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, 28 October 2012

The trees and the leaves thereof

"We have forbidden you dissension and conflict in My Books, and My Scriptures, and My Scrolls, and My Tablets, and have wished thereby naught else save your exaltation and advancement. Unto this testify the heavens and the stars thereof, and the sun and the radiance thereof, and the trees and the leaves thereof, and the seas and the waves thereof, and the earth and the treasures thereof."  (Baha'u'llah)

The particular trees and their leaves we are checking out Saturday 3rd November are the famous White Knights of Evercreech - the tallest White Gums in the world.
Evercreech Forest Reserve is an absolute gem - with two  lovely walks, good basic facilities, a tumbling brook, a waterfall and its a great place to camp for those who would like to spend more than a few hours there.  Some of us are planning to camp there Saturday night at least.
However, the formal picnic and prayers will be at 12 noon which means leaving Launceston at 10am or earlier - slightly earlier again for Hobart or Devonport.  Its easy to get to if you can find Fingal (just turn East about half way between Epping and Campbell Town - well signposted).  In Fingal you turn North onto the B43 (again well signposted) and just follow that Road (Mathinna Road) until you see Evercreech road forking off on the right.  Basically its just follow the signs.

There are many more adventurous ways to get lost going to Evercreech via forestry roads. None will be quicker.

A couple of websites

and a report on our previous visit in 2008

And for those of you who might like to camp here is the view I had from my tent last time I was there.

Bring a picnic, joy, and devotion to God.  Meet at the Reserve at 12 noon 3rd November.

Vernal showers and flowers

"The incomparable Creator hath created all men from one same substance, and hath exalted their reality above the rest of His creatures. Success or failure, gain or loss, must, therefore, depend upon man's own exertions. The more he striveth, the  greater will be his progress. We fain would hope that the vernal showers of the bounty of God may cause the flowers of true understanding to spring from the soil of men's hearts, and may wash them from all earthly defilements."  (Baha'u'llah)

Not too sure about the "flowers of true understanding" but the normal spring flowers were everywhere at Waterhouse.

and ferns and lichens too
"Wert thou to incline thine inner ear unto all created things, thou wouldst hear: 'The Ancient of Days is come in His great glory!' Everything celebrateth the praise of its Lord." (Baha'u'llah)

It was a lovely day at Waterhouse with soft grey skies, a stiff breeze of the sea, the occasional squally shower, and only a handful of fisherfolk in the whole vast reserve.
Picnics were consumed, prayers were intoned and beaches and rocks were duly walked upon.

No sign of Layli though , unless .......  OK the perhaps heretical thought did cross my mind that Layli might be a seagull?