This percentage of hormones can be changed just by giving you injections. And in the developed countries there are already men who have been born as women, and women who have changed to men. But in the beginning the very idea came to mind because once in a while there was an accidental case. For example, in the very beginning of this century in London there was a case. A man fell in love with a woman and he married the woman. But after the marriage he was very much amazed that the woman slowly started changing into a man.
After a year he was so much ashamed because the whole town was laughing at him: his woman had turned completely into a man. He went to the court for divorce. The court was puzzled; there had never been a case like that before the court. And the man was perfectly reasonable. He said, “I married a woman; I have never married a man. Why should I marry a man? Obviously the marriage is canceled; in fact, I don’t need any divorce, but just not to be illegal, I am asking for divorce.”
His wife was sent for a medical examination. There was no need because she had a mustache and beard; her breasts had disappeared. There was not much need, but not taking any chances the judge said, “Let her be medically examined. If the doctor’s report says she has become a man then there is no question, your divorce is accepted.”
That gave the idea to the scientists that perhaps the woman has a very small difference between her male hormones and female hormones. Perhaps she is fifty-one percent woman, forty-nine percent man, and by some change, climate, food, some medicine…it can be anything that has altered the proportion between man and woman in her. The difference was very slight, very borderline, and she became a man.
This opened a door of great research, and it was found that every man can become a woman and every woman can become a man.
This reminds me that in the East, from the very beginning, almost ten-thousand-year-old statues are available in which Shiva and his wife, Parvati, are represented as one personality: half man, half woman. It is a beautiful aesthetic and artistic sculpture, and that’s how it has been thought always: a beautiful metaphor, but nobody has thought of it as a reality.
The people who created that statue must have come to know that every man is carrying a woman within him and every woman is carrying a man within her – and this change is not impossible.
My own feeling is that in the future many more people will be changing – because why not have both the experiences in one life? Most intelligent people will change – the unintelligent always are afraid of any change – otherwise, you have lived as a woman for thirty years, now it is time, why not have a look from the other side? Why go on living on this bank? The scenery from the other side is also very beautiful.
Only then will the old idea of the poets that the woman is a mystery will be solved. You can become a woman and know what the mystery is. You can become a man and know what the mystery is. There is no mystery at all; it is just a poetic conception. The difference is only biological, chemical, hormonal.
I don’t call that kind of infatuation love; I call it lust. And to be confused between lust and love has created your problem.