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, 3 September 2011

Views from the Heights


"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)

The Heights we are seeking to attain on Saturday 17th September are the two magnificent view points at Leven Canyon.

The canyon is one of the more spectacular easily accessed sights in Tasmania as you can see at:
http://www.touringtasmania.info/leven_canyon.htm
and there is more information at
http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=1515
or
http://www.centralcoast.tas.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/leven_brochure_web_spread.pdf

We will be meeting as usual at 12 noon in the car park.  It is a longish run from Launceston. Google has it at just under two hours but much shorter from Devonport. For most people the easiest route will be to follow the Bass Highway to near Ulverstone and then:

  • Take the B15 exit to Ulverstone/Sprent/Leven Canyon
  • After 400m turn right onto Castro Rd/B15
  • After 29km turn right onto Cullens Rd
  • Another 2 kms bring you to the reserve.
There are shorter, possibly more interesting, but generally longer in time, routes from most places.

There are toilets, picnic tables, car parking, barbecues and a splendid two km walk through the forest to the view points. The walk is easy though there are 697 steps (fortunately you go down them not up).
For the fitter there is a more challenging but still not too difficult walk nearby which takes you down to the floor of the canyon.

Please come, bring your friends, some picnic to eat or share, and a willingness to participate in or at least the patience to tolerate some devotions.

Saturday, 17th September 12 noon 






Winter months


"It is the inherent nature of things on this earth to change, thus we see around us the change of the seasons. Every spring is followed by a summer and every autumn brings a winter -- every day a night and every evening a morning. There is a sequence in all things."  (Abdu'l-Baha)


And it appears to be inherent in  the nature of winter that fewer people come seeking Layli. Compounding this problem was our own competence.  In July the two rather small parties who went on the search to Liffey from different cities failed to meet each other.  If we had Layli between us she managed to slip through our uncoordinated net with ease.  Then, in August, the three rank amateurs who headed to Lilydale Falls forgot to take even a basic prayer book with them.  How can we expect to lure the mystic bird by stumbling through half remembered verses? But, perhaps, it is the sincerity of the prayer or meditation not the elegance that attracts the blessings.

One of the early followers of Muhammad, being Ethiopian, pronounced Arabic in a way that was considered non-standard.  Nevertheless, Muhammad honoured him by making him the first muezzin calling the Muslims to prayer.  Baha'u'llah says of this:


"The acts of his honor, Balal, the Ethiopian, were so acceptable in the sight of God that the "sin" of his stuttering tongue excelled the "shin" pronounced by all the world." (Baha'u'llah)


Anyway, here, in a first for this blog, is a video and  some photos of our clumsy winter searches for Layli.







More photos can be seen at:
https://picasaweb.google.com/Layliseeker/LiffeyJuly2011
and
https://picasaweb.google.com/Layliseeker/LilydaleFallsAugust2011