It is short on regulations and ascetic advice because Augustine focused on getting right the foundation of community life, accepting that the details would subsequently be worked out if the essential pattern was securely in place.
At its core is the description found in the Acts of the Apostles 4:32, "The whole group of believers was of one mind and one heart. No one claimed any of his possessions as his own, but everything was held in common."
Upon this passage from the New Testament, the Rule of Augustine established that the community must live in harmony, "being of one mind and heart on the way to God."
The most fundamental message of the Rule is this: Love -- love of God, love of neighbour -- is the centre of Christian life.
Christians thus come together in vowed community life to establish and enjoy a real and common life of living that is centred on God and striving for God.
Every member's spiritual talents and material goods are to be shared in humility, which is a necessary condition for love.
Augustine was less interested in external regulations than in inner transformation: seven times the Rule invites the reader to move from external action to interior conversion.
The essence of the Rule is to value community life over seeking for oneself. For this reason,