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?

Thursday, 18 February 2010

The Secrets of the Sea

"He in this station is content with the decree of God, and seeth war as peace, and findeth in death the secrets of everlasting life. With inward and outward eyes he witnesseth the mysteries of resurrection in the realms of creation and the souls of men, and with a pure heart apprehendeth the divine wisdom in the endless Manifestations of God. In the ocean he findeth a drop, in a drop he beholdeth the secrets of the sea." (Baha'u'llah)
For the second time, we went to Badger Head with the intention of seeking Layli amongst the rocks and trees of the Head itself and in Nawrantapu Park. And for the second time we ended up on the beach
"I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky." said John Masefield and we felt the same compulsion.
We had had our picnic at the Baha'i summer camp and had devotions there both before and after our search for Layli so there was something of a different atmosphere from our usual trips. But there was still beauty in small things:

"...a Revelation the potency of which ...... hath enabled every least pebble to resound again with Thy praise, as the stones glorified Thee in the days of Muhammad, Thy Friend. " (Baha'u'llah)

We searched for Layli in our different ways. Some chose to immerse themselves in the ocean like fish:

"Indeed the laws of God are like unto the ocean and the children of men as fish, did they but know it. However, in observing them one must exercise tact and wisdom..." (Baha'u'llah)

While one sought Layli in a solitary walk at the waters edge
" that they may soar in the heavens even as they walk upon the earth and speed over the waters even as they course the land, and that they may take up their souls in their hands and lay them down in the path of their Creator." (Baha'u'llah)

It was a lovely day.

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