I remember reading from a sutta where the Buddha tells the other person how to tell if he is practicing the path correctly: It’s when you can look at a desirable object, hear a desirable sound, taste a desirable food, etc. and not be swayed by sensuality; if there is still desire felt, then there the yogi has not let it go and is still attached.
I thought it was in the Bahiya sutta, Kesamutti sutta, Salha sutta, or Nava sutta and now I’ve forgotten where it was. I don’t recall there being any simile being used, but rather was very literal like: if your mind still has desires for sights, tastes, sounds, etc. then you are still attached to them.
Much thanks to all.