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Thoughts on Real Austerity – Swami Brahmananda

Real austerity is based upon these three principles:

  1. First, take refuge in the truth. Truth is the pillar to which you must always hold while performing any action.
  2. Second, conquer lust.
  3. Third, renounce all cravings.

Observe these three principles. That is real austerity, and the greatest of these is to conquer lust.

Swami Brahmananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna

(Source: The Eternal Companion by Swami Brahmananda, p. 279-81)