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?

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Piercing the Veils (we hope)

"... the wayfarer cometh to THE VALLEY OF UNITY and drinketh from the cup of the Absolute, and gazeth on the Manifestations of Oneness. In this station he pierceth the veils of plurality, fleeth from the worlds of the flesh, and ascendeth into the heaven of singleness. With the ear of God he heareth, with the eye of God he beholdeth the mysteries of divine creation. He steppeth into the sanctuary of the Friend, and shareth as an intimate the pavilion of the Loved One. He stretcheth out the hand of truth from the sleeve of the Absolute; he revealeth the secrets of power. He seeth in himself neither name nor fame nor rank, but findeth his own praise in praising God."    (Baha'u'llah)
Actually we are not going to any physical valley but back to the mountain.  Mount Barrow.
You may remember that on our last trip there everything was veiled by a cloud
but hopefully this time the early autumn sun will pierce those veils.

We're going on  Saturday 26th March meeting at the car park  at 12:00 noon.
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.
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. 

Please remember that it is likely to be several degrees  colder on the top than in Launceston and bring lots of clothes and good footwear  as well as a picnic to share.  We hope you will be tolerant of or preferably join in some devotions in whatever form suits you.

Searching with companions

"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)
An unusually large group chose to look for Layli at the Lakes so it was pleasant indeed to have so many companions searching together.  It was not thebest organised event with one group arriving a little early and completing the walk to Pine Lake before others arrived They cheerfully repeated their walk no doubt contemplating the words of Baha'u'llah:
"The preamble of this Epistle is being revealed twice, even as was the Mathani."
Furthermore the spot preselected for a picnic turned out not to exist and we could not make it
"....emerge from its state of non-existence into the realm of being"    (Baha'u'llah)

but such trifling problems were solved with goodwill.  We walked, ate, talked and found many opportunities to "marvel at the signs of the power of God and the wondrous evidences of His handiwork."  (Baha'u'llah)

It was a good trip.  Here are the photos:

He, verily, rewardeth beyond measure them that endure with patience.   (Baha'u'llah)
This group were patiently waiting while we got the devotions organised if organised is a word that can ever be applied to a Layli event.