So Nasrudin was sipping tea with a few young students
as they were retelling this "Box" story. The 1st one said:
"There are at least 7 different ways to gain understanding
from these type stories. For instance, we all have "boxes"
that we fill with imaginary "snakes". And the snakes
are representations of things like anger, plans for
meeting desires, and other mind chatter that have no reality
except in our mind." Another student then chimed in and said:
"And we are so convinced of the reality of the snakes
that our solution to the problem, the "mongoose", that we
construct holes for the box so that our imaginary fear-defeater
can breath (have life)." The 3rd student then added:
"And as a Mullah would not drink alcohol, but rather
would get drunk enough to hallucinate only from divine sources,
the bartender would be a representation of a holy person
who would serve us a drink of reality, and the "pub"
is a holy place like a Mosque, where such a person
could be found."
This went on for quite a while and the students were
obviously feeling very full of themselves about their
Mullah Nasrudin smiled, poured them all another drink
"Perhaps we can speculate that speculation weighs down
a box more than any mongoose could."
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@...> wrote:
> Mullah Nasrudin used to carry a box with
> some holes whenevervhe went to the pub to
> drink. The bar tender wondered what he
> was carrying in the box. One day he asked Nasrudin.
> Nasrudin explained, "Whenever I get drunk, I see
> snakes all around me. It is a very frightening sight.
> So, I carry a mongoose in this box. With this box
> near me, I do not get frightened."
> The bar tender told Nasrudin, "What a fool you are !!
> There are no snakes here. They are all only in your mind."
> Nasrudin replied, "I am not a fool. I know there are
> no snakes. There is no mongoose in this box either.
> The mongoose is also only in my mind".