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, 26 January 2010

a myriad changes

In this journey the seeker becometh witness to a myriad changes and transformations, confluences and divergences. (Baha'u'llah)

Our next trip on Sunday the 7th February will witness at least two changes to our usual practice. If we come up with two changes perhaps God will provide the myriad.

Firstly our scheduled first Sunday of the month happens to coincide with the Northern Tasmanian Baha'i Summer Camp, which several of our regulars, Baha'i and others, will attend. So we are making the meeting point the camp site at 12 noon where we will share a picnic and devotions with any other campers who might be interested and then drive off to Badger Head.
Secondly, we will change our destination at Badger head. Last time we visited we simply enjoyed a day at the seaside
Of course some of us may again prefer to enjoy the marvelous Ocean beach to swim and relax but at least some of us are going to venture onto the head itself. If you wonder why take a look at the photo's of the rocks here. Those who feel up to it may feel like a wander in the coastal woods of Nawrantapu park which lies beyond the Head.
Now Badger Head is part of the National Park and therefore has an entry fee if you haven't got an annual pass. We will have at least two cars with annual passes attending so ten people can get in free. That would be more than our usual turn up so things should be OK but if necessary its $24 for as many people as the car can legally hold.

So the meeting point is Carnacoo Scout Camp at noon on the 7th February. Directions to Carnacoo: From Launceston, travel north on West Tamar Highway toward Exeter, just before entering Exeter, turn right & travel through Blackwall & Gravelly Beach for 5.7 km then turn right to Paper Beach. (There is a “Carnacoo” road sign at this junction but it is easy to miss). 1.25km along Paper Beach Road is a driveway on the left hand side to Carnacoo.

Please note that people attending the camp who do not intend to return after seeking Layli should do their share of cleaning up before they leave.

Also a change of date for our March expedition. The first Sunday in March falls in the Baha'i fast so roughly half our regulars would not be eating drinking or probably taking strenuous walks that day. A devotional picnic without food seems to lack a little something so we are changing the date to Saturday 27th February. We are still investigating suitable spots but perhaps the slopes of Mount Arthur might provide a pleasant wildness.

Every Created Thing

Every created thing in the whole universe is but a door leading into His knowledge, a sign of His sovereignty, a revelation of His names, a symbol of His majesty, a token of His power, a means of admittance into His straight Path.... (Baha'u'llah)
These tiny berries, a few mm across, were just a few of the marvelous created things we discovered on Mount Barrow.

He is really a believer in the Unity of God who recognizeth in each and every created thing the sign of the revelation of Him Who is the Eternal Truth (Baha'u'llah)

So here area few more created things.

Rocks and stones of all shapes and sizes

stones in overwhelming abundance

And of course the flowers
We spread out across the plateau. each seeking there own magic
al spot,

Besides our wander on the plateau we picnicked, prayed, talked and walked at the picnic site and in the woods around, but for at least one of us it was n the plateau that we seemed closest to the ideal of losing oneself and finding the wonder of God.

In this station, the seeker's complete surrender and utter effacement before his Creator will be such that, were he to search the East and the West, and traverse land, sea, mountain and plain, he would find no trace of his own self or of any other soul. (Baha'u'llah)

and another quote

He yieldeth up spirit, soul, and body in the path of his Lord, and yet he doeth so by the leave of his Beloved and not of his own whim and desire. Thou findest him chill in the fire and dry in the sea, abiding in every land and treading every path. Whosoever toucheth him in this state will perceive the heat of his love. He walketh the heights of detachment and traverseth the vale of renunciation. 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)

I doubt that any of us would claim that we reached such a state on the Heights of Mount Barrow but perhaps in the wildness one can glimpse what Baha'u'llah is talking about.