Tritiya-Prakriti: People of the Third Sex is a collection of years of research into a topic seldom discussed or easily found within the Hindu/Vedic scriptural canon. Based entirely upon authentic Sanskrit references and modern concurring facts, the book guides us through the original Hindu concept of a third sex (defined as homosexuals, transgenders and the intersexed), how such people were constructively incorporated into ancient Indian society, and how foreign influences eventually eroded away that noble system. It discusses how this concept can be practically applied in todays modern world, the importance of all-inclusiveness in human society, and the spiritual principle of learning to transcend material designations altogether. Tritiya-Prakriti: People of the Third Sex will be a valuable source of reference for anyone interested in Hindu/LGBTI studies whether they are newcomers to the field or seasoned veterans of Vedic knowledge. It offers a veritable treasure trove of fresh information and ideas that will likely challenge the reader to rediscover and rethink Hinduisms traditional understanding and treatment of gay, lesbian, and other gender-variant people within its culture.
"The recognition of a third sex in ancientIndia and Hinduism is highly relevant inmany ways. Our own modern-day societyhas only recently begun to understand sexualorientation, transgender identity, and intersexconditions, and our legal and social systemsare just beginning to catch up withand accommodate such people in a fair andrealistic wayyet ancient India had alreadyaddressed and previously resolved this issuemany thousands of years ago in the courseof its own civilizations development. Indeed,there is much we can learn from ancientIndias knowledge regarding the recognition and accommodation of athird sex within society."
Amara Das Wilhelm
"In India there is a system where such people (the third sex) have theirown society, and whenever there is some good occasion like marriage orchildbirth, they go there and pray to God that this child may be verylong living."
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
"Gay and lesbian people have always been a part of society from Vedictimes to our postmodern times. They should be accepted for what they arein terms of their sexual orientation and encouraged like everyone else topursue spiritual life."
B.V. Tripurari Swami
"Initially, I did not really allow myself to go deep in trying to understandthe third sex. I figured that this was necessary only for those who areinsensitive, arrogant and fundamentalistwho think that they arecompassionate and tolerant while basically being superficial and evencondescending. It is quite amazing how most of us can be so prejudicedabout so many things and not even know it....I thank you and severalothers for your compassion and for your tolerance in making efforts toeducate your Godfamily, so that we can be more authentic servants ofthe servant."
H.H. Bhakti Tirtha Swami