Householder Life

What are the Duties of a Husband?

“It is simply a relationship of mutually helping each other, man and wife, to make advancement in spiritual life, nothing more. We are not after home, money, fame, like that. But that does not mean that he shall not support her nicely, no. It is the duty of husband to protect wife in every way from the onslaught of material nature, and he must act always as her spiritual guide by being perfect example of devotee.”
-Srila Prabhupada in a letter to Mr. Loy, Vrindaban, 7 November, 1972

“This is the process at home. The wife is supposed to inquire from the husband about spiritual advancement of life, and the husband must be competent to reply all the questions of wife. That will keep relation very nice.”
-Lecture on SB 1.15.51, Los Angeles, December 28, 1973

“Regarding your question about the husband becoming the Spiritual Master of the wife, anyone who can give instructing in spiritual life is treated as Spiritual Master. There are two kinds of Spiritual Master, initiator and instructor. So the husband can help the wife as instructor.”
-Srila Prabhupada in a letter to Himavati, Los Angeles, 24 January, 1969

“So it is the duty of the king, it is the duty of the government, it is the duty of the father, it is the duty of the guru, it is the duty of the husband to see that his subordinate is being trained up in Kṛṣṇa consciousness in this life, so that there will be no more death.”
-Lecture on SB 01.16.10, Los Angeles, January 07, 1974

“Marriage between husband and wife means that the husband must forever be responsible for the wife’s well-being and protection in all cases. That does not mean that now there is agreement between us, therefore I am responsible, but as soon as there is some disagreement then I immediately flee the scene and become so-called renounced. Whether your husband likes to take responsibility as your spiritual guide or not, that does not matter. He must do it. It is his duty because he has taken you as his wife. Therefore he must take full responsibility for you the rest of his life.”
-Srila Prabhupada in a letter to Sudevi, Los Angeles, 15 September, 1972

“I ask all my disciples to get married. I don’t allow these boys living with boyfriend, girlfriend. No. You must get yourself married, life like gentlemen, treat your wife as assistant, treat your husband as your provider.”
-Srila Prabhupada in a press Interview at Los Angeles, December 30, 1968

“It is very nice that Govinda Dasi is cooking for you and following my instructions. The husband’s duty is to give the wife all protection, even from the material maya, and the wife’s duty is to see to the personal comforts of the husband. In this way the husband and wife in cooperative spirit should execute Krishna Consciousness. That is my mission. In your country, practically everyone has no home life. So this Krishna Consciousness movement is giving them home life and the chance to live peacefully with wife and family.”
-Srila Prabhupada in a letter to Gaurasundara, Los Angeles, 16 January, 1969