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)
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Diversified by Various Causes
Of all the places we've visited on our quest for Layli, Lost and Meetus falls have probably showed the diversity of nature more than any other. For a start there's the falls themselves. Meetus as shown here is a classical single drop waterfall looking rather impressive after the recent rains.
While Lost Falls, shown below, is hardly a waterfall at all. More a few hundred metres of cascades.
The contrast is not confine to the Falls. When we arrived at the Lost Falls car park we seemed to be in the middle of a vast dry Sclerophyll forest. And we were. All the usual signs of an Australian forest not all that long since having been damaged by fire but back in growth. All the usual tangle of dead branches and little understorey.
But as we made our way down to the river we were entering a different micro-ecology. First the understorey thickened being dominated by Mountain Berry.
Then as we reached the river the vegetation was almost rain forest, certainly riparian and the place was a rock hopper's paradise. Here one of the group uses sensitive photo-electrical equipment to check for spiritual activity amongst the rocks.
We said prayers while perched on the rocks and felt as Baha'u'llah put it:
"Were anyone .... to worship God in the forests, valleys, and mountains, upon high hills and lofty peaks, to leave no rock or tree, no clod of earth, but was a witness to his worship ..."
but it is wise to remember how Baha'u'llah continued.
"-- yet, should the fragrance of My good pleasure not be inhaled from him, his works would never be acceptable unto God."
Then we left the river, climbed back up to the car park, and headed in the other direction where on top of a small hill were large, almost circular rock areas where wild flowers grew:
and, as promised by Forestry Tasmania who do not lie to us, we had views over the Freycinet peninsula.
Then, of course it was a 20k drive to see Meetus Falls. Regrettably, time did not permit us to press on and check out if Layli could be found at Harding Falls, Mount Puzzler Reserve or any other wonders of the Eastern Forests.
Indeed, O Brother, if we ponder each created thing, we shall witness a myriad perfect wisdoms and learn a myriad new and wondrous truths. (Baha'u'llah)