Whether it’s the coldest pre-dawn hours of winter, or the staggering heat of May and June, the external conditions here are far from perfect. Along with the climatic attacks, there is noise, pollution, decrepit infrastructure… whatever you do and however you try, Vrindavana inevitably ushers you into some level of austerity. When hardships come, however, people here have learnt to grit their teeth, accept it with happiness, and carry on with enthusiasm. Some even actively embrace discomfort to deepen their spirituality. Either way, accepting or embracing it, austerity is a staple part of Vrindavana life. It’s a paradigm diametrically opposed to the ‘developed world,’ where we impulsively do anything and everything to escape austerity and discomfort. The concept of tolerating difficulty is fast disappearing from the modern dictionary.
This world isn't expecting the unexpected. Most of us in this material world do not have the understandingto be able to deal with another life...Every being would agree that being austere is a principle of wisdom for leadership, whether or not we reach our goals.... if we live an austere life at our homes we do not expect ourselves to be going very far...but austerity begins with accepting change... some changes fall upon us as heavy unmovable blocks...."those who attained sansar were at peace" how different is being austere from finding peace?