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?

Monday, 11 July 2011

Seeking Layli by a Different Route (Sat 16th July)

Bearing in mind the difficulties the wintry weather caused to our last expedition and that it is now even more wintry we have chosen an old and easily reached favourite spot this time.  It's back to Liffey Falls. I can hear you objecting.  We've tried Liffey Falls several times and never found Layli- why should it be different this time?  Well firstly some of us think the Liffey Falls actually are Layli.  What did you expect a 1500 year old spiritual being to look like?  And secondly we have a cunning plan.  Surely Layli will be on the lookout for our approach from our favoured spot in the upper car park.  Well we're going to sneak up on her from the lower car park! That should fox her, eh?
Just like the upper car park, the lower can be reached from either the Lake Highway or through Bracknell but is probably easiest from Bracknell.  Bracknell is well signposted from the highway about twenty kilometres from Launceston towards Deloraine.  When you reach the T junction just past the shop in Bracknell turn right following the signs for Liffey.  There is no obvious township called Liffey any longer - its just a district but shortly after the end of the tarmac you will come to a "Y" junction.  The right hand fork goes up the hill and has a sign saying no buses or something similar.  It leads to the upper car park.  The left fork leads into the lower car park where we shall meet at 12 noon on Sat 16th July.

Bring warm  clothing, food for a picnic, a willingness to take part in or at least be patient with devotions and a camera.  We regret there is no piano at Liffey Falls but there are tables, toilets and an easy walk up to the Falls.

A missed rendevous

We had planned to find Layli at the visitors centre in Mount Barrow forests, but the weather being wintry, only one car set out on the journey.  The forest road did have a sign saying 'Road closed' but it didn't look bad and we could see others ignoring it so we pressed ahead.  But at Foons Hills the snow lay all about - deep and crisp and even.  While other cars had clearly managed to get through ours wasn't really designed for that kind of work and it slithered and slid to a halt.  Couldn't persuade it to get up so we enjoyed playing in the snow, ate our picnic, prayed and headed home.  Sad, because we have good reason to believe that Layli did indeed wait for us at the visitors centre.

Our wheel tracks look OK at the point but further up it wasn't so good.

"This is the Vale of God's unsearchable decree, the snow-white Spot, the Land of unfading splendor."

Snow-white spot?  Perhaps He was thinking of Foon's Hill?