Prabhupada said, “So all girls must be married. That is… They must…They must have one husband, even the husband has got fifty wives.” – Room conversation, 1 August 1975, New Orleans
Prabhupada: That is time for punishment. They should build up their character, samah, damah, fully controlled. When they like, they become grhasthas. Otherwise they are controlled. That is brahmana. For brahmana it is not compulsory to marry. Ksatriyas may marry more than one wife. They can take. So all girls must be married. That is… They must…They must have one husband, even the husband has got fifty wives. Then the problem of girls’ marriage will be solved. And as soon as one girl is pregnant, she should be separated.
Hrdayananda: From the husband.
Prabhupada: At least for one and half years.
Upendra: At the moment of pregnancy? From the moment of pregnancy one and a half years?
Prabhupada: Yes. Pregnancy is understood at three months. From that month till further, sixteen months at least, she should not come to be near husband. That is eka-kadi (?). The child does not live. And they are not inclined to come unless a man induces. So the man, if he has got more than one wife, so man will not disturb her. And she will take rest for the next eighteen months. So after ten months she will give birth to the child, and for six months continually she will take care of the child. Feeding the child with breast milk, the child will be healthy. If the child can take mother’s milk for six months at least continually, he’ll become healthy for life.
Upendra: Where do they send that mother?
Prabhupada: Where they’ll take care.
Upendra: If the man sends the woman away, where does she…?
Prabhupada: Our aim is not to give help, but not… Generally she goes to the father’s house. So you can have separate building for that.
Nityananda: Are you saying that our men should have more than one wife?
Prabhupada: I have no objection.
Satsvarupa: That’s a difficult proposition.
Satsvarupa: It’s not allowed in this country. It’s illegal. It’s against the law.
Devotee: It’s against the law.
Nityananda: No, it’s a matter of… No one knows who is married or unmarried, but if you have…
Prabhupada: That is not very difficult.
Satsvarupa: Well, the other difficulty, you brought this up several years ago, was that the men who take many wives have to be very select. Otherwise men will be attracted to join our movement for sex life, having different wives.
Prabhupada: No, no, unless our men are trained up, why you should allow to stay here and to wife. We want trained up men, not third-class picked-up. We want men who will follow the rules and regulations and fully trained up. Otherwise we don’t want. We don’t want ordinary karmis and… And if he agrees to be trained up, then we’ll take. Otherwise what is the use of bringing some useless men? He must agree to produce his own food, and work. Our rules and regulations, he must follow. Then it will be ideal community. Otherwise, if you bring from here and there some men and fill up, that is not good thing. This is a training institution, to become devotee.
Satsvarupa: Everything we do, we don’t hide it. We show the world what we’re doing. I don’t see how we could hide that one man had many different wives.
Prabhupada: If you don’t call wife, you can have. The law allows you to keep boyfriend, girlfriend. Then the… Instead of calling “husband,” call “friend.” That’s all. But, er, it is risky and the man must be responsible to keep… To keep more than one wife by trained-up man is not disallowed.
Brahmananda: But I think they thought that he could get it legally established, at least in the state of California.
Prabhupada: Well then go and marry there. If the state of California allows that, then they all can go to California.
Nityananda: The general public objects to that… It’s very…
Prabhupada: Public we don’t care. We… What is the public? We have got our own public here. So pub… What is the public? All rascals. They are killing cows and drinking and topless dance, bottomless dance. What is the value of this public? All rascals. I don’t give any importance to this class of public, only after sense gratification, that’s all. They have no ideals of life. They do not know what is God. What is the value of this public?