“There was once a prisoner who yearned for freedom. One day, the prophet Mohammed appeared to him, and gave him a set of keys to his cell, saying “Your piety has been rewarded. Allah has set you free.” So the prisoner took the set of keys, mounted them on the wall, and prayed to them five times a day.”
- Sufi tale
Jay Michaelson offers this story under the heading of ‘Fetishizing the Trigger’. At first I misread this title as ‘Fetishizing the Tiger’ – perhaps that works as well!
I probably had this story at the back of my mind;
“A man walking across a field encounters a tiger. He fled, the tiger chasing after him. Coming to a cliff, he caught hold of a wild vine and swung himself over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above.Terrified, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger had come, waiting to eat him. Two mice, one white and one black, little by little began to gnaw away at the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine in one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted!”
Jay Michaelson’s stunningly good book is ‘Everything is God: the radical path of nondual Judaism’