Our lack of desire turns our whole devotional life into austerity.From the book “Under the Desire Trees”
I hear, “Vṛndāvana is so austere. There is so much dust and it even rained during parikramā. Oh God! The prasādam is okay but it is not like home. Oh, that sun is hot. Gosh, it is a long way; how can I walk that far? Do you also have mosquitoes…”
So the reality is that our desire is not so strong. When our desire is not strong, all we see is austerity. When it is strong, then there is no austerity.