A great austerity although it might seem that this is austerity they had to avoid getting their feet washed but, the devotees when they arrived in the first village there was actually no running water of course. There was no hot and cold switch, or anything. In fact there wasn’t any water at all. They happened to pick a dry spot. We had a little meeting and then it was revealed that Prabhupada had said that always establish your camp near the water. So it is easy to bathe and drink and so on near the water hole. But the local villagers they themselves carried water by buckets about half a kilometer, half a mile or so to the camp where the devotees were, just spontaneously hundreds of villagers started to carry water and fill up big containers for the devotees. So that type of service attitude was very inspirational for all the devotees.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1984, 13th Sep, SB class @ Bhaktivedanta Manor, London, UK