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, 30 June 2013

Seeking Layli simply and easily

"How often have things been simple and easy of accomplishment, and yet most men have been heedless, and busied themselves with that which wasteth their time! " (Baha'u'llah)

Some bodies not yet being in fully functional mode we have decided on another fairly easy little outing rather than something more challenging.  In other words, after careful deliberations we have decided against entering a team to seek Layli in the Tour de France and have instead settled on a picnic in the Mount Barrow State Reserve car park.
Avoid confusion here.  Last month we headed  to the Mount Barrow Discovery Trail - this month we are heading to Mount Barrow itself.  While the Discovery trail leaves the main road at Nunamara the turnoff for the Mountain is further to the East but also clearly signposted. The directions are

Mount Barrow is about 46 km north-east of Launceston. Follow the sealed Tasman Highway (A3) for 31 km north-east from Launceston, then turn right onto the gravel Mount Barrow Road (route C404) which leads to the Mount Barrow State Reserve (approximately 9 km).
Meet at 12 noon on Sunday 7th July at the car park.  It is just before the sign that says 4WDs only.

In the past, when visiting Mount Barrow we have always proceeded up to the plateau at the top.  While this option is of course open to those with working body parts and a decent car this week all official parts of the event - the short walk, the picnic, and the devotions, will take place in and around the car park and will be suitable for those still using a crutch.

Just to remind you, here are some photos from previous visits to Mount Barrow featuring the picnic spot.
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Hip and thigh

"15:8 And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam."   (King James Bible, Judges)

The above is one of the very few references to a hip in anything generally regarded as scripture. There are a couple of mentions in the Vedas and in the Zend-Avesta but we selected this one to remind ourselves that religion isn't just sweetness and light.  This is part of the story in which Samson slaughters one thousand Philistines with the jawbone of an ass which can't have been pleasant especially for the Philistines.

Hopefully the world will take Baha'u'llah's advice:
"Gird up the loins of your endeavor, O people of Baha, that haply the tumult of religious dissension and strife that agitateth the peoples of the earth may be stilled, that every trace of it may be completely obliterated. For the love of God, and them that serve Him, arise to aid this most sublime and momentous Revelation. Religious fanaticism and hatred are a world-devouring fire, whose violence none can quench. The Hand of Divine power can, alone, deliver mankind from this desolating affliction...."
(Baha'u'llah)

We arrived at the visitors centre, 12 hips strong We ate , walked, prayed, and talked.  We forgot our cameras so had to make do with iphone snaps which should at least convince any doubters that there are trees on the discovery trail.
We must report that the hips issued at birth seemed to perform better than the newer titanium hips at least as far as walking is concerned though there was no measurable difference in regard to eating or praying.  Still supporters of the the titanium solution point out that the instructions call for the hip to be run  in for longer before it is benchmarked.
No hips reported any direct contact with Layli.