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?

Saturday, 2 October 2010

promote the comfort

"The purpose is to promote the comfort of all, and to bring about concord and union among the people."   (Baha'u'llah)
We've had some tough trips over the winter with wild weather in wild places so we are going on 9th October on what should be an easier day.  We're going to Mount George - don't panic the "Mount" is stretching a point - its more of a hill. 
Please note an unusual time - we'll be meeting at the lookout on the Mount at 2:30 pm.  The idea is that, after our customary devotional picnic, some might like to go a few kilometres  further to Low Head to see the beach, lighthouse and museum. One of the attractions of Low Head is seeing the penguins coming ashore to their burrows which only happens after dusk.  
Our agents in Georgetown assure us that at Mount George "There's a really good view of the whole area from a tower on top and a nice little walk on a track through the bush (dry schlerophyl). There are some historical aspects as well, including the signal mast."  They also promise tea, coffee, or maybe soup at their house after the devotionals.  All in all it should be an easy and pleasant day.
To get to the lookout, assume you're coming into Georgetown on the highway from Launceston.  About a kilometre before the town turn right on to Mount George Road (there should be a sign for the tip there) and after that just look for the signpost.
Hope to see you there.  Remember to bring some food to eat or share and at least a tolerance for or preferably a willingness to join in some devotional praise of God.

veiled by a cloud

"Should they hide Me away in the depths of the earth, yet would they find Me riding aloft on the clouds, and calling out unto God, the Lord of strength and of might."   (Baha'u'llah)

Our second attempt to seek Layli on Mount Barrow was only slightly more successful than the first.  The forecast was reasonably promising.  Showers in the morning but clearing in the early afternoon.  And so it proved.  Blue skies over Launceston and the surrounding countryside except - the forecast forgot to mention that a cloud would settle over  Mount Barrow  and remain there all day. Visibility of about 20 metres cuts down the chances of spying a target already elusive.  So Layli remains unfound.
Fortunately there are strongly built stone huts at the car park and the summit so we were able to eat and pray in relative comfort and there is an eerie beauty in being inside a cloud.  The swirling mist, and ubiquitous white background has its own charm.  Truly there is no bad weather - just different kinds of good weather.
Still most of the day was spent looking out through glassless windows.

Build ye for yourselves such houses as the rain and floods can never destroy, which shall protect you from the changes and chances of this life.    (Baha'u'llah)

It was fun in a strange way.