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Scriptural Quotes



He alone is learned, he alone is fortunate and successful, whose mind is no longer unstable as air, but is held firm. That is the way to liberation, that is the highest virtue, that is wisdom, that is strength and that is the merit of those who seek.- Devikalottara Agama 7-8

Here they say that a person consists of desires. And as is his desire, so is his will. As is his will, so is his deed. Whatever deed he does, that he will reap. One becomes virtuous by virtous action, bad by bad action.- Shukla Yajur Veda, Brihadharanyaka Upanishad, 4.4.5

There is no greater dignity than that of the man who declares, "I will never cease in laboring to advance my family." The foremost duty of the householder is to duly serve these five: ancestors, God, guests, kindred and himself.-Tirukural 43, 1021

Straight be the paths and thornless on which our friends will travel to present our suit! May Aryaman and Bhaga lead us together! May heaven grant us a stable marriage!-Rig Veda X, 85, 23

I take your hand in mine for happiness, that you may reach old age with me as husband. Bhaga, Savitri, Aryaman, Purandhi, have given you to be my household's mistress. - Rig Veda X, 85, 36

Act like a queen to your husband's father, to your husband's mother likewise, and his sister. To all your husband's brothers be queen. - Rig Veda X, 85,44.

May happiness await you with your children! Watch o'er this house as mistress of the home. Unite yourself wholly with your husband. Thus authority in speech till old age will be yours. - Rig Veda X, 85, 27

I am He, you are She, I am Song, you are Verse, I am Heaven, you are Earth. We two shall here together dwell, becoming parents of children.- Atharva Veda XIV 2, 71

Unite, O Lord, this couple like a pair of Chakravakas. May they surrounded by children be, living both long and happily.-Rig Veda XIV 2, 64

Oh man and woman, having acquired knowledge from the learned, proclaim amongst the wise the fact of your intention of entering the married life. Attain to fame, observing the noble virtue of non-violence, and uplift your soul. Converse together happily, living in a peaceful home, spoil not you life. -Yajur Veda 5.17, 44

May Prajapati grant to us an issue, Aryaman keep us till death in holy marriage! Free from ill omens, enter the home of your husband. Bring blessing to both humans and cattle.- Rig Veda X, 85, 43

With seven steps we become friends. Let me reach your friendship. Let me not be severed from your friendship. Let your friendship not be severed from me. -Sankhayana Grihya Sutra I, 14, 6

Dwell in this home; never be parted! Enjoy the full duration of your days,with sons and grandsons playing to the end, rejoicing in your home to your heart's content. - Rig Veda X, 85, 42

Love is the first born, loftier than the Gods, the Fathers and men. You O Love, are the eldest of all, althoghter mighty. To you we pay homage! In many forms of goodness, O Love, you show your face. Grant that these forms may penetrate our hearts. -Atharva Veda IX 2.19

May all the divine Powers together with the Waters join our two hearts in one! May the Messenger, the Creator, and Holy Obedience unite us!- Rig Veda X, 85, 47

With sons and daughters at their side they live a good long span of years, both decked with precious gold.- Rig Veda VIII 31, 5-9

I know not how to stretch the threads or weave or discern the pattern of those who weave in the contest. Whose son will be the one to speak so well as to surpass, advancing from below, his father?- Rig Veda Samhita 6.9.2


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