoga

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book one of the so hard to choose

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favorites but this book is so amazing

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this book is all about the chakras and

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how chakras and psychology and kind of

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the physical asana practice of yoga all

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intersect you will learn so much about

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yourself by reading this book and you’ll

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just get a way more comprehensive

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understanding of the chakras then really

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you could anywhere else because she

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breaks down and she talks about how they

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manifest in birth childhood adulthood

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this is so interesting so if you’re into

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psychology this is an absolute must read

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highlighted stuff everywhere I feel like

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I had so many epiphanies about myself

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and my own personality through reading

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this book number two

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inside the Yoga Sutras now you can’t

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really consider yourself a yogi if you

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haven’t read the Yoga Sutras or at least

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on that philosophical deeper yoga level

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so you want to read the Yoga Sutras and

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there’s so many translations and you may

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get confused about which translation to

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read and I’m going to recommend this one

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which is kind of surprising because it

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is written by a reverend and I can’t

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even remember how this particular copy

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got recommended to me but again we’ll

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open it up we’ll see I have highlights

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everywhere and what I really loved about

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this translation besides it just being

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you know

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easy to read and a great translation

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with a lot of notes in it is that the

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author because he’s a reverend is really

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able to compare the Yoga Sutras to a lot

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of other religions so you kind of get

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this cool historical context and I

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really love that because it made me

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realize that so much of what the yoga

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sutras are teaching us show up in so

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many other different religions so he

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talks a lot about Christianity but he

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talks about other religions too and you

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know for me that was really fascinating

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because it just shows how you know huge

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these values are and that they show up

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in other religions and even though yoga

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is not a religion okay that didn’t work

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I really love this because there’s a

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translation of each Sutra and then

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there’s a commentary on each Sutra and

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he also explains how each word can be

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translated so you can also kind of

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invent your own translations the CSIs

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power of yoga now the title is

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completely irrelevant because even

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though this book is called the secret

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power of yoga it’s actually just a

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women’s translation of the yoga sutras

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what do I mean by that it is a female

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centered or female focused translation

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of the yoga sutras and I really really

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love what the author did you can look

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her up she’s great what she does is she

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translates the Yoga Sutras in her own

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special way that kind of resonates to

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her as a woman you may think this sounds

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strange it’s actually awesome she just

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takes a lot of the Yoga Sutras which you

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may already know and she just makes them

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so much more heartfelt and I really love

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just again the feminine perspective she

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brings on to the words the cool thing

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about Sam scrit and the Yoga Sutras

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right is that there’s so many different

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translations for each word so you know

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translating that is very subjective the

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translator can choose you know one word

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might mean several different things so

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her translation is just it’s really

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special I really can’t recommend this

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book highly enough I mean it’s number

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three on my list book number four is a

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woman’s book of yoga sorry guys I feel

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like there’s a lot of women’s centered

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books in my in my countdown here this

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book is written by the woman who was my

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first Kundalini Yoga teacher in New York

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and it has recipes in it it’s so

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fantastic you can see where I actually

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sticky notes here where I you know some

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of these recipes are so ingrained into

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my mind that you know I haven’t looked

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at the book and so long but I’m still

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making so many of the recipes that she

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has in here this book is really just to

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go to if you’re a woman and you’re into

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yoga it talks about meditation it talks

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about Kundalini it talks about breathing

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techniques it gives you all these cool

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recipes you can try and do really really

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recommend number five last but not least

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is a path with heart this is written by

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a very famous a jack Kornfield

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meditation teacher who’s really well

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renowned and it’s a long book okay I’m

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not going to lie it might take you a

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while to get through and it has a really

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tiny print so hopefully you can get it

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on Kindle or maybe there was a newer

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edition that’s a little more

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user-friendly all this being said I

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really remember reading this book when I

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was starting my yoga journey and it gave

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me some huge insight so it may be a

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struggle to get through the whole thing

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but there are a couple key chapters

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where he talks about aha here it is

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chapter seven he talks about naming the

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demons and what that means is he helps

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you identify the negative voices and

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demons in your head and mind and name

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them and he has a whole chapter on that

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and that’s kind of the chapter I

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remember really being life-changing for

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me when I was initially reading this

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because it made me realize that there

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are so many voices in my head that

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weren’t me and somehow by naming them it

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really took a lot of power away from the

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voice and you know helps you bring in

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that yogic awareness right that I am not

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what I think I am not the voices in my

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head all that good stuff the tagline of

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the book is a guide through the perils

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and promises of the spiritual life and

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I’d actually say it’s not even the

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spiritual life just life if you want to

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be a normal sane happy person so I

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really recommend this one especially if

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you are someone who is more interested

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in the psychology of yoga and using yoga

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to really enhance your personal

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development okay so those are my five

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favorite yoga books on the philosophy

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kind of spiritual side make sure to tune

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in to part two of this video which will

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come out on Kure choice channel so make

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recommend for doing the physical asana

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practice remember yoga is not just the

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physical asana practice and that’s why

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I’m so glad that I got to film this

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video for you because it really is about

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bringing the practice into our daily

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life whether it’s to enhance our

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personal development or relationship

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with our families just make us less

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angry help us recover from an injury

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whatever is going on with you Yoga can

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help and make it better and the

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philosophy is so so powerful so let me

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know in the comments below if you want

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to see more videos like these where I

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talk about sort of philosophy or just

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kind of go into my home library or home

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