The Penance of Parvati

Uma performs strict austerities to win Siva's favor

Image of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
Austerity is the fire that straightens the twisted life and mind of an individual, bringing him into pure being, giving a new start in life, awakening higher consciousness and a cosmic relationship with God and the Gods, friends, relatives and casual acquaintances.
—Gurudeva