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, 31 March 2013

Seeking Layli in rain, blood, and chocolate

"Be unrestrained as the wind, while carrying the Message of Him Who hath caused the Dawn of Divine Guidance to break. Consider, how the wind, faithful to that which God hath ordained, bloweth upon all the regions of the earth, be they inhabited or desolate." (Baha'u'llah)

The wind was certainly blowing on the top of St Patrick's Head last Sunday. It brought with it enough rain to severely disrupt our plans for a devotional picnic which changed into a four stage event.
The first stage involved two of our younger, fitter members, knowing that the climb of the mountain would be beyond most members, arriving early and completing the ascent.  They reported sunny good conditions on the way up, a howling gale at the top, spectacular views, and got soaked on the way down. They arrived back at the picnic site very wet.

The second stage involved the picnic itself while we waited to see who would turn up in such fierce weather.  Umbrellas proved useful.
The third stage involved the development of a strong unity amongst us that the best place to be would be a warm cafe drinking hot chocolate. We naturally chose the Chocolates shop and not just for the elephants.

There we drank our chocolates and coffees, and enjoyed conversations with the proprietor and some other acquaintances who happened by.

Some close-ups of Layli seekers and friends

It was during this stage that at least three savage tiger leaches dropped from one of the two brave souls who had climber the mountain.  Though it was only later that she discovered that the wetness of her clothes was at least partly due to the blood that covered her body.
Though Layli did not appear to be present she had sent a friend.

And finally we had our devotions. One of our number lived not far distant so we headed for her garden where, now under a lovely blue sky, we looked out at a magnificent grove of trees and said our prayers.

And yes, Buddha came too

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Seeking Layli - a second chance

How long will ye sleep? The second blast hath been blown on the trumpet. On whom are ye gazing? This is your Lord, the God of Mercy. (Baha'u'llah)

Well, if God was willing to sound the trumpet twice we shouldn't feel bad about inviting you to the St Marys region again.
We loved it so much last month we want to go back! This time we'll meet at St Patrick's Head reserve at 12 noon on Sunday 24th March.  It is reputed to be beautiful place though the climb to the summit may be beyond many of us but we can always pop back to south Sister if we want to gaze on the views again.
To get to St Patrick's Head reserve get to St Mary's; take the A4 North East heading to St Mary's Pass signposted to St Helens.  The turn off to the reserve is on the right within the town boundaries.  Its actually called Irishtown road but the reserve signpost is more prominent. We will meet at the car park (assuming there is one) and have a walk, picnic and devotions.  
Bring food,  a willingness to at least tolerate and preferably join in some devotions, and a love of nature would help.
Hope to see you there.

It was very good.

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. (King James Bible, Genesis)

Genesis doesn't record where God was when He saw it was very good. Presumably everywhere. But if you want to experience the same feeling looking down from the top of a mountain is a good way.  There is something about seeing the world laid out and tiny below you that makes everything seem excellent.  And South Sister where we went on 2nd February is an excellent mountain to do it from. A magnificent panorama of Tasmania's East coast from distant glimpse of the Hazards at Freycinet to the South right up to the cape in the North (they say on a clear day you can see the mountain on Flinders but maybe it wasn't clear enough).
To the west the bulk of Ben Lomond and all around the forests, valleys and farms of the Fingal region. Near impossible to capture with a camera though.

In this station, the seeker's complete surrender and utter effacement before his Creator will be such that, were he to search the East and the West, and traverse land, sea, mountain and plain, he would find no trace of his own self or of any other soul. (Baha'u'llah)

Prayers were said and chanted as we perched amongst the summit rocks.

   though our picnic was held in the easier surrounds lower down and a few kilometres away.

 We are fairly confident that he most distant mountains here are the Hazards.
 Prefer ye to be silent, whilst every stone and every tree shouteth aloud: 'The Lord is come in His great glory!'?  (Baha'u'llah)

We truly had a wonderful day.

Strive, O people, to gain admittance into this vast Immensity for which God ordained neither beginning nor end, in which His voice hath been raised, and over which have been wafted the sweet savors of holiness and glory.  (Baha'u'llah)

The beach at Nawrantapu is genuinely vast though I doubt if it is the Immensity Baha'u'llah was referring to.

Within every blade of grass are enshrined the mysteries of an inscrutable wisdom, and upon every rose-bush a myriad nightingales pour out, in blissful rapture, their melody. (Baha'u'llah)

This is neither a blade of grass or a rose-bush but no doubt within are enshrined the same mysteries.

From the whispering breeze that wafteth amidst its branches there cometh the cry: "He Who is the sovereign Lord of all is made manifest. The Kingdom is God's"  (Baha'u'llah)

" seek a path unto the Truth, and a road leading unto God." (Baha'u'llah)

All these signs are reflected and can be seen in the book of existence, and the scrolls that depict the shape and pattern of the universe are indeed a most great book. (Baha'u'llah)

Yes, there was much to contemplate at Nawrantapu.