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 July 2013

Seeking Layli close to us

"O Son of Adam! Seek fellowship with none until thou hast found Me, and whenever thou shalt long for Me, thou shalt find Me close to thee." (Baha'u'llah)
The quotation marks are in the original so presumably Baha'u'llah was quoting someone or some revealed verse but I can't find who or what.  If anyone knows please post a comment here.

For some of us this is a winter of physical weakness so we are keeping it local at least for those of us who live in Launceston.  On Sunday 4th August we are meeting at noon at Lilydale Falls Reserve for our picnic and a short walk to the two waterfalls.  An even shorter walk, of course, if you only go to the first one.
This is very straightforward, there are picnic tables, toilets, an easy path, and tarmac all the way there.

In theory Lilydale is part of Launceston but in reality its about half an hour away by car. If coming from Launceston you go straight through the township firmly resisting the temptation to visit friends or otherwise be distracted.  Remember what Baha'u'llah said
" Among the faithless is he who rubbeth his eyes, and looketh to the right and to the left. Say: 'Blinded art thou. No refuge hast thou to flee to.'"  (Baha'u'llah)
Though we cannot be certain that this was in the context of going through Lilydale. Anyway, having proceeded through Lilydale without even looking to the right or left, once you are outside the town keep an eye open on the right, The reserve is about 3k  from town but its not clear where the 3k start so best just to look for it  - you can't miss it.

Remember 12 noon on the 4th August - bring food, joy, and reverence for something.  Hope to see you there.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

It snows, rains, hails, storms, thunders

"Following this comes the season of winter, with cold and tempests. It snows, rains, hails, storms, thunders and lightens, freezes and congeals; all plants die, and animals languish and are wretched." (Abdu'l-Baha)

Perhaps Abdu'l-Baha was describing a somewhat fiercer climate than Northern Tasmania but it was cold - and there was snow on the mountain though not at the picnic spot.  The cold did keep our group down in numbers but brought out many families keen presumably to show their children snow and, of course, justify their nice big 4WDs.
No matter that they weren't seeking Layli.  As Baha'u'llah puts it:
"On this journey the traveler abideth in every land and dwelleth in every region. In every face, he seeketh the beauty of the Friend; in every country he looketh for the Beloved. He joineth every company, and seeketh fellowship with every soul, that haply in some mind he may uncover the secret of the Friend, or in some face he may behold the beauty of the Loved One." (Baha'u'llah)
So we joined the company. We had a good picnic and got warm beside a wood fire that had been lit in the shelter.
We  took on the nature walk.  A five minute trip on good legs but we got round in half an hour or so with our crutches.

It being this time of year on a Layli you would normally expect lots of fungus photos but on this occasion it was the mosses and lichens that caught the eye.

You are correct, this next one is a tree not a moss or a lichen

 But this is moss

Prayers were said at appropriate places though we huddled away from the cold in our car to say some longer ones.