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First step in liberation is the extreme aversion to all perishable things – Vivekachudamani

Treasure hidden beneath the ground does not come out by merely calling out its name. Treasure is found through competent instruction, excavation, the removal of stones and such other things lying above it. Similarly, the transparent truth of the Self, which is hidden by Maya and its effects, is to be attained through the instructions of a knower of Brahman, followed by reflection, meditation and so forth. Truth of the self cannot be attained through perverted arguments. (Vivekachudamani 65)

The first step in liberation is the extreme aversion to all perishable things, then follow calmness, self-control and forbearance. (69)

Those fools who are tied to the sense objects by the stout chord of attachment, which is every difficult to snap, undergo numerous births and death and countless miseries. (75)

He who has conquered the sense objects alone is fit for liberation. (78)

Sense objects in the form of shark drown devotees who attempt to cross the ocean of Samsara. This shark can only be killed with the sword of dispassion. (79 – 80)

Vivekachudamani of Adi Shankaracharya