Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 11 Aug 2021


When God doesn't like homosexuality, how to understand Lord Rama hugging Lord Hanuman?

[Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: Swāmi, You said that God doesn't like homosexuality and that's why He discouraged the sages in Daṇḍakāraṇya when they approached Lord Rāma to embrace Him. Hence, they were given birth as females to embrace Lord Kṛṣṇa. When it came to Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Lord Kṛṣṇa came to hug Him every day. Isn't it Homosexuality? We often see the photo of Lord Rāma hugging Lord Hanumān. Isn't that Homosexuality? Kindly enlighten me.]

Swāmi Replied:- Hugging need not be always connected to sex. Hugging is the general indication of love. Even parents hug their children. In the forest Sages did not aspire for simple hugging of God. The Sages wanted to become females and then hug God with the idea of heterosexual only because they were astonished with the beauty of God Rāma (Puṃsāṃ mohanarūpāya…). Even though theoretically homosexual idea came to Sages, they also did not like to implement it practically by hugging with such homosexual idea. They wanted to implement their theoretical homosexual idea by transforming it into practical heterosexual path only by becoming females through their miraculous power. Rāma did not object simply based on this single idea because this is only one test of life partner. Other two tests of children and wealth have to be conducted simultaneously to give full pass of 3 tests, which are the three strongest worldly bonds (Eṣaṇātrayam). Moreover, the real birth of female only brings that inherent idea so that the real test of life partner can be also done in real sense.