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, 16 April 2012

Once is happenstance ...

"Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action." (Ian Fleming or maybe just a traditional saying).

In all our trips in search of Layli, only  once have we set out and failed to make it to our destination. Well, we just took it as happenstance.  After all snow is not that unusual in winter on Foon's Hill.

But since that time dark thoughts do cross the mind.  Who sent down that snow?  Does Layli have powerful friends on high? Does she know Hughie?  Was she perhaps calling on the Elementals to defend her forest lair?
Well we must exorcise those demons by going back.
So on Sunday 22nd April at 12 noon we will meet, or at least try to meet, at Mount Barrow Forest Visitor Centre as pictured here.

And, of course, if something does prevent us getting there, we may call it coincidence but suspicions will abound.

I will just repeat what I said last time:
 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 autumn, 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.

There is the Face  of God.

"In the eyes of God, the ideal King, all the places of the earth are one and the same, excepting that place which, in the days of His Manifestations, He doth appoint for a particular purpose. Even as He hath revealed: "The East and West are God's: therefore whichever way ye turn, there is the face of God." (Baha'u'llah, quoting the Quran)

Where we said our prayers and picnicked we could look up and down, North and South, as well as the Quranic East and West, and what we saw was the inside of a cloud with, as you can see, the very local vegetation standing out against the grey mist.  It was stunningly beautiful and, assuming "the face of God" is metaphorical, will do nicely as visual metaphor for the omnipresence of the numinous.

We tried to use the temporary 4WD only road to the Meander Falls car park but, after a very hopeful few hundred metres, the signs pointed down a very muddy truck that looked beyond our more conventional cars. So we returned to river we had crossed and stopped for a confab.
A scout was sent out to find how far we could get on the main track, and returned with news that Scott's Road Lookout was available. We were joined by a latecomer and passed some time skipping stones and enjoying the river:

And then it was up, up, up into the clouds to the lookout, where we feasted and prayed.

And enjoyed the beauty around us. As Baha'u'llah says:

"He is really a believer in the Unity of God who recognizeth in each and every created thing the sign of the revelation of Him Who is the Eternal Truth,...." (Baha'u'llah)

So here are some of the created things at Scott's Road Lookout.

And yes, even Layliseekers are created things and can be beautiful

Oh, by the way, we saw no trace of Layli, but as Baha'u'llah says:

"The learned, one and all, stand aghast before the signs and tokens of Thy handiwork, while the wise find themselves, without exception, impotent to unravel the mystery of Them Who are the Manifestations of Thy might and power. Every man of insight hath confessed his powerlessness to scale the heights of Thy knowledge, and every man of learning hath acknowledged his failure to fathom the nature of Thine Essence." (Baha'u'llah)

Well, if learned, and the wise, and the insightful can't work ita all out, why should we mere Layliseekers be different?