Chakra Discussions

Be strict on ourselves and easy on others

by Jyotirmaya das

Posted November 5, 2004

I would like to thank Niscala prabhu for her feedback to my article about the gay issue. All I can really add is that Srila Prabhupada said, "It doesn't matter what he may be. If he just chants Hare Krishna mantra regularly, then he can be purified and go back to Godhead."

If a gay devotee or a gay couple chant Hare Krishna mantra regularly, worship Deities in the temple or at home, read Srila Prabhupada's books and offer donations or service at the temple, then how can one say Krishna is not pleased with such people? Krishna accepts their service because He is so kind, and thus they will gradually make advancement.

Unlike Amara prabhu, I don't think that gays have to try to change the minds of the devotee community about gay relationships. My idea about gay people who are struggling with their conditioning takes me to the 12th chapter of the Bhagavad-gita, where Krishna outlines different types of aspirants for devotional service. Some are not even at the level of strictly adhering to the regulative principles, but Krishna encourages them to do what they can and gradually to make advancement. A gay devotee doesn't have to worry about what others think. Krishna knows what we all are -- and Lord Caitanya is the saviour of the most fallen.

All devotees should try to see the good in others and not be intolerant of their foibles. Devotees should be strict with themselves and easy on others also.