A grey-bearded man in white garb speaks Vedic Sanskrit verses that are more than 5,000 years old. Karma and I exchange garlands. We pour oil, ghee and other offerings into the fire to garner the blessings of the Lord. We take turns leading each other around the fire for a total of 7 times. Each circle represents a vow to each other.
- First step: To respect and honor each other
- Second step: To share each other’s joy and sorrow
- Third step: To trust and be loyal to each other
- Fourth step: To cultivate appreciation for knowledge, values, sacrifice and service
- Fifth step: To reconfirm their vow of purity, love family duties and spiritual growth
- Sixth step: To follow principles of Dharma (righteousness)
- Seventh step: To nurture an eternal bond of friendship and love
Karma will wear a rich traditional lengha cholisuit and wedding jewelry. She will have mendhi (henna) on her arms and legs. I will wear a long sherwani.
Karma and I will have a Hindu wedding ceremony on August 29th in Morgan Hill, California at the home of the Panwala. More details to follow.