July 29 ~  Love's Sorrow Lasts Shah Jahan & Taj Mahal

"Love's pleasure lasts but a moment, love's sorrow lasts all through life." ~ Jean Pierre Claris de Florian

Taj Mahal

An eternity of love's sorrow, is the Taj Mahal, which means "Crown of Palaces." Words can not do it justice. Located in Agra, North India, the mausoleum was built by Shah Jahan, the Mogul Emperor of India, following the death of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal in 1631 during the birth of her 14th child.

Stricken with grief, Jahan was said to "no longer listen to music or singing and would not wear fine linen clothes. He was forced to use spectacles because of his constant weeping."

Philosopher Rabindranath Tagore called the Taj Mahal "a teardrop on the cheek of time." It took over 20,000 men from all over Asia ten years to build India’s most famous wonder, and another 12 years to complete the gardens and surrounding buildings.

"There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery," said writer Dante Alighieri. As a tribute to his beloved, the inconsolable Jahan spared no expense in the construction. Overlooking the River Yamuna, the building is made entirely of white Jodhpur marble, its color shimmers, ever-changing by light.

"It is one of the world's most spectacular examples of Islamic art, albeit melded with Persian, Indian and Central Asian influences," described NY Times writer Amy Waldman

"Give sorrow words," urged literary genius William Shakespeare. "The grief that does not speak, whispers in the overwrought heart and bids it break."

Love while it lasts.