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?

Monday, 22 December 2008

Back up the hand made road

On Sunday January the 4th 2009 we are heading up to Ralph's Falls for our second visit. Our last visit was autumnal but if Layli is nomadic we should seek her not only everywhere but in the same place in every season.
Ralph's Falls lie between Ringarooma and Pyengana. The final stretch of road was a community project which took more than half a century to complete. A brief description of the project can be found here:

while excellent photos of the area are available here:

and the official description and directions here
If getting directions using Google Maps, Google recognises Ralph's Falls Track not the Fall's themselves.

We will meet as usual at 12 noon in the car park. Bring some food to eat or share and if you like a willingness to offer devotions in your own style (neither the food or the devotions are compulsory).

A few warnings:
Don't trust the distance when deciding when to set off . The final section is steep, winding, and very rough. It is OK for a conventional car but you have to take it slow.
The area is quite high (hence the views) - we're not expecting any particular bad conditions in January but it might be wise to carry some warmer clothing than you would wear in Launceston.
Call early for lifts!

This is a longer trip than our usual adventures but, for many people it is a holiday weekend and there is much to see in the North East particularly if you feel like throwing a tent or a motel key in the back of the car and making a weekend of it. Some of the attractions of the area are given here:

and of course it is not very far from the Bay of Fires recently nominated by Lonely Planet as the best holiday spot in the world!

Hope to see you there. Here's a couple of photos (phone quality) from out last visit:

Bread on the Waters

"Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days." (Ecclesiastes)

We inadvertently put this famous advice to the test at Holwell Gorge but, unfortunately, it didn't work out quite as well as the Sage seemed to expect. We may be being unfair - our bread was not so much 'cast' as accidentally allowed to slide in - also we retrieved it in a few seconds thanks to the eagle eyes of one whose "..eyes[were] ever expectant to witness the wonders of God's mercy and eager to behold the splendours of His beauty". (Baha'u'llah) and another who sped "... over the waters even as they course the land" (Baha'u'llah). Still we can't deny that the bread was quite sodden and useless and its hard to imagine it would have improved by being in the water for many days. Perhaps the advice was not meant to be taken literally. As Baha'u'llah said in another context :
This is the significance of the well-known words: "The wolf and the lamb shall feed together." ......... Besides, of what profit would it be to the world were such a thing to take place?" (Baha'u'llah).
Holwell Gorge is beautiful with a lovely little waterfall above which we had our picnic (fortunately more than one had brought bread) and prayers.
It was a rather well-attended 'Layli' and after our spiritual and material food we were able to split into two search parties. The younger or fitter members set off to complete the walk through the gorge while the older or more arthritic members returned to the cars and drove round to meet them at the other end. Despite the numerous warning messages posted by the path the walk apparently proved relatively easy but no material evidence of Layli came to light.
The particularly pleasant atmosphere gave us hope that she was shedding her influence upon us but sightings remained as elusive as ever.
Baha'u'llah said:
Canst thou discover any one but Me, O Pen, in this Day? What hath become of the creation and the manifestations thereof? What of the names and their kingdom? Whither are gone all created things, whether seen or unseen? What of the hidden secrets of the universe and its revelations? Lo, the entire creation hath passed away! Nothing remaineth except My Face, the Ever-Abiding, the Resplendent, the All-Glorious.
Perhaps Layli too was part of the entire creation which passed away? Certainly she remains unseen.

Baha'u'llah talks about the revelations of God's Beauty being imprinted on all beings.

The portals of Thy grace have throughout eternity been open, and the means of access unto Thy Presence made available, unto all created things, and the revelations of Thy matchless Beauty have at all times been imprinted upon the realities of all beings, visible and invisible. (Baha'u'llah)
Certainly there was much at Holwell that seemed to be bear the imprint of His Beauty.

".....and the Bridge hath been laid, and the Verses have been sent down, and the Sun hath shone forth, and the stars have been blotted out, and the souls have been raised to life, and the breath of the Spirit hath blown...." (Baha'u'llah)