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Four Goals of Family Life,The: The Ancient Fourfold Path of Happiness in Marriage Relationships. Hardcover – Illustrated, 21 Jul 2011


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gayatri Books (21 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956688802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956688804
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,239,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Born in Leicestershire, England, in 1953, Jagannathesvari Devidasi (Jane E. Grappa, nee Thomas) graduated in 1975 with a BA in Literature. In the same year she travelled to India where she met her spiritual master, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. She studied Vedic philosophy and practised bhakti-yoga for fifteen years in ISKCON temples of India, UK, and South Africa. In 1985 she produced a 500-page Souvenir Book to commemorate the opening of the Temple of Understanding in Durban. As Manager of Public Relations and Publications, she put the new temple on the tourist map, published a monthly newspaper, began the Food for Life feeding programme in South Africa, and secured local government permissions for staging the annual Rathayatra Festival of the Chariots in Durban. In 1989 she returned to England where she married Visvambhara dasa (Raffaele Grappa), settled in Hertfordshire and raised two sons. She is now involved in developing an international network of carers to help devotees of Krishna to find compatible marriage partners. She is also planning her next book - a multi-faith and multi-cultural guidebook on marriage and relationships.

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Rich with authentic quotes from the scriptures and thoroughly researched with commitment and passion, this book is meant for the reader who is looking for the eternal truths about marriage and family life. It is a must-read for any serious couple who are looking for a spiritually-based family life of togetherness. I highly recommend this book, not just to couples, but to pastors, priests, teachers, family therapists, marriage counselors and congregational leaders of any denomination or religious belief. Dr. Lakshmi Dajak, MD, PhD (Louisiana) Marriage and Family Therapy. Jagannesthesvari Devi sets out to inspire readers with the spiritual vision of Vedic marriage infused with a sense of divine, sacramental purpose. It will therefore be of great value to married couples seeking guidance and to devotees seeking to nurture the next generation in the values of Vedic culture. However, scholars and students of religions will also be grateful to Jagannathesvari Devi for gathering together dispersed material from Swami Prabhupada's various translations and purports. She gives valuable and illuminating insights into Prabhupada's understanding of the ideals and role models that should regulate the grhastha ashram, and correspondingly his often critical attitudes to the changes in marriage that have taken place in the modern world. Dr Anna S King, University Reader, Theology and Religious Studies, University of Winchester. Convenor: Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions. Editor: Religions of South Asia (ROSA). The Four Goals of Family Life is a superb, useful application of Vedic philosophy and Vaisnava culture to marriage and family. With thorough research and practical organization, guided by knowledge handed down by her spiritual teacher, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Jagannathesvari Dasi leads us through the challenges and intricacies of grhastha-asrama. Her experience and insights help us reach a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of Swami Prabhupada's teachings and how we may actually live them. This is an invaluable book for readers interested in Vedic knowledge and for anyone committed to imbuing family life with spiritual value. --Carl Herzig PhD, Professor of English, St. Ambrose University, Iowa, USA.

I congratulate Jagannathesvari prabhu on her outstanding achievement in presenting to the world a comprehensive guide to family life, based on the inspired teachings of the Vaishnava tradition. Importantly, she emphasizes the need for mutual respect between husband and wife, consistent with the example found in Vaishnava scriptures. Good families are the essential basis of a good society, and so this intelligent, devoted guide to family life is an invaluable service in the great attempt to save planet Earth. --Howard J. Resnick PhD (Harvard) Sanskrit and Indian Studies. Former Professor, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and University of Florida.

The Four Goals of Family Life is essential reading for any devotee considering marriage and starting a family. Many long married devotees will also benefit from reading this text, as it presents the recipe for success in marriage and family life, recognizing the need for balancing the demands of material life with the pursuit of spiritual growth and realization. I offer my thanks to Jagannathesvari devi dasi for dispelling the myths and reclaiming the spiritual basis of marriage and family life. She brings honor and respect to the many devotees committed to the wellbeing of their families in the service of Krishna. This in itself is an impressive achievement. --E. Burke Rochford, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Religion Middlebury College, USA Author of Hare Krishna Transformed and Hare Krishna in America

I congratulate Jagannathesvari prabhu on her outstanding achievement in presenting to the world a comprehensive guide to family life, based on the inspired teachings of the Vaishnava tradition. Importantly, she emphasizes the need for mutual respect between husband and wife, consistent with the example found in Vaishnava scriptures. Good families are the essential basis of a good society, and so this intelligent, devoted guide to family life is an invaluable service in the great attempt to save planet Earth. --Howard J. Resnick PhD (Harvard) Sanskrit and Indian Studies. Former Professor, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and University of Florida.

The Four Goals of Family Life is essential reading for any devotee considering marriage and starting a family. Many long married devotees will also benefit from reading this text, as it presents the recipe for success in marriage and family life, recognizing the need for balancing the demands of material life with the pursuit of spiritual growth and realization. I offer my thanks to Jagannathesvari devi dasi for dispelling the myths and reclaiming the spiritual basis of marriage and family life. She brings honor and respect to the many devotees committed to the wellbeing of their families in the service of Krishna. This in itself is an impressive achievement. --E. Burke Rochford, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Religion Middlebury College, USA Author of Hare Krishna Transformed and Hare Krishna in America

From the Publisher

This book has been produced to respond to a general shortage
of available reading matter on marriage and relationships
from ancient classical sources. In the present climate of high divorce rates, leading to a sad increase in broken families, there are lessons to be learnt from ancient societies that flourished and prospered on the basis of stable marriages and united families. For householders of today it can be a tough challenge to simply maintain a family and keep it together in harmony. Both husbands and wives could sometimes benefit from some divine inspiration and guidance.

This book focusses specifically on the Aryan civilisation of
ancient India, which was prominent on the world stage
until it began to decline approximately five thousand years
ago.


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By Francis on 11 Feb. 2012
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Well-written, clear and understandable guide for couples and families who are looking for more out of life than just day-to-day survival. This book demystifies esoteric topics like karma, dharma, astrology, and spirituality and makes them relevant and useful for modern families worldwide. It reveals ancient secrets of harmonious relationships. It contains so much knowledge and wisdom about such a variety of topics that it can be read over and over again. Life-changing!
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I have been searching for a book like this for some time now. The author has researched this book well and uses many quotes to back up and misconceptions. Highly recommended if you are looking to enhance your spiritual life and are married or thinking of raising a family. Well worth a read :)
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Keep marriages together 20 Mar. 2014
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Much needed overview of proper grhasta-householder life is here. Let us try to become better couples, society and the whole world.
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