God, as defined by Yogi Bhajan, is that which Generates, Organizes and Delivers, all that is. Sex is a term used to describe gender and also to describe the action of erotic interaction. Whether you believe in God or not, everybody is interested in sex. Looking into the stories of the gods which populate Hinduism may be of particular interest to the LGBT community, especially to those who may only know of the patriarchal God written about in the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
One of the most popular gods in Hinduism is Shiva. Shiva is married to Parvati, and it is said that their perpetual lovemaking is what generates the whole of the universe. So frequent is their lovemaking that they sometimes are considered as one hermaphroditic entity, Ardhanarishvara, who is male on the right side and female on the left. They are commonly said to have two children, Ganesha and Skanda, but their children’s conceptions are anything but common.
Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, was born when Parvati was having a bath administered by her loving handmaiden Malini, who became pregnant from licking the sweat off of her mistress and gave birth to the little child.
Skanda, whose name literally means ‘jet of sperm’, was born when Shiva was seduced from his meditation by the god of lust Kama, and, well, you get the idea. Skanda was then raised by six mothers, called the Krttika (and you thought having two mommies would be hard). He would go on to be a confirmed bachelor, the eternal young man riding around on a peacock, married only to his army, and his worshipers prayed to him with naked dance parties in the forest.
Shiva also had an affair with another major god, Vishnu, who had taken the alluring form of Mohini, in order to preserve harmony through their common son, Shasta, whose name means ‘teacher’ (Shiva and Vishnu are the heads of often opposing sects of Hinduism, now united by the common child). Mohini has even more adventures in her own right; and to this day, the Hijras, India’s MTF transgender community, embody this role as the third gender. But there are also stories of Shiva and Vishnu continuing their relationship without the Mohini form, and they are even fused together in one entity as Harihara, looking like Shiva on the right side and Vishnu on the left.
There are many more tales of gods loving gods, goddesses loving goddesses, gods becoming goddesses, goddesses becoming gods, and beings that simultaneously occupy both genders or transcend all notions of gender completely; far too many to tell in this article. The point is that there but one life. It may manifest in infinite forms, and those manifestations may dance amongst themselves, but all the while it remains as one. Gender and sexuality are fluid manifestations which serve but to teach us the manifold qualities of the One, and all can and should be celebrated as divine.
Peace and love to you all!
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