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Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi Ji
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Lecture on: 05/07/1989
Category: Gurdwara
Location: Los Angeles, Ca

A Man's Life is Not a Man's Life

Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!

This shabad you sang (referring to the shabad "Jai Te Gang" which had just been sung by Ram Das Kaur) is a part of Sikh Dharma. This shabad is the root cause of the Sikh nation being imperial. You sing this shabad, hear this shabad, relate to this shabad, and from a begging bowl poverty, you shall have the royalty, imperial dignity and your grace. And that shall be the God's gift.

The notes to this shabad are related to 'para' energy. 'Para' energy is the basic, if you get into the scriptural definition of God, God is Pran-naat, Giver of the breath of life. Para-Parbraham is the natural name of His all prakashic... what you see, and what you don't see.

What you don't see, you feel. Some people say, "Where is a God?" They are blind. They can't see. But they can feel. Some people are very numb. They can't feel. They can expect. I mean to say, simple things, the nature has its blossom, and they say it is because of the spring. But who's the owner of spring? Who owns spring? Who owns winter? And if you classify yourself or qualify yourself with little things, you'll find the Ultimate Owner is the Creator -- para energy, they call it. Chinese call it chi energy. Sikhs call it ji energy. And the Hindus call it para energy.

Basically, scientifically the rule is: the energy can be transferred to matter and matter can be transferred to energy. If you have energy you can take care of all the matters. If you have matter, you cannot produce the energy at your will. That's the problem. Mankind with all the scientific knowledge, cannot create human blood. It can create everything else.

So, we are discussing today the source of life. The source of life as it comes to you. Purpose of life is happiness. If purpose of life is happiness, then what is happiness? Let us define it. Guru has defined happiness in very beautiful aspect. I think what Guru Nanak did was a wonderful job and he did it in a very precise manner. I'd like to share with you that part of it so that you may not have to go through every hassle in the world to find out who's a saint, who's not; who's holy, who's not; who has holes, who has not holes; how to plug it, how to unload. You know, all this, your human little things.

Guru Nanak says happiness, too... the facets of faculty of the Creative Power of the diagonal force into perpendicular and para-perplex situation, and the complex of the paraplex is confusing, diffusing and energetic, and that human has the mind to work it out. So, he gave certain ideas that there is intelligence and there is integrity, and there still is intelligence and there is a non-integrity. Polarity will never go into the reality, and reality will never let polarity go, because then reality has to do everything and polarity has to do nothing. Reality wants polarity to work; polarity wants reality to work. And this that he created is called "kar aasan dithai chaa-o." He sat down in a posture, saw the creativity and wanted to enjoy it. He didn't want to be bored. And that's all it is about.

But what is happiness? Happiness is well defined in many manners. A thief is happy because he stole well tonight.

Asankh chor haraam khor.
Asankh amar kar jaaeh jor.
Asankh galvad hatiaa kamaa-eh.
Asankh paapee paap kar jaa-eh.
Asankh koori-aar koore firaa-eh.
Asankh malechh mal bhakh khaa-eh.
Asankh nindak sir kareh bhaar......

--From the 18th pauree of Japji Sahib

Oh my God, do you hear this? All this is happiness. Thief is happy. One who is a bastard and does everything wrong is happy. Haraam khor. Amar kar jaaeh jor. One who just slaughters because he has a force, he is happy. Hitler was happy. Ghengis Khan was happy. Kubla Khan was happy. A lot of dictators were very happy. They were absolutely powerful. Everything was at their command. They did what they did.

Asankh jap asankh bhaao.
Asankh poojaa asankh tap taao.
Asankh granth mukh ved paath.
Asankh jog man reh-eh udaas.
Asankh bhagat gun giaan veechaar....

--From the 17th pauree of Japji Sahib

Then these are all facets of positive happiness. Positive happiness, negative happiness, they are all very prescribed in Japji by the Guru Nanak. I wish Sikhs should read that and understand that and figure out what he is saying. But we do like this.....(recites the 17th pauree of Japji Sahib, very quickly, slurring the words so they are incomprehensible.) And Japji is full, complete. You know? 38 paurees, 2 stanzas, finish. You are on the road.

Once somebody had a cow and cow will go in the pasture and come back, go in the pasture. One day the owner came and asked this herdsman and he said, "Hey, what's wrong with my best cow?" He said, "Master, I take her in the morning. I let her loose in the pasture. In the pasture there is a green grass and everything so facilitating, but I notice too that she is getting skinnier and skinnier." He said, "That's all that you do?" He said, "Yeah. You see every day she goes." The man came home and he said to his son, "Sonny, do you see that best cow that we got is getting skinnier and skinnier? It's very miserable to see. Is she diseased? Go and get the surgeon to check it out." So he went to veterinary surgeon and asked him: "My papa is very concerned about the cow. She's getting much skinnier and skinnier and she's not absolutely happy and she must be sick. That's why." He checked it out and he said, "Well, I don't see her very skinny, but she's a little anemic. I think she's not getting
any kind of food." He said, "Impossible. She goes in the morning, she comes back in the evening, and whole day she can graze on the grass, no problem." The surgeon just looked at him and he said, "Check it out." He said, "Okay." So one day he camouflaged himself and got into the field where all these cows go and he saw his cow there and she had a mukhanee. Mukhanee means that net on the mouth. This herdsman put that mukhanee on her mouth and let her loose. She can run around everywhere but she can't even take a blade of grass because her mouth is tied up. There's a net on her mouth. He looked at it and he saw it and he went and he confronted the man. He said, "What are you doing?" The herdsman said, "Oh, she eats too much. She has to be regulated. That's why. I'll let her go until the others eat, and then regulate it." He said, "No way. Just open it up." The herdsman opened it up and in a few days the cow was healthy again and happy again, and good again.

Sometimes religion is like that to you. You come into the religion, into the posture, into the gurdwara, you read the scriptures, you do the meditation, you do a lot of good things. Because you realize there is one person better than anybody. You realize that soul is the being, and soul is the spirit. And you realize that if you have the energy you can solve all the material and matter problems. If you don't have the energy you can't. So you know the energy when you augment your soul and spirit... and fine. But sometimes you go through the beautiful green grass, and you put a net on your mouth. You don't chew it, you don't eat it.

So, Japji has three paurees. One is Asankh chor haraam khor. One is Asankh Jap....that positive and negative. Then it comes to:

Akharee naam akharee saalaah.
Akharee giaan geet gun gaah.

--from 19th pauree of Japji Sahib

That's for the neutral mind. So the triplex has been very powerfully solved by Guru Nanak.

This all came through a discussion. I was talking to somebody and somebody said, "Well, if he is happy, I am happy." I said, "Well, if he is drunk, he is happy. Are you happy?" "No." I said, "Well, what is happiness?" If somebody is jerking around and he is happy, you think it is happy? Happiness is not the state of whatever there is. Happiness is that in which you are competent to be happy and make all... everybody around you... happy, without vindictiveness, without vengeance, without belittling, without smallness. Some people are very slanderous. They feel very happy when they slander. You see their face. They only open up when they say every negative thing. Some people are baboons. You see them making and acting and conversing to you about the weather... how the weather is good... as if they are the only weathermen in the world and mess you up, so you can't even eat your salad if you are in their company. So every person has a different happiness, but the total sum of happiness has been described in these paurees. That's what
we have to learn and understand.

There's nobody who's bad. Only there are a lot of bad people because it is very costly... to give a special treatment to the good people to understand goodness is very costly... and to hold to goodness is God's grace. A lot of people are bad. They are just serving their purpose. They are letting you know how bad it is. I asked a young girl today, I said, "What you can learn from such and such person?" She said, "Oh my God! I can learn so much, Sir." I said, "What is it?" She said, "I can learn all the intelligence she has got because she has no commitment. How painful, and what suffering she is going through." I said, "You saw it?" She said, "Yeah."

I say, you can learn from all the tragedies. You can learn from all the treachery. You can learn from all the goodness and all the gifts. But one thing you all have to remember to learn: that you are you. That's the Sikh way: "Karamee aapo aapanee, ke narai ke door." That's the Sikh way. Pavan guroo, pavan guroo, pavan guroo. Breath of life. Pavaan of the prana is called pavan. Pavan guroo. Prana. Vaan of the prana is the Guru. It means that whatever you speak determines you have a Guru or you have not. Pavan guru. Panee pitaa. Your tolerance, your flow, your grace will examine how fatherly, how authentic, how authoritative you are.

Pavan guroo pane pitaa, maataa dharat mahat. How much you can take and how solid you can hold, and how you can be the dust of everyone's feet, that will be the motherly sense of us. Maataa dharat mahat. And this all will give you grace... worship.

Divas raat du-eh daa-ee daa-i-aa khelai sagal jagat. Day and night are the nurturing maids through which the entire universe plays.

Changi-aa-ee-aa buriaa-ee-aa vaachai dharam hadoor. Good and bad actions are watched by the judgement of dharma... faith. Faith watches. Faith watches on your power. Your positive or bad is not anybody's loss or gain. You cannot enjoy the luxury of a negative thought. The moment a negative thought, you stick with, either it is going to eat you or it is going to eat somebody. It is not something. Changi-aa-ee-aa buriaa-ee-aa vaachai dharam hadoor. Your power of being good and bad is not anybody's problem. Dharma, faith, is based upon how good and bad you are doing. It's the balance sheet. It's the balance sheet of your good and bad acts which gives you the strength to sort out the victory of your life. Because through dharma you win. Through intelligence you sort out. Through intellect you have doubts to deal with. That's how life goes. Changi-aa-ee-aa buriaa-ee-aa vaachai dharam hadoor. Karamee aapo aapanee, ke narai ke door. It is that 'sort out' action of yours which decides whether God is near to you or it is far away. It's not somebody else's opinion. It is what Guru Nanak said: Karamee aapo aapanee, ke narai ke door. Why to say who is near?

Jinee naam dhi-aa-i-aa...those who have meditated on the Name of God... dhyaan is different. Jappa is to repeat. Dhyaan is to pay attention to. Dhyaan kar. Dhyaan rakh. Pay attention to. Paying consistently attention to this faculty of life that God is the Creator, Guru tells you that just see God in everything. Is jeeo meh pet naa jaano, saad chor sad braham pachaano. Don't make differentiation. Think of a thief and a saint as one creation's product.

So if we understand that everything is made in God, and we are also made in God... jinee naam dhi-aa-i-aa ga-e masakat ghaal. Those who have meditated on the Name... Name is the noun of name of a person, or a place, or a thing... that means the total identity, and that's God. Dhyaa-i-aa. Those who have paid attention to this faculty that Ik Ong Kar, it comes to the basic same thing, that the entire creation is created by One. And those who meditated on the One, that originally is what it means. Jinee naam dhi-aa- i-aa ga-e masakat ghaal. Ghaal, ghaalanaa means beyond sweat. When you ride the horse sometimes, it sweats and then it sweats to the point that you see all over it becomes white. There's a kind of foam. It is just like it has a cream all over. It is so white like stuff all over the horse. Eh ghaal hei. Ghaal also means when the heat is to the point when the highest melts before it. That is also called ghaal. Ghaal also means when you work hard and sweat of brow, and you earn something, it is also called ghaal.

The other word with ghaal is dhaal. Dhaal means protection shield. Ghaal, dhaal and paal. God protects and He shields and He brings you the best of it. Sometimes you know you have to learn the Gurmukhi, not because it is a language. That's the tragedy of you. It is a Guru's language. It will bring you to all nearest what you otherwise cannot be. I'm not laying a language on you because it happens to be the Punjabi's and it happens to be of India and happens to... that's your nonsense. I'm not participating with that. But it's Guru's language. Your Guru is written in it. There's something to it. There's something in the permutation and combination of this language which does what it does.

Jinee naam dhi-aa-i-aa ga-e masakat ghaal. Nanak tay mukh ujale ketee chhutee naal. Not tay, but tai....mukh ujale ketee chhutee naal. Their whole thing is all resolved. Naanak tai mukh ujale ketee chhutee naal. Their face is clean and divine, bright.

In your life you don't win. You have two ways to win. Eyes don't tell lies, and bright eyes are the message of God. You can take all vitamins in the world, and all B complex, and you can do everything, but one thing you can never do, you cannot make your eyes bright. What sees through that optical nerve and that brightens in yourself, you'll be surprised to know that I know one person, he was totally blind. But the brightness of his eyes was so powerful that he could walk his way without even touch system. He could make it. He was blind. I tell you how blind he was.

I visited his place, kootiaa they call it. Sangeet kooteer. I just made up my mind to go there. Journey was very hard, but you know, determined I was. I went through the sweat of it, went there. And it's a medical fact that he was blind. And he said, "Yogi Baba, do not remove your shoes. Walk with them." And I was almost as a voice distance from him. And when I came to the spot where everybody takes off their shoes, I said to my assistant, I said, "Ask Panditji, that he's asking me not to remove shoes. Why I am an exception?" He said, "No, no, no, you are not an exception. But don't remove your shoes. Come on. With shoes." I knew the room was a temple and I also knew that everybody's shoes were outside and it was so, and I was no exception, that he said, too. It bothered me in a very simple way. Then I thought perhaps he's testing me out. Well, it is his place, it is his temple. He asked me to come on with shoes on. What is the difference? So I walked straight in. And then he did not
stop there. He took me straight into another room which was his residence room. I sat there and he said, "Please sit down on the bed."

Now normally, you know, these people do not allow you to sit at your aasan, and you should never even try. It is a very disrespect to your own self. So I said to him, I said, "Great master, I understand what you are saying and I would like to obey, but I would not like to sit on your bed. I don't refuse or offend, but manners, etiquettes do not permit me to do that." He said, "Yes, sir, that's true. You should not sit. I wanted you to sit. That's all right. You will sit in a while."

So he went and he rang a little bell and two, three, bhagatas came and they took off my shoes and made me sit down on a chair and washed my feet and did my pujas and did the whole thing. And then after that, according to the rule they brought a special water and they want you to soak your feet in it and then to my shocking surprise they all drank it. I mean, it was just a feast for them. And then they physically lifted me up and put me in the center of the bed. Now you won't believe, I have never sweated in my life as I sweated then. And it was amazing conflict with my personality and with my reality and with my act there with this person. But I dared not to offend him because I knew he was confirmed blind, I knew he was very well respected, I knew the whole world knows him as a great saint, and I went there to pay my respects. I didn't go there to... but what he did to me was amazing.

Well, I was sitting in the center of that bed, and I said, "What I can do for you, Sir?" Because I was feeling kind of itchy, and I wanted to leave, because I didn't go there for all that. He said, "Just sit there. Just bless us and say nothing." He said, "I have been waiting for this visit of yours for the last five years. You always hear. And I was told to do what I have done. So please sit down and meditate on this seat of my worship and feel relaxed, feel at home." Then he did what is called 'masakat ghaal.' Hard work. And his hard work was he said, "I know you are a rebel. I mean to say, you are out blunt. You are a rebel and you do not believe in rituals. But for people it is essential to progress through staircase. They do not have wings which Guru Ram Das gave to you. Please sit down on this bed and meditate." After that I was just as innocent as atwo year old baby boy and I just closed my eyes and that's it.

So what I am trying to explain is, Jinee naam dhi-aa-i-aa ga-e masakat ghaal. Eh ghaalanaa hei bha-ee. Life is like that. Life is not a joke. Like is not a jewelry. Life is not a jaalaao. Life is not everything. Life is also not nothing. Life has its own imperial identity. And you in America must know from one word. Our strength is "Aye Aye, Sir." And that we only say to a commander. And when I see these western movies, especially which have naval movies, if I find through the television program there is any naval movie, I'll cancel everything and I'll see it. And you think I am crazy. I am not. I just want to see how these men who say, "Aye Aye, Sir," how their eyes brighten. That part only I want to see. Rest of the movie, I know. The guns are going to fire, and ultimately commander is going to win. And ultimately Japanese are going to lose. I understand the whole game. I have nothing to do with that. But you must understand my own learning faculty. You have to understand
how I learn. I know there is a naval war movie and I know it doesn't make any sense to me. But I want to see when the commander ordered his private, whatever he is called, seaman. And he gives him a salute like this (demonstrates a salute) and says, "Aye Aye, Sir," I see the imperial identity in his eyes, in his being.

And that is the Sikh way. IQ means Imperial Quality. You can name it anything you want. It is the imperial quality in a person which is the IQ of a person and which is the base of the Sikh Dharma. Nobody knows if you are rich or poor. Nobody knows if you are beautiful or ugly. It's all comparative. But one thing is very effective: how imperial you are, how graceful you are.

This is how I look at it. I don't look at a person very spiritually. I don't believe there is any standard, and I don't believe there has to be any standard. I believe in one thing and I cannot say in the sense of "I, I, I." I can say in the sense of my learning progression. And my learning progression is that when I dress up in the morning, I look in the mirror and say, "How Guru will like me?" And I assure you after going from this Gurdwara, you're not going to see all this on me. In one second I'm off. One second. Sometimes, you know, I have to have my special staff, is trained. Sometimes in the little hallway I can create a little scene which is very embarrassing to me as well as to you. I'm sitting in Gurdwara, I don't lie about it. I do not believe that my skin has no right to breathe. And I do breathe through the skin, and I have that capacity. But when I dress up, I do not dress up by myself. I do not decide anything also as Harbhajan Singh Puri, or Harbhajan Singh Yogiji, or Harbhajan Singh Yogi
Bhajan. No, never. Never.

That's why I was telling somebody, somebody said, "You are very confusing, Sir." I said, "I agree. Now you have recognized me. Now you know me. I am very confusing. Yes, yes, yes." "Why?" I said, "Look. I know what is personal and I know what is impersonal. Between personal and impersonal I cannot say 'yes' or 'no.' I am very aware what is personal and I am very aware what is impersonal. But I am also aware that I am not personal or impersonal. I am aware of the fact. So I will do my justice and I know you are very angry with me that I am not coming through the way you want it. And tragedy is that you should be very annoyed with me because I shift gears very fast." "Why?" I said, "Simple life. You have all to learn this. This IS the happiness, this IS the Braham, this IS God, this IS Guru, this IS spirituality, this IS richness, this IS totality. Not that which you know. It is absolutely not. It is a lie. You all will die in vain. It is not going to work out!" No religion has taught what Guru Nanak has taught. You
MUST learn what Guru Nanak teaches. You must have swiftness of the gears to see the personal and impersonal. Beyond that you must know what Guru says. Bhaymukh, Manmukh, Sanmukh, Gurmukh, Sirimukh... that's Guru Gobind Singh.

Now, I have confused you. It's a complicated thing which I have said, and not possible to achieve. You might have wasted a lot of time. What should you do? This song of the Guru, this worship of the Guru: Jai Te Gang. I don't know any other word of it. Neither I can pronounce nor I can sing. Because it sits with me so hard. The moment you say, "Jai Te Gang," there I go. Beyond that I don't have to do anything. But if you understand this shabad, and get into the rotation faculty of this sound, it works like a sudarshan chakra. It cuts around karma like something invincible cuts and slaughters the enemy. Oh, you are Americans, and you know better. As the lawn mower mows the lawn. That's what this shabad is. Try it sometime.

There are three faculties of the shabad. Lie down and sing it, it will affect you differently. Sit down and sing it, it will affect you differently. Stand up and sing it, it will affect you differently. Root, trunk, and blossom, it will act in three faculties differently.

If you ever want to see what Gurbani is all about, "Bani Guru, Guru Hei Bani, Vich Bani Amrit Saray," it will take a long century to explain to you. Maybe in five generations you will become what I want you to become in five seconds. That's the problem. That's the fight we are on. But let us avoid that fight and let us not fight. Let us just relax. And let us learn. Let us learn what today you sang.

It is so intoxicating that it intoxicates the entire evil in the human being, this shabad. And once you can get this shabad around you, you are done. It will follow you. That is also the power of this shabad. You can... without uttering and trying to hear, whenever there will be any negativity within the orbit of your life, this shabad will start ringing in your ear. And I think this is the best gift Guru has ever given us. Language is absolutely straight. There's no duality about it. But the imperial reality of the Khalsa Nation is this shabad. It is not the man which is worshipped. It is not the crown which is worshipped. It is the installed imperial reality which is worshipped.

You might have seen some kings, they have a bad leg and they take a stick and they walk. And around them everybody who serves is in perfect health, body and shape. So I just want to let you know, it is not the wisdom which is worshipped. It is the worship which is worshipped. If you worship the worship, you may not be respected, you may not be loved, you may not enjoy your life, but if you give worship to people and your wisdom gives you worship, and you give worship to people... share your faculty of worship... you know who will worship you? Can you answer me? That's my question to this entire congregation. If you share your worship, who'll worship you? Come on. God! Why He's worshipped, the God? Worshipper worships the God, but one who shares the worship, God worships that.
And that is the story of Bhagatana. I think there is one shabad of the nine in Siri Guru Granth, huh? Kinay hei? Harbans Kaur? Kinay shabad hei? I think before the secretary of religion leaves, she should take those all three shabads and put the translation out and let a common Sikh know the faculty. Because Dhanna was one bhagata who was a young boy and farm boy and helping hand, not big educated. Even though he was a saint. And the Pandit told him, "I am going on a leave and I install you here, and you will do this, this, to these stone block thakurs, and you will not eat until they eat," and the whole thing. He sat down, prepared the food, sat down and he was so meditative and so divine that finally a little hand came out of the stone to eat and he said, "Shame on you. I mean, this kind of god you are? I mean, first you hide yourself in the stone and then you come out with a little hand. What game you are playing? Come out full." And he came down and sat down and he said,
"Eat the whole stuff. And then explain to me why you kept me hungry so many days. What this kind of test is? From Pandit you eat." He laughed. And God said, "I never eat from that Pandit. He is a ritualistic." Dhanna said, "What I am?" He said, "You are real." He said, "Okay, fine. I accept you. All right, go. Wash my all cows. I didn't wash them. Line up my all fields. And see everything is watered properly and do the work. Oh, by the way. I want mujh pies, those cow dung cakes, for food." It was his job, also, to supply. He said, "For many many days it has not happened and you have bothered me. See that it is updated, okay? And run around."

When the thakur came, he was shocked. Everything was done, and this pandit came and he said, "What is going on?" Dhanna said, "Same thing. It is all okay." And Dhanna just ordered around everything and everything started happening and finally this pandit said, "Now, please, I want to see that what you see." He said, "You are the one who told me to see. You are blind?" He said, "Yes, I am. I want to only see through your eyes." Thai kirpaa te prabh pachaanai, nit amit amree-ar jaane. Ar means when you rub your nose in prayer and just ask for something. And this little boy, this farm boy, was very very amazed that the most learned pandit is talking to him like that.

So this bhagat bani is in Siri Guru Granth. You got to learn, research it, look in it, and appreciate it. It will tell you short cut. You know what I call Dhanna? I call it 'short cut accomplishment.' I have a name for him. He did something which human mind cannot measure. And basically I will like you to all take all the three shabads and I want you to study them. Not like that cow who goes to the pastures and somebody put a net on her face. Because I see you doing Gurprasad -- Ik Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad. This is the first slok through which the Japji is. And Japji is the total slok on which entire Siri Guru Granth is. But somebody gives you a prasad in the gurdwara, and I have seen fingers going like this. (Demonstrates somebody asking for a tiny amount of prasad.) And I see you in Gelatto (an ice cream parlor) eating this big ice cream and puffed up to the point... I mean, I absolutely have no mind to understand what you are doing. I have absolutely no idea. Absolutely no idea. I feel like you, within that moment when you do like this (making the sign for a little prasad), I feel like you have shipped me already to Mars or Venus or somewhere. I don't belong to this. This is a very contrast of a human. And I also see you in Gelatto and I see how this ice cream over that puffed cream, over that raisins and those nuts, you want bigger and bigger. And here something goes on with you, eeeh eeeeh, eeeh. But just remember, if Gurprasad is Gurprasad, then accept it as it is. And accept it with that devotion so it can open the faculty. It can open your path. These eyes are only there to read sign boards, but these eyes can also receive the great creativity of that God. And we are very blessed to walk on the path of the Guru. It's amazing what has happened to us.

Man's life is not man's life. It is the perpetual memory God gives him through the life which he can create and write it on the slate of time and space.

Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!


Transcript by Tej Kaur Khalsa, Los Angeles, CA

Above Article Copyright Yogi Bhajan 2002. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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