What do I know about marriages? I have only been married for 1 year and 9 months. I don't have enough experience to talk about it. But I do feel, before anyone decides to apply for Sahaj marriage, please read up about it. Understand the meaning of it, the values of it and the sanctitty of a Sahaj marriage.
A marriage is sacred. So far, my married life has been quite an interesting one. Everyday, there is something new. If you asked me, yes, I have married my soul mate. But I only found out about it much later, through this journey. Marriage is a journey of discovery. And it takes two to make it work. And in our case, it takes two of us to meditate together twice daily to make it work.
Here is a list of audio talks by Shri Mataji about marriages:
1. Marriage & Collectivity - 5 Dec 1980
2. Establishing the Marriage - 9 Aug 1981
3. Marriage is Meant to Give You Joy - 29 Nov 1981
4. Talk to ladies about marriage - 12 Feb 1984
5. Talk and Marriage Advices to Women - 1 Jan 1990
6. Marriage Ceremony & Talk - 28 Dec 1993
7. Talk to Sahaja Yogis Marriage & Children - 7 Apr 1994
8. Marriages - Jul 1996
9. Marriages, Mahalakshmi Principle - 6 Sept 1998
10. Talks to Grooms & Brides - 23 Mar 2000
There are more too but not in my collection.
You can find many speeches on marriages in Amruta. Here are some excerpts from Shri Mataji's speeches:
"If you realize the importance of auspiciousness in married life – in Sahaja Yoga, you would have respect for that married life, praise for that married life – in relation to Sahaja Yoga, of course, no doubt." - Excerpts from Establishing the Marriage, Chelsham Ashram, 1981
"Firstly, marriage always gives you a balance of understanding, if you have proper ideas about marriage. If you have funny ideas, and if you are just marrying for fun’s sake, and you do not understand the value of marriage, then it is just a joke, it’s not a marriage. But in Sahaja Yoga you really understand the value of marriage first of all, what it means." - Excerpts from Shri Gruha Lakshmi Puja, Sydney 1981
"One must try to understand marriage, that it is for your enjoyment. If you cannot have your enjoyment, you cannot enjoy the marriage, then it is of no use. " - Excerpts from Shri Gruha Lakshmi Puja, Sydney 1981
"What is the need to have a marriage? After all, these days people are living without marriage. But marriage means the sanctity of marriage. Sanctity of your physical, mental and emotional integration." - Excerpts from Shri Ganesha Puja 2000
"Marriage is not only for your happiness but for the happiness of all the rest of the people." - Excerpts from Talk of Marriage and Nirvikalpa, Kolhapur 1987
"So the marriage is the best way to give happiness to others, by having sweet children, having a good family, having sensible life, gives such a joy to all the collectivity." - Exceprts from Informal Talk to Yogis in Perth, 1990.
"Marriage is an auspicious occasion, is the most auspicious occasion in the life of human beings. It is auspicious, that’s why it’s joy giving and the vibrations flow with that auspiciousness all over the world. " - Excerpts from Marriage is Joy Giving, London 1981
"Marriage is meant to give joy, is meant to give cheerfulness, happiness and all the blissful things that we can think of achieving through our combination with two human beings." - Excerpts from Marriage is Joy Giving, London 1981
And my favourite quote is this:
"You have to bring glory to the system of marriages because it is the system established by God Almighty, is not established by human beings, is a wrong idea. It is established by God Almighty to have an auspicious occasion where such an auspicious thing is taken, the sacredness of this is to be maintained and has to be done in such a way it is a very decent relationship. All the culture, all the beauty of gracious living flows through happy married life. Not vulgar, not showing, not cheap, but a dignified, enjoyable, cheerful, welcoming, giving companionship." - Excerpts from Marriage is Joy Giving, London 1981
Have a great married life, a life that is filled with joy and love!!!