Abridged GALVA Book Available
Posted June 1, 2010
The Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association (GALVA-108) is pleased to announce the arrival of our new abridged version of Tritiya-Prakriti: People of the Third Sex for widespread distribution.
Increasingly, more devotees are extending their preaching and compassion to gay communities worldwide by holding harinama sankirtana in gay districts, participating in Gay Pride marches, running book tables at gay events, etc. This new abridged version of the GALVA book will be a valuable addition to such preaching projects as a quick, easy-to-read primer for anyone interested in learning more about the Vedic third gender and Vaishnava compassion.
The abridged version (104 pages) includes all the essential information provided in the original over-500-page GALVA book and can be ordered at discount bulk prices through the GALVA website or by contacting me personally (amara108galva at yahoo.com). June is Gay Pride month in most countries internationally. Please consider adding this outreach to your temple's preaching program. The gay community has been overwhelmingly receptive, and many are interested to learn more about chanting Hare Krishna and about Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy in general.
TRITIYA-PRAKRITI: People of the Third Sex
Understanding Homosexuality, Transgender Identity
and Intersex Conditions Through Hinduism
Abridged Version by Amara Das Wilhelm
104 pages, ISBN13 - 978-1-4535-0317-1
From the Author: "The recognition of a third sex in ancient India and Hinduism is highly relevant in many ways. Our own modern-day society has only recently begun to understand sexual orientation, transgender identity and intersex conditions, and our legal and social systems are just beginning to catch up with and accommodate such people in a fair and realistic way, yet ancient India had already addressed and previously resolved this issue many thousands of years ago in the course of its own civilization's development. Indeed, there is much we can learn from ancient India's knowledge regarding the recognition and accommodation of a 'third sex' within society."
"In India there is a system where such people (the third sex) have their own society, and whenever there is some good occasion like marriage or childbirth, they go there and pray to God that this child may be very long living." — His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
"Gay and lesbian people have always been a part of society from Vedic times to our postmodern times. They should be accepted for what they are in terms of their sexual orientation and encouraged like everyone else to pursue spiritual life." — H.H. B.V. Tripurari Swami
"Initially, I did not really allow myself to go deep in trying to understand the third sex. I figured that this was necessary only for those who are insensitive, arrogant and fundamentalist, who think that they are compassionate and tolerant while basically being superficial and even condescending. It is quite amazing how most of us can be so prejudiced about so many things and not even know it. I thank you and several others for your compassion and for your tolerance in making efforts to educate your Godfamily, so that we can be more authentic servants of the servant." — H.H. Bhakti Tirtha Swami
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1. Tritiya-Prakriti: People of the Third Sex
2. Vedic Third-Gender Types and Terms
3. Hindu Deities and the Third Sex
4. Hindu Festivals Popular With the Third Sex
5. India's Slow Descent Into Homophobia
6. Modern Third-Gender Types and Terms
7. Positive Perspectives
8. On Renunciation
9. We Are Not These Bodies
10. God Loves Everyone
Plus a Preface, Appendices, References and Suggested Reading
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