It is related that one day they came upon Majnun sifting the dust, and his tears flowing down. They said, "What doest thou?" He said, "I seek for Layli." They cried, "Alas for thee! Layli is of pure spirit, and thou seekest her in the dust!" He said, "I seek her everywhere; haply somewhere I shall find her."
(Baha'u'llah, The Seven Valleys, p. 6)

Who is Layli and why do we seek her?

What is a Seeking Layli Event?

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

The Unblogged Year

The series of 'Seeking Layli in the Bush' events actually started in January 2007 and has continued to the present (apart from a couple of periods when the organising Layliseeker was not available) . For those not familiar with the Australian language the 'bush' is, depending on context, anything from wilderness to a general agricultural area, but in this context tends towards the wilderness.

The meetings are an individual's response to the Baha'i Faith's emphasis on devotional meetings but are not organised or sponsored by any religious body. They are open to people of any or no religion and the participants are welcome to contribute to the devotions in whatever way they wish within the limits of Australian and Tasmanian law (we wouldn't, for example, tolerate human sacrifice - not that anyone has proposed that as yet).
The Henty Dunes pictured here were one location for our devotional picnics.
"....that the very sands on the desolate hills will moan, and the trees on the mountain will weep, and blood will flow out of all things. "

The basic format for the events is that a place is chosen which is accessible by a standard car (not necessarily on tarmac roads). It should in itself be a relatively remote and wild place and suitable for a picnic and some devotions. It should also offer opportunities for walks, swimming or anything similar for those who are fit and keen. As a rule we meet there at noon on the advertised day, and make a decision then and there as to whether we should picnic at the roadside or venture further afield.

Until now, the events have been publicised only by word of mouth and e-mails to friends and acquaintances. They are not intended to be nor have turned out to be widely popular but reflect the taste of the organiser and a few who share that taste. Turn-out of half a dozen is considered good depending on the weather. So far there has always been at least two present (not always the same two).

Every created being however revealeth His signs which are but emanations from Him and not His Own Self. All these signs are reflected and can be seen in the book of existence, and the scrolls that depict the shape and pattern of the universe are indeed a most great book.
(Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah)

The fruiting body of a coral fungus pictured during our excursion to Ralph Falls. We believe it was a coral fungus but we are not experts. Could Layli take the shape of a fungus?

When, however, thou dost contemplate the innermost essence of all things, and the individuality of each, thou wilt behold the signs of thy Lord's mercy in every created thing, and see the spreading rays of His Names and Attributes throughout all the realm of being, with evidences which none will deny save the froward and the unaware. Then wilt thou observe that the universe is a scroll that discloseth His hidden secrets, which are preserved in the well-guarded Tablet. And not an atom of all the atoms in existence, not a creature from amongst the creatures but speaketh His praise and telleth of His attributes and names, revealeth the glory of His might and guideth to His oneness and His mercy: and none will gainsay this who hath ears to hear, eyes to see, and a mind that is sound.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha)

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful photos and the metaphorical nature of physical reality that you have given emphasis to in your commentary is most unlifting....advance three squares and pick a card, as they say. A very fine Blog; I'd give it an A+, if I was still a classroom teacher.

    With appreciation for your stimulating contribution to my sensory and spiritual emporium and to the emporiums of others who come upon this Blog.-Ron Price, George Town, Tasmania