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

1 comment:

  1. Noel Broomhall2 April 2013 at 01:01

    Great photos - & what a lovely group of people!!