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JUST AS THIS IS STRENUOUS TO READ, MANY OF SRILA GURUDEVA'S AUDIOS ARE STRENUOUS TO HEAR 

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๐…๐ˆ๐๐€๐๐‚๐ˆ๐€๐‹ & ๐Ž๐๐„๐‘๐€๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐๐€๐‹ ๐”๐๐ƒ๐€๐“๐„: ๐€๐”๐ƒ๐ˆ๐Ž ๐’๐„๐•๐€ (๐€๐ค๐ฌ๐š๐ฒ๐š ๐“๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ฒ๐š, ๐Œ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’, ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ)
๏ผ† ๐‹๐€๐”๐๐‚๐‡ ๐Ž๐… ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐๐„๐– ๐Ž๐…๐…๐ˆ๐‚๐ˆ๐€๐‹ ๐€๐‘๐‚๐‡๐ˆ๐•๐„ ๐–๐„๐๐’๐ˆ๐“๐„ ๐Ž๐… ๐’๐‘๐ˆ๐‹๐€ ๐†๐”๐‘๐”๐ƒ๐„๐•๐€

 

All Glories to Sri Sri Guru & Gauranga!

Hare Krsna! Dandavat Pranams.

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First of all, we hope this message meets you well. For most of us, this past year has been quite tough on many fronts. Yet, somehow by Srila Gurudeva's supreme mercy and desire, Audio Seva was able to progress, although, at a slower pace than we hoped. 

Before we get into further details of this update, we are especially remembering Sriman Isa Prabhu, who started this entire initiative by collecting, organising and digitising Srila Gurudeva's tapes since early 2000. He was always joyous to see the progress of this seva. We will forever remain indebted to his tireless efforts for 18 years.

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๐‘ช๐’–๐’“๐’“๐’†๐’๐’• ๐‘ถ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’ ๐‘น๐’†๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’•:

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As most of you are aware, the organised efforts of the Audio Seva Team began in February 2018. We started with content reporting for each audio file. Sound Editing (Audio Restoration & Track Editing) had begun by January 2019. 

(To see the detailed process we followed for each audio, please watch: https://youtu.be/R-ZyCz38cEY)

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๐—•๐˜† ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฑ-๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ, ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฌ+ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿต ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฏ,๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ+ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€. ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ+ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ. With most of the content reporting done, in the second half of 2020, we started consolidating the data, preparing and checking the audios for launch on the official archive website, in time for the glorious Centennial year of our beloved Srila Gurudeva. 

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The audio files go through various checks before being tagged as 'final'. Hence, in principle, while many files may be at various stages of readiness, they cannot be released 'officially' as an archive file unless all checks are done. For instance, currently 2,600 files are Audio Restored and 3,000 files have been Track Edited (Cut and Merged) but only 1,500 of these files are finalised for the audio quality and content. 1,100 of these 1,500 files have been checked for typos etc. in the titles, sound rating and other details (hence only 1,100 can be launched on the archive website.)

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Having said that, we wanted to start sharing the restored files sooner, so that devotees could benefit from the restoration done so far. So, we found a way to share the audio-restored 'work-in-progress' files by ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐——๐—”๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—ฌ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—›๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ด๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ. 

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This was met with great appeciation from the devotees, many of whom said: "๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฆ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฎ ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ!" Not only have we been posting audios as per the relevant tithis but we have also released various series such as Kartika Special Damodarastaka and Bhajana Rahasya Series, Vrajamandala Video Parikrama Series, Ratha Yatra Series, Rupa Gosvami series, Gauramandala Parikrama Series, Purusottama Masa Special Raya Ramananda Samvada, Venu Gita & Gopi Gita, among others. 

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Now, Srila Gurudeva's harikatha is being posted everyday on WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook, YouTube & Podcasts. Our WhatsApp group itself has ๐Ÿฎ,๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ+ ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€. Our YouTube Channel (Gurudeva Lectures) has 15,500 subscribers, ๐Ÿฒ,๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ท๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ท๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฎ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ต๐˜€!

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We also increased online advertising and promotions for Srila Gurudeva's harikatha in 2020 and it will remain one of our major focuses in the coming years. Already, we have received many enquiries from devotees who weren't hearing Srila Gurudeva earlier but are now his ardent followers, eager to know more about him and his teachings.

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๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜†, ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—”๐—ธ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฎ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜†๐—ฎ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ, ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต  ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฆ๐—ฟ๐—ถ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ-๐—š๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜‚-๐—ฉ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜€, ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น (๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ป!) ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ for Srila Gurudeva with the first 1100 organised and restored. 

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This archive website will eventually also host the ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ, ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ & ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฆ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฎ ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ.. Progressively more and more audios will be uploaded as soon as they are finalised. We expect to have 3,000+ audios ready by the end of 2021. 

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๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—”๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ท๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜. ๐—œ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐˜€, ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ.

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๐‘ญ๐’Š๐’๐’‚๐’๐’„๐’Š๐’‚๐’ ๐‘น๐’†๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’•:

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During the period from ๐—๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐Ÿญ, ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿญ, ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ, we spent a total of $๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿญ,๐Ÿต๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ on Sound Engineering (Audio Restoration), Contracted services, Automation, Miscellaneous.โ€‹

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The breakup is as follows:

๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€  $ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿณ,๐Ÿด๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ 
๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด   $ ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿญ,๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฐ 
๐—”๐˜‚๐˜๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป                 $ ๐Ÿฎ,๐Ÿญ๐Ÿด๐Ÿต
๐— ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€             $ ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿด๐Ÿณ
 
We are happy to report that the average cost per audio-restored file has ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ $๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ from $28, because many were done in-house. We spent slightly more on Contracted Services in 2020. Contracted Services refers to the full-time, committed, backend support team (currently 10 devotees). Given the complexity and variegatedness of the raw archive, a well-trained and consistent team becomes a deciding factor for progress. 

Our backend data management and allotment systems are all automated. Costs incurred towards this as well as cloud storage and website development have been clubbed under 'Automation'. ‘Miscellaneous’ expenses include banks fees, advertising costs, data costs etc. 
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โ€‹During Jan-Dec 2020, we raised  $103,627 and until the completion of this project, ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ $๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ,๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ.

For any further information, please write to us: contact@audioseva.com

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We are very, very thankful to each and every devotee who has made this mammoth effort possible. And especially to Srila Gurudeva and our senior Vaisnavas for kindly giving us this golden opportunity to serve in some way in this once-in-a-lifetime seva. ๐Ÿ™ It’s been like a wonderful worldwide family, with all of our effort and attention going towards pleasing the centre - Srila Gurudeva โค๏ธ

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Your Servant
Lavang Manjari Dasi 
On behalf of Srila Gurudeva's Audio Seva Team

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FINANCIAL UPDATE (Aksaya Tritiya, April 26, 2020)

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Serving alongside 500+ devotees from across 49 countries, we have reported the contents of 12000+ lectures so far, sound engineered 1500+ and track edited (cut and merged) 2500+ of these lectures. 

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During the period of August 2018-December 2019, we spent a total of $70,499 on Sound Engineering, Contracted services, Automation, Miscellaneous.

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The breakup is as follows:

Contracted services $ 23,651 
Sound engineering $ 35,957 
Automation $ 9,133 
Miscellaneous $ 1,758 

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During this period we raised  $179,057 and in the future, we estimate a requirement of $177,000 more.

 

While the sound engineering cost was slightly lower than expected (due to further negotiations), we spent more on Contracted Services as it was impossible to progress without a full time committed backend support team. (We currently have a backend team of 12 devotees)

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During the last year, especially after December 2019, we faced some impediments in the form of technological issues/unavailability of some backend team members due to medical reasons/some of the audios needing to redone, etc. This has slowed down the pace at which we were proceeding. Especially because there are several checks involved before any audio is finalised, we estimate being able to launch approximately 4000 audios next year. 

 

It could be more: the deciding factor will be the strength of the backend team. We need committed (part-time or full-time), responsible and diligent devotees, with working knowledge of google sheets/excel and using computers to help on the backend. If anyone is interested, please register.

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For any further information, please write to us: contact@audioseva.com

UPDATE: November 28, 2019

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It has indeed been heartwarming to witness so many devotees coming forward to contribute in various capacities towards this seva. With the efforts of 400+ devotees across 43 countries, so far we have managed to complete 11300* audio recordings under Phase 1 (Content Reporting). We began Phase 2 (Sound Editing) on February 4, 2019 and till now 1400* audios have been restored. (*As on Nov 28, 2019)

 

Our present estimate indicates that there are around 5000 complex to very complex audio recordings which are almost inaudible due to the following factors:  low-quality recording, background noise, reverberation, hissing, high pitch, tape speed, and so on.

 

For this reason, we have begun a RESCUE MISSION. Yes, a rescue mission! To literally rescue Srila Gurudeva’s vani from being lost by restoring each and every inaudible audio recording.

 

After eight months of interviewing 80 audio restoration experts worldwide, we have shortlisted two professionals who have the requisite skill to turn around these audio recordings (one to handle the complex recordings and one for medium) from being almost inaudible to audible.
 

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WHAT WE ARE DOING WITH

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The audio restoration is currently estimated to cost $200,000+.

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This presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all the sons, daughters, and worldwide family of Srila Gurudeva to come together to preserve his legacy. Everyone can contribute either by serving directly or financially or by spreading the word.

 

In fact, the devotees have already begun raising funds towards this initiative. Some preachers are regularly contributing through the collections they receive as they travel, some working devotees have pledged a portion of their monthly earnings, and a few have even gone ahead and declared their inheritance to this project. Some have requested their friends and family for only one thing as their birthday or wedding gift: a donation towards Srila Gurudeva’s Audio Seva

 

You, too, can be a part of this historic and mammoth endeavour!

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JOIN THE RESCUE MISSION!

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CURRENCY CONVERTER

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Note:

- Donations are accepted only in USD currently. However, that is not a problem. You can simply convert the amount you wish to give in your own currency at the existing foreign exchange rates and enter the converted amount using the currency converter above. For instance, if you wish to donate INR 1000, then choose India Rupee in the above field and US Dollar in the below. Enter 1000 in the above text box. You will automatically see the amount it converts to. In this case, assume the amount converts to 14.02. So you can enter the amount as USD 14. You may use your local credit or debit card to make the transaction. And the rest of process is just like any online transaction.

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- The overall estimate can vary depending on practical considerations such as the actual number of complex files, etc.

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- There will be complete financial transparency for all the stakeholders involved.  

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- Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have.

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Email: contact@audioseva.com

Whatsapp: +91 817131 6662

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