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, 28 July 2013
Seeking Layli close to us
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.