Unfortunately, the language recited during the phrase is in Sanskrit and Greek and Latin for most of us. We don’t find it soothing, and take it like a monotonous chanting mantras . Lets try to make it soothing . These seven eternal vows are recited during saptapadi that the bride and groom make around the fire as a marriage ceremony commences as per the Hindu rites. The paraskar Grahaya Suktram and various other prominent smtitis state that, marriage has no strength or recognition if this rite is not duly performed. The groom leads his bride, who touches one of the seven laid out betel nuts after the completion of each phera, with the toe thumb of her right foot.
First Step – invoke the Gods or plenty of pure and Nourishing Food
Bridegroom says: Om esha ekapadi bhava iti prathaman
“My beloved, our love becomes firm by your walking one step with me. You will offer my food and be helpful in every way. I will cherish you and provide for your welfare and happiness and also that of your children.”
Bride says: Dhanam dhanyam pade vadet
“I humbly submit to you, my lord. Kindly gives me the responsibility of the home, food and finance. I promise you that I shall fulfill all responsibilities towards the welfare of the family and the children.”
Second Step – the couple prays to the Gods to give them the mental, physical and spiritual strength to lead a healthy life.
Bridegroom says: Om oorje jara dastayaha
“My beloved, now you have walked the second step with me. Fill my heart with strength and courage and together we shall protect the household and the children. ”
Bride says: Kutumburn rakshyishyammi saarvindharam
“my lord, in your grief, I shall fill your heart with courage and strength . In your happiness, I shall rejoice, I promise you that I will please you always with sweet words and take care if the family and children. And you shall Love me and me alone as your wife”
Third Step – preserving wealth and prosperity wealth and prosperity in Life
Bridegroom says: Om rayas Santu joradastayaha
“My beloved, now you have walked three steps with me. By virtue of this, our wealth and prosperity are going to grow. I shall look upon all other woman as my sister . Together, we will educate our children and may their live long.”
Bride says: Tava bhakti as vadedvachacha
“My lord, I will love you with single minded devotion as my husband. I will treat all other men as my brother. My devotion to you is that of a chaste wife. This is my commitment and pledge. ”
Furth Step – Couple invoke the Gods for attainment of happiness and harmony by mutual love and trust in all walks of life.
Bridegroom says: Om mayo bhavyas jaradastaya ha
“My beloved, it is a great blessing that you have walked four steps with me . You have brought auspiciousness and sacredness into my life. May we blessed with obedient and noble children.May they live long.”
Bride says: Lalayami cha pade vadet
“My lord, I will adorn myself from head to toe with sandalwood paste and fragrance for sake. I will serve you and please you in every way I can.”
Fifth Step – They pray for the welfare of all living beings in the Universe and pray for virtuous, noble and heroic children.
Bridegroom says: Om prajabhyaha Santu jaradastayaha
“My beloved, now that you have walked five steps with me, you have enriched my life. May God bless you. May our loved ones live long and share in our prosperity.”
Bride says: Arte arba sapade vadet
“My lord, I will share your joys and sorrow. Your love will make me trust and honour you. I will carry out all your wishes. ”
Sixth Step – They ask the Gods to give them a joyous life together.
“My beloved, you have filled my heart with happiness walking six steps with me. May you fill my heart with joy and peace at all times and season”
Bride says: Yajna home shashthe vacho vadet
“My loard, in all acts of righteousness, in material prosperity in all enjoyment and divine acts, I promise you will I will participate and I shall always be with you.”
Seven Step – The Couple prays for understanding, loyalty companionship, and unity.
Bridegroom says: Om sakhi jaradastayahga
“My beloved, as you walked the seven steps with me, Our love and friendship became eternal. We experienced spiritual union in God. Now you have become completely mine and I offer my life to you Our marriage will be forever.”
Bride says: Attramshe sakshino vadet pade
“My lord, as per the law of God and the Holy Scriptures, I have become your Spouse with the taking of the seventh step. Whatever promises we gave, we did so with a pure mind . We will be truthful to each other in all matters. We will love each other forever. ”