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?

Friday, 18 December 2009

A lofty mountain wherein no one dwelleth

It was actually the Bab who said " Verily, behold My habitation -- a lofty mountain wherein no one dwelleth."  He had been imprisoned there. But perhaps Layli might be following His example?
Anyway we are going to check out Mount Barrow again on Sunday January 3rd 2010 to see if she's there.  We've been up there twice before but once was in rain.  Our second attempt is documented here
The arrangements are the same as last time.  We will meet at the picnic spot at noon for picnic and prayers.
Mount Barrow is about 46 km north-east of Launceston. Follow the sealed Tasman Highway (A3) for 31 km north-east from Launceston, then turn right onto the gravel Mount Barrow Road (route C404) which leads to the Mount Barrow State Reserve (approximately 9 km) and the plateau (approximately 15 km). The trip takes about 3/4 hour.
The last 2 km of road to the plateau is narrow, steep and winding. During winter the road beyond the picnic ground is periodically closed due to snow. 
However, we may change our search methods.  In the past we have gone up to the plateau and looked down hoping to see Layli.  
Perhaps it might be pleasanter and maybe more successful to search through the forests below the plateau?  We can decide during the picnic.
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 17 December 2009

All Life is of Thee

"My God, the Object of my adoration, the Goal of my desire, the All-Bountiful, the Most Compassionate! All life is of Thee, and all power lieth within the grasp of Thine omnipotence" (Baha'u'llah)


Various conflicting events resulted in only a small group of three seekers arriving at Pine Lake to be greeted by what seems at first sight a barren landscape -  beautiful in its windswept emptiness but seemingly inhabited only by stunted grey brown plants. Not the kind of place one would expect to life in all its beauty, profusion and variety to be celebrated.
But all life is from God and nothing God creates but is wonderful in itself.  One cannot be long at Pine Lake before something hits you with its beauty and perfection.

It is not just the flowers though they are impressive indeedThere are the 'block rivers'  resulting from ice-age glaciation.

There is the lake itself

And the sculptured forms that the Pencil Pines have acquired in their long lives

As one of us commented - there is something Japanese about it.
"Every created being however revealeth His signs which are but emanations from Him and not His Own Self. All these signs are reflected and can be seen in the book of existence, and the scrolls that depict the shape and pattern of the universe are indeed a most great book."    (Baha'u'llah)
Perhaps at Pine Lake  the scrolls that depict the "shape and pattern of the universe" are more visible, less concealed by veils but for whatever reason it a very special place.  No we didn't find Layli there, but, when we do find her, we will certainly recommend Pine Lake to her.

We walked and talked and said our devotions and we stopped at Liffey Falls on the way back.  It was a very peaceful and fulfilling day.
"Know ye not that the Hand of God is over your hands, that His irrevocable Decree transcendeth all your devices, that He is supreme over His servants, that He is equal to His Purpose, that He doth what He wisheth, that He shall not be asked of whatever He willeth, that He ordaineth what He pleaseth, that He is the Most Powerful, the Almighty? If ye believe this to be the truth, wherefore, then, will ye not cease from troubling and be at peace with yourselves?"    (Baha'u'llah)