Reigniting the LGBTQ debate, Art of Living (AOL) founder and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar sparked a controversy after replying to a query of a student in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on homosexuality saying that being gay is a temporary tendency and it’s nothing that cannot be fixed. Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said he was responding to a student who had asked how to deal with people including his family and friends from whom he suffers a mistreatment for being a homosexual. The spiritual guru said that homosexual or heterosexual is a tendency that may change.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was present in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to deliver a speech on the 13th Nehru memorial lecture when he was asked for advise on homosexuality by a student. Ravi Shankar said, “You treat yourself better, doesn’t matter how others treat you. You don’t think you are sick or something’s wrong with you. If you stand up, nobody can insult you … but if you feel weak and meek, and if you feel bad about yourself, nobody can make you feel better.” He added, “This is your tendency now. Just acknowledge it and accept it, and know that this tendency is not a permanent thing. It may change. I’ve seen many men who were gay, later on turn into heterosexuals, and there are those who are normal — what are called straight people — end up being gay later in life.”

Though the globally known Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was speaking his mind, it seems that the spiritual guru’s view point didn’t go down well with social activists and LGBTQ supporters. Reacting to Sri Sri’s comment, Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor responded and said that it was irresponsible on the part of Ravi Shankar to make such comments. “Homosexuality is not a ‘tendency’ it’s something you are born as and is absolutely NORMAL. To tell someone you can change is irresponsible,” the Neerja actress said.