Sutra 4.5: There are numberless, different, active minds, but they all have one identical nature behind them. Translation by Kofi Busia
Let me tell you a little story about love.
Well, actually, I’m gonna tell you about a story about love, namely Terry Moore’s epic tale Strangers in Paradise. SIP, as we devoted fans refer to it, has everything. Japanese yakuza, American mafia, cops and feds, mystery, love, marriage, prostitution, blackmail, and girls and boys of all ages. But inside all that it’s really just a simple love story.
See, there’s this troubled teenager Katina Choovanski – Katchoo – who loves this all-American girl Francine Peters. Francine loves Katchoo, too, but doesn’t recognize it as such because, well, this book was written in the 90s, and all-American girls weren’t yet “okay” with being lesbians (thank goodness for some progress on that score!). In search of love that’s right there in front of them, Katchoo and Francine endure a roller-coaster of adventures that would test anyone’s sense of self.
Now you might think that Moore is trying to be clever and disguise the love story in a more exciting cover. But that’s not it at all. No, Moore needs the twists and turns and complications to uncover the utter purity of his heroines’ undeniable love for each other. He’s not hiding anything, he’s giving his story multiple identities to bring its core identity to the surface.
Katchoo and Francine have the kind of love that they write stories about because it’s powerful enough to weather anything.
Your “nature” as Busia translates it is like this kind of love. It’s been there all along and it will never fade. What makes you you, at your core, will always be there underneath all the confusion of the different roles you play in life. And once you discover that for yourself, you can always be at home in your essence. As David says to Katchoo often, “follow the love.”
I re-read SIP every year. The love is palpable from page one, and watching Francine and Katchoo try to figure out how to embrace it never gets old.
Hari om tat sat!
Experience your true self and bring it into every moment of your living!
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are a classical text on yoga–a guidebook of sorts.
Each week, 216 teacher Esther Palmer dives into one of the sutras and we let it take us where it takes us.