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)
Sunday, 6 June 2010
the stillness of the mighty woods
This quote from Richard St Barbe Baker, founder of "Men of the Trees" was recently used in the "Soul Food" devotional at the Baha'i Centre in Hobart and therefore at several other devotionals which use the same program in other localities.
We however have decided to test it not just read it. One of the mightiest woods around Northern Tasmania is the Meander Forest Reserve so we will be heading there on Saturday the 12th of June meeting at 12 noon at the picnic ground beside Huntsman lake.
Even if the day is windy, there should be stillness in the gullies and valleys that cut the tiers. Will we be aware of the divine? Will we find Layli. the answer will, of course, be revealed in due time on this blog but why wait? Why not join us?
The directions are fairly simple if you can get to Deloraine. Take the road to Meander (turn South beside the river on the Launceston side) and go all the way to and through Meander. Continue on til the tarmac stops and a hundred metres or so beyond that the picnic spot is on the left looking like this:
It is more a meeting place than a destination. For a description of the various possible walks available try
Last time we ate at the picnic spot, prayed at Scott's Lookout and walked on Split Rock track. We could do the same or try something else.
A very serious word of warning. It will be much colder than the cities - assume it will snow and dress appropriately. Also, these are serious bush walks if you go all the way - most of us will be content to potter about the start of the tracks. We would not recommend trying to complete any of the walks unless you are well equipped and in a party with at least one experienced walker.
Our previous trip to the forest was reported here