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?

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

extol thy Lord morn and eve

"Be thou steadfast in the Cause of God and extol thy Lord morn and eve".    (Baha'u'llah)

We have been in the habit of extolling our Lord at around noon on our Layli excursions.  On August 14th we are going to break this tradition and hold our devotions in the evening.  We are going to Narawntapu where one of the attractions is the large number of wallabies, wombats and similar animals who come out at twilight.

So we are going to meet at 3.30pm at the main car park beside the visitors' centre. This gives us an hour or so to walk on the beach, or in the forest, if you think that is a likelier place to spot Layli and return to the picnic area in time to admire the animals, pray, and eat around 5pm.  Sunset is actually at 5.28 on that day.
A good description of Narawntapu can be found at 
including a map of the access.  While there is a road from Yorktown which may be the shortest for Launceston people it is dirt, narrow, steep, and winding.  You will probably find going from Exeter to Frankford and continue on by Frankford road until you see the clear signposts easier.
There are also some photos here

Most importantly, Narawntapu is a National Park which means there is an entrance fee - $20.00 for a car and as many occupants as it can easily hold.  Some of us already have annual passes to parks - might this be a time for others to consider buying one?  Anyway its a time for making sure your car is full .  You might want to meet others outside the park and squeeze into one car for the last kilometre.

Otherwise, its a normal Layli - bring food to eat or to share and a tolerance for or preferably a willingness to join in informal devotions.

Narawntapu is a wonderful place - if you have time you could easily spend the whole day there.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

showers of His loving-kindness

"Not for a moment hath His grace been withheld, nor have the showers of His loving-kindness ceased to rain upon mankind."    (Baha'u'llah)

We  went to Liffey Falls and it rained.  Though the showers of His loving-kindness were presumably uninterrupted, fortunately the more material and wetter showers were more sporadic and we did get the chance to check out the waterfall and the big tree.  Also there are good picnic shelters so our eating and praying was done under cover.   It seems to be true that everyone is cheerful in the rain and our devotions in particular were held in a beautiful atmosphere of reverence and joy.
Poor visibility reduced the chances of seeing Layli if she was there and also the general dampness was not conducive to taking photos.  Still from various cameras here are some shots of the falls and seekers.
"With faces beaming with joy"    (Baha'u'llah)
"the wetness of water"  (Baha'u'llah)
"My table Thou hast furnished" (Psalms)
"After this heavenly journey"   (Baha'u'llah)

"the clouds of divine bounty did rain upon mankind"   (Baha'u'llah)

He joineth every company, and seeketh fellowship with every soul, that haply in some mind he may uncover the secret of the Friend, or in some face he may behold the beauty of the Loved One.    (Baha'u'llah)

We didn't find Layli but we did, I think, find fellowship in each other's company.