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Some Mandaean Gnostics (literally, "possessors of secret Knowledge") live in Iraqi cities like Baghdad and Basra. There's a large Mandaean population that resides in smaller market towns and villages of the marshland in southern Iraq, and near the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. Iran also has a Mandaean population; many of them dwell along the river Karun in Rhuzistan province. These days, many Mandaeans are relocating to western countries.

The Prophet Mohammed called them "Sabians," i.e. "Baptists or baptizers," a name which occurs in the Quran and which enabled them to continue under Islam. Islam also categorized them as "a people of the book," a religion that possesses their own ancient scriptures. Another factor that has traditionally enabled them to operate in the Islamic world is their affiliation with John the Baptist. John the Baptist is one of their greatest prophets.

Though the historic connection between John and the Mandaeans is hard to verify, it is indeed possible they are descendants of disciples of John the Baptist, who 2,000 years ago had a large number of followers which believed him to be a great Master and Prophet, if not the awaited Messiah. After John's death, the New Testament portrays Jesus as being the spiritual successor, but other leaders in John's community might have seen things differently. Like Jesus, others might also have claimed to be John's successor and thus would have become the leaders of a John-community that maintained its independence from the Jesus Movement, instead remaining what they were -- an unorthodox baptismal sect of the Trans-Jordan.

According to scholars of Mandaean studies like Werner Foerster, indeed the origins of the Mandaeans do go back to the Jewish tradition of first century AD Palestine and the region of the Jordan River. Foerster states in Gnosis II, published by Oxford University Press, that in the context of the Jewish war of independence and the consolidation of Orthodox Judaism after AD 70, "its position as a minority opposition evidently led to the persecution of the community and finally to its emigration from its native Jordan territory to the east, to begin with in Harran and the median hill country, then in the southern regions of Mesopotamia." Eventually the community settled in the region of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, where they could continue the ritual of baptizing initiates in "living waters" (rivers) symbolizing the connecting of their souls with "heavenly Jordan rivers of Light."

The role of the Heavenly Messenger is to give the mystic experience of light to souls and eventually guide them back up to the Place of Light, the Mandaean term for the highest heaven where the Great Life (God) resides.

The mystical encounters recorded in the scriptures of the Mandaeans may seem at times like ancient near-death experiences (NDE's), the visions of souls who were embraced the Light long ago.

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Mystic Verses of Sant Jayadeva  (Gurbani by Bhagat Jaidev in the Adi Granth, One of the Earliest Sants Known to History. Jayadeva is the earliest dated author of hymns that are included the Guru Granth.)

The following hymns of Jaidev are found in the Adi Granth.

SGGS Page 526

ਗੂਜਰੀ ਸ੝ਰੀ ਜੈਦੇਵ ਜੀਉ ਕਾ ਪਦਾ ਘਰ੝ ੪
गूजरी सढ़री जैदेव जीउ का पदा घरढ़ ४
Gūjrī sarī Jaiḝėv jīo kĝ paḝĝ gẖar 4

Goojaree, Padas Of Jai Dayv Jee, Fourth House:

ੴ ਸਤਿਗ੝ਰ ਪ੝ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥
ੴ सतिगढ़र पढ़रसादि ॥
Ikoaʼnkĝr saṯgur parsĝḝ.

One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:

ਪਰਮਾਦਿ ਪ੝ਰਖਮਨੋਪਿਮੰ ਸਤਿ ਆਦਿ ਭਾਵ ਰਤੰ ॥
परमादि पढ़रखमनोपिमं सति आदि भाव रतं ॥
Parmĝḝ purakẖmanopimaʼn saṯ ĝḝ bẖĝv raṯaʼn.

In the very beginning, was the Primal Lord, unrivalled, the Lover of Truth and other virtues.

ਪਰਮਦਭ੝ਤੰ ਪਰਕ੝ਰਿਤਿ ਪਰੰ ਜਦਿਚਿੰਤਿ ਸਰਬ ਗਤੰ ॥੧॥
परमदभढ़तं परकढ़रिति परं जदिचिंति सरब गतं ॥१॥
Parmaḝbẖuṯaʼn parkariṯ paraʼn jaḝcẖinṯ sarab gaṯaʼn. ||1||

He is absolutely wonderful, transcending creation; remembering Him, all are emancipated. ||1||

ਕੇਵਲ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮ ਮਨੋਰਮੰ ॥
केवल राम नाम मनोरमं ॥
Kėval rĝm nĝm manormaʼn.

Dwell only upon the beauteous Name of the Lord,

ਬਦਿ ਅੰਮ੝ਰਿਤ ਤਤ ਮਇਅੰ ॥
बदि अमढ़रित तत मइअं ॥
Baḝ amriṯ ṯaṯ maiaʼn.

the embodiment of ambrosial nectar and reality.

ਨ ਦਨੋਤਿ ਜਸਮਰਣੇਨ ਜਨਮ ਜਰਾਧਿ ਮਰਣ ਭਇਅੰ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
न दनोति जसमरणेन जनम जराधि मरण भइअं ॥१॥ रहाउ ॥
Na ḝanoṯ jasmarṇėn janam jarĝḝẖ maraṇ bẖaiaʼn. ||1|| rahĝo.

Remembering Him in meditation, the fear of birth, old age and death will not trouble you. ||1||Pause||

ਇਛਸਿ ਜਮਾਦਿ ਪਰਾਭਯੰ ਜਸ੝ ਸ੝ਵਸਤਿ ਸ੝ਕ੝ਰਿਤ ਕ੝ਰਿਤੰ ॥
इछसि जमादि पराभयं जसढ़ सढ़वसति सढ़कढ़रित कढ़रितं ॥
Icẖẖas jamĝḝ parĝbẖyaʼn jas savasṯ sukariṯ kirtaʼn.

If you desire to escape the fear of the Messenger of Death, then praise the Lord joyfully, and do good deeds.

ਭਵ ਭੂਤ ਭਾਵ ਸਮਬ੝ਯ੝ਯਿਅੰ ਪਰਮੰ ਪ੝ਰਸੰਨਮਿਦੰ ॥੨॥
भव भूत भाव समबढ़यिअं परमं पढ़रसंनमिदं ॥२॥
Bẖav bẖūṯ bẖĝv sambiyam parmaʼn parsanmiḝaʼn. ||2||

In the past, present and future, He is always the same; He is the embodiment of supreme bliss. ||2||

ਲੋਭਾਦਿ ਦ੝ਰਿਸਟਿ ਪਰ ਗ੝ਰਿਹੰ ਜਦਿਬਿਧਿ ਆਚਰਣੰ ॥
लोभादि दढ़रिसटि पर गढ़रिहं जदिबिधि आचरणं ॥
Lobẖĝḝ ḝarisat par garihaʼn jaḝibiḝẖ ĝcẖarṇaʼn.

If you seek the path of good conduct, forsake greed, and do not look upon other men's property and women.

ਤਜਿ ਸਕਲ ਦ੝ਹਕ੝ਰਿਤ ਦ੝ਰਮਤੀ ਭਜ੝ ਚਕ੝ਰਧਰ ਸਰਣੰ ॥੩॥
तजि सकल दढ़हकढ़रित दढ़रमती भजढ़ चकढ़रधर सरणं ॥३॥
Ŧaj sakal ḝuhkariṯ ḝurmaṯī bẖaj cẖakarḝẖar sarṇaʼn. ||3||

Renounce all evil actions and evil inclinations, and hurry to the Sanctuary of the Lord. ||3||

ਹਰਿ ਭਗਤ ਨਿਜ ਨਿਹਕੇਵਲਾ ਰਿਦ ਕਰਮਣਾ ਬਚਸਾ ॥
हरि भगत निज निहकेवला रिद करमणा बचसा ॥
Har bẖagaṯ nij nihkėvlĝ riḝ karmaṇĝ bacẖsĝ.

Worship the immaculate Lord, in thought, word and deed.

ਜੋਗੇਨ ਕਿੰ ਜਗੇਨ ਕਿੰ ਦਾਨੇਨ ਕਿੰ ਤਪਸਾ ॥੪॥
जोगेन किं जगेन किं दानेन किं तपसा ॥४॥
Jogėn kiʼn jagėn kiʼn ḝĝḝėn kiʼn ṯapsĝ. ||4||

What is the good of practicing Yoga, giving feasts and charity, and practicing penance? ||4||

ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਗੋਬਿੰਦੇਤਿ ਜਪਿ ਨਰ ਸਕਲ ਸਿਧਿ ਪਦੰ ॥
गोबिंद गोबिंदेति जपि नर सकल सिधि पदं ॥
Gobinḝ gobinḝėṯ jap nar sakal siḝẖ paḝaʼn.

Meditate on the Lord of the Universe, the Lord of the Universe, O man; He is the source of all the spiritual powers of the Siddhas.

ਜੈਦੇਵ ਆਇਉ ਤਸ ਸਫ੝ਟੰ ਭਵ ਭੂਤ ਸਰਬ ਗਤੰ ॥੫॥੧॥
जैदेव आइउ तस सफढ़टं भव भूत सरब गतं ॥५॥१॥
Jaiḝėv ĝio ṯas safutaʼn bẖav bẖūṯ sarab gaṯaʼn. ||5||1||

Jai Dayv has openly come to Him; He is the salvation of all, in the past, present and future. ||5||1||

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Gujri: Padas of Sri Jaidevji

Since the beginning has been the Purusha of incomparable Glory
yea, He who Loves Truth and like Virtues.
He is the Wonder of wonders, beyond Nature, and whosoever Reflects on Him, is, Emancipated. 
Dwell then only on the One Name in thy mind;
yea. Contemplate the Nectar-Name which is the
Quintessence of the seeming world.
Cherishing Him, neither age wears one nor is one under the sway of birth or death.
If one seeks to humble the Yama, let him Praise the Lord, glorify Him and do good deeds.
For, the Lord is, was and will always be alike and the same, and he is the Embodiment of Supreme
If one seeks to have a pious conduct, let him forsake Greed and cast not his eye on another man's
And abandon his evil ways and desires, and seek the Refuge of the Lord, the Wielder of the
O man, dwell thou on the One Lord through word, deed and thought;
For, there is little merit in the Yagnas, or in (customary) charities and austerities 
O man, utter the Name of Govind that thou art fulfilled in every way.
Jaideva has come into the Presence of that Lord who has ever Emancipated all.

* Krishna, who's devotee Jayadeva was

-- Gopal Singh Translation, Volume II:

SGGS page 1106

ਰਾਗ੝ ਮਾਰੂ ਬਾਣੀ ਜੈਦੇਉ ਜੀਉ ਕੀ
रागढ़ मारू बाणी जैदेउ जीउ की
Rĝg mĝrū baṇī jaiḝėo jīo kī

Raag Maaroo, The Word Of Jai Dayv Jee:

ੴ ਸਤਿਗ੝ਰ ਪ੝ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥
ੴ सतिगढ़र पढ़रसादि ॥
Ikoaʼnkĝr saṯgur parsĝḝ.

One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:

ਚੰਦ ਸਤ ਭੇਦਿਆ ਨਾਦ ਸਤ ਪੂਰਿਆ ਸੂਰ ਸਤ ਖੋੜਸਾ ਦਤ੝ ਕੀਆ ॥
चंद सत भेदिआ नाद सत पूरिआ सूर सत खोड़सा दतढ़ कीआ ॥
Cẖanḝ saṯ bẖėḝiĝ nĝḝ saṯ pūriĝ sūr saṯ kẖoṛsĝ ḝaṯ kīĝ.

The breath is drawn in through the left nostril; it is held in the central channel of the Sukhmanaa, and exhaled through the right nostril, repeating the Lord's Name sixteen times.

ਅਬਲ ਬਲ੝ ਤੋੜਿਆ ਅਚਲ ਚਲ੝ ਥਪਿਆ ਅਘੜ੝ ਘੜਿਆ ਤਹਾ ਅਪਿਉ ਪੀਆ ॥੧॥
अबल बलढ़ तोड़िआ अचल चलढ़ थपिआ अघड़ढ़ घड़िआ तहा अपिउ पीआ ॥१॥
Abal bal ṯoṛiĝ acẖal cẖal thapiĝ agẖaṛ gẖaṛiĝ ṯahĝ apio pīĝ. ||1||

I am powerless; my power has been broken. My unstable mind has been stabilized, and my unadorned soul has been adorned. I drink in the Ambrosial Nectar. ||1||

ਮਨ ਆਦਿ ਗ੝ਣ ਆਦਿ ਵਖਾਣਿਆ ॥
मन आदि गढ़ण आदि वखाणिआ ॥
Man ĝḝ guṇ ĝḝ vakẖĝṇiĝ.

Within my mind, I chant the Name of the Primal Lord God, the Source of virtue.

ਤੇਰੀ ਦ੝ਬਿਧਾ ਦ੝ਰਿਸਟਿ ਸੰਮਾਨਿਆ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
तेरी दढ़बिधा दढ़रिसटि समानिआ ॥१॥ रहाउ ॥
Ŧėrī ḝubiḝẖĝ ḝarisat sammĝniĝ. ||1|| rahĝo.

My vision, that You are I are separate, has melted away. ||1||Pause||

ਅਰਧਿ ਕਉ ਅਰਧਿਆ ਸਰਧਿ ਕਉ ਸਰਧਿਆ ਸਲਲ ਕਉ ਸਲਲਿ ਸੰਮਾਨਿ ਆਇਆ ॥
अरधि कउ अरधिआ सरधि कउ सरधिआ सलल कउ सललि समानि आइआ ॥
Araḝẖ kao arḝẖiĝ saraḝẖ kao sarḝẖiĝ salal kao salal sammĝn ĝiĝ.

I worship the One who is worthy of being worshipped. I trust the One who is worthy of being trusted. Like water merging in water, I merge in the Lord.

ਬਦਤਿ ਜੈਦੇਉ ਜੈਦੇਵ ਕਉ ਰੰਮਿਆ ਬ੝ਰਹਮ੝ ਨਿਰਬਾਣ੝ ਲਿਵ ਲੀਣ੝ ਪਾਇਆ ॥੨॥੧॥
बदति जैदेउ जैदेव कउ रमिआ बढ़रहमढ़ निरबाणढ़ लिव लीणढ़ पाइआ ॥२॥१॥
Baḝaṯ jaiḝėo Jaiḝėv kao rammiĝ barahm nirbĝṇ liv līṇ pĝiĝ. ||2||1||

Says Jai Dayv, I meditate and contemplate the Luminous, Triumphant Lord. I am lovingly absorbed in the Nirvaanaa of God. ||2||1||

--  Line By Line Translation

Rag Maru: The Word of Jaidevji

The breath is turned-in-through the moon-channel * and retained in the the Sushmana ** and turned
out through the sun-channel * uttering sixteen times God's Name).
And, lo, the (evil) potency of the mind is broken, and ceases its outgoings; and its wildness is tamed;
and one in-drinks (God's) Nectar.
O mind, when one Contemplates the Primal Lord, the Source of all Virtue,
One's sense of Duality is stilled [or merged].
When one Dwells on the God worthy of being Dwelt upon, and puts Faith in the One worthy of
Devotion, then one becomes one with God, as water mingles with water.
Says Jaideva: "When I Contemplate God's Name, I Attain unto the All-pervading and
Detached Lord".

* breathing through the left nostril (ida)
** breathing retained in the melody of Nada
* breathing through the right nostril (pingala)

-- Gopal Singh Translation, Volume II:

Chant of Bhagat Jaidev Ji's Shabad Ang 526:

Bhagat Jaidev whose 2 hymns are found in the Guru Granth Sahib is the celebrated Sanskrit poet who wrote the "Gitgovind".

One of the Earliest Sants Known to History

Jayadeva..., born c. 1170 CE, also known as Jaidev, was a Sanskrit poet during the 12th century. He is most known for his epic poem Gita Govinda[2] which concentrates on Krishna's love with the cowherdess, Radha in a rite of spring.[3] This poem, which presents the view that Radha is greater than Krishna, is considered an important text in the Bhakti movement of Hinduism.[4]

Little is known of his life, except that he was a loner poet and a Hindu mendicant celebrated for his poetic genius in eastern India. Jayadeva is the earliest dated author of hymns that are included the Guru Granth Sahib, the primary scripture of Sikhism – a religion founded in the Indian subcontinent centuries after his death.

Chapter 6

Saint Jaidev Ji

Saint Jaidev was an exalted and revered Saint from Bengal.
He is the author of famous poem "Geet Gobind". It is
said that while writing this "Geet Gobind" he could not
complete a couplet. When confused, he went to the forest
for meditation on Lord Vishnu. In his absence, the Lord
came in his guise, completed the couplet and went away.
On return from the forest, saint Jaidev noticed this miracle... 

Saint Ravidas, Saint Kabir, and Guru Arjun Dev have
mentioned the exalted state of Saint Jaidev in their

There are two compositions of Saint Jaidev in Guru Granth
Sahib at pages 526 and 1106. The language is difficult Sanskrit
and the subject matter is meditation on the Unmanifest
Lord by collecting all the senses and energies through practice
of Yoga and Pranayama...

Sri Guru Granth Sahib page 526

Composition of Sri Jaidev

In this composition, Saint Jaidev has described deep secrets
of devotion like:

1) Describing the various names of the Lord like Rama,
Hari, Chakardhar (wearer of disguises as a weapon),
and Gobind.

2) Described the qualities of the Lord like

a. the Origin of all that exists

b. Beyond description

c. Sat, Chit, Anand, i. e. existence, knowledge, and bliss,

d. Absorbed in Sat, Chit, Anand,

e. Most astonishing

f. Beyond Maya, i. e. Manifest universe

g. Beyond contemplation, etc.

h. By contemplating on Whom, one gets liberated

3) Saint Jaidev meditated on the Lord as described by
him and advises others to meditate

4) Devotion has two parts:

a. Meditation on the Lord's Name and

b. Praise the Lord like singing praise in "kirtan",
do good deeds and describe various gifts by the

5) Devotion is of three types:

a. "Nij Bhagti" i.e. devotion to the Beloved Lord.

b. Pure devotion without any selfishness

c. Complete devotion with mind, speech and actions,

6) This devotion is based on high moral character and
doing moral deeds.

7) Prevented from degrading activities, which are
generally done by ritual worshippers and persons of
low morals.

8) Advantage of devotion like:

a. No need of Yoga, austerities and charity, etc.

b. Fear of birth and death due to reincarnation is
expelled [removed]

c. All the mystical powers (Siddhis) are attained

d. In the end Saint Jaidev says that it is not only
words but also he is acting on those teachings.
He has taken shelter with the Lord who is
prevailing everywhere and is capable of granting
liberation to everyone.

The Lord is the root cause of all that is created. He is
beyond comparison and description (there is nothing with
which he can be compared). He is absorbed in Existence,
Knowledge and Bliss.

He is most astonishing, beyond "Maya", beyond
contemplation and is prevailing everywhere (meditate on

He is prevailing in all hearts. His name is "Rama" [Ram]. Only
repeat this Name because this is nectar and shall lead the
meditator to the Lord.

By meditating on Him, the cycle of birth and death is
ended. The fear of old age, sickness and death is also

-- Bani Of Bhagats, from chapter 6: Saint Jaidev Ji:

Gita Govinda : "Priye Charuseele" - Sanskrit Poem of Jayadeva (3 renderings):

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Sant Mat Satsang PODCAST: The Many Names of the Nameless God (Anami) -- A History of Simran Practice in the Sant Tradition, & The Mystic Poetry of Namdev -- DOWNLOAD the Podcast MP3 Here:

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Readings from the Mystic Bhakti Poetry of Sant Namdev from the Shri Namdev Gathas, Adi Granth, and from the Padavali of Namdev,

Also: A History of Simran Practice -- The Repetition of Sacred Names -- in the Sant Tradition, and:

The True Spirit of Simran Practice is Bhakti (Love)

The Many Names of the Nameless God (Anami): A History of Simran Practice in the Sant Tradition (Path of the Masters), By James Bean

The Nameless God has been given many names over the centuries. There are countless Divine names used as mantras or sacred words of Remembrance in various schools of spirituality. In Dadu Panth, that sacred name of God at the highest level is Satya-Raam. The name Raam was very frequently mentioned in the hymns of Guru Kabir, Sant Namdev, and other classic Sants of India. Some receive a single Name, others a longer Guru Mantra phrase. Some are given "The Five Names" (panch naam) consisting of five holy names of God. These are revealed at the time of Initiation into Sant Mat or Shabd Yoga meditation. These same five names have been used for centuries in certain branches of Sant Mat connected with Kabir and Sant Dharam Das, Sant Dariya Sahib, Sant Tulsi Sahib, and Sant Radhasoami Sahib. Others have been given five Sufi names of God at the time of Initiation into Surat Shabd Yoga meditation. These five Sufi or Islamic names have the same essential meaning as the five Indian names used in some forms of Sant Mat, and, as with the Indian names, also correspond to five basic inner regions. (In one of the Jewish Gnostic paths of antiquity, a group known as the Sethians, there was also a five-named or panch naam mantra approach, only with five Hebrew names that have been found in Coptic texts of Egypt. Those were associated with certain heavenly regions: Harmoz-el, Oroia-el, Daveithai, El-eleth, and another word meaning, the "Self-Begotten One".) Others are given the name of the Most High God RADHASOAMI (Rad-Da-Swam-E, "Soul-Lord" or "Lord of the Soul"), associated with the Eighth Plane, to use in simran practice along one's journey though all of the various states and stages within during meditation. A few Sant Mat lineages use a two-syllabled sacred word revealed at the time of Initiation, and it represents a name for the Soundless One.

In the classic bhajans and banis of the Sants of India appear numerous names of God. One can read verses exhorting devotees to repeat many names of the Nameless, Soundless, Formless One:

"Repeat the Panch Naam (Five Names)".
"Repeat the Guru Mantra".
"Repeat the Name of Raam".
"Repeat the Name of Satya Raam"
"Repeat the Name of Radhaswami".
"Repeat the Name of Hari".
"Repeat the Name of Govinda".
"Repeat the Name of Vitthala".
"Repeat the Name of HOO (HU)".

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"On this occasion of the #Deepawali [ #Diwali #Divali ] festival I wish you internal and physical progress and happiness with Almighty God and gurudev." -- Swami Niranjananand, Sant Mat Ashram, Chhatarpur, New Delhi

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"As veganism is ever more routinely encountered in daily life, hackneyed media stereotypes of vegans no longer resonate as they once did. Anti-vegan media hostility isn’t anything new. Sociological research published in 2011 documented how UK newspapers discredit #veganism through ridicule, with #vegans variously stereotyped as angry, militant, self-denying, sentimental, faddy, or joyless. As more people try veganism, meet vegans and encounter vegan-friendly products and practices in daily life, the more tone-deaf these stereotypes sound."–Zxk2Vamw9Xu0vC1A0rTdOFV6JOt0JPy5Uf4jXpuwx7nTepeSfIo


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“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use,” said Joseph Poore, at the University of Oxford, UK, who led the research. “It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car,” he said, as these only cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jellaludin #Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks
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