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, 27 August 2012

May it rejoice us

"..... and draw thee from the earthly homeland to the first, heavenly abode in the Center of Realities, and lift thee to a plane wherein thou wouldst soar in the air even as thou walkest upon the earth, and move over the water as thou runnest on the land. Wherefore, may it rejoice Me, and thee, and whosoever mounteth into the heaven of knowledge, and whose heart is refreshed by this, that the wind of certitude hath blown over the garden of his being, from the Sheba of the All-Merciful." (Baha'u'llah)

A rather awful pun this time.  I don't think Baha'u'llah's "mounteth into the heaven" was actually a direct reference to Mount Roland but that's where we are heading on Sunday (yes Sunday) the 23rd of September.
We have been there before and old hands will remember it as the first place where the yellow worm which played such an important role in the unfolding history of Layli seeking in Northern Tasmania was spotted.

We will meet at 12noon at O'Neill's  Picnic Reserve which is signposted on the left hand side of Claude Road as you come into Gowrie Park if you are coming from Sheffield on the C136.  If you are coming from Sheffield, Claude Road  leads on from Spring Street and should be signposted to Gowrie Park or if not to Cradle Mountain.  Depending on where you're coming from there are several other routes to Gowrie Park.  Its about 16 kilometres South of Sheffield.

Mount Roland really is a wonderful sight dominating the surrounding area.  There are some great photos of it here

O'Neill's Reserve is convenient rather than beautiful but there is a very pleasant walk beside a little brook which should be within most of our capabilities.  And of course there are heaps of other walks for all levels of fitness though anyone who tackles the 5-7 hour summit track will have to have their picnic and devotions alone at the summit at noon.  We'll think of you up there.

As always bring some food to eat and/or share at the picnic, some joy and laughter, and a willingness to at least tolerate but hopefully join in some devotions in whatever way suits your own communion with the Unknowable Essence. You still might need reasonably warm clothing in September.

Hope to see you at noon on the 23rd September at O'Neills Picnic reserve.

Some future dates
          Saturday 6th October  -  Waterhouse Coastal Reserve
          Saturday 3rd November - Evercreech (A longish run but worth it)

The individuality of each

"When, however, thou dost contemplate the innermost essence of all things, and the individuality of each, thou wilt behold the signs of thy Lord's mercy in every created thing, and see the spreading rays of His Names and Attributes throughout all the realm of being, with evidences which none will deny save the froward and the unaware. Then wilt thou observe that the universe is a scroll that discloseth His hidden secrets, which are preserved in the well-guarded Tablet." (Abdu'l-Baha)

Can you behold the signs of Thy Lord's mercy in this pink robin?

 A small group made it despite a breakdown in communications to Liffey Falls where we were joined by a number of birds.
The river was running high and we were conscious that, inspired by the recent Olympics, Layli might have taken up a sport, perhaps white water kayaking?  We kept our eyes fixed on the likely spots.

As always at Liffey the signs of God's mercy tended to be in the form of sunlight glittering through ferns

and as always, everywhere, the hidden secrets of the universe seem most clearly indicated by fungi and bark.

"Upon the inmost reality of each and every created thing He hath shed the light of one of His names, and made it a recipient of the glory of one of His attributes." (Baha'u'llah)

I don't think we can ever know for sure the light of which name and the glory of which attribute hath been shed over robins and wrens but I bet they were good ones.

Of course we took pictures of the iconic falls but you can many images of them, but have you noticed the boulder in the middle of them.  It too is a created thing.

OK, I see your point.  To save you Googling, here's a shot of the falls themselves

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

The Most Unsuccessful Layli Search Ever

It seems most people did not have a 'mind for winter' and only one car set out for Devil's Gullet. And the car most definitely did not fancy the trip and threw a hissy fit (or burnt out clutch so the mechanic tells me) between Deloraine and Chudleigh.  An ignominious return on the back of a truck courtesy of the RACT.  Enough said.

"It behoveth us, therefore, to make the utmost endeavor, that, by God's invisible assistance, these dark veils, these clouds of Heaven-sent trials, may not hinder us from beholding the beauty of His shining Countenance, and that we may recognize Him only by His own Self." (Baha'u'llah)