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Letter "A" » austerities
«Americans have always been able to handle austerity and even adversity. Prosperity is what is doing us in.»
«There is no austerity equal to a balanced mind, and there is no happiness equal to contentment; there is no disease like covetousness, and no virtue like mercy.»
«The food preferred by all is also of three types. So are the sacrifice, austerity, and charity.»
«Some offer their wealth, their austerity, and their practice of yoga as sacrifice, while the ascetics with strict vows offer their study of scriptures and knowledge as sacrifice.»
«The serenity of mind, gentleness, silence, self-restraint, and the purity of mind are called the austerity of thought.»
«A devotee, who spends his time in austerities has nothing to worry about as God fulfills all his needs.»
«To have ability for eating when dishes are ready at hand, to be robust and virile in the company of one's religiously wedded wife, and to have a mind for making charity when one is prosperous are the fruits of no ordinary austerities.»
«One single object (a woman) appears in three different ways: to the man who practices austerity it appears as a corpse, to the sensual it appears as a woman, and to the dogs as a lump of flesh.»
«Religious austerities should be practiced alone, study by two, and singing by three. A journey should be undertaken by four, agriculture by five, and war by many together.»
«What vice could be worse than covetousness? What is more sinful than slander? For one who is truthful, what need is there for austerity? For one who has a clean heart, what is the need for pilgrimage?»