Voluntary Poverty is poverty by a conscious decision, to give up attachment to material possessions to the extent possible so that one lives with minimum material needs and least attachments.
The ancient seers, saints and philosophers of every culture whether Chinese, Indian, Persian or Greek lived a simple and ascetic life without luxuries and comforts. The principle was based on the need to restrain one’s Will and direct it through rigorous discipline so that one can practise control over one’s Self rather than indulge. This requires a person to deny himself luxuries. Any reformer or benefactor of the human race has always renounced possessions.
At the helm of the Good Will movement™ it is necessary to embrace Voluntary Poverty so as to be an impartial observer of the human condition. If one indulges in acquiring and maintaining luxuries, comforts, and all manner of material possessions one will not be detached.
Not everyone who is part of this movement needs to embrace a life of Voluntary Poverty, but those who wish to guide the movement at the core must do so. The principle of Voluntary Poverty is necessary for philosophical, social, spiritual leaders and not for all.
To have love for luxuries does not disqualify anyone from being a social benefactor, but to lead a philosophical movement it is necessary to exercise Voluntary Poverty.