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?

Monday, 31 December 2012

With wallabies and wombats

"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

Strangely, Baha'u'llah does not seem to have mentioned wallabies and wombats in His copious writings so we have settled for the well known seeker who gets confused between land and sea.  Nawrantapu, or more specifically Bakers Beach, is a good place to resolve this confusion  as the land and see there are clearly separated.  A good tip is that if you stand on the beach and look east the see will be on your left hand side and the land on the right.

But Nawrantapu is not known as "the Serengeti of Tasmania" for nothing (though until I looked up ) I had no idea it was known as the Tassie Serengeti) One can pretty well count on seeing numerous wallabies and wombats there especially if you stay until twilight.

We have been there  before
though that occasion was a special evening Layli search.  This time we are going for our customary 12 noon meeting on Sunday 6th January 2013.  We will meet at the car park at the visitors centre (or inside the visitors centre).  Note that this means the main entrance on the Western end of the park.  It is also possible to reach Nawrantapu from the Beaconsfield area which we do when we go to Badger Head. You will face a very long walk to join us if you come from that side!

Remember, it is a National Park so:
      1. All the information is available on the web site quoted above ) .
      2.  If you haven't got an appropriate sticker on your car you have to pay to get in.  I suggest if you haven't leave a comment here and we will see if we can find you a lift in a stickered car.

Bring food, devotion, and perhaps you swimming gear.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Viewing the Earth as One Country

"By God! This people have never been, nor are they now, inclined to mischief. Their hearts are illumined with the light of the fear of God, and adorned with the adornment of His love. Their concern hath ever been and now is for the betterment of the world. Their purpose is to obliterate differences, and quench the flame of hatred and enmity, so that the whole earth may come to be viewed as one country."  Baha'u'llah

One can view the earth as one country in a dark room with one's eyes closed but there's something about being in a high place and looking down at the world below and seeing the town, villages, and houses just as near identical dots below that tends to make pride in ones locality seem rather ridiculous. So it was during our trip to Pine Lake where both at the scenic viewpoint on the Lake Highway near the top of the tiers and later at the Poatina Adit (or headrace) we took the opportunity of gazing over the plains of the Northern Midlands. One of us was moved to remember dreams they had had of such views long before.

"Consider thy state when asleep. Verily, I say, this phenomenon is the most mysterious of the signs of God amongst men, were they to ponder it in their hearts. Behold how the thing which thou hast seen in thy dream is, after a considerable lapse of time, fully realized."  Baha'u'llah

It was a small but cheerful group that set out for Pine Lake.  As one of us had never been up to the plateaux before we made a day of it taking in not only Pine Lake but going on round the Great Lake, stopping for coffee in Miena, coming back via the camp site on Arthur's Lake, checking out the damage done by the still smouldering bush fire that closed the road the previous week, taking in the aforementioned Poatina Adit, and stopping in Poatina itself to walk their labyrinth.
A lot of talking naturally keeping up our spirits with light chat about death,  decrepitude, and the art of surviving dysfunctional families.  But mostly it was admiring the brief flowering of the wilderness.

".... not a single atom in the entire universe can be found which doth not declare the evidences of His might, which doth not glorify His holy Name, or is not expressive of the effulgent light of His unity. So perfect and comprehensive is His creation that no mind nor heart, however keen or pure, can ever grasp the nature of the most insignificant of His creatures; much less fathom the mystery of Him Who is the Day Star of Truth, Who is the invisible and unknowable Essence." Baha'u'llah

Here's the pictures:
First the magnificent Pencil Pines from which the Lake gets its name. Small, often twisted and half dead trees growing well above the tree line for any other species, their leaves wrapped tightly round each other to protect themselves from frost, slow growing and up to a thousand years old these are the true survivors, making surviving a dysfunctional family look trivial.

 While relaxing at the "The Pines" it is worth checking to see if Layli can be seen in the cloud formations.
 There was a notice explaining how these rock flows were formed by the last ice age but unfortunately I didn't understand it.

 The rocky barrenness  of the Pine Lake surrounds is still there in summer:

Sunday, 2 December 2012

The wilderness blossoms

"The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose." ( Isaiah)

The central plateaux is often seen as bleak wilderness and indeed there is some truth in this and for many of us it is the wildness and bleakness that is so attractive. But briefly in summer there are beautiful flowers to be found.

We are going to Pine Lake again on Sunday 9th December meeting at the car park at 12 noon.

One of our number has been there before at this time of year and testifies to the blossoms at

but if you prefer to remember Pine Lake in its winter bleakness remember our visit there in 2008:

and there is a very brief official description here

Pine Lake is a environmentally protected area and there is no walking except on the well constricted slightly raised, and dead flat walkway. As far as I know you can swim in the lake though.

Its very easy to get to and you might try an adventurous route but the easiest and probably quickest is to get to Deloraine and take the A5 (initially called East Parade but quickly becoming Highland Lakes Road).  If you are coming from Launceston its a left turn just before the bridge.  From there on its straightforward, all tarmac, and follow the A5 signposted to Miena.  After a while the road will climb up the tiers and once you reach the plateaux above the tree line it will flatten out and the Pine Lake car park will soon be visible on the right.

Bring food and devotion!

Every created Thing

"...each and every created thing hath, through the act of the Divine Will, been made a sign of His glory. So pervasive and general is this revelation that nothing whatsoever in the whole universe can be discovered that doth not reflect His splendor." (Baha'u'llah)

The trick of course is to see the Glory and the Splendour.  No doubt some see it in the hustle of the city, or the domestic peace of their living rooms but for some of us it was more manifestly visible, and often is so visible, at Evercreech. It sometimes hard to do justice to Evercreech as there is no single feature that stands out.  It really is a place where one feels drawn to ".. a station wherein thou shalt see nothing in creation save the Face of thy Beloved One, the Honored, and behold all created things only as in the day wherein none hath a mention." (Baha'u'llah)
Some photos:

One of our number who has wide and long knowledge of Tasmania remarked that Evercreech is perhaps the best, large, easily accessed fern glade in Tasmania
and certainly it a very comfortable spot for a picnic.

As you can see the waterfall is only about five Noels high but it is charming and comes at the end of a walk through the aforementioned fern glade (its a slightly challenging walk for the less fit in that there no real  path but that adds to its beauty).

Everyone agreed, it was a very special day.