Now that it is so commonplace, the wonders of technology which make our lives easy and comfortable do not come across as something fantastical. In a time when nothing seems impossible with the advent of technology, why would people deliberately give up their comfort and seek a life of comparable physical hardship?
Kurmagram is a village in the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh wherein the residents have given up all modern amenities and adopted the Vedic lifestyle.
They do not use electricity, the internet, television, or cooking gas. The 60-acre village houses 56 residents in mud huts with thatched or tiled roofs. These shelters were built by the people themselves.
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Contrary to what people might speculate, poverty is not the reason behind such unusual behaviour. The netizens have absconded modernity to follow the basic principle of Krishna Consciousness, which is, simple living and high thinking. They claim that this lifestyle has given them more purpose than the accumulation of wealth ever did.
Their day begins at 3.30 am and ends at 7.30 pm. They cultivate their own crops, weave their own clothes and follow the preaching of Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. The education of the children in the village gurukul follows the Vedic structure, with special emphasis on morals, ethical training, and high thinking.
Inspired by their way of leaving, several families visit daily to learn more about the lifestyle of our ancestors. Curiosity is not within the national borders. Rupa Raghunath Swami Maharaj was born in Argentina and is a citizen of Italy but has now made the Kurmagram ashram his home. Similarly, a Russian nationalist who goes by the name of Nruhari Das now has also settled in this village.
What do you think of this movement? Would you be able to give up your comfort to lead a life of simplicity? Let us know in the comment section.
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