680) Whether I know what austerity is! Taught by Srila Prabhupada!

PQPA—6. The Perfect Devotee———-February 29, 1972, evening

680) Whether I know what austerity is! Taught by Srila Prabhupada!

Syämasundara: Srila Prabhupäda, this afternoon we were discussing austerities.

Srila Prabhupäda: Mm?

Syämasundara: If we don’t practice austerities voluntarily, then we must involuntarily practice some austerities.

Srila Prabhupäda: Yes, under the direction of the spiritual master one should… You have no mind to follow austerities, but when you accept a spiritual master, you have to carry out his order. That is austerity.

Syämasundara: Even if you don’t want to practice austerity, you must.

Srila Prabhupäda: Yes, you must. Because you have surrendered to your spiritual master, his order is final. So even if you don’t like it, you have to do it. To please me.

Syämasundara: Ah.

Srila Prabhupäda: But you don’t like… [He laughs.] Nobody likes to fast, but the spiritual master says, “Today, fasting,” so what can be done? [Syämasundara laughs.] A disciple is one who has voluntarily agreed to be disciplined by the spiritual master. That is austerity.

Hari Bol.

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