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  • Catholic Priests Move Against Child Marriages in India


    By Achal Narayanan





    CHENNAI, India (RNS) Roman Catholic priests in some districts of West Bengal, India, have punished Christians who were found to be forcing minors into marriage.

     


    Catholics who allowed children to be married have even been excommunicated, according to a BBC News report from Kolkata. Their children have been denied baptism and the "guilty" families have been barred from attending church functions.

  • Grihastha Vision Team Holds Annual Meeting, Plans Training for Strengthening Marriage Bonds
    The North American Grihastha Vision Team (GVT) held their annual meeting in Prabhupada Village, North Carolina, the last week of April. The 12-person team reviewed their year’s accomplishments and planned for the coming year. The future plans include rolling out a new schedule for the four-day VTE Grihastha Training Course, “Strengthening the Bonds that Free Us.”
  • Young Egyptian Couples Tie Temporary Knot

    Millions of Egyptians – usually college students – are entering into secret marraige pacts, with many couples hoping it's a step toward a traditional marriage. The growing frequency of such informal "marriages" – unheard of 20 years ago – has alarmed both government and religious officials, spawning campaigns to warn of its dangers particularly to women, who will carry the brunt of any social fallout.

  • Swedish Dads Can't Walk Daughters Down the Aisle

    STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Brides in Stockholm who want their fathers to walk them down the aisle are likely to be told it can't be done, as some pastors are refusing to allow the practice they say is sexist, a pastor said on Friday.

  • Bad Marriage Causes Heart Disease

    A bad marriage might literally make you sick. Marital strife and other bad personal relationships can raise your risk for heart disease, UK researchers reported today.

  • Love Makes the World Go Round ...

    Especially in America and other western countries, Valentine’s Day is a big hit. Americans are predicted to spend an estimated $17 billion dollars on flowers, candy, jewelry, cards and other romantic paraphernalia.

    Ah! What we won’t sacrifice for love. But what does it actually take to have an enduring relationship or a lasting healthy marriage?

  • I Love You, but You Love Meat
    SOME relationships run aground on the perilous shoals of money, sex or religion. When Shauna James’s new romance hit the rocks, the culprit was wheat. “I went out with one guy who said I seemed really great but he liked bread too much to date me,” said Ms. James, 41, a writer in Seattle who cannot eat gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.
  • Grihastha Vision Team Rises To Meet Family Needs
    A not-so-quiet revolution is taking place within the institution of marriage for members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Today, a veritable army of families form the majority of ISKCON's communities [over 90%] and a tide of change has taken place to affirm the value of healthy marriages. Until recent times, couples within ISKCON had few resources to support and nourish their marriage.
  • Thousands Attend Marriage Conference in San Francisco

    Wouldn’t it be grand if married couples everywhere could have enduring, satisfying relationships, based on spiritual principles? Wouldn’t it be marvelous if all children could grow up in a healthy two-parent home? Such was the goal of most of the attendees of the 12th Annual SmartMarriages conference from July 2-6, 2008 in San Francisco, California.

  • I Don’t Have the Time to Exercise My Marriage!
    In the fast-paced lifestyle of today’s society, the focus is often getting things done and getting them done fast. Exchanges between spouses and between parents and children are, more often than not, fit in among the goings and comings of family activities and responsibilities. Choosing to slow down and truly connect with one another is considered a luxury that many couples feel they cannot afford. As a consequence, the demands of daily life absorb our attention and energy and we often fail to take the time to focus on the health of our relationship with our spouse.
  • Techniques to Enrich Your Marraige

    Part I of this article explored some of the challenges that spouses face in committing to quality time together. Part II offers a few simple techniques that can be incorporated into exchanges with our spouses to deepen respect, appreciation and love.

  • India: Rebel Brides And Ex-Wives

    Not long ago, 19-year-old Sreeja Konidela returned home to Hyderabad from Delhi to attend a family funeral—but didn't get the welcome she expected. Konidela, whose father, Chiranjeevi, is a megastar in the Telugu-language film industry, had been disowned for eloping with Shirish Bharadwaj, 23, who was from a different caste. The two had married on live television last October in a bid to keep Sreeja's father from interfering—they were afraid he'd accuse Bharadwaj of kidnapping her, a common tactic in such cases.

  • Dowries Banned by Nepal

    Nepal's Maoist Prime Minister, Prachanda, has banned the dowry system and criminalised caste-based discrimination to win public support for his faltering government. In a 30-minute national televised address, Mr Prachanda expressed dissatisfaction over his Government's performance and called on all parties to forge a new political understanding.

  • Because of Love
    Eighteen-year-old Giacomo Soresi glanced surreptitiously over at the girl he’d sat next to in class for the past five years, his heart beating fast. Once he had been a little boy, flipping through the mysterious book full of strange script and beautiful pictures his father’s colleague had given him – a book called Bhagavad-Gita As It Is. And at exactly the same time, young Laura Pipitone had been singing her heart out to an LP her big brother bought from a Hare Krishna devotee on the street. But back then, Giacomo didn’t know about that “coincidence,” or the many others to come that meant his destiny was inextricably entwined with hers.
  • Cupid's Arrow Often Hits People of Different Faiths

    The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey finds that more than one-in-four (27%) American adults who are married or living with a partner are in religiously mixed relationships. If people from different Protestant denominational families are included - for example, a marriage between a Methodist and a Lutheran - nearly four-in-ten (37%) couples are religiously mixed.

  • Divorce Bad for the Environment, Says Australian Senator
    Divorce adds to the impact of global warming as couples switch to wasteful single lifestyles, Australian senator Steve Fielding says. He told a Senate hearing on today that divorce led to a "resource-inefficient lifestyle" and it would be better for the planet if couples stayed married.
  • Vaishnava Marriage Services Registry Accepts New Clients

    The Dasi-Ziyad Family Institute (www.dzfi.org) announces a promotion for the Vaisnava Marriage Services Registry. Register Now (from April 25, 2009 – June 30, 2009) and take a 25% discount ($10 off) of the registration fee of $40. Vaisnava Marriage Services Registry is provided for: o The devotee (male or female) who wants to marry a compatible devotee spouse; o Parents who want to provide their daughters with quality choices of compatible devotee fiancés.

  • Australian Girl Weds Assamese Boy

    MATHURA: At a time when Indian students are becoming targets of racial attacks in Australia, a girl from Down Under tied the knot with an Assamese youth in Vrindaban. Amidst Vedic hymns, the duo got married according to the Hindu rituals at an ashram. The bride's parents were present during the marriage ceremony that took place on Wednesday.

  • US Couple to Enter Vanaprastha with India as Their Home

    VADODARA: When annual rath yatra of Lord Jagannath passes through the by-lanes of the city on Wednesday, devotees will witness a couple from US joining them with chants of Hare Rama, Hare Krishna, like many other foreign disciples of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) movement over the years.

  • Divorce, It Seems, Can Make You Ill

    Married people tend to be healthier than single people. But what happens when a marriage ends? New research shows that when married people become single again, whether by divorce or a spouse’s death, they experience much more than an emotional loss. Often they suffer a decline in physical health from which they never fully recover, even if they remarry.

  • Indian Wedding for US-born Couples
    MUMBAI: Amy Pearce blushed into her pallu as Rohini Kumar, parikarmi (master of ceremonies), chanted a Sanskrit mantra and then translated it into English: “This means you will have to take good care of all your cows.’’ He then added helpfully: “Hope you have many cows in your backyard.’’
  • New Guide to Healthy Vaishnava Marriages Awaits Autumn Release

    Heart and Soul Connections: A Vaishnava Guide to Love, Service, and Marriage will feature eleven chapters covering every aspect of a healthy, happy and Krishna conscious marriage.

  • 11th Annual Symposium On "Cultivation of the Human Spirit"
    First Announcement and Call for Participation.
  • The Grihastha Vision Team Announces Its Monthly Free Conference Call Topic
    The Grihastha Vision Team presents its free teleconference call for August where people can call in and ask questions and listen to everyone's answers about grihastha ashrama. The next topic is: “Four things that can destroy any relationship, and how to avoid them”.
  • Marriage in the Post 911 World
    In the last 50 years, we have seen divorce rates sky rocket. Currently in the “developed” counties about 50% of first marriages end in divorce, 60-67% of second marriages and 73-74% of third marriages end in the same way. We are witnessing a slow motion collapse of our civilization.
  • The Guru Grooming Russell Brand For Marriage Ahead Of His Indian Wedding
    The bad boy of comedy – who is expected to wed Katy Perry this week in India – met in Los Angeles at the weekend with the Krishna guru Radhanatha Swami he has credited with helping him keep on the straight and narrow.
  • Proper Gender Roles in ISKCON Must be Authoritatively and Clearly Defined
    Some say that the only bonafide relationship between a devotee couple is one where the wife see the husband as pati guru and worships him. This is not supported by Vedic scriptures or Srila Prabhupada’s purports. This fact needs to be definitively confirmed in ISKCON.
  • Healthy, Loving Marriages in ISKCON
    Marital problems amongst devotees were also prevalent during Srila Prabhupada’s time with us. Even the Pope recently admonished his American congregations for having too many divorces and too many annulments. What are the real reasons that marriages are not doing well?
  • The Key To Sanity

    Family split-ups have helped create an underworld of anarchists bent on destroying what little is left of harmony and tranquility. Family structures and values are not the total answer. However, today's departure from long-term committed relationships generates a seedy undercurrent of gratuitous violence that creates unnecessary fear.

  • When the Husband is Not a Devotee: The Grihasta Vision Team Responds

    An article entitled “When the Husband is Not a Devotee,” written by Sundari Radhika Dasi for The Eight Petals newsletter and published on ISKCON News recently, caused a firestorm of controversy.

  • Personal Reflections on the Sacred Bond of Marriage
    Lately at ISKCON News we’ve taken a look at how more second generation members of our society are taking their initiation vows, one of the most important “rites of passage” in our Vaishnava culture. There is another other important set of vows, however, which we share more closely with the contemporary culture in which we live—marriage vows.
  • The Vaisnava Marriage Services Registry
    For Krishna devotees, finding the right mate may be a little tricky. On the one hand, a devotee wants someone who will walk the path of devotional service with him or her. On the other hand, they are sentient beings with individual likes and dislikes, preferences, karma etc, and so they have desires that sometimes conflict with our best spiritual interests.
  • ISKCON Grihastha Vision Team's Courses Make Waves in Brazil
    Participants ranged in age from 16 years old up to those in their late 50’s. Many couples attended as well as singles of both genders looking to gain skills for their future marriage.
  • Devotee Couples to “Tune-Up” Their Marriages at Gita Nagari Retreat

    Twenty-six married couples have been invited to participate in the Grihasta Vision Team’s first ever Couples’ Retreat, entitled “We’re In This Together,” from June 7th to 9th this summer.

  • The Nectar of Commitment
    Most marriage will face times when this power of commitment is drawn upon. Doing so gives one the strength to surmount obstacles. This is what separates sentiment from actual love.
  • "I Don't Have Time to Exercise My Marriage!"
    In the fast-paced lifestyle of today’s society, the focus is often getting things done and getting them done fast. Exchanges between spouses and between parents and children are, more often that not, fit in among the goings and comings of family activities and responsibilities.
  • Strengthening the Bonds That Free Us: Marriage Course in Mayapur

    ISKCON's Grihastha Vision Team is offering "Strengthening the Bonds That Free Us" in Mayapur, India on Feb 13-15th, 2014. This is an interactive skill building seminar for grihastha couples and those wishing to enter grhastha ashram.

  • Pope's Marriage Recipe: 'Please, Thanks, Sorry'

    Francis joked that we all make mistakes: "The perfect family doesn't exist, nor the perfect husband nor wife. Let's not even talk about the perfect mother-in-law!"

  • New Book: Heart and Soul Connection - A Devotional Guide to Marriage, Service and Love

    ISKCON’s Family Vision Team explores practical tips for loving
relationships in a new book. The authors have a total of approximately 200 years of marriage experience and 100 years of providing marriage, family and relationship education.

  • Potential Spouse: The Real Knight in the Shining Armor

    Many women have perceived ideals of a perfect male romantic match. Having experienced them through the movies, fairy tales, such males often handsome and romantic, rescuing the "damsel in distress" from all her woes.

  • Vindhyavali's wifehood vs the Consumer Culture of Marriages

    In the consumer culture of marriage,one's commitment of wife-hood or husband-hood lasts as long as the spouse is meeting one's emotional and monetary needs. People want it out as soon as they see their needs not be met.  It is fascinating to contrast the current measurement of success in marriages with Vindhyavali's view of her husband Bali Maharaja losing everything and becoming completely poverty stricken.

  • Couples’ Retreat to Strengthen ISKCON Marriages

    The Grihasta Vision Team (GVT) has done many things: provided counseling services; written a book, Heart and Soul Connection; offered seminars at many ISKCON festivals; and established a website, vaisnavafamilyresources.org, that offers many helpful articles. All these support their motto: “Healthy Marriages. Happy Families. Strong ISKCON.” One of their most exciting efforts is their annual Couples’ Retreat, held at the Gita Nagari farm in Pennsylvania.

  • Vaishnava Marriage Counselors Give First Seminars in Russia

    Vaishnava marriage counselors Partha Das and Uttama Dasi were recently invited, under the recommendation of GBC Bhakti Vijnana Swami, to offer marital and premarital education to devotees in Moscow, Russia, for the first time. The effort was an important service to the vast and fast-growing ISKCON Moscow community, who were grateful to learn practical advice and new paradigms.

  • New Online Program Offers Premarital Counseling Based on Prabhupada’s Teachings

    ISKCON’s Congregational Development Ministry has launched a new online marriage counseling service that draws from Srila Prabhupada’s teachings. With the divorce rate in many countries at over fifty per cent, the search is on for the key to stable and successful relationships.  According to the consultants at new website Bhaktimarriages.com, an important element is training before marriage.

  • Sex – ISKCON’s Hot Potato Issue

    The Grihastha Vision Team surveyed couples and individuals in ISKCON to ascertain some of the greatest challenges in their marriages. Two top challenges emerged: 1. Lack of emotional and/or physical intimacy;

  • Relationship Rescue Remedy

    'The 5 Drop Formula For Restoring Healthy Relationships' by ISKCON's leading relationship experts Vimala Devi Dasi & Jaya Sila Dasa.

  • Will Sex Save a Marriage?

    In the non devotional world, where sex is the norm, the divorce rate, in many nations, is around 50%. So from that angle, the answer is no, sex does not assure one a successful marriage. And within ISKCON, where sex is discouraged, some estimate divorce rates are even higher. So, that begs a much larger question.

  • Husband As A Guru

    When Prabhupada was asked by his disciple Vishal, “Should the wife do whatever the husband says?” Prabhupada replied, “And you should be so arrogant?”