New Delhi, Nov 14: Spiritual leader and Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Monday called homosexuality a “tendency” that “may change later.” Sri Sri was taking student’s questions after addressing Jawaharlal Nehru University’s 13th Nehru Memorial Lecture on Monday. His remark on homosexuality came after a student asked him about ways to deal with ill-treatment meted out to him by his friends and family over his sexual orientation, reported The Indian Express.
Responding to the student’s question, Sri Sri, who also spoke on the topic ‘Inner Peace and Outer Dynamism’ earlier in the day at JNU, said, “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.”
The AOL founder also told students what he felt about anti-nationalism. A student asked Sri Sri as to what could be done to change the “anti-national” tag given to JNU “because of a few students”. To this, he replied saying that having different views did not make another person an anti-national. “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,” he said.
Sri Sri’s visit came just days before his visit to Ayodhya and talks on Ram Mandir. However, there was no mention of the issue during his JNU visit on Monday.