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 June 2013
Hip and thigh
The above is one of the very few references to a hip in anything generally regarded as scripture. There are a couple of mentions in the Vedas and in the Zend-Avesta but we selected this one to remind ourselves that religion isn't just sweetness and light. This is part of the story in which Samson slaughters one thousand Philistines with the jawbone of an ass which can't have been pleasant especially for the Philistines.
Hopefully the world will take Baha'u'llah's advice:
"Gird up the loins of your endeavor, O people of Baha, that haply the tumult of religious dissension and strife that agitateth the peoples of the earth may be stilled, that every trace of it may be completely obliterated. For the love of God, and them that serve Him, arise to aid this most sublime and momentous Revelation. Religious fanaticism and hatred are a world-devouring fire, whose violence none can quench. The Hand of Divine power can, alone, deliver mankind from this desolating affliction...."
We arrived at the visitors centre, 12 hips strong We ate , walked, prayed, and talked. We forgot our cameras so had to make do with iphone snaps which should at least convince any doubters that there are trees on the discovery trail.
We must report that the hips issued at birth seemed to perform better than the newer titanium hips at least as far as walking is concerned though there was no measurable difference in regard to eating or praying. Still supporters of the the titanium solution point out that the instructions call for the hip to be run in for longer before it is benchmarked.
No hips reported any direct contact with Layli.