Interfaith Hindu Weddings
As little back as 15 years ago, the thought of someone’s daughter or son marrying a non-Hindu was enough for families to bury their heads in shame and the thought of being ridiculed or being the talk of the community was just all to much to bear.
Attitudes have changed since then, as more and more Hindu’s are having interfaith marriages to people of all cultures and races, which is a reflection of the times and society we live in.
According to the Vedas, the idea of interfaith marriage was never an issue in the first place.
The very first lesson given to Arjuna by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita is that we are spiritual beings who have material bodies. The Lord only recognises the spiritual essence in all beings and never the body it is occupying.
We see from the life of Lord Ram and Lord Krishna how they would bestow their mercy and favor to the animals, trees and the low caste because the soul is present is all living beings.
So although the bodies are different and vary, the soul or the spiritual essence is the same and it is only the soul that the Lord sees.
The Hindu wedding ceremony is a union of two souls. Therefore because everyone is a soul, everyone has the right to perform the Hindu wedding ceremony, regardless of colour, nationality or belief.
Therefore is it a great pleasure to perform interfaith Hindu marriages because it is a spiritual ceremony, aiming to connect two spiritual beings and thus all superficial externals that are judged so much in our society are completely irrelevant.