Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 07 Sep 2021


Why would the incarnation of God be driven with sexual desires?

[Shri Rayy Light asked: Dear Swami, may Peace and Blessings of God be upon you, I am Rayy Light. I wanted to infer to You about a question with regards to Prophet Muhammad. While exploring through Your website I have realized that You see Prophet Muhammad as an incarnation of God. With that being said, we can understand that the Prophet Muhammad was not free from all desires that a human faces, and the most significant one is the idea of sexual desires. If we look through the narrations of authentic hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad's life, we can see that He had sexual desires and that He was not free from it. An example would be His marriage with Maria al-Qibtiyya. The narrations below show the desire He had for Maria al-Qibtiyya in sexual manner. Tabari recounts the story of Maria's arrival from Egypt: In this year HÄtib b. Abi Balta'ah came back from al-Muqawqis bringing MÄriyah and her sister SÄrÄn, his female mule Duldul, his donkey Ya'fÅr, and sets of garments. With the two women al-Muqawqis had sent a eunuch, and the latter stayed with them. HÄtib had invited them to become Muslims before he arrived with them, and MÄriyah and her sister did so. The Messenger of God, peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him, lodged them with Umm Sulaym bt. MilhÄn. MÄriyah was beautiful. The prophet sent her sister SÄrÄn to HassÄn b. ThÄbit and she bore him 'Abd al-RahmÄn b. HassÄn. -Tabari pg. 131, History of the Prophets and Kings. It was narrated from Anas, that the Messenger of Allah had a female slave with whom He had intercourse, but 'Aishah and Hafsah would not leave Him alone until He said that she was forbidden for him. Then Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, revealed: "O Prophet! Why do You forbid (for Yourself) that which Allah has allowed to You.' until the end of the Verse. -Sunan an-Nasa'i 3959 With that being said, we can find that He had several children with one of His wives Khadijah bint Khuwaylid. The question here is, knowing that Prophet Muhammad is an incarnation of God then why would the incarnation of God be driven with sexual desires? It would be great if You could answer my question. Regards, Rayy Light]

Swami Replied:- The human incarnation is a two component system in one phase. The two components are God component and human being component. The God component will not interfere with the characteristics of human being component. When electricity passes through a metallic wire, the property of leanness of the wire is not interfered by the electricity. Due to this, undeserving people get rejected by the human incarnation. Just like food, drinking water, sleep etc., sex is also a biological need that is the property of the human medium. Coming to the point of legality of the sex, lot of background is needed for understanding. Krishna was also mistaken even by the King Pariikshit, who bombarded the Sage Shuka with the question “How Krishna being the God and protector of justice could dance with the married Gopikas?

Gopikas were topmost Sages doing penance for God for past millions of births and these Sages themselves requested God for such a bond in their previous birth. God agreed to this and tested their bonds with life partners (Daareshanaa) with reference to the love for God. If you do not understand all this background, you will mistake the human incarnation and slip from it due to which the true Spiritual knowledge given by such human incarnation is also missed. Confine to the preaching of human incarnation without worrying about the divine actions, which have lot of background from several previous births. If you approach Shirdi Sai Baba, follow His preaching and try to progress in the Spiritual path without worrying about His smoking. God exhibits certain negative qualities (which are not really negative due to their unknown background) to test the faith of the devotees and to repel the undeserving devotees.