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)
Thursday, 25 July 2013
It snows, rains, hails, storms, thunders
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
Prayers were said at appropriate places though we huddled away from the cold in our car to say some longer ones.