And that's how ashk is. First it develops in the heart. Just like coffee.
But it's got this shell around it, so in other words there is gaflet,
unawareness enveloping it. So first you have to break that shell open,
and then it's got to darken first in the sun. It's the nazr of the murshid,
when you are seen by a murshid, the look... But still, it is hard, if
you try to bite it, it will break your tooth. Then you put it into the
fire. There, he's put into the love of people. When you enter into the
love of people, you go in with the ego. There you plant your plum tree.
But in the end, you are going to eat the grape. There, after that, you
are put into the grinder. The lessons that the murshid gives, the systems
of living in our lives, so all of these encounters, events, crush you.
There you learn humility, patience, you learn how to be halim and
salim, soft and gentle, you learn sukud, silence. You
learn not to be hasty, and to do everything in its time. Now all of this
is to be crushed with the events in our lives. It's easy to say, but to
live it is really tough, just like that coffee that's being ground between
those two rocks, the heart gets ground there. Then that hard coffee becomes
soft. Then they take you and they put you in the water. But you still
haven't reached kemal yet, you haven't reached full evolution yet. Underneath
you that fire of ashk has to burn. That's when that true ashk has to begin.
And such a compassion develops that it envelops the whole world, all people.
If you hit that person, he'll take out the morsel in his mouth and give
it to you. Ashk brings you to such a state, the state of the Prophet,
of being rahmet alemin, the compassion of the world, is the makam, the
station, of ashk. Every person who lives this ashk will take people under
his wings. That's why the emblem of the Sufi Order is the winged heart,
because they take you underneath your wings. This is coffee. That's why
you all love coffee so much. We always drink coffee after we eat, in small