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, 24 August 2010

Praying in the moonlight

Each moon, O my beloved, for three days I go mad;
Today's the first of these -- 'Tis why thou seest me glad.
    (Baha'u'llah quoting Rumi)

Well, we didn't really go mad (some of may already have been mad of course) but an onlooker might have thought so as we huddled round a table saying prayers by the light of a tiny torch.  We had a guest too:
The idea had been to extol the Lord at eve but it was more the dead of night by the time we got round to it.  There had been much to see and do beforehand:
There were wombats:
and wallabies:
 The beach to be walked on:
It is never too early to start seeking Layli.  Here a youngster is encouraged to check every grain of sand
Are these the Shoes of the Fisherman?
No not the fisherman.  Just someone going for a paddle.  After all Layli could as easily be in the water as on the land.
As always we found much wonder in nature:
"....the favoured ones of God and the pure in heart are overcome with wonder and awe."     (Baha'u'llah)

And, of course before we could pray we had our picnic in the dark.
Eat of that which Allah hath bestowed on you as food lawful and good, and keep your duty to Allah in Whom ye are believers.    (The Qur'an)
But perhaps the abiding memory is the wombats

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