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, 18 November 2009

the high places of the earth

He bringeth to light whatsoever He willeth, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, invested with transcendent majesty and power. (Baha'u'llah)

On Sunday 6th December we are going to the high places. In fact returning to the high places because we have been to Pine Lake before. Our last trip was wrapt in veils of winter mist but a solo scout by one of our members had better luck last summer.

Route finders give several probably interesting back roads that lead to Pine Lake but by far the easiest way is to get to Deloraine and head up the Lake Highway towards Miena. Once you complete the climb and get above the tree line and things flatten keep your eyes open for the lake on the right. You will see the signs proclaiming it an environmentally sensitive area.
We won't be quite above the treeline because Pine Lake is named for the wonderfully gnarled tough and long-lived Pencil Pine (which are not really Pines at all).
And this is a very easy walk. I know some people will be thinking "I've heard that before" but it really is. Being environmentally sensitive they have built a dead flat broadwalk and you are not allowed off it. You could take a wheelchair on this trip!
For those who would fancy a bit more strenuous walk there is a nice downhill maybe 1 to 2 hour walk from a scenic point on the Lake Highway down beside the Liffey to the Falls car park and I'm sure we could arrange cars to make it a one way trip.
There are no facilities at all at Pine Lake so this might be a time to bring any folding chairs tables you may have. Or perhaps for the picnic and prayers we might drive a little bit further on to the lookout above The Great Lake. Lets meet at 12 noon at the Pine Lake car park and make our plans then.
See you in the wilderness.

All the Embodiments of His Names wander in the wilderness of search, athirst and eager to discover His Essence, (Baha'u'llah)

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)