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Archive of posts published in the category: Relationships

How to Balance Maintaining a Family & Giving in Charity?

Dear Grihastha Coach, My wife and I have been married for five years. We have two children and both of us work as computer professionals. She and I were initiated before we were married and in general get along well. Lately, though we…

Q & A on Premarital Issues

The following is an interview by Damayanit Fornos Monco of the Devotee Care Committee in Argentina with Uttama devi dasi, GVT member. Damayanti: What qualities should we search for in a spouse? Uttama: You should look for someone who has similar values to…

The Power of a Family Prayer Group

At a couple’s retreat in South Africa in 2009 my wife and I gave couples different tools to help their marriages, and also different ways of thinking about themselves and their problems. One of my topics was family or couple’s prayer. The subject…

ISKCON Communications Conference in Italy

From May 26 to May 28, ISKCON Communications European (ICE) leaders and representatives from 17 Countries gathered in Prabhupada Desh just outside of Venice, Italy, to discuss and share their thoughts on some pressing issues such as women’s position in ISKCON, veganism, the…

Weeds in the Garden

“If we remain faithful to the ideals we strive for, all the tests will only make us stronger.”- Radhanath Swami. Once there was a beautiful garden. The gardeners would toil endlessly – planting, pruning, weeding – to make it fresh and blooming. One…

Open Doors Open Hearts

Vrindavana has an open door policy. Just take a stroll around the village lanes and someone will invite you in for a meal somewhere. It’s happened to me three days in a row so far. In bygone ages, householders would loudly call for…

When people just don’t get it

“The ignorant can be easily convinced [by explaining the truth]. The intelligent can be even more easily convinced [for they have the capacity to recognize the truth]. However, even Lord Brahma cannot convince half-baked people puffed up with their little knowledge.” (Nīti-śatakam of…

Strong Marriages Have These 6 Vital Ingredients

Good communication starts with open and respectful listening. This doesn’t mean we have to agree with what we hear, but that we listen with a mood to understand and validate. We listen with both intellect (for the content) and with heart (for the…

How to cultivate our higher emotions

Our heart is capable of both noble and ignoble emotions. How we can cultivate higher emotions and curb lower emotions is demonstrated in the Ramayana through the interactions between the two pairs of inseparable brothers: Rama-Lakshmana, who are together in exile, and Bharata-Satrughna, who are…

Services for Married Couples and Families

A few months ago my wife, Archana-siddhi, and I visited the ISKCON temple in Alachua, Florida. We always appreciate this large devotee community, though it seems there is never enough time to visit all of our dear friends. Apparently now, we would have…