Sayings on Indian Engagement Invitation Cards

by Heather Bieber
Indian tradition calls for an engagement celebration.

Indian tradition calls for an engagement celebration.

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In India, marriage is a most important social and religious event. A quote on the engagement invitation describes the spirit of celebration with a simple yet personal touch. The formal announcement is made at an engagement ceremony when the two families gather in commemoration by exchanging gifts and well wishes. A formal ring ceremony, "misri," "aashirwad" or "mangni," sanctifies the engagement celebration. Afterward, the prospective bride and groom meet their new families.

Love Quotes

For quotations on the engagement invitation, love itself is a good place to start, following the old Indian proverb, “Where love reigns the impossible may be attained.” Rabindranath Tagore, a Bengali Nobel Prize-winning poet, author and noted scholar, stated, “Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it.” His words speak of endless love when he wrote; “I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, in life after life, in age after age forever.” Indira Ghandi, first female prime minister of India and influential leader, noted; "Where there is love there is life.”

Marriage and Togetherness

Quotes on marriage and togetherness are another idea for invitation quotes. One of the prolific Yoga masters, Swami Sivananda, inspires couples with, “In marriage two persons — a man and a woman offer the whole of their self, mind, body and feelings to each other. They do not live for self alone. They live for each other.” Sayings from the texts “Brahma Sutras” such as, “When the one man loves the one woman and the one woman loves the one man, the very angels desert heaven, come, sit in that house, and sing for joy,” add a higher meaning to the union.

Happiness and Joy

Words scrolled in script represent happiness and joy of the engagement. The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso said, “The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well being.” Mother Teresa, who devoted her life to India’s lower caste, spoke of joy in saying, "Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” Recounting Buddha’s wisdom is another option for describing emotions: “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” A popular Hindi saying used on invitations, “Prasunn karnay kaa upaay hai, swayum prasunn rahanaa,” translates in English as “To make others happy, you must remain happy yourself.”

Poetry

A Hindu marriage poem is a great addition to an engagement invitation. “You have become mine forever. Yes, we have become partners. I have become yours. Hereafter, I cannot live without you. Do not live without me. Let us share the joys. We are word and meaning, unite. You are thought and I am sound. May the nights be honey-sweet for us. May the mornings be honey-sweet for us. May the plants be honey-sweet for us. May the earth be honey-sweet for us.”

About the Author

In 1992 Heather Bieber began contributing to Pennsylvania's "Concerning Women" magazine. She has also worked for "Showbiz Weekly," "Fodor's Travel Guide," "Las Vegas Weekly," "Las Vegas Home & Design" and produced online content for QuinStreet Marketing. Bieber holds an Associate of Arts in graphic communications from Luzerne County Community College in Pennsylvania.

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