Attaining A “Normal Condition of Life”
“The soldiers in this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement must always possess physical strength, enthusiasm and sensual power. To keep themselves fit, they must therefore place themselves in a normal condition of life. What constitutes a normal condition will not be the same for everyone, and therefore there are divisions of varṇāśrama—brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, vaiśya, śūdra, brahmacarya, gṛhastha, vānaprastha and sannyāsa.” (SB. 8.2.30, purport)
Śrīla Prabhupāda took great pride in his married disciples, strong and fired up devotees who helped him spread Krishna consciousness all over the world. In the UK, for example, Śrīla Prabhupāda’s married disciples, starting with nothing, succeeded wonderfully where Śrīla Prabhupāda’s sannyāsī godbrothers, backed and funded by the Gaudiya Math, had failed. Similarly, his married disciples pioneered Krishna consciousness from Dallas to Deutschland to Delhi. Through his gṛhastha disciples Śrīla Prabhupāda reached millions of people around the world.
The simplicity and spiritual focus of renounced life are very attractive, especially to young men who are still uncovering their deeper selves. Nonetheless, it is important for young devotees to know the many positive aspects of spiritual marriage.
Good Reasons to Marry in Krishna Consciousness
Marriage is much more than a response to sexual agitation. A Krishna conscious marriage is a stable, solid platform for spiritual advancement. As such, marriage is a vital rite of passage for the aspiring lifelong devotee. Many important considerations may lead one to decide to marry, including:
– A desire for more control over one’s living situation, diet and finances—options which are available in ISKCON for sannyāsīs and gṛhasthas but usually not others.
– A desire for understanding and companionship.
– A desire for new challenges in spiritual life.
– A desire for more self-expression.
– A desire to develop personal pūjā and bhajan.
– A desire to do a particular type of service, such as business or a professional career, which is inappropriate for renunciates.
– A desire to raise children.
All such desires can easily be pursued as part of one’s service to Lord Krishna.
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