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?

Friday, 23 April 2010

Repeat the gaze

The wayfarer in this Valley seeth in the fashionings of the True One nothing save clear providence, and at every moment saith: "No defect canst thou see in the creation of the God of Mercy: Repeat the gaze: Seest thou a single flaw?"  He beholdeth justice in injustice, and in justice, grace. In ignorance he findeth many a knowledge hidden, and in knowledge a myriad wisdoms manifest.    (Baha'u'llah)

Firstly and most important in May it is going to be seeking Layli in a very busy month.  There simply isn't a weekend which doesn't conflict with something that is dear to the heart of at least some regular Layli Seekers.  We have chosen May the 16th as the least inconvenient but have moved our usual time to 1pm so as to accommodate those who will be attending Sunday Morning devotions at the Baha'i late autumn camp.  So remember 1pm on Sunday 16th May at the car park.  Which car park?  We are going to repeat the gaze at Notley Fern Gorge.  We have been there before.

To get there:

The gorge is easy to get to for Launceston based people.  Search for it "Notley Fern Gorge" on Google maps         and get directions from your starting point. From Launceston Google estimates about half an hour, starting on the West Tamar Highway, after 11 kms turning left at BridgeNorth Rd (C732), another 8.6 kms turn right at Notley Gorge Road and make sure you turn left at a Y junction to stay on
Notley Gorge Road.  The  Gorge is also well signposted from Frankford Road between Exeter and Frankford which might be easiest for Devonport folks.

As usual its a picnic and a devotional meeting - bring food and a respect for your own and others spiritual practices. 

Thursday, 22 April 2010

walking upon the earth

Every man of discernment, while walking upon the earth, feeleth indeed abashed, inasmuch as he is fully aware that the thing which is the source of his prosperity, his wealth, his might, his exaltation, his advancement and power is, as ordained by God, the very earth which is trodden beneath the feet of all men.    (Baha'u'llah)
 Another day, another forest, more prayers, and a picnic.  But this time a river as well not to mention a plague of wasps.  There was naturally discussion as to whether it is legal and/or ethical to kill wasps in a National Park. Though we didn't reach a conclusion we didn't actually kill any though we did try to lure them away with jam and other temptations.

 No sign of Layli nor much sign of a path so we wandered pretty much at random along the river and through the forest.  Much to see and Baha'u'llah says:
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)
There were many created things.

 As two of our party were new to Tasmania and about to do the Overland Trail we finished the day by driving up to Devil's Gullet - perhaps the most spectacular viewpoint in Tasmania - so they could see in the distance the mountains they were heading for.  It was a full circle in one sense for the very first expedition in search of Layli some three years ago was to Devil's Gullet.  Only one of that original party was there again.Unfortunately, the batteries in the camera gave out at the Gullet so no photos of that view but here's a quote instead.  The emptiness of the wilderness visible from the Gullet reminds me of:
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)