Friday, October 24, 2008

Marriages are made in heaven

Different societies have different perceptions regarding the institution of marriage. In Islam, marriage is a solemn and sacred social contract between two willing parties which is not irrevocable. While in Christianity, Catholics believe marriage is a sacrament, but protestants do not.

In Hindu cuture, a marriage is traditionally viewed as a sacrament and not a contract. The bond between the partners is supposed to extend across many lives. It is supposed that these souls are enjoined in marriage because of their intertwined Karmas, Which need to be resolved in order for both of them to attain mutual salvation, i.e. Moksha.

Nita's post made me think about my marriage. Ours was an arranged marriage. And we will be completing 29 years of blissful married life in a few days. Sure, we have had our ups and downs and our disagreements, but they were on minor issues which resolved themselves in due course. And whoever was at fault, accepted that gracefully and both moved on with life. No lingering bitterness as far as I can look back.

It was a combination of factors. We were both mentally prepared for marriage and were ready to work towards making it click. Being from the same community and sharing similar backgrounds, outlooks, expectations and goals helped, of course.

Now, when 29 years later, I look at my wife, I feel in my heart that she has become a part of my existence. I can not imagine a life without her. And I know that the feeling is mutual.


4 comments:

Vinod_Sharma said...

When someone says that is wife has become a part of his existence and he cannot imagine a life without her - and the feeling is mutual, then it is truly a union of soul mates. You are indeed blessed.

nitawriter said...

Like Vinod said, I think too that you are blessed, but more than that, you have realised it.

cafephilos said...

Congratulations on what sounds like an ideal marriage!

nimis540 said...

:) Its great pleasure to hear such words...God bless your marriage for ever and ever..I hope my husband too will say the same when he is at your juncture of life,lol...