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?

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

The Seas and the Waves Thereof

"We have forbidden you dissension and conflict in My Books, and My Scriptures, and My Scrolls, and My Tablets, and have wished thereby naught else save your exaltation and advancement. Unto this testify the heavens and the stars thereof, and the sun and the radiance thereof, and the trees and the leaves thereof, and the seas and the waves thereof, and the earth and the treasures thereof." Baha'u'llah

On Sunday 15th February 2009 we are heading to Badger Head, to the ocean, to the seas and the waves thereof.
Badger Head is well signposted a little north of York Town. Though the Head itself is actually within Narawntapu National Park, do not take the road signposted to the Park - that goes to the other end of the Park. Wait for the C721 signposted to Badger Head itself. Google maps gives the location and directions well. It is about an hours drive from Launceston or Devonport - perhaps an hour and a half from Scottsdale.
Now Tasmanian National Parks charge admission, $11 for an individual but only $22 for a carload of up to eight people. More realistically $22 for 5 people in an average car. So we will meet just before the Park entrance. On the right hand side there is an area with a sign saying 'Day Use Only' with parking available (though no facilities). We will meet there at noon.
From there one can access the beach and some coastal country for free.

However those who would like to enter the park will find much worth looking at. Look at the photos here
to get an idea of what the Head is like. Don't worry about the description of the difficult coastal walk. There are easy paths as well.

Hope to see you there. Bring some food for the picnic and, if you want, be prepared to worship in your own way.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

A Road Leading unto God?

"In this connection it hath been deemed necessary to mention such traditions as have been recorded regarding the blessed and honored city of 'Akk√°, that haply thou mayest, O Hadi, seek a path unto the Truth, and a road leading unto God." (Baha'u'llah)
For those of us living in Northern Tasmania, an opportunity to take the 'road to God' to the Baha'i Holy Places in Akka (Acre) in modern day Israel is a rare, often literally a once in a lifetime, experience. We did our best to substitute something suitable, the hand made road up to Ralph's Falls pictured above. It wasn't, I suppose, a road to God except in the sense that
"Whichever way ye turn, there is the face of God." (Qur'an) but it did seem a place where we might feel the presence of Layli.

The Falls are a place of green mossy forest. The height attracts rain which keep the vegetation green.

The shady forest path occasionally offers dramatic views across North East Tasmania.

It was a good day with a good turnout. Some of our more frequent attendees from Launceston were joined by a group from the Scottsdale area.

I think we can really say that we worshipped God in the forests, valleys, and
mountains, upon high hills and lofty peaks but Baha'u'llah has a word of warning for us:

"Were anyone to wash the feet of all mankind, and were he 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 -- yet, should the fragrance of My good pleasure not be inhaled from him, his works would never be acceptable unto God. (Baha'u'llah)

Everything depends on the good pleasure of God.

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Return to Pine Lake

"Behold how the thing which thou hast seen in thy dream is, after a considerable lapse of time, fully realized." (Baha'u'llah)
Regular readers of this blog, and even more so those who attended the search at Pine Lake earlier this year, will remember the almost dream like atmosphere with thick mist and only glimpses of the Lake and the Pines. They attendees might also remember the notices recommending a visit in summer to see the wild flowers.
So, in preparation for our trip to Ralph Falls this Sunday, one seeker made a return to Pine Lake to see if Layli or the flowers were in attendance. Pine Lake as you can see above still maintains its bleak appearance as a whole but as you will see below the flowers are there in abundance if you look closely.
As for Layli, well we still have no sighting but I feel at Pine Lake we are as close to her as we have ever been.
Baha'u'llah compared Himself to a flower:
The Flower, thus far hidden from the sight of men, is unveiled to your eyes. In the open radiance of His glory He standeth before you. His voice summoneth all the holy and sanctified beings to come and be united with Him. Happy is he that turneth thereunto; well is it with him that hath attained, and gazed on the light of so wondrous a countenance. (Baha'u'llah)
With no more commentary here are some of the flowers and other sights of summertime at Pine Lake. ( A new camera has greatly improved the quality of our photos - try double clicking on them).

"Thou didst come, O my God, in the clouds of Thy spirit....." (Baha'u'llah)