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, 16 November 2009

Dwelling in the green garden land

Nay rather, the denizens of the undying city, who dwell in the green garden land, see not even "neither first nor last"; they fly from all that is first, and repulse all that is last. For these have passed over the worlds of names, and fled beyond the worlds of attributes as swift as lightning. Thus is it said: "Absolute Unity excludeth all attributes." And they have made their dwelling-place in the shadow of the Essence. (Baha'u'llah)

GLORY be to God for dappled things,
For skies of couple-color as a brinded cow,
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls, finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced, fold, fallow and plough,
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange,
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim.
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change;
Praise him.
(Gerard Manley Hopkins)

It was, so said the web sites, an easy two hour return walk to the falls.
Well, no doubt easy for some. For most of us it was a struggle, But it was worth it.

Not particularly for the waterfall itself, though it was a perfectly respectable waterfall but for the green dappled wonderland we made our way through. A light canopy with a lot of dogwood allowed light to penetrate in rays and glimpses and spots into an almost miraculously green rain forest.

As you can see below we lost and found each other amongst the ferns, and moss and greenery. Did I mention it was green?

A highlight is shown by this photo below which many of us feel clearly shows Layli relaxing in her green bower. Skeptics insist that the facial features and clothes are those of one of the Layliseekers but who but Layli could be sitting with such composure in such a spot? Do they not know that we all carry something of Layli within us?

With the hands of power I made thee and with the fingers of strength I created thee; and within thee have I placed the essence of My light. (Baha'u'llah)
Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting. (Baha'u'llah)

Prayers were said, God was praised, picnic was eaten, and weary and aching bodies dragged homewards filled with wonder and the beauty of creation.

His eyes are ever expectant to witness the wonders of God's mercy and eager to behold the splendours of His beauty. Blessed indeed are they that have attained unto such a station, for this is the station of the ardent lovers and the enraptured souls. (Baha'u'llah)

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