Difficult Issues

Srila Prabhupada on Divorce

“A man wants a woman, and a woman wants a man, so we say, “All right, take it. Live peacefully, but don’t change partners.” We don’t allow divorce; once they’re married there is no separation.”
Srila Prabhupada in an interview with the New York Times,-September 2, 1972, New Vrindavan

“Here, what is going on as love, that is not love, that is lust. A boy loves a girl, a girl loves a boy. That is not love, that is lust. As soon as there is some disturbance in lusty affair, they divorce. So therefore that is not love. So we should note it, that so-called love is bogus in this material world. Love cannot be possible. This very word love, prema, is specially reserved for Krsna. Premā pum-artho mahān. That is Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s preaching, that the highest perfection of life is to evoke one’s dormant love for Krsna.”
Srila Prabhupada in a lecture on SB 2.3.1-3, Los Angeles, May 22, 1972

“According to the Vedic civilization, one cannot give up the responsibilities of family life, but today everyone is giving up family life by divorce. This is due to the miserable condition experienced in the family. Sometimes, due to misery, one becomes very hardened toward his affectionate sons, daughters and wife. This is but part of the blazing fire of the forest of material life.”
Srimad Bhagavatam 5.14.19, Bhaktivedanta Purport

“Generally the parents select the husband or wife for their daughter or son, but gāndharva marriage takes place by personal selection. Still, although marriage by personal selection or by agreement took place in the past, we find no such thing as divorce by disagreement. Of course, divorce by disagreement took place among low-class men, but marriage by agreement was found even in the very highest classes, especially in the royal kṣatriya families.”
Srimad Bhagavatam 9.20.15, Bhaktivedanta Purport

“Even if he is not of very good character, or even if he is not very rich or fortunate, or even if he is old or invalid on account of continued diseases, whatever her husband’s condition, a woman should not divorce her husband if she actually desires to be elevated to the higher planetary systems after leaving this body.”
Krsna Book, Chapter 29

“Everyone is trying to satisfy his or her senses. A woman is loving a man for satisfying her senses, and the man is loving a woman for satisfying. Therefore, as soon as there is some little disturbance in the sense gratification, divorce. “I don’t want it.” Because the central point is personal sense gratification. But we can make a picture, show-bottle, “Oh, I love you so much. I love you so much.” There is no love. It is all kāma, lust.”
Srila Prabhupada lecture on BG 2.9, London, August 15, 1973

“Please know it that I do not approve anyone’s separation who are married by me. If they disagree, they may live separately, but there cannot be divorce. When one is separate, one may fully devote in Krishna, but no more marriage.”
Srila Prabhupada in a letter to Krsna Devi, Delhi, 29 September, 1967