TEXTS 3334
patir eva hi narinam
daivatam paramam smrtam
manasah sarva-bhutanam
vasudevah sriyah patih
sa eva devata-lingair
ijyate bhagavan pumbhih
stribhis ca pati-rupa-dhrk
patihthe husband; evaindeed; hicertainly; narinamof women; daivatamdemigod; paramamsupreme; smrtamis considered; manasahsituated in the heart; sarva-bhutanamof all living entities; vasudevahVasudeva; sriyahof the goddess of fortune; patihthe husband; sahHe; evacertainly; devata-lingaihby the forms of the demigods; namanames; rupaforms; vikalpitaihconceived; ijyateis worshiped; bhagavanthe Supreme Personality of Godhead; pumbhihby men; stribhihby women; caalso; pati-rupa-dhrkin the form of the husband.
A husband is the supreme demigod for a woman. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Vasudeva, the husband of the goddess of fortune, is situated in everyones heart and is worshiped through the various names and forms of the demigods by fruitive workers. Similarly, a husband represents the Lord as the object of worship for a woman.
The Lord says in Bhagavad-gita (9.23):
ye py anya-devata-bhakta
yajante sraddhayanvitah
te pi mam eva kaunteya
yajanty avidhi-purvakam
Whatever a man may sacrifice to other gods, O son of Kunti, is really meant for Me alone, but it is offered without true understanding. The demigods are various assistants who act like the hands and legs of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One who is not in direct touch with the Supreme Lord and cannot conceive of the exalted position of the Lord is sometimes advised to worship the demigods as various parts of the Lord. If women, who are usually very much attached to their husbands, worship their husbands as representatives of Vasudeva, the women benefit, just as Ajamila benefited by calling for Narayana, his son. Ajamila was concerned with his son, but because of his attachment to the name of Narayana, he attained salvation simply by chanting that name. In India a husband is still called pati-guru, the husband spiritual master. If husband and wife are attached to one another for advancement in Krsna consciousness, their relationship of cooperation is very effective for such advancement. Although the names of Indra and Agni are sometimes uttered in the Vedic mantras (indraya svaha, agnaye svaha), the Vedic sacrifices are actually performed for the satisfaction of Lord Visnu. As long as one is very much attached to material sense gratification, the worship of the demigods or the worship of ones husband is recommended.

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