"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.