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?

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

From the green garden

"By My life, O friend, wert thou to taste of these fruits, from the green garden of these blossoms which grow in the lands of knowledge, beside the orient lights of the Essence in the mirrors of names and attributes -- yearning would seize the reins of patience and reserve from out thy hand, and make thy soul to shake with the flashing light, and draw thee from the earthly homeland to the first, heavenly abode in the Center of Realities, and lift thee to a plane wherein thou wouldst soar in the air even as thou walkest upon the earth, and move over the water as thou runnest on the land."    (Baha'u'llah)








Sometimes, Baha'u'llah describes experiences which seem absolutely beyond our imaginings let alone our capabilities. Our souls "shake with the flashing light"? To "soar in the air even as thou walkest upon the earth"? What would it feel like? Well maybe at 12 noon on Saturday May 7th we will find out in the "green garden" of Holwell Gorge.  Meet at the Northern or perhaps North Eastern car park.


The directions are pretty straightforward.  Make your way to Beaconsfield (if coming from Launceston its via the West Tamar Highway).  Just on the Northern outskirts of Beaconsfield, take a left turn onto Kelly's Lookout Road which quickly becomes Holwell Road (C715) and follow it until you see the signpost.  People coming from George Town would cross the bridge and then on to Beaconfield.  From Devonport or other Western places there are various routes but perhaps a left turn onto Holwell Road at Frankfurt is the most direct (well thats what Google Maps recommends).  Don't forget there are two entrances to the reserve.  Its the one nearest Beaconfield you are looking for.




The Gorge is described with photographs at

http://www.touringtasmania.info/holwell_gorge1.htm
 and we have been there before
http://seekinglayliinthebush.blogspot.com/2008/12/bread-on-waters.html

As usual, bring some food to eat or share and a willingness to participate or at least tolerate some devotional activity and hopefully be ready to be transported by the beauty of nature.
"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; much less fathom the mystery of Him Who is the Day Star of Truth, Who is the invisible and unknowable Essence."    (Baha'u'llah)

Streams gushing from the Rocks

"...streams of fresh and soft-flowing waters have gushed from the rocks, through the sweetness of the words uttered by your Lord, the Unconstrained; and still ye slumber."    (Baha'u'llah)

Baha'u'llah was, of course, speaking metaphorically but the metaphor takes new life when you stand in the rockscape and gaze up at Hardings Falls.
It was a long drive - the last part over a very rough road.  It was a lovely walk through a forest.

And finally it was a very steep descent down a very rough path indeed.
And then it was very peaceful and quite beautiful.
"Numerous confessions and divers creeds abide peacefully beneath the shadow of thy sovereignty. Let this people be also numbered with them."   (Baha'u'llah)
We were a small group but religiously diverse and we found some peace at Hardings Falls.


"Prefer ye to be silent, whilst every stone and every tree shouteth aloud: 'The Lord is come in His great glory!'? "   (Baha'u'llah)The stones and rocks that make the canyon perhaps did not audibly shout but they certainly grabbed the attention.

And so we made our way back to the car park where picnic and prayers rounded off the day.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Strange behaviour of the full moon

Each moon, O my beloved, for three days I go mad;
Today's the first of these -- 'Tis why thou seest me glad.    (Rumi)


The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the northern hemisphere's vernal equinox. (Wikipedia)

The Baha'is celebrate the Twelve Days of Ridvan  starting on April 20th at Sunset.  So. unusually,  this year, due to the lateness of the Paschal Full Moon, Easter falls with the Festival of Ridvan.

In addition this year, Easter Monday coincides with the great Australian commemoration of ANZAC day when many people remember those who fought and died in the wars of the past.

"these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the 'Most great Peace' shall come..."
    (Baha'u'llah,
speaking to Edward Granville Brown)




So on Monday 25th April there is a rare opportunity for a triple hit - to celebrate three festivals simultaneously and what better way to do it than seeking Layli at a remote and mighty waterfall?

The one we have chosen is Hardings Falls. see

http://www.touringtasmania.info/hardings_falls.htm

or
http://www.forestrytas.com.au/assets/0000/0087/Hardings_Falls_Forest_reserve.pdf

 For those who came to Mount Puzzler the country is similar and the journey about the same length though by way of Royal George rather than Fingal.  The walk to the falls is much shorter than at Mount Puzzler though still steep.

We will meet at the car park at 12noon.  To get there from Launceston follow the main Highway south towards Hobart, just before Cambelltown turn left following the signs for Avoca and the East Coast.  At Avoca turn right following the sign to Royal George.  Go straight through Royal George. After a few kilometres the road turns to dirt and a bit further on there is a cross roads.  To the right there is a steep hill clearly signposted to Meetus Falls.  Ignore it - take the left less clearly signposted road.  Hardings falls is signposted off this road to the right.  These are forestry roads and are not shown on Google maps or Where-is.com.  It should take about two hours from Launceston.  There are about 20 kilometres of, in places, quite rough, dirt road to cover.

As always bring some food to eat/share, good shoes or boots, and, we hope, a willingness to join in some devotions in whatever way suits you.  Perhaps some of us will say a prayer for those who suffered and died in all those ruinous wars. 























Saturday, 16 April 2011

The mists dispelled - the veils torn away

Assist them to dispel the mists of idle fancy, and to tear away the veils of vain imaginings and hopes. Thou art, verily, the All-Possessing, the Most High. No God is there but Thee, the Almighty, the Gracious.
    (Baha'u'llah)


Hopefully some of us did manage to make some progress in getting rid of idle fancies and vain imagining - or is that hope itself an idle fancy? 
But certainly after several recent attempts on Mount Barrow which were thwarted or blinded by rain and mist it was a relief to reach the tops and actually see a view.




Though the distance did seem a little hazy on the mountain itself the sun shone:
 As you can see from the above we wandered individually or in groups as we felt like: and found and photographed what interested us.  There were still a few flowers around and more than a few berries.





But we did all come together at the car park for, at the start of the day, a picnic and, at the end, some prayers.