The Master enjoyed, not austerity, but moderation. If we truly enjoyed things, he claimed, we would be spontaneously moderate.
Asked why he was so opposed to ascetical practices, he replied, “Because they produce pleasure-haters who always become people-haters — rigid and cruel.”
“But lots of pleasure-lovers are rigid and cruel.”
“Not so. It is not pleasure they love for they stuff themselves with it. What they love is the punishment they inflict on their bodies through excessive pleasure.”
From One Minute Nonsense by Anthony de Mello.