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, 18 October 2009
........ its streams flowing, and its trees luxuriant........
We met at O'Neill's picnic reserve. Convenient with its picnic tables and toilets but not in itself particularly beautiful. But leading off the reserve there is a fairly easy walk. It needed to be easy as many of us are unfit and at least one was carrying an injury. And it went along beside a creek and it was absolutely lovely.
There was much to see including this yellow worm. Can Layli assume the form of a yellow worm? Perhaps, but would she want to? ".... every man that hath eyes to perceive and ears to hear cannot but readily recognize how evanescent are its colors." (Baha'u'llah)
"In a rich soil, its plants spring forth abundantly by permission of its Lord," (Quran)
Then it was back to the picnic reserve where we used it as its name implied and also to say and sing our devotions.
Then we piled in the cars and headed to Mount Round Lookout.
Then we split up, those who still had oomph in their legs headed up the hydro road leading to the summit to get better and better views while others of us started to wend our way homewards via Mole Creek. One of our newer members. but an old hand in the Tasmanian bush, showed us en route a marvelous hidden picnic spot beside the Mersey River
It will, we feel sure, be a the site for a future Layli hunt as it seemed just the magical spot she might choose to haunt.