This category comprises books that contain the experiences and stories of devotees published by Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust, Publications Division.

Capturing Divinity ISBN: 9789350691298

Published: Nov, 2014

Language: English

Author: Aravind Balasubramanya

Pages: 228

Size (Print): 5.5x8.5x0.47

Series: Sai Student Memoirs

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Synopsis: It was an honour, a privilege, and a boon from the highest heavens in fact, that Aravind got the chance to be Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s cameraman for a few years. However, that did not reverse the roles with respect to readiness. Aravind had to be alert at all times and be ready to “meet the situation” as Swami puts it. He confesses that he has not been alert all the while, but whenever he was alert and sincere, an experience with the Divine unfolded. This book is a collection of such moments – moments that arose at the most unexpected times and in the most beautiful ways to assure him that his Beloved Bhagawan always has him in His sight.

Description: In a discourse on 22nd April, 1998, in the hills of Kodaikanal, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba made a revelation about an aspect of God. “The photographer asks you to be ready when he snaps your picture and he gives you time to ready yourself. But, the Divine Cameraman will not give you any notice. You should always be ready to meet the situation. If you engage yourself in bhajan and daivachintanam (thinking of God) – keerthanam and smaranam (singing and remembrance) – you will not be caught unawares.” The Divine Cameraman wants us to appreciate and love His uncertainty. The prerequisite for seeking the Lord who is ever compassionate is to be ever ready and that is something that the author realized as he graduated from Swami’s educational wing into His service wing. One has to be alert always, because things can ‘click’ at any time; there can be a ‘flash’ of inspiration during any hour of the day and though situations appear to have been captured in a ‘negative’ way, they can quickly be ‘developed’ into the ‘positive’ to fill one with beautiful memories. It was an honour, a privilege, and a boon from the highest heavens in fact, that Aravind got the chance to be His cameraman for a few years. However, that did not reverse the roles with respect to readiness. Aravind had to be alert at all times and be ready to “meet the situation” as Swami puts it. He confesses that he has not been alert all the while, but whenever he was alert and sincere, an experience with the Divine unfolded. This book is a collection of such moments – moments that arose at the most unexpected times and in the most beautiful ways to assure him that his Beloved Bhagawan always has him in His sight.

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Gurudev ISBN: 9789350691786

Published: Oct, 2012

Language: English

Author: N. Kasturi

Pages: 17

Size (Print): 4.3x5.5x0.06

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Theme: Spirituality, Spiritual Awakening, Spiritual growth

Format: Paperback | E-book

Synopsis: Prof. N. Kasturi describes how Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Lord Incarnate, captured his heart and soul and guided him ever onward on his spiritual journey, towards the Lotus Feet of the Divine.

Description: Gurudev, a beautiful summary of the spiritual life of Prof. N. Kasturi, traces his journey, in his own words, from the divine grace of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa to the Lotus Feet of the Compassionate, Merciful, and Divine One, our beloved Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Renowned all over the world as Bhagawan's biographer and the translator of His divine discourses, Prof. N. Kasturi describes, in Gurudev, how our beloved Swami captured his heart and soul and guided him ever onward, towards the Lotus Feet of the Divine.

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Hand In Hand With God ISBN: 9788172088453

Published: May, 2010

Language: English

Author: Shalini Dias

Pages: 75

Size (Print): 5.5x8.5x0.14

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Synopsis: The incidents mentioned in this book reveal the author’s self-confidence, boldness, and above all, her strong faith in Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and Bhagawan’s compassion for her prayers and devotion to Him.

Description: Hearing stories about Bhagawan from the age of eight from her aunt, the author started visiting Puttaparthi as a child with her and many times shared the good fortune of being with her aunt, when the latter was called for interview by Bhagawan, on some occasions three times a day. The incidents mentioned in this book reveal the author’s self-confidence and boldness and above all, her strong faith in Bhagawan and the compassion of Bhagawan for her prayers and devotion to Him.

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Journeys To Love ISBN: 0

Published: 2015

Language: English

Author: Kirsten Pruzan Mikkelsen

Pages: 0

Size (Print): 5.5.x8.5x

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Synopsis: Twenty one Danes were interviewed for this book; they tell about their unique journeys to Sai Baba. They come from varying social backgrounds and different occupations: author, businessman, director of finance, editor, teacher, physical therapist, tour guide, professor, etc.

Description: Each year, hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world find their way to the ashram of Sathya Sai Baba in Puttaparthi, in the south of India. For many visitors, encountering Sai Baba not only results in an altered consciousness and a whole new outlook on life, but in the transformation of their hearts. Among the visitors are many from Denmark. Twenty one Danes were interviewed for this book; they tell about their unique journeys to Sai Baba. They come from varying social backgrounds and different occupations: author, businessman, director of finance, editor, teacher, physical therapist, tour guide, professor, etc. They all respond to such questions as: How did Sai Baba enter your life? Why were you receptive to his teachings? Were you a spiritual seeker? How has Sai Baba had an impact on the way you now lead your life? How did you receive his grace and feel his love? For some, awareness of Sai Baba began with a programme on the national Danish radio in 1979. Others have experienced his direct influence on their lives in the most amazing ways. The Danes share how they experience that Sai Baba’s life is his message. He works selflessly and continually for others, always stressing, ‘Love all, serve all’ and ‘Hands that help are holier than lips that pray.’ Many of the Danes have seen Sai Baba materialize vibhuti or holy ash and various objects out of thin air; others have experienced healings, inexplicable to medical science, of even life-threatening illnesses. Sai Baba’s power is universal love. Miracles are his ‘visiting cards’. His teaching of the unity of all religions has the greatest significance for some, while others are deeply affected when they learn that God lives in our hearts.

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Life Is An Opportunity… Seize It! ISBN: 0

Published: 2013

Language: English

Author: Dr. Choudary Voleti

Pages: 154

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Synopsis: In this book, Dr. Choudary Voleti shares his many personal interactions with Swami, ranging from the humorous to the deeply solemn. Each interaction conveys a profound spiritual lesson that can be transferred across cultural and religious boundaries.

Description: Dr. Choudary Voleti is the Director of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Puttaparthi. He is a senior consultant cardiac surgeon, who was previously director of cardiac surgery at two leading institutions in California, USA. Since retirement, Dr. Voleti has dedicated his life to serving Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba in His mission to provide free healthcare to all. In this book, Dr. Voleti shares his many personal interactions with Swami, ranging from the humorous to the deeply solemn. Each interaction conveys a profound spiritual lesson that can be transferred across cultural and religious boundaries. Dr. Voleti also has a passion for photography and has had the privilege of taking several thousand photographs of Swami, some very intimate and revealing. These captivating photographs form a visually striking backdrop to the book, which combined with the soul-stirring narration, enable the reader to become an integral part of the spiritual journey. Despite his many accolades and prestigious titles, according to Dr. Voleti, his greatest achievement and the title he values most is that of being a Sai devotee.

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Living With God ISBN: 9789350693155

Published: Nov, 2015

Language: English

Author: Aravind Balasubramanya

Pages: 277

Size (Print): 5.5x8.5x0.62

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Theme: Biography, True Account

Format: Paperback | E-book

Synopsis: This book details the life experiences of eighteen students and teachers of Bhagawan’s educational system, which ranges from ‘KG to PG’ (kindergarten to post-graduation). This is just a sample of those that have received ‘Higher’ learning from their Swami – a learning for life. But, this sample will give us a glimpse into what Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba stands for and what He exhorts. It will make it amply clear that it is never too early, or too late to embark on the greatest quest of life – Educare.

Description: Calling Sri Sathya Sai Baba a philanthropist and social reformer would be akin to calling Lord Jesus a shepherd and Bhagawan Krishna a cowherd! One definitely cannot turn a blind eye to His magnificent work – tertiary healthcare systems, water projects, housing projects, and educational university, which are first-of-a-kind in world history. He has also inspired service activities around the globe with a footprint in over one hundred and fifty countries. He is definitely a social reformer, but He is also much more. His greatest work is the transformation of the heart, which He has effected through pure, selfless love. Once the source and nature of this Love is understood, one cannot help but call Him divine, adding the prefix ‘Bhagawan’ to His name. This book details the life experiences of eighteen students and teachers of Bhagawan’s educational system, which ranges from ‘KG to PG’ (kindergarten to post-graduation). This is just a sample of those that have received ‘Higher’ learning from their Swami – a learning for life. But, this sample will give us a glimpse into what Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba stands for and what He exhorts. It will make it amply clear that it is never too early, or too late to embark on the greatest quest of life – Educare.

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Memoirs Of A Sai Student ISBN: 9789350691410

Published: Feb, 2014

Language: English

Author: Aravind Balasubramanya

Pages: 190

Size (Print): 5.5x8.5x0.39

Series: Sai Student Memoirs

Theme: devotion, faith, spirituality

Format: Paperback | E-book

Synopsis: Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is the embodiment of pure and selfless love. His love towards His students is boundless. He has said that students are His real property. The experiences, which students in His colleges had with Him, were unique, intimate, and spiritually transforming. Bhagawan loved and moulded Sri. Aravind Balasubramanya, as a student, to become a good speaker, writer, and a service-oriented person. In this very interesting, absorbing, and spiritually enlightening book, titled ‘Memoirs Of A Sai Student’, Sri Aravind describes his unique experiences with his Divine Master in a simple and lucid style.

Description: In this written account of his experiences as a student and devotee of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Aravind Balasubramanya shares, with his simple, lucid, and heartfelt style of writing, captivating stories of his time with our beloved Swami. Read and bring to vivid life in the mind's eye the plays, the plots, the schemes, and the traps hatched, and the love that the author has for Swami, which the Lord reciprocated during his time as a student in Swami's school and university. Throughout Memoirs Of A Sai Student, the author reveals the labyrinth of evolution that is life, through which Swami guided him safely and moulded him into an ardent devotee of the Lord and an acclaimed speaker.

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Memories & Memoirs: 4 Decades Of Journey With God ISBN: 9789350692271

Published: Nov, 2015

Language: English

Author: Prof. Anil Kumar Kamaraju

Pages: 152

Size (Print): 5.5x8.5x0.33

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Synopsis: This gem of a book "Memories & Memoirs" gives glimpses of various incidents and lessons that he learnt from the dearest Lord, Bhagawan Baba, and the showers of love that the Lord bestowed on the devout professor.

Description: Prof. Anil Kumar Kamaraju, the privileged translator of Bhagawan's divine discourses for many years, is very popular among the devotees of Bhagawan, because of his devotion to his Master, his erudition, and his friendliness with all sections of devotees, irrespective of their positions in society. There are several books to his credit, published by the Publications Division of Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust; most of them contain his popular and informative talks at Prasanthi Nilayam and other places in India and abroad. He has talked profusely and passionately about Bhagawan Baba's teachings, mission, and divine love in these books. This gem of a book ""Memories & Memoirs"" gives glimpses of various incidents and lessons that he learnt from the dearest Lord, Bhagawan Baba, and the showers of love that the Lord bestowed on the devout professor. Containing a very interesting collection of incidents selected from over forty years of his devoted service to Bhagawan, this book is a translation of a series of articles that appeared in the Sanathana Sarathi, a Telugu spiritual magazine started by Bhagawan for the spiritual uplift of mankind. It is an interesting book, which makes for absorbing reading.

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Rainbows Over My Sky ISBN: 9789350692295

Published: Nov, 2015

Language: English

Author: Raghurama Bhat

Pages: 122

Size (Print): 5.5x8.5x0.27

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Synopsis: Each day as the sun rose, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba walked gracefully amidst the assembly of devotees. He spoke to them, took their letters, consoled them, filled them with love, and assured each one, "Do not worry. I will take care." This is how broken hearts got mended, damaged bodies healed, and drooping spirits smiled. I am no exception. Mine is a story of yet another wayfarer, whose progression in life got tragically impeded just when I was moving in a new gear. But, the kind Lord held me in His arms. That I had, by then, reached the safe shores of Prasanthi Nilayam made all the difference. Today, I can only hold my heart and cry out in wonderment, "How do You do it, my beloved Lord? And You do it not just for me, but for thousands of others, too! I know only You can do this, because You are God. 'For, men may come and men may go, but I go on forever...' This is how You once inspired a poet to write about You and this is so true!"

Description: Each day as the sun rose, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba walked gracefully amidst the assembly of devotees. He spoke to them, took their letters, consoled them, filled them with love, and assured each one, "Do not worry. I will take care." This is how broken hearts got mended, damaged bodies healed, and drooping spirits smiled. I am no exception. Mine is a story of yet another wayfarer, whose progression in life got tragically impeded just when I was moving in a new gear. But, the kind Lord held me in His arms. That I had, by then, reached the safe shores of Prasanthi Nilayam made all the difference. Today, I can only hold my heart and cry out in wonderment, "How do You do it, my beloved Lord? And You do it not just for me, but for thousands of others, too! I know only You can do this, because You are God. 'For, men may come and men may go, but I go on forever...' This is how You once inspired a poet to write about You and this is so true!"

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Realising God ISBN: 9789350692318

Published: Dec, 2015

Language: English

Author: John Goldthwait, Ph.D.

Pages: 34

Size (Print): 5.5x8.5x0.13

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Synopsis: ‘Realising God’ is the fifth book by John Goldthwait, Ph.D., an ardent devotee of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The present book presents in a simple understandable language what Sai Baba taught the author about realizing God and the process by which this happens.

Description: “Man is wasting his life night and day, for acquiring external things, like houses, land, vehicles, wealth, and other so-called ‘properties’, which, in fact, are not ‘proper ties’. Is it for the sake of these trifles that man is born? No. No. No. To realise God is his foremost task in life.” Sathya Sai Baba ‘Realising God’ is the fifth book by John Goldthwait, Ph.D., an ardent devotee of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The present book presents in a simple understandable language what Sai Baba taught the author about realizing God and the process by which this happens.

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Sai Sathya Sakha ISBN: 9789350691748

Published: Jul, 2013

Language: English

Author: Abdul Razak Baburao Korbu

Pages: 112

Size (Print): 5.5x8.5x0.23

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Theme: Spirituality, Religion, Devotion, Faith

Format: Paperback | E-book

Synopsis: The incredible story of Prof. Abdul Korbu, who began his life as a poor Muslim boy with extraordinary memory and, by the grace, blessings, and guidance of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, became a Professor, a Principal, and most importantly, His close devotee. He had the coveted Padanamaskar and Bhagawan’s one deep look into his eyes transformed him miraculously. This is his story.

Description: This is the touching story of a poor Muslim boy, who lost his father when he was two years old. He and his mother were in the clutches of poverty. This affected his upbringing. The neighbours sent him to school mainly to protect their children. In order to pay the school fees, he had to work till midnight in a nearby cinema theatre and this led him into bad ways. However, because of his extraordinary memory, he could secure first rank till the tenth standard. His proficiency in Sanskrit helped him get the much needed financial scholarship and eventually, he became an honours graduate, completed the L.L.B. and L.L.M. examinations with merit, and became a professor. His thirst to become virtuous and his quest for a Guru brought him to Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. He had the coveted Padanamaskar and Bhagawan’s one deep look into his eyes transformed him miraculously. By providence, someone suggested to him to apply for the post of a visiting professor, in Baba’s college at Puttaparthi and he applied. His application, one among many thousands, was hand picked by Bhagawan Himself and thus, he got the appointment. There are many more incredible, but true incidents in the life of the author, besides a long interview with Bhagawan Baba in 1990, appearing in Chapter 8 of this book. Social and religious background is no barrier for a true devotee to earn Bhagawan’s grace.

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Sai Smaran ISBN: 9788172089962

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Language: English

Author: Dr. D. J. Gadhia

Pages: 0

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Synopsis: This book describes Dr. Gadhia’s encounters with Sai Baba from 1960 till now, his marriage (performed by Baba), and his experiences with saints and sages as well as devotees in many countries. It also presents many facets of Baba’s teaching on the nature of divinity, the essence of all religions, and the importance of love, truth, right conduct, peace, and non-violence in our daily lives. It is a fascinating guidebook for spiritual aspirants (sadhakas) of all backgrounds.

Description: Dhirubhai Jagjivandas Gadhia was born in Kampala (Uganda, East Africa) and attended Bhavan’s College in Andheri, Mumbai, before starting his medical studies in Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, near Mangalore. It was at about this time (1960) that he heard of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, made frequent visits to Baba’s ashram in Puttaparthi, and became a close devotee. After qualifying (M.B.B.S) and with Baba’s blessings, Dr. Gadhia travelled to England in 1963 and obtained the D.T.M.&H. diploma in Liverpool. On returning to India in 1964, he was a lecturer in M. P. Shah Medical College in Jamnagar, Gujarat. Always inspired by Sai Baba, he dedicated himself to serving the people everywhere – in Mangalore, Gujarat, and other places – by spreading Baba’s message and teachings through bhajans (devotional singing), study circles, and service activities. In 1968, Baba asked him to return to East Africa, where he served for three years as Chief Medical Officer in H.H. The Aga Khan Dispensary in Arusha, Tanzania, before opening the Aum Sri Sathya Sai Dispensary, also in Arusha. Apart from his medical work, he was an indefatigable promoter of Sai activities, wherever he went. In May, 1974, he was miraculously rescued by Baba after a serious car accident near Arusha. In 1978, he was still suffering from severe pain and disability, due to the injuries sustained in the accident and during a visit to India, was cured by Baba of both pain and disability. In 1979, he left Tanzania and settled down in Leicester, England. This book describes Dr. Gadhia’s encounters with Sai Baba from 1960 till now, his marriage (performed by Baba), and his experiences with saints and sages as well as devotees in many countries. It also presents many facets of Baba’s teaching on the nature of divinity, the essence of all religions, and the importance of love, truth, right conduct, peace, and non-violence in our daily lives. It is a fascinating guidebook for spiritual aspirants (sadhakas) of all backgrounds.

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The Blessed Souls ISBN: 9788172088385

Published: Mar, 2012

Language: English

Author: G. Krishna Murthy

Pages: 204

Size (Print): 5.5x8.5x0.45

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Synopsis: In the Lord’s mission, several noble souls played their humble part on receipt of the call from their Master and sanctified their lives. They lived only for Swami. They were indeed ‘blessed souls’, having finally merged in the lotus feet of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. This book is a compilation of the lives of such ‘blessed souls’, their divine experiences, and their contribution to the avataric mission.

Description: The past eight and a half decades in the present millennium and that immediately preceding had witnessed the spiritualization of the services of education, health, drinking water, etc., by providing them free of cost to all sections of the society with loving care as a gift of God to humanity by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the avatar of the age. In fact, this has been the divine mission of Bhagawan. In this mission, several noble souls played their humble part on receipt of the call from their Master and sanctified their lives. They lived only for Swami. They were indeed ‘blessed souls’, having finally merged in the lotus feet of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. This book is a compilation of the lives of such ‘blessed souls’, their divine experiences, and their contribution to the avataric mission.

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The Dream Reality ISBN: 9789383952373

Published: 2015

Language: English

Author: Tunisha Mehrotra

Pages: 153

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Synopsis: 'The Dream Reality' is the true story of a young girl's journey with her spiritual master. The book charts her soul growth and inner transformation under the aegis of her guru, Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Description: 'The Dream Reality' is the true story of a young girl's journey with her spiritual master. The book charts her soul growth and inner transformation under the aegis of her guru, Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Once he enters her life, he guides her along the path with dreams, visions, and actual physical darshans. The book depicts the deep bond that exists between the guru and his disciple. Many seekers will identify with the story, as it moves through the various stages of an aspirant's life - the initial attraction of spirit; the joys of having a personal guru; the trials and conflicts faced on the path and their ultimate resolution.

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Transformation Of The Heart ISBN: 9788172087685

Published: Dec, 2009

Language: English

Author: Judy Warner

Pages: 158

Size (Print): 5.5x8.5x0.45

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Synopsis: This book is a collection of experiences in the form of stories by people, whose lives have been transformed by Bhagawan. Written with warmth and compassion, these stories provide a unique and personal glimpse of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Description: Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has given the acronym of SAI as Spiritual Transformation, Association Transformation, and Individual Transformation. Bhagawan says that He is bringing about transformation at three levels – spiritual, community, and lastly at the individual level in the lives of people. Startling and unbelievable miracles happen in people’s lives, which kindle, strengthen, and reinforce their faith in Him. This book is a collection of experiences in the form of stories by people, whose lives have been transformed by Bhagawan. Written with warmth and compassion, these stories provide a unique and personal glimpse of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. These personal narratives, written by people who share our normal, everyday lives, show how true spiritual awakening occurs under vastly different circumstances, outlooks, education, backgrounds, and philosophical approaches to life. This book is intended for two groups of readers: those who have already come into the fold of Sathya Sai Baba and those who are still searching for spiritual awakening and have come upon this book by accident. The stories in this book are but a few examples of what happens when Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba blesses our lives. May Sai Baba reach out through these pages and bless you, bringing love and peace into your lives!

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