Body-centricity lies at the root of all sexual orientation || XLRI (2021)

August 8, 2022 | Acharya Prashant

Questioner: In our times, the matter of sexual orientation has been subject to a lot of debate and controversies. Recently, I saw a YouTube video in which the host is asking children in the age group of fifteen to seventeen years about their sexuality, and they are saying that they are yet to discover if they are lesbian or gay or straight or something else. What do you feel about this trend? What is the future implication of this particular trend?

Acharya Prashant: First of all, the bigger issue is animalistic sexuality itself. Given the way we are, given the point of evolution we are standing at, how important really is sexuality? On one hand, we are testing the limits of the universe, we are searching for extraterrestrial life, we are sending probes to distant planets—these are the kind of things we are doing. On the other hand, we are rushing after males and females as animals do. Even animals have some moderation.

So, being a man, whether you rush after a woman or you run after a man, the thing is: you are still running after a body. And is the body your primary identity? The body is indeed the primary identity of animals. Or is discretion and thought and consciousness or understanding—are they your primary identity? If a man is physically alive but just not able to think,


Acharya Prashant is an emerging champion of socio-spiritual awakening in the world today. An alumnus of IIT-Delhi and IIM-Ahmedabad, and a former Civil Services officer, Acharya Prashant is an acclaimed Speaker, Vedanta Teacher and author of over 50 books. Apart from that he wears various hats: a veganism promoter, an environmental activist, a science activist, a campaigner against superstition, and a champion of essential human freedom. Know More