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)
Monday, 9 March 2009
A Day at the Seaside
If we believe that Layli can be found anywhere if one searches with ardour, why shouldn't we find her strolling along Bondi in a bikini and sunnies?
Well, Badger Head isn't quite Bondi but it is certainly a beach and a lovely one at that. We came well prepared for our day at the seaside even with a changing room.
There was a good group of us, and we swam, ate, prayed and wandered.
We climbed dunes.....
We gathered pebbles and shells.....
And some of us just stood around and got our feet wet ................
Unfortunately, some of us (well at least one of us), got sunburnt and most of were pestered by March flies.
It's rather hard to see the sign of God in a March fly, but Baha'u'llah tells us
"Upon the inmost reality of each and every created thing He hath shed the light of one of His names, and made it a recipient of the glory of one of His attributes." (Baha'u'llah)
So even March flies must have something going for them.
By general consent another pleasant day but no sign of Layli .......unless .... could Layli manifest herself as a March fly? If so there is a chance that her fragile, immaterial body lies broken on the Badger Head sands crushed by the impatient hand of an irritated seeker. We do hope not.