A Krishna Conscious Marriage

A Krishna Conscious Marriage

“In the Kali-yuga, simply by accepting, the man accepts the woman as wife and the woman accepts the man as husband, that is the vow. Svīkāra eva hi udvāhe. Simply by acceptance. Because other things are not possible. And without marriage, that is not civilized life, because in the animal society there is no marriage. But in any form of civilized society there is marriage. Everyone has got sex appetite. Therefore, marriage is allowed by the Vedic system. And Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gītā that dharmāviruddho kāmo ‘smi, “Kāma, lust, which is not against religious principles, that is I am.”
So marriage is essential. So far our society is concerned, we don’t allow anybody to remain in our society as friends, girlfriend or boyfriend. No. They must be married. And these boys and girls, after being married, they are preaching nicely Krishna consciousness. All my students who are married, they are doing preaching work more than sannyāsī. Yes. In the Kali-yuga, practically it is forbidden. Sannyāsam pala-paitrkam kalau pañca vivarjayet, aśvamedham gavālambham.”
– Srila Prabhupada Wedding Lecture, November 1971, New Delhi

“A Krishna Conscious marriage is not based on sense gratification but rather mutual cooperation between husband and wife for making advancement is spiritual life and also for raising Krishna Conscious children. It is said in the Vedas that one should not take on the responsibility of Parenthood unless he can deliver the child from the repeated cycle of birth, death, disease and old age. So in this way mold your life in service to the Lord and be happy.”
– Srila Prabhupada Letter to Babhrubahan, 4 March, 1971

“As you are married, there is no need of separation as you are practicing artificially. You must live just like a respectable married couple and earn money as a Grhastha, and spend 50% for Krishna—that is the real program.”
– Srila Prabhupada Letter to Hamsaduta, Allston, Mass 28 May, 1968

“Sometimes we are criticized because although I am a sannyāsī, I have taken part in the marriage ceremonies of my disciples. It must be explained, however, that since we have started a Krishna conscious society and since a human society must also have ideal marriages, to correctly establish an ideal society we must take part in marrying some of its members, although we have taken to the path of renunciation. This may be astonishing to persons who are not very interested in establishing daiva-varnāśrama, the transcendental system of four social orders and four spiritual orders. Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, however, wanted to reestablish daiva-varnāśrama. In daiva-varnāśrama there cannot be acknowledgement of social status according to birthright because in Bhagavad-gītā it is said that the determining considerations are guna and karma, one’s qualities and work. It is this daiva-varnāśrama that should be established all over the world to continue a perfect society for Kṛṣṇa consciousness. This may be astonishing to foolish critics, but it is one of the functions of a Kṛṣṇa conscious society.”
– Srimad Bhagavatam 5.1.24, Bhaktivedanta Purport

A.C. Bhativedanta Swami Prabhupada
A.C. Bhativedanta Swami Prabhupada
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Founder-Acharya of ISKCON