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?

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Seeking Layli Like Fishes

"Ye are all as fishes, moving in the waters of the sea, veiling yourselves therefrom, and yet asking what it is on which ye depend." (Baha'u'llah)

Some of us will surely act like fishes on our next trip, moving in the waters of the sea. We're going to take advantage of that period of Tasmanian weather which is called summer and go for a walk and a swim on Bell Buoy Beach.

Most of the references you will find on the web to Bell Buoy Beach refer to the new real estate development in its hinterland but you that doesn't really intrude on the beach which is usually sparsely populated if at all.  You'll find a description of the beach itself at

and some video footage of some people at the beach here.
It is hard to say if any of these people are Layli - its shot from too far away to be certain.

We meet at noon, Saturday the 11th of February at the beach car park.  The directions are simple.  Go to Georgetown, keep going towards Low Head and somewhere between the two you will see a well signposted road on the right for Bell Buoy beach (its also signposted to an aerodrome).  Just follow the signs until the road stops and there is some parking there.  Then its a couple of hundred metres walk down to the beach.

Bring food, love, swimming gear and any water toys you may have.  If you prefer to walk, the beaches curve round for miles around that bit of coast.  There will of course be devotions and friendship.

See you there.

Walking on the Earth

"Yet it behoveth the people of truth that the signs of humility should shine upon their faces, that the light of sanctity should radiate from their countenances, that they should walk upon the earth as though they were in the presence of God and distinguish themselves in their deeds from all the dwellers of the earth." (Baha'u'llah)

Well we certainly walked upon the earth all around the little lake and we sat on the grass and said prayers   ..
but did the light of sanctity shine from our faces? If the 'light of sanctity' cannot be distinguished from a Blues Brothers impersonation perhaps yes.
We did our best to fulfil our mission from God and in doing so found a nice spot as indeed did many other folks from Latrobe that day.

"I am, O my God, but a tiny seed which Thou hast sown in the soil of Thy love, and caused to spring forth by the hand of Thy bounty." (Baha'u'llah)

 "Yea, the sun beam falls alike upon the dust and the mirror, yet differ they in reflection even as doth the star from the earth: nay, immeasurable is the difference!" (Baha'u'llah)

"And how many those who subsist on the coarsest bread, who take for their only seat the grass of the field,"
(Actually we had very good bread and the grass was very comfortable but then the quote finishes):

and who undergo every manner of hardship, merely to maintain their superiority in the eyes of men!

It was a lovely walk in good company but, incredibly, we didn't find Layli.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Seeking Layli Very Gently

"How often have things been simple and easy of accomplishment, and yet most men have been heedless, and busied themselves with that which wasteth their time!" (Baha'u'llah)

After a short hiatus caused by a certain amount of open heart surgery within the group the Northern Tasmanian searches for Layli  will restart on Sunday 22nd January 2012. Understandably we are ticking off the list a place that we hope will be simple and easy of accomplishment.
We are going to Warrawee Forest reserve.( ) near LaTrobe. It boasts, according to the Website, walking track, picnic tables, barbecues, platypi (is that the plural?), giant fresh lobsters, bettongs, and,of course,  Pimelea curviflora var. graalis, Gynatrix pulchella and Epacris exserta as one would expect.  Surely Layli could not resist such an assemblage of attractions?  We will find her there!

We meet at 12 noon on Sunday (note Sunday not Saturday as heretofore)  22nd January at the car park.  We assume there is a car park.
The route sounds pretty simple.  First find Latrobe (near Devonport on the way to Launceston in case you've just arrived).  Coming off the highway proceed fairly straight down Moriarty St and Bradshaw St. until you hit a big roundabout with Gilbert St on the right. On the left too come to think of it but you want the right turn. After the right turn the third on the left is Hamilton St.  Follow this until it becomes Shale Road and follow that until you find the Reserve.  Hopefully there will be signposts.

Bring, love, a picnic and your brand of devotions or at least the patience to be polite while others try their hands at their own brands.

Hope to see you there!.

Oh and to answer my own question, I let Wikipedia be my freind:

"There is no universally agreed plural of "platypus" in the English language. Scientists generally use "platypuses" or simply "platypus". Colloquially, the term "platypi" is also used for the plural, although this is technically incorrect and a form of pseudo-Latin;[6] the correct Greek plural would be "platypodes". EarlyBritish settlers called it by many names, such as watermoleduckbill, and duckmole.[6] The name "platypus" is often prefixed with the adjective "duck-billed" to form duck-billed platypus, despite there being only one species of platypus.[13]"

Apologies for my pseudo-Latin above. I will use platypodes in future.