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Vairagya Shatakam

Bhartṛhari (c. 400-500)

1. Preface
2. Condemnation of desire
3. Futile efforts to give up sense-objects
4. Condemnation of the poverty of a supplicant attitude
5. Delineation of the evanescence of enjoyments
6. Description of the working of Time, or the principle of change
7. A comparison as to how a monk stands to a king
8. Control of mind by stimulating wisdom in it
9. Discrimination of the immutable reality from the mutable
10. Worship of Siva
11. The way of life of a realized ascetic

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Vairagya Shatakam is one of the best books that gives the true picture of Renunciation. The book talks on how a common man gets lured by the endless desires which when satisfied fetches him nothing but the desires again. It concludes saying how these unsatiable desires mislead the man from knowing his real nature-omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience!