Marriage is a sacred offering of devotion to the Lord. In a Vedic marriage, the husband and the wife come together to take vows before the deity, before the sacred fire to live in faithfulness and dedication with Lord Krsna
’s service in the center. This is the key to all success in any responsibility in devotional service – to keep Krsna in the center.
By living together in a particular spiritual environment we become completely purified and learn to become completely dependent and faithful to Krsna. Srila Prabhupada explained that the primary duty of a man is to protect his wife. This means to protect physically, emotionally and spiritually, by providing the needs of the body and the affection respect and concern of the emotions. And by providing a spiritual example by which the wife feels confident to continue forward on the path of bhakti. Srila Prabhupada
explained the duty of the wife is to assist the husband, to remain chaste and faithful to the husband and to inspire the husband in his devotional service.
Both partners encourage and assist each other in taking forward steps in Bhakti
. When one is weak, the stronger partner helps revive them in their practice.
In Srimad Bhagavatam
the wife is compared to a very formidable fort that protects the husband from the obstacles that come on the path of Bhakti
. The fact is marriage is a partnership of respect and responsibility. And when by the grace of God, children come to through this marriage, then what a great responsibility comes in that form,when the Supreme Personality of Godhead entrusts His own beloved devotee under our care.Marriage is a vow that must be taken very seriously. It is a serious responsibility toward each other performed with humility, with respect, with care, to help your partner to become actually happy in Krishna Bhakti.Srila Prabhupada said without happiness there cannot really be a growth of bhakti.