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  1. Awareness
  2. One's Self
  3. Recognition
  4. Self Knowledge
  5. Rest
  6. Knowledge
  7. Formlessness
  8. Bondage
  9. Renunciation
  10. Understanding
  11. Acceptance
  12. Ignorance
  13. Freedom
  14. Fearlessness
  15. Achievement
  16. Discrimination
  17. Desire
  18. Imagination
  19. Opinions
  20. The Self

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Astavakta Gita, Chapter 9 -- Of Renunciation

Sage Ashtavakra

Knowing when the dualism of things
done and undone has been put to rest,
or the person for whom they occur has,
then you can here and now
go beyond renunciation and obligations
by indifference to such things.

Rare indeed is the man whose observation of the world's behaviour has led to the extinction of his thirst for living,
thirst for pleasure and thirst for knowledge.

All this is impermanent and spoilt by the three sorts of pain.
Recognising it to be insubstantial, contemptible
and only fit for rejection, one attains peace.

When was that age or time of life
when the dualism of extremes did not exist for men?
Abandoning them, a person who is happy to take whatever comes attains perfection.

Who does not end up with indifference to such things
and attain peace when he has seen the differences of opinions among the great sages, saints and yogis?

Is he not a guru who, endowed with dispassion and equanimity,
achieves full knowledge of the nature of consciousness,
and leads others out of samsara?

If you would just see the transformations of the elements
as nothing more than the elements,
then you would immediately be freed from all bonds
and established in your own nature.

One's inclinations are samsara.
Knowing this, abandon them.
The renunciation of them is the renunciation of it.
Now you can remain as you are.