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Being homosexual is ‘a tendency’, says Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at JNU event

Sri Sri was responding to a student, who asked how he should deal with ill-treatment by his friends and family over his sexual orientation.

Written by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Updated: November 14, 2017 7:20 am
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Sri Sri on Homosexuality, Homosexuality, Sri Sri at JNU, Yogi Adityanath, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran/File)

Speaking at JNU on Monday, spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said being homosexual is a “tendency” that “may change” later. Sri Sri was responding to a student, who asked how he should deal with ill-treatment by his friends and family over his sexual orientation.

“You treat yourself better, doesn’t matter how others treat you. You don’t think you are sick or something’s wrong with you. If you stand up, nobody can insult you… But if you feel weak and meek, and if you feel bad about yourself, nobody can make you feel better,” Sri Sri told the student, adding, “This is your tendency now. Just acknowledge it and accept it, and know that this tendency is not a permanent thing. It may change. I’ve seen many men who were gay, later on turn into heterosexuals, and there are those who are normal — what are called straight people — end up being gay later in life.”

Sri Sri delivered the 13th Nehru Memorial Lecture at JNU during the day, and another lecture in the evening, where he took questions from the audience.

Another student asked Sri Sri what could be done to change the “anti-national” tag given to JNU “because of a few students”.

He replied, “Rebelliousness is part of youthfulness. Some youths have a tendency to rebel. Just because they’re talking different, don’t think they’re anti-national. Don’t brand them… Nobody can be disloyal to the nation they are in…. If they are really so, they need counselling.”

Earlier in the day, Sri Sri said that he will visit Ayodhya on November 16 and meet Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as a “courtesy call”. He said he does not have an “agenda” but remains “hopeful” of an “out of court settlement” of the Ayodhya dispute.

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    venkat
    Nov 14, 2017 at 7:09 pm
    True. All aberrations are tendencies and that is not permanent and can change. The great words are " If you stand up, nobody can insult you… But if you feel weak and meek, and if you feel bad about yourself, nobody can make you feel better" It is really encouraging and one need to implement to experience it. Thanks to Sri Sri Ravishankarji for this apt understanding of the issue and giving a right solution
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      Rana
      Nov 14, 2017 at 4:17 pm
      shameless ...Man is to discharge e..not for penetration.Following western bad culture blindly but there good work ethics difficult to follow for slum dwellers.
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        Robert
        Nov 14, 2017 at 3:14 pm
        You shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.If a man also lie with mankind, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death their blood shall be on them.Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
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          AJAY SHANKAR
          Nov 14, 2017 at 1:16 pm
          I DO NOT AGREE WITH SRI SRI VIEWPOINT. IT IS NOT ONLY A MENTAL ORIENTATION BUT A STRONG BIOLOGICAL TENDENCY ALSO. SO IT IS COMPLETELY WRONG TO TERM IT AS "A TENDENCY". HE SHOULD REFRAIN FROM GETTING INTO TOPICS WHICH HE HAS LITTLE INFORMATION AND INSTEAD FOCUS ON HIS KEY CORE STRENGTH ACTIVITY "ART OF LIVING" WHICH I FULLY ENDORSE.
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            ANS
            Nov 14, 2017 at 11:11 am
            Sri Sri is right. All those who say that homosexuality is something permanent are doing it to create a new political cons uency for themselves.
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