Heart and Soul Connection:

A Devotional Guide to Marriage, Service & Love

How can this book about marriage, “Heart and Soul Connection,” assist us in obtaining the ultimate goal of life—spiritual obtainment or God realization, which for Gaudiya Vaishnavas (devotees of Krishna in the Hindu tradition of Shri Chaitanya and his followers) means eternal loving service to Radha-Krishna? We could start by speaking about its important and relevant content, the years in preparation before its publication, or the experience and expertise of the contributors. While all these are essential in answering that question, we’d first like you to consider that this book about marriage is more than just a book. It appears that it is simply an object of a particular size and shape, made of paper with pages on which there is ink shaped in the form of words—words that may be educational, interesting, or inspiring. However, beyond the words, what you are holding in your hands is a physical manifestation of—simply put—love.

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The Vaishnava Marriage Challenge

The Vaishava Marriage project aims to enhance loving relationships by putting into practice the teachings of Lord Caitanya as encapsulated within one verse of his Siksastakam: tṛṇād api su-nīcena / taror iva sahiṣṇunā / amāninā māna-dena / kīrtanīyaḥ sadā hariḥ. This short booklet gives practical examples and exercises you can use to develop a mutually respectful and affectionate relationship with your spouse. Although this booklet is designed for the Vaisnava couple, the information within The Vaishnava Challenge is valuable for couples who do not follow the vaisnava tradition and who want to learn how to develop a loving marital relationship.