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, 19 May 2013

Seeking Layli on a brand new hip.

Resort ye, in times of sickness, to competent physicians; We have not set aside the use of material means, rather have We confirmed it through this Pen, which God hath made to be the Dawning-place of His shining and glorious Cause. (Baha'u'llah)

In the case of one of our stalwart members, the competent physicians recommended a hip replacement so our Layli event this month is unapologetically designed for those recovering from hip surgery.
We'll go back to the Mount Barrow Discovery Trail on Sunday 2nd June meeting at the Visitors Centre at 12 noon.

A very short walk from a car gets you to a sheltered room with great views, a fire,water, toilet, table, and seats.

All in all an excellent place for a recuperating hip and for those with fully functional hips there are several prepared walks and many kilometres of rough forestry tracks to wander on.

To get there:

Take the Tasman Highway (A3) out of Launceston.  After 20km you will come to Nunamara.  The Mount Barrow Discovery Trail is clearly signposted on the right in Nunamara.  Take that road (its dirt but a good dirt road) and follow it avoiding turn offs.  You will pass an information booth which is singularly lacking in information, then Max's Lookout (worth stopping for if its not raining), then you come to a junction.  On the right is Weaver's Creek Road while straight ahead is signposted the Discovery Trail.  Either will get you there but the trail is longer, a pretty bad road, and not very interesting for my money. If you are early and don't mind bashing your car over rough surfaces, it might be worth it but I suspect most people would prefer Weaver's Creek Road which is pretty good and from which the visitors centre is clearly marked on the right.
You'll notice on the map in the link above that Weaver's Creek is shown as one way but this does not appear to be true in reality.
Meet as usual at the Visitor's Centre at noon bringing joy, camera, food, and  a willingness to express your devotion to the Unknowable in your own way.  

A word of warning - its quite high.  One time going there we were blocked by snow on Foons Hill. Bring warm and preferably waterproof clothing.

Seeking Layli midst trees and ferns and fungi.

"Ye are the dawning-places of the love of God and the daysprings of His loving-kindness. Defile not your tongues with the cursing and reviling of any soul, and guard your eyes against that which is not seemly. Set forth that which ye possess. If it be favourably received, your end is attained; if not, to protest is vain. Leave that soul to himself and turn unto the Lord, the Protector, the Self-Subsisting. Be not the cause of grief, much less of discord and strife. The hope is cherished that ye may obtain true education in the shelter of the tree of His tender mercies and act in accordance with that which God desireth. Ye are all the leaves of one tree and the drops of one ocean." (Baha'u'llah)

It is remarkable how often trees stand as metaphors for all that is good, sacred, and lasting.  In a place like Evercreech it becomes easier to understand.  The big trees and the small trees do have a mystical sense of worth about them.

The ferns and fungi are also quite spectacular

We had an excellent picnic, good conversation, and said, sang, and chanted various prayers and mantras.