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, 19 July 2009
Is it just coincidence that the birth of modern communications occurred at almost exactly the same time as the birth of the Babi/Baha'i dispensation. One of the essentials of Baha'u'llah's Message is that "The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens." (Baha'u'llah). Would it have been possible to carry the Message to all those citizens in a reasonable time without telephones, telegraphs, television, and the internet?
One of the early forms of modern communication which had only a very limited life before being submerged under the avalanche of electric communication was the cross-country semaphore. On Sunday 26th July we're going to Mount Direction where there is what is probably the last cross-country semaphore in working order (though not in use) in the world.
We will meet at 12 noon as usual at the car park where there is a picnic spot and the start of the track up the hill. The signposting is not great but it is on Dalrymple Road only about 25 kms from Launceston along the East Tamar Highway towards Georgetown.The turn-off is on the right if coming from Launceston and the car park is only 200 metres or so from the Highway. If getting directions from Google Maps look for Signal Lane. If you look for Mount Direction it will send you to the nearby township with the same name.
If coming across the bridge turn towards Launceston and if coming from the Northwest there are various back ways to reach Dalrymple road. Trust Google maps on this one.
There is further information at http://www.touringtasmania.info/mt_direction.htm
which refers to a tavern which I have never seen though there is a Caltex petrol station roughly where they say the tavern is.
The walk up to the summit to see the semaphore is about 2km and up is the operative word. As the web site says it requires a basic level of fitness so some of won't go all the way. Never mind its nice walking through through light eucalypt bush with plenty of rest points where we can say prayers.
As usual bring a picnic to eat or share, and if you like, a willingness to offer praises to the Lord in your own preferred style.
Hoipe to see you there!
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Baha'u'llah was actually talking about Socrates in the above quote, but one of the things we learnt from our trip to Mole Creek caves was just how many life forms do dwell in caves. Here, for example, is the caves' top predator - the cave spider:
Our timing was such that the most convenient tour for us was the 'Cathedral' cave tour. Here we make our way up to the 'Cathedral'.
and here is the 'Cathedral' itself:
It earned its name not only because of its general size, appearance, and the formation known as the 'organ pipes' seen centrally in the above shot. Before this cave came under the care of the National Parks the local people, presumably before many churches were built in the neighbourhood, used to take the long walk to and through the cave to the 'cathedral' and hold their Sunday Services here. Baha'u'llah says:
"Blessed is the ...... cave, ...... where mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified." ( Baha'i Prayers)
Certainly this spot has been blessed by the praises of the local Christians and, with the guides permission, we added a Baha'i prayer or two.
This little area carries the name of "the garden". A rock garden we suppose.
A cave is of course a dark place by nature but when did man feel constrained by nature? The caves we see as tourists are mosrly about light - light and shade.
Wherefore marvel not at how He turneth darkness into light, light into darkness, ignorance into knowledge, error into guidance, death into life, and life into death. (Baha'u'llah)
If this stubby stalagmite had a name it has slipped my mind but it and all other structures and forms in the caves have formed over extremely long times. It is hard somehow to grasp how an occasional drop of impure water can result in such a solid structure as this.
Thou hast everlastingly been sanctified above the mention of any one but Thee and the praise of all else except Thyself, and Thou wilt everlastingly continue to be the same as Thou wast from the beginning and hast ever been.
And this formation is known as the "Palm Tree" for obvious reasons.
Every mineral can be made to acquire the density, form, and substance of each and every other mineral. (Baha'u'llah)
And eventually, we re-emerged to daylight and another Tasmanian forest, complete with moss, lichens, and of course fungi.
And here we had our picnic (actually before we entered the cave but no matter).