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?

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

A Lake of Clear Water

"Know, O thou possessors of insight, that true spirituality is like unto a lake of clear water which reflects the divine."    (Abdu'l-Baha)

Well actually two lakes of, hopefully, clear water. On Saturday, 12th February, at 12 noon, we are meeting at the Pine Lake car park where we will walk the environmentally sensitive  area to see the Pencil Pines and other vegetation.  In contrast to our last adventure this is a very easy and fairly short walk on a boardwalk and one is not allowed to leave the walk for environment protection reasons. There are plenty of opportunities for those who like a more vigorous walk in the neighbourhood.
However, for even greater comfort and convenience, we will have our picnic a few kilometres further on at the lookout above the Great Lake where there is a table and a great view.
We have been to Pine Lake before - in the middle of winter
and in the flowering season of summer

It is very easy to get there and all tarmac.  First, get to Deloraine.  Then take the A5 - Highland Lakes Rd.  If coming from Launceston that is turn left just before the bridge and stay on that road.  You will climb high but once you or up above the tree line keep looking to the right until you see Pine Lake.

So, hope to see you there.  Bring food, devotion to the Eternal Truth, and a love of the wild tundra.

So perfect and comprehensive

"So perfect and comprehensive is His creation that no mind nor heart, however keen or pure, can ever grasp the nature of the most insignificant of His creatures"   (Baha'u'llah)
The trip to Mount Puzzler was a very rare Layli search in that everything, or almost everything, happened according to the plan.  The site chosen for the picnic and prayers was, by general consent, beautiful.
The people who came contacted each other and each car that came was full and found the right spot.
The walk chosen was strenuous but people turned back at all points as they felt they personally had had enough.
And for the six who made it to Meadstone Falls there was a worthwhile climax to their efforts.

And as usual, along the way, there was beauty in everything:

Far be it from us to despair at any time of the incalculable favours of God, for if it were His wish He could cause a mere atom to be transformed into a sun and a single drop into an ocean.    (Baha'u'llah)

And to cap a perfect day, one of our number, confided that she was sure she had caught a glimpse of Layli.  Unfortunately it was too brief a glimpse to allow a photograph to record the moment.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Seeking Layli away from it all

"I entreat Thee by Thy footsteps in this wilderness, and by the words "Here am I. Here am I" which Thy chosen Ones have uttered in this immensity, and by the breaths of Thy Revelation, and the gentle winds of the Dawn of Thy Manifestation, to ordain that I may gaze on Thy beauty and observe whatsoever is in Thy Book."  (Baha'u'llah)
Of all the places in Tasmania which one can reach by car few seem as remote as Mount Puzzler Reserve.  That's where we are going on Saturday January 8th meeting at 12 noon. First get to Fingal.  If coming from Launceston proceed down the Highway as though going to Hobart until just before Cambelltown you see a turn-off to the left clearly marked to the East Coast, Avoca, and Fingal.
A few kilometres to the East of Fingal (i.e. go straight through Fingal if coming from Launceston) there is a turn-off to the right marked "Valley Road".  It is also clearly marked to Mount Puzzler and Meadstone falls.  However we recommend driving slowly out of Fingal as there is no advance warning of the turnoff and you could be past it before you see it.  Take this road and its 27 kms from there - pretty straightforward, ignore all side turnings and follow signs that say "The Falls".  Its dirt for all 27km but a very good dirt road until the last 5 to 10 kilometres which get a fairly rough.
We are not meeting at the very end as the car park is neither suitable for a picnic nor inspiring for prayers.  Instead, about one or two kilometres before the end you will dip down into a valley and cross a bridge.  You may not recognise it as a bridge until you see the river below.  A few metres before this you will see an area where several cars can pull off the road.  Meet there and push through the bushes to the river. A paradise of rocks and running water awaits you.  We will meet, pray, and picnic there.  Later, those with energy can proceed on to the car park and the 45 minute each way walk to Meadstone Falls.
for a some more info and a couple of photos. 
We know its a long trip - about two hours from Launceston - but it really is worth it.  Whatever you are doing on Saturday 8th - cancel it and come.  If Layli is not there, I will lose all faith in Layli.

Remember, bring some food to eat or share, a willingness to tolerate, or preferably join in some devotions, and any scientific equipment you may have lying around which will help us detect the presence of Layli.  Hope to see you there!

Discovering the paths of guidance

"He beholdeth the wonders of Divinity in the mysteries of creation and discovereth the paths of guidance and the ways of his Lord. "   (Baha'u'llah)It was rather a low key search for Layli.  For various reasons attendance was low- only two of us turned up and, while Hollybank is very beautiful, it lacks some of the wildness we have come used to.  Still we picnicked. prayed, discussed the prayers and discovered the River Walk.  It was well signposted which could, I suppose be considered guidance, and it led to the the conjoining of the Rivers which one may consider part of the "ways of our Lord".  Why should we not find the wonders of Divinity in that particular part of the mysteries of creation?