Responding to a question posed by a JNU student who asked how he should deal with ill-treatment by his friends and family over his sexual orientation, spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said homosexuality is a tendency which could change over time.
You treat yourself better, doesn’t matter how others treat you. You don’t think you are sick or something’s wrong with you. If you stand up, nobody can insult you… But if you feel weak and meek, and if you feel bad about yourself, nobody can make you feel better. 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.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at JNU
He was talking at the 13th Nehru Memorial Lecture at JNU while responding to the questions asked by the audience.
Also responding to a question raised by a student on how to change the anti-national tag JNU has been given due to the act of a few students, he replied, “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… Nobody can be disloyal to the nation they are in…. If they are really so, they need counselling.”
Talking about Ayodhya dispute he said, he does not have an “agenda” but remains “hopeful” of an “out of court settlement” of the Ayodhya dispute.