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)
Sunday, 30 September 2012
"Were he that treadeth the path of guidance and seeketh to scale the heights of righteousness to attain unto this glorious and exalted station, he would inhale, at a distance of a thousand leagues, the fragrance of God, and would perceive the resplendent morn of a Divine guidance rising above the Day Spring of all things. Each and every thing, however small, would be to him a revelation, leading him to his Beloved, the Object of his quest." (Baha'u'llah)
This coming Saturday, the 6th of October, we are going to Waterhouse Conservation Area. Unless you are coming from overseas Waterhouse is not nearly a thousand leagues away - in fact its only about 100 km from Launceston. For most people the easiest, if not necessarily the shortest, route will be to get to Bridport probably via Lilydale and Scottsdale then take the B52 (Waterhouse Road) east from the town and keep going until you see Homestead Road on the left. It should be signposted to Waterhouse lakes and/or the conservation area but take Homestead road for sure.
From there you can't really avoid a beautiful and diverse and very large area of great beauty and wildness. However spotting your fellow seekers may be more difficult. We are going to follow Homestead road for about 9 or 10 kilometres (it might be best to check google maps or something similar to follow this). Homestead basically goes roughly straight to the coast - a lovely rocky coast opposite Waterhouse Island - then after following the coast for a few hundred metres it goes inland again cutting across the base of the point. It then rejoins the coast on the west side of Ringarooma Bay where there are magnificent beaches. Where it rejoins the coast there are a couple of camping or bunk house style places (visible in google maps satellite view). We are going to meet at the first of these at 12 noon.
Bring food to eat or share and. we hope, a willingness to join in some devotions. If there's a wind from the sea it might be chilly on the other hand if the sun is shining and you feel tough you might try swimming. There is plenty to do and if you believe "Each and every thing, however small, would be to him a revelation, leading him to his Beloved, the Object of his quest." you might want to bring a microscope and spend the day at the lakes where according to http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=4140 you can find the smallest flowering plant in the world (a type of duck weed).
Looking forward to seeing you there!
We have been to Waterhouse before. See http://seekinglayliinthebush.blogspot.com.au/2009/03/nigh-unto-shores-of-ocean-of-thy-grace.html
"God it is who sends forth the winds to stir up clouds; then He spreads them forth over the sky as he pleases; and He breaks them up and ye see the rain come forth from amongst them; and when He causes it to fall upon whom He pleases of His servants" (The Qur'an)
"Immeasurably exalted art Thou, O Lord! Protect us from what lieth in front of us and behind us, above our heads, on our right, on our left, below our feet and every other side to which we are exposed. Verily Thy protection over all things is unfailing." (The Bab)
For the second time this year we set off facing a forecast of continuous rain and expecting to be merely ticking the box of 'we were there' but not really see or do much. And it rained hard on the journey there but protection was provided by the All-Merciful. First He arranged for O'Neills Reserve to have a covered picnic area, and then while we were eating and praying He stopped the rain. We had a lovely stroll along the brook looking up at the (still at times mist shrouded) mountain.
See http://seekinglayliinthebush.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/by-sea-of-nothingness.html for a similar experience at Badger's head where a raininy day cleared up just long enough for the walk.
Anyway here are the photos: