Ceremony – Spiritual (Indian)

This Ceremony – Spiritual (Indian) is based on the Spiritual writings of Swami Omkarananada.  Many couples appreciate the words, meaning and dept of the ceremony for their Wedding Ceremony that happen anywhere from Los Angels to India.  Whatever faith you and your future other half share, these words may be an great choice for you both.

Ceremony – Indian Spiritual

Marriage is a supreme sharing of experience, and an adventure in the most intimate of human relationships. It is the joyous union of two people whose comradeship and mutual understanding have flowered in romance. Today, Spouse1 and Spouse2 proclaim their love and commitment to the world, and we gather here to rejoice, with and for them, in the new life they now undertake together.

The joy we feel now is a solemn joy, because the act of marriage has many consequences, both social and personal. Marriage requires “love,” a word we often use with vagueness and sentimentality. We may assume that love is some rare and mystical event, when in fact it is our natural state of being.

So what do we mean by love? When we love, we see things other people do not see. We see beneath the surface, to the qualities which make our beloved special and unique. To see with loving eyes, is to know inner beauty. And to be loved is to be seen, and known, as we are known to no other. One who loves us, gives us a unique gift: a piece of ourselves, but a piece that only they could give us.

We who love, can look at each other’s life and say, “I touched his life,” or, “I touched her life,” just as an artist might say, “I touched this canvas.” “Those brushstrokes in the corner of this magnificent mural, those are mine. I was a part of this life, and it is a part of me.” Marriage is to belong to each other through a unique and diverse collaboration, like two threads crossing in different directions, yet weaving one tapestry together.

The secret of love and marriage is similar to that of religion itself. It is the emergence of the larger self. It is the finding of one’s life by losing it. Such is the privilege of husband and wife – to be each himself, herself and yet another; to face the world strong, with the courage of two.

To make this relationship work, therefore, takes more than love. It takes trust, to know in your hearts that you want only the best for each other. It takes dedication, to stay open to one another, to learn and grow, even when it is difficult to do so. And it takes faith, to go forward together without knowing what the future holds for you both. While love is our natural state of being, these other qualities are not as easy to come by. They are not a destination, but a journey.

The true art of married life is in this an inner spiritual journey. It is a mutual enrichment, a give and take between two personalities, a mingling of two endowments which diminishes neither, but enhances both.

Charge:

Spouse1 and Spouse2, I charge you with the responsibility to keep alive, to grow, to change, to maintain the capacity for wonder, for spontaneity, for humor; to remain pliable, warm and sensitive. I charge you to give fully; to show your real feelings, to save time for each other, no matter what demands are made upon your day. I charge you to see the meaning of life through the changing prism of your love; to nurture each other to fullness and wholeness, and in learning to love each other more deeply, learn to love the creation in which the mystery of your love has happened.

A reading by Swami Omkarananada:

Love has a wisdom that can solve every problem. It possess the great patience which waits until, drop by drop, an ocean is formed. Love is royal in dignity, brave in spirit, unbreakable in substance, and divined in nature. It does not complain, does not judge. It transforms everything that it touches. It rules everything to which it presents its own Light. It understands and yields only t o conquer fully. Love has the numberless resources and inexhaustible energies.

Vows:

The formal exchange of your wedding vows is the most ancient part of a wedding ceremony. These are the words that couples for centuries have spoken to one another an, while they are very simple words, they have extraordinary meaning and importance. As you speak them to one another you will discover that these are truly sacred promises, and sacred promises must be kept forever. I am going to speak these words to you now, as ask that you speak them to one another.

Option1: Spouse1, do you take Spouce2, for your lawfully wedded wife/husband, to love and cherish from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do your part.? (Repeat for other Spouse)

Option2: I, Spouse1, take you Spouc3 to be my wife/husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life. (Repeat for other Spouse)

Preparation for the Rings:

Wedding Rings are an outward and visible sign of an inward spiritual peace and the unbroken circle of love, signifying to all the union of these two people in marriage.

(Repeat after the Officiant) With this ring, I thee wed.

Blessing of the Rings:

May these rings be blessed as the symbol of this affectionate unity. These two lives are now joined in one unbroken circle. Wherever they go may they always return to one another in their togetherness. May these two find in each other the love for which all men and woman yearns. May they grow in understanding and in compassion. May the home which they establish together, be such a place of sanctuary that many will there a friend. May these rings, on their fingers, symbolize the touch of the spirit of love in the heart.

Spouse1 and Spouse2, may this be the love that you bring into this relationship and may its essence touch all those with whom you come in contact. Just as the water touch and nourish the many shores of the earth, may your love be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Love enriches each part of life and marriage enriches love.

Your lives, shared in love, can hold more fulfillment and happiness than either life alone. Love is the reason this day was chosen by your to begin your lives together and love is thre reason you will give with all your hearts for the good of each other. Love is the reason that together you will become one; one in hope, one in believing, one in sharing the coming y ears.

Closing:

Spouse1 and Spouse2, you have expressed your love to one another through the commitment and promises you have just made. It is with these in mind that I now, under the authority of the Great State of (State) pronounce you husband(s) and wife(brides), and spouses for life.

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