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, 7 November 2011

Of mice and men

The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men 
Gang aft agley,  (Robert Burns)

Some of you will be aware that we had a trip to Westmorland Falls planned for November 26th. Unfortunately it seems, on this occasion, God is not willing.  The Westmorland falls track is still closed after the floods in January this year.  Some reports talk of piles of debris fifty feet high and the awesome power that uprooted and hurled about great numbers of trees.

On the appearance of fearful natural events call ye to mind the might and majesty of your Lord, He Who heareth and seeth all, and say "Dominion is God's, the Lord of the seen and the unseen, the Lord of creation". (Baha'u'llah).
We are still going to the same area, to the Wet Cave Reserve which is only a few kilometres from the Westmorland Track.  So those of us who are interested in what a flood can do can pop along and see the impact.
Wet Cave reserve itself is most famous for its caves though serious exploration of them is only for experienced cavers, we will be able to peer in the entrances and wonder what lies beyond. A clue (well actually some photos) can be found at:

It will be gentle with no hard walking and should be a nice picnic.

To get there first get to Mole Creek. Then take Caveside Road (it is to the left off the main St if you have come in from Deloraine).  After about six kilometres you come to a T junction. Turn right and after roughly a kilometre you will find the reserve.  Note the road turns very sharply left just at the reserve so its hard to miss.

We meet there at 12 noon, Saturday the 26th November.  Bring food, joy, and perhaps a torch so we can peer into the caves.

a palace on the Bosphorus

And when he turned towards the angel of wrath, he well-nigh expired from fear. "I have a house full of riches," he pleaded. "I have a palace on the Bosphorus, beneath which the rivers flow."    (Baha'u'llah)

Baha'u'llah  was actually talking about a rich and powerful man who behaved badly and was judged accordingly but who needs a palace on the Bosphurus.
A short walk into Alum Cliffs and we were at wonderful lookout looking down on the river far below. Its hard to imagine any palace ever had a finer view.

It's actually the Mersey river and doesn't seem to be mentioned directly by Baha'u'llah unless there was some confusion over the spelling.
"I swear by God! The River of Mercy floweth, and the Ocean of Utterance surgeth, and the Sun of Revelation shineth forth resplendent."    (Baha'u'llah)

Mercy? Mersey? Hmmm probably shouldn't read too much into that.

But it was a lovely walk, some lovely people met, some prayers said, some meditation, and a pleasant day all round.
There were flowers and cliffs and the beauty of God's creation.
This sign is the mirror of His beauty in the world of creation.    (Baha'u'llah)

And not all our moments were entirely dignified!