Two stories that illustrate the power of love…..
The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world. The construction began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen. In 1631, Shah Jahan, emperor during the Mughal empire‘s period of greatest prosperity, was grief-stricken when his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died during the birth of their 14th child. In an act of absolute love he got the job done!
Another piece of beautiful architecture is the Adalaj Stepwell in Ahmedabad. In the 15th century, Rana Veer Singh of the Vaghela dynasty, a Hindu ruler, reigned over this territory, then known as Dandai Desh. His kingdom was attacked by Mohammed Begda, the Muslim ruler of a neighboring kingdom. The battle resulted in the Rana king getting killed. Consequently his territory was occupied by the invader. Rana Veer Singh’s widow, a beautiful lady known by the name Rani Roopba, though in deep grief at the death of her husband, agreed to a marriage proposal made by Mahmud Begada on the condition that he would first complete the building of the stepwell. The Muslim king who was deeply enamoured of the queen’s beauty agreed to the proposal and then built the well in quick time, and with great interest. Once the well was completed, Begda reminded the queen of her promise to marry him. But the queen who had achieved her ambition of completing the stepwell started by her husband, decided to end her life, as mark of devotion to her husband. She circumambulated the stepwell with prayers to God and jumped into the well, thus ending the saga of building the well in tragedy
Our daily lives are full of balancing the management of rational data and the more intangible emotions. Within the work environment we are often driven by very rational metrics to achieve objectives. The two stories above highlight the enormous length human beings will go to achieve an outcome if they are emotionally committed.
Capturing the hearts of minds of the people in our lives and connecting them to a meaningful purpose is critical step in unleashing the potential energy reserves we all have.
In the name of love!