Reconciling husband and wife
Posted on February 13, 2016
Ganesa: Srila Prabhupada, how can the position be reconciled if in Krsna consciousness one of the two, the husband or the wife, wants to enjoy sense gratification, but the other does not? Should there be separation then?
Prabhupada: No. They should be trained up. Sense enjoyment means not advanced in Krsna consciousness. As soon as one is advancing in Krsna consciousness, his sense enjoyment spirit will be reduced. That is the test. Bhaktih paresanubhavo viraktir anyatra ca [SB 11.2.42]. The test is, how you are advancing in Krsna consciousness is the proportionate diminishing of sense enjoyment. That is the test. Just like cure of the disease means diminishing the fever, temperature. This is the test.
Ganesa: What if that fever is not being diminished?
Prabhupada: Then he should try to chant Hare Krsna mantra, ins... of sixteen rounds, sixty-four rounds. That is the way. Sixteen round is the minimum. Otherwise, Haridasa Thakura was 300,000. So you have to increase. That is the only remedy. If one has got determination, he will make progress without any trouble. That determination is very difficult, that determination, "I must be Krsna conscious fully." That determination.
(Morning Walk — May 14, 1975, Perth)