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?

Monday, 16 September 2013

Seeking Layli in the obvious place

"....and let the tidings of the revelation of Thine incorruptible Essence bring me joy, O Thou Who art the most manifest of the manifest and the most hidden of the hidden!"   (Baha'u'llah)

Could it be that Layli isn't really hidden at all?  That we only find her hard to find because, thinking  she is wrapped in veils of mystery, we look only in the most obscure places while she is really manifest  in the most obvious and open place? Lets try it.  We sense that Layli is in the Fingal Valley.  We have long mused on her affinity with waterfalls.  We have searched for her at Grey Mares Tail, Hardings Falls, Meadstone Falls (which are all waterfalls) and Evercreech (which has a small waterfall). But which is the best known waterfall in the Fingal valley area?  Probably Mathinna Falls and have we ever searched there?  No we haven't but we will!
We meet in the car park  at Mathinna Falls Reserve at 12 noon on October 6th with food, joy, friendship and a very real expectation of seeing Layli camped there.
There are several ways to get to Mathinna Falls.  Essentially you wish to reach the cross roads where Mathinna Road coming from the East meets Upper Esk Road coming from the West.  To the South is the High St of Mathinna itself and to the North is Mathinna Plains Road.  There should be a signpost for the falls pointing up Mathinna Plains Road so take that road for about 10 kilometres and keep your eyes open for further signs.  To get to that crossroad anyone from the South or the East will probably head to Fingal and follow the clearly signposted roads to Mathinna.
People coming from the North have more options.  If you like easy driving on tarmac you can take the the Midland Highway, turn left at the signpost for Fingal etc and get to Mathinna that way.  Or if coming from Launceston you can take the much shorter though not necessarily quicker route through Upper Blessington. Theres quite a bit of dirt road that way and rather a shortage of signposts but its pretty straightforward. and certainly much more interesting.
People coming from the North East have another and even shorter dirt road option.  Mathinna Plains Road actually runs up to Ringarooma which is only about 25 km away from the Falls.
We should note that there is no way to avoid the last 10 km or so on dirt roads.  If that is a problem for you or your vehicle get in touch and we'll try and arrange a lift for you.

There are some good photos of the Falls at

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Seeking Layli with joy and singing

"The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing"  (Isaiah quoted by Baha'u'llah)

For a Layli event to end up in a hall in a tiny village listening to nine ladies performing  a cappella music in Latin, Gaelic, and English is somewhat unusual.  In fact I believe its the first time we have done that. still, obviously when Canceol are performing just a hundred metres from the site of our picnic and devotions one has to make some adjustments.

Aside from the music we had our walk; our picnic; our devotions, and some baby sitting.

The Grey Mare's Tail waterfall is not spectacular but there are good views down the side of the mountain.

"Prefer ye to be silent, whilst every stone and every tree shouteth aloud: 'The Lord is come in His great glory!"  (Baha'u'llah)
We listened carefully but did not hear this stone or this tree shout.  No doubt they do at other times or perhaps we were lacking hearing ears.  "Unto many things did He [Jesus]  refer, but as He found none possessed of a hearing ear or a seeing eye He chose to conceal most of these things." (Baha'u'llah)

Customarily we  adorn our Lali blogs with pictures of wild flowers but we can appreciate the beuty of invasive foreigners too.  Heae's a daisy.

And then in the late afternoon Canceol rocked the joint.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Seeking Layli with freedom of spirit

"And yet, in the sight of God, these common people are  infinitely superior and exalted above their religious leaders who have turned away from the one true God. The understanding of His words and the comprehension of the utterances of the Birds of Heaven are in no wise dependent upon human learning. They depend solely upon purity of heart, chastity of soul, and freedom of spirit." (Baha'u'llah)

In the past many of us were convinced that we were closest to Layli when we ventured around and between Liffey Falls and Pine Lake.  But lately sentiment has changed and we mostly sense Fingal valley is the place. She must have moved.
So we are going back to St. Mary's with only vague plans.  We will meet as we have done before at  the St Mary's Pass State Reserve at 12 noon on Sunday 8th September..

The reserve is signposted but keep your eyes open as the sign can be veiled by greenery.  The reserve is about 5 kms east of St Mary's on the Northern fork (i.e. following the signs for A4 to St Helens) and can be found just a few metres after the sign indicating the start of St Mary's Pass.  If you find yourself plunging down the twisting and beautiful pass you have gone too far. The reserve has a car park, picnic table, and a very easy walk to the Grey Mare's Tail waterfall.  

Depending on the weather and who turns up there are various things we could do.  I guess we will almost certainly take the gentle and fairly short walk to see the waterfall and may well visit, as we did on our last trip to St Mary's  the Chocolate cafe ( ). We will certainly have a picnic and devotions perhaps in a garden. Let us go there with free spirits and let inspiration be our guide.  There are of course mountains to climb and oceans not far away if you fell adventurous.
So lets meet at the reserve at noon. bring food, joy, and devotion.

Seeking Layli in different companies

"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)

We came to Lilydale waterfalls in different companies.  Some had come to walk, eat, and pray. One to hobble along on crutches, eat, and pray.  One skipped the walk and came just to eat and pray, and four came just to eat and be sociable.  No matter, we sought fellowship with every soul such as these ones:

"Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch."   (Baha'u'llah)
Lilydale has some magnificent trees - I guess we often think of the above quote as asserting the unity of the human race but those of us who love trees will feel that ir is not just the unity but the magnificence of the human race that is being asserted.

It had been raining a lot around Launceston and the waterfalls, which can be little more than a trickle were running full.  (The rain also made the path very muddy - not so good for those on crutches)

We didn't see Layli who quite possibly doesn't like muddy paths and remained home in bed.

The above photo actually highlights spray rather than mist but it serves as an introduction to a quote which reminds us all how to find Layli.

Only when the lamp of search, of earnest striving, of longing desire, of passionate devotion, of fervid love, of rapture, and ecstasy, is kindled within the seeker's heart, and the breeze of His loving-kindness is wafted upon his soul, will the darkness of error be dispelled, the mists of doubts and misgivings be dissipated, and the lights of knowledge and certitude envelop his being.