This course is designed especially for single men and women, young adults not yet in a relation. Nonetheless, we believe this course will be very useful and beneficial to you even if you are already in a relation, engaged or even married.
We believe that the only way to have stable, successful marriages in ISKCON is by learning and following the instructions of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krsna Consciousness.
We believe that before thinking, “Who will be my husband?” “Who will be my wife?” young men and women should deeply consider their motivations, their readiness, their own qualifications.
We believe that before getting married devotees should go through training.
This course is based on his instructions and it is enriched by the realizations of many of his senior followers. We assume you accept Srila Prabhupada as your friend and well-wisher and that you aspire to shape every aspect of your life according to his teachings.
We use the image of the ocean as an analogy for the years of youth, the time from early adulthood to the mature years. In one sense this period is the most dangerous part of life: The senses are very strong, driving us to sexual attraction and emotional involvement; and we have not yet developed the experience, the wisdom of the elders. Married life is compared to the boat that helps us safely cross the ocean of youth.
As a single woman or man thinking about marriage, you are now “on the shore” – facing the expanse of water in front of you, looking at your future years and considering boarding the ship of marriage to cross the ocean of youth. Therefore you need to learn about sailing. Starting your journey with no preparation, with no clear idea of the sea or of the art of sailing, would be very dangerous. The ship may capsize or your journey might be super-slow. So, it would be a very bad idea to board the ship without training – to get married without preparing yourself.
We believe that even before you start looking for your partner – or before you take a serious commitment with the person you may have in mind – you need to take a deep look at yourself and assess your level of preparation – spiritual, emotional, economic, social, etc.
We offer two ISKCON marriage courses – one for women and one for men.
Both offer gender specific training.
The Bhakti Marriage for Women and Men Course Forum is part of the Bhakti Marriage for Women and Bhakti Marriage for Men Courses. It gives enrolled devotees a platform to start any marriage related discussion by posting open and private topics, follow the related replies, and participate in the discussions.
In this forum you can bring up any marriage related topic for discussion you want – no topic is off-limit. Therefore, take advantage!