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, 29 May 2011

worship God in the forests, valleys, and mountains

Were anyone to wash the feet of all mankind, and were he to worship God in the forests, valleys, and mountains, upon high hills and lofty peaks, to leave no rock or tree, no clod of earth, but was a witness to his worship -- yet, should the fragrance of My good pleasure not be inhaled from him, his works would never be acceptable unto God.  (Baha'u'llah)

Well, it doesn't say don't worship God in the forests, valleys, and mountains so on June 11th at 12 noon we are going to the forest surrounding the Mount Barrow Visitor Centre as pictured here:
First, let me clarify that while it is part of the Mount Barrow complex it is a quite different place from our usual haunt in Mount Barrow Reserve.
Secondly. it is quite a change for us.  It is by known means pristine wilderness - in fact its a working forest parts of which have already been 'harvested' three times in the last 100 years.
On the other hand it is far from the madding crowd while still being close to Launceston, offers us an indoor picnic and prayer spot which will be appreciated in winter, a BBQ, toilet, wood fire if we want to light it and, of course, a piano.  It includes various short walks mostly to view sites related to the history of forestry in the area and many kilometres of wandering roads through the regrowth forest.

It is described here
and this time with a map here:

The map and signposting I found confusing so here's my instructions.
Take the Tasman Highway (A3) out of Launceston.  After 20km you will come to Nunamara.  The Mount Barrow Discovery Trail is clearly signposted on the right in Nunamara.  Take that road (its dirt but a good dirt road) and follow it avoiding turn offs.  You will pass an information booth which is singularly lacking in information, then Max's Lookout (worth stopping for if its not raining), then you come to a junction.  On the right is Weaver's Creek Road while straight ahead is signposted the Discovery Trail.  Either will get you there but the trail is longer, a pretty bad road, and not very interesting for my money. If you are early and don't mind bashing your car over rough surfaces, it might be worth it but I suspect most people would prefer Weaver's Creek Road which is pretty good and from which the visitors centre is clearly marked on the right.
You'll notice on the map in the link above that Weaver's Creek is shown as one way but this does not appear to be true in reality.
Meet as usual at the Visitor's Centre at noon bringing joy, camera, food, a willingness to express your devotion to the Unknowable in your own way, and, of course, your piano playing skills.

Hope to see you there.

in every Valley reach a spring

"Thus it hath been made clear that these stages depend on the vision of the wayfarer. In every city he will behold a world, in every Valley  reach a spring, in every meadow hear a song. But the falcon of the mystic heaven hath many a wondrous carol of the spirit in His breast, and the Persian bird keepeth in His soul many a sweet Arab melody; yet these are hidden, and hidden shall remain." (Baha'u'llah)

Holwell Gorge is, of course, a gorge but that is a kind of valley and this photo is, of course of a waterfall or cascade rather than a spring we certainly reached it despite the going in some places having been
 damaged by this years floods. And we has a very pleasant picnic when we got there.
The waterfall was a little noisy for prayers so we, for the first time ever we think, 'blessed' a bridge with our prayers.

This is the bridge but it was on the way back we said our prayers there.
It is a lovely spot and it was a lovely day and here, from a variety of cameras, are a few photos.

Each and every thing, however small, would be to him a revelation, leading him to his Beloved, the Object of his quest. (Baha'u'llah)