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, 1 September 2013

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.


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