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)
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
the stillness of the mighty woods (report)
Well we headed off to a mighty wood to test St Barbe Baker's words. And are they true? Well yes and no.
In the camaraderie and rather formal beauty of our meeting place at Lake Huntsman there was certainly a good feeling.
That intensified as we reached Scott's Lookout
and perhaps as we said and sang prayers at there on the edge of the mighty forest looking out over the Meander Valley we felt something special. Who knows, perhaps we were aware of the divine.
But when we crossed the bridge to the start of Split Rock Track
and entered as a group into the mighty forest.
it was perhaps the wonders of creation that grabbed our attention.
We were diligent in our search. Here one of our number checks every frond for a sign of Layli.
And we marveled at roots, rocks, ferns, and, of course, fungi
Is there a difference between the divine and the wonder of the divine creation? Perhaps:
"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, and not he who maintaineth that the creature is indistinguishable from the Creator."
So we should not maintain that the beauty of Meander Forest was indistinguishable from the Divine, but again:
"So pervasive and general is this revelation that nothing whatsoever in the whole universe can be discovered that doth not reflect His splendor." (Baha'u'llah)
Perhaps it would be true to say that in the stillness of the mighty forest we were made aware of the reflections of His splendour.