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Compatibility Marriage

Get Rid of Your Fantasies

In looking for your soulmate consider your attitude; are you thinking: “I am seeking someone so that I can avoid learning the lessons of life, a partner who won’t make learn patience or tolerance, because the perfect partner is meant to make me happy without requiring any improvement or progress from me.”? If you think […]

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Marriage

Marriage in the Post 911 World

As members of the Grihastha Vision team, my wife and I recently attended a conference for marital educators and therapists in Orlando Florida. At one keynote address, research was presented from Joseph Unwin PhD (1895-1936) an anthologist and anthropologist at the University of Cambridge, who over the course of seven years studied 80 past civilizations. […]

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Marriage

Radhanath Swami on Marriage

When I was about eight years old my parents were considering divorce. I remember my mother putting mascara on in front of a mirror and I was sitting on her bed watching her. I thought it was a very strange thing, women putting on mascara, so I was watching. And my mother said to me […]

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Marriage

The Marriage Manual Principles that Create a Healthy Marriage

What follows are the main principles I teach in my marriage workshop entitled Sacred Union, The laws of relationship. Following these principles can help a bad marriage become good, a good marriage become better, and turn around a marriage that seems doomed to fail. I, and many others, have found these principles extremely valuable in […]

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Marriage

Marriage is Primarily for Advancing in Krsna Consciousness- Srila Prabhupada

The following is a lecture by Śrila Prabhupāda that he gave during the wedding ceremony of Śrīman Hayagrīva brahmacārī and Śrīmatī Śyāma dāsī. Prabhupāda: So today’s wedding ceremony between Śrīman Hayagrīva brahmacārī and Śrīmatī Śyāma dāsī is practically negotiated by me. I am the marriage maker and I am the negotiator also. How? Because I […]

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Marriage

Marriage is Sanctified Prescription in Every Scripture

Guest (2): “If a person is married and they are interested in entering into Hare Krsna, Krsna consciousness, can they reach the ultimate?” Prabhupāda: “Why not? There is no restriction. Marriage is sanctified prescription in every scripture. There were many great souls who were married. Marriage is no hindrance.” – Lecture Engagement and Prasada Distribution, […]

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Householder Life

Marriage and Family Life

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati emphasized that householders should not be materially attached to their families, but spiritually attached to Krishna. He differentiated the grha-vrata—an ordinary worldly person addicted to the home-oriented bodily conception of existence, and thus sworn to sense enjoyment centered around marital life—from what he called the Krishna-vrata, one whose being is dedicated to […]

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Householder Life

The Art and Craft of Hearing

“Dear God, please help my husband/wife see things my way.” This should not be our prayer. Even with spiritual progress as a common goal, even with inner strength and compatibility, a marriage will still be painfully difficult if the couple cannot empathetically hear from each other. If we only listen enough to protect our own […]

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Householder Life Marriage

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur on Marriage

Integrating Vedic Models into Marriage When asked about ‘Vedic’ marriage, I never know if the question is loaded. What is a Vedic marriage? Do I want? A formula to automatically solve all life’s problems for me? Stereotypes that will make me look advanced? Guidance in how my marriage can help my spouse and I advance […]