Posted October 26, 2004
In Jnananda's article "Articles on Sexuality- A call for Discretion" he wrote:
I recently read in the third Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam page 115 a commentary by Prabhupada stating, "the homosexual appetite of a man for another man is demoniac and is not for any sane male in the ordinary course of life."
It should be noted that Srila Prabhupada called any pursuit of material enjoyment, which includes the desire for mukti and any other so-called enjoyment separate from the interest of the Lord, as demoniac, insane, crazy and so on. These terms do not apply to devotees, who while temporarily unable to give up material enjoyments are dedicated whole-heartedly to the Lord's service nevertheless. The important thing, if Jnananda were to read Srila Prabhupada's books in total, rather than picking out a sentence, is that the devotee be honestly situated, not a pretender.
As much as possible one should dovetail one's conditioned nature in service to the Lord and His devotees, so that eventually one can give up that conditioning . Gaurachandra dd's article was a nice illustration of how this can be done even in extreme circumstances. Her article also illustrated amply the terrible injustices that gays have to suffer due to our narrow minded leaders and self-righteous religious fundamentalists who uphold the letter of the law with no regard to the spirit of it.
The ISKCON version of the latter is shown by those who conveniently
ignore Srila Prabhupada's kind acceptance of everyone into his fold
and his philosophy of going beyond all designations relating to the
body, and instead pick out a sentence from his purports to justify
themselves. If they cannot understand his position or his philosophy
then they should not try to quote him, as they will always do so to
confirm their foregone conclusions.