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?

Monday, 8 March 2010

the earth beautified with its rivers

I entreat Thee by Thy Name through which Thou didst cause the dawn to appear, and the winds to blow, and the seas to surge, and the trees to bring forth their fruits, and the earth to be beautified with its rivers, that Thou wilt aid all them that are dear to Thee... (Baha'u'llah).

Some of you might remember that, reporting on our search for Layli at Mt Roland last October, we remarked "One of our newer members. but an old hand in the Tasmanian bush, showed us en route a marvelous hidden picnic spot beside the Mersey River" and we commented "It will, we feel sure, be a the site for a future Layli hunt as it seemed just the magical spot she might choose to haunt."
Well we keep our word. It will be the site of the next Layli seeking on Sunday April 4th meeting there at 12 noon..
It's going to be a slightly tricky one to find as it is not well signposted. Let's first give the directions from the Launceston side.
First get to Mole creek probably via Deloraine. Go straight through Mole Creek onto Liena Road. (B12). Stick with the B12 until the Mersey Forest Road (C171) is seen on the left. Take it and stick with it until Olivers Road (C138) on the right. Take Olivers Road. The spot is on the left just before the bridge over the Mersey. It is only about 100 metres or so from the main road but it is easy to miss. There are actually two tracks to it - one perhaps 10 metres from the bridge and one perhaps 100 metres. They both go to the same place so take either. They are very rough tracks but very short and shouldn't pose a problem. I will check the main road just after noon so, if you are lost, park near the bridge and I will find you. According to Google Maps its about 20k from Mole Creek.
In fact Google maps in it's terrain or satellite views shows it all very clearly - even the two rough tracks,
Coming from the other direction its actually much easier. Just go to Gowrie Park follow the road over Mount Round lookout and continue until you reach the bridge over the Mersey. Remember the site is on your right just over the bridge if coming this way.
Well remember it's a picnic so bring some food to eat or share, it's a devotional meeting so, if you wish to worship in whatever way you find appropriate, that is good. And it's by a river so if it's hot day maybe your swimming gear? Hope to see you there.

And here are some photos we took on our brief last visit.

the world of the soul

"The country is the world of the soul, the city is the world of bodies."
This remark is reported to have been said by Baha'u'llah. His son, Abdul-Baha, though he didn't hear it himself, certainly believed it expressed His feelings whether or not it is the exact words He spoke. It was said in the context that He had not seen verdure (greenery) for nine years during His imprisonment in Akka. On the track to Cuckoo Falls there was enough verdure for all. Baha'u'llah would have loved it.

At times we could hardly see each other let alone hope to spot Layli through the tangle of greenness.
There was beauty everywhere, in the great ferns:

In the intertwined branches:
In the tumbling stream:
but perhaps most of all on the forest floor:
And there were puzzles to ponder. Does the bracken grow through the fungus or does the fungus grow round the bracken? (We decided the latter but we don't really know.
And of course there was a picnic and devotions - only a few drops of rain despite the umbrella.

Now is he struck dumb with the beauty of the All-Glorious; again is he wearied out with his own life. How many a mystic tree hath this whirlwind of wonderment snatched by the roots, how many a soul hath it exhausted. For in this Valley the traveler is flung into confusion, albeit, in the eye of him who hath attained, such marvels are esteemed and well beloved. At every moment he beholdeth a wondrous world, a new creation, and goeth from astonishment to astonishment, and is lost in awe at the works of the Lord of Oneness. (Baha'u'llah)