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He often accompanied himself on a harmonium, and was often accompanied by a guitarist.When Ginsberg asked if he could sing a song in praise of Lord Krishna on William F.because the living entity is identifying with the body, any attraction based on the desire to gratify the body and its senses is symptomatic of illusion and can be purified by progressively elevating the consciousness.Put simply, both hetero- and homosexual attraction is due to an illusory attachment to the temporary body.Same-sex relations and gender variance have been represented within Hinduism from Vedic times through to the present day, in rituals, law books, ancient historical narratives, commentaries, paintings, and sculpture.The extent to which these representations embrace or reject homosexuality has been disputed within the religion as well as outside of it.After becoming involved in the Hare Krishna movement, Kirtanananda became "celibate" (though later was caught breaking his vows), and Hayagriva was married by Prabhupada to Shyama Dasi.
Music and chanting were both important parts of Ginsberg's live delivery during poetry readings.
Nevertheless, there have been a number of LGBT people involved in the Hare Krishna movement over the years.
The founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, A. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada taught that illicit sexual inclinations were "abominable" and inherently unspiritual, writing in a May 16, 1975, letter to Lalitananda dasa, "I am very sorry that you have taken to homosex.
He befriended Swami Prabhupada, a relationship that is documented by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami in his biographical account Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta.
Ginsberg donated money, materials, and his reputation to help the Swami establish the first temple, and toured with him to promote his cause.
Nevertheless, the book Monkey On A Stick (by John Hubner and Lindsey Gruson, 19) suggests that Hayagriva was likely seeing men throughout those years too. Kirtanananda Swami, on the other hand, was supposed to be "celibate", but was eventually caught being intimate with a boy in 1993.