Paramahamsa Vishwananda, the founding acharya of the Vaishnava organisation Bhakti Marga and considered an reincarnation of Paramahamsa Yogananda. Initiated in Sri Vaishnavism, he is known to not shy away from adopting customs of other Vaishnavite Sampradayas. In fact, he is one of the rarest Sri Vaishnava acharyas that worship Shiva. As He is notable for taking liberal stances on controversial issues (and as a result, is considered very controversial to the Polish media).

However, there have been sexual allegations by his male ex-disciples on him. Now, since he keeps liberal views on issues including on sex, what is Paramahamsa Vishwananda's view of homosexuality?

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    Except for manu smriti there are no scripture which say anything about homosexuality, I guess it's ok in restricted sense, but I hate the vanity and overreacting surrounding lgbtq community. Manu smriti also doesn't allow samudrolanghana and widow remarriage but then again who follows that nowadays. Commented Feb 28, 2018 at 19:17
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    Close voters should know what is opinion based and which is not. If you can vote doiesn't mean you should. Commented Mar 1, 2018 at 3:20
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    @AnubhavJha Not just Manu Smriti, lots of Dharma Shastras say it. Commented Mar 1, 2018 at 6:07
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    @AnubhavJha We should follow Dharma Shastras and then let the gods take care of the consequences. Commented Mar 1, 2018 at 6:41
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    @AnubhavJha Morality is objective, not subjective. Violating Dharma Shastras leads to unseen negative consequences that are far worse than the visible consequences that come from following them. Commented Mar 1, 2018 at 6:55

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He is fine with it. Here is what he said on Twitter a couple years ago:

loveislove no matter how you express it, love is #God n God is #love, love doesn't know weather one is #Gay or #Straight be always yourself

And by the way, he's not a Sri Vaishnava Acharya, he's just someone who's received Samashrayanam from the Sri Vaishnava Sampradayam.

  • Does Samashrayanam make you an official Sri Vaishnava?
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    Commented Feb 28, 2018 at 19:06
  • @SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury Yes, it does. Commented Feb 28, 2018 at 19:07
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    No, Vadakalais perform two rituals, Samashrayanam and Bharanyasam, and after Bharanyasam they promise not to worship other gods. But after Samashrayanam there's no such promise. After Samashrayanam the promises are mainly about not eating meat and the like. Commented Feb 28, 2018 at 19:28
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    Are people downvoting because there's a problem with my answer, or because they disagree with Vishwananda's views? For the record, I too disagree with his views. Commented Mar 1, 2018 at 6:10
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    @KeshavSrinivasan I have not downvoted but People including me don't endorse homosexuality. Some might have thought you are in support. Commented Mar 1, 2018 at 11:47

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