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?

Thursday, 18 June 2009

and for every fruit a season hath been ordained

In the forests of Tasmania , autumn is the season ordained for the fruiting bodies of fungi. The filaments that form the fungi are of course there all year usually below the ground and usually each filament is too small to see. But in autumn the fruiting bodies are a joy to behold and there are few better places to behold them then Meander Forest Reserve.

Baha'u'llah said:
"The world is continually proclaiming these words: Beware, I am evanescent, and so are all my outward appearances and colours. Take ye heed of the changes and chances contrived within me and be ye roused from your slumber."

Few things are quite as colourful and as evanescent as fungi. So without more ado here are the photos with the minimum of notes of when we went searching for Layli and found fungi.

We had our picnic beside Lake Huntsman

And settled down at Scott's Road lookout to say our prayers amidst the birdsong.

To venture further into the forest we had to cross the river, taking heart from Baha'u'llah's words:
"Forget what thou didst read in the books of Sibavayh and Qawlavayh, of Ibn-i-Hajib and Ibn-i-Malik, and cross the water."
Baha'u'llah might have been surprised how easy it was to forget what we read of those two writers.
And then we found fungi

These two were tiny - about a centimeter across, but so delicate

It shouldn't be forgotten that we were in a forest - fungi were not the only life forms exquisitely formed and coloured - trees too were enchanted.

And lastly, a extremely tiny but shining golden fungus, surely a Layli fungus. Too small to photo easily but so bright it was impossible to miss.

But let Baha'u'llah have the last word reminding us that even such beauty is temporary:
"The dwellers of the kingdom of names have busied themselves with the gay livery of the world, forgetful that every man that hath eyes to perceive and ears to hear cannot but readily recognize how evanescent are its colors."

Much as we love the gay livery of the fungi there is presumable a greater beauty to be sought even if it cannot be photographed.

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