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)
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
"When once the seeker hath ascended unto this station, he will enter the City of Love and Rapture, whereupon the winds of love will blow and the breezes of the spirit will waft. In this station the seeker is so overcome by the ecstasies of yearning and the fragrances of longing that he discerneth not his left from his right, nor doth he distinguish land from sea or desert from mountain." Baha'u'llah
On our last trip we sorted out the business of distinguishing spring from autumn so now it time to settle once and for all this business of land and sea. I can see though that tackling 'desert and mountain' is going to be tough here in Tasmania. Mountains OK but do we have any deserts?
Anyway this time its 'land and sea' and we've picked Badger Head a nice bit of land jutting out into the sea with two excellent beaches on either side. We've been to the beaches before but never checked out the Head itself. Perhaps we've missed Layli by our typical Australian obsession with the beach?
We will be going on Saturday 16th June and meeting at the car park at 12 noon. The directions are pretty simple. From Launceston head down the West Tamar highway (A7) past Exeter and on to Yorktown. Yorktown scarcely exists but just after it you will see Badger Head Road on the left. Take it and follow it right to the end. Avoid other roads especially Bowen's Road. Badger Head Road is dirt but usually in good condition.
Note the Head is within the National Park and therefore there is an entry fee if you haven't got a sticker on your car. The membership sticker covers both the car and as many occupants as are legal. So, if you haven't got a sticker it might be wise to seek a lift (you can post a comment here asking for one).
Hope to see you there at 12 noon on the 16th.
"Have mercy, then, upon me, O my Lord, through Thy gracious providence and generosity, and incline mine ear to the sweet melodies of the birds that warble their praise of Thee, amidst the branches of the tree of Thy oneness." Baha'u'llah
As we performed our devotions amidst the branches of the trees of Notley Fern Gorge. a crow fluttered over our heads, alighted on a branch and uttered one deep musical "Caw". The song of the crow is sometimes described, even by Baha'u'llah, as 'croaking' but on that day, in that place, it had a near magical resonance. As indeed had the collective "Oms" we intoned and the varied prayers we said. Having made her or his contribution the crow gently flew away - its wing beats adding to the charm of the occasion.
It was an almost perfect day. We set out with the objective of distinguishing spring from autumn. Not necessarily as easy as it sounds. One of our number remarked that as she set out the jonquils were blooming in her garden - surely a sign of spring?
The company was good with a mix of shared and divergent interests from motor cycles to meditation.
"On this journey the traveler abideth in every land and dwelleth in every region. In every face, he seeketh the beauty of the Friend; in every country he looketh for the Beloved. He joineth every company, and seeketh fellowship with every soul, that haply in some mind he may uncover the secret of the Friend, or in some face he may behold the beauty of the Loved One." Baha'u'llah
The picnic was abundant and catered for the various diets we were on for reasons ranging from choice to medical necessity. The devotions were moving, the place was peaceful and beautiful and when we walked the walk there could be no doubt that whatever season it might in our gardens in Notley Fern Gorge it was autumnal fungus time.
Though some of us took a good collection of out of focus photos one amongst had more skill and more success. Without more ado let us present: