Homosexuality

The Theosophical Society, as far as I am aware, has no view on this subject, however it is one worth exploring and I present some ideas below in this direction.

Definition: “Homosexuality, sexual interest in and attraction to members of one’s own sex. The term ‘gay’ is frequently used as a synonym for homosexual; female homosexuality is often referred to as lesbianism.”i

Same-sex marriages are one of the challenges that society is facing at the moment. New Zealand now allows civil union between couples of the same sex, although there is still intolerance towards this from some religious communities. Couples of the same sex, who have made a commitment to each other, can now join in a marriage that is acknowledged by law. Many countries around the world are following this same trend, where they are acknowledging that two people of the same sex have the same rights as people of the opposite sex to make a commitment to each other in marriage and to acknowledge that commitment through a civil union.

The world is constantly evolving and as part of this process we are constantly being challenged to work through social, cultural, religious and personal barriers. In Theosophy, we often refer to this as our conditioning, our ‘filters’ through which we perceive reality. The issue of homosexuality is confronting us head-on at the moment and how we deal with it is a reflection of our beliefs.

I ask myself: “When two people love each other is that wrong if they are of the same sex?” For me, love is a universal value. Anyone who has experienced love knows it has no barriers, although it does have boundaries. At its highest source it is an experience of the divine unity, the connectedness that we all are seeking to experience.

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