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

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?

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