A pure devotee is kept in the hand of Krsna
- September 3, 2021
The atheists say that if we want to be happy we should get money so that we can have more food and material pleasures. However, in spite of all our material comforts and scientific advancements, we have not been able to stop the miseries of birth, death, old age, and disease.
Srila Prabhupada, Quoted in Back to Godhead Magazine #02, November 12, 1966
By surrendering to Krsna one will find the final object in which to invest his love: God. Love of God is present in everyone, just like fire in an unlit match, but it is covered over. But if one somehow or other develops his dormant love of God, and Krsna becomes his supreme adorable object, supreme friend, supreme master, or supreme lover, than he shall never again become disappointed or unhappy.
Srila Prabhupada, The Science of Self-Realization 7d: "They Have Given Everything to Krsna."
Based on letter, 30 Apr 1973.
Prabhupada: I married; my wife was eleven years old.
Radha-vallabha: You were responsible, though.
Prabhupada: Everyone is in India responsible. That is Indian culture still.
Radha-vallabha: When they agree at this young age, they should wait till they get older, right?
Prabhupada: Yes. Generally a girl attains puberty at fourteen years, thirteen years. In India, because it is tropical climate... I think in Western countries they attain puberty not before fifteen, sixteen years. So although a girl is married before puberty, she is not allowed to go to the husband until she has attained puberty. Formerly, in our days also, after attaining puberty there is another, second marriage. Then the husband and wife live together.
Radha-vallabha: Is there a minimum age for the man?
Prabhupada: No. Minimum age means generally the husband must be older than the wife, at least five years' difference.
Radha-vallabha: What is the most amount of years they can be different? What is the maximum amount of years there can be difference?
Prabhupada: Man has no maximum. Even an eighty-years-old man can marry a sixteen-years-old girl. [laughter]
Radha-vallabha: Because this one devotee has a daughter twelve, and he wanted to marry her to a man twenty-six, but he thought that was too much
Prabhupada: Yes. That is too much difference. But eight years, ten years usual.
Radha-vallabha: Eight or ten years is best.
Prabhupada: That is healthy. And in no case... The girl must not be older than the boy. That's not good at all.
Room Conversation, Mayapur, February 27, 1977
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