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?

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Seeking Layli we know not where

"The steed of this Valley is patience; without patience the wayfarer on this journey will reach nowhere and attain no goal." (Baha'u'llah)

Well we know roughly where.  It's Meander Forest Reserve where we have been a couple of times before.

But "In this journey the seeker becometh witness to a myriad changes and transformations" most particularly, according to Forestry Tasmania,
"Meander Falls Road - Heavy rains and flooding have washed away two bridges on the Meander Falls Road. The lost bridges are over the Mother Cummings Rivulet and the other over the Meander River. This was the only road access to the Meander Falls Track, Split Rock Track, Dickson's Track, Stone Hut Track, Croft Track, Bastion Cascade Track and the Meander Picnic Area. A temporary alternative route to the Meander Falls Track car park has been opened but this is a four wheel drive only track and is likely to be closed in wet weather. - This road is an important access for bushwalkers to the Meander Forest Reserve World Heritage Area. FT is looking at options to reopen two wheel drive access to these areas"

So where we end up might depend on how good that track is, whether anyone turns up in a 4WD  vehicle, or how far we are prepared to walk!   
We are totally confident of getting to the picnic area beside Lake Huntsman so, as before, we'll meet there at 12 noon on Saturday 31st March. And then we'll explore and decide!

To get there head first to Meander, usually via Deloraine, go straight through Meander and continue until the tarmac stops - then its a couple of hundred metres of good dirt road (with no swept away bridges) and the picnic site with  tables, barbecues, and toilets is on the left beside the lake.
Bring food to eat or share, a willingness to keep a sharp lookout for Layli and, please, bring warm clothing with you. It can be very cold in the mountains at this time of year.

Hope to see you there.

Prefer ye to be silent?

"There can be no doubt whatever that if for one moment the tide of His mercy and grace were to be withheld from the world, it would completely perish. For this reason, from the beginning that hath no beginning the portals of Divine mercy have been flung open to the face of all created things, and the clouds of Truth will continue to the end that hath no end to rain on the soil of human capacity, reality and personality their favors and bounties. Such hath been God's method continued from everlasting to everlasting". (Baha'u'llah)

Our trip to Bell Buoy Beach was strongly affected by a more literal tide than that mentioned above. After a scramble over some rocks to the beach we walked along the sand and swam.  After a the swim and a rest we walked back but the tide had covered the sand so we had to choose - walk on the stones or in the sea? What would Layli do?
The scramble over the rocks which was on the headland seen in the distance in the above photo unveiled some curious formations.
and some interesting material which our most informed member believed to the work of some kind of worm.  Any reader with knowledgable opinions feel free to write comment.

It was an unusual Layli event in a number of ways.  One half of the party  were seriously delayed by unforeseen events by which time the rest of us were far away on the beach.  So we bumped into each other in different places at different times as we followed our own agendas.  Hopefully, this chaos provided new challenges for Layli to but she was equal to the task and remained hidden from our view.
Even more unusual, one of our party happens to live a short walk from the beach so we had our prayers and picnic in the comfort of a house.
but still surrounded by nature.

The abiding memory of the day though is of stones, colourful, shaped, in all their variety.

 Prefer ye to be silent, whilst every stone and every tree shouteth aloud: 'The Lord is come in His great glory!'? (Baha'u'llah)