(Baha'u'llah, Gems of Divine Mysteries)
Mount Barrow, masquerading as the Heights of Detachment, is the first spot we have revisited. Our last visit was cut short by heavy rain and Layli could easily have evaded us in the misty conditions. On this trip the plateau was bitterly cold in the wind and its rocky landscape and prostrate montane vegetation seemed exactly the kind of place where a being of pure spirit who presumably has no attachment to material comfort might choose to dwell.
Be unrestrained as the wind, while carrying the Message of Him Who hath caused the Dawn of Divine Guidance to break. Consider, how the wind, faithful to that which God hath ordained, bloweth upon all the regions of the earth, be they inhabited or desolate. Neither the sight of desolation, nor the evidences of prosperity, can either pain or please it.
(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah)
We naturally posted eagle-eyed watchmen to ensure that Layli could not escape unseen - at least by road though we cannot be certain that she travels by road.It is said that on a clear day our watchman could have seen a third of Tasmania from the top but it was not a totally clear day and anyway would he have recognised Layli from such a distance? And, of course, as unlikely as it may seem, it is possible that she does not even live in Tasmania.
One thing is sure though there was no glimpse of Layli departing by road.
Actually, we don't think Layli would have used the road. For anyone with even a sensible fear of falling let alone vertigo its a scary trip.
The plateau is a rocky place. This pile of boulders is only a small fraction of the rocks which litter the area. Baha'u'llah wrote Let thine abode be under the stone,but seek not the shelter of the cleric.
If Layli has decided to take Him literally and live under one of these stones there is clearly a massive task needed to find her and heavy equipment will be required.
And so, once again, a pleasant day ended with prayers said, a spot blessed, food shared and enjoyed but still no sign of the sought Beauty.
But wait. Look carefully at these photos. Do you see on some of them an almost circular patch of hazy light? Is it possible that an ethereal being was shadowing our every move? Cynics may say it was just a drop of rain or mist on the lens but do they not remember: God it is who sends forth the winds to stir up clouds; then He spreads them forth over the sky as he pleases; and He breaks them up and ye see the rain come forth from amongst them; and when He causes it to fall upon whom He pleases of His servants, ......... (The Qur'an (E.H. Palmer tr), Sura 30 - The Greeks)?
Besides, it wasn't a rain drop. It was a smudge of grease. Every true miracle has a sufficient and natural cause in the contingent world.