In this non-Sanyasi order there are three vows just as for a Sanyasi there are three vows. There are also in non-Sanyasi order there are three vows – vow of obedience, vow of purity and vow of simplicity – Aparigraha. You leave everything and live a simple life of Aparigraha. Aparigraha means you have things which you really need and nothing more. How to decide what I need, what I want?
. . . . . . Anything when you want, ask this question. 'Is it required for me? Is it necessary for me? Can I not do without it?' If the answer comes 'yes' you can do without it then forget it. That is the only test. When one says for simple life what is the test? What is the simple life? What is the measure? Measure is this: whenever your eyes are set on something ask this question. 'Can I not do without it? Is it so necessary? And if the answer comes, 'Yes, you can do without that' then simply forget about it. If you think, 'Well, can't do without this because for physical health. I have to work with this apparatus, physical apparatus I have to work. I have to keep myself fit. It is necessary to keep myself physically and mentally fit as I have to work with this apparatus. It is necessary for my maintenance, up keep'. Then by all means take it. This is the measuring rod.