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 path to madness

The original and archetypical Layli seeker was, of course, Majnun which means quite simply "Mad". So it is perhaps appropriate that we should seek Layli on Cuckoo Falls Track.

"Love accepteth no existence and wisheth no life: He seeth life in death, and in shame seeketh glory. To merit the madness of love, man must abound in sanity; to merit the bonds of the Friend, he must be full of spirit." (Baha'u'llah)

We should stress that we are going to Cuckoo Falls Track - most of us will not be going to Cuckoo Falls which is variously described as a "three hour return walk up a gentle incline" and "two hour steep walk". For many of us that sounds like Westmoreland Falls and worse.

Take heart though the track is gorgeous from the start. These photos were all taken within a couple of hundred metres of the car park.

And the creek crossings look rather easier than at Westmoreland.

We will meet as usual at 12 noon at the car park but NOT on Sunday. In deference to those of our number who are Baha'is and will be having their annual fast on our usual day we are going on

Saturday the 27th February.

To get to the track first get to Scottsdale (probably the quickest if not the shortest way from Launceston is by Lilydale) and continue on the A3 south-east for about 10k until you see Tonganah road on the right. Theres a signpost to Cuckoo Falls track there. Its just after a bridge over the Forester River which doesn't seem to have water at the moment. Do not be misled by Cuckoo Road which is a few kilometres closer to Scottsdale. Theres a signpost to Cuckoo Falls there too but it points down the highway to Tonganah Road.
Having found the turn-off to Tonganah Road there's about 7k of reasonably good dirt road. The last few hundred metres to the car park are a bit rough but its a short walk from there if you don't fancy driving it. If you would like to come but don't want to drive on dirt get in touch - we'll arrange a ferry service over the dirt!
Google maps offers an alternative shorter route via the Sidelings and Ten Mile Track. We've tried that shortcut before and, while it no doubt has many virtues, as a way of getting from A to B we can't recommend it.

We'll have the picnic and devotions before the walk so that we can all go as far as our fitness and interest lets us and turn back when we want to. For anyone who wants to go all the way to the falls you can see some photos here:

One of the reasons for choosing this locale is that it is convenient for anyone planning to round off the day by attending the "Something Under the Tree House" Festivities in Lilydale that evening.

Hope to see you on the track to madness

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.