How love affairs affect Devotion and Krishna Consciousness?
A devotee (Name hidden):
Hare Krishna prabhuji. I’m really confused from my situation. I’m connected to Iskcon. Earlier I regularly used to chant 14 rounds. But once a boy told me that he loves me. I met him 4 year earlier. This year he told me. He cares me a lot and want to marry me. I also don’t have any problem with it. But due to this mind distraction I can’t do my devotional practices properly. It disturbs me a lot. I would like to be a sincere and active devotee. I’m afraid to lose my activeness n awareness in bhakti. He don’t forbid me for this he supports me but I’m disturbed. Plz help n hide my name. Hare Krishna
Yes, Loving someone who is not interested in seriously following devotion definitely affects Krishna Consciousness and devotional way of life! Let us see How love affairs affect Devotion and Krishna Consciousness.
If you are able to make him a serious devotee, you can escape from fall down from devotion. If he is not ready to embrace devotional way of life like you, such relationship leads to your fall down from devotional way of life.
So, This should not be allowed blindly.
Such love affairs with a person is for body. Devotional practices are for you, ie, athma.
Therefore, your affair should not affect the devotion. You should be able to differentiate both material love and spiritual love to Krishna.
If a devotee sincerely loves Krishna, he/ she will not allow the love affairs to affect his/ her devotional practices.
(Is the love of two devotees material or spiritual? READ HERE!)
If a devotee loves a non devotee, his/ her love will affect the devotional practices. Because, the opponent will speak much on material matters and will induce the devotee more for sense gratification.
At the same time, if two SINCERE devotees choose to marry each other, they will think on the platform of devotion, cooperate with themselves and hence they can follow the devotional practices still better as couples. Since both of them are sincere devotees, they will choose a life partner decently seeing the opponent’s devotional standing. They will be careful to ensure that their devotional way of life should not be affected because of that boy or girl. They marry to serve the Lord along with the spouse. Such choices need not be called as LOVE because they have chosen each other to serve the Lord. It can be simply be called as choice for marriage.
Such a love (choice) enhances their devotional involvement further.
However, for the many devotees, love comes with the non devotees that affects their devotional practices. The reason is, they divert their attention to their lovers by discussing and involving in mundane matters, allowing their devotion to get liquidated.
Not only devotion. In most of the students, their love affairs affect their concentration in studies and hence they start to perform less in studies.
(I am unable to love Krishna, after I started to love a boy. What to do? READ HERE!)
Thus, you can understand that the love should be in a position to involve your mind more in devotion, not to divert the mind from devotion.
In fact, the devotion should make us matured to face any situation in a balanced manner. If the external factors like male-female attractions affect our devotion, that means, we are not strong in devotion
In your case, he is acting from material platform and he has discussed material aspects more with you and hence your devotional practices have come down. He may not be a sincere devotee, but, a materialistic guy. That is why, you allow your devotion to get diverted.
(I love Krishna, but, I am unable to love the people of this world. What to do? READ HERE!)
Even in the case of love (choice) between the devotees, the sincere devotees discuss more about how to serve Lord together and how to improve in devotion further. They do not discuss like the material lovers about the physical aspects of each other or about how to enjoy the life together.
The devotees should be more intelligent and they should not act on emotional terms with the opposite sex.
Since you and he have acted with the domination of emotion, it has affected your chanting. Had he discussed more about Krishna and devotional practices, you would have developed more faith on Krishna and you would have increased your chanting rounds from 14 to 16 or more.
If you are chanting with a dedicated heart, such materialistic guys will not be able to attract you. You have allowed your emotions dominate your devotional practices. This is how love affairs affect Devotion and Krishna Consciousness. You should not allow the same.
Therefore, this is the time to act. Instead of wasting time on emotional bond of love with materialistic persons, discuss with him once about your way of life. Tell him that you want your marriage life to enhance your devotion and not drag you back and he should help you in your devotional way of life and he too should try his best to involve in devotional way of life.
Ask him whether he can do this for you.
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If he agrees and promises, both of you discuss with your parents and join in marriage as early as possible. This will put an end to all the oscillations and diversion of mind from devotion.
After marriage, both of you involve sincerely in devotion. This is very important.
If you have genuine reasons to postpone the marriage for some more period, reduce meeting him and reduce the discussions over phone, and concentrate in devotional practices. Because too much of discussions even before marriage may liquidate the love between two and also the concentration in devotional practices.
Clearly discuss with him that you should be allowed to follow the devotional practices without getting affected and he should talk to your parents and marry you immediately.
Early marriage will put an end to all these disturbances. But, again I say, if you like to follow devotional life, never marry a person who does not seem to support and involve in your devotional way of life. This is a genuine desire and request for a devotee and the other person should accept this genuine and great request. If he/she is not ready to help you, he/she is not fit to marry a devotee. Let him/ her marry anyone else who can give all types of temporary enjoyments and face the severe reactions of his/ her past karma.
You protect yourself from such highly materialistic persons.
Hope you are now aware of how love affairs affect Devotion and Krishna Consciousness.
All the best.
(How to love Krishna more than family and friends ? READ HERE!)