September 6th: … ‘thine heart and thine eyes’…
This post follows yesterday’s post
An excerpt from The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul
Ahmet, the son of the landlady, is standing guard at the blue gate…
in the wall surrounding the coffee shop.
“Ahmet never stopped to talk or ask questions, and he didn’t use a metal
detector, like the fancy restaurants.
But he had what he considered the surest method for safety clearance.
He never failed to look into the eyes of the customers,
because they reflected deeper truths than any momentary feelings
of impatience or hunger or disappointment.
The eyes of a man betrayed his heart.
Even with a smile, the evil man’s eyes were as hard and shallow
as a dry riverbed;
even with a furrowed brow, the eyes of a good man were deep.
In the Koran, the eyes were
the gateway to the mind.
‘You will see’ in the Koran meant ‘to know’;
‘thine heart and thine eyes’ referred to
your feelings and your thoughts…
as Ahmet has been taught since he was a young boy in school.”
( Chapter 5: pages 41-42 )
I am located at THE BLUE DOT on the Persian Gulf Coast of Saudi Arabia
Kabul is located under THE RED BALLOON