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Homosexuality Srila Prabhupada

Published on August 19th, 2003 | by nrsimhananda-dasa | Full size image

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Comments on Homosexuality by Srila Prabhupada

While working on ITV’s new Prabhupada DVD set, we have discovered and recovered a large amount of new footage ( 2.5 hrs). Not surprisingly, Srila Prabhupada comments on one of the controversial phenomena’s that has been making headlines recently – the homosexuality of priests.

We submit the transcript without comment. We don’t think it needs any. It will be released with the DVD set in September. (Plug: 23 DVD’s for $99 – 100% compatible worldwide! Jaya!)

Prabhuapada: Priests should be ideal character and they are advocating homosex? Now where is the ideal character man? If the priestly class are going to hospital for drinking habit and they are allowing man to man marriage and homosex then where is ideal character?

Social Worker: But homosexuality is a sickness, it is an illness. Just like a person cannot see would you punish him for not seeing? You can’t punish a person for being homosexual. That’s what our society says.

Prabhupada: Now, anyway, the priestly class is sanctioning homosex. Sanctioning. They are allowing homosex.

Social Worker: Yes, well we say…

Prabhupada: …and there was report that man and man was married by the priest. In New York there is a paper, “Watchtower,” – that is a Christian paper, I have seen in that paper – they are condemning it – that priest is allowing man to man marriage. And they are passing a resolution – homosex is passed, all right. And in Perth [Australia] you said that the students are discussing about homosex, in favor of homosex. So where is the ideal character? If you want something, tangible business, train some people to become ideal character. That is this Krishna consciousness movement.

Social Worker: But people say what is ideal to you is not ideal to them.

Prabhupada: I am giving the example – ideal character.

Social Worker: Yes, but it is one opinion.

Prabhupada: No. It will not depend on opinion. Opinion, what is the value of opinion if the people are all asses? There is no opinion. One should take as it is enjoined in the sastras. No opinion…Now suppose if we instruct a man, “Do not have illicit sex.” Have you got any objection?

Social Worker: Yes. I have.

Prabhupada: You have? Illicit? If I say…

Social Worker: Yes. I like sex, and my wife likes sex. We just enjoy it; we couldn’t live without it. Our marriage is happier because we have sex.

Prabhupada: Just see, this is the condition.

Social Worker: Well, it’s our life, and our marriage is happier with sex.

Prabhupada: No, we don’t prohibit sex, but we prohibit illicit sex.

Social Worker: Well, we use the pill; we use contraceptives; we use all kinds of things because it makes our life…

Prabhupada: Why do you use contraceptives?

Social Worker: Because we don’t want any more children.

Prabhupada: Then why don’t you stop sex?

Social Worker: Because we like sex. We enjoy it.

Prabhupada: That means go to physician, I want to do everything I like, still I want treatment. This is the position. You want…

Social Worker: I didn’t come for treatment.

Prabhupada: No, no, you have come for treatment here. Because you are paid to control the society, your activities, therefore you have come here for treatment. But when I prescribe medicine you don’t accept it.

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2 Responses to Comments on Homosexuality by Srila Prabhupada

  1. jagad pati das says:

    hi! hare krsna, i’d like to ask you aboutwhat we should do if someone has homosexual preferences how does it fits with that comment, i agree with not having sex andnot looking for it, but for example isn’t it that this movement, this hare krshna movement is for becoming a happier person, so how can we change that part of us that makes us different for example, if i say that i like women i would like to form a family but the problem is that i love men, so how can i or we as homosexual people manage that specific aspect due to, this ‘little’ fact makes us happy or unhappy depending on the side you see, so i do like krshna but that part is kind of killing me because i’m not abble to love someone that makes me happy, well nowadays it is possible but only throught sharing life but no sex, that would be ok but only thinking that i will not fulfill the right manner this movement clames, completedly harsh my develovoping throught out so i would really like to now how can i manages this part cause it makes my life to a total disaster, i cannnot be with someone i love but neither with someone this institution allows, cause i don’t want to cheat on me or my potencial partner or couple, so, please inlight me on this part i do need a statement that makes me understand. thans hari bolo!

    • Milan says:

      Hare Krsna

      Please accept my humble obeisances.

      Forgive me if I am wrong for the following. I think the confusion stems from what you believe the term ‘happiness’ to be. You seem to be looking at happiness from a physical point of view, one that is fueled by material desires. However, one should actually be looking at happiness from a spiritual view point. This is the only thing that should be desired if anything. Spiritually one should only be looking to please the spiritual master and if one gains physical happiness from this then this is a bonus. So anyone who is heterosexual or homosexual, should not be desiring/lusting to find a partner as this would be only to satisfy human desires.
      Also, illicit sex is prohibited – sex should only be used for procreation, not to feed ones sexual desires. Therefore, practicing homosexuality in this light would be seen as wrong but so would heterosexual sex be deemed as wrong if contraceptives were to be used.

      All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
      Hare Krsna.


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