The seven sacred steps

Saptapadi (The Seven Sacred Steps) is my favorite part of a Hindu wedding. It has so much depth, purpose and meaning. The couple takes seven steps together, with each step taking a sacred vow:

1. Together we will live with respect for one another.
2. Together we will develop mental, physical and spiritual balance.
3. Together we will prosper, acquire wealth and share our accomplishments.
4. Together we will acquire happiness, harmony and knowledge through mutual love.
5. Together we will raise strong, virtuous children.
6. Together we will be faithful to one another and exercise self-restraint and longevity.
7. Together we will remain lifelong partners and achieve salvation.