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

as firm as the highest mountains

"He shall so persevere in the Cause of God, and evince such firmness in the path of His might, that even if all the powers of earth and heaven were to deny Him, He would not waver in the proclamation of His Cause, nor flee from His command in the promulgation of His Laws. Nay rather, He will stand as firm as the highest mountains and the loftiest peaks."    (Baha'u'llah)

We are going once again to find out just how firm the highest mountain is. The highest one around Launceston is Mount Barrow - a perfect vantage point for seeking Layli.  It is said that on a clear day you can see a third of Tasmania from the top.  We have been there before of course but it is a vast place and I don't believe we have yet searched the south side of the plateau.

Meet at 12 noon on Saturday 4th September at the car park.  It is just before the sign that says 4WDs only.  In normal weather the road is actually perfectly all right for normal cars but if necessary we can ferry people up from there.

The arrangements are the same as last time.  We will meet at the picnic spot at noon for picnic and prayers.
Mount Barrow is about 46 km north-east of Launceston. Follow the sealed Tasman Highway (A3) for 31 km north-east from Launceston, then turn right onto the gravel Mount Barrow Road (route C404) which leads to the Mount Barrow State Reserve (approximately 9 km) and the plateau (approximately 15 km). The trip takes about 3/4 hour.
The last 2 km of road to the plateau is narrow, steep and winding. 

"In this journey the seeker becometh witness to a myriad changes and transformations, confluences and divergences. He beholdeth the wonders of Divinity in the mysteries of creation and discovereth the paths of guidance and the ways of his Lord. Such is the station reached by them that search after God, and such are the heights attained by those who hasten unto Him"    (Baha'u'llah)

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