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  Homosexuality and Hinduism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hindu religious texts are largely silent on the matter of homosexuality.
Hindu scripture emphasizes that everyone is included within sanatana dharma; all people should be viewed not in terms of their psychophysical conditioning but as spiritual beings, and with compassion.
Modern Hindus are forced to face the issue, primarily due to the encounter with foreign faiths, such as Christianity, which strongly object to homosexuality and consider it to be unnatural.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Homosexuality_and_Hinduism   (1946 words)

  
 Hinduism - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Hinduism
The Trimurti or Hindu triad of gods: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.
Central to Hinduism are the beliefs in reincarnation and karma; the oldest scriptures are the Vedas.
Hindus believe that all living things are part of Brahman: they are sparks of atman, or divine life, that transmute from one body to another, sometimes descending into the form of a plant or an insect, sometimes the body of a human.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /Hinduism   (1025 words)

  
 Hinduism and prostitution   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Hinduism is against sex that is against the injunctions of dharma and harmful to the welfare of an individual, his family and society.
Hinduism accepts the diversity of the world as an integral part of this reality that we call our world and accepts all the people in it as the children of God who are in various stages of ignorance or spiritual progress.
Hinduism may not favor prostitution, but would sympathize with the prostitutes of the whole world and wait for the poor souls to redeem themselves through their good actions and return to the path of dharma someday in future.
www.hinduwebsite.com /hinduism/h_prostitution.htm   (902 words)

  
 Hinduism in America
The name 'Hinduism' is of a much recent origin, coined by the Greeks and Arabians to refer to the religion of the people living around and to the East of the river Indus.
Hinduism is different from many other religions in that it does not have a founder and does not claim exclusivity.
Hinduism accepts the law of nature that one life is the food for another.
www.punditravi.com /hindu_questions.htm   (5118 words)

  
 Homosexuality and Hinduism - ReligionFacts
Hindu views of homosexuality are varying and diverse, in part because the accepted Hindu religious texts do not explicitly mention homosexuality.
Homosexuality is also a complex matter in Hinduism because of the many types of religious life.
Proponents of homosexuality argue that the demons were the children of Brahma, and that this story teaches that incest is lustful and evil (compare to the story of Shatarupa).
www.religionfacts.com /homosexuality/hinduism.htm   (943 words)

  
 Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association, Inc.
Hinduism is the world’s oldest continuously practiced religion and Hindus constitute a sixth of the world’s population today.
Hinduism sees all desire, including sexual desire, as problematic because it causes beings to be trapped in a cycle of death and rebirth.
Rightwing Hindu groups, active both in India and the U.S., who aim to remake Hinduism as a militant nationalist religion, express virulent opposition to homosexuality, inaccurately claiming that it was unknown to ancient Hindus.
www.galva108.org /hinduism.html   (1505 words)

  
 Homosexuality and Religion - ReligionFacts
Homosexuality is generally defined as sexual interest in and attraction to members of one's own sex.
Homosexuality was not uncommon in ancient cultures, though the forms and views of homosexual behavior vary significantly.
Hinduism and Buddhism tend to view homosexuality primarily from the standpoint of its karmic effects, with varying conclusions.
www.religionfacts.com /homosexuality   (186 words)

  
 FAQ on Hinduism
Hinduism believes in one God, whom everyone of every religion call by various names and worship in their own way.
Hinduism accepts diversity of religions and accepts the validity if several paths, and so there is no concept of conversion.
Hinduism encourages and helps a Christian to be a better Christian and a Muslim to be a better Muslim.
www.geocities.com /Athens/Acropolis/1863/faq.html   (10138 words)

  
 Homosexuality and Religious Toleration
Hindus: Say that a few Hindus are hired as teachers in a public school district; and that some people start to complain.
Hindus, they point out, routinely and unabashedly violate three of the Ten Commandments (they worship other Gods, they create images of their Gods, and they don't observe the Sabbath).
Homosexuals are the only group of sinners who feel their sin should be "legitimized".
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/971441/posts   (2415 words)

  
 Reflections on Hinduism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The high caste Hindus are known for being underhanded and double-minded and double-tongued and those who have gotten closer to some of the gurus and Brahmin who are teaching find that there's a tremendous amount of immorality that goes on behind the scenes.
This fact that there is not forgiveness in Hinduism, that the world is an illusion and that people are locked into this illusion through a karmic cycle of reincarnation to work this karma off before being released from the illusory existence has had a terrible impact on the people.
But I think that that caring springs not from their Hinduism but from the fact that they're made in the image of God and it is quite contrary to their Hinduism.
lifeway.com /lwc/article_main_page/0,1703,A=157670&M=200167,00.html   (4439 words)

  
 Hinduism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Hinduism: Early Hinduism - Early Hinduism Hinduism is a synthesis...
Hinduism, a religious tradition of Indian origin, comprising the beliefs and practices of Hindus...
Hinduism is commonly thought of as a religion, but this is an inaccuracy, it is a Way...
spiritintune.com /spiritintune/spirit-intune1/Hinduism.html   (726 words)

  
 Beliefnet.com
Hindus believe that we are not our bodies; we are our souls.
If we are homosexual in one life, it is just viewed that in our next life we might be straight, rich, poor, etc. That is the ideal view.
IMHO I don't know much about the Hindu position on homosexuality.In a book about transgendered people,there was a section about men who dress up as woman to embody the Goddess.They have sex with men,acting as concubines to them.
www.beliefnet.com /boards/message_list.asp?discussionID=4015   (323 words)

  
 Hindugay 2003
In Jiwnani's, an altar holds small statues of Hindu deities and polished stones that friends have given him.
It was formed in 1947 by partition as a Muslim homeland apart from mostly Hindu India.
In a chapter on Pakistan in "Sociolegal Control of Homosexuality," they write: "Police recurrently take money and/or sex from those they know to be involved in same-sex sex (commercial or not)." But flmail threats paled next to more pointed ones.
www.globalgayz.com /hindugay-news.html   (3353 words)

  
 IDEAS OF INTEREST ON MODERN INTELLECTUAL OBSTACLES
Dr Court argued that homosexuals could be helped to change their lifestyle by Straight Choices course at Victory Life Centre (Perth) - and that proposed policy change would threaten family unit and play a part in breakdown of society.
Homosexual unions contravene the sixth commandant which demands fidelity in marriage and celibacy outside it.
Homosexuality is fundamental and intrinsic to who a person is. It is thus not evil - and it is wrong to expect celibacy.
cpds.apana.org.au /Obstacles/issues.htm   (10187 words)

  
 TORTURE: never forget - NI 327 - Worldbeaters... Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
In 1986 Ratzinger issued a letter to the Catholic Bishops in which he wrote that homosexuality was a ‘tendency’ towards an ‘intrinsic moral evil’.
And Hinduism, he said, offers ‘false hope’; it guarantees ‘purification’ based on a ‘morally cruel’ concept of reincarnation resembling ‘a continuous circle of hell’.
Homosexuals were noticeably absent from the 50-page text.
www.newint.org /issue327/worldbeaters.htm   (874 words)

  
 The Religion Report - 28/02/01: Religion and homophobia; Vatican vs the Australian bishops; remembering Richard ...
Hinduism and Buddhism are the two fastest-growing religions in Australia, and they were both represented at last weekend’s conference on The Religious Roots of Homophobia.
He says the Hindu attitude to homosexuality, as with sexuality in general, is relaxed and even humorous.
The problem that I face as a teacher of Hinduism is very often deprogramming Indians from their Christian moral involvement, and so a lot of their values regarding sex are primarily Presbyterian values superimposed upon a Victorian sub-structure.
www.abc.net.au /rn/talks/8.30/relrpt/stories/s252548.htm   (3948 words)

  
 Free Essay Hinduism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Hindus believe only the spiritual dimension exists and according to R.C. Zaehner”nothing, however in the Veda or Hinduism is nicely cut-and-dry.”(Zaehner 19) Since this is such a difficult concept for us in the West, we will need to explore Eastern religious worship in comparison to Western religious worship a bit further.
Hindu scholars recognize that devotion to these deities is simply an attempt to explain the unexplainable, and to make Hinduism accessible to the popular, uneducated masses.
Thus, Hinduism, which sustained India through centuries of foreign occupation and internal disruption, continues to serve a vital function by giving passionate meaning and supportive form to the lives of Hindus today.
www.echeat.com /essay.php?t=27020   (1414 words)

  
 The Chronicle: 11/7/2003: A Weblog Starts a Fire
The trouble began when Professor Eric B. Rasmusen wrote that hiring a homosexual man as a schoolteacher was akin to putting the fox in the chicken coop.
A second reason not to hire homosexuals as teachers is that it puts the fox into the chicken coop.
Similarly, we must decide whether to allow homosexuals to be priests, scout leaders, and schoolteachers without good regression studies of whether they are more likely than heterosexuals to go after the youngsters under their care.
chronicle.com /free/v50/i11/11a01001.htm   (2899 words)

  
 The Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association, Inc: Hinduism, Hare Krishna, Homosexuality
A thorough and scientific analysis of the various types of intersex and homosexual conditions as understood by modern science, and how such people should be treated according to moral and ethical standards in today’s society.
This article is filled with fascinating exchanges of friendship between a holy man from India and a homosexual activist of the Beat generation, which took place during the critical period of the 1960’s.
In this section we examine several important issues that need to be addressed within contemporary Hinduism and Vaishnavism, including gays living in the ashrama, gay-oriented religious organizations, and the question of same-sex marriage.
www.galva108.org   (681 words)

  
 Hinduism & Buddhism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The overwhelming emphasis on marriage and childbearing forces homosexuality into the closet within Hindu culture.
The varnashramadharma, an ancient Sanskrit text, dictates the traditional Hindu stages of life, the second one being “householder,” which entails getting married and having children.
In this way, Hindu texts and culture are not as much homophobic or anti-gay as they are pro-heterosexual.
www.users.drew.edu /rrowley/BuddhismPerspective.htm   (186 words)

  
 Trikone Magazine: July 1996: Hinduism and Homosexuality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Homosexuality and Vedanta explored in an interview with a disciple of Swami Chinmayananda.
The concept of the third sex in Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.
A personal reflection on what being gay and Hindu means to a young South Asian woman growing up in America.
www.trikone.org /store/item-MAG_1996_07   (129 words)

  
 -- Beliefnet.com
I read somewhere that Hinduism is silent on homosexuality/bisexuality, and therefore is tolerant of it (but that it condemns abortion).
I don't think Hinduism is silent on same-sex relationships.
Yes, all relationships are a product of karma, but that does not make them all good, because there is good and bad karma--and all karma is a product of illusion.
www.beliefnet.com /story/116/story_11644_2.html   (455 words)

  
 Shiva HQ : Hinduism Shiva
About the Hindu god of success, the importance of his form and how he got his head.
An article by Dr. TK Venkateswaran about Hinduism, and the approach of the Hindusto interfaith dialogue and cooperation.
Trika Shaivism is a form of Hindu religion that believes in one God called ParamaShiva.
shivahq.com /hinduismshiva/index.php   (674 words)

  
 Yvette C. Rosser's Blog - Yvette C. Rosser web blogs, Yvette C. Rosser blogger in India   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
It was argued by several professors that the study of Hinduism was being hijacked by Hindus.
Their concern about Hindus did not seem to awaken when thousands were being systematically raped and tortured, and driven from their homes by government sponsored gangs in Bangladesh.
Though critics were negative about his praise of Hindu culture -- his loss of his earlier biting critiques of India, the reactions to his books about Islamic fundamentalism criticized him for being too harsh on his subjects.
www.sulekha.com /allcomments.asp?cid=267611   (5269 words)

  
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Islamic overlords commonly castrated homosexual servants and slaves during the 11th-17th centuries AD, but this system of castration is never mentioned in Vedic texts.
In his book “Homosexuality and Hinduism” Arvind Sharma writes, “Â…the limited practice of castration in India raises another point significant for the rest of the discussion, namely, whether rendering a word such as “kliba” as eunuch regularly is correctÂ…”
It is not the intention of this article to needlessly debate homosexuality, gender identity or other types of third sex behavior and identification.
www.chakra.org /discussions/GenNov26_02.html   (1740 words)

  
 News
He has created a walk-through artwork consisiting of coloured jointed batons hanging from a frame, and can be entered through an arch that represents marriage.
Veer said: "coming from a Hindu background and being homosexual are very important to my identity, and I wanted to represent this in my piece.
I like using all sorts of colours because I find it relaxing and inspiring - the colours on my main piece are the colours of the gay flag.
www.uel.ac.uk /news/latest_news/stories/avashow2004_2.htm   (1048 words)

  
 Salvation in Hinduism
The Way of Knowledge: This requires using your mind and philosophy to come to a complete comprehension of the universe.
The Way of Devotion: Salvation is reached through acts of worship, based upon the love for a God (there are thousands of gods in Hinduism).
Each of these ways to salvation in Hinduism requires that a person do certain things.
www.evangelical.us /hinduism.html   (195 words)

  
 Promoting religious understanding, tolerance and freedom.
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of religious belief in North America, from Asatru to Zoroastrianism, including Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism, Universism, Wicca, other religious groups, and spiritual/ethical groups.
We cover everything from abortion access to equal rights and protections for homosexuals and bisexuals, including same-sex marriage, and dozens of other "hot" topics.
www.religioustolerance.org   (914 words)

  
 homosexuality vs. hinduism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
i am doing a research paper on religion's view of homosexuality and how homosexuals view religion.
i would appreciate any help, such as quotes from hindu religious text which concern homosexuality, personal opinions, additional resources, modern hindu perspective on homsexuality, or anything else which i would find useful.
The Hindu Universe is a HinduNet Inc., website.
www.hindunet.org /alt_hindu/1995_Apr_1/msg00112.html   (91 words)

  
 Apologia Report 4:23
July 12, 1999
"The Conceptual Foundation of Missionary Hinduism" by Torkel Brekke -- "considers the development of the idea of a universal and missionary Hinduism in the writing of Swami Vivekananda," founder of the Ramakrishna Mission in India and the Vedanta Society in the USA.
Notes that "Hinduism became a missionary religion with Swami Vivekananda as its most famous and most successful protagonist." Journal of Religious History, Jun '99, pp203-214.
The April 1999 issue (rec'd June 18) of Muslim World has "Islamic Ethics of Killing and Saving Life" as its theme.
www.leaderu.com /apologia_report/archive/04/ar04-23.html   (1260 words)

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