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)
Monday, 27 August 2012
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