Hare Krishna Maharaja!
Please accept my most humble obeisances and All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!!!
Jaya! How are you doing?
HpS - AGTSP Right now very weak but we will answer letters and then go to Arati! Jaya!
Always wishing you are well.
As Adrian prabhu has probably mentioned to you, we attended our first Bhakti Sastri course this past Sunday headed by Sri Hari prabhu in Boise. It was very nice and I am excited to continue learning more! Already, we've only been through the preface of Nectar of Instruction and learned quite a few things I did not know before!
We're on our way up to the Salt Lake City temple today to stay in the house across the way. We're just waiting for Tracy prabhu with the truck to transport everything.
Personally, my chanting has been kind of slow lately.. I've been feeling a little under the weather, but I am getting my rounds done and reading little here and there.
Adrian has also mentioned to me that you've been stressing our marriage situation. We are both aware that it's not bona fide to be living together without being married. I'm sorry for doing like this, but we are sincerely trying our best to do what will be good for our spiritual lives and to be together helps both of us. Again.. I am sorry, no excuses, just an explanation, I suppose. Tracy's presence is also good for the both of us. We have some things to consider that maybe you can give us some more insight on. We haven't known eachother for a very long time, but we both feel that we can help eachother and have a strong commitment to Srila Prabhupada's mission to spread Krishna Consciousness. On a more mundane level, too, we share common interests, although we are slowly weeding those things out.
So for these reasons, it is in our plans to get married this year, but we are both still unemployed, which may be causing some insecurities on the matter for both of us, as well as dealing with our parents. We're both quite young in our bodies, but we communicate very well and are able to resolve any issues in a very mature manner. These personal dealings are hard to relay and allow sufficient grounding and security with our parents, especially since mine live so far away and haven't really gotten to know Adrian that well. Anyway, we will get married, but the rush might make our parents feel uncomfortable, which is a concern for the both of us.
I was also reading about marriage in ISKCON and saw that Srila Prabhupada really wanted devotees to have marriage counseling before and after the marriage ceremony. Do you feel that this is something we should do? How long does counseling last for? I was thinking to inquire from Caru prabhu here, see if he would be willing to assist us in this endeavor.
There are many other things running through my mind regarding the marriage subject, but I am always remembering to just keep chanting :) !!!
I really appreciate your guidance always. I hope you are well and happy in your travels and preaching!!! Jaya Maharaja! Hare Krishna!
your aspiring servant,
HpS - Jaya! AGTSP paoho Sounds 1/2-way sane. Wow! That's quite and accomplishment in Kali yuga. Usually Krsna will solve the work situation in a nice way also. Look into the Grhastha Vision Team of ISKCON. I think they have a web site. They are very nice people. I know them. They have good counseling help!