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?

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Dwell not save on the mount of faithfulness

The first call of the Beloved is this: O mystic nightingale! Abide not but in the rose-garden of the spirit. O messenger of the Solomon of love! Seek thou no shelter except in the Sheba of the well-beloved, and O immortal phoenix! dwell not save on the mount of faithfulness. Therein is thy habitation, if on the wings of thy soul thou soarest to the realm of the infinite and seekest to attain thy goal.    (Baha'u'llah)

Well I think we can all agree that Layli probably lives in Tasmania and that being the case perhaps she took Baha'u'llah literally and dwells on a 'mount of faithfulness'?
Could it be Mount Roland?
We'll find out this Sunday 4th October.  Mount Roland is situated at Gowrie Park between Sheffield and Cradle Mountain and can also be reached down a more interesting but probably slower road from Mole Creek.  Gowrie Park is easily found on Google maps or any other popular route finder.
We'll meet as usual at noon at O'Neill's Picnic reserve which, if you're coming from Sheffield is on the left hand side near the start of Gowrie Park.   Theres a nice little creek path leads off it which might be a good gentle walk for the less fit and will I'm sure have places for picnic and prayers.

For the fitter there are of course many more strenuous walks available up to and including the ascent of Mount Roland itself, which I for one will not be doing.

One middle level possibility is to drive the few kilometres to Round Hill Lookout (worth it for the view alone) From there is a walking only road up made, probably, for the communication towers.  You don't have to go very far to get special views.

Remember, bring some food to eat and/or share and a willingness to at least tolerate others devotions or offer your own in your own way and keep your eyes peeled for Layli. And if you need a lift email here or contact me privately.
Its a reasonable run from Launceston so it may be a time to make up groups and share petrol costs.

A closing couple of views of the Mount to close with.

Though weariness lay Me low, and hunger consume Me, and the bare rock be My bed, and My fellows the beasts of the field, I will not complain,    (Baha'u'llah)

If the rock should be as grand as Mount Roland why would anyone complain?

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Diversified by Various Causes

Say: Nature in its essence is the embodiment of My Name, the Maker, the Creator. Its manifestations are diversified by varying causes, and in this diversity there are signs for men of discernment. Nature is God's Will and is its expression in and through the contingent world. (Baha'u'llah)

Of all the places we've visited on our quest for Layli, Lost and Meetus falls have probably showed the diversity of nature more than any other. For a start there's the falls themselves. Meetus as shown here is a classical single drop waterfall looking rather impressive after the recent rains.
While Lost Falls, shown below, is hardly a waterfall at all. More a few hundred metres of cascades.

The contrast is not confine to the Falls. When we arrived at the Lost Falls car park we seemed to be in the middle of a vast dry Sclerophyll forest. And we were. All the usual signs of an Australian forest not all that long since having been damaged by fire but back in growth. All the usual tangle of dead branches and little understorey.

But as we made our way down to the river we were entering a different micro-ecology. First the understorey thickened being dominated by Mountain Berry.

Then as we reached the river the vegetation was almost rain forest, certainly riparian and the place was a rock hopper's paradise. Here one of the group uses sensitive photo-electrical equipment to check for spiritual activity amongst the rocks.

We said prayers while perched on the rocks and felt as Baha'u'llah put it:
"Were anyone .... 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 ..."

but it is wise to remember how Baha'u'llah continued.
"-- yet, should the fragrance of My good pleasure not be inhaled from him, his works would never be acceptable unto God."

Then we left the river, climbed back up to the car park, and headed in the other direction where on top of a small hill were large, almost circular rock areas where wild flowers grew:

and, as promised by Forestry Tasmania who do not lie to us, we had views over the Freycinet peninsula.
Then, of course it was a 20k drive to see Meetus Falls. Regrettably, time did not permit us to press on and check out if Layli could be found at Harding Falls, Mount Puzzler Reserve or any other wonders of the Eastern Forests.

Indeed, O Brother, if we ponder each created thing, we shall witness a myriad perfect wisdoms and learn a myriad new and wondrous truths. (Baha'u'llah)